Member Spotlight: Ten questions with Elizabeth Shilts

Ten questions with Elizabeth Shilts Elizabeth Shilts has spent half her career in journalism, the other half in communications – but telling interesting and important stories about science has been a constant thread. In this member profile, Elizabeth (Director of Communications at the Canada Foundation for Innovation) offers a glimpse into her career, her organization,…

Member Spotlight: Eight questions with Melanie Rushworth

Eight questions with Melanie Rushworth Director, Communications, Outreach and Planning, Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Melanie Rushworth has worked in the public service for nearly two decades – a career she finds incredibly enriching. “Doing something that’s moving your own country forward is definitely a driving force for me,” she says.…

Young communicator Manuela Bárcenas

This month we’re highlighting a new member of IABC Ottawa – Manuela Bárcenas. She’s also a recent grad, working in her dream job at a software company in Ottawa called Fellow. Manuela was born in Bogota, Colombia and lived there until she was eight-years-old. Manuela attended middle school in Ecuador and high school in Peru.…

Lessons from IRONMAN for the communications world: Basia Vanderveen profile

Communicator, accredited IABC professional…extreme IRONMAN athlete? It’s an exceptional combination. But there are few other ways that adequately sum up Basia Vanderveen’s unique contribution in the workplace. “I love what endurance sports have brought to my life for me, for my family, and for my employers,” says Vanderveen. “I have to stay organized and efficient…

From festival founding to communications: IABC Ottawa’s Awelana Akeriwe shares lessons from AfroFest

Awelana Akeriwe’s accomplishment is one to which few other Ottawa communicators can lay claim: Starting, from scratch, an annual festival that celebrates African culture. But founding AfroFest, a Regina-based festival, is more than just a unique line on her resume. She says it’s helped her a lot in her communications career. “With AfroFest I quickly…