Kayla Isabelle, President
Kayla has over 6 years of strategic communications and project experience across the public, para public, and association sectors. With a blend of vibrant energy and a passion for community building, Kayla is a dedicated volunteer in the Ottawa community.
Kristina Martin, Past President
Before entering the role as President for IABC Ottawa, Kristina had been volunteering with the chapter for close to 10 years. She is recognized as an excellent communicator and skilled advocate with strong relationships in Ottawa. She currently serves as Director of Communications for Actua, Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outreach organization.
Tara Sutorius, Executive Vice President
Director, External Communications
Tara Sutorius is the Director of External Communications at Export Development Canada (EDC) and the founder of “Tara Sutorius Coaching and Wellness” – a coaching company offering compassionate, transformational and values-based leadership coaching.
As a certified professional coach with Erickson International Coaching, Barrett Values Centre, and Career Joy, as well as an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), Tara specializes in helping individuals better understand their personal core values so they may live a more purpose-driven life in alignment with what is most important to them in their personal and professional lives.
Tara has been coaching for 6 years and leading teams for 15 years. She specializes in using solutions-focused coaching methods to guide individuals to find the answers within themselves to transform their mind, body, and soul wellness through consistent action. Working alongside senior leaders in both the private and public sector for over 20 years, Tara also has a keen sense of what is required to be able to connect with one’s personal and professional leadership mission in order to effect meaningful change over the long-term and build greater resiliency both at home and at work.
What Tara loves most about coaching is helping guide individuals through powerful questioning and transformational conversations. Her style is compassionate, action-oriented, motivational, connected, and intuitive. She can help guide you to better align your values with your dream job, clarify your passions, set clear goals, and take greater ownership of your career and health.
Cassidy Charron, Executive Secretary
Cassidy is a motivated new communications professional who recently graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies. She has built her communications experience through her work at various Government of Canada Departments. She currently works at the Canada Revenue Agency as a Communications Officer focusing on communicating to the Agency’s 45,000 employees. Cassidy is excited to join the IABC Ottawa Board this year after volunteering with the chapter’s Leadership Development portfolio last year.
Alexandra Sebben, Vice President, Membership
Digital Content and Communications Specialist
Alexandra is a communications professional with expertise in developing and implementing earned and paid digital media strategies and managing the creation and execution of extensive annual publications and events. She has a BA in Media Production from Ryerson University’s internationally acclaimed Radio and Television Arts (RTA) program and a Master’s of Professional Communication. This is her third year volunteering with the IABC Ottawa chapter and she looks forward to offering members unique virtual programming this season.
Adam D'Agostino, Treasurer
Public Diplomacy Manager
Adam is an experienced communications professional with expertise in developing and implementing communications strategies, with a particular focus on digital and paid media. A graduate of both Carleton University and Algonquin College, Adam began his career as a consultant with NATIONAL Public Relations, one of Canada’s largest public relations firms, where he worked with clients in a wide variety of sectors, including non-profit, international development, agriculture, and defense, among others. A dual Australian-Canadian citizen, he currently works at the Australian High Commission in Ottawa, where he manages their public diplomacy efforts.
Amanda Ruddy, Vice President, Professional Development
Owner & Lead Planner
Amanda started her own event planning business, amanda julia events, last October (2019). She has a decade of experience managing large national events at the National Arts Centre Foundation and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Of note, Amanda led the planning of one of the most successful Grey Cup Festivals in the CFL’s history. Amanda brings multi-faceted experience in sponsorship, event planning, project management, and client relations. She is a strategic thinker with a flair for creativity and a love for building experiences that are unique and memorable.
Raghda Salama, Vice President, Communications
Raghda has over 5 years of experience in communications. She is passionate about strategically leveraging her background, growing skillset, and the latest tools available to help achieve corporate and business objectives. She currently plans and implements communications in a variety of areas including: branding, web and social media content, recruitment marketing, employee engagement and change, and health and safety communications. With a degree in political science and communications from the University of Ottawa, Raghda is passionate about effective communication, learning new languages, and social justice.
Lauren Doty, Vice President, Leadership Development
Acting Manager of Membership Engagement
Lauren has six years of professional experience in communications. She graduated from Carleton University with a BA Honours in Communication Studies in 2014 and has held various communications positions at Carleton University, the British High Commission, and Colliers International. She currently works at ACFO-ACAF, a federal public service union for accountants, as Acting Manager of Membership Engagement. She is also a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i 2.0) facilitator and pursuing a Professional & Personal Coach Certification from Concordia University to become an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, and jog!
Sherry Aske, Vice President, Digital Programming
Social Media Advisor & Project Coordinator
Sherry is an innovative digital communicator who advises on social media best practices and emerging trends in online storytelling. She joined the federal public service in 2018 after working for six years as a multimedia journalist at CBC Ottawa, where she produced radio, television and online news. Sherry has been asked to speak publicly on issues connected to social media regulation, the future of journalism and reporting in the Canadian media industry. She loves popcorn, podcasts and kickboxing.
2019-2020 – Kristina Martin
2018-2019 – Samantha Rae-Ayoub
2017-2018 – Kaleigh Maclaren
2016-2017 – Dominique Jolicoeur
2015-2016 – Sherrilynne Starkie
2014-2015 – Tara Lapointe
2013-2014 – Jennifer Birch
2012-2013 – Kelly Rusk
2011-2012 – Kerry Mortimer
2010-2011 – Sandra Markus
2009-2010 – Sandra Markus
2007-2008 – Doug Wotherspoon
2005-2006 – Gord McIntosh
2004-2005 – Malcolm Bernard
2002-2003 – Isabelle Perreault
2003-2004 – Stephen Goban
2000-2001 – Katherine Power
2001-2002 – Wendy Cherwinski
1998-1999 – Stephen Boissonneault
1999-2000 – Beth Green
1996-1997 Mark Giberson
1997-1998 – Ellen Henderson, ABC
1994-1995 Darrin Shewchuk
1995-1996 – Kate Low
1992-1993 – Sue Rutherford, ABC
1993-1994 – Moria King
1990-1991 – Christine Tausig
1991-1992 – Cathy Sabiston
1988-1989 Peter Johansen
1989-1990 – Freda Fraser
1986-1987 – Don Reimer, ABC
1987-1988 – Mark Giberson
1984-1985 – Richard Chambers
1985-1986 – Rick Green, ABC,MC*
1982-1983 – Catherine Mason
1983-1984 – Oxana Sawka, ABC
1980-1981 – Dave Esler, ABC
1981-1982 – Christopher Bunting, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow
1979-1980 – Jan Logan
1978-1979 – Joel Levesque
1976-1977 Lorne Darlington
1977-1978 – Rick Green, ABC, MC*
1975 – Lucille Tessier
1976 – Lorne Darlington
ABC = Accredited Business Communicator
MC = Master Communicator