Kayla Isabelle, President

Executive Director

Startup Canada

Twitter: @KaylaMonique

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

Senior Director

Loyalist Public Affairs

Twitter: @kristinamartin9

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

Export Development Canada (EDC)

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

Communications Officer

Canada Revenue Agency

Twitter: @CassidyCn

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

Carleton University's Faculty of Engineering and Design

Twitter: @alexandrasebben

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

Australian High Commission

Twitter: @Dagss

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 julia events

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

Communications Strategist

Modern Niagara

Twitter: @RaghdaSalama

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


Twitter: @lauren_dots

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

Twitter: @SherryAske

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.

Past Presidents of IABC Ottawa

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