Kristina Martin, President
Director of Communications
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.
Samantha Rae-Ayoub, Past President
Communicator / Strategist / Advisor
Samantha Rae Ayoub Consulting
Samantha is a seasoned communication professional with nearly 15 years of experience advising organizations and senior leadership. Currently an independent consultant, she works with organizations to improve their communication, planning, and operational efforts, striving to make them more efficient and effective overall. Over the course of her career she has worked professionally or in a volunteer capacity with the Council of Canadian Academies, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society designing and implementing communications and operational strategies. She has an MA in Professional Communication and recently obtained her Communication Management Professional Certification.
Kayla Isabelle, Executive VP
Business and Administration Manager
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.
Raghda Salama, Executive Secretary
Raghda is a big picture thinker who enjoys piecing together all the parts of communications puzzles. She is passionate about applying her strategic thinking to corporate communications and digital marketing. With a degree in political science and communications from the University of Ottawa and experience in various industry (ie. international relations, e-commerce, construction), she is committed to reaching the right people at the right time in the right place.
Christina Stachulak, VP Membership
Senior Policy Advisor, Stakeholder Relations
Christina Stachulak is Senior Policy Advisor, Stakeholder Relations with the National Research Council of Canada. She has more than 15 years’ experience at the intersection of science communication, innovation, and public policy, in Europe, North America and Asia. For over a decade, she led large-scale, interdisciplinary projects and research teams to inform policy development in Canada. She is skilled in developing networks and engaging stakeholders, having worked with over 150 Canadian and international experts across academia, government, and industry to build consensus and deliver a dozen major programs and reports to clients both internal and external to the Government of Canada. She has a BSc (Hon) in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and MSc in Science & Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, UK.
Kaleigh Maclaren, Treasurer
Sr. Manager, Communications
Kaleigh is a passionate communicator who asks a lot of questions and enjoys building communication strategies that solve problems . She thrives on learning and taking on new challenges whether at work as Sr. Communications Manager at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), as an IABC volunteer or trying a new activity (like cooking, improv and snowboarding!).
Amanda Ruddy, VP Professional Development
Owner & Lead Planner
amanda julia events
Amanda 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 Festival’s 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. Amanda will be launching her own event business, amanda julia events, this fall.
Aniela Cockburn, VP Marketing Communications
Public Relations Specialist
Aniela has recently started a new job as public relations specialist for WOW Tech Group, an international company producing sex toys. Before that she started her career in Public Relations at Edelman, an international PR agency. Having moved to Canada only 4 years ago she knows how important it is to network and to build lasting connections. Therefore she is extremely excited to start the board position of vice-president of marketing communications.
Alexandra Sebben, VP Marketing Communications
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Alexandra Sebben is a communications professional who has expertise in developing and implementing earned and paid digital and social media strategies and managing the creation and execution of extensive annual publications and events. She currently works for the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) where she works directly with the Communications and Publishing Director to manage the overall project schedule for the Communications and Publishing Team.
Lauren Doty, VP 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.
Sarah Turnbull, VP Community Engagement
Sarah Turnbull is a media professional based in Ottawa. She currently writes and produces for CTV News’ parliamentary bureau. Prior to this, Sarah helped launch a national podcast network under the banner of The 2020 Network, which hosted five shows focused on policy and current affairs. There, she produced and co-wrote a limited series examining the rise and fall of Canada’s sole 12 female first ministers and why not one has been re-elected to power. Sarah previously spent time at iPolitics, covering the innovation and digital privacy files, and has freelanced for a variety of communications and marketing shops.
Sarah is a dedicated mental health advocate and is excited to take on the role of vice-president of community engagement at IABC.
Stacey Sauve, VP Website and Design
Stacey Sauvé brings over 10 years experience in strategic communications and account management. Throughout her career, she’s successfully led hundreds of communications projects, including corporate rebranding exercises, campaign strategies and rollouts, and website design and development.
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