Samantha Rae-Ayoub, President
Communications and Publishing Director
Samantha Rae Ayoub is a seasoned communications professional with notable experience in communication planning, science communication, media relations, and scholarly publishing. Currently serving as the Communications and Publishing Director at the Council of Canadian Academies, she works with research teams and expert panels to publish and promote evidence-based research and inform science policy.
Kaleigh Maclaren, Past President / VP Finance
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!).
Alexandra Sebben, Executive Secretary
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Alexandra Sebben is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). She works directly with the Communications and Publishing Director to manage the overall project schedule for the Communications and Publishing Team.
As the IABC Ottawa Executive Secretary, Alexandra is responsible for collecting board reports, drafting meeting agendas, and taking official meeting minutes. She also works on a special project for the season under the guidance of the executive team.
Alexandra has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Production and a Masters in Professional Communication from Ryerson University. Her Major Research Paper explored how higher education institutions in Toronto brand themselves for student recruitment on digital media platforms. Alexandra is also a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa Chapter and frequently volunteers with the organization.
Alison Gareau, VP Membership
Alison Gareau is a strategic communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in all forms of communications, internal and external. She started her career in the humanitarian and international development sector and now works in the tech sector managing corporate communications. Alison is passionate about all things communications including writing, strategy development, crisis comms and employee engagement initiatives. This is Alison’s second term as co-VP of membership for IABC Ottawa.
Mark Brownlee, VP Marketing Communications
Digital Marketing Strategist
Mark Brownlee is a digital marketing strategist and blogger in Ottawa. He currently works as a Digital Marketing Strategist with Banfield Agency, a blogger for several online outlets and volunteers as co-VP of Marketing Communications with IABC Ottawa.
Katrina King, VP Marketing Communications
Katrina King is a driven communications professional who has worked on a number of high-profile projects requiring meaningful and sustainable community engagement plans. She’s passionate about helping organizations determine how to strategically focus time, resources, and energy on building alliances with stakeholders through meaningful communications. She’s currently the Senior Marketing Lead at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).
Adeeba Ahmad, VP Professional Development
Sr. Communications and Engagement Advisor
Adeeba is an experienced communicator with over 15 years experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Specializing in events, outreach and strategic communications, Adeeba is driven by finding creative solutions to any unexpected issue. She has worked on many high-profile files such as H1N1, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Canada 150. Currently she is the Senior Communications and Outreach Advisor on the G7 Task Team for Environment Canada.
Stacey Sauve, VP Website and Design
Marketing Communications Advisor
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.
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