Samantha Rae-Ayoub, President

Communications and Publishing Director

Council of Canadian Academies

Twitter: @samanthamrae

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

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Twitter: @kaleighmaclaren

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!).

Kristina Martin, Executive Vice President (EVP)

Director of Communications


Twitter: @kristinamartin9

Alexandra Sebben, Executive Secretary

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Council of Canadian Academies

Twitter: @alexandrasebben

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.

Alison Gareau, VP Membership

Senior Manager, Advocacy Communications

Plan International Canada

Twitter: @AlisonGareau

Alison Gareau is a strategic communications professional with over a decade of experience in all forms of communications, internal and external. Alison is passionate about all things communications including writing, strategy development, crisis comms and employee engagement initiatives. In her role at Plan International Canada, Alison manages policy and advocacy communications focused on gender equality and child rights globally. This is Alison’s second term as co-VP of membership for IABC Ottawa.

Benoit Laplante, VP Membership

Program Manager, Strategic Communications & Change

Royal Canadian Mint

Twitter: @benlaplante

Mark Brownlee, VP Marketing Communications

Digital Marketing Strategist

Banfield Agency

Twitter: @markbrownleeott

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

Communications Lead

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Twitter: @Katrina_K6

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

Environment Canada & Climate Change

Twitter: @adeebaottawa

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.

Cate Murray, VP Community Engagement

Executive Director & COO

Stem Cell Network

Twitter: @catemeechan

Stacey Sauve, VP Website and Design

Marketing Communications Advisor

Accurate Creative

Twitter: @accuratestacey

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.

Kayla Isabelle, VP Leadership Development

Communications Consultant

Ingenium Communications

Twitter: @KaylaMonique

Kayla is a talented and passionate communicator with a strong background in project management and writing. A versatile problem solver with keen business acumen, Kayla brings a blend of vibrant energy and expert project management skills to all her client engagements. Kayla has worked with dozens of clients across the public, para-public and association sectors. With a passion for volunteerism, Kayla is the President of the Carleton Communications Alumni Chapter, an active Carleton University Student Mentor, and is a former Board Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Carleton University, specializing in Mass Communication and Psychology.

Sarah Daly, VP, Chapter Development

Marketing Specialist

Global Knowledge Canada

Twitter: @sdaly22

Sarah is a professional communicator with a passion for storytelling in its many forms. You’ll find her working at Global Knowledge on their North American marketing team leading Canada events and the North American webinar programs, while volunteering as the VP of Chapter Development.

Past Presidents of IABC Ottawa

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