Jimena Martinez,
Marketing Communications

Jimena is a content strategist with experience in both marketing and user experience. With her writing skills, she has helped tech companies create valuable and engaging content for users.

Gabriella Taekama,
Marketing Communications

Hello! My name is Gabriella and I’m so excited to be on the IABC team this year! I am a fourth year Communications and Media student at Carleton University and a coordinator at NATIONAL Public Relations. I’m excited about all things communications and all things coffee flavoured!

Shawna White,
Marketing Communications

Shawna is a driven and dynamic communication professional with just over 3 years of experience in the field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a major in criminology & minor in sociology from the University of Ottawa, as well as a public relations diploma from Algonquin College. Her areas of interest include : social media, digital communications, and content development. As a serial volunteer, she also volunteers in a communications capacity with Empow(Her) Network and the Ottawa Tool Library.

Brooke Anderson,

Brooke Anderson is an Account Manager with the corporate group in Edelman’s Ottawa office. With five years of communications experience in agency and public sector environments, she offers a well-rounded perspective to her clients. Specializing in media relations, corporate communications, and content creation, she has extensive experience developing effective communications strategies and programs. From product launches to CSR campaigns, Brooke is a skillful project manager and communicator.

Prior to Edelman, Brooke worked for a multinational public relations consulting firm. She supported numerous communication efforts for some of the world’s best-known brands, such as Facebook, Huawei, FedEx, Magna, and Dell-EMC, along with Canadian companies such as Scotiabank, Tangerine, Mitel, and Sobeys. Brooke also completed a public affairs internship at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC.

Brooke holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of Guelph, a master of arts degree from Queen’s University, and a certificate in public relations from Humber College.

Rafael Dezordi,

Brazilian, Canadian and Luxembourger Communications Specialist with multi-lingual abilities and 5+ years of experience in marketing, event planning, public relations, media relations, brand amplification, graphic design, web content design, social media outreach and video editing. Rafael holds a M.A. in International Affairs, with a specialization in International Economic Policy, from The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, and an LL. B. (Bachelor of Laws) from the Federal University of Parana.

Somayeh Mortazavi,

Somayeh is a Communications Professional with more than 10 years of experience in teaching, scholarly publishing, journalism, media relations, and public relations. Passionate about building relationships, creating and delivering effective messaging, and leading projects. Somayeh holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and a MSc in Communication Technology from the University Putra Malaysia as well as a BS in Journalism from Azad University in Iran.

Khatia Odzelashvili,

Khatia is a media-savvy, highly organized, and creative public relations specialist with over five years of experience in marketing and communications. Currently, she works at Canvet Publications where she develops and implements creative campaign ideas, conducts research, and makes evidence-based recommendations. Khatia owns a boutique public relations agency. As someone who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences, Khatia worked as a lecturer at two universities in Tbilisi.

Rachel Haddad,
Professional Development

Rachel is a third year Communication and Political Science student at the University of Ottawa, as well as a Parliamentary Assistant on Parliament Hill. Passionate about the intersection of politics and strategic communication, she is excited to be a volunteer with IABC again this year to bridge her public sector experience into networking with esteemed colleagues from the private sector. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries, travelling, and spin class!

Mirna Shaltout,
Professional Development

Mirna Shaltout is a recent graduate from Carleton University with a BA honours in Communications and Art History. Mirna is very passionate about planning events and connecting the people of Ottawa to art through event planning. She recently started volunteering for the Ottawa Art Gallery where she plans events and workshops for the diverse groups of seniors in Ottawa in order to connect them with the rich art history of Canada.

Cassidy Charron,
Leadership Development

Cassidy is currently completing her final year at Carleton University in Communication and Media Studies. As part of the co-op program at Carleton, Cassidy has had the opportunity to take on a variety of communications roles at various Government of Canada Departments and Agencies. She presently works at the Canada Revenue Agency. Cassidy is excited to be involved with IABC this season as the Director of Leadership Engagement, and is looking forward to learning and meeting new people in the Ottawa communications community.

Kelsey Hunt,
Professional Development

Kelsey Hunt was born and raised in Ottawa and is always interested in getting involved in events around the city. She has a background communications from the University of Ottawa and a passion for working in the sports industry. She is currently pursuing a career as a sports event coordinator in Ottawa.

Paroma Datta,
Web & Design

Paroma is a digital marketing strategist with an engineering background. She has been working in the private and non-profit sectors since 2014.  She is well versed in Ottawa’s small business digital asset management and online marketing strategies. Paroma is also credited as a publicist in An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital, a maiden publication venture by Wingd Canada which was launched in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. She volunteers with Ask Womxn Anything and organizes their monthly speaker panels. Paroma loves traveling, photography and curating content on local business.

Sherry Aske,
Community Engagement

Sherry Aske is an innovative digital communicator focused on finding the best ways to connect with Canadians on emerging and existing platforms. She has six years’ experience as a journalist at CBC Ottawa and is now a social media advisor for the public service working on partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, Google and Snapchat. She loves podcasts, popcorn and polishing off a good book.

Priscilia O. Kabengele,
Members Connect

Priscilia Odia Kabengele just received a specialized bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications from the University of Ottawa and College La Cité -with honors-. She will be pursuing her career in the Government of Canada. She likes reading and testing new technologies. She is interested in the contribution of new media to public and organizational communications. She will volunteer in the members Connect Program.