Top 5 takeaways from November’s Special Interest Group: Tips and techniques for stellar speechwriting and presentations

In November, the members-only Special Interest Group focused on the stellar speechwriting and presentation skills described by Wendy Cherwinski, an experienced speechwriter and a past president of IABC Ottawa. Wendy shared stories about writing speeches for audiences as diverse as elementary school children, a convention of nurses and military members. With her experience working with…

5 lessons from CEO Caitlin Kealey’s Ask-Me-Anything

IABC Ottawa’s 2018-2019 season opened with a bang on September 13 as MediaStyle CEO Caitlin Kealey fielded questions in a lively Ask-Me-Anything discussion with chapter President Samantha Rae Ayoub. Caitlin candidly shared her thoughts on climbing the communications ladder, being a woman at the top, balancing work and home life, and how to succeed in…

Lessons from IRONMAN for the communications world: Basia Vanderveen profile

Communicator, accredited IABC professional…extreme IRONMAN athlete? It’s an exceptional combination. But there are few other ways that adequately sum up Basia Vanderveen’s unique contribution in the workplace. “I love what endurance sports have brought to my life for me, for my family, and for my employers,” says Vanderveen. “I have to stay organized and efficient…

Join us for the 2018-19 Season as a volunteer or apply to become a Chapter Leader!

We’re looking for enthusiastic communication professionals who are ready for a leadership challenge to join our board of directors for next season or to get involved in the chapter as a volunteer, advisor or contributor! This is your opportunity to build your leadership skills, help advance the communications profession, share your expertise and take on a…

From festival founding to communications: IABC Ottawa’s Awelana Akeriwe shares lessons from AfroFest

Awelana Akeriwe’s accomplishment is one to which few other Ottawa communicators can lay claim: Starting, from scratch, an annual festival that celebrates African culture. But founding AfroFest, a Regina-based festival, is more than just a unique line on her resume. She says it’s helped her a lot in her communications career. “With AfroFest I quickly…