The value of student membership: Gabriella Taekema shares the benefits of joining IABC

Gabriella Taekema sees professional organizations as a stepping stone to launch a communications career. Currently working as a student communications officer with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Taekema first heard of IABC during her freshman year at Carleton University. A former communications and media student recommended getting involved and she has now been an IABC…

Top line advice from “Communicating Contentious Issues”

On November 28 at The Red Lion, IABC Ottawa hosted the much-anticipated “Communicating Contentious Issues” Panel event. The event featured a discussion with Phil Taylor, Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Susan Barrett, Manager, Communications at Hydro Ottawa, and Jessica Smith, Policy Associate at Facebook, moderated by Kelly…

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…