“Networking in the New Year” delivers answers to your burning questions

IABC Ottawa rang in 2019 with the highly anticipated event, “Networking in the New Year: Building Your Communications Toolbox”. In speed-dating style, four industry professionals made their way around the room (table-to-table) giving insights on their area of expertise. Attendees gathered tips and tricks about budgeting, influencer marketing, social media analytics and knowledge mobilization thanks…

Young communicator Manuela Bárcenas

This month we’re highlighting a new member of IABC Ottawa – Manuela Bárcenas. She’s also a recent grad, working in her dream job at a software company in Ottawa called Fellow. Manuela was born in Bogota, Colombia and lived there until she was eight-years-old. Manuela attended middle school in Ecuador and high school in Peru.…

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…