Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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OVATION Awards: Now Accepting Entries!

Ready. Get set. Go! The IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards is now accepting entries for the 2017 edition. With 17 categories to choose from, there is one that matches the exceptional work you are doing.
Download the 2017 OVATION Award Call for Entries for complete information.
IABC/Toronto’s OVATION Awards Program has recognized and celebrated communications excellence in the GTA for more than 30 years. It honours individual award winners while fostering a greater appreciation of the communication profession.
Click here to start your online submission.
Important dates:
  • OVATION early bird entry deadline is February 2, 2017.
  • OVATION on-time entry deadline is February 16, 2017.
  • OVATION last-minute entry deadline is March 2, 2017.
  • 2017 OVATION Awards Gala will be held on May 31, 2017 at the Arcadian Court.
For any questions, please contact the IABC/Toronto office at For sponsorship opportunities, please contact

January is IABC/Toronto’s Membership Month

IABC is the association of choice for communications professionals. Joining IABC/Toronto gives you access to both a local and international network of professionals.
IABC/Toronto is offering a special incentive for new and lapsed members: join or reinstate your membership during the month of January and the US$40 application fee will be waived.
Plus, any lapsed members who reinstate their membership in January will also receive a 20 per cent discount to any future IABC/Toronto event held before June 30, 2017 (excluding Communicator of the Year breakfast and the OVATION Awards Gala).
Join today!

New Year. New Communicator

I am thrilled to announce that, for the first time, Communicator is now being entirely published online. This marks the evolution of Communicator from a hard copy delivered by mail to an online PDF to the new web format we are launching today.
This month's issue focuses on digital communications; subsequent issues will cover internal, brand and crisis communications. Articles are available exclusively to IABC/Toronto members and hosted in the members only section of
We are continually looking for ways to improve the member experience and ensure we are delivering valuable, timely and thoughtful content. We want to hear from you — what topics do you want to see in future issues?
I hope you enjoy the new approach. And, let me know what you think.
Megan Hooper
President, IABC/Toronto
How to access Communicator
  1. Go to and login to access your account.
  2. Click on the “Resources” tab and select Communicator from the dropdown menu.
Enjoy current and past issues of the magazine online.

New! Internal Communications in the Digital Age

Tuesday, February 28, 6 to 8 p.m., FCP Gallery, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto
A growing millennial workforce and evolving technologies offer new opportunities and challenges to engage and align employees.
Join IABC/Toronto, The Toronto Region Board of Trade and employee communications advocate, PostBeyond, as we introduce a panel of in-house communications leaders from innovative, finance and public sector organizations to share perspectives on:
  • Shifting communication and embracing the digital workplace,
  • Trends in internal communications and engagement strategies,
  • The rise of mobile in the workplace,
  • Communicating with the millennial workforce.
Register now to learn how digital is breaking down silos and increasing engagement, and how to help your organization ride the digital transformation wave.
Registration fees:
  • $45: IABC member early bird rate if you register on or before February 14 ($50.85 with HST).
  • $55: IABC member rate on or after February 15 ($62.15 with HST).
  • $45: IABC student members and transitional members rate ($50.85 with HST).
  • $65: Non-member early bird rate if you register on or before February 14 ($73.45 with HST).
  • $75: Non-member rate if you register on or after February 15 ($84.75 with HST).
Take advantage of early bird rates and register now.

2016 CareerLine stats are in!
200+ communication/PR job positions lists

CareerLine has proven again to be ideal for providing companies with access to qualified candidates. In 2016, IABC/Toronto members had exclusive access to more than 200 job opportunities on CareerLine and feedback was overwhelmingly positive from both job-searching members and companies.<
Have a job position needing qualified candidates? For only $230 plus HST (members and non-members), you can post your job listing and have access to more than 1,200+ communication professionals in the GTA. For more information, please go to

NEW in 2017! To make posting easier for hiring departments, IABC/Toronto will now accept submissions by email for posting online. To submit, please email your posting to Be sure to include the following information:
  • Position
  • Company
  • Internship / junior / intermediate / senior / freelance position
  • Job description
  • How to apply
  • Closing date
  • Company logo (not required) and website
  • Details on to whom the invoice for posting should be emailed.
Looking for a new opportunity in 2017? IABC/Toronto members can access the latest positions by going to

FREE Webinar for IABC members — How to Create Powerful and Positive Changes in Your Organization

Thursday, January 12, 2 p.m. — Webinar
Dysfunction within large organizations is so prevalent that most people either accept it as an inevitable fact of corporate life or assume someone else will deal with it.
But must it be this way? Steve Goldstein answers this question with a resounding “no!”
In this webinar, Goldstein explains the nature of dysfunction present in most companies and other organizations, why it occurs, and most importantly, what leaders, at all levels, can do to tackle these issues and improve performance.
What you'll learn:
  • Proven techniques for solving problems and improving performance.
  • How to understand and utilize the Five Principles of Engagement.
  • How top leaders can improve the way they interact with their teams, employees, and customers.
If you need help creating positive changes in your organization, you don’t want to miss this session.
Register now.

TOMORROW! PIC presents: Digital tools for the digital age

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12 p.m. (noon) - Webinar
In a recent survey, 65 per cent of PIC members said they want to learn more about social and digital media. In response, PIC has planned a special webinar at noon on Wednesday, January 11.
Led by social media expert and past PIC president Donna Papacosta and other PIC executive members, this webinar will give a basic introduction to a variety of free online tools. The session will suit communicators just becoming familiar with digital tools and willing to spend further time independently exploring the platforms they learn about.
Register today and join us online to discover some social and digital media ideas to use in your business or your clients' businesses. Participants will be sent a link a few days before the webinar with instructions on how to join.
Please note that you must have an internet connection to attend the webinar. A headset is recommended.

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