Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Internal communications in the digital age

Tuesday, February 28, 6 to 8 p.m., FCP Gallery*, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto
How is internal communications evolving in the digital age? IABC/Toronto and sponsors, The Toronto Region Board of Trade and PostBeyond, invite you to a panel discussion on internal communications in the digital age. There are already more than 100 confirmed attendees with only 15 spots left. Don't miss out - register before this event sells out!
Our expert panel will discuss how digital is breaking down silos, rise of mobile in the workplace and communicating with the millennial workforce. They will also share their perspectives on trends in internal communication and employee engagement. Our panelists are: This panel will be moderated by Judy Mann, Director, Marketing & Communications, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.

Registration fees:
  • $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).
  • $75: Non-member rate if you register on or after February 15 ($84.75 with HST).
Special event promo: For a limited time, PostBeyond is offering free communication audits to all IABC/Toronto members. Limited spots available. Click here to learn more and apply now.

Register now for the Communicator of the Year breakfast

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 to 10 a.m., One King West, Grand Banking Hall

IABC/Toronto invites you to a special breakfast in honour of this year’s Communicator of the Year Andy Byford, CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Register before March 6 to take advantage of early bird prices.

Hear how Mr. Byford has embraced a culture of open and transparent communication with employees, customers, and media and how that has transformed the TTC. Learn about his passion for making the customer the focus of everything the TTC does by personally writing a newspaper column, fronting customer focused videos, and being accessible, transparent, open and honest when bad news strikes.
Registration fees:
  • $50 IABC member early-bird rate on or before March 6 ($56.50 with HST)
  • $60 IABC member rate on or after March 7 ($67.80 with HST)
  • $65 non-members early-bird rate on or before March 6 ($73.45)
  • $75 non-member rate on or after March 7 ($84.75 with HST)
  • $450 for tables of eight (members and non-members)

OVATION Awards submission period ends March 2

Missed last week’s on-time deadline? There is still time to enter your work in this year’s IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards. Last-minute deadline is on March 2.

For more than 30 years, IABC/Toronto’s prestigious OVATION Awards program has celebrated communication excellence annually in the Greater Toronto Area. Open to members and non-members, the program features 17 categories to choose from and a simplified online submission process.

Check out the Call for Entries and our special Top Five Questions feature below.
Begin your online submission.
Important dates:
  • Last-minute entry deadline is March 2, 2017
  • 2017 OVATION Awards Gala will be on May 31, 2017 at the Arcadian Court
For any questions or sponsorship details, please contact the IABC/Toronto office at

Got a question about the OVATION Awards?
We have answers.

We receive a lot of questions about submissions to the OVATION Awards. Most of these can be found in the Call for Entries, but here are the top five most commonly asked questions.
1. Entering the Communications Skills Division (Digital Content; Audio-Visual; Publications; Writing) and not sure about what needs to be submitted for a Work Plan?
Unlike previous years, there isn’t an online form to complete. Instead, download the Communications Skills Division 2 Entry Form template and answer the questions listed. Save the completed form as a PDF and submit it in the online award system under the Work Plan section.
2. Letters of Permission if entering on behalf of a client – what is accepted?
Letters of permission can be an official letter on company letterhead from the client or a copy of an email from a client representative providing permission to enter the submission. Be sure the letter of permission indicates "2017 OVATION Award Submission."
3. Is there a required font and page margin size for Work Plans?
There is no set margin size, but there is a minimum 10 point font size. There is also no required space size between paragraphs.
4. Can I update my submission AFTER I have submitted?
No. Once you have submitted and paid, there is no way to change your submission. When submitting, you are provided the opportunity to review your submission to ensure accuracy BEFORE you hit submit.
5. Do I receive any confirmation that my submission was entered successfully?
Yes indeed! A confirmation/receipt is emailed shortly after each submission is completed to the email provided when entering. Be sure to do the following:
  • Enter the correct email address that you wish confirmations/receipts to be emailed to.
  • Check your spam/junk/promotions folder for confirmations/receipts. They often land there!
  • Can't located your confirmation/receipt? Contact IABC/Toronto's office by email for assistance.
Have more questions? Check out the FAQ section of the Call for Entries or contact

Thirty exciting opportunities on IABC/Toronto’s CareerLine

IABC/Toronto’s CareerLine is the place for members to find their next job. Already in 2017, we’ve posted 30 new and exciting job opportunities. Only current IABC/Toronto members can access the complete listing details, but here is a sample of the latest opportunities available:
  • Bilingual Specialist, Communications
  • Senior Events Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
  • Communications Coordinator
Check out all the latest listings by going to
Looking to hire a professional with PR/Communications/Marketing expertise? Try CareerLine to reach 1,200+ professionals in the GTA. It’s EASY to post a position with competitive pricing. For more information, please go to

Not an IABC/Toronto member? Find out more about membership so you can gain access to these listings by going to

Perpetual adaptation: Digital marketing strategies for independent communicators

Thursday, March 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto
How adaptable are you? Learn the secrets of reinventing yourself in the quickly changing world of digital media from our guest speaker, writer and illustrator Alison Garwood-Jones.
With a rapid-fire revolution in communication and digital media, “adaptability” is a must-have on your list of skills. With more skill pivots in the last five years than the previous 40 combined, Alison will talk about how she reinvented herself in the changing world of digital media, share advice on how to learn new skills, build professional resilience and expand the capacity for change.
IABC/Toronto members, bring your business card to enter a draw to win a half-hour LinkedIn coaching session with Alison.
Learn more in this conversation with Alison and PIC’s past Chair Donna Papacosta

Register now.

Early bird ends March 1. Register now for the 2017 IABC World Conference

Join more than 1,000 of your communication peers at the 2017 IABC World Conference, 11–14 June 2017 in Washington D.C. If you register for the early-bird rate by 1 March you can save over US$200 compared to the full price. And if you become an IABC member at the same time, you can save even more. Just follow the prompts during the online registration to make that happen.
The theme for this exciting event, #IABC17 GLOBAL BUSINESS: Lead CommunicationMake Real Impact, represents IABC’s mission to deliver the greatest impact on your career development in a meaningful and creative environment, supporting your ability to demonstrate what great communication is able to achieve.
Check out an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers, who offer new thinking, inspiration and ideas that will cast a new light on how to handle some of the biggest challenges facing the communication profession today.
Learn more and register at
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