August 20, 2019    A bi-weekly resource for all communicators

Member Spotlight

Jovita D’sa

Jovita D’sa is a seasoned and tech-savvy communicator with more than 12 years-experience in internal and external communications for companies across the globe. Jovita has developed a range of internal and external communications with diverse industries including Technology, Financial Services and Pharma across India, US and Canada. In her current role, Jovita works at Equifax as a Communications Manager handling communications focused on business transformation in Canada.  Read more...

Two-for-one: Volunteer and expand your network at the same time!

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering, now is the time.

IABC/Toronto is ramping up for a great 2019-2020 year and this is your chance to reconnect with fellow communicators, find out how to get involved, and expand your network – all in one place.

Tuesday, September 10, from 6 to 8 pm, First Canadian Place Gallery, 100 King Street W., Toronto

Want to know what IABC/Toronto has planned for the year, and interested in helping us make that happen? Bring your questions, ideas and enthusiasm to this year’s annual volunteer recruitment event. It’s the best job you won’t get paid for.

Not a member? That’s ok. While volunteering with IABC/Toronto is a member benefit, please feel free to come learn more about the many reasons to join and get involved with our association of communications experts.

Registration fees:
  • Member rate: FREE
  • Non-member rate: $10 ($11.30 with HST)
Portfolios available for volunteering include:
  • Communications and Digital Media
  • Data Analytics and Brand Management
  • Membership
  • Networking
  • OVATION Awards
  • Professional Development
  • Programs
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Volunteer Services
Come down to learn about each of the portfolios, hear from VPs, and uncover the values of volunteering with the world’s foremost communications association!
Register Now

Are you interested in speaking at an IABC/Toronto Professional Development Event? If so, we want to hear from you!

Our Professional Development portfolio is committed to providing the IABC/Toronto community with thought-provoking and continued learning content that adds value and knowledge to our roles as communicators.
If you’re interested, please complete this short survey and we will include you in our database for consideration for upcoming opportunities.
Take a Short Survey

Share your expertise on IABC/Toronto’s Communicator!

Are you an experienced communications professional looking to share your knowledge? Perhaps you’re a student or recent graduate and want to share your views on current trends. Consider writing an article for Communicator!
As IABC/Toronto’s official e-magazine, Communicator features information and insights on topics relevant to communicators in the GTA.
The theme for our upcoming issue is “Diversity and inclusion.” We are looking for high-quality content that will provoke the interest and curiosity of IABC/Toronto members.
The writing submission deadline is September 14, 2019.  All submissions are subject to editing by IABC/Toronto and must:
  • Be written in blog format
  • Be 500 to 1,000 words in length
  • Abide by IABC/Toronto’s style guide (to be provided by the Editor in Chief) 
If you would like to write for Communicator, please contact Felicia Empey, Editor in Chief, at

Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Duke of York Pub, 39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto

 PIC Newsletter: Watch your inbox for the latest edition of The Buzz for July/August

Volunteer with PIC! The position of Social Media Director is still open.

Start the new season with our September social! Join your indie friends and colleagues at the autumn gathering at the Duke of York in the Annex. Have a drink, grab a bite, and stay in the loop! IABC/Toronto’ Professional Independent Communicators (PIC) meets a few times a year. Don’t miss wonderful opportunity to exchange notes with other indie communicators to help your independent business thrive. It’s all about networking! Catch us at 69 Prince Arthur on September 19th at 6:30-9 p.m. Just minutes from St. George subway.
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Don’t miss the latest July/August edition of The Buzz. Ellen Gardner, ABC shares her story of how she took the leap from her corporate job into teaching to fulfill her need for a new challenge in her career. “This is it,” she says, “our one career and our one chance to leave our mark.” Our new chair, Nkiru Asika, introduces herself along with the new executive team: Sue Horner, Kathy Lin, Sharon McMillan, Judy Irwin, Nancy Ellen Miller and Deana De Ciccio. She also thanks Sharon Aschaiek, who will remain an executive as Past Chair. Catch up with what’s buzzing at PIC, and be sure to reach out to Nkiru with your professional development ideas, questions and suggestions for speakers at toronto-sig@iabc.toronto.

Summer Sizzling Jobs…

Join companies large and small, non-profits, members and non-members, and give your job posting visibility to IABC/Toronto’s 1,000+ communications and PR professionals.
  • $230 plus HST — Junior, intermediate or senior positions
  • $230 plus HST – Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • $100 plus HST — Freelance positions
  • $30 plus HST — Internships (must note internship in job title)
 To post a job online, please go to
Jobs recently listed on CareerLine include:
  • Fire Prevention Officer
  • Advisor, Communications – Bilingual 
  • Advertising Coordinator
  • Senior Communications Advisor 
  • Account Coordinator
  • Marketing Communications Specialist
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Communications and Engagement Officer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Communications Manager
Members can access these and more job postings here

Nominations are now open for Master Communicator recognition; IABC Canada’s highest honour.

The IABC Canada Master Communicator designation (MC) is a lifetime achievement award for Canadian IABC members who are Accredited (ABC) or Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) designees. See the details about this national program and the nomination process here

Make it an amazing August and discover all that IABC has to offer communication professionals. Save 10% on international dues using the code “MEMBERSHIP” during checkout at through 31 August and take your career to the next level.

Special offers through to August 31:

  • New and returning lapsed members can save 10% on international dues when they use the code “MEMBERSHIP” during checkout at
  • Current members can earn a 15% discount on professional development through IABC Academy when any new or returning lapsed member lists their name in the referral field during checkout at
Join Now!

Members Save! 2020 IABC World Conference

Meet IABC in Chicago from June 14 to 17 for #IABC20!

Join us as we build on the 2019 conference theme of Think Forward and gain the knowledge, tools and ideas we need to be prepared for what’s ahead.

Save by registering early

We know that budgets are tight! That’s why we are helping you to spend wisely by offering a special member-only pre-registration rate in the month of August. There are a limited number of these discount spots available, so you won’t want to wait. Keep an eye on the IABC World Conference site for more information.

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