November 26, 2019    A bi-weekly resource for all communicators
In this e-Lert
  1. Holiday Networking Event – December 5
  2. New! 2020 OVATION Awards Call for Entries!
  3. IABC/Toronto’s 2020 OVATION Awards Sponsorship Opportunities
  4. The 2019 OVATION Awards Winning Entries Booklet is now available!
  5. Come in from the cold at the PIC winter social – December 12
  6. A few spots left in our Mentorship Program
  7. New! Member spotlight: Mike Allison
  8. We want to hear from you! A short survey about your membership
  9. IABC goes back to school!
  10. CareerLine: Career opportunities, in time for the Holidays!
  11. Submit your content for IABC/Toronto’s Communicator!
  12. A message from our President

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for networking

Thursday, December 5, 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Jason George Pub, 100 Front St. E. (corner of Front St. and Jarvis)

It’s cold outside, but it’s warm in here, so why not join us for some festive cheer?
IABC/Toronto is hosting a festive networking event so you can reconnect with colleagues, meet new PR and communications professionals and take a well-deserved break before the holidays.
Whether it’s the latest people moves in the industry or exchanging tips and best practices about internal, external or media communications, IABC/Toronto has you covered with the Festive Networking Event.
Registration fees:
$20: IABC member rate ($22.60 with HST)
$25: IABC non-member rate ($28.25 with HST)

You can REGISTER for the event online and your registration includes a drink ticket and delicious snacks.
Register Now

2020 OVATION Awards Call for Entries

Calling all communicators in the GTA: it’s time to start thinking about submitting your biggest, boldest, most innovative work for recognition by your peers. Similar to past years, Award Force will be used as our online award system for our Call for Entries. This system is aligned with IABC Gold Quill Awards and IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards, making it easier for you to submit the same entry across all IABC award programs.
Download the 2020 IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards Call for Entries to learn more about how you can enter.

Important OVATION dates:
  • Online submission opens Monday, January 20, 2020 by 9 a.m.
  • Early-bird entry deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020 by 7 p.m.
  • On-time entry deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020 by 7 p.m.
  • Last-minute entry deadline is Friday, February 28, 2019 by 7 p.m.
The 2020 OVATION Awards Gala will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Arcadian Court.
Have a question? Check out the FAQ section in the Call for Entries or reach out to the IABC/Toronto office -

Sponsor the Champions of the North at IABC/Toronto’s 2020 OVATION Awards


The annual OVATION Awards Gala is IABC/Toronto’s largest event, attracting the GTA’s brightest business communicators, prominent guests and the most innovative teams from agencies, corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Showcase your products and services to our Champions of the North this year by sponsoring the OVATION Awards! The Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Toronto.

Available Sponsorship Opportunities - click here to view all the sponsorship benefits: 

  • Platinum Sponsor • $3,500 – Maximum gala exposure and benefits, including name/logo throughout multimedia presentation and online, recognition in IABC/Toronto e-Lerts (including a customized sponsor message), maximum social media exposure, one-page advertisement in the Winning Entries PDF, signage at the Gala, and much more!
  • Gold Sponsor • $2,500 (3) – Three opportunities to choose from:
    1. Cocktail – Cocktail sponsor recognition throughout the cocktail hour including signature cocktail drink designed and named after your company, name/logo recognition in multimedia presentation and online recognition with link to sponsor’s website and much more.
    2. Photobooth – Our guests love the Photobooth! Be the official sponsor of the Photobooth and have your company logo displayed in the background of all the photos taken! Sponsorship also includes name/logo recognition in multimedia presentation and online recognition with link to sponsor’s website and much more.
    3. Tweetwall – Displayed throughout the Gala, IABC/Toronto is known to trend during the Gala! Be the official Tweetwall sponsor and have your company logo displayed predominately. Sponsorship also included name/logo recognition in multimedia presentation and online recognition with link to sponsor’s website and much more.
  • Silver Sponsor • $1,500 (3) – Recognition in multimedia presentation and online, including two complimentary tickets and more.
  • Bronze Sponsor • $1,000 (3) – Opportunity to present one of the select award categories with name and logo recognition in multimedia presentation, printed program, online and more.

Interested in a customized sponsorship package or need further information?
Please email 

The 2019 OVATION Awards Winning Entries Booklet is now available!

IABC/Toronto members have FREE access to OVATION Winning Entries Booklets for years 2005 to 2010, 2012 to 2015, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.
Are you a non-member who would like to view the OVATION Winning Entries Booklets? Not to worry, you can purchase access to these booklets for only $40 plus HST by calling IABC/Toronto’s office at 416-968-0264.

Come in from the cold at the PIC winter social

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. onwards, The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto

Those dire predictions of a cold winter? All the more reason to look for chances to get together with the warm and welcoming members and friends of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators (PIC).
Our next casual networking event is a winter social on December 12 at the Duke of York pub, just steps from the St. George subway. Have a drink and a bite to eat on your own tab, and enjoy catching up with other communication professionals. Share your successes, get advice with problems or simply toast the season. See you there!
Register Now

Last call for mentees for IABC/Toronto's Mentorship Program!

Attention young or transitioning communicators looking for sound industry advice, guidance and perspective: IABC / Toronto’s 2019-20 Mentorship Program is looking for mentees. Simply fill out a mentee application form and wait to be paired with your ideal mentor match based on considerations like goals, industry and location.
This year’s program will not be open to students and placements will be completed on a first-come-first-serve basis. The application form can be found here on our website.  

Thanks for your interest!
Apply Now

Member Spotlight

Mike Allison

Manager, Public and Media Relations, Elections Ontario
A corporate communicator with experience handling issues and providing counsel to executives, Mike Allison joins IABC Toronto after moving from Vancouver two years ago.
“I came to Toronto and got straight to work before realizing it would probably be a good idea to connect with fellow communications professionals in order to advance my knowledge of best practices and take advantage of networking opportunities,” said Mike.
 Read more…

We want to hear from you!

Last week we sent out a survey to ask your feedback on your IABC membership and if there is anything that we could do to make the association more meaningful for you. Please take 5 minutes to complete the short survey (link) before Friday December 6th. Thank you for being a member and providing us with your valuable feedback and support to help make the association even stronger.
Take our survey

IABC goes back to school!

Last week, IABC VP Membership, Mandy Gibson had the pleasure of meeting and presenting to the students enrolled in the Integrated Marketing course at York University. These students will be entering the workforce within the year and were interested in hearing how IABC could help to make a difference in their job search and career path. One of the most important pieces of advice provided to this next generation workforce of marketers and communicators was to start networking and building those essential relationships and contacts now. The IABC Toronto chapter has close to 1000 members in the GTA and there are over 10,000 global members in 80 countries that you can now connect to on the Hub.

Career opportunities, in time for the Holidays! Find a new job on CareerLine!

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.

To post a job online, please go to
Jobs recently listed on CareerLine include:
  • Research Communication Specialist
  • Program Manager, Office of Chief of Communications
  • Director, Community Relations
  • Communication Manager
  • Program Manager, Departmental Communications
  • Senior Project / Account Manager
  • VP, Social Purpose & Stakeholder Engagement
  • Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Members can access these and more job postings here

Submit your content for IABC/Toronto’s Communicator!

Are you an internal communications aficionado or looking to become one? Consider writing an article about your expertise and experience in the winter issue of Communicator!
IABC/Toronto’s official e-magazine, Communicator features information and insights on topics relevant to communicators in the GTA. Written exclusively by IABC/Toronto members, Communicator is now open to the public.
The theme for our upcoming issue is “Internal communications.” We are looking for high-quality content that will provoke the interest and curiosity of IABC/Toronto members.
The content submission deadline is December 13, 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)
Please note that only IABC/Toronto members can contribute to Communicator.
If you would like to write for Communicator, please contact Felicia Empey, Editor in Chief, at

A message from IABC/Toronto’s President:
Lindsay Grillet, BSc, BPR, MA (Communication)

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