Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Special event for senior-level communicators: IABC/Toronto Dine and Chat – taking the next step in your career

Wednesday, May 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m., The Badali Bar and Cucina, 156 Front Street, Toronto

Seasoned communicators are constantly navigating the complex and challenging issues facing their organizations. Join us for a special “dine and chat” event at Badali Bar and Cucina designed to help communications leaders take a step back to reflect on their careers. Speakers include Toronto-based recruiter David Smith and communications leader Jeanette Jones, ABC, formally of global brand giant McDonald's.

Whether you are in transition from a previous role or starting to think about your next move, this event will help provide thoughtful considerations, peer mentoring and supportive space for discussion to help you take on your next challenge with vision and clarity.
  • $80: IABC member rate ($90.40 with HST)
  • $95: Non-member rate ($107.35 with HST)

Want to be a communications leader? Join IABC/Toronto’s board of directors

IABC/Toronto is seeking new Board members to help lead the chapter into the future in the 2017–2018 board year. Serving on the chapter board gives you an opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, build transferable business knowledge in budgeting, marketing and strategic planning, as well as collaborate with fellow communicators.

Download our Call for Nominations to view the list of available board roles and what we’re looking for in future board members. Vacancies are open to all voting members. Deadline to submit nominations is by 5 p.m. EDT on May 18, 2017.

Want to learn more about the what, why and how? Get in touch with IABC/Toronto President, Megan Hooper or incoming president, Maliha Aqeel.

Coming soon to all entrants — Judging Results for the 2017 OVATION Awards

Many thanks to everyone who took the time and made the effort to enter IABC/Toronto's 2017 OVATION awards. The results have been confirmed and notifications will be sent to winners and non-winners this week.

If you have not received a notification regarding your entry by Friday, please contact the IABC/Toronto office at

Now Open! IABC/Toronto OVATION Gala 2017 registrations

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6 to 9 p.m., Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Toronto

Register now for IABC/Toronto’s OVATION Gala 2017 to celebrate pearls of communication excellence, MC’d by Jennifer Valentyne, host of The Bachelorette Canada After Show and co-host of Q107.

Join us for an evening of music, cocktails, dinner and award presentations. Ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket and a three-course dinner. Table purchases also include two bottles of wine.


Individual tickets
  • $110: IABC full/regular members ($124.30 with HST)
  • $50: IABC student/transitional members ($56.50 with HST)
  • $155: Non-members ($175.15 with HST)

Group tables (open to members and non-members)
  • $976: Table of eight ($1,102.88 with HST)
  • $1,220: Table of ten ($1,378.60 with HST)
  • $1,464: Table of twelve ($1,654.32 with HST)

Sponsored by:


McMaster-Syracuse MCM

Applications are now being accepted for the IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year Award

Are you a student who possesses creativity, strong writing skills and passion in both your academic and volunteer projects? Why not enter IABC/Toronto’s Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year Award? IT’S FREE TO ENTER!

Each year, IABC/Toronto recognizes a student member who exhibits leadership and excellence in communications.

The IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year will be honoured at the prestigious OVATION Awards Gala on May 31, 2017 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, where s/he will rub shoulders with many of the top PR and Communication professionals in the GTA.

The winner will receive:
  1. One complimentary ticket to the OVATION Awards Gala being held on May 31, 2017;
  2. A unique professional development package provided by CCC Academy;
  3. A 2017 IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year plaque;
  4. Mentions via IABC/Toronto’s website, news releases and social media;
  5. His/her work featured in the OVATION Award Winning Entries Booklet.

For information on the award, how to enter and a list of past winners, visit the Student Awards page on our website.

PIC presents: Defending your digital data: Tips to protect yourself online

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mattamy Athletic Centre, Blue and Gold Room (Room 3310), third floor, 50 Carlton St., Toronto
Do you know:
  • how to spot a phishing attack?
  • if your anti-virus program is protecting you?
  • how password managers and two-step verification help protect you?
If not, your data and computer system could be vulnerable to attacks.

PIC’s next professional development event will be a fast-paced, engaging event where you’ll learn some easy cyber security tips from digital forensics expert Ryan Duquette of Hexigent Consulting. Ryan will show you how to manage risks and protect what matters most to you professionally — your business and your clients.

IABC/Toronto members, bring your business card for a chance to win an evaluation of your current defenses.

Networking runs from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Advance registration required.
  • FREE: Current IABC/Toronto members
  • $20: Non-member rate ($22.60 with HST)

April Career Showers – CareerLine is pouring with opportunities

Spring is here and the job opportunities are coming in fast! There have been almost 70 job positions posted on CareerLine in 2017 already, with almost one position being posted daily in April.
  1. Communications Coordinator
  2. Senior Account Manager
  3. Communications Business Partner
  4. Corporate Communications Officer (Senior Writer)
  5. Senior Communications Coordinator
  6. Senior PR Specialist
  7. Internal Communications Specialist
  8. Communications Lead – Strategic Communications
  9. Corporate Communications Senior Specialist
  10. Director, Government, Community & Media Relations
Members can access the website 24/7 to review job opportunities by going to the Careers page.

Finding top-notch candidates can be difficult in today's competitive talent market. CareerLine offers you one flat rate for posting an ad. No word count maximum! For junior, intermediate or senior level positions (full-time, part-time and contract): Flat rate $230 plus HST.

For more information, or to post a position, please go to the CareerLine page.

Senior Communication Management Professional certification program now available

The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new certification program designed for highly skilled business communicators looking to demonstrate their mastery and experience.

The Senior Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certification is aligned with the Strategic Adviser level in IABC’s Career Road Map. If you have 11 or more years of combined experience and education/training in professional business communication, you might be ready for SCMP certification.

This new program joins the first certification developed by the GCCC, the Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification. The CMP program remains the same, aimed at the Generalist/Specialist level, a mid-level stage in the communication professional’s development.

Here's what you need to know if you are interested in applying for SCMP certification.

Applications for SCMP certification are being accepted immediately and can be found on the new GCCC website.

The first offering of the SCMP certification exam is scheduled for the morning of Sunday, 11 June, in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Hilton, during IABC’s 2017 World Conference.

Applications must be received by 11 May to be considered for the 11 June SCMP exam.

Fees related to SCMP certification are the same as those for the CMP level:
  • US$100 for the application for IABC members; US$400 for non-members
  • US$400 for the exam
  • US$100 for annual maintenance
Anyone who already holds ABC and CMP certification is eligible to receive a discounted application fee of US$50 when they apply for SCMP certification.

CMP certification news
For those interested in applying for CMP certification, please visit the new GCCC website to download the candidate handbook and submit the application.  
For all current, approved CMP candidates ready to take that exam, registration is now open for the following 2017 CMP exam dates:
  • 29 April: London, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta
  • 26 May: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 11 June: Washington, D.C. (at the IABC World Conference)
  • 14 October: Calgary, Alberta
New exam dates and sites are added regularly and will be posted on the GCCC website (chapters and other groups interested in hosting an exam should visit the “Host an Exam” section of the new GCCC website).

If you have other questions about the CMP certification and/or the new SCMP certification, visit or send an email to
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