About the Conference

2019 IABC World Conference
Downtown Hyatt and Fairmont 
9–12 June, Vancouver

#IABC19

With the theme Think Forward and an eye toward the latest trends, solutions and ideas, the IABC World Conference is coming to Vancouver in 2019. Pre-registration is now open!

Renowned for it’s natural beauty, rich history, diverse cultures and mild climate, Vancouver is the location choice for the 2019 World Conference.

About the World Conference

The IABC World Conference is a long-standing, global professional development event designed for communication practitioners. The only major conference of its type, the event draws over 1,300 attendees from around the world. Speakers are selected through a peer-reviewed process, with evaluations conducted by top experts in the field. Selections are based on alignment to the IABC Global Standard, and the degree to which the sessions will inform, engage and deliver on the conference theme.

Tangible benefits

By attending the IABC World Conference, you will:

  • Expand your network, with more than 1,300 participants in attendance.
  • Experience outstanding keynote speeches and informative panel discussions.
  • Choose from exceptional sessions in a variety of formats.
  • Earn credits toward professional certification.

We’ll share the innovative knowledge, creative tools and critical connections we need to make communication the centerpiece of a thriving business community.

Tracks with a focus

Our sessions will be organized by these five tracks.

Leadership and Strategy: For communication professionals aspiring to a leadership role, this track empowers them to support business goals and build a high-value function with impactful approaches/techniques. Sessions offer case studies and examples of strategy in action for the function and/or the organization.

Marketing and Brand: This track shows how to unlock your creativity as a communicator and how best to support an organization’s brand. Sessions will offer insights and expertise on marketing to increase support for an organization, product or service.

Reputation: These sessions uncover the importance of stakeholder management and the role communication professionals play in building relationships in/outside the organization. This track incorporates social responsibility and the strategic role of a communication professional in times of crisis.

Employee Engagement: Through case studies, best practices and highlighting creativity in employee communication, sessions in this track demonstrate the power of communication in building a strong internal culture and the behaviors that support organizational goals.

Communication Skills: This track offers both what communication professionals need to know and know how to do. Sessions explore trends in the communication profession (particularly technology), the latest research and the skills needed to remain current now and in the future. Below are some of examples.

  • Enabling employees to understand strategy, vision and values
  • The rise and effect of social channels
  • Digital storytelling
  • Social listening
  • Strategic planning
  • Written communication
  • Social media as collaboration
  • Multimedia content development
  • Verbal communication
  • Business knowledge
  • Business skills
  • Management knowledge
  • Management skills

Global Standard and Career Paths

The World Conference program is aligned to the Global Standard, defined by communication professionals around the world who embrace a shared career purpose and six core principles as the building blocks of their work. Applying that standard enables us to cross all borders, align with diverse cultures and effectively serve organizations of all types and sizes.

Sessions will also be categorized by Career Path, helping to support your career goals as you plan your schedule. Choose the path that best describes where you are today.

Join us for an event that will enlighten with new ideas, share innovative best practices and expand your global connections.

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