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: This track is geared toward seasoned communicators and those aspiring to leadership roles. Business leaders are looking to communications to have a “seat at the table” to help guide and share business goals and strategies. These sessions will help attendees lead and build respected, high-value communication functions.

Marketing and Brand: This track shows how to unlock your creativity as a communicator and how best to support an organization’s brand. Today’s tools and creative techniques to reach your audiences are nearly limitless. In these sessions you’ll get insights, expertise and new ideas to make your messages stand out.

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 has a mix of offerings for communicators early in their careers, as well as seasoned professionals. Here you’ll get insights and tools about what communication professionals need to know and know how to do. We’ll explore trends, the latest research and the skills needed to remain current now and in the future.

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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