Insights and Highlights

Attending World Conference for the first time? We’ve got you covered.

Never attended the IABC World Conference before? Wondering how to get the most out of it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Join IABC leaders on the first full day of programming for a short session where we’ll explain the ins and outs of the program, background on the different events and top tips on getting the best out of your conference experience.

The Meet and Greet session starts at 8:15 am on Monday, 4 June. Just grab a coffee and breakfast at the Hub exhibit hall and head over to the gathering in room 518 ABC at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.  This event is included with a standard/full or Monday day pass registration.

If you can’t make it to the Meet and Greet, we still want you to feel welcome! As you register, we’ll provide you with a “First Time” ribbon. IABC leaders will be looking out for those ribbons so that they can support your conference experience and answer any questions you may have. And, you can stop by IABC Central in the exhibit hall on Monday and Tuesday where IABC staff will be there to welcome you and to talk through any questions you may have.

Register today!

Staffbase sponsor keynote: Reaching Non-Desk Workers

The Staffbase customer panel presentation, “Reaching Non-Desk Workers: Real-Life Lessons from SAK Construction and US AutoLogistics,” will be on Tuesday, 5 June, 8–8:45 a.m.

Communication with a non-desk workforce is an ongoing struggle for many organizations. Scott Linke, Marketing Manager for SAK Construction, and Troy Griggsby, Communications & Brand Manager for US AutoLogistics, discuss their challenges in reaching non-desk workers and how they combine traditional and digital channels to make their communication efforts successful. The panel is completed by Staffbase co-founder Frank Wolf who shares typical questions and answers about popular mobile channels like employee apps. Participants can expect to get hands-on advice and authentic stories on how to reach them all!

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Be part of the Global CEO Survey

As we prepare for the IABC World Conference, we invite you to ask the CEOs in your network to take part in a survey that will be featured at the event. The survey is short and will take only 3–4 minutes to complete.

The survey will measure a CEO’s assessment of the strategic contribution of business communicators to the achievement of their organization’s business objectives. Moderated by Hugues Mousseau, vice president and partner with Syrus Reputation, the results of Syrus Reputation’s 2018 Global CEO Survey will be presented during the CEO panel discussion at the World Conference on 5 June under the theme “Are business communicators the next chief strategy officers?”

Forward this survey to CEOs in your network

Thank you for your help with getting CEO responses from across jurisdictions, industries, organization types and sizes. If you have questions, please contact the World Conference Program Advisory Chair, Neil Griffiths.

Join Dine-Around Montréal!

Montréal is the perfect place to be hungry! Lauded as a foodie haven, Montréal has cultivated a modern haute food culture. Blend in the Old World charm and you have the perfect ingredients for an evening of fun, food, and fantastic conversation!

What is Dine-Around?

Dine-Around is a long-time IABC tradition where you can take an evening to explore the city via a wide array of cuisines with small groups of 8 to 10 of your fellow communicators.

When is Dine-Around?

Day: Monday, 4 June 2018

Time: Dine-Around group hosts will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Palais de congrès de Montréal. Participants, please arrive by 6:45 as we will depart from the Palais des congrès de Montréal at 7 p.m. Restaurant reservations are at 7:45 p.m.

How do we pay for Dine-Around?

Each diner is responsible for his or her own check. We have arranged for separate checks with each restaurant for your convenience. If you choose to split a menu item, please designate whose check will cover it and arrange privately to reimburse that person for your share.

Where is Dine-Around?

The Dine-Around is taking place at 23 restaurants around Montréal. Most are within walking distance of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Others will require a short taxi ride. Low-cost and mid-range options are available, as are opportunities to experience high-end cuisine prepared by world-renowned chefs.

French Connection Happy Hour: You’re invited!

The Montréal chapter of the IABC is delighted to invite the entire Québec business communications and public relations industry to join us for a very special event that happens only once in a decade. Organized by the Montréal chapter, in collaboration with the Alliance des cabinets de relations publiques du Québec (ACRPQ) and in association with the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques du Québec (SQPRP), this Happy Hour will be a rare occasion to:

  • Meet communication and public relations professionals from around the world who will be gathered in Montréal for the IABC World Conference.
  • Network with peers from major professional associations in Québec, such as IABC, ACRPQ, SQPRP, RPSF and student associations.

Interested in speaking at the 2019 World Conference? Join us at a special session

Calling 2019 World Conference speakers! If you’ve ever thought about presenting at IABC’s World Conference, we want to talk to you! New this year, we’ll host a “2019 Speaker Jump-Start” session for all prospective speakers for next year’s 2019 World Conference. This session is part of Unconference on Tuesday, 5 June.

The theme for 2019 will be on what’s hot in business and communication today and what we see on the horizon. Think about what you’re doing that is contemporary, cool, trending, new—and how those things will impact our profession not just in the near term but in the future.

In this session, you’ll get insight into the speaker selection process and receive valuable feedback to make sure your 2019 speaking submission is the best it can possibly be. This session is your opportunity to spend about five minutes discussing your 2019 presentation idea with the World Conference planning team.

Easy to participate

It’s simple to participate. Just develop a five-minute overview of your topic, which can be as formal or informal as you like, in the form of an idea discussion, a mini-presentation, an outline description, etc. You’ll want to include key take-aways, alignment to the 2019 theme, case study ideas and any questions you have for the team.

Sit for the CMP or SCMP certification exam while at World Conference

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Professional certification gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. Becoming certified engages you in a process of life-long learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable. While you’re in Montréal for the 2018 IABC World Conference, you’ll have more than one opportunity to work on earning certification as a professional communicator.  

On Sunday, 3 June, you can sit for the GCCC’s Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) or Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification exams. You need to apply to one of these GCCC programs at least two weeks before the conference and register for the exam at least one week prior. Attending the conference also earns you credits that can count toward obtaining or maintaining your certification.

Also, attending the World Conference or the pre-conference Strategic Adviser Forum are ways to earn credit toward obtaining or maintaining certification offered by the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC).

Email the GCCC with any questions about these exams or certification.

Join one of three incredible off-site experiences!

Off-site visits are part of the Tuesday, 5 June unconference portion of the World Conference. These special visits offer a chance for attendees to experience local Montréal businesses and culture, including company visits, artistic adventures and some downright fun! Participating organizations include Ubisoft, PR Without Borders and National PR. We’ll also host a group brain puzzler experience with A/Maze. Proceeds go to the IABC Foundation.

Space is limited, cost of attendance is US$75 and proceeds support the IABC Foundation. If you’re already attending the conference, or planning to attend, add off sites visits as you go through the registration process for the conference. If you want to purchase one or more individual tickets (for your spouse, family, colleagues, friends, etc.) just go through the same system and select one of the offsite visits.

CEO Panel: Are business communicators the next chief strategy officers?

For the morning general session on Tuesday, 5 June, at the IABC World Conference, we’ll hold a discussion with several top CEOs on their vision and ideas for how communication can make a demonstrable contribution to business success and explore the question of whether business communicators are well-positioned to become the next chief strategy officers.

Moderated by Hugues Mousseau, vice president and partner with Syrus Reputation, the panel will also unveil the results of Syrus Reputation’s 2018 Global CEO survey, providing a unique look into the contribution of business communicators to the achievement of corporate successes.

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Open Space

Taking place during the special unconference portion of the IABC World Conference (1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.,Tuesday, 5 June), and one of several options you can choose from during this time, read on to learn more about this exciting Open Space-style addition to the event!

What is Open Space at the World Conference?

Open Space is a self-organizing group activity where participants select and lead discussions on topics of their choosing. Discussions can be on anything at all and groups may opt to organize by industry, discipline or just pure affinity. Long-time IABC leaders, Michael Nord and Mike Klein will be the hosts of the event.

How do you determine what will be discussed?

The idea with Open Space is that the topics of discussion are decided collectively. We will determine topics ahead of time by having a board in the Hub (exhibit hall) where attendees can indicate topics of interest. Through this board, we invite anyone who’s interested in a topic to put their name forward to lead a discussion. Those who want to take part in a topic that has been listed can indicate their interest with a sticker.

How will it work on the day?

Our take on Open Space will have the event taking place in two 60-minute sections, allowing for an optional switch to another unconference activity after the first hour. Participants will find their way into a group and discussion leaders will get guidelines for how to ‘run’ the conversations.

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