Speakers

Raza Abbas

Global Career Strategist
Pakistan

Raza Abbas is a pioneer of career counseling in Pakistan. He has presented diverse research andraza_abbas_headshotx200 practitioner papers and workshops at premier career conferences globally. His contribution on a global research career project at the International Career Counseling Conference in Italy was acknowledged best globally. He has more than a decade of global and national experiences. He is a dual degree graduate from The University of Arizona and earned certifications in leadership and personal development.

Michael Ambjorn

Founder, Align Your Org
U.K

Michael Ambjorn is founder of Alignyourorg, an organization that helps people achieve purpose-driven impact by Michael Ambjornaligning resource and effort, bringing clarity and consensus to projects. Ambjorn has served as the chair of IABC Europe & Middle East and has worked in various communication roles with IBM and Motorola across four continents. He led a 27,000 strong group of social entrepreneurs, influencers and senior decision makers at the 259-year old Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA), where he remains an active Fellow. Ambjorn is a graduate of Frederikssund Gymnasium.

William Amurgis

Director, global communications, NetJets
Ohio, U.S.

William Amurgis is a writer, speaker, teacher, and consultant specializing in intranets William Amurgisand internal communications. Previously, he led internal communications at a Fortune 200 company where the corporate intranet was recognized as among the best in the world by two prestigious international organizations.

Heath Applebaum, ABC, MCM

Owner and Principal Consultant, Echo Communications Inc.
Canada

Heath Applebaum, ABC, MCM, is the owner of Echo Communications Inc., a leading reputationIABC Web Project International Conf NYC June 2008 management consulting firm based in Toronto since 2000. He has led corporate communications strategies for five different multinational companies and a national charity, bringing nearly 20 years of communications expertise to his clients. Heath is an IABC Gold Quill award winner and a graduate public relations professor at Humber College.  He holds a master’s degree in communications management from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Marilyn Barefoot

CEO, Barefoot Brainstorming
Canada

Marilyn Barefoot is CEO of Barefoot Brainstorming, where she’s a hands-on leader and an expert facilitator. Her  Marilyn Barefootunique BigStorming® process has been known to cause blips on Doppler weather radar screens. Classically trained in tier one companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, General Mills, Nike and Microsoft, Marilyn combines a wickedly smart and analytical brain with an intuitive gut.A summa cum laude graduate from major advertising agencies like Vickers & Benson, Bozell Palmer Bonner, Cossette Communications and BBDO, Marilyn is obsessive about originality. She is a three-time nominee for the Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Karin Basaraba, ABC

Account Manager, PR Associates
British Columbia, Canada

Karin Basaraba, ABC, is an award-winning social media communicator who has presented both in Canada and theMembers IABC World Conference 2012 Chicago, IL June 2012United States. She is a manager of marketing and communications for Intact Insurance in Toronto, Ontario. Karin has worked in the private and public sectors helping organizations to develop and implement their social media strategies. She has been recognized with 11 IABC awards–including three Gold Quill Awards–all of which included a digital communications component. Karin is also the past president of IABC/British Columbia.

Eric Bergman, BPA, ABC, APR, MC, FCPRS

Principal, Bergman and Associates
ON, Canada

Eric Bergman, BPA, ABC, APR, MC, FCPRS, a long-time IABC member, Eric Bergman has been a student of speechEric Bergman and presentation effectiveness for more than 30 years. He wrote his first speech for a senior executive during the summer of 1982. Since 1993, his business has focused on providing presentation skills training to managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, senior executives, and others. His client list spans five continents.

John Betts

President & CEO, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Canada

John Betts is president and CEO of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, but he began his career with McDonald’s in 1970 as crew in Southampton, New York.  He then held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of operations, field service, training and purchasing throughout the U.S. operation.

Throughout his career, he has been recognized as an outstanding contributor to the global McDonald’s system, receiving numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidents’ Award reserved for the top 1% of McDonald’s employees globally.

In 2008, John moved to Toronto to take over the Canadian business. Under his leadership, John BettsMcDonald’s Canada has achieved incredible business momentum, increased annual sales and guest counts, undertook a comprehensive restaurant re-imaging program, and introduced relevant menu enhancements like McCafé.

In addition to his role as supporter and board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities, John also sits on the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association Board as well as the Advisory Board for Catalyst Canada.

Lise Bissonnette Janody

Senior content strategist and global web management specialist, Dot-Connection
France

Lise Bissonnette Janody is the owner of Dot-Connection, a Paris-based consultancy that Lise Bissonnette Janodyspecializes in content strategy for large, multinational corporations. Prior to the company’s creation in 2010, she spent 10 years managing a variety of external and internal websites for a major B2B multinational. Like many in the content- strategy community, she started her career in content as a copywriter. A native of Montreal, she is perfectly bilingual English-French, and has lived in France for 25 years.  She is currently president of IABC France.

William Briggs, ABC, Ed.D., IABC Fellow

Dean of the College of Communications, California State University
CA, U.S.

William Briggs, ABC, Ed.D., IABC Fellow, is Dean of the College of Communications at California State University Fullerton, one of the largest comprehensive communication units in the U.S. , launching  initiatives in Hispanic media, health communications, entrepreneurism, values and branding communication, global citizenship, and establishing several international  programs. He has taught, researched, consulted, written and spoken internationally and has affiliations with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and as a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. Professionally he has worked in journalism, broadcasting, advertising and public relations.  He is an international volunteer with several NGOs such as Habitat for Humanity.BRIGGS PHOTO

Within IABC, Briggs has held numerous positions including two terms on the international executive board. In 2010 he received the organization’s highest member honor, the designation as IABC Fellow.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University, a Master of Science from San Jose State University, and the Doctorate in Education from University of San Francisco.

Chris Bunting, ABC, IABC Fellow

President and CEO, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research
Ontario, Canada

Chris Bunting, ABC, IABC Fellow, is president and CEO of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research. He also is an ABC and IABC Fellow, bringing 30 years of experience in international business and the communications and public relations industry. Before joining CANFAR in 2010, he spent nine years in London, England where he served as seniomanaging director of the international public relations firm Global Consulting. He was chairman and CEO of Weber Shandwick Canada, headquartered in Toronto, for 12 years.Bunting-image

Chris also has experience as a board chairman and director in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, having served on the boards of organizations including Trent University, Golin/Harris Communications in Chicago, IABC, the London-based Awareness Foundation and the Canada Club of London. He previously served as president of CANFAR’s Board in the 1990s. Chris received degrees from Carleton University.

Gail Cameron

Managing Director, Image Excellence Group
South Africa

Gail Cameron is the founder and managing director of the Image Excellence Group, and has more than 20 years’ Gail Cameronexperience as an executive coach. A Fellow of Trinity College London, Gail’s skill has enabled her clients to lead with confidence throughout Africa. Gail published her new book Authentic African Leadership in November 2013. She consults internationally with political and corporate leaders.

Ezri Carlebach

Communication Consultant/Writer, Expert Marketer Magazine
U.K.

Ezri Carlebach is a communication consultant, writer and lecturer with a background in senior communication roles for public sector, FTSE 100 and non-profit organizations. He consults on communication issues with Ezri Carlebacha range of clients including the European Training Foundation, Pearson Education and the U.K. government Home Office, and writes for The Guardian, simply-communicate.com, D&AD and other publications. He is a visiting lecturer in contemporary issues in public relations practice at the University of Greenwich.

Ezri is treasurer of the IABC Europe, Middle East and North Africa Region board and is a director of U.K. business writers’ collective ‘26’. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication and the Royal Society of Arts.

James Carr

co-founder, Codigital Ltd
CO, U.S.

James Carr is a co-founder of Codigital, the provider of an online co-creation tool that is used to engage audiences at conferences, improve employee engagement and for strategic planning.

Codigital’s clients include large corporations, non-profits, small businesses and local governments. James CarrJames’s role at Codigital includes advising clients on how to improve their conferences and organizational alignment through the use of Codigital’s tool.

James started his career with London-based LEK Consulting, a leading strategic consultancy. He later joined Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions department, where he advised large corporations on strategic transactions. After moving to the U.S., James became an entrepreneur and was instrumental in growing and selling his last venture to a private equity firm. James has an master’s from Oxford University and is based in Denver, Colorado.

Amy Carroll

Communication Coach, Trainer, Speaker, Carroll Communication Coaching
Switzerland

Amy Carroll has over 25 years experience as a coach, trainer and speaker. As a professional certified coach Amy Carrolland certified master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), she coaches clients to become more dynamic, honest and effective communicators, developing their ability to influence others by creating powerful partnerships. Coming from a large family where communication and chaos were synonymous, Amy will be presenting with her sister Pat Kirkland.

Rod Cartwright

Director, Global Corporate & Public Affairs Practice, Ketchum
U.K.

Rod Cartwright is a global partner at international public relations consultancy Ketchum, and director of the firm’s global corporate and public affairs practice. Specializing in corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, issues and crisis management and public affairs, Rod has worked over the past 18 years for a number of leading independent consultancies and international PR networks, advising clients including Dell, Toyota, DHL, Accenture, Nissan, Western Union, Gazprom, Telefonica, IBM, IATA, KFC and Transport for London.

He is the originator of the award-winning Ketchum Leadership Rod CartwrightCommunication Monitor – a global study exploring the view of 6,500 people in 13 countries across five continents on effective leadership, effective communication and the inherent link between the two.

Rod is a founding Fellow of the UK’s Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the a founding director of the UK Public Affairs Council. He has lectured at Imperial College on stakeholder management and was voted Personality of the Year at the PRCA Awards for raising standards and improving the reputation of the PR industry. Follow him on Twitter @RodCartwright

Kathryn Caulfield

VP - Global Corporate Communications & Corporate Responsibility, The Clorox Company
CA, U.S.

Kathryn Caulfield serves as The Clorox Company’s senior-most leader responsible for global internal, external and Kathryn Caulfieldcrisis communications; corporate issue management; and corporate responsibility strategy, integrated reporting and communication. In 2012, ExecRank named the Napa Valley native a top communications expert. Before joining Clorox in 2000, Caulfield spent most of her career in the fashion and retail industries, including a five-year stint in communications with Gap Inc.

Jonathan Champ

Founder and Chief Consultant, Meaning Business
Australia

Jonathan Champ has helped organizations to communicate meaningfully for two decades. He is the founder of Jonathan ChampMeaning Business, formerly Research and Content Director for Melcrum Asia and the head of Communication for QBE Australia. He has advised on internal communication, engagement, strategy, leadership and change in education, manufacturing, professional services, energy, resources, infrastructure, aviation, healthcare and government. A creative professional, he was the executive director of TEDxParramatta.

Tracy Chisholm, ABC

Principal, T Chisholm Communications
Canada

Tracy Chisholm, ABC, During her 20-year career, Tracy Chisholm worked with both the public Tracy Chisholmand private sectors to bring ideas to life and move business strategies forward. Before moving into consulting, Tracy was Director, Communications and Corporate Affairs for Sobeys. She’s also been the senior communicator supporting major projects at the University Health Network and at Maritime Life. Tracy is an ABC and a certified change management professional and runs her own communications consulting practice.



John G. Clemons, ABC, APR, IABC Fellow

Director, Global Associate Communications at Walmart
AR, U.S.

John G. Clemons, ABC, APR, IABC Fellow, is director of global associate communications at Walmart. He is responsible for supporting five Walmart Leverage business divisions, which includes serving as a thought partner to executives, IABC Member photo projectstrategic program development, execution and measurement, writing/editing, team leadership and result-focused internal communication initiatives.

John has been an active IABC member for more than 20 years, holding such leadership roles as interim executive director, IABC International chair and executive board member for six years, IABC Foundation board member and chapter officer. He is dually accredited and recently completed his master’s in communication management at Syracuse University.

Adrian Cropley, ABC, FRSA

Founder President, Cropley Communication
Victoria, Australia

Adrian Cropley, ABC, FRSA, is the founder of Cropley Communication based in Melbourne, Australia. Has been in the communication profession for over 25 years and is one of the pioneers of internal communication and change, working for Ericsson. With a background in business, human resources, change and strategic communication, Adrian is a change and communication strategist, executive coach and trainer consulting to some of the world’s major corporations, not-for-profit and government departments. Adrian Cropley

Adrian is an IABC All Star speaker, multiple Gold Quill winner and past chair of IABC. He consults and supports clients on developing effective communication strategies and helps them navigate major change. He develops and delivers communication training, and coaches executives globally. He is active on a number of organization boards.

Roger D'Aprix, ABC, IABC Fellow

Leader & Adviser, D'Aprix & Co. LLC, ROI Communication
U.S.

Roger D’Aprix, ABC, IABC Fellow, is one of the true pioneers in the employee engagement movement, beginning with his early work at Xerox Corporation in the 1970s. He is the author of Creating an Engaged RogerD'Aprix digiital photographWorkforce: the Face-to-Face Communication Toolkit available in a downloadable version at www.roico.com/toolkit.  He is a consultant and adviser to ROI Communication, a global communication consultancy to Fortune 500 companies.

Jim Delaney

CEO, Marketwired
Ontario, Canada

Jim Delaney is CEO of Marketwired, where he leads the company’s corporate vision, Jim Delaneybusiness direction and global strategy. Most recently, he served as Marketwired’s COO, steering the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to his tenure at Marketwired, Jim built a reputation for delivering exceptional results for prominent international companies. Jim is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Andrew Dixon

Vice president, Marketing & Operations, Igloo Software
Canada


Andrew Dixon Andrew drives the strategic integration of business, marketing and operations for Igloo Software, aligning talent and resources to effectively drive growth and promote customer satisfaction.Andrew_Dixon

He is an eighteen-year veteran of Microsoft where he managed several product groups and divisions, including the Server and Tools Business Group, Tablet PC and Windows Client Marketing, the .Net Services Division and the Office Product Suite. Most recently, Andrew served as the vice president, business and marketing officer, Microsoft Canada, where he was responsible for driving the Canadian business unit’s marketing and operational efforts. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

Kat Drum

Associate Partner, AON Hewitt
San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.

Kat Drum has an enviable 15+ year track record in brand development, Kat-Drumactivation and social media strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Drum is credited for the development of the first-ever employer brand and social media programs at Starbucks Coffee Company and BlackBerry. She creates an authentic promise aligned to vision and strategy and ensures that the promise meets the reality at every touch point in the talent management lifecycle of an employee, from pre-hire to retire.

 

Connie Eckard ABC, Ph.D., IABC Fellow

Chapter advocate, IABC Pacific Plains Region
WA, U.S.

Connie Eckard ABC, Ph.D., IABC Fellow, is a writer, editor and mentor in Richland, Washington. Throughout his career he has shared stories of employee innovations that provided workplace solutions in multiple industries. Since 2005 Eckard has frequently been deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in disaster response and communication. He has been sent into 11 communities around the country helping survivors cope with the aftermath of storms, flooding and even an explosion.Connie Eckard ABC Richland WA

Connie has been a part of IABC since its inception, serving as an officer and committee chair at all levels. He is a life-long member of the Tulsa and Dallas chapters and currently sits on the Pacific Plains Region board.  He has been a communication leader, adviser and teacher in the public, government and education sectors. Connie was senior public affairs counsel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a colonel.

Marie-Josée Gagnon, APR

President and Founder, CASACOM
Q.C., Canada

Marie-Josée Gagnon, APR, is recognized as one of Canada’s most progressive and visionary communication experts known for her work in digital, crisis and corporate communication. She is the CEO and founder of CASACOM, a public relations firm with offices in Montreal and Toronto. Marie-Josée and her team provide strategic communication counsel to help clients achieve business value through integrated PR. Clients include some of the country’s best-known brands such as Ultima Foods (iögo), Michaels Stores and Sanofi.Marie-Josee

An alumni of the Harvard Business School, Marie-Josée brings innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial flair into all she does. Her company recently received a Silver Anvil Award for Reputation /Brand Managementfrom the Public Relations Society America (PRSA) for the campaign launch of iögo yogurt.

Marie volunteers for the Worldcom PR Group the Garde-Manger pour tous, a local charity that distributes nutritious lunches to young students.

Cindy Gallop

Founder & CEO, IfWeRanTheWorld
NY, U.S.

Cindy Gallop  Cindy Gallop is the founder and former chair of the U.S. branch of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) and founder of the IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn. According to the TED blog, Gallop’s TEDTalk “Make Love Not Porn” was one of the “most talked about presentations” at the 2009 TED conference.

Cindy studied English Literature at Somerville College at Oxford University and received an MA in English Language and Literature and an MA from Warwick University in Theater of the European Renaissance. Cindy Gallop_headshot

She began her career in the U.K. as a theater publicist. She joined the London office of British advertising firm BBH in 1989 and was responsible for large accounts like Coca-Cola, Ray Ban and Polaroid. In 1996, she helped start the Asia Pacific branch of BBH. She founded the U.S. branch of BBH in 1998 and served as Chair of the board. Four years later the agency was named Adweek’s Eastern Agency of the Year. In 2003, Gallop won the Advertising Woman of the Year award from Advertising Women of New York.

She founded her own brand and business innovation consultancy, Cindy Gallop LLC, in 2006. She currently lives in New York City.

Kellie Garrett, ACC, MC

CEO, Kellie Garrett Enterprises

Kellie Garrett, ACC, MC, occupied executive positions for 15 years, culminating as senior vice president, strategy, knowledge & reputation at Farm Credit Canada, a CA$25 billion federal commercial Crown. In 2013, she opened her own business as a speaker, certified executive coach and consultant on strategy, leadership and employee engagement. Her experience spans business strategy, enterprise risk management, communications and marketing, and leadership – with a specialty in employee engagement.kellie_garrett_headshot2x200

Garrett holds a Master of Arts in leadership from Royal Roads University and completed Harvard Business School’s two-month Advanced Management Program in 2006. She was named a Master Communicator by IABC, one of Canada’s 100 Powerful Women (2007) and Top 25 Women of Influence (2012).



Marzena Gersho

Director, Communications and National Programs, Food Banks Canada
Canada

Marzena Gersho is the director of communications and national programs at Food Banks Canada. Her role Marzena Gershoencompasses raising the profile of Food Banks Canada as a leading organization in hunger reduction in Canada, as well as program service and support for the organization’s food bank network. Prior to Food Banks Canada, Marzena has held marketing roles at several multi-national consumer packaged goods organizations in Canada including Unilever and Campbell Canada.  Marzena holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business York University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University.

 

Michelle Glover

Chief Operating Officer, ROI Communication
CA, U.S.

Michelle Glover is the Chief Operating Officer at ROI Communication, a consulting firm dedicated IABC Member Photo Projectexclusively to employee communication and engagement. ROI Communication has more than a decade of experience helping Fortune 500 companies around the world achieve their business goals. In the last eight years with ROI, Michelle has worked with a broad array of clients to engage and inspire their employees to contribute to and be advocates for their organization, internally and externally.

Marianne Gobeil, APR

CEO, Leading Communicators Inc.
Canada

Marianne Gobeil, APR, is the CEO of Leading Communicators Inc., specialists in strategic leadership communication. She Marianne Gobeil, APRworks with executive leaders to help them speak with greater impact and influence through an approach that is evidence-based and measurement-driven through their Speakcheck diagnostic. Marianne is a recent winner of three IABC Gold Quill Awards: Excellence in Research Innovation, Excellence in Leadership Communication and Best of the Best in Communications Research Management.

Chuck Gose

VP, Solutions Marketing, RMG Networks
IN, U.S.

Chuck Gose is a vice president and corporate communications subject matter expert for STRATACACHE, as well as a self-proclaimed Skyline Chili connoisseur and Duran Duran fan with 15 Chuck Goseyears experience in marketing, corporate communication and sales. In his role at STRATACACHE, he is global practice leader for employee communication. Gose’s job is to help educate the markets and industry on the value of digital internal communication and visual communication.

David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA

Founder & CEO, The Grossman Group
IL, U.S.

David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, IABC All-Star Speaker, helps leaders drive productivityDavid Grossman and get the results they want through authentic and courageous leadership communication, a sought-after speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 leaders. A two-time author, he is CEO of The Grossman Group, an award-winning Chicago-based strategic leadership development and internal communication consultancy; clients include: DuPont Pioneer, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Motel 6 and Tyco, to name a few.

Amanda Hamilton Attwell, ABC

Managing Director, Business DNA (PTY) Ltd
South Africa

Amanda Hamilton Attwell, ABC, is the managing director for Business DNA, based in Pretoria,Amanda Hamilton South Africa providing strategic research, consulting, communication audits, customer service and training in communication skills and media optimization.

She is the 2014 IABC Gold Quill chair and a former communication consultant for Sasol Technology, a part-time lecturer for CTI Education Group, Chairperson of the Council for Communication Management and a member of the IABC International Board.

Jeff Herrington

President, Jeff Herrington Communications
Texas, U.S.

Jeff Herrington is the president of Jeff Herrington Communications. Over the past 35 years, Jeff has sculpted a Jeff Herringtonwidely respected communication career. As a staff communicator, his employee communications won awards from IABC, CASE and the Dallas Press Club. As an independent corporate consultant, he has been sent to more than 45 countries on five continents and has written Web content for three Global 100 technology firms and the mayor of Dallas. He has taught writing and editing workshops to thousands of award-winning communicators worldwide.

Mary Hills, ABC

Principal, HeimannHills Marketing Group
Illinois, U.S.

Mary Hills, ABC, is principal of HeimannHills Marketing Group, an integrated marketing, research and communication firm serving clients in U.S. Europe, Middle East and Asia. She is an Accredited Business Communicator, a six-sigma green belt and the visiting professor in marketing at Keller Graduate School of Management, holdings teaching certification in seven graduate marketing courses.Mary Hills

Mary has a BS/Marketing-Finance from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and an MA in Communication – Organizational Structure from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.   As an IABC member, Mary has served in multiple leadership roles in IABC/Chicago and has been active at the international level serving in leadership roles as the chair of IABC’s accreditation committee and on the Career Roadmap Committee. She is a 2012 IABC Chairman’s Award recipient.

Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow

Principal, Holtz Communication + Technology
CA, U.S.

Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow,

consults, writes, speaks and trains on strategic corporate communications withShel Holtz a focus on social and digital media. The author of six communications-themed books, he is a prolific blogger and pioneering podcaster, co-hosting the first and longest-running communications podcast, For Immediate Release. He brings more than 35 years of experience to his engagements.

Angelo Ioffreda

Chief Engagement Officer, io spark communications
VA, U.S.

Angelo Ioffreda is the chief engagement officer and founder of io spark communications of Angelo IoffredaArlington, VA. He led the internal communication functions at several private sector firms (NII Holdings, Sodexo, AOL) and at the World Bank Group, and holds a Wharton MBA, a master’s in international affairs from the University of Chicago and a certificate in change leadership from Georgetown University.

Luis Javier Miles

Communications Specialist, Nextel México
D.C., U.S.

Luis Javier Miles Luis Javier Miles is a communications specialist for Nextel México, a subsidiary of NII Holdings, Luis Milesa leading provider of mobile communications for business customers in Latin America. With over 13 years experience in internal communications and web content management, Luis has been instrumental in implementing communication strategies and technical solutions that improve employee engagement, foster learning, and facilitate collaboration. Prior to joining Nextel, he was a communications specialist for Johnson & Johnson.

Dean Johnson

President, Sodexo Canada
Canada

Dean Johnson is the president and CEO of Sodexo Canada and is responsible for the strategy, performance and management of Sodexo’s Canadian Division. Prior to becoming president in 2008, he held various Dean Johnsonexecutive positions in large organizations in Toronto and Calgary where he was responsible for the overall performance and management of national accounts.

Dean is actively involved with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. He also acts as Chairman of Sodexo Canada’s STOP HUNGER Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Business Management Certificate from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Corporate Real Estate. Click here to read about how a Berwick man’s life changed after he worked with Dean on Undercover Boss Canada.

 

Sue Johnston ABC, MC

Communication Coach/Trainer/Author, It's Understood Communication Inc.
ON, Canada

Sue Johnston ABC, MC, helps you talk so people listen, listen so people talk, and change the world, one conversation at a time. The author of “Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work,” she’s a professional coach and coach trainer who works with individuals and teams to improve their workplace communication Sue Johnsonand move their audiences from “Huh?” to “Yes!” After a career as a journalist, Sue specialized in employee communication in the Canadian banking industry, where she was attached to many change management and IT projects. She spent 10 years with communication agencies and nonprofits in Bermuda before establishing It’s Understood Communication, Inc.

Now based in Waterloo, Ontario Sue’s an active participant in the agile software community, bringing communication skills to tech people and adapting lean and agile practices for use by communicators.

Diane Jubinville

Director of Consumer Service and Public Relations, Ultima Foods
Q.C., Canada

Diane Jubinville has worked in the communication industry for 25 years, has extensive Diane Jubinvilleexperience in the retail business sector and has held several managerial positions within public relations. She is the director of consumer service and public relations at Ultima Foods responsible for the company’s internal and external strategic communication, websites, social media and customer services

Internal communications, corporate communications, crisis management, strategic consulting, brand positioning, media relations, sponsorship management, corporate social responsibility, community involvement, content marketing and event planning mark her professional journey.

Gregg Lederman

Managing Partner, Founder, Brand Integrity Inc.
NY, U.S.

Gregg Lederman is the founder and CEO of Brand Integrity, an experience management company focused on Gregg Ledermandelivering branded experiences to increase employee engagement, customer loyalty, and profitability. A respected and highly sought-after speaker, Gregg’s message of “Managing the Experience” has transformed the culture in many of today’s leading companies. More than 60 percent of Brand Integrity’s clients are recognized as “best places to work.” Gregg is the author of two books: the award-winning Achieve Brand Integrity (published in 2007) and the recently published ENGAGED! Outbehave Your Competition to Create Customers for Life. ENGAGED! is a USA Today and New York Times Bestseller and was recognized as one of the “30 Best Business Books of 2013” by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. Gregg is also an adjunct professor teaching Executive MBA students at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Michael Lenz

Director, Brand Experience Design, Cisco Systems
OR, U.S.

Michael Lenz created Cisco’s brand experience design team in 2012. TheMichael Lenz team’s mission is focused on delivering Cisco’s brand promise. His team has painted the clearest picture yet how people, whether they are customers, employees, or partners, interact with Cisco. A foundational piece of his brand experience strategy is the drive to change Cisco’s language to be simple and distinct.

James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA

Division President, Risdall Public Relations
U.S.

James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, is president of the Lukaszewski Group Division of Risdall Public James E. LukaszewskiRelations. He presents each year to many IABC chapters across United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Is the author of 12 books related to crisis management and business leadership. His most recent book, released in April 2013 is Lukaszewski on Crisis Communication: What The CEO Should Know About Reputation Risk and Crisis Management.

Stacey MacNeil

Vice President Employee Communications, HP
CA, U.S.

Stacey MacNeil Stacey MacNeil is vice president employee communications at HP. She is responsible for Stacey MacNeil 04 15 2014delivering a new era of communication informing employees of the company’s strategic direction and priorities, and their critical role in the HP turnaround. In her first year, she spearheaded a new style of open, transparent and authentic communications programs based on strategic marketing principles and newsroom style execution. Employee news and information is now centralized with the recent launch of HP News Now (HPNN), personalized for employees and available on any mobile device. Stacey also leads HP communication programs to improve employee culture and engagement around the world.

Annette Martell, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow

Consulting Associate, Board of Directors, Tekara Organizational Effectiveness, Global Alliance
Canada

Annette Martell, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow, focuses on helping decision-makers solve organizational and IABC World 2009communication problems while they build resilient and resourceful teams. When working with these leaders, Martell draws on 25 years in senior management and communication leadership. Those highlights include: leading various corporate & organizational communication teams, chairing IABC’s international board, evaluating award entries at the international Blue Ribbon Panel and serving as the Advisory Council for IABC to the Global Alliance.



Wilma Mathews, ABC, IABC Fellow

Editor and Writer
AZ, U.S.

Wilma Mathews, ABC, IABC Fellow, has served as chair of the IABC Ethics Committee and Accreditation Council, and twice was a IABC Web Project International Conf NYC June 2008member of the IABC executive board. She has spoken before numerous professional, civic, government and academic audiences in the U.S., Canada, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, China, Malaysia and Australia.

She is co-author of On Deadline: Managing Media Relations (1st-5th editions), author of Effective Media Relations: A Practical Guide for Communicators, principal contributor to How to Get Results with Publicity and author of How to Create a Media Relations Program. Mathews is a member of the Rowan University PR Hall of Fame.

Wilma is an avid mystery, biography and history reader. She enjoys travel and is the consummate tourist, tramping through zoos and old houses with equal aplomb. Among her greatest adventures is being attacked by a one-armed gibbon at an elephant camp in Thailand.

Ben Matthews

Head of Strategic Communications, eBay
U.K.

Ben Matthews is the head of strategic communications for eBay and a communicationBen Matthews professional with 15 years experience across the telecommunications, technology and finance sectors. He has worked with global companies such as eBay, British Telecom, Telefonica and Cable & Wireless to deliver large-scale culture change. Matthews is adept at bringing in thinking from other disciplines and using it to deliver innovative employee communication.

Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC

Founder/CEO, Advantis Communications
Ontario, Canada

Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC, is an award-winning communication professional who has been helping organizations throughout CyrusMavalwalaABCNorth America and Europe achieve their business objectives for 20 years. In 2002 he founded Advantis Communications, a public relations and content marketing agency that delivers measureable value by integrating traditional, digital and social strategies. He co-founded Act Like An Agency, a global training and development firm that helps communication professionals become strategic business partners. Cyrus develops teaches social media strategy at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is also a certified Predictive Index Analyst living at the intersection where communications meets business. Online, Cyrus can be found @cyrusmavalwala, captaincomm.com and linkedin.com/in/cyrusmavalwala.

Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow

President, Catalyst Communications
MN, U.S.

Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow, is president of Twin Cities-based Catalyst Communications. MA McCauleyShe is committed to helping people communicate more effectively about their organizations’ products and services, and an independent thinker who challenges clients to stay in the lead and break out of the status quo. Catalyst Communications was formed in 1987 and continues to evolve with changing face of communication. Mary Ann was named an IABC Fellow in June 2013.

Jane Mitchell

Director, JL&M Ltd.
U.K.

Jane Mitchell is a director of the U.K.-based communications agency Karian & Box. Her career beganJane Mitchell in television at the BBC in London producing award-winning corporate films and videos with a focus on strategic internal communications. She has helped organizations such as Rolls-Royce, BP, Schlumberger, BAE Systems, BP, PwC, Serco, Meggitt, to communicate ethics programs through codes, values, behaviors & ethical leadership. Mitchell is chair of the IABC Research Committee and a director of the IEB.

Leticia Narváez, ABC, IABC Fellow

Managing Director, Narváez & Partners Group
Mexico

Leticia Narváez, ABC, IABC Fellow, is currently managing director of Narváez & Partners Group, a Mexico-based LNarvaezconsulting firm that provides services in corporate communications, public and media relations, reputation management and internal communications. She is a recognized expert in strategic communication, with more than 30 years of experience in companies such as Ford, American Express, Merck and Sanofi. Leticia is a lecturer and trainer on gender communication, leadership, teamwork and change management.

Laoise O'Murchu

Lecturer, Masters in Public Affairs, Dublin Institute of Technology
Ireland

Laoise O’Murchu is an author, lecturer and consultant specializing in strategic communications planning and evaluation. Working with clients across all industries she delivers results based corporate communication, internal communication, public affairs and strategic communication planning.

A highly experienced communications professional, she holds a Ph.D. in strategic organizational communication. Her work has won numerous national and international awards for business communication excellence.

Her research spanned the Irish economy’s boom and bust and examined the internal Laoise O'Murchucommunication practices in over 20 public and private-sector organizations during this period. Interviewing the CEOs, communication managers and staff within these organizations, she witnessed first-hand the complex challenges of communicating in difficult economic environments.

Eduardo Opazo Preller

Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile

Eduardo Opazo Preller is a professor and consultant to Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Eduardo OpazoAs a senior executive for Banco Santander (Spain) for 21 years, he led the corporate communications and corporate Affairs field in Chile, for Latin America and at the headquarters in Madrid. He previously held an executive position at Citibank N.A. He currently lectures at the Master in Strategic Communication and the MBA program.

Donna Papacosta

Principal, Trafalgar Communications
Canada

Donna Papacosta is a writer, speaker, content marketer, podcaster and consultant, helping Donna Papacostaclients communicate better with employees, customers and prospects. She was rated an all-star speaker at IABC world conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2005 Papacosta started producing the Trafcom News Podcast, one of the first business podcasts in Canada. A dual U.S./Canadian citizen, she is an active member of IABC Toronto and is past chair of its Professional Independent Communicators group.

Kelly Parsons

Chief of Strategy and New Product Development, Melcrum
U.S.

Kelly Parsons is the chief strategy officer and head of new product development forKelly Parsons Melcrum Inc, working closely with members to identify, codify, and implement best practices in strategic internal communication. Kelly also leads Melcrum’s team in North America. Prior to Melcrum, she ran the Marketing Leadership Council, a division of the Corporate Executive Board serving heads of marketing. She is a recognized authority on brand and employee communication.

Amy Posey

Lead Facilitator, Peak Teams
CA, U.S.

Amy Posey is a neurofacilitator and head of product and programs with Peak Teams. posey's new linked in profile pic!She is responsible for facilitating innovative and engaging leadership development programs based in neuroscience. Prior to joining Peak Teams, she managed a portfolio of Leadership Programs at Deloitte. As a consultant for global tech companies, Posey spent 10 years delivering practical learning, change, and communication solutions.

Katherine Power

Vice President, Communications, Sodexo Canada
Canada

Katherine Power is the vice president, communications with Sodexo Canada. Katherine drives a comprehensive and integrated communications strategy at Sodexo to effect change, engage employees and external KPower 3x5stakeholders and enhance the organization’s reputation. She is also co-chair of Sodexo Canada’s Employee Business Resource Group for women.

Katherine holds an honors degree in rhetoric and professional writing from the University of Waterloo, a management certificate from Carleton University with a concentration in marketing, and a diploma in international trade from FITT. She is fluent in English and French.

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Barbara Puffer, ABC, IABC Fellow

Owner/President, Puffer Public Relations Strategies
FL, U.S.

Barbara Puffer, ABC, IABC Fellow, has been senior counselor and president of Puffer Public Relations for 16 years. She is also associate professor for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), teaching 12 years online in the undergraduate Communications Studies & Professional Writing program and for the Graduate School of Management and Technology. Before consulting, she spent a 25-year career in communications management for large national and international companies in banking, telecommunications, insurance, manufacturing and distribution.

Barbara joined IABC in 1974 and there are few areas in which she hasn’t been involved — from IABC Web Projectchapter to international and numerous committees and programs in between. She is currently the IABC Executive Director Search Committee chair, was Foundation chair in 1997, Region Director of the Year in 2009, and served on the International Board in the mid-80s. She has been honored for her teaching at UMUC and worked in volunteer leadership for such organizations as Special Olympics (first volunteer in the Hall of Fame), American School for the Deaf (first female president in the ’90s), Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Connecticut and Southwest Florida and many more.

 

Leslie Quinton

Chef de Mission, Public Relations Without Borders/relations publiques sans frontìères
Quebec, Canada

Leslie Quinton is a mentor to young professionals and is a member of the board of Public Leslie QuintonRelations Without Borders. For four years, the award-winning communicator was senior vice president, global corporate communications at a major multinational active in 100 countries, overseeing the management of all internal and external communication. Leslie taught public relations at McGill University, has written for various media and has been guest speaker on a range of topics.

Roberta (Bobbie) Resnick, ABC, APR, MC, IABC Fellow

Owner, Roberta Resnick & Associates
Canada

Roberta (Bobbie) Resnick, ABC, APR, MC, IABC Fellow , has spent more than 55 years in public relations. An independent consultant since 1985, she has specialized in HR communication for organizations in every known field of commercial activity. She has presented educational seminars for clients, IABC chapters and other associations across North America and internationally. For many years, she taught several subjects in corporate communication/public relations programs at three Toronto community colleges, as well as Toronto’s Resnick_3Ryerson University.

She’s been active in IABC since its formation, and in one of its U.S. predecessor groups, ICIE, beginning in 1959. She received a Chairman’s Award  in 1987, was selected a Master Communicator for Canada District 2 in 1991, and was named a Fellow of IABC in 2005. In 2007, the Toronto Chapter developed an Award of Excellence named for her and presented it annually as part of the official awards program.


Mike Rocco

Internal Communications Manager, Hulu
CA, U.S.


Mike Rocco Mike Rocco is the internal communications manager, tech solutions and editorial at Hulu. Since MIKEjoining the team in April 2013, he has helped lead the internal communications change management strategy and was instrumental in launching Hulu’s new social intranet platform, Huluverse. Mike is an accomplished designer, producer, video editor, and writer. Prior to becoming a “Hulugan,” he spent more than 10 years as a cast member at The Walt Disney Company in various creative and strategic communication roles.


Brad Ross

Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Toronto Transit Commission
ON, Canada

Brad Ross has been the executive director of corporate communications for the Brad_Ross_TT_headshotToronto Transit Commission (TTC) since 2008. The TTC is North America’s third-largest transit system, carrying 1.7 million riders every weekday. Brad is responsible for media relations, employee communications and public communications, including active social media channels on Twitter and YouTube. Before joining the TTC, Ross oversaw media relations and issues management at the City of Toronto for eight years.

Suzanne Salvo, IABC Fellow

Co-Owner, Salvo Photo & Video
Italy

Suzanne Salvo, IABC Fellow, is a Texan living in Italy. She passionately believes risk taking leads to personal Suzanne-Salvogrowth and that learning and sharing is the source of greatest happiness. With hubby Chris, photo/video and training projects in 72 countries have taken her to places like Baghdad and the Amazon jungle (ask her about the midnight battle with the giant spider). Known for her informative CW column, “Visually Speaking” and her All-Star presentations at World Conferences, she is most proud of becoming an IABC Fellow 2013.

Paul Sanchez, ABC, IABC Fellow

Market Leader, Principal, Buck Consultants
CA, U.S.

Paul Sanchez, ABC, IABC Fellow, is a market leader for Buck Consultants Southern California and Arizona offices. He joined Buck Consultants in April 2012 following a move from New York and positions at the headquarters of two other global consulting firms. Paul has more than 25 years of experience in communication and human resources management and has led practices in employee research, communication and human capital consulting, working with clients around the world in all sectors.

Before joining Buck, Paul founded and led a firm focusing on employee research and engagement. Prior to that he served as the global practice leader in employee Paul Sanchez1research for Mercer Human Resources Consulting. He led the Communications, Education and Change Management practice based in London, England serving clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. Paul served on the IABC international Board of Directors and as a trustee and chair for the IABC Research Foundation. He has been a member of local chapters in five cities and has facilitated sessions at IABC’s Leadership Institute and international and regional conferences.

Hilary Scarlett

Director, Scarlett Associates
U.K.

Hilary Scarlett is the Director of Scarlett Associates. Her work spans Europe, the U.S. and Asia, concentrating on Hilary Scarlettchange and employee engagement. She has been a board member of the IABC U.K. chapter and contributed to IABC’s Handbook of Organizational Communication. Hilary holds a post-graduate certificate in the psychology of organizational development and change and qualified with distinction through the NeuroLeadership Institute in the application of neuroscience. She has won two Gold Quill Awards.

Mary Schafer

Vice President, ADP
GA, U.S.

Mary Schafer is a vice president for ADP, a benefits management firm. She is a dynamic, Mary Schaferinnovative and well-rounded marketing leader a successful track record of 17 years in marketing communications, public relations, crisis communications, lead generation, event management, thought leadership campaigns, and executive, client and employee programs.



Katharine Schmidt

Executive Director, Food Banks Canada
Canada

Katharine Schmidt is the executive director, Food Banks Canada. She stepped into the role at Food Banks six years ago, taking advantage of an opportunity to be a change agent for the food bank sector.

Since joining Food Banks Canada, Katharine has led the organization through an extensive organizational restructuring and brand renewal process, enabling it to better achieve its mandate of reducing hunger in KatharineCanada. This renewal has resulted in a six-fold increase in the organization’s annual investment in support to food banks, doubled the amount of donated food acquired and shared with Canadians (now at $33 million annually) and has put Food Banks Canada on the map with the public and government.

Prior to joining Food Banks Canada, Katharine’s professional accomplishments focused on organizational management, capacity building, and policy and advocacy development and implementation in business, government, non-profit and charitable organizations. She has worked at a senior level with stakeholders in the agri-food industry including producers, processors, distributors, and retail and food services. Click here to see an episode in which Katharine visits four different food banks across Canada.

 

 

D. Mark Schumann, ABC

Senior Vice President / National Practice Leader - Communications, The Segal Group
Connecticut, U.S.

D. Mark Schumann, ABC, is a 17-time Gold Quill winner, former International Chair of IABC, and theMark Schumann former Global Leader of the Towers Perrin communication business. He is the author of two definitive books on employer brand: Brand from the Inside and Brand for Talent, and was the top-rated speaker at the 2013 IABC World Conference. In his spare time, he is the film critic for the Hersam-Acorn online and newspaper chain in New England.

 



Lesley Jane Seymour

Editor In Chief, More Magazine/More.com
NY, U.S.

Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of More magazine in January of 2008. She led the magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award nomination for personal service for an investigative piece called “The Endangered Uterus”, and to a nomination for General Excellence in 2010.LesleyJaneSeymour big

Under her guidance, the magazine was named to Mediaweek’s 2010 Hot List, and dubbed “The Vanity Fair for Women” by marketers. Seymour was also ranked 4th on Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009. Prior to joining Meredith Corporation, Seymour served as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, where she spearheaded the magazine’s signature cause-related programs, including It’s Time to Talk Day, which influenced Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act. She created the One World/One Wish campaign for the international relief organization Save the Children, which authored legislation to take 1 percent of U.S. defense spending to put toward rehabilitating women and children after war.

Prior to that, Seymour was editor-in-chief of Redbook, where she repositioned the magazine, developed new editorial programs and features and guided the title to a National Magazine Award nomination for Personal Service for its comprehensive Breast Cancer Medbook. Seymour’s editorial experience also encompasses serving as the editor-in-chief of YM, beauty director of Glamour and contributing editor for Vogue. Additionally, Seymour is the author of two books: On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood.

Jim Shaffer, ABC, IABC Fellow

Leader, Jim Shaffer Group
MD, U.S.

Jim Shaffer, ABC, IABC Fellow, is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker and author on improving business performance and helping to guide lean six sigma transformations. He leads the Jim Shaffer Group, a team of seasoned advisers to leaders of organizations who want to improve performance through better strategy execution and who want to create high performance workplaces.

Previously, he was a principal, vice president and global leader of a Towers Perrin center of excellence. He was one of the architects and leading practitioners of the firm’s change-management consulting practice. His book, The Leadership Solution (McGraw-Hill), immediately became a classic treatise on leadership, change management and creating high performance organizations.

A regular contributor to many business publications and frequently quoted in business journals, Jim Shaffer-Color-Casual-Select-webhas taught at the graduate schools of business at George Washington University, The University of St. Thomas and Hamline University.

His clients have included: Abbott, Applied Materials, AstraZeneca, ConAgra Foods, Cox Enterprises, Darden Restaurants, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, FedEx, GlaxoSmithKline, Hallmark, Honeywell, IBM, ITT Corporation, Johnson Controls, Kellogg’s, Labatt, LexisNexis, The Mayo Clinic, Marriott, McKesson, Nordstrom, Owens Corning, Pepsi Bottling Group, Perdue Farms, Pfizer, Royal Bank of Canada, Textron, 3M, United Healthcare, USAA, Verizon, Visa and Westinghouse.

Angela Sinickas, ABC, IABC Fellow

CEO, Sinickas Communications Inc.
GA, U.S.

Angela Sinickas, ABC, IABC Fellow, is CEO of Sinickas Communications Inc., a management consultingSinickas by Salvo firm focused on measuring the effectiveness of stakeholder communications. The firm’s client list includes 25 percent of both the Forbes 100 largest global companies and the Fortune 100 largest US companies. She has spoken with groups of communicators in 32 countries and published nearly 150 articles about communication strategy and measurement and a manual, How to Measure Your Communication Programs.

John Smythe

Partner, Engage for Change
U.K.

John Smythe is a partner at Engage for Change, a consultancy providing practicalJohn Smythe advice on engaging people in strategy and change and developing the competencies that help leaders to engage their people. He has also published two works on employee engagement: The CEO, The Chief Engagement Officer: Turning hierarchy upside down to drive performance and recently The Velvet Revolution at Work: The rise of employee engagement, the fall of command and control

Sherrilynne Starkie

Vice President, Thornley Fallis Communications
Canada

Sherrilynne Starkie is Thornley Fallis Communication’s vice president of content Sherrilynne Starkiemarketing and social media. She has been advising blue-chip organizations on both sides of the pond, covering Britain, Canada and the United States for almost 20 years.

Dan Staublin

Director of Corporate Communications, Internal & Crisis, The Clorox Company
CA, U.S.

Dan Staublin is the director of internal and crisis communications for Clorox. He’s responsible for global Dan Staublincommunication strategies in support of Clorox’s business priorities, culture and values, and ensuring effective communication plans and protocols are in place to minimize business disruption in the event of emergencies. Dan will co-present with Kathryn Caulfield, Clorox’s senior-most leader responsible for global internal, external and crisis communications, corporate issue management and corporate responsibility.

Jerry Stevenson

Senior Consultant, Baylor Health Care System
Texas, U.S.

Jerry Stevenson is a senior consultant for Baylor Health Care System, the largest non-profit Jerry Stevensonhealth care system in Texas. His multidisciplinary background includes public relations, corporate communications, human resources and IT. He helped develop one of the world’s first global intranets at EDS Corporation in the 90s and later launched a solo consulting practice that helped some of the best-known Fortune 500 companies to use online communication and social media effectively.



Karen Stintz

Toronto City Councillor, Toronto Transit Commission
Canada

Karen Stintz is the former chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the third largest transit organization in North America with over 500 million customers each year.

She represents Ward 16 (Eglinton-Lawrence) and was first elected to public office in 2003. She sits TTCChairStintz 1209039-6174Fon the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee and is a member of the Providence Healthcare Foundation and the GTAA’s Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee and is active on the boards of the North Toronto Memorial Arena and Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena. She is a member of the Yonge-Lawrence Village BIA, The Uptown Yonge BIA and the Eglinton Way BIA.

Karen was born and raised in Toronto and graduated with an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s of Science in journalism from Boston University. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University. Click here to see Karen go undercover inside the country’s largest mass transit system.

Joe Strupek

Assistant Vice President - Public Affairs, State Farm Insurance
IL, U.S.

Joe Strupek is assistant vice president, public affairs at State Farm® corporate Joe Strupekheadquarters in Bloomington, Ill. His areas of responsibility have included internal communications and brand management and he currently has responsibility for issues management, public relations, digital media, executive customer service, media, grassroots, and community efforts. He also provides executive support for the CEO and Chairman.

 



Shahnaz Taplin

Board Chair, Invest in Muslim Women
CA, U.S.

Shahnaz Taplin is co-founder and board chair of Invest in Muslim Women, which works to educate and economically empower Muslim women. She blogs on Muslim women’s issues and her posts appear in the shahnaz_photoHuffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Salon and AlterNet. Shahnaz specializes in strategic communications and focuses on women’s, children’s and environmental issues.

She recently interviewed 100 women in different Muslim countries for a book on women’s Islam, which she is working on. She started her career as director of communications and public affairs at Planned Parenthood in San Francisco and then worked as a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Goldman Environmental Prize, among others.


Gail Fann Thomas

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School
CA, U.S.

Gail Fann Thomas received an EdD in Business Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. In 1989 she joined the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School where she teaches graduate courses in communication, high-performing teams and inter-agency collaboration.

In 2005 Gail became Program Manager for Strategic Communication in NPS’s Center for GailFannThomasExecutive Education (CEE). To date, she and her faculty partners from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School have assisted more than 250 teams in the development of their strategic communication capabilities.

Representing NPS’s Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center, Gail and her colleagues have worked with key stakeholders in the Mine Action communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Armenia to assist them in developing collaborative processes that will allow them to become mine- free. She has recently worked with The World Bank, Yellowstone National Park, and the Singaporean Armed Forces.

Dr. Thomas and two other colleagues have developed a diagnostic tool to assess an agency’s collaborative capacity. Her research related to strategic communication has most recently focused on the use of social and semantic network analysis to study social media narratives in real-world events. She has published in several academic journals and co-authored a booklet on conflict management.

In 2004, Dr. Thomas was awarded the Distinguished Member Award by the Association for Business Communication (ABC). In 2005 she received ABC’s Outstanding Research Award and NPS’s Richard W. Hamming Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In 2010 she and her co-authors received an award for ABC’s outstanding research article of the year. In 2013, she and a co-author received an outstanding paper award for the International Communication Association.

Sean Trainor

Founder and Managing Director, über engagement
U.K

Sean Trainor is the founder and managing director of über engagement. He previouslysean_trainor_headshotx200 led the engagement practice for the London office of The Brand Union, WPP’s global branding agency. Trainor has spent the majority of his career in senior in-house roles including head of internal communications for Network Rail, BBC Sport and BNFL. Contributor to the MacLeod Report, he is an original member of Engage For Success Guru Group. Sean is a former executive board and council member of Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and former chair of CIPR.

Nikki Van Dusen, MA / AB

President, NikComm Inc.
Alberta, Canada

Nikki Van Dusen, MA / AB, has worked in public relations and corporateNikki Van Dusen communications departments for more than 14 years and has emerged as a leader in social media strategy and web-facilitated communication. She runs her own PR consulting firm, NikComm Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where the occasional porcupine wanders by her office window.

Nancy Voith

Managing Director, Talent Practice, CRA Inc.
Texas, U.S.

Nancy Voith is managing director of CRA’s Talent Practice, providing Nancy Voithclients with hard-to-find, game-changing communication and marketing talent and also providing one-on-one career coaching for candidates from all areas of the world.

 

Jennifer Wah, ABC, MC

Chief Storyteller, Forwords Communication Inc
Canada

Jennifer Wah, ABC, MC, is an expert in the area of storytelling, and she is a sought-after speaker and Jennifer Wah portrait by Albert Normandinworkshop presenter on this topic. Wah is an active volunteer and has served in many local, national and international roles, including chairing the international Gold Quill Awards and the annual world conference for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She was involved in the development and delivery of an executive accreditation program in partnership with Royal Roads University. Wah is very active on social media networks, and spends other non-work time reading, cooking or with her two children.She has been recognized with more than 50 industry awards, including 11 Gold Quill awards, and was named a Master Communicator by IABC Canada.

Mike Walsh

CEO, Tomorrow
U.S.

Mike Walsh is a leading authority on the digital future, the bestselling author of Futuretainment and the CEO of Tomorrow, a global innovation lab in Berkeley, Calif.Mike_Walsh-headshot_square

Mike helps to prepare business leaders for what’s next. Rather than focusing on the distant future, he takes an anthropological approach, scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies.

His clients at Tomorrow, have included CEOs and senior management teams of companies such as BBC Worldwide, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Globe Telecom, Philips, Merck Pharmaceuticals and HSBC. Mike has been featured in Business Week, Fortune, Wallpaper Magazine, and has been profiled on CNN, Management TV, ABC, and the BBC.

Rebecca Weintraub, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
CA, U.S.

Rebecca Weintraub, Ph.D., has spent more than 30 years in the field of communication, facilitation, change management,   Rebecca Weintrauband organizational behavior. She’s a clinical professor of communication at USC in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She directs both the on-campus and on-line Master of Communication Management programs and teaches strategic communication and consulting. She has held previous roles at Cal Poly Pomona, Hughes Aircraft Company, and Towers Perrin where her clients included Northrop Grumman, MGM, Mazda, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, WellPoint Health Systems, and the L.A. Times. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from USC.



Stephen Welch

Consultant
U.K.

Stephen Welch helps organizations with culture change, communication, leadership Stephen Welchdevelopment and exploring the connections between behavior and job/organization design. At Hay Group, he led the communication, media and technology consulting sector, working with global clients in a challenging, fast-paced and fun industry.  He is a member of the Market Research Society and the Chartered Institute of Publications, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Brad Whitworth, ABC, IABC Fellow

Senior Communication and Marketing Manager, Cisco
CA, U.S.

Brad Whitworth, ABC, IABC Fellow, is senior communication manager for the industry solutions group at Cisco. Brad joined Cisco in 2007 and today is responsible for integrated communication for the part of the company that builds partner ecosystems for new markets. Before Cisco, Brad led communication programs at HP, PeopleSoft and AAA.

He earned undergraduate degrees in both journalism and speech at the University of Missouri IABC Web Project International Conf NYC June 2008and an MBA at Santa Clara University.  A former broadcaster, Brad has made more than 300 presentations to executives, communicators, and university classes around the world. Brad has a long history with IABC, including serving as chairman of the international board and president of two local chapters. He is one of the authors of The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication.



Jane Wilcox, ABC

President, Xposure PR
Canada

Jane Wilcox, ABC, is the owner and president of Xposure PR, a full-service communications firm that specializes in janewilcoxgenerating media coverage, creating buzz and strategically integrating marketing, digital and public relations efforts. She has 20-plus years of experience creating brand eminence for organizations in fast-paced, result-oriented environments in the consumer, automotive, not-for-profit, food, medical/health and financial industries.

Prior to owning Xposure PR, Wilcox worked in corporate communications. She spent time as manager of marketing communications at CIBC Finance and several years in corporate public relations at Goodyear Canada. Wilcox and her team at Goodyear Canada were named one of Canada’s “Ten Marketers that Mattered” by Marketing Magazine.

Anna Willey, ABC, MC

President, Communications Services Ltd.
Canada

Anna Willey, ABC, MC , is the president of Total Communication Services based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With more than 30 years of professional experience in countless communications efforts, Anna Willeyevolving from entry to executive level and spanning from local to international scope, she has held a variety of progressively senior-level roles in many organizations.

Anna has been accountable for all roles within the procession including recruitment, supervision, corporate planning, budgeting, corporate contributions, strategic communications planning, issues management, media relations, marketing, brand and policy development, and redefining communications structures to support organizational objectives.

Joe Williams, IABC Fellow

CEO, Joe Williams Communications Inc.
OK, US

Joe Williams, IABC Fellow, heads up Joe Williams Communications, a 29-year-old consulting, research and training firm that has worked with a diverse range of clients, ranging from General Dynamics to the University of Sydney, from the Federal Reserve Bank to Butterfield Bank in Bermuda, and from the Government of the Republic of South Africa to Cirque du Soleil.

Joe holds more than 125 national awards for his work, including 12 Gold Quills, numerous chapter Joe Williams2and district awards, as well as awards from PRSA, the Art Directors Club of New York and other organizations. He was named a Fellow in 2009, has served on the Gold Quill Blue Ribbon panel, and is an All-Star speaker at World Conferences.

Many in IABC know of Joe’s Dialogue in the Desert week-long strategic thinking and leadership workshops, held on a ranch in Arizona. Since 1985, more than 2,000 communicators have experienced this one-of-a-kind leadership program.

Yumi Wilson

Corporate communications manager, LinkedIn
CA, U.S.

Yumi Wilson is the corporate communications manager at LinkedIn and associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University.

As a trainer and evangelist for LinkedIn, Yumi trains corporate communicators and journalists how Yumi Wilsonto use LinkedIn more effectively  to promote their companies and brands. She runs the LinkedIn for Journalists group, which has grown from 16,000 to nearly 50,000 members during her tenure. She also travels around the world, training communications specialists how to get the most from LinkedIn. She also moderates the new LinkedIn for Corporate Communications group, whose members include communicators from Pinterest, Yammer, Facebook, the Bank of the West, HP and many other Fortune 500 companies. Yumi recently returned from Brussels, where she offered hands-on sessions to more than 100 employees at SWIFT communications.

Brooke Yeates, ABC

Manager, Change Management and Organizational Impacts, One Vale Americas Project (Canada-UK), Vale
Ontario, Canada

Brooke Yeates, ABC, Using her 11 years with global mining company Vale, Brooke Yeates Brooke Yeatespromoted a standard change management approach within Vale’s Canada & UK operations. Now, she’s applying her change expertise supporting its worldwide One Vale business transformation project, based on the SAP technology platform. Recognized as a top ’40 Under Forty’ leader for her community involvement in Sudbury, particularly in charting the course for that city’s new Franklin Carmichael Art Gallery.  Brooke is an ABC, certified in change management and an alumnus of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2012).

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