Celebrating 20 years with IABC Saskatoon!

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Marielle Gauthier recently celebrated her 20th year as an IABC Saskatoon member! So we could better understand her experience as a communicator and her long-term involvement with IABC, she answered these questions.

What do you consider the benefits of being part of IABC?
There are so many benefits of being an IABC member. For me the top benefits are networking; personal connections, professional development; and accreditation. I have made many wonderful friends through IABC whose friendships I cherish to this day. Another benefit for me is knowing that I can contact any IABC member anywhere in the world and they will more than likely graciously help me out or if I am travelling in their part of the world invite me to stop and visit them when in their city. And of course, the opportunity to attend professional development sessions as well as present is also invaluable for me. Accreditation is also a big benefit for communication professionals as it proves a certain level of knowledge, expertise and execution.

How did you first get involved with IABC?
My first involvement with IABC Saskatoon was when I volunteered myself as a “floater” on the IABC executive. Just a few weeks later, the new president moved away. Guess who “floated” to the role as president?

How would someone you know describe you?
Those who know me well, I think would describe me as kind, generous, determined, tenacious, adventurous and always looking for a new fun experience and a good laugh.

What do you do when you aren’t working?
I am at the gym, spending time with friends and family, travelling, doing volunteer work, taking photos, hiking, reading or relaxing.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I used to work as a meteorological technician with Environment Canada and was stationed in the very high arctic, Eureka on Ellesmere Island. While there I explored the area with my camera and took photos of the amazing landscape. I also had many unique experiences including 24 hour darkness; being completely engulfed by a fog bank; and sliding down an iceberg.

What are you currently working on?
Besides offering communication services, I also offer executive and team coaching services. I became a professional coach in 2006 and was accredited as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation in 2014. I am currently taking a new coaching course called ‘Conversational Intelligence’ (C-IQ) which builds upon my neuroscience knowledge. C-IQ brings my passions of communications and coaching together – helping individuals and organizations to have more productive conversations, increase engagement and trust, and improve relationships. It is my goal to become a certified Conversational Intelligence coach.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about being an IABC member?
Just do it. IABC is an invaluable resource on so many levels. You will meet great people who are generous with their time and knowledge.

What advice do you have for other chapter members?
Keep learning and sharing. By helping others become the best communicator they can become makes our Chapter, our members and our industry stronger.

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Thanks for being a great part of IABC Saskatoon, Marielle!

As Marielle says, “Just do it.” Join IABC Saskatoon to develop your career, network with local communication professionals and participate in accreditation, awards and professional development opportunities. Contact yxe-membership@iabc.com to learn more.

You can help shape the future of IABC Saskatoon

We are looking for your feedback to ensure the IABC Saskatoon chapter delivers events and benefits to best meet your interests and needs. Please take 5-10 minutes and complete our membership and colleague survey.

Not only will your opinions help guide decisions that will impact your chapter, you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card to Cut Casual Steak and Tap.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/iabcyxe2016
The survey will be open until Monday, June 20, 2016. So don’t delay!

Recap on the AGM & #IABClunchNlearn featuring Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin

Thank you to all the members and guests who helped us exercise our fiduciary duty. Our president, Shaun Dyer, led us through the AGM where he highlighted the many accomplishments during the 2015 year. The changes to our bylaws were adopted and we welcomed in a new finance chair, Wadzie Mukura, to serve a two-year term.

Being part of the IABC Saskatoon board is a rewarding experience and if you’re interested in learning more, please contact our past-president, Alisha Edgelow at yxe-past-president@iabc.com.

The lunch and learn portion of our event featured two of the most influential creative directors in the advertising industry, the women behind Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin.

The dynamic duo encouraged attendees to challenge the status quo – especially when our inner compass is directing us. They reminded us that leadership is a mindset, not a title and they shared the importance of mentoring as a career-building strategy.

In summary, these Kestin and Vonk were inspiring – and hilarious. Their joie de vivre was palpable and their insight on point. As partners in Swim, a creative leadership lab, they now work with companies to grow and support collaborative, fearless leaders.

Miss out on this great event? You can still purchase a copy of their book Darling, You Can’t Do Both. And Other Noise to Ignore on Your Way Up. from our chapter at $20 (retail value of $24.99). As co-founder of Fast Company, Alan Webber says, “A guide to breaking the rules that stunt careers and wreak havoc at home.” Just email yxe-membership@iabc.com by June 21.

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AGM documents

The following documents are for the IABC Saskatoon Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 9, 2016.

Agenda

Minutes of 2015 AGM

2015 annual report + proposed slate for 2015/2016

IABC Saskatoon Bylaws

Proposed Amendments to IABC Saskatoon Bylaws

June Events – First Wednesday, and Lunch & Learn AGM

It’s time to end our 2015-2016 event cycle, and we’re going out in a great way!

First Wednesdays

First, we’ll have our final First Wednesday at Boffins Public House in the Atrium Building, 111 Research Drive at 5:30 p.m. First Wednesdays are an opportunity to connect with members and fellow communication professionals. It’s the perfect venue to share and get social. Sit on the gorgeous boffins patio, have a glass of wine (drink responsibly!), and chat with a group of like-minded and fun folks!

Lunch, Learn, and AGM

This year, we’re changing up our AGM experience. We’ve decided to do it as a Lunch & Learn so that our members get the most out of the meeting!

Thursday, June 9
12:00pm – 1:45pm
The Saskatoon Club (417 21st St E)
picatic.com/iabcsaskatoonagm2016

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Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk have built their careers on unconventional thinking. During their 13 years as Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, they created Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. Now they design programs to give ambitious people tools and insights to have maximum impact. Recently, they launched Darling, You Can’t Do Both – a fresh and honest guide to making it in the working world on your own terms. Join us to hear insights from the book and their experiences.

Have questions in advance? Connect with one of our membership co-chairs, yxe-membership@iabc.com.

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Why Customer Experience Is the Hot New Thing in Marketing 

by Pam Neely

Competition in business is fierce. No one needs to tell you that. Everywhere, companies compete based on product, technology and price. Even in advertising, witness the rise of content marketing as a way to beat out the competition in the rising roar of marketing messages.

There is another way to compete. It’s old-fashioned, but it works: Be good to your customers. Really, really good. Be good from the first time they encounter you to years after they’ve become your loyal, returning customer.

Read more 

2016 Gold Quill Award winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Gold Quill Awards have been announced. In total, IABC has recognized 223 entries as world class with 85 Excellence Awards and 138 Merit Awards announced. Winners come from all parts of the world, with 12 countries represented in the winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.

Congratulations to all winners!

View the complete list of winners on the IABC Gold Quill Awards website.

Find out more 

2017 World Conference

Register by 30 April and you could win a free registration for the 2017 World Conference 

This is one of those times when good fortune may smile upon you, with absolutely no added effort on your part! If you register for the 2016 IABC World Conference before 30 April, you’ll be entered into a drawing in early May to win a free standard registration for the 2017 World Conference.

The 2017 conference will take place 11–14 June 2017 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. This deal applies to anyone who registers before 30 April!

Find out more 

Membership Month in Saskatoon

Join or renew your membership by April 30 and save! Now is the time to join the Saskatoon chapter of IABC, a vibrant group of professionals who create sparks and connections in our community.

During this month, you save 10% on membership and the $40 application fee is waived. Plus you’ll have access to discounted rates on professional development, awards, accreditation and networking opportunities–locally and internationally.

Join our network of 12,000 members comprised of students, recent grads, professionals and corporate teams. Since 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has set the standard of global excellence for professional communicators.

Visit the IABC International website for more information about IABC membership or to apply online.

Want to learn more about the benefits of becoming an #IABC member and how it can help your career? Contact either of our membership co-chairs, Chandra Groves or Tanya Turner..

April Board Meeting and First Wednesday

Because everyone was busy sparking conversation and igniting ideas at FUZE Conference, our board meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wilson Centre, Innovation Place.

First Wednesday will continue across the street at Boffins Public House in the Atrium Building, 111 Research Drive at 5:30 p.m.  See you then!

What is First Wednesday?

An opportunity to connect with members and fellow communication professionals. It’s the perfect venue to share and get social. Hope you can drop by for this informal event. Have questions in advance? Connect with one of our membership co-chairs, Chandra Groves or Tanya Turner.