Board of Directors

President 

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 Communications Strategist

Shaun’s worldview is shaped by the principles of grace, mercy, compassion, hope and justice – elements he brings to the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, an independent voluntary organization composed of citizens who accept responsibility for understanding and dealing with the problems of crime and the criminal justice system in a creative, humane and progressive manner.

He completed his undergraduate in religious education at the Canadian Bible College (now called Ambrose University) in Calgary, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia’s Carey Theological College. A born leader, Shaun has also completed many management sessions through the Canadian Professional Management Services in areas such as grievances and arbitrations, strategic leadership, and labour relations.

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Vice President -Dan Gold

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Social Media/Digital Content Specialist , Martin Charlton Communications

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Past President – Alisha Edgelow

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Senior Communications Officer, CBC Saskatchewan

Alisha is a passionate marketing communications dynamo with marked prowess in community engagement, digital trends and public broadcasting; she also possesses a natural knack for connecting with others and knows how to get the conversation started. A born social butterfly, Alisha’s communications career began at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Art and Technology, and was subsequently introduced to the world of consulting upon completion of her Co-op program. Alisha inherently understands how to make things happen and plays a vital role in boosting the profile of CBC Saskatchewan through innovative marketing and communications strategies that promote local TV, radio and online programming, simultaneously supporting national CBC network initiatives.

A creative, encouraging and enthusiastic leader, Alisha is dedicated to bringing her six years of volunteer experience with IABC/BC to the Saskatoon chapter. In 2012, Alisha was nominated for Volunteer of the Year with the IABC/BC Chapter; in 2013, she was awarded a scholarship for the IABC World Conference in New York for adding tremendous value to IABC and having great potential as a future leader. Alisha’s passion lies in creating a positive IABC experience for chapter leaders so they can continue to grow their portfolios in a vibrant, engaging and strategic environment.

@alishaedgelow

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Finance Chair – Wadzie Makura

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3rd Year Accounting Student, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan

 

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Operations Chair – Andrea Lauder

Communications Manager, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers

Andrea’s communications experience has been shaped by years of education, travel, work and volunteerism. Her interests lie in exploring communications and relationship-building in the digital and face-to-face world, a perfect fit for her role as Communications Manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers.

Andrea has an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan, a bachelor of applied communications degree in public relations from Mount Royal University, and a master of arts degree in communications and technology from the University of Alberta. Outside of work she is an aspiring violinist, avid sports fan, globe trotter, cyclist and voracious reader.

@AndreaLauder

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Membership Chair – Tanya Turner

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Web Content Editor, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Tanya is passionate about community, connections and clarity. An award-winning communication professional, she is currently the web content editor at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

She holds a master of arts in professional communication at Royal Roads University and a diploma in photography from Algonquin College.

As the IABC Saskatoon membership co-chair, Tanya welcomes new members and celebrates existing memberships. Her goal is to ensure members see value in their membership. Suggestions are always welcome!

@TanyaTurner

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Professional Development Co-Chair – Jenelyn Ong

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Marketing & Communications Specialist

Jenelyn first discovered IABC as a student at the University of Calgary, and immediately began volunteering. She has worked in a number of different sectors including oil & gas, sales training, and non-profit. After taking some time to raise her children, she co-founded KinderBuzz.com—a website for parents in Regina, SK that informs the community about local family-friendly events, programs and services. Now back in Saskatoon and ready for a new challenge, Jenelyn is eager to help grow IABC/Saskatoon by using her expertise in marketing and online communications, media and public relations, events planning and brand development.


Professional Development Co-Chair – Cameron Meier

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Account Executive, Bamboo Shoots

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Communications Chair-Kirsty Hack

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Kirsty has always looked for the best way to connect and communicate with audiences, whether big or small. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Kirsty pursued media planning and buying in Regina, with a focus on starting conversations with people across Canada. From that point, Kirsty’s interest in social media grew, bringing her back to Saskatoon to further her knowledge on the subject. Her approach to reaching youth has enabled her to stay on the cutting edge of social platforms, utilizing them to benefit local brands.

In addition to her work in advertising, Kirsty is an active volunteer in the community. With a passion for non-traditional methods of communication, Kirsty has executed a variety of grassroots marketing initiatives to raise funds and drive awareness of health related causes.

Kirsty excited to bring her knowledge of non-profits and advertising to the role as the Communications co-chair for IABC.

@KirstyAHack

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Sponsorship Co-Chair  – Andrew Kudel

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Sponsorship C0-Chair – Erin Holm

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Communications Consultant, City of Saskatoon
Erin brings a good mix of good humour, professionalism, life and work experience to the IABC board. She has worked as a marketing and communications professional for a number of years, in a wide range of industries: from construction to professional sports teams and is excited to have recently joined the City Hall family.

After living overseas for a couple years, Erin is back in Saskatoon and ready for her next challenge. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm, experience and passion to her Sponsorship Co-Chair role with IABC.

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Educational Relations Chair – Zaheed Bardai

 

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Communications Specialist (HR), University of Saskatchewan

With his aren’t-you-glad-you’re-not-me stories and a life that plays out like a sitcom or a John Hughes movie, engaging audiences comes naturally for Zaheed.

As an internal communication specialist at the University of Saskatchewan, Zaheed is immersed in crisis and issues, change management, social media and corporate communication, to an audience of almost 30,000 faculty, staff and students. Prior to this role, he has worked in IT, Academic Communication, and as a DJ and Music Director of a community radio station in Quebec. Passionate about learning and development, Zaheed has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bishop’s University and Masters’ degrees in Corporate & Public Communication, Business Administration and Public Relations, from Monmouth University in New Jersey.

Zaheed has been a member of IABC Canada for 8 years and is excited to inspire the next generation of communication professionals through his role as Chair of Leadership Development. An avid concert-goer, Zaheed can often be spotted around town or around the world, at shows ranging from Iron Maiden to Justin Bieber.


Awards and Accreditation Chair – Ivan Muzychka, ABC, MC

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Associate Vice-President (Communications), University of Saskatchewan

Ivan Muzychka is the Associate Vice-President (Communications) at the University of Saskatchewan. In this position he is responsible for the university’s internal and external communications and marketing activities. Prior to joining the U of S, Ivan was the Associate Director of Communications at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he worked for almost 20 years.

Ivan is a frequent speaker and lecturer on public relations issues. He has delivered numerous presentations to the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on media relations and ethics issues related to communications.

Ivan has provided outstanding service to IABC at chapter, district and international levels. Since joining IABC in 1994, he has served as chapter president, at the district level and on the international board of IABC.

Ivan has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Memorial University and an MA (English Literature) from the University of Toronto. He is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and was named a Master Communicator (MC) by IABC Canada.

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Senior Delegate – Leanne Nyirfa, ABC

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Owner, Strategic Communications Counsel

IABC Saskatoon Past President and Accredited Business Communicator, Leanne has been providing communications advice to government, private and non-profit organizations across Canada for over 18 years.

Founder and past partner at Reach Communications for five years, Leanne formed a new company, Strategic Communications Counsel in 2012, which specializes in strategic communication planning, media training and communication coaching to executives and senior managers.

Leanne is most passionate about issues management, and has helped numerous organizations manage communications during labour disputes, health care crises, and federal elections.

In addition to Senior Delegate on the IABC Saskatoon Board, Leanne is a member of the IABC Canada West 2015 Conference Program Advisory Committee. She also gives back to the community and her profession by providing career advice and guidance to young women as part of the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program at the Edwards School of Business. In November 2014 Leanne was appointed to the Meewasin Valley Authority Board of Directors by the Province of Saskatchewan.

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