Websites, Thanks and Coral – a few words from our new President.

Dear IABC member (and those yet to join),

I would like to start this by thanking all of the members who came to our AGM which was sponsored by Federated Co-op. It was well attended and we walked away knowing a lot more about wines and wine tasting. We also discovered that FCL value their IABC membership in-part because of how it enables them to stay on top of trends. They also explained how putting themselves up for awards is a great way of benchmarking their work against other communicators nationally and internationally.

To the 2016-2017 board, thank you for your hard work and dedication. You have made the chapter stronger and have delivered real value for our members. Upon reviewing the membership surveys from various events, I cannot express enough my thanks to those who made everything come together. From finance to PD, membership to sponsorship, and everyone in-between – Thank you.

The continued success of the chapter is also down to the drive and determination of Alisha Edgelow and Shaun Dyer, our former Past President and former President. You can both step back with the knowledge that your work has made our chapter stronger. Thank you for inspiring us.

Now to some news…

The 2017-2018 IABC year will be our 35th anniversary.

We shall openly invite all former and current members to the fall mixer – this event will be a celebration of how far we have come in 35 years. Whether the change has been the growth of our beautiful city or how technology has changed the way we work. Details to follow.

A New Website!

After a lot of consideration over the last few months, the IABC board has come to the conclusion that we should redevelop our website. As a not-for-profit organization we feel that membership dues should be spent on programming that will help them advance their careers. Therefore we are seeking in-kind or financial sponsorship for a new website. This will be a branding opportunity for your organization with exposure to individuals, SMEs and corporations across the city and beyond.

Interested in helping us with this? Please do get in touch via email.

Here’s to our 35th!!

 

Dan

Annual General Meeting in the Tuscan-style tasting room at the back of the Co-op Liquor Store

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your IABC chapter, as the new slate of directors are appointed and current chapter business is reviewed.

June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m.

You’ll enjoy award-winning Co-op food samples & wine tasting with their in-house sommeliers. There are door prizes, too!

Plus, meet & hear from Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) integrated communications & marketing department leaders:

Leah Andrew, FCL’s Associate Vice-President of Marketing and Communications
Cameron Zimmer, FCL’s Communications and Public Relations Manager

We’re prairie proud of our corporate member, Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL). FCL is generously sponsoring our AGM.

About FCL

FCL is largely business to business (B2B), serving over 190 retail co-ops and their more than 2,500 locations. These co-ops, stretching from Dryden to Haida Gwaii, Calgary to Grise Fiord—Canada’s most northern community—share a story as diverse as the Western Canadian landscape.

First started in SK and MB in 1928, FCL is listed as Saskatchewan’s largest company, one of the top 500 companies in Canada and one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers.

Limited tickets are available. Get your tickets today!

Preparing to write the CMP exam in Saskatoon

The Communication Management Professional (CMP) Certification study group is meeting on Saturday, April 22. At this meeting, we’ll review communications ethics, as well as other knowledge areas the group wants to discuss.

All members are welcome to join the study group. It’s a great way to review communications best practices, connect with fellow communicators and prepare to write the certification exam in Saskatoon on June 24, 2017.

Upcoming study session dates include:

  • April 22
  • May 13
  • June 3
  • June 17

For location & times of the group meeting, contact Ivan Muzychka, ABC, MC, the IABC Saskatoon Awards and Certification chair, at yxe-awards@iabc.com.

The CMP exam that will be administered in Saskatoon on June 24. The exam itself is 100 multiple choice questions. You can find out more about the certification program here: www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification.

How to Create Powerful and Positive Changes in Your Organization

Steve Goldstein Presented by Steve Goldstein

Dysfunction within large organizations is so prevalent that most people either accept it as an inevitable fact of corporate life or assume someone else will deal with it. But must it be this way? Steve Goldstein answers this question with a resounding, “No!” In this webinar, Goldstein explains the nature of dysfunction present in most companies and other organizations, why it occurs, and most importantly, what leaders, at all levels, can do to tackle these issues and improve performance.

What you’ll learn:

  • Proven techniques for solving problems and improving performance.
  • How to understand and utilize the Five Principles of Engagement.
  • How top leaders can improve the way they interact with their teams, employees, and customers.

Presenter/Steve Goldstein is the chairman of U.S. Auto Sales, and senior adviser to both Alvarez and Marsal and Milestone Partners. He has over 35 years of experience working as an operating executive at both global Fortune 500 companies (including as Chairman and CEO of American Express Bank), has served as director of numerous companies, and advises large and mid-size companies. Goldstein is the author of a newly published book about leadership and engagement, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement.

Date: 12 January 2017
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT / 2–3 p.m. EDT
Free to IABC members

REGISTER NOW

3 Things You May Have Missed at the IABC YXE Holiday Mixer

by Amy Rederburg

If you weren’t able to attend the IABC Saskatoon Holiday Mixer last night at Bamboo Shoots, you may have missed more than complimentary craft beer, roast chicken artichoke spread and cured-trout crepe roll-ups. From fork-bending mind control to recording a synchronized greeting it was a memorable night.

Here are three things you may have missed at the IABC YXE Holiday Mixer:

  1. A Green-Screen Group Synchronized Greeting

This is what happens when you line up a group of communicators in front of a camera backed by a green screen and ask them to send a greeting.

Have you ever seen a large group of people trying to sync up their voices to make an announcement? I’m not talking about the choir on Christmas Eve… Alisha Edgelow from CBC wanted us to join together and say, “Happy 50th Anniversary IABC Calgary, from IABC Saskatoon. Yeehaw!”

Having come from the radio world where group recordings are never a one-shot deal I know this is never an easy feat. A simple “Happy Anniversary!” wouldn’t suffice. Astonishingly after a few practice runs we did it (really everyone else did – I wasn’t able to catch on). We even added some choreographed fist pumps to make it really pop – thanks to Krystal Rudyk from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders Association for that idea.

Give yourself a pat on the back if you were able to pull that off while still looking cool.

  1. A Mind-Bending Illusionist

Magic, suspense, and… forks. This is what you get when you bring Hadlen into your holiday party. Hadlen’s tagline is “Creating Memories, Changing Lives”. I don’t know if he changed my life last night, but he definitely made a memorable appearance.

Hadlen

Armed with a deck of cards and a seemingly infinite number of forks, Hadlen took to the crowd with various tricks and illusions that left several IABC members picking their jaws up off the floor.

For instance he pointed a fork at my head and said, “don’t worry I’m not going to hit you” while using his mind powers to bend the tines completely vertical to the handle. What-the-what?!

If you’re curious about using these tricks in your own life, Hadlen runs a podcast on controlling your mind for success.

  1. Someone Overheard Saying “I Want You!”

Little known fact: a holiday mixer is also a hotbed for recruitment.

The free-flowing wine and beer act as a social lubricant to allow future employers to be bold about their intentions with qualified pros. Can you blame them? Many people in the crowd last night have a lot to offer our industry as well as our organization.

Whether you’re looking for a job, a mentor, or a volunteering opportunity in the ‘silly season’ the connections you make now could yield immediate results.

You may have missed one heck of a holiday mixer, but you don’t have to regret it too long. Give IABC yxe a call or get social with us if you want to chat around volunteer opportunities happening NOW and upcoming in 2017!

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amyAmy Rederburg is the owner of Writerburg Content & Copy. She’s been sharing stories and newsletters since she was a geeky teen on her high school’s senior representative council, but received her formal training in both Broadcasting from Mount Royal University in 2007 and communications from the University of Calgary in 2015. A Saskatchewan native, Amy currently lives off the banks of the South Saskatchewan River with her husband, Chris and their lovable ball of fur, Abbey Road. She is into karaoke, crafting, reading, bike trips, and swinging kettlebells in the gym.

 

More Pictures from the Evening

group-picGatherings are always a good time for a group picture.

Raffle prizes & snacksRaffle prizes & snacks!

Fun evening with friends!The green screen can take you and your craft beer many places!

SO MANY raffle prizes and proceeds to the Food Bank!So many raffle prizes! Thank you to our generous sponsors. All proceeds to the Food Bank.

Bamboo Shoots has an amazing team of pros! Thanks for sharing your space & for showing us the green screen technology.Thank you to Bamboo Shoots for hosting our event! What an amazing team of pros!

Playing with the green screenHaving fun with the green screen.

Past-President Alisha welcomes everyonePast-president Alisha Edgelow welcomes everyone to the holiday mixer.

Hadlen's magicHadlen amazes everyone with the many tricks up his sleeve.

Sask Made Marketplace provided amazing samples & fabulous raffle prizesThe ladies from Sask Made Marketplace showcased lovely and local products, as well as provided outstanding raffle prizes and samples.

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A gigantic thank you to our event sponsor CNW Group for supporting our social event and helping us raise $ for the Saskatoon & Saskatchewan Food Banks!
Thank you to all our sponsors Ryde YXE Cycle Studio, Saskatchewan Rush, CBC Saskatchewan, SaskMade Marketplace, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and The Grazing Goat.

Did you know that every cash donation to Saskatchewan food banks are being matched by PotashCorp for the rest of 2016?

2017 IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C

Meet keynote speaker Jon Iwata, architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms, at the 2017 IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C.

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The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference will take place 11–14 June 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Join us to learn about innovation from keynote speaker Jon Iwata of IBM. He created Think Academy, a mobile- and cloud-delivered online university serving more than 375,000 IBMers, and led the build-out of IBM’s global digital marketing operations.

Register now!

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..

Certification Launch

The GCCC’s first certification program is now open for applications. The Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification is aimed at the generalist/specialist level, and is designed around ISO (17024), an international standard for professional certifications. To access the certification handbook and for more information, visit the IABC website. For any concerns or queries regarding the GCCC, please email IABC Certification Program Manager Sara Fowdy, Ed. D. at GCCC@iabc.com.

Silver Leaf Awards Program Launched

IABC Canada is searching every corner of the country, on a quest for communication excellence. Think pick-of-the-crop, best-of-the-bunch, top-of-the-heap, best-in-class work that exemplifies top-drawer strategic planning and outstanding creative execution. It’s the Silver Leaf Awards program, our tribute to leading edge work delivered by smart thinkers across Canada. You could be among them, so get ready to share your work and tell us your story.

The Silver Leaf Awards program offers opportunities for recognition and professional development, and provides content that contributes to our profession’s body of knowledge.

The early-bird deadline is Monday, August 25th. Don’t delay in learning more about the Silver Leaf Awards program.