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Calendar of Events

December 2016

CPRS Vancouver

How to Hire Intelligently, Build Your Team Effectively and Fire Compassionately

Dec 01, 2016

Building and managing a team is a critical responsibility for many senior communicators. Making the right personnel choices can have a profound impact on your ability to hit the communications objectives of your company or organization. A bad choice can be costly, leading to low morale, lower team productivity and significant turn over costs. In addition to hiring the right person, managers also need to consider how their new hire will meet the needs of the team and the entire organization. Equally important is how to effectively identify when things aren't working out. When do you need to pull the plug and how do you do so compassionately?

Mike Rowlands and Mackenzie Kyle bring decades of experience working with a wide-range of regional, national and international companies and non-profits to support their restructuring, improved operations, leadership development and overall branding. Stephanie Vellins is a labour lawyer with years of experience working with both public sector and private sector clients. Kyle is a Regional Managing Partner for Advisory Services for MNP. Rowlands is President and CEO of Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy. Vellins is a partner with Harris and Co.

The session will be moderated by Tori Klassen, Executive Director, Communications of Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided at the session.


Mackenzie Kyle is the Regional Managing Partner for Advisory Services in British Columbia. He has more than 25 years experience in operations improvement and restructuring, and has provided specific assistance in everything from strategic planning to performance management to managing projects. He has hands-on experience in a wide variety of industries, and his services are frequently of use in situations requiring the application of more than a single specialty.

Mackenzie focuses on assisting clients with identifying and implementing strategic change and leads the project management service line for the firm, providing a unique approach to project management that bridges the gap between theory and practical application of technique.

He has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, as well as the public sector and internationally in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His first book Making It Happen: A Non-technical Guide to Project Management is published by John Wiley & Sons and has sold more than 45,000 copies. His latest book, The Performance Principle, was released in May 2016 by Figure 1 Publishing.

Mackenzie is a member of the MNP Board of Directors.


Stephanie acts for a broad range of clients in both the public and private sectors, advising on all aspects of employment and labour law including human rights, personal information and privacy, administrative law, employment standards and workers’ compensation.

She regularly appears before labour arbitrators, the BC Labour Relations Board, the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. Her advocacy has also brought her before the Provincial Court of British Columbia and Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as other provincial and federal administrative tribunals.

Stephanie, together with her colleagues from Taylor Jordan Chafetz, joined Harris as a Partner in December 2014.


Mike Rowlands inspires and accelerates human potential by creating significant moments of insight and vision. An accomplished entrepreneur and consultant, Mr. Rowlands advises business leaders around the world, helping to craft distinctive strategies, accelerate success, and build meaningful legacies.

Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international consultancy that integrates strategy, branding and reporting, serving clients committed to social conscience, environmental conservation and sound financial performance. Junxion's clients include major international companies such as adidas and Nordea, NGOs like Ecotrust, Greenpeace and Reconciliation Canada, and a long list of entrepreneurial social ventures. From offices in Vancouver, Canada and London, UK, Junxion works with clients on four continents.

He has been called "a stellar strategist," "an incredible connector," and even "a peace warrior." He sits on the Board of Directors at Social Venture Network, and at Hollyhock, where he is also an Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He's an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS Ventures, an impact venture accelerator, and he's a B Corp Ambassador.

Thursday - December 1, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 PM - Registration / networking
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Presentation/discussion

$30.00 for Members 
$45.00 for Non-Members

Event sponsored by Simon Fraser University Marketing and Communications and MNP


CPRS Calgary

CPRS Calgary - Annual Holiday Soiree

Dec 01, 2016

Join CPRS and IABC Calgary on Thursday, December 1 to celebrate the holiday season. Catch up with friends and colleagues both new and old as we reflect on 2016 and look to the year ahead. We’ll hear from CPRS President, Shawn Davis and IABC President, Will Tigley, while we eat drink and be merry.


Global PR Summit 2016

Dec 01, 2016

Hello Canada!

After the phenomenal success in 20 different countries, the Global PR Summit is finally coming to Canada, from 1-2 December in Montreal. 

So what makes the Global PR Summit Canada the must attend event for all PR and communications professionals in Canada?

  • Spend two days surrounded by some of the most stimulating and forward-thinking people in the world -- the instant cure to a creative burnout.
  • Our inspirational speakers have worked and developed PR and communications strategies for European Royal Families, US Presidents and some of the world’s most admired entrepreneurs and corporations.
  • Get smarter. Discover new ideas and trends for your sector and leave the event with incredible insights that will inform your business in the future.
  • Be exposed to new ways of approaching your work and your brand, and learn from the incredible stories each speaker has to tell.
  • The Global PR Summit Canada will inspire and motivate you, and will provide you with a world-class education in public relations and communications
  • Our interactive discussions will help you get practical tools and insights that will help you solve your current PR challenges
  • Our event will provide you with the opportunity to get deeper understanding of today’s ever changing PR trends and will provide you with a natural support structure that will help you stretch your PR knowledge beyond your normal limits.
  • The Global PR Summit Canada is all about building a creative community that will provide you with support, value and opportunity to make things happen.
  • The event is all about real life conversations with each other.
  • The event takes place in Montreal. Need we say more?

Learn more and Register here!

CPRS National

APR Application Deadline

Dec 01, 2016

APR Applications Due (5 pm ET)


CPRS Nova Scotia

CPRS Nova Scotia - Holiday Social

Dec 06, 2016

Join CPRS-NS for some holiday cheer and networking at our annual holiday social. Eat, drink and be merry as you reconnect with old friends and meet new members!

CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau

CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau - Holiday Mix'n Mingle

Dec 06, 2016

Meet Ottawa's finest public relations specialists, communicators, marketers, creative professionals and community leaders at our annual Holiday Mix’n Mingle co-hosted by IABC Ottawa, WCT National Capital Region and CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau.

Tickets include appetizers (with vegetarian options available), a chance to win door prizes and more!

Please note: Early bird sales end November 11th. There will also be a cash bar on-site. IABC Ottawa has a no-refund policy for events.

Celebrating Communities by Giving Back
This year, members and guests will have an opportunity to give to others through our holiday food drive. We will be accepting non-perishable foods (i.e. pasta and pasta sauces, canned goods, whole grain cereals), infant foods and baby formula, bathroom tissue and diapers, personal hygiene products and more. Together, we will make a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank!

IABC Ottawa Gives Members and Event Guests, Real Value
In addition to reconnecting with the communications community, learning about robust communications campaigns or developing new skills at our local events, after every IABC Ottawa event this year, we will be sharing tangible event takeaways such as whitepapers, speaker PowerPoints or more.

Register now


CPRS Hamilton

CPRS Hamilton Holiday Humbug

Dec 07, 2016

Share some holiday cheers with friends old and new when we come together for our annual Humbug! Come one, come all to the elegant Atrium of the Royal Botanical Gardens, decked out for the holidays. There will be hors d'oeuvres and drinks accompanied by the warm company of great colleagues and peers.


CPRS Vancouver

CPRS Vancouver: Oh What Fun! CPRS Vancouver Holiday Party

Dec 13, 2016

Lose the ties, kick off the heels and put on your holiday cheer! Oh what fun we’ll have on Tuesday, December 13that The Portside Pub when we shake off the winter bah humbug over drinks and laughs with fellow PR and communications colleagues.

An annual favourite event, this year we are excited to host our party at The Portside Pub, one of Vancouver’s hippest pubs in the heart of Gastown. The wide selection of craft beer and heartwarming comfort food is just what we all need to jazz up our holiday spirits.

Your admission gets you access to the party, a complimentary drink and yummy appetizers. Our own private upstairs area comes with a cash bar that will be available for additional purchases. Space is limited so be sure to register in advance. Come celebrate another great year with your PR peers!

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm 


The Portside
Pub 7 Alexander Road
Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9


Student members - $20
Student non-members - $25
Members - $35
Non-members - $45



CPRS Manitoba

CPRS Manitoba: Holly Jolly Holiday Mixer

Dec 14, 2016

Christmas comes but once a year, let’s get together for some holiday cheer!

Celebrate the holiday season with your friends from CPRS Manitoba, IABC Manitoba, and the Ad Association of Winnipeg! This year we’ll be celebrating the holiday cheer at RUDY’S EAT AND DRINK at 375 Graham Ave. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

**Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item as donation for Winnipeg Harvest as we try to spread some Christmas cheer and smiles for those who may be without this season.**

Where: Rudy’s Eat and Drink

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $10 dollars

Registration Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2016

Hope to see you there!



CPRS Edmonton

CPRS Edmonton - Holiday Mingle and Jingle

Dec 15, 2016

Join CPRS Edmonton on Thursday, December 15

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Chvrch Of John

10260 103 St


Mingle and Jingle ticket includes:

• One heavenly spirit (drink)

• Shareable holiday appetizers--a delicious revelation 

• Door Prize Entry (with donation to Edmonton Food Bank)

In the spirit of the holidays, CPRS Edmonton will be collecting donations for the Edmonton Food Bank. Please remember to bring at least one food donation. 


Food bank donation gets you entry to win a door prize! 



Come celebrate the season and catch up with your CPRS colleagues! 

The more the merrier!

 Get your tickets today!

CPRS National

Deadline for Extra-early bird registration rate to Illuminate, the 2017 CPRS National Conference

Dec 15, 2016

Last chance to register for your Extra-early bird registration rate to Illuminate 2017 and save more than $700 on full conference registrations!
Click here to learn more!