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National Board of Directors 2009-2010

National Executive Committee Member
Dr. Terry Flynn, APR, FCPRS

Dr. Flynn, APR, FCPRS is Professor and Director of the MCM Degree Program, DeGroote School of Business - McMaster University and has been a member of CPRS since 1986 and received his accreditation in 1993. A 22-year member of the CPRS Toronto Society, Terry also became a member of the Hamilton Society in 2004. In early 2005, Terry was appointed as the Chair of the Task Force on Public Relations Education and at the 2007 national conference in Edmonton he was re-elected to the board for a three-year term. Since his first election to the Board in 2005, Terry has helped guide the development of the new National Council on Public Relations Education, has been active in helping to design a national market study on the scope and value of the practice of public relations in Canada, and helped to secure sponsorship for the national membership satisfaction survey. Terry has also been a strong supporter of educational awards programs at the national level.

Past President
National Executive Committee Member
Derrick Pieters, APR, FCPRS

Derrick Pieters, APR, FCPRS, is Director of Communications, Department of Justice Canada, Prairie Region, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has over 35 years extensive experience as a strategic communications planner, team leader, media relations strategist, editor, government information administrator, and public relations consultant.

He is an accredited, award winning member of the CPRS having received his APR 26 years ago in 1982. He has held several positions of increasing responsibility within the CPRS. He was elected to the National Board of Directors in 2008 to serve a second three-year term and is a former President of the Edmonton Society in which capacity he was an appointed National Board member for many years.

He is the former vice-president of the CPRS National Education Committee. He is Past Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation on which he served for approximately 15 years. Under his leadership, the Council, in cooperation with the Accreditation Task Force, successfully implemented several important improvements to the accreditation process.

He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan College and Mount Royal College. In 2000, he received the Alberta Premier’s Award of Excellence for his contribution to Capital Health’s Y2K communications. In 2008, he received a Team Achievement Award from the Deputy Minister of Justice Canada for his communications contribution to a high impact litigation case. Mr. Pieters has considerable training in business and association management.

Vice President & Secretary
National Executive Committee Member
Anita Wasiuta, APR

Ms. Wasiuta, APR is BC Transit's Manager of Marketing and Communications based in Victoria, British Columbia. She was elected to the Board in 2005 and again in 2008 to serve a three year term and has been elected for a second term as VP-Secretary. During 2007/08, she developed and implemented evaluation tools including a Board Self Evaluation and a new Management Services Performance Evaluation. She served on the CPRS-Vancouver Island board for more than 10 years in various portfolios including communications, president and sponsorship, and was a committee member of the successful 2001 Whistler national conference team. Ms. Wasiuta is an active member of the Canadian Urban Transit's Authority Communication Committee charged to build awareness of public transit throughout BC and Canada. Ms. Wasiuta's areas of expertise include facilitation, marketing and sponsorships. And yes, she rides public transit in all the cities she travels to.

Martine Dorval APR, FCPRS

A member of the Canadian Public Relations Society’s College of Fellows, and holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s in Communications, Martine Dorval has accumulated 30 years of professional experience in the communications field, 12 years serving as a partner and consultant with National Public Relations and five years with Optimum-Cossette. In addition, her background includes some 10 years in strategic and operations management. Martine has also acquired considerable expertise in corporate governance and ethics, having sat on the Boards of numerous non-profit organizations and completed specialized training at the Institute for Governance of Public and Private Organizations. In 2004-2005, she served as President of Société des relationnistes du Québec (SQPRP) and Member of the Board of CPRS’s Board of Directors. She also is a former member of the Société des relationnistes du Québec’s Board of Directors (2002-2006) Her contribution has been regularly recognized by CPRS and SQPRP. Under her leadership, in 2004-2005, Quebec’s chapter won the Lutrin Award presented by the CPRS. She also is recipient of Équinoxe Grand Prize presented by the Société des relationnistes du Québec for the 35th edition of the WorldSkills Competition and recipient of CPRS Awards of Distinction for three projects: Parliamentary Institutions Bicentennial; 35th WorldSkills Competition; opening of the flagship Famous Players Paramount Theater. Actually working as an independent consultant and teaching Public Relations, at Université du Québec à Montréal, Martine has occupied the position of Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Loto-Québec (2003-2008). In that role, her responsibilities included strategic planning, issue and crisis management, providing expert counsel to senior management, conducting image and public perception research, internal and external communications, digital communications, and sustainable development (social responsibility). Read more :

Robert W. Ellis, APR, FCPRS

Bob Ellis has been a public relations professional for 35 years, spending most of his career with the Government of Saskatchewan in nine government departments and one Crown corporation. He is currently Director of Public Affairs for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources. A dedicated member of CPRS, Bob has served as President of CPRS Regina, as a CPRS National Director in the mid-Nineties, and as Chairman of the CPRS 1990 National Conference. He received his accreditation in 1993 and became a member of the College of Fellows in 2002. Bob sits on the advisory committee for the University of Regina’s Certificate in Public Relations program and chairs the public relations committee for Regina’s Wascana Centre, one of North America’s largest urban parks. A graduate of the University of Regina, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from that institution and is close to completing a Master of Science degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University.

Lucie-Anne Fabien, ARP, FSCRP

Ms. Fabien was elected to serve a second three year term in 2008. She has spent the first 17 years in public relations organizations, mostly as a manager. For the last 6 years, she has been working as a consultant in PR and teaching Management and PR at the Executive MBA program at UQAM. Ms. Fabien has been volunteering in the profession for more than 13 years, 10 of which were in Quebec where she was President of SRQ in 2003-2004.

Sean W. Kelly, APR

Sean graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts (1985) and a Bachelor of Education (1986). He is presently working towards a Masters Degree in Political Science from Memorial University. He received his accreditation in PR (APR) in 2002. Sean joined the senior management team at the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board in December 2006. Prior to that, he had a successful 20-year career in the Newfoundland and Labrador public service. Sean was an advisor to the Premier’s Round Table on Environment and Economy and an advisor to the Joint National and Provincial Round Tables Task Force on Sustainable Marine Environments and Coastal Communities. He chaired several intergovernmental committees on environmental education and communications. Sean is also a part-time public relations instructor at the College of the North Atlantic. He has held the position of President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS-NL) since 2002. He served on the National CPRS Task Force on Recruitment and Retention. He led the team that drafted the CPRS-NL Submission to the Cameron Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing. He also led the organizing committee for a very successful CPRS mini-conference in St. John’s in 2005. Sean has been a speaker at several conferences, including the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environmental Education and Communications (Eco-Ed). On two separate occasions, he was part of a team nominated for the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service Award for Excellence - (i) Emergency Measures Response to the 9-11 Terrorists Attacks on the USA; and (ii) Development of media relations training for senior government officials.

Pierrette Leonard, APR, FSCRP

Involved in the health-care field for 26 years, Ms. Leonard is currently senior advisor for national partners with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Ms. Leonard's background also includes social work and teaching. She joined CPRS in the early 1990s as a member of CPRS Ottawa, and became a member of the Board of Directors shortly afterwards. As a Board member, she served as French Editor of the chapter newsletter, member of the Professional Development Committee, as secretary, and treasurer for the 1994 national conference. Nationally, Ms. Leonard has served CPRS as a grader, exam development lead and as chief examiner for the National Council on Accreditation from 2000 to 2007. Being involved from the ground up in the setting of standards for CPRS has enabled her to understand the sacred trust that comes with holding any position involving the accreditation of peers, especially concerning ethics, teamwork, and relationship building with colleagues. Ms. Leonard was elected to serve a three-year term and received her FCPRS in June 2007.

Christina A. Marshall, APR

Ms. Marshall was elected to serve a three year term in 2007 and has practised public relations for 19 years. Her areas of expertise include working with boards in the not-for-profit sector, change management, project management, team building, branding, media relations, issues management, writing articles for newspapers, public speaking, chairing conferences and developing expert panel reports. Ms. Marshall has served on the CPRS (Toronto) board as the 2006/2007 past-president, 2005/2006 president, 2004/2005 president and as chair of the 2004 CPRS (Toronto) Awards of Communications Excellence. Prior to working in Toronto, Ms. Marshall served on the CPRS (Hamilton) board in 1993/1994 and 1994/1995. For more than 10 years, she's participated in CPRS awards of communications excellence, from co-hosting Hamilton's Pinnacle awards, to judging awards for CPRS (Hamilton) and CPRS (Toronto).

Lynn McGregor, APR

Ms. McGregor was elected in 2008 to serve a three year term. Throughout her career, Lynn has been a CPRS member in good standing, establishing one of the first official public relations positions in a municipal parks and recreation department. Since then, her varied experiences - including agency work; independent consulting; directing the Canadian operations of an international trade association with four separate regions across Canada; coordinating the advancement, marketing communications and special events activities of a national educational organization; managing the alumni relations program for a high profile Toronto-based business school with chapters in 15 countries worldwide; and currently directing the development of an international association of executive search consultants - have given her the knowledge and understanding required to make a positive contribution to the National CPRS organization. Since joining CPRS in 1986, she has had various CPRS leadership positions.

Richard Truscott, APR

Mr. Truscott is owner and principal of Trusco Consulting in Calgary and has more than 16 years of experience in communications and public relations. In addition to receiving his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2007, Richard has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary (1990) and a Masters in Business Administration from Queen’s University (2002). Over the course of his career, he has gained extensive experience in a broad range of public, private, and non-profit organizations and companies operating in a variety of industries. Richard is an active member of the public relations community, serving as CPRS Calgary’s membership director in 2005/06, president in 2006/07, past president in 2007/08, and director-at-large with the current board. For the past four years, he has also chaired the CPRS National Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee and led the development and launch of a number of new national membership initiatives, most notably the National Member Survey, the Member Referral Program and the National Student Membership Program. Richard serves on a number of non-profit and community boards, including the Impact Society, the Communications Advisory Board for the Federation of Calgary Communities, the SAIT Journalism Advisory Board, and the Springbank Hill Community Association.

Christina Winsor, APR

Ms. Winsor was appointed in 2008 to serve a one-year term to replace Rod Stanley, APR who stepped down. She is Director of Internal Communications with the New Brunswick Government and is located in Fredericton, NB. Having worked in the private and public sectors, her areas of expertise include issues management, strategic communications, internal communications, labour relations and employee engagement. Ms. Winsor received her APR in 2007 and has been actively involved in CPRS at both the local and national level in a variety of roles including President of CPRS-NB and Chair of the National Professional Development Committee. Her work with the Government of New Brunswick has been recognized by the CPRS Awards of Excellence and the CPRS Atlantic Gemstone Awards.