Professional Development: A review of 2017 and preview of 2018 opportunities!


CPRS has had a marvelous group of talented professionals join us over the past year for our professional development luncheons. They volunteered their time and shared their insights to help make the CPRS Edmonton strong and support the PR community.

Our guest speakers share their own perspective and expertise with the purpose to inform and promote discussion.

Much thanks to those who presented in 2017:

Lloyd Lewis, President Todayville Inc., Former VP/GM CTV Edmonton
January 2017
Exploring the Brave New World of New Media

Sharon MacLean, Comms Strategist contributing author to Build to Grow – 14 Thought Leaders Deliver Engagement Strategies for the C-Suite.
February 2017
Navigating the Media Aftershock

iMedia Sponsor
March 2017
Watch our video

Diane Bégin, APR, VP, Social Marketing & Brand Comms., ruckus Digital/APEX PR
Jordan Redshaw, Recovery Task Force Communications Manager
April 2017
The Fort McMurray Fires and Crisis Communications

Cecilia Bloxom, APR, Sr. Dir., Strategic Communications, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
May 2017
What makes a national social media and awareness campaign effective?

Nadine Riopel, creator of the We Hate Networking Club monthly meetup group.
October 2017
I hate networking (but I still need a good network!)

Daniel Tisch, APR, FCPRS, author of The Elevation of Public Relations white paper: released by the CPRS National Society
November 2017
The Future of Public Relations

Catrin Owen, CEO. Calder Bateman
November 2017
Real emotion in real time: How to manage challenging situations and build productive conversations


We are thankful for all the members who have attended sessions in the past year. It’s a great opportunity for us to come together and expand our horizons and experiences. We have a great array of sessions lined up for the first half of the year, but we need your input to ensure the year finishes off great. Your feedback following each session gives us invaluable insight into what interests and enriches you. Thank you for that, and know that we take your comments to heart with an eye to improving our professional development sessions.

Watch for our upcoming professional development sessions:

David Grauwiler, Exec. Dir., Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association
January 26,  2018
Working minds – maintaining mental health in the workplace

Peggy GarrItty, Sr. VP, Reputation and Brand, ATB Financial
February 16, 2018
Strategic planning

Michelle Mondeville, Sr. Comms professional
March 16, 2018
Media Training

Martin Schuldhaus, MarCom Director, Stollery
Josie Hammond-Thrasher, MarComm Assoc. Dir., Stollery
Dan VanKeeken, VP Institutional Advancement, The King’s University
April 20, 2018
Fundraising for not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions

Kim Blanchette, APR, FCPRS, VP, Public Affairs and National/International Relations – Alberta Energy Regulator
May 18, 2018
CPRS Edmonton Annual General Meeting
Future of public relations

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