April Speed-Mentoring for Communicators

Join your fellow communications colleagues for a fun evening of speed-mentoring and learning with local leaders and mentors in the communications industry.

Speed-Mentoring for Communicators, The 2024 Edition will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Felice Cafe, 10930 84 Street in Edmonton from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mentorship through CPRS Edmonton is a key way to help navigate the complexities of today’s communications industry, and further develops the professional skillset of our members at every phase and stage of their career. Whether you’re looking for advice, want to chat about the next steps in your career or are not even sure where to begin—there’s a place for you, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you.

Light appetizers are included in your ticket price.

Tickets available here.

Meet Our Mentors

SHAWNA BRUCE

Shawna Bruce has over 40 years of experience in strategic communications, community engagement, risk and crisis communications, emergency preparedness, and media relations. She started her career in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Army Public Affairs Officer and later joined Dow Canada as the National Public Affairs Leader for their Canadian operations. She has developed and instructed Disaster and Crisis Communications courses at NAIT and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and supports preparing Information Officers to work in operational environments during emergencies. Since 2018, Shawna has been working with teams and organizations across Canada to enhance their crisis communication preparedness. Shawna believes mentoring others is a pivotal aspect of leadership, as it fosters knowledge sharing, nurtures talent, and contributes to the development of future leaders in our communities and organizations.

JACQUIE DUVAL

Jacquie DuVa has been working in the Public Relations and Communications industry in Edmonton for 11 years, and is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Public Relations Diploma Program. She has mostly focused her career on working in not-for-profit organizations, and truly values the work that nonprofits do. Her areas of expertise include social media management, media relations and storytelling. Jacquie is thrilled to once again be part of the CPRS mentorship event!

CRYSTAL WOOD

With a communications career spanning over a decade across non-profit, municipal, and engineering sectors, Crystal Wood leads as the Engagement, Change, and Communications Manager with GHD’s Future of Water team. Five years ago, she founded Crown Communications Consulting, which enriches her professional journey by allowing her to explore innovative communication strategies outside her full-time role. This venture has enabled Crystal to collaborate with a diverse clientele, including realtors, Indigenous organizations, tech startups and sports agents, tapping into her passion for relationship building, reputation management and storytelling. Crystal values mentorship for the opportunity it provides to connect with fellow communication professionals, exchange experiences, and collectively enhance their professional knowledge.

JACQUELINE BILLO

This former politician, motivational entrepreneur, arts & culture enthusiast, university educator, and community leader provides unique insight into driving innovation, leveraging people’s potential, and leading successful initiatives with passion and purpose.

Jacqueline uses her entrepreneurial spirit, raw life, acting, and political experiences to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to explore, connect, and expand their human experiences through positive affirmation and strategic thinking. She balances her time between movie sets, the runway, the political arena, her home office, or the gym.

IRIS DIAS

Iris Dias is a communications strategist with more than 15 years of international experience. After finding her career path thanks to MacEwan’s PR Diploma program, Iris has worked with a boutique agency in Vancouver, the world’s best airline in Dubai and upon returning to Edmonton, the Government of Alberta and now, Alberta Innovates. A collaborative professional, she specializes in communications programs that deliver organizational results, across diverse audience groups. She has led crisis and issues communications activities on four continents and delivered internal and change communications to global audiences.  

Iris is an avid traveller, a surprisingly capable ‘DIYer’ and is always looking for her next great meal. 

SHERI DOYLE

Sheri Doyle is a fierce optimist and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience communicating in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

She is the owner of Digital Owl Communications—a business that helps clients tell corporate stories through multi-platform communications solutions—and co-owner of Stay Spicy Inc, a recently-launched movement that uses personal branding workshops, podcasting, and publishing to help people be their most authentic selves and share their stories with the world.

She’s also the host of the Demythifying Brand podcast, which dives into the concept of personal branding, brand myths, and modern leadership strategies. 

SHANNON BERRY

Is a marketing and communications professional. Her innovative PR events have made headlines across Canada and have helped elevate celebrity brands, local businesses, and non-profits in their fundraising efforts. Shannon also sits on the board for Wayfinders Business Cooperative, an organization that strives to provide high quality support and a Community of Practice for start ups, entrepreneurs, and small business.

In her personal life, Shannon is the proud mother to three children. Her experience as a mom has led her to be a voice for those that have trouble being heard. As an activist and an ally, Shannon is currently preparing to be a candidate in the next provincial election. She is also a Grant MacEwan Alumni.

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