2018-19 Chapter Board


Gemma Lawrence

Gemma Lawrence

Title & Company: Digital Marketing + Communications
IABC member: 18 months
Twitter: @gemstars81
LinkedIn: Gemma Lawrence

Why I joined the board: To gain invaluable leadership skills within a safe supportive environment, whilst providing mentorship and support to other volunteers. Being on the board is a fantastic opportunity to learn from peers, support other communicators, and raise the profile of IABC/BC both locally and internationally. As a newcomer to Canada, IABC/BC has been invaluable in helping me to settle in BC and this role enables me to give back and hopefully help others to thrive in their careers.

My commitment to IABC/BC: is to help us to modernize, stay relevant for communicators and marketers alike and provide valuable, meaningful experiences for all of our members.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always listen to your gut instinct. If something feels wrong, don’t do it.  If you are hitting lots of road blocks…you’re probably on the wrong path. But if something feels right to you, or it happens easily with a little effort from you…you’re probably on the right path.

My life’s motto: Life is short. Take Risks. Feel the fear but do it anyway. Often the the best experiences of your life will come from doing things that you were scared to do. And always surround yourself with great people who inspire and motivate you to be your best self. Say yes more often than you say no because you never know where that yes may take you.


Adam Brayford

Adam Brayford

Title & Company: Communications Director, Simon Fraser University
IABC member: 11 years
LinkedIn: Adam Brayford
Twitter: @AdamBrayford

Why I joined the board: To volunteer alongside a great group of people, both in BC and in the Canada Western Region.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To pay forward what I’ve gained from this community.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Guilt  is rarely useful. Let it go.

My life’s motto: Just one more cookie…

Past President

Jeanette LeBlanc

Jeanette LeBlanc

Title & Company: Digital Content Manager, The Little Potato Company
IABC member: 9 years
Twitter: @jileblanc
LinkedIn: Jeanette LeBlanc
Instagram: @jileblanc @beyondthedoughca

Why I joined the board: Initially, for leadership and business experience, and but to be part of something bigger than me – help others build careers in communication. This remains true, but after 3 years on this Board, I recommend joining this Board for the unique volunteer leadership experience. It’s like a fast tracked mini-MBA: you learn how to run a non-profit organization, learn how to work with different types of leaders, and learn how to roll with the punches (they happen, no matter how much you plan!). It’s rewarding, humbling, and great experience for your career.

My commitment to IABC/BC is to serve the board and ultimately you, our members, to grow our skills, connections, and experiences in the field of communications.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Bloom where you’re planted. And, always believe that something amazing is about to happen.

My life’s motto is: Do what makes you come alive. Inspired by, “Don’t ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Executive Administrator


Director, Finance

Spencer Perry

Spencer Perry

Title & Company: Product Manager, Digital Wealth at HSBC Bank Canada
IABC member: 4 years
Twitter: @SWSPerry
LinkedIn: Spencer Perry

Why I joined the board: I’ve always wanted to contribute at a higher level and have a role in shaping an IABC chapter.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To keep our finances in check so we can deliver everything our members need to improve their careers!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Slow down.

My life’s motto is: “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

Director, Membership

Neena Rahemtulla

Neena Rahemtulla

Title & Company: Principal, New Marketing Advisory
IABC member: 1 year
Twitter: @Neenabc
LinkedIn: Neenar

Why I joined the board: Connecting locally with like-minded marketing and communications professionals.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To support members and fellow volunteers.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Count to 10 before saying something I’ll regret.

My life’s motto is: Say yes!

Director, Volunteer Services

Olga Pazuhka

Olga Pazuhka

Title & Company: Communications Advisor, BC Hydro
IABC member: 9 years
LinkedIn: Olga Pazuhka

Why I joined the board: To help fellow communicators get the skills that show what an asset they are at the corporate decision making table.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To connect you with the volunteer experience that’ll elevate how you see yourself and your career.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always do something that makes you and your life interesting.

My life’s motto is: Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

Lauren Girdler

Lauren Girdler

Title & Company: Communications Manager, Lighthouse Labs
IABC member: 3 years
LinkedIn:  laurengirdler

Why I joined the board: To help connect members and non-members who are interested in exploring different areas and topics related to communications.

My commitment to IABC/BC: Try to keep the SIGs organized!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Don’t try to impress everyone
My life’s motto:Work hard, play slightly harder.

Director, Career Development

Denisa Orlandea

Denisa Orlandea

Title & Company: Communications Coordinator, Teekay
IABC member: 5 years
Twitter: @DenisaSays
LinkedIn: Denisa Orlandea

Why I joined the board: I have been volunteering with IABC/BC as long as I’ve been a member and I want to give back in a more meaningful way. I’m an ambitious person and taking a seat on the board was the perfect opportunity to put my leadership and management chops to the test and into action, while helping guide the strategic direction of the chapter.

My commitment to IABC/BC: I’m committed to helping fellow communicators connect, grow their careers, and give back to the profession.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Many of us feel compelled to speak up and add value right off the bat when starting a new job, but the most beneficial thing you can do is sit back and observe for the first two weeks. And when you do have something to say – do so with confidence.

My life’s motto is: Complacency kills dreams.

Director, Student + New Communicator Services

Glauce Fleury

Glauce Fleury

Title & Company: Communications Professional & Freelance Writer
IABC member: 5 years
Twitter: @glaucef
LinkedIn: Glauce Fleury

Why I joined the board: To get involved at a higher level, expand my leadership skills and build valuable relationships with peer communicators.

My commitment to IABC/BC: Inspire students to learn about the valuable support that we offer to advance their careers in communications.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Trust yourself, and carve your own path.”

My life’s motto is: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Co-Director, Events

Christine Ackerley

Christine Ackerley

Title & Company: Cities Changing Diabetes Vancouver Associate, Novo Nordisk

IABC member: 2 years
Twitter: @chris_ack
LinkedIn: Christine Ackerley

Why I joined the board: To contribute to the chapter at a strategic level and become more integrated in the IABC/BC community.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To help members feel connected to each other and inspired by delivering unique events and continually improving.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: From my mom, who was channelling Eleanor Roosevelt: “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

My life’s motto is: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

Co-Director, Events

Rebecca Kessler

Rebecca Kessler

Title & Company: Communications Coordinator, Township of Langley
IABC member: 2 years
Twitter: @_rebeccakessler
LinkedIn: Rebecca Kessler

Why I joined the board: I love bringing people together, so IABC/BC’s Events portfolio was a natural fit.

My commitment to IABC/BC: To always be as welcoming as possible to our members and guests. If you ever feel alone, come find me!

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.

My life’s motto: Be excellent to each other.

Director, Sponsorship & Advertising

John Corry

John Corry

Title & Company: Communications and Public Affairs Advisor, Catalyst Paper
IABC member: 10 years
Twitter: @corryographer
LinkedIn: johncorry

Why I joined the board: To give back, as I’ve been the beneficiary of so much from so many at IABC/BC.

My commitment to IABC/BC: Help increase resourcing so we can exceed our chapter goals.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Trust your gut.

My life’s motto is: “Not high, not low, but forward” – family motto that sounds better in Latin, and that I take to mean “show up and keep striving to be better”.

Co-Director, Marketing + Communications

Emily Fister

Full profile coming soon!