Chapter Board

IABC/BC accomplishes its vision of inspiring great communicators through the direction of the members who volunteer on our Board of Directors each year. Members of our Board are supported by committees of volunteer members who help us provide value to our members. Say hello to our Board below!


President

Catherine Pitman

Board2015_PitmanCompany: UBC, Workplace Engagement Strategist
IABC member: 11 years
Twitter: @catherinepitman

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to provide opportunities for rewarding member (including volunteer) experiences. We have a smart and enthusiastic board, and I’m excited to work together and with our sponsors to offer our members high-value volunteer, professional development, and networking opportunities, as well as unique programs such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs), mentorship, and the Gift of Communications. I invite you to get involved and let us know what would make your local IABC experience more meaningful.

Fun fact: I am a Bikram yoga enthusiast and go to the 6 am class at least three times a week!


Past President

Catherine Ducharme

Board2015_DucharmeCompany: Outsidein Communications, Partner and Brand & Communication Specialist
IABC member: 5 years
Twitter: @cducharme

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to contribute, support and connect where I can to keep the board strong and the member experience valuable.

Fun fact: Originally from Wales but don’t sing or play rugby. I can figure out any subway system in any country but can’t tell you where North and South is.


Vice President

Sarah Parker

Sarah ParkerCompany: Capilano University, Senior Communications Advisor
IABC member: 8 years
Twitter: @SarahParkerPR

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to support the board in providing meaningful experiences for our members and volunteers.

Fun fact: I am a dual national: I hold both a Canadian and British passport. I also lived in Australia for a year, and have travelled throughout Europe. If you’re looking for travel recommendations, I’m your girl!


Treasurer

Patricia Zhou

Board2015_ZhouCompany: Inventa, Account Executive
IABC member: 5 years
Twitter: @patriciazhou

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to connect members and foster growth.

Fun fact: I love embracing the west coast lifestyle: eating local and dragon boating.

 

 

 


Executive Administrator

Jeanette LeBlanc

Board2015_LeBlancCompany: Jeanette LeBlanc Communications, Freelance
IABC Member: 6 years
Twitter: @jileblanc

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to help members make meaningful connections at events, and to ensure that members of the board have all the information they need to help serve our chapter members as efficiently as possible. It’s going to be a great year!

Fun fact: I love corny jokes. You know, those one-liners that make most people groan; well, they crack me up. Bonus fact: I went to pastry school in 2014 and wrote all about it on my food blog.


Vice President, Career Development

Kirk Grayson, ABC

Board2015_GraysonCompany: Pedamento Content Strategy
IABC member: 20 years
Twitter: @pedamento

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to deliver programs that provide valued opportunities for learning, sharing and networking.

Fun fact: My first career was as an actress. I even have in IMDb page! (Though you’ll have to be into the NFB or American hack actress vehicles to be familiar with any of the films).


Vice President, Communications

Phoenix Lam-Phipps

Board2015_LamPhippsCompany: CBC/Radio-Canada, Senior Communications Officer
IABC member: 3 years
Twitter: @phoelam

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to ensure members get timely information so you can have your best year with IABC/BC yet!

Fun fact: I am a cat lady and share too many photos of my cat on Twitter and Instagram. I also shamelessly love/listen to 90s boy band music.


Vice President, Events

Dana Higgins

Board2015_HigginsCompany: University of British Columbia, Event Coordinator
IABC member: 5 years
Twitter: @danahiggi

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to work with my fellow-Board and other members of the IABC/BC community to develop fresh, fun and inclusive approaches to the chapter events.

Fun fact: I have traveled to twenty two different countries, during which I slept in huts by the ocean, went paragliding in Nepal, and had the good luck to encounter a whale shark while scuba diving. I’m hoping my next travels will take me to Latin America.


Vice President, Membership Services

Rachel Wong, CMP

Board2015_Rachel-ChanCompany: Port Metro Vancouver, Internal Communications & Media Advisor
IABC member: 5 years

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to provide exceptional service to members seeking information or assistance with their membership questions and to look for ways to establish a valuable membership experience.

Fun fact: I love scotch (Scotchy scotch scotch). I am also a big fan of food trucks and hidden back alley restaurants and have been known to take off down random streets to find the source of delicious smells.


Vice President, Sponsorship

Nancy Chan

Board2015_ChanCompany: Port Metro Vancouver, Digital Communications Specialist
IABC member: 4 years

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to be available and dedicated to helping ensure that our chapter continues to thrive through strategic partnerships.

Fun fact: I love Lego! I love how it can be formulaic and yet leave so much room for imagination.


Vice President, Volunteer Services

Marie Bartlett

Board2015_Marie-BartlettCompany: Freelance Communications
IABC member: 2 years
Twitter: @mariebartlet

My commitment to the IABC/BC chapter is to provide a valuable opportunity in the volunteer portfolio for people who are looking to advance their career and/or contribute to the IABC professional development community.

Fun fact: I’ve tried just about every type of dance class, be it swing, tap, Chinese ballroom, belly dancing, salsa, ballet, break dance, modern, jazz and … well, you get the idea. If there’s a new dance style, I’ll try just about anything once.