Learn and network with your professional peers and explore your shared interest through regular meet-ups.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are championed by members and offer informal opportunities to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers in an area of particular interest and relevance. Each group holds a minimum of four meet-ups/year. There’s no charge for IABC/BC members to participate in a SIG. There’s a nominal charge for non-members to participate.

Do you have a topic to discuss with fellow communicators or is there a Professional Development topic you want us to cover? Do you live or work outside of Vancouver and want to arrange a casual communications focused meetup in your location? This is an excellent opportunity for you to take on a SIG (Special Interest Group) that fits the topic or location of your choice.

Connect with the Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Jessica Purver at

Learn more about participating in one of our active SIGs:


Fraser Valley SIG | Chairs: Amanda Brittain and Catherine Ducharme

Communicators working in the Fraser Valley don’t always have the time (or inclination) to make it downtown for IABC/BC events. The Fraser Valley SIG is now here for you! We are working to hold professional development and networking events in Langley and Abbotsford – and potentially other areas depending on the interest of members.

The Fraser Valley SIG will meet for networking and professional development events that will include: hard skills (strategic planning, digital communications, crisis planning etc.), soft skills (networking, public speaking, difficult conversations etc.), or presentation of case studies/best practices. All communicators located in the Fraser Valley are welcome to attend!

About Amanda

Amanda Brittain, MA, ABC, is the Director of Marketing and Communications with BC Egg. She joined the BC Egg Marketing Board in 2016. Her career spans more than 20 years working in a variety of industries including forestry, finance, health care and not-for-profit. She holds a master’s degree in communications from Royal Roads University and is an Accredited Business Communicator with the International Association of Business Communicators. She has won both national and international communications awards based on her work in the forestry sector.

About Catherine

Catherine is a leader, communicator, coach, entrepreneur and speaker. Before transitioning her career to leadership development, facilitation, and recruiting, she spent 20+ years as a corporate and marketing communications leader, both client side and running her own communication companies. She has a depth of experience leading teams, building companies, providing executive communications counsel, and delivering workshops. She’s now a certified leadership coach, is a trained Engagement Champion through Gallup, and is certified in delivering the Strengths Deployment Inventory. Catherine is past president of IABC Canada West Region and the IABC British Columbia chapter.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Amanda at or Catherine at

Digital Strategy SIG | Chair: Lauren Girdler

The Digital Strategy SIG is where communications and marketing folks can meet (offline AND online through webinar) and talk digital strategy. As a group we will share our best practices, tips, and discuss case studies all related to digital. Our meetings will focus on topics like: defining digital strategy; content & video marketing, SEO/SEM; web writing, social media strategy, and measurement analytics.

About Lauren

Lauren previously worked in communication and marketing in technical fields including public safety, engineering, and mining. She currently works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a Communications Advisor.

Interested in joining?

Connect with our Lauren at

Independent Communicators SIG | Chairs: Candace Jones and Ruth-Anne Eisler

The IABC/BC Independent Communicators Special Interest Group (SIG) hosts opportunities for local communicators who have their own consultancy to share ideas, opportunities and resources in a friendly, casual environment. Since independent communicators typically work alone and wear many hats, sharing and engaging through discussion, feedback, and the group’s collective expertise can be especially energizing and productive.

About Candace

Candace Jones is currently the Director of Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. Prior to this role, she was an independent contractor for many years, working as associate to boutique consulting firms based in Vancouver and as owner of Ethos Consulting Group.  She looks forward to connecting with a group of independent communicators to explore relevant topics, collaborate on best practices and identify solutions to current issues faced by the members.

About Ruth-Anne

Ruth-Anne Eisler is a freelance writer, copyeditor, and founder of RaeWrites Corporate Communications. She is interested in connecting with and growing a group that will focus on topics and issues of the group’s choosing. She looks forward to leading meetings that will explore best practices, insights, challenges, and solutions relating to issues particularly relevant to independents/freelancers.

Interested in joining?

Connect Candace at or Ruth-Anne at

Internal Communications SIG | Chair: Karen Johnston

The IABC/BC Internal Communications SIG is about building a network of like-minded individuals in the greater Vancouver area. If part of your portfolio is dedicated to delivering impactful communications that support a great employee experience, then we have loads in common already. If you are all about helping move your organization forward while proving your strategic value, then all the better!

From tackling communication challenges like disengaged employees, unsupportive executives or transforming cultures, to just finding a group that ‘gets you’, we believe the dialogue for (and the role of!) internal communicators is evolving. If you would like to be part of this conversation, please join in!

About Karen

With 15 years’ experience in corporate communications in the private, public and non-profit sectors, Karen Johnston brings both local and international experience to the table. Career highlights include working on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, rolling out an internal brand launch across multiple locations using live radio, podcasts and digital platforms, and (currently) developing services and software to make the lives of internal communicators infinitely easier.

Karen is relatively new to Vancouver and is looking to build a rapport with fellow communicators who understand the challenges and frustrations, but also the satisfaction and occasional tickled-pink feeling, of working in the internal communications space.

Interested in joining?

Connect with our Karen at

Health SIG | Chairs: Vacant

Our IABC/BC Health SIG offers an informal, confidential and supportive venue to receive feedback and exchange ideas on day-to-day challenges in health communications. We strive to be inclusive — all are welcome to attend from students to senior practitioners and those looking for a career change into health coms. No problem is too small or too big to warrant input and discussion. We strive to keep sessions focused, constructive and relevant.

Topics we might tackle include: working with health professionals, communications and fundraising, communicating change, working with the Ministry of Health, keeping health story telling fresh, explaining research communications, public health campaigns, public and patient voice, access to e-tools in health settings and transition to digital comms.

Interested in chairing the Health SIG?

Connect with Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Lauren Girdler at


Pop-Up SIG | Chair: Maybe It’s You?

Do you have a topic to discuss with fellow communicators or is there a Professional Development topic you want us to cover? Do you live or work outside of Vancouver and want to arrange a casual communications focused meetup in your location? This is an excellent opportunity for you to take on a SIG (Special Interest Group) that fits the topic or location of your choice.

In this role, you will collaborate with the SIGs Director and Portfolio Manager and arrange informal meetings to connect, learn and exchange knowledge with peers. There’s no charge for IABC/BC members to participate in a SIG; and a nominal charge for non-members.

Potential SIG Topics and Locations

Potential Communications Topics: Internal Communications / B2B & Industrial Communications / Crisis Communications / Public Relations / Non-Profit &Government Communications

Potential Locations: / Tri-cities / North Shore / Richmond / Surrey & Delta Victoria & Vancouver Island / Okanagan

Interested in starting a Pop-Up SIG?

Connect with Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGS) Lauren Girdler at

Senior Communicators SIG | Chair: Gary Car

As a senior communicator, do you find yourself looking for ways to connect with your peers on issues that you’re struggling with? Whether you’re an independent consultant or heading a team of communicators, chances are many of your peers have run into the challenges you might be facing.

The Senior Communicators SIG offers seasoned professionals — those with 15+ years’ experience—both face-to-face and online channels to exchange ideas in a supportive, informal environment.

Join us to network, share insights and explore new ideas with your peers. Only 12 spots available.

About Gary

As an IABC member since 1991, Gary’s been a long-time IABC/BC volunteer and is a Past President of the chapter as well as a Past Chair of the Canada Western Region of IABC. He currently works as a Regional Communications Leader for Vancouver Coastal Health after spending more than 10 years working as an independent communication consultant and seven years at ICBC. As someone who loves connecting IABC members in pursuit of good discussions or wanting to learn from each other, he’s looking forward to organizing a lively group of seasoned members who are interested in participating in an online and F-2-F community on issues chosen and directed by the group.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Gary at