SIGs

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 ($20/meeting, $10/meeting for students). Everyone is on their own dime for refreshments. If you are interested in starting up your own SIG, let us know.

Learn more about participating in one of our active SIGs:


Internal Communications SIG | Chairs: Angela Rogers and Olga Pazukha

  • Meetings alternate between Surrey and Vancouver, BC.
  • For people interested or working in the area of internal communications who want to discuss strategies, tactics, technologies and best practices for communicating with employees.

About Angela
Angela Rogers is the Manager of Public Affairs and Communications at Coast Capital Savings in Surrey, BC. With over 10 years of strategic communications experience, her passion is to create an authentic connection between organizations and their employees through effective, transparent, and meaningful communication. A strong believer that employee communication is the lifeblood of an organization, Angela looks forward to connecting with other communicators who share her passion.

About Olga
Olga Pazukha is a communications professional and change agent with a passion for storytelling that cultivates engagement. As the communications advisor at BC Hydro, she fosters a dialogue between the organization and its employees. Olga finds inspiration in the constant nature of change, and builds connections between people and organizations through impactful and clear internal communication.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Angela at Angela.Rogers@coastcapitalsavings.com or Olga at olga.pazukha@gmail.com.


Independent Communicators SIG | Chair: Vacant

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.

Interested in chairing?

Connect with our SIG director at sigs@iabc.bc.ca.


Health SIG | Chair: Vacant

Our IABC/BC Health SIG offers an informal, safe, 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?

Connect with our SIG director at sigs@iabc.bc.ca.


Digital Strategy SIG | Chair: Vacant

Do you dig digital? Do you get excited about your business’s online presence? Do you understand that some of your business (marketing & communications) objectives are about more than having a solid social media strategy and a friendly website?

Then come login to our Digital Strategy SIG, where digital-minded members can meet (offline) and talk digital strategy. As a group we can share our best practices, tips and discuss case studies all related to digital. Some of our meet-up focuses will include: defining digital strategy and digital ecosystems; content & video marketing, SEO/SEM; web writing and social media strategy; and making measurement meaningful.

Interested in chairing?

Connect with our SIG director at sigs@iabc.bc.ca.


Senior Communicators SIG | Chair: Gary Carr

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 is a fairly new group that 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 garycarrcommunication@telus.net.


Post-Secondary SIG | Chair: Kirk Grayson

Some of the most interesting challenges for communicators happen in the halls of higher learning. With each faculty or department operating much like a city-state with autonomous budgets and decision-making, how do you manage global change, make strategic website decisions or budget for targeted advertising? What are the special challenges and unique solutions for reaching students? Faculty? Alumni?

The Post-Secondary SIG is a place for higher education communicators to come together, find common ground, share the pain and glory of campaigns past and present, learn, network and recharge.

About Kirk

A long-time IABC member, Kirk is the principal of Pedamento Content Strategy, a boutique consultancy with a focus on digital content. As a former manager of internal communication and digital content for ICBC, Kirk developed a zest for the complex communication challenges unique to large ‘public good’ organizations. She looks forward to bringing together communicators from our many post-secondaries to share their experiences and insights.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Kirk at:

Email: kirk@pedamento.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kirkgrayson

Twitter: @pedamento


B2B / Industrial Communications SIG | Chair: Lauren Girdler

Is your company more likely socializing at trade shows than using social media? Are you looking to connect with other B2B professionals to discuss the unique challenges of working with engineers, scientists, and other professionals in technical fields? Then join the B2B / Industrial Communications SIG. We will discuss the role of a communications and marketing in B2B organizations – something that can sometimes be overlooked and misunderstood.

Topics include: website & digital communications / trade shows & trade publications / strategies for making your projects heard and more!

About Lauren

Lauren Girdler is a communications and marketing professional with 10 years industry experience; working in technical fields including public safety, engineering, and mining. Lauren is currently the Communications and Marketing Manager at ConeTec, a geotechnical site investigation contractor. She has tried explaining why you shouldn’t resize company logos in PowerPoint many times, but some people just won’t listen.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Lauren at laurengirdler@gmail.com

Or on Twitter at @laurengirdle