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 or Olga at

Independent Communicators SIG | Chair: Natasha Chetty

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.

About Natasha

Natasha Chetty is the Principal of Bellwether Strategies in Vancouver. She has consulted to professional firms and organizations on communications, strategic planning and practice management projects since 2012. Natasha looks forward to connecting with fellow self-employed communicators and sharing best practices in her role as co-chair of the group.

 Interested in joining?

Connect with Natasha at / @natasha_chetty .

Health SIG | Co-chairs: Libby Brown and Robyn Sussel

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 coms.

About Libby

Libby has more than 20 years of experience in communications, stakeholder engagement and change management, with a significant focus in health care and health research. As a consultant, she supported clients in health care, insurance, financial services and education. Libby joined Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) as Director, Corporate Communications in 2014 and is currently focused on web communications, leadership development and internal communications.

About Robyn

Robyn is a health and research communicator with over 25 years of experience. She is the former principal of Signals Design Group and during her 15 years with the agency helped over 100 health and research organizations clarify their communications, reach their complex audiences and change behaviours through social marketing and health campaigns. Robyn speaks regularly to groups of communicators, health providers, researchers and scientists on the subject of patient engagement, knowledge translation, and achieving clear communication for complex subject matter.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Libby at or Robyn at / @robynsussel.

Digital Strategy SIG | Chair: Jeanette LeBlanc

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.

About Jeanette

Jeanette LeBlanc is a freelance communicator, with a BA in Communications from SFU, and has been working in Marketing & Communications roles for over 10 years (including roles at VANOC, BC Cancer Foundation, and Vancouver Foundation). From social media management and content development, to project management and writing and editing, she gravitates to digital content and strategy. Author of her own food blog,, since 2010, she is inspired to connect with like-minded individuals, form baking to online bytes, and looks forward to chairing this Digital Strategy SIG.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Jeanette at / @jileblanc /

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 new 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