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 more informal opportunities to connect, learn, 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 | Chair: Angela Rogers

  • Meetings held in Surrey, BC.
  • For people interested in, or working in the area of internal communications who want to discuss strategies, tactics, technologies and best practices of communicating with employees.
  • Interested in joining? Connect with Angela at Angela.Rogers@coastcapitalsavings.com.

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 nchetty@bellwetherstrategies.ca / @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

Specializing in health communications and social marketing for most of her 25-year career, Robyn helps health, science and academic clients at Signals to clarify their communication goals and reach their diverse audiences. Robyn speaks regularly to groups of communicators, health providers, researchers and scientists on the subject of knowledge translation, social media, digital strategies, and achieving clear communication for complex subject matter.

Interested in joining?

Connect with Libby at Libby.Brown@phsa.ca or Robyn at robyn@signals.ca / @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, BeyondTheDough.ca, 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 ji_leblanc@yahoo.ca / @jileblanc / ca.linkedin.com/in/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 garycarrcommunication@telus.net.