Join our board

As a member of IABC BC you can develop your leadership skills and lead our chapter by joining our board of directors. Applications are now open for 2017-18. Read on for more details.

Who we are

IABC BC  is a not-for-profit member association that is volunteer-run from president down to new student member volunteers. We are one of the top five largest chapters in the world. We have over 420 members across the province of British Columbia and we have been operating since 1980.

Learn more about our chapter of vibrant communicators

Our board structure

Our board is made up of a team of volunteer directors within specialized portfolios, who are led by an executive board comprised of our president, vice president, past president, executive administrator and treasurer. They are responsible for the development, delivery, and governance of the activities that take place within our chapter. We work together to develop the strategic plan and direction for the chapter under the guidance of our association bylaws as approved by the IABC head office.

Each portfolio director has a team of volunteers to support their work. Being a director is a great opportunity to build team management skills, and even mentor junior volunteers to grow their skills.

Meet our 2016-17 board

Nominations now open

All members of IABC BC in good standing are welcome to apply to join our board, by submitting a nomination form. Positions for our incoming board of directors 2017-18 are NOW OPEN until Friday April 28.


Ideally we look for members who have past board experience (on our own board, or with other boards too), or have been actively involved with us in a volunteering capacity and have relevant skills to lead the portfolio of interest. But most importantly, we seek enthusiastic leaders who want to keep our vibrant chapter going!

How to apply

To apply, we will need an up-to-date resume and/or LinkedIn profile, along with a completed nomination form. Please read our Board Accountabilities document (link below) for an overview of being an IABC BC board member, and full details of each role and its responsibilities.

Learn more about board accountabilities & roles

Apply to join the board

Recruitment & commitment timeline

We are now recruiting for board members to join our 2017-2018 board.  Read the above “How to apply” section to learn more about what roles are currently open and how to apply. The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday April 28. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Following your submission, our selection committee will review the nominations, and appoint the new board members in early May.  Once you join the board, you will formally be voted in at our Annual General Meeting on June 22, and your term as a new board member will be from June 2017 – June 2019.

Board selection committee

Our board selection committee is chaired by Past President Catherine Pitman, and includes the incoming president and incoming past president, as well as two other past presidents from the chapter. Each nomination will be reviewed by the committee and the selected board members will be contacted in early May.

What’s in it for you?

  • You’ll gain hands-on leadership and professional board experience, while participating in key decision-making for your portfolio and the chapter
  • You’ll hone your business experience, including strategic planning, budget-setting and reporting
  • You’ll have the opportunity to network and share best-practices with fellow communicators at the local, regional and international levels
  • You’ll be a part of a passionate, dynamic team who is committed to the IABC/BC chapter and the local communications and marketing community
  • You’ll attend Dare to Lead, our Canada West Regional conference taking place in Vancouver on May 26-28, where you’ll connect with other chapter leaders from across the Canada West Region


If you’d like to know more, contact the selection committee chair, Catherine Pitman – current past president on the board – by email to


You can apply to join the board by filling out this online nomination form.