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IABC Waterloo’s 2018 Communicator of the Year (COTY) Event

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305 Northfield Drive East

Waterloo, ON N2V 2N4

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Please join us for the first ever IABC Waterloo Communicator of the Year (COTY) event in honour of this year’s recipient, Fran Gregory, a 35+ year communications professional and longest standing member of IABC Waterloo. Don’t miss this signature event!

The IABC Waterloo Communicator of the Year is a prestigious award that honours an inspiring leader in the Waterloo Region area who demonstrates excellence in leadership, management and communications skills.

What people are saying about our first ever recipient:

  • “Fran is a dedicated communications professional and recently retired from her role as professor of public relations at Conestoga College. Both the diploma and degree programs are her legacy as she built them from the ground up over the past 15 years.”
  • “Following a massive heart attack, subsequent triple bypass surgery and a challenging recovery that doctors told her most people do not survive, Fran dedicated herself to helping educate women about heart attack risk, partnering with St. Mary’s hospital to create educational materials and videos and serving as the Red Day ambassador for the Manulife LPGA classic.”
  • “Fran is a model communicator, leader and survivor who is now using her communications expertise to pay it forward for others in support of community health.”

Why attend?

As part of a behind-the-scenes, wide-ranging presentation on her career to date, Fran will share insights on being “nice” and how communications has shaped her success and influenced countless businesses, organizations and individuals across Waterloo Region, Ontario and beyond.

This is a great opportunity for networking and professional development. Connect with fellow communications professionals, learn about best practices and be ready to ask questions during the Q and A session scheduled for after the presentation.

Included in the registration fee:

Admission, keynote presentation, Q and A session, networking and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

About Fran Gregory

Throughout her nearly 40-year communications career, Fran worked in the manufacturing, financial and service sectors leading communication projects around the world. She is also a communications consultant to organizations as diverse as General Motors, the United Way of Waterloo Region, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club, and others.

Most recently, she put her passion for communication to work at Conestoga College where she developed the two-year Public Relations diploma program and the four-year (Honours) Bachelor of Public Relations degree. In her 14 years at the college she was coordinator and professor within both programs.

She continued her own professional development by working on various committees and boards.

  • Member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) since 1981
  • A founder and former president of the IABC Waterloo chapter, and frequent speaker and judge of IABC awards programs.
  • Co-author of the Canadian definition of public relations adopted by the CPRS in 2008. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Lorelei Kilgour Memorial Outstanding Practitioner Award for ethics and professionalism, presented by CPRS Hamilton.
  • Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Education Council; Co-Presiding Deputy Officer, Academic, on the Council since 2011-16
  • Co-author, Pathways to the Profession, a primer and benchmark for Canadian institutes offering programming in Public Relations and Communications Management education

Fran holds her M.Sc. degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University, and earned her APR accreditation from CPRS in 2007 and her CPRS Fellow designation (FCPRS) in 2015.

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