Come to our 2015 Annual General Meeting!

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Public Relations Society Manitoba

You’re invited to CPRS Manitoba’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  at Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, 830 Empress Street, Winnipeg. Join your fellow CPRS Manitoba members for the meeting and mingling afterwards at Barley Brothers, and help us wrap-up this past season’s activities and have a look-ahead at next year’s exciting plans. Register here! The 2014-2015 Annual Report is now available as a PDF here.

AGM Agenda

1) Call to order
2) Approval of the Minutes of the 2013/2014 AGM
3) Approval of the financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2015
4) Approval of proposed changes to the By-laws, as per the following:

Article V, Section 3 – MAXIMUM TERM OF OFFICE
Proposal: Remove this section from the by-laws.  Members elect board candidates each year, and there may be instances where it is appropriate for someone to serve longer than the terms outlined.  A proper nomination and election process is already in place to ensure that those serving the board are appropriate for their respective roles.

Proposal: Remove reference to voting proxy form, because it is covered in article VIII, Section 5 where it fits in more properly with the election timeline.

The proposed changes to the By-laws of the Canadian Public Relations Society (Manitoba) Inc. in the form delivered to the Membership at this Annual General Meeting be adopted and approved for all purposes, and will be effective on the date of such approval.

5) Approval of reports of Board of Directors
6) Elections of the 2015/2016 Board of Directors (see slate below)
7) Other business that may come before the meeting
8) Adjournment

Prospective 2015/2016 Board of Directors

We will be holding elections for the following prospective CPRS Manitoba board members for the 2015/2016 year:

President: Tamara Bodi (two-year term to end spring 2016)
Past President: Jason Permanand (two-year term to end spring 2016)
Vice President: Conor Lloyd (entering second year of two-year term to end spring 2016)
Treasurer: David Hultin, APR
Secretary: Julie Kentner
Accreditation: Deborah Bowers, APR
Membership: Heather Olynick
Communications: Jack Rach, Jason Booth, Arpita Goala, Chris Albi
Programming: Jason Small, Kailey Barron, Jaclyn Leskiw
Mentorship: Steve West, Renee Barclay

The positions of President and Past President are both entering the second year of two-year terms, and are not up for election. The position of Vice President is entering the second year of a two-year term, and is up for election. All other positions are one-year terms, and are up for election.

Register here!

Brandon Event: The Media Relations Factor in Crisis Communications

In a crisis, media scrutiny is intense, and public opinion is shaped by the quality and the amount of coverage. Organizational accountability is critical, and accurate, timely information is crucial to public confidence.

Join Paul White and Glen Cassie from Communications Services Manitoba at Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre, #1 – 545 Conservation Drive on Friday, June 5, 2015 for a workshop on media relations and crisis communications.

In CPRS Manitoba’s first-ever Brandon event, you’ll have the chance to work with Paul and Glen as they present some of the key issues to consider in a crisis, share some of their most interesting experiences and guide participants through a hands-on table-top exercise that will help you better prepare for your own organizational crisis.

Click here for more information and to register for this exciting Brandon event!

*Please note: As of May 29, payment cannot be made online via credit card. Only in-person cash and cheque payments at the venue door will now be accepted. Receipts will be emailed to these registrants. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate payment by credit card online or at the door, nor can we issue invoices at the door.

CPRS Manitoba 2015 Communicator of the Year Awardee and Event

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is pleased to announce Jane Puchniak of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is the recipient of the 2015 Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY). Please join us to celebrate Jane and hear her achievements at a gala luncheon at the Manitoba Club on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

CPRS Manitoba will also be recognizing other special guests with CPRS Manitoba honours, including Deborah Bowers, APR, who recently earned her accreditation; Terry Aseltine, APR, FCPRS, and who will receive his life member designation; and 2015 CPRS Manitoba scholarship recipient Rose Regier, who is a second-year Creative Communications student at Red River College who has the highest mark in the public relations major and is also a CPRS Manitoba Student member.

Congratulations all!

A networking reception with cash bar service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00. A plated lunch service will start just after 12:00 noon.

For more information about the event and to register for the MCOY luncheon click here.

The award event is made possible through the generosity of principal sponsor, Marketwired. Marketwired offers thousands of clients news distribution and reporting and social media monitoring and analytics.

Our Next Brews & PR News is April 22!

Spring is almost here and to celebrate, CPRS Manitoba is hosting the second Brews and News event at the King’s Head Pub. Meet up at this free, informal event on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to talk about local, national and international public relations and communications issues while mingling with fellow communicators over a beer (or two!). More information is available here. Hope to see you there!

Join our board! Call for 2015/2016 CPRS Manitoba Board Candidates

The 2015 CPRS Manitoba Nominating Committee is looking for dedicated and keen public relations and communications professionals to lead our Manitoba chapter from May 2015 to May 2016.

Joining the CPRS Manitoba board of directors is an opportunity for you to gain new skills and work alongside other PR professionals, while contributing to the advancement of our profession in Manitoba.

The CPRS Manitoba board is a working team, and as the only Canadian organization dedicated to PR and communications, our Manitoba chapter aims to provide professional development, networking opportunities, accreditation, awards and scholarships to our members and the community.

Currently, we are in particular need of candidates interested in the following positions: Vice-President, Programming and Communications.

CPRS Manitoba Board of Directors

For a detailed description of all positions on the CPRS Manitoba board of directors, please click here for the attached document.

The positions are:

  • President — Filled until spring 2016.
  • Vice-President (Vacant, needs filling)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Accredited Public Relations (APR) & Public Relations Knowledge (PRK) Chair
  • Membership Chair (up to two co-chairs)
  • Programming Lead
  • Programming Coordinators (no more than three)
  • Communications Lead
  • Communications Coordinators (no more than three)
  • Mentorship Chair (up to two chairs)

Other board roles:

  • Past-President (not an elected role)
  • Student Liaisons (two positions: RRC and U of W. Nominations and elections are run separately and coordinated with the academic year of each institution.)

Most positions will serve one-year terms as members of the CPRS Board of Directors. The president and vice-president each serve two-year terms, and will be entering the 2nd year of their respective terms. Board members must be current members of CPRS in good standing, or join CPRS upon election to the board.


The deadline for nominations for CPRS Manitoba board of directors is Friday, April 24, 2015 at midnight CST.

If interested, please send your resume to to the attention of Jason Permanand, CPRS Manitoba Past-President and Chair of the nominating committee, and respond to the following questions:

  • Name:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • CPRS member since:
  • Describe your leadership experience, or other relevant experience
    • Which board position most interests you? Please also identify a second position:
  • What would you bring to the CPRS Manitoba board in either role?

The nominating committee will review all nominations and based on their evaluation, assemble a slate of candidates for election by the members at the CPRS Manitoba Annual General Meeting in May. Date, time and location to be announced.

Luncheon Panel: Ebola Communications

In our globalized world, how do you effectively and accurately communicate with your audience during an international healthcare threat? At our luncheon on Thursday March 26, our expert panelists will take you through the ins and outs of communications tactics about the Ebola virus.

Our panel of local experts include Isabelle Robitaille, Communications Coordinator, Manitoba Health with the Province of Manitoba, Katherine Fox, Director of Communications for Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and Michelle Finley, Communications Projects Officer for the City of Winnipeg. Join us as our panelists share insights as to how the Ebola virus affected Manitobans from a local perspective and beyond. Register here today!

Tell Us What You Think About Possible Mentorship Program

March 2015 is Membership Month at CPRS, and your Manitoba board is always looking for opportunities to add value to your membership. To build on this commitment, we plan to launch our first mentorship program this year. But first, we want to receive input so we can build a program that’s best tailored to your interests.

In our conversations with CPRS chapters across Canada, we have learned that mentorships come in many forms. Most of us are familiar with an arrangement where a younger professional mentors under a senior practitioner who in turn, also learns from the mentee. Some mentorships are lateral or peer-to-peer, meaning that a practitioner wishes to mentor a peer of similar seniority, in the same or a different industry/sector.

Whatever the form, we believe that mentor-mentee relationships will help us grow as a society, nurture emerging talent, leverage existing experience, and add opportunities and value to membership in CPRS Manitoba.

The pilot of the CPRS Manitoba Mentorship Program will have structure, with start and end commitment dates, likely from October 2015 to April 2016.

Before deciding on how to proceed, we are asking you – our members – for feedback. We have compiled a brief survey that will take only a few minutes, and ask that you respond to it by March 31, 2015.

To take our quick survey, please click here:

Join CPRS During Membership Month. Chance to Win PRIZES!

It’s Membership Month at CPRS, and to celebrate, we’re offering new members the chance to win.

If you join CPRS in March, you’ll be entered to win a complimentary registration for ENGAGEMENT + IMPACT, CPRS’ 2015 national conference in Montreal, valued at $1525. You’ll also automatically receive a 12 month subscription to PRSA’s Public Relations Tactics newspaper.

Don’t miss out on the best opportunity to keep up with the latest news, trends, and practices, as well as network with like-minded professionals to share strategies and ideas. CPRS is a fantastic community to do this, and more! We offer our members:


  • ENGAGEMENT + IMPACT – Members receive special pricing for the annual CPRS National Conference in Montreal this June.
  • Local events: CPRS Manitoba offers monthly luncheons on topics like media relations, issues management, social media, and non-profit communications. We also host regular evening mixers at local eateries and watering holes to talk shop with others in the communications and public relations field.
  • Online webinars – Six professional development webinars are offered exclusively to members.
  • Involvement in local or national boards, committees, special initiatives – Increase networking opportunities, mentor potential APRs, build professional skills, open the door to other key career learning, and more.
  • Communiqué – CPRS’ bi-weekly e-newsletter brings you association updates and industry news bi-monthly throughout the year.
  • Online Member Directory – Build your network of CPRS members across country.


  •  2015 National Awards – Be recognized by your peers for exceptional public relations and communications management campaigns.
  •  College of Fellows – Members are honoured for their leadership in advancing the state of public relations and serving as role models to fellow practitioners.
  •  Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award: CPRS Manitoba annually honours individuals and organizations whose work in public relations or communications has had a significant impact in the community.



Members receive discounted pricing on the following:

  • Postings on Career File, the CPRS online job board
  • PRSA Tactics and Public Relations Strategist
  • Errors and Omissions home and auto insurance solutions customized to the PR profession.
  • UPS shipping services


  • Accredited in Public Relations (APR): Receive your APR® designation, demonstrating experience and commitment to the public relations profession. Application deadline: December 1, 2015.
  •  Public Relations Knowledge (PRK) exam: Canada’s first standardized national public relations exam for new entrants to the profession.


Don’t miss out for another year. Get involved in CPRS!

Join online by clicking here, or contact

See you soon!

CPRS MB Board Member Deborah Bowers Achieves her APR!

Deborah Bowers, APR
Deborah Bowers, APR

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) congratulates board member, Deborah Bowers, on achieving her Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation through CPRS’s national accreditation program.

Earning the APR designation demonstrates professionalism and is tangible evidence to the public that you have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of public relations.

Again, big congrats to Deborah!

More information on how to work towards your APR designation is available on the CPRS National website.