Katrina Sklepowich receiving the CPRS Manitoba 2016 Creative Communications Scholarship.

Congratulations Katrina Sklepowich

CPRS Manitoba offers two $500 scholarships to outstanding students in full-time public relations programs in the province who are CPRS members, one to a Red River College PR student and the other enrolled in the University of Winnipeg’s PACE program. CPRS Manitoba developed the awards to recognize the highest academic achievement in each program, and to assist students as they make the transition to a career public relations.

This year’s recipient of the Red River College scholarship is Katrina Sklepowich. We congratulate her for her outstanding achievement in the Creative Communications PR program and wish her continued success as she enters the workforce.

For more information on our scholarships, students at the Red River College and the U of W are encouraged to ask their instructors or contact us at info@cprs.mb.ca with the subject line, Scholarship.

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Notice of the Annual General Meeting

CPRS Manitoba Annual General Meeting

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

Please join us at CPRS Manitoba’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in room P107 at Red River College, 160 Princess Street, Winnipeg. Register for this free event here. Join your fellow CPRS Manitoba members for a wrap-up of the past year’s activities, a preview of the plans for the coming year, and refreshments. The AGM will be followed by an informal networking event at The King’s Head Pub.

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of the minutes of the CPRS MB Annual General Meeting
  3. Approval of the audited financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2016
  4. Approval of reports of the Board of Directors (CPRS Manitoba Annual Report 2015-16). Note: A limited number of printed copies of the report will be available at the meeting. Please consider printing your own copy or reading it from your phone or device.
  5. Elections of the 2016/2017 Board of Directors (see below)
  6. Other business that may come before the meeting
  7. Adjournment

We will be holding elections for prospective CPRS Manitoba board members for the 2016/2017 fiscal year:

    • President – Conor Lloyd (two-year term to end spring 2018)
    • Past President – Tamara Bodi (two-year term to end spring 2018)
    • Vice-President – Susan Harrison
    • Treasurer – David Hultin, APR
    • Secretary – Tammy Sawatzky
    • Accreditation – David Hultin, APR
    • Membership – Chris Albi
    • Programming – Samantha Lapedus, Jennifer Pawluk, Arpita Goala
    • Communications – Jack Rach, Katrina Sklepowich, Arpita Goala
    • Mentorship – Renee Barclay
    • Professional Development/Communications – Melissa Matias

The positions of President, Vice-President, and Past-President are entering the first of a two-year term, and are up for election. All other positions are one-year terms and are also up for election.


While only CPRS members can vote at the AGM, everyone is welcome to attend, so please join us at the meeting. Afterwards, we’ll move over to The King’s Head Pub to continue networking, and to enjoy food and drinks!

Voting by Proxy

Can’t make our AGM? You may assign your vote for the 2016 CPRS Manitoba AGM to another voting member (proxy) by downloading the 2016 proxy form. Complete and sign the form — then delivering it one of three ways. By:

  1. Emailing it to president@cprs.mb.ca no later than Monday, May 23, 2016;
  2. Mailing to CPRS Manitoba, P.O. Box 441, Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. Must be received no later than Friday, May 20, 2016, OR;
  3. Giving your proxy to another member who will physically bring it to the AGM on your behalf.

We hope to see you at our AGM. Below you can find out about CPRS MB nominations and how our elections  work, according to our By-Laws.

  1. Only a Voting Member in good standing shall be eligible for election as an Officer or Director of The Society.
  2. A call for nominations must be sent to all members of The Society at least forty-five (45) days before the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations by Voting Members
  1. Nominations for election of Officers or Directors may be made by any Voting Member of the Society in writing provided the nominee is willing to stand for election, and must be submitted to the Nominating Committee at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Nominating Committee
  1. Nominations of members as Officers or Directors shall be submitted to the Nominating Committee composed of the Past-President, the Vice-President and President, or any board member who can act their place.  The committee’s approved slate of candidates shall be presented to the Secretary at least twenty-five (25) days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.
Nomination List Mailing
  1.  The slate of those persons nominated by the Nominating Committee for election as Officers or Directors, plus a copy of Article VIII of these by-laws, shall be mailed or transmitted electronically to all members of the Society at least fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. This mailing or electronic transmission shall also contain a proxy form permitting the voting member to assign his/her vote to an alternate voting member.
  1. Elections for the Board of Directors will take place at the Annual General Meeting.  The vote shall be taken on the entire list as submitted.
Voting by Ballot
  1. When a number of persons are nominated for the position of an Officer of the Society or the vacant positions of Director, an election shall be held. A ballot shall be prepared by the Secretary containing a list of nominees for each contested position. One copy of the ballot shall be given to each Voting Member in attendance at the Annual General Meeting.  At the time prescribed on the agenda, the ballots shall be marked and passed to the committee of three (3) scrutineers (who will be appointed by the Secretary prior to the meeting) for the purpose of tabulation. The scrutineers will include all properly executed votes by proxy when tabulating results.
Scrutineers Report
  1. The report of the scrutineers shall be made prior to the adjournment of the Annual General Meeting, at a time determined by the President.
Assumption of Office
  1. The newly-elected Officers and Directors shall be introduced to the Annual General Meeting by the retiring President, at which time the new President, Officers, and Directors shall assume the duties of their offices.

Thanking Our Sponsors

CPRS Manitoba gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors for the 2016 Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards.

We are delighted that Red River College is our Student Sponsor. CPRS Manitoba has a strong network of students from both of Winnipeg’s leading public relations programs. This support allows RRC the opportunity to enable students to attend this exciting event.

CPRS Manitoba is also pleased to announce Eureka.cc and McKim Communications Group as MCOY sponsors. Eureka.cc is a monitoring, measurement and analytics service for communicators across Canada, and is based out of Quebec. McKim is a leading communications, digital and advertising agency in Winnipeg and Regina.

MCOY is Manitoba’s most prestigious annual award for PR and communications practitioners. The ninth annual dinner gala will be held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Wednesday May 4, 2016.

Student Sponsor: Red River College

Red River College

Sponsors: Eureka.cc and McKim

Eureka Media Monitoring                     McKim Communications Group


Get Your Tickets for 2016 MCOY Award Gala!

Join us, the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society, at our signature Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY) gala as we celebrate the year’s best in public relations.  The MCOY Award is the most prestigious public relations and communications award in Manitoba and honours practitioners who lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness and creativity.

This year’s award recipients are Red River College (RRC) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Hear how RRC and the CMHR executed these award-winning campaigns at our gala event, and network with other superstars in the Manitoba public relations market. We will also be honouring CPRS Manitoba Creative Communications Scholarship recipient Katrina Sklepowich.

Register by noon Friday, April 29, 2016 for this exciting event!

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CPRS Manitoba brings Mark Ragan to Winnipeg!

Update: We’re delighted with the response to this event, however it is now sold-out. To join the waiting list, click here.

On June 10, 2016, CPRS Manitoba is delighted to present Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications for a morning session on brand journalism.

At a breakfast meeting and three-hour morning training session at the Fort Garry Hotel, Ragan will describe how brand journalism can help an organization better connect with consumers, enhance media coverage and engage employees by making the organization the number one destination for high-quality information. Continue reading CPRS Manitoba brings Mark Ragan to Winnipeg!

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Join our board! Call for 2016/2017 CPRS Manitoba Board Candidates

CPRS Manitoba is looking for dedicated and keen public relations and communications professionals to lead our Manitoba chapter from May 2016 to May 2017. Join the CPRS Manitoba board of directors and gain new skills, work alongside other PR professionals, and contribute to the advancement of our profession in Manitoba.

Continue reading Join our board! Call for 2016/2017 CPRS Manitoba Board Candidates

Manitoba Communicator of the Year award recipients: Red River College and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Drum Roll, Please! And, the 2016 MCOY Recipients are….

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society is pleased to announce Red River College (RRC) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) as the 2016 recipients of the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY). The MCOY Award is the most prestigious public relations and communications award in Manitoba and honours practitioners who lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness and creativity.

RRC won the large campaign category for its work on a communications campaign that supported a province-wide initiative to strengthen the brand of RRC, while creating stronger strategic relationships with their key publics that included: alumni, industry partners, and business. The CMHR won the small campaign category for a communications campaign that promoted its new exhibit, “The Witness Blanket,” which coincided with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. Continue reading Drum Roll, Please! And, the 2016 MCOY Recipients are….

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Brews and PR News

Spring is here and it is a great time to relax, have a drink and chat with other PR practitioners. So join us for another Brews and PR News event as we gather at the King’s Head Pub, 120 King St., on Wednesday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Come mingle with fellow communicators, buy a drink and maybe something to eat, and discuss about local, national and international public relations and communications issues. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE: King’s Head Pub, 120 King St, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H9, Canada

This is a free event but we ask that you register here.