Connecting with Confidence

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Networking is tough. Connecting with confidence is the key to success in a community with Winnipeg’s unique characteristics: small, tight-knit, and filled with opportunity. It’s rewarding to learn how even seasoned professionals find networking a challenge.
Join us for a panel discussion and networking event featuring three guest speakers:

  • Theresa Oswald: CEO of Doctors Manitoba
  • Chris Albi: Instructor and Media Relations Professional
  • Carly Edmundson: Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, CentrePort Canada.

Light snacks provided. Little Brown Jug’s “1919” Beer is available at cash bar.

Come learn great tips from Winnipeg’s best networkers.

 

Staying Strong: Crisis management lessons learned in the midst of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy

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On April 6, 2018, the unimaginable happened when the Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck at a quiet remote intersection in northeast Saskatchewan. Sixteen of the twenty-nine people on the bus were killed – the remaining thirteen were left with lasting physical and emotional scars.

Worldwide media descended on Humboldt and thousands of shocked and saddened people from near and far inundated the team, families and community with heartfelt condolences, financial support and gifts.

The team’s volunteer directors were quickly overwhelmed and at wits end trying to support the families, manage the crisis and respond to questions – all while themselves grieving the loss of so many from their closely-knit team. No crisis plan existed; website and social media passwords were known only to people who were lost in the crash; families, fans, the community and the hockey world were demanding answers; hundreds of reporters were calling incessantly. The world was watching….

That was the situation that the team from Takt Communications stepped into when they began working with the Humboldt Broncos organization immediately after the crash. The tragedy and its aftermath became one of the most widely publicized stories in Canadian history and, almost a year later, continues to be actively covered by media organizations around the world.

Some of the take-aways from the presentation include:

  • Communications Triage – learn how the Takt team quickly determined communications priorities and assigned tasks under tight time constraints and with world’s media on the doorstep.
  • The Crisis Within the Crisis – learn how the lack of crisis communication plan and the dispersed group of grieving families greatly complicated crisis management efforts, and how this issue was overcome.
  • Keeping the World on Your Side – the hockey community came together in a huge way to support the Humboldt Broncos. Hear about the heartwarming outpouring of support from empathetic hockey fans from around the world and the challenges that were faced accommodating requests, managing the financial and in-kind gifts, and showing the appropriate gratitude.

About Grant Bastedo, APR:

Grant is travelling across Canada in 2019 sharing the lessons he and his team learned while managing the April 6, 2018 Humboldt Broncos crisis. His presentation “Staying Strong: Crisis management lessons learned in the midst of the Humboldt Bronco tragedy” will give you a behind the scenes look of what it’s like to deal with a major crisis and how Takt’s small team overcame seemingly insurmountable issues under intense time pressures.

After 28 years working in public relations and communications, Grant is no stranger to crisis management. However, nothing had prepared him for the magnitude and scope of this tragedy – every other crisis paled in comparison. Grant’s presentation shares insights, so others may be better prepared when they experience crisis situations.

Brews & News: Brand Perception – The Good, the Bad and Everything in Between

 

On January 30, join us at Rae & Jerry’s for our first Brews & News of 2019!

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Grab a beverage, a bite to eat and join our conversation on brand perception – the good, the bad and everything in between! Mary Agnes Welch, principal at Probe Research Inc. and former Winnipeg Free Press journalist, will guide an engaging conversation on what happens when your brand takes a turn for the good or the bad in the court of public perception. Bring your best examples and we’ll let the discussion begin.

About our Facilitator

Mary Agnes Welch joined Probe Research in 2016 and provides qualitative and quantitative research and strategic advice to a range of private, public and not-for-profit clients. Before that, she spent 14 years as an award-winning reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, covering city hall, the Manitoba legislature and finally the public policy beat. She specialized in using data, documents and advanced research methods to tackle some of Manitoba’s most complex policy issues, including child welfare, housing and energy.

Mary Agnes earned an honours undergraduate history degree from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s journalism school. In 2012, she was one of four Canadian journalists chosen for a year-long Southam journalism fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she studied Indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. Mary Agnes is the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists. She was active in her union, Unifor, locally and nationally for many years while at the Free Press.

Please note that admission is free, but food and beverage costs are the responsibility of the attendees.

Holiday Mixer + Social Event: Nutcrackers and Networking

CPRS Manitoba and IABC Manitoba invite you to join us for our annual holiday mixer and social event: Nutcrackers & Networking!

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Thursday December 6, 2018

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet

380 Graham Avenue

Drinks, appetizers, door prizes and festive fun! Mix and mingle with fellow communicators, make new connections, and celebrate the holiday season.

Tickets $25 each.

Ticket price includes food and one drink ticket. A cash wine and beer bar will also be available.

We are once again supporting Winnipeg Harvest this holiday season. Please consider adding a donation to your ticket and/or bringing a non-perishable food item to the event.

Talking Brand & Community Engagement with True North Sports + Entertainment

A photo of people celebrating from one of the Winnipeg Jets playoff parties
Image credit: True North Sports + Entertainment

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Join us for breakfast followed by an engaging panel discussion with True North Sports + Entertainment as we take a deep dive into how community relations and activations can build the strength of your brand. From White Out Street Parties to the development of True North Square, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding one of our city’s most recognizable brands.

We’ll hear from the team responsible for leading communications strategies, media relations, and community engagement for True North Sports + Entertainment about how they’ve become a brand rooted in our local community and what that means on a national scale.

The Panelists:

  • Rob Wozny, Vice-President Communications & Community Engagement
  • Krista Sinaisky, Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Katie Hall Hursh, Senior Director, Business Development, True North Real Estate Development

Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

  • Building a positive brand that people feel connected to. What are the essentials to success?
  • Why investing in downtown Winnipeg is important and what that means for our city from a brand and community engagement perspective.
  • Managing media relations at the White Out Street Parties. What it’s like to coordinate with major networks from across North America!
  • Bringing new assets to the community – successes and challenges from a communications perspective.
  • And more!

You won’t want to miss this!

Brews & News: Let’s Talk Portage and Main

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Thursday October 25, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Brown’s Socialhouse Portage

Join us next week at our Brews & News networking event for a timely discussion with Steve West, former communications professional with the City of Winnipeg about the Open/Close decision of Portage and Main. Steve will help guide and moderate our discussion as we cover all things PR and communications regarding the Open/Close in the media leading up to the election and how the outcome affects our city from a public relations and visitor experience point of view, plus more!

About Steve West

After 20 years at Canadian Pacific where he rose from junior accounting clerk to rail traffic controller – with some time away as a stay-at-home dad – Steve worked four years in communications, post-9/11 policy, and 24/7 operations at Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization. In 2003, he became issues manager for the Winnipeg Police Service, eventually overseeing all communications functions, and was the first civilian senior manager elected as secretary-treasurer for the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. Steve was promoted to manage corporate communications for the City of Winnipeg in 2010, and advanced in the City’s corporate support services structure, retiring in 2017 as interim director overseeing information technology, project management, Indigenous relations, human resources, labour relations, and 311. Steve was a CPRS Manitoba board member from 2013-2016, co-chairing the society’s mentorship program.

Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

P.S. Admission is free, but attendees will be responsible for their own food & beverage costs.

CPRS MB Fall Mixer – September 25, 2018

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You’re Invited!

CPRS Manitoba is pleased to invite you to our fall mixer and networking event.

Join us at Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery for great food and engaging conversations.

This is a perfect opportunity to connect with public relations and communications professionals working in a variety of industries throughout the city. Members and non-members welcome!

Cash bar available.

Details

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery

800 Pembina Highway

Winnipeg, MB R3M 2M7

 

2018 CPRS 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 Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in room P107 at Red River College, 160 Princess Street, Winnipeg.

Please 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.

Annual Report

Read the 2017/2018 annual report here.

AGM Agenda:

  • Call to order
  • Approval of the minutes of the 2016/2017 CPRS MB Annual General Meeting
  • Approval of the audited financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2018
  • Approval of reports of the Board of Directors (report to follow)
  • Elections of the 2018/2019 Board of Directors (slate to follow)
  • Other business that may come before the meeting
  • Adjournment

We will be holding elections for prospective CPRS Manitoba board members for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

The positions of president, vice-president and past president are all two-year terms and are ending their terms. All other positions are one-year terms. All positions are up for election with the exception of past president, which is not an elected position. See the list of positions here.

Attendance

While only CPRS members can vote at the AGM, everyone is welcome to attend, so please register and 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!

Vote by Proxy

Can’t make our AGM? You may assign your vote for the 2018 CPRS Manitoba AGM to another voting member (proxy) by downloading the 2018 proxy form. Complete and sign the form — then deliver it one of three ways.

By:

  • Emailing it to president@cprs.mb.ca no later than Monday, June 4, 2018;
  • Mailing to CPRS Manitoba, P.O. Box 441, Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. Must be received no later than Monday, June 4, 2018, OR;
  • Giving your proxy to another member who will physically bring it to the AGM on your behalf.

SECTION VIII

BOARD MEETINGS

(a)Voting on board matters by proxy

Any board member can assign their proxy to another board member by email or in writing, for the purpose of voting on matters at any board meeting.

The board member can assign their proxy for a specific item or items, or they can assign their proxy for all votes to take place at the board meeting. 

About CPRS and CPRS Manitoba:

Since 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has been the leading professional organization for communicators across the country. The Manitoba chapter is one of 14 member societies in Canada and nationally, CPRS has a network of more than 1,800 members. Follow @CPRSManitoba and #cprsmb on Twitter for event information and live tweeting, PR information and news. Please also like us on Facebook.

Breakfast & Conversation with Daniel Tisch, APR, FCPRS on the Future of PR

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In this era of endless content, fake news, and a loss of trust, what are the risks facing ethical public relations professionals, and their clients and employers? What are the opportunities? These are questions that Daniel Tisch, APR, FCPRS, one of Canada’s foremost PR professionals and an enlightening keynote speaker, sought to answer in The Elevation of Public Relations, the Canadian Public Relations Society white paper he developed in 2017.

The seminal paper draws on interviews with senior public relations practitioners and academics and includes a survey of recent publications from researchers, consulting firms, and other sources.

During his breakfast keynote in Winnipeg, Dan will talk about his findings and perspectives, how “megatrends” are shaping PR, and how their implications are changing PR professionals’ day-to-day experiences.

DATE

Thursday, May 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION

  • Provencher Room, Fort Garry Hotel (222 Broadway in Winnipeg)

AGENDA

  • 7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
  • 8 – 10 a.m. Keynote from Daniel Tisch, APR, FCPRS followed by a moderated Q&A by CPRS Manitoba
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. Discussion & Networking

TICKETS

  • Early Bird, until April 23, 2018, 5 p.m. CST
    • Members (CPRS or Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce): $75
    • Guests: $90
    • CPRS Student members: $25
    • Student guests: $35
    • Life members: Free
  • General Admission, after April 23, 2018, 5 p.m. CST
    • Members (CPRS or Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce): $100
    • Guests: $125
    • CPRS Student members: $35
    • Student guests: $40
    • Life members: Free

All prices are in Canadian dollars. Ticket prices do not include fees. Pre-registration is required. No exceptions or extensions will be made to early-bird pricing. There will be partial refunds for cancellations received after May 11, 2018, when ticket sales end, and no refunds for no-shows or cancellations fewer than 24 hours in advance.

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ATTIRE

Business Casual

Please be advised photographs will be taken at the event for possible use on the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) – Manitoba website, in the press, CPRS marketing materials and all other publications. By attending this event, you authorize and consent to CPRS, and/or its associates, assistants or subcontractors to use and display your photograph or image (moving or still) in any publication, multi-media productions, display, advertisement, promotion or world-wide-web publication. By attending this event you release CPRS, its agents, officers, and employees from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of said photographs/images, including but not limited to, any claims for invasion of privacy or defamation.

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Manitoba Communicator of the Year Gala – April 26

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Please join us as we celebrate CPRS Manitoba’s 60th anniversary with a very special awards reception to honour Manitoba’s best public relations and communications professionals with MCOY Awards. This annual celebration is the province’s most prestigious public relations and communications award program. It honours practitioners who lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity.

We are also thrilled to be recognizing Manitoba’s newest recipients of the APR designation at this event. Truly, it will be an evening you won’t want to miss, all taking place in the gorgeous new Pavilion event centre at Assiniboine Park. We look forward to celebrating with you there!

TICKETS

  • Life Members, Complimentary
  • Members, $65
  • Student Members, $40
  • Guests, $80
  • Student Guests, $55

Please note that these ticket prices do not include fees.

Tickets will be on sale until Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

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ATTIRE

Business

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS