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

 

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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Brews & News: PR Pros Rock The House

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Thursday, Feb. 22
5 to 8 p.m.
One Great City Brewing Co.

At our next Brews & News networking event, please join CPRS Manitoba for a timely discussion with:

  • Monique LaCoste, bilingual announcer at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics’ team welcome ceremonies at Athletes’ Village, working alongside Sandra Oh and Athletes’ Village Mayors Rick Hanson and Tricia Smith, and French announcer for curling; and
  • Kyle Jahns, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics’ curling and wheelchair curling reporter for Olympic and Paralympic News Services.

Celebrating 30 years as a communicator in 2018, Monique LaCoste spent nearly two decades as a radio and television host and journalist. Since her departure from Radio-Canada in 2005, Monique has worked in communications and media relations roles for several non-profits, including 2017 Canada Summer Games, St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, and Université de Saint-Boniface. She is also a sought-after voice-over artist and master of ceremonies, with more than three decades experience hosting countless community events.

Kyle Jahns graduated from Creative Communications at Red River College in 2013, and he has since built his career as a media and communications professional internationally. Kyle is the communications coordinator for Winnipeg Humane Society, as well as a freelance writer for Curling Canada.

Drink to our guests of honour as they recount their experiences for us while we gather round the screen(s) to watch …

{Drawing a blank.}

… men’s semi-final curling live from Pyeongchang!

(What else did you expect?!)

Hope to see you there!

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

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Mixer – December 7th!

Kick off the holiday season on December 7th, and connect with your fellow communicators from IABC Manitoba, CPRS Manitoba, and the Advertising Association of Winnipeg!

Featuring a cash wine and beer bar, appetizers, door prizes, music, and free parking!

WHEN:

  • December 7, 2017
  • 5:30 – 8:30PM

WHERE:

  • Balmoral Hall School, 630 Westminster Avenue

TICKETS:

  • $20 for members and students
  • $25 for guests

Buy your tickets now!