Upcoming PD Session: Nov 14, Shape a culture of storytelling in your organization

The story is out there.

Join us on November 14 to learn more!

Fostering mutual understanding, trust, and support amongst its stakeholders is one of the greatest challenges of an organization today.

Jennifer Pawluk, communications officer, Balmoral Hall

Public relations professionals have a greater stake in reputation management than ever before. Your voice, in amplifying that of everyone around you, matters. We have a variety of tools at our disposal. Our resources are expanding all the time. Developing strategies in community relations is meaningful work.

Storytelling, in particular, is the most effective strategy Jennifer Pawluk has developed in her work as a communications specialist at Balmoral Hall School.

For more than a century, Balmoral Hall has been committed to empowering girls to pursue …their dreams. Rigorous teaching prepares students for post-secondary success. Emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), a curriculum spanning classical studies to 21st-century technology fosters academic excellence.

Jennifer believes that if you seek inspiration everywhere, then you will find it anywhere. This is why she leads by training, advising, and guiding stakeholders in their storytelling efforts. She empowers them to tell their stories. In the words of Dale Carnegie: “To be interesting, be interested.” So let’s do it together.


November 14, 2017
Buchwald Room
Millennium Library
251 Donald St.

12 – 12:45 p.m. Registration, Networking, and Lunch
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Workshop
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Q & A

In case of any dietary restrictions, please contact events@cprs.mb.ca as soon as possible.

Life Members: Complimentary
Members: $35
Students: $25
Guests: $50

Please note that these ticket prices do not include fees.

The registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m.


Business Casual

Brews & News: Oct. 12, 2017,


At our next Brews & News networking event, please join CPRS Manitoba for a discussion about professional development! We want to hear from you, as members, peers, and students, in our efforts to #elevatePR in Manitoba. What does the future hold for Canada’s public relations professionals? What new challenges are you grappling with in your work? Join our national conversation on the future of PR.

Hope to see you there!

Event Details:

  • October 12, 2017
  • 5:30 – 7:00pm
  • Forth Cocktail Bar
  • 171 McDermott Avenue
  • Admission: Free*


* Note that attendees will be responsible for their own food & beverage costs.

The Hottest Summer in Half a Century: A Case Study of 2017 Canada Summer Games

Join us for an exciting evening discussing this year’s hottest sporting event in Winnipeg!

2 weeks. 16 sports. 250 events. 6,000 volunteers. An estimated 20,000 visitors. High expectations.

Join Sarah Tone, Communications Manager, David Hultin, APR , Communications Coordinator, and Rielle Nault, Web & Social Media Coordinator, as they offer up a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to achieve communications victory at the 2017 Canada Summer games in Winnipeg.

Presentation followed by an opportunity to ask all your questions in a panel discussion.
Event Details:
Wednesday, October 25th
5:30pm – 7:00pm
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
145 Pacific Avenue (inside the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre)
Appetizers and refreshments will be served
  • Members $35
  • Students $25
  • Guests $50
  • Student Guests $25
Meet our Panelists:
Sarah Tone, Communications Manager

Sarah joined the 2017 Canada Summer Games in 2014, on secondment from her role as Marketing Coordinator at Sport Manitoba. As the communications manager, she collaborated with communications staff and volunteers working in media relations, crisis communications, web and social media, publications, venue development, and special events. A Creative Communications graduate, Sarah has an adoration for sport, entertainment, and the planet, is a dedicated volunteer, and is the event organizer of Between the Pipes: a sponge hockey tournament fundraiser held in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

David Hultin, APR, Communications Coordinator

David joined the 2017 Canada Summer Games via HSC Winnipeg where he brought the rigour of effective, consistent messaging, audience understanding, and reputation management to the hospital’s change projects. Several summers back thanks to a “other duties as assigned’ clause in his contract with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, his alter ego was the Arby’s Oven Mitt as he ran the bases with a pack of kids in hot pursuit! He can be found on the field with a baseball glove or on a sheet of ice with a curling broom when he isn’t chasing his offspring.

Rielle Nault, Web & Social Media Coordinator

Known for being an avid reader, writer, and communicator in both French and English, Rielle’s bottomless curiosity and eagerness to learn drives her communications interests. After discovering the significant power of the digital space, she pursued her studies in Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications at the University of Winnipeg. In July 2016, she was recruited to work for the 2017 Canada Games and just recently finished her 13-month contract as the Web and Social Media Coordinator. You can now find Rielle spending time at the lake planning her next adventure!



2017 Fall Kick-Off Mixer, Sept. 28

Make a whole latte connections at CPRS Manitoba’s fall kick-off mixer!

Please join us on Thursday, September 28, from 7 – 9pm at Fools and Horses, for the first of many networking events this season as we continue to foster professional interest in public relations. Expect meaningful conversation among fellow and future practitioners with proficiency, ethics, and innovation top of mind today. September is Professional Development Month for Canadian Public Relations Society, and, as we develop the highest quality programming in Manitoba, we need your input.

So, stop in and share!

  • Date: September 28, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Where: Fools and Horses, 379 Broadway Ave
  • Cost: $15.00

Get your tickets here.

Announcing our Board Slate!

CPRS Manitoba Annual General Meeting, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Meet the CPRS Manitoba 2017/18 board slate at the Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Location: Red River College, Room P107, 160 Princess Street

Please register for this free event.

CPRS Manitoba is pleased to provide our 2016-2017 Annual Report and to announce the following prospective board members for election for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.

  • Treasurer – David Hultin, APR
  • Secretary – Tammy Sawatzky
  • Accreditation – David Hultin, APR
  • Membership – Laura Curtis
  • Professional Development – Samantha Lapedus, Jennifer Pawluk, Rachel Hollis
  • Communications – Chris Albi, Katrina Sklepowich, Rachel Hollis, Trent Burton
  • Sponsorship – Chris Deane
  • Mentorship – Vacant

The positions of President and Past-President are each entering the second year of two-year terms, and are therefore not up for election. The position of Past-President is entering the second of a two-year term, but is not an elected position.

  • 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

AGM Agenda:

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of the minutes of the 2015/2016 CPRS MB Annual General Meeting
  3. Approval of the audited financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2017
  4. Approval of reports of the Board of Directors (link to annual report PDF on our site)
  5. Elections of the 2017/2018 Board of Directors (link to 2017/18 BOD PDF on our site)
  6. Other business that may come before the meeting
  7. Adjournment

Find out about CPRS MB nominations and how our elections work according to our by-laws on our website.

A limited number of printed copies of the annual report will be available at the meeting. Please consider printing your own copy or reading it from your phone or other electronic device.

Voting by Proxy: 

Can’t make our AGM? If you’re a member, you can submit your vote by proxy by until June 5, 2017. Instructions and the form are on the CPRS Manitoba website.

Complete and sign the form, then deliver it one of three ways:

  • Emailing to president@cprs.mb.ca no later than Monday, June 5, 2017;
  • Mailing to CPRS Manitoba, P.O. Box 441, Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. Must be received no later than Monday, June 5, 2017, OR;
  • Giving your proxy to another member who will physically bring it to the AGM on your behalf.


While only CPRS members can vote at the AGM, everyone is welcome to attend, so please join us! Afterwards, we’ll move over to The King’s Head Pub (120 King St.) to continue networking, and to enjoy food and drinks!

CPRS MB 2017 Annual General Meeting

You’re invited to CPRS Manitoba’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2017 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.

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.

We will also be holding elections for prospective CPRS Manitoba board members for the 2017/2018 fiscal year – review the board positions and submit your nominations here. The deadline to submit nominations to the CPRS Manitoba Board of Directors is midnight (CST), Tuesday, May 9, 2017. And, while only CPRS members can vote at the AGM, everyone is welcome to attend, so please join us it’s free!

AGM Agenda:

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of the minutes of the 2015/2016 CPRS MB Annual General Meeting
  3. Approval of the audited financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2017
  4. Approval of reports of the Board of Directors (report to follow)
  5. Elections of the 2017/2018 Board of Directors (slate to follow)
  6. Other business that may come before the meeting
  7. Adjournment


While only CPRS members can vote at the AGM, everyone is welcome to attend, so please register [insert link] 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 2017 CPRS Manitoba AGM to another voting member (proxy) by downloading the 2017 proxy form. Complete and sign the form – then delivering it one of three ways. By:

  1. Emailing it to president@cprs.mb.cano later than Monday, June 5, 2017;
  2. Mailing to CPRS Manitoba, P.O. Box 441, Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. Must be received no later than Monday, June 5, 2017, OR;
  3. Giving your proxy to another member who will physically bring it to the AGM on your behalf.

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


CPRS Manitoba invites you to attend the 10th Annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Where: Winnipeg Art Gallery
Cocktail Reception 5:30 p.m. | Dinner and award presentations to Follow

Join us we honour this year’s award winners and celebrate ten years of communications excellence in Manitoba!

CPRS Manitoba is thrilled to congratulate our 2017 MCOY Recipients!

2017 Large Campaign Award Recipient

Laura Curtis, Assiniboine Park Conservancy

2017 Small Campaign Award Recipients

Chris Albi, Jennifer Doerksen & Colleen McVarish, Winnipeg Harvest

2017 Crowning Achievement Award Recipient

Susan Olynik, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (retired)

Early Bird tickets available until Wednesday, April 12, 2017*
Members                                $80
Non-Members                        $100
Student Members                  $45
Student Non-Members           $50

Ticket Prices after April 12, 2017*
Members                                $95
Non Members                        $115
Student Members                  $55
Student Non-Members          $60

Purchase your tickets online.
*Prices do not include Eventbrite fees

Breakfast on a Budget

Breakfast on a Budget: A panel discussion on public engagement in parlimentary, legislative and civil affairs | April 5 at 7:30 a.m.


When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (CDT)
Where: The MET | Function Room, 2nd Floor | 281 Donald St.
Tickets: Purchase online

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau introduced the federal budget to Parliament on Mar. 22, 2017. The Province of Manitoba will table its 2017 budget on April 11. The City of Winnipeg will commence its budget consultations shortly thereafter.

So what happens when public outcry originates from stakeholders within your organization?

Join CPRS Manitoba Wednesday, April 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast at The MET as panelists discuss strategic communication efforts surrounding government relations.

Panelists include:

  • Donald Benham, Manager of Hunger & Poverty Awareness at Winnipeg Harvest
  • Riva Harrison, Executive Director, Strategy & Communications at Red River College
  • Sean Kavanagh, Reporter at CBC
  • Felicia Wiltshire, Director of Customer Service & Communications at the City of Winnipeg


  • 7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration along with Breakfast Buffet
  • 8 – 8:20 a.m. Introductions and Panelists’ Perspectives
  • 8:20 – 8:50 a.m. Guided Conversation, followed by Q & A
  • 8:50 – 9 a.m. Closing Remarks from CPRS Manitoba


  • Business Casual

Tickets can be purchased online

  • Members: $35
  • Guests: $55
  • Student Members: $20
  • Student Guests: $25
  • Life Members: Complimentary

Please note that these ticket prices do not include fees.

The registration deadline is April 2, 2017 at 9 a.m.

View our cancellation policy here.

The Modern Communicator

CPRS Manitoba board members chose “The Modern Communicator” as a professional development theme for 2016/17, because we believe in mastery, we believe in innovation, and we believe in integrity when it comes to the 21st-century practice of public relations.

MCOY Nomination Deadline Extended!

Winnipeg Art Gallery \\ Photo by AJ Batac-flickr
Winnipeg Art Gallery Photo by AJ Batac-flickr

Running out of time to get your submission in for that awesome communications professional you know? Well, we have some great news for you…

Nominations for CPRS Manitoba’s 10th Annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards have been extended to March 10, 2016!

Do you know a great communications professional who should be recognized for their efforts? Is it time for you yourself to be acknowledged for the great work you do? Then what are you waiting for?

Celebrating excellence in communications, the MCOY award honours individuals and organizations whose work in public relations or communications has made a significant impact.

This year, we are excited to have three MCOY Award categories open for nominations:

  • Small Campaign Award (Budgets less than $20,000)
  • Large Campaign Award (Budgets greater than $20,000)
  • Crowning Achievement Award

The awards are open to Manitoba practitioners, and nominees do not have to be professional communicators or CPRS members to be eligible for a MCOY award. Eligible practitioners may also nominate themselves for a MCOY award.

Nomination guidelines and forms can be found on our website at www.cprs.mb.ca. Please send any questions to mcoy@cprs.mb.ca

The *NEW* (and final) Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. CST.


The MCOY awards will be presented at a gala evening on April 20, 2017 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Details to come…

Something From Nothing – An Event for Students

Something From Nothing – An Event for Students

With competition for media attention consistently growing, it can be difficult to get noticed. When you have limited resources, it’s all about crafting the right message and getting it out to the right people.

Something From Nothing is a CPRS Manitoba event geared towards students, aiming to facilitate a conversation around the use of modern communication techniques to create new organizations or campaigns with little to no budget.

It’s a guided panel discussion where students are free to grab some food and ask our panelists questions about how they were able to use the tools and tactics of today to start their successful companies and campaigns.

We are very excited to announce our four panelists:

Chloe Chafe – Co-Founder of Synonym Art Consultation
Andrew Eastman – Co-Founder of Synonym Art Consultation
John McDonald – Principal and CEO of Metric Marketing
Rachelle Taylor – President of Prairie Yogi

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the panel starts at 6 p.m. The panel discussion will last about 45 minutes.

Entry is only $5, and food is provided! Pay at the door.

Can’t wait to see you there!

About our fantastic panelists:

Rachelle Taylor is a creative soul with a business mind. A graduate of the Creative Communications program, Rachelle has used her love of the written word combined with her knowledge of digital media landscape to create community, build business, and share inspiration.

As President of Prairie Yogi Inc, Taylor creates epic experiences, yoga festivals, and retreats, including Prairie Love Festival and SNOWFLAKE winter wellness retreat. She offers digital PR and creative services through her company Taylor’d Communications and teaches the marketers of tomorrow as an instructor for the University of Winnipeg’s PACE program.

Taylor was recognized for her contributions to the yoga and business communities as Women of Distinction Award recipient in 2014.

Website: http://www.prairieyogimagazine.com/
Twitter: @PrairieYogi | @RachelleLTaylor

John McDonald is the Principal and CEO of Metric Marketing John earned a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in accounting and marketing from the University of Manitoba. Graduating in 1994, John joined his father’s corporate travel business and over 12 years doubled its size and eventually sold the company to a large global travel company. John learned extensive sales, operations, financial and human resource tactics during his tenure with this service business. Along the way he learned the true meaning of service and customer satisfaction. John started Metric Marketing in 1999 and has been pivotal in the focus and growth the company has experienced to date.

Website: http://metricmarketing.ca/
Twitter: @jmcdonald99

Synonym Art Consultation is a local arts initiative in Winnipeg, Manitoba founded by Chloe Chafe and Andrew Eastman. Synonym provides meaningful employment to artists and celebrates art and culture with unique, inclusive, community-minded events that serve as safer spaces for diverse communities. Since its inception in 2013, Synonym has curated and facilitated over 150 art installations and events in various venues across the city. Currently, their main programming revolves around The Tallest Poppy Residency Program, monthly afterparties every first Friday of the month at The Tallest Poppy, and their annual mural and culture festival, Wall-to-Wall.

Website: http://www.synonymartconsultation.com/
Twitter: @synonymart