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!

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.

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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March is Membership Month

 

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March is Membership Month!

To celebrate, we’re giving new members more than 15 per cent off CPRS National dues by waiving initiation fees throughout March.

Regular or Associate members should use promo code INITPR5, while Affiliate members should use AFFPR2.

But that’s not the only reason to consider a CPRS membership. For more on our extensive benefits, click here.

 

Thought Leaders Panel on Brand Engagement & Reputation

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Tasked with managing internal and external relationships – not only with the media, but also with customers, clients, and investors – public relations practitioners operate today in open, public arenas that leave little space for the concept of a target audience or a controlled channel.

When crises occur, how do we navigate the steps to save our brand, and the reputation it stands for, while it could be tarnishing before our eyes? As PR practitioners, how do we apply this to our external and internal stakeholder partnerships? How do we leverage a strong workplace culture to be stewards of our brand?

As pointed out in the first megatrend identified in The Elevation of Public Relations, published by Canadian Public Relations Society last year, there is a rising business value associated with reputation, relationships, and communication, which PR practitioners have an increasingly important role in safeguarding.

Join CPRS Manitoba for an in-depth exploration of brand engagement with a dynamic panel of thought leaders who will share their insights.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fireplace Room
Winnipeg Winter Club
200 River Ave.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Registration, Networking, and Lunch

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

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion

12:45 – 1 p.m. Q & A

TICKETS

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

Please note that these ticket prices may not include fees.

View our cancellation policy here.

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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
Tickets:
  • 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!