Thank You from Mark Ragan

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the CPRS Manitoba event with Mark Ragan in late June. We had 130 people attend to make it our most successful professional development event ever! The event was a trending Twitter topic for the entire morning. And your enthusiasm and feedback was inspiring!

Below, please see a message that Mark asked us to share with you. Again, thanks for attending, and CPRS Manitoba will see you in the fall!

Hi there,

It was wonderful seeing you last week (thank you to the CPRS Manitoba members for hosting us!). You made me feel like a real celebrity for the first time in my life! It was immensely flattering—and touching. I’ll never forget the sincere warmth of your welcome to Canada.

If you left feeling as inspired and motivated as I did, and you feel you need more training or want to bring me to your organization or team, please email my stateside colleague, Keri Gavin at Let her know a bit more about your needs. She’ll be happy to work with you to craft a customized training session or speaking engagement with me.

Thanks again for your amazing welcome and your enthusiastic questions. I’m still babbling about you to my Ragan people here in Chicago.

Mark Ragan

P.S. Please connect with me on LinkedIn, if you haven’t done so already!

Announcing the 2016/17 Board of Directors

CPRS Manitoba is pleased to announce the 2016/17 Board of Directors. This year’s slate was elected at on May 26 at the annual general meeting.

Conor Lloyd*

Past President
Tamara Bodi*

Susan Harrison*

David Hultin, APR

Tammy Sawatzky

David Hultin, APR

Chris Albi

Samantha Lapedus, Jennifer Pawluk, Arpita Goala

Jack Rach, Katrina Sklepowich, Arpita Goala

Renée Barclay, Janine Harasymchuk**

Professional Development/Communications
Melissa Matias

Student Liaison
Matthew Alcock, Red River College

*The positions of President, Vice-President, and Past-President are entering the first of a two-year term.

**Janine Harasymchuk was appointed as co-chair of the CPRS Manitoba Mentorship Program by elected members of the board. After the slate had been distributed, Janine put her name forward to join our board to support Renée as a co-chair for Mentorship. Since the deadline was missed for the AGM we were not able to include her on the slate, which is why the board voted to add her in a supporting role.


Ragan Ticket Giveaway!

The CPRS Manitoba event, Brand Journalism with Mark Ragan, sold out almost immediately after we announced it. Fortunately, our presenting sponsor Great-West Life is giving a ticket away to one lucky student.

To enter and be eligible to win the ticket you must:

  • Be a current or recently graduated (between 2014-2016) student of Public Relations, Marketing & Strategic Communication Diploma Program at the University of Winnipeg or of the Creative Communications program at Red River College
  • Tweet a question for @MarkRaganCEO using the hashtag #RaganCPRSMB
  • You must also be a legal resident of Manitoba and 18 years old on or before June 3, 2016.

Official contest rules, in their entirety can be found here.

Thank you to our Ragan sponsors

CPRS Manitoba gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors, helping to bring Mark Ragan to Winnipeg for a half-day professional development session on brand journalism on June 10.

The generous support of Great-West Life, the University of Manitoba, Dooley Communications, the Winnipeg Airports Authority and Shannon Leigh Photography will help ensure the success of this CPRS Manitoba event.

Presenting Sponsor: Great-West Life

Great-West Life Logo

Sponsors: Dooley Communications, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Airports Authority,

Dooley Communications    University of Manitoba

Winnipeg Airports Authority

Photography Sponsor: Shannon Leigh Photography

Shannon Leigh Photography

Congratulations Taylor Fenn and Ziv Traitelovich!

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 Taylor Fenn and the scholarship for the University of Winnipeg is awarded to Ziv Traitelovich. We congratulate both for their outstanding achievement in the Creative Communications PR program and wish them continued success as they enters the workforce.


CPRS Student Red River College Scholarship award
Taylor Fenn, 2019 Student Award for Excellence, Red River College receiving her award from Sharlene Dozois of Cision (left)


Ziv Traitelovich, CPRS University of Winnipeg Award winner
Ziv Traitelovich, Student Scholarship Recipient, PACE Program, University of Winnipeg, Chris Albi, Director, Community Outreach & Engagement, CPRS Manitoba and Kim Loeb, Executive Director, PACE Program, University of Winnipeg

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 with the subject line, Scholarship.

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.


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 and McKim Communications Group as MCOY sponsors. 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: 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!

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. (more…)