Nominations for CPRS Manitoba’s 10th Annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards are now closed.


Every year, CPRS Manitoba recognizes and celebrates excellence in public communications with the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY).

The MCOY Award is the most prestigious public relations and communications award in Manitoba and honours practitioners, teams and organizations that lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness and creativity. It celebrates Manitoba businesses, government, non-profits and community organizations whose efforts within the previous year or two have resulted in greater understanding of a specific issue, successful promotion of a cause, expert management of a crisis, or public’s acceptance of an organization’s mandate.

2017 Call for Nominations

The Canadian Public Relations Society, Manitoba Chapter is excited to announce that nominations are open for the 10th Annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year Awards.

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

View the nomination guidelines here.

2017 Award Categories

There are three MCOY Award categories open for nominations:

Small Campaign Award (Budgets less than $20,000) [nomination form]
Large Campaign Award (Budgets greater than $20,000) [nomination form]
Crowning Achievement Award [nomination form]

The Small and Large Campaign Awards are open to Manitoba practitioners in business, government, non-profit and community organizations whose efforts in the past two years (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016) have resulted in a greater understanding of a specific issue, successful promotion of a cause, expert management of a crisis, or the public’s acceptance of an organization’s mandate. The accompanying budget levels of each award category ensure nominees are evaluated on a level playing field against their peers.

The Crowning Achievement Award is open to a Manitoba practitioner who has made a substantial contribution to or an outstanding achievement in the field of public relations or communications over the course of their career.

The Canadian Public Relations Society, Manitoba Chapter is excited to announce that nominations are now open for the 10th Annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards.

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

Nominees do not have to be professional communicators or CPRS members to be eligible for a MCOY award.

Manitoba Communicator of the Year 10th Annual Awards Gala

This year’s awards gala will take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Stay tuned for more information!

Become a Sponsor

With your support of the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Awards, you enable CPRS Manitoba to showcase and honour those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the communications field. To find out more out about how you can become a partner in celebrating excellence in public relations and communications in Manitoba, please email us at mcoy@cprs.mb.ca.

2016 Recipients

2016 MCOY recipients
Left to right: MCOY recipient Bill Acheson (Red River College), MCOY recipient Christian Robin (Red River College), Scholarship winner Katrina Sklepowich (Red River College student), Conor Lloyd (CPRS MB), MCOY recipient Maureen Fitzhenry (Canadian Museum for Human Rights), MCOY recipient Angela Cassie (Canadian Museum for Human Rights), Tamara Bodi (CPRS MB).

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society is pleased to announce Red River College (RRC) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) as the 2016 recipients of the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY). 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.

RRC won the large campaign category for its work on a communications campaign that supported a province-wide initiative to strengthen the brand of RRC, while creating stronger strategic relationships with their key publics that included: alumni, industry partners, and business. The CMHR won the small campaign category for a communications campaign that promoted its new exhibit, “The Witness Blanket,” which coincided with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.

CPRS Manitoba gratefully thanks the MCOY selection committee, which this year was comprised of senior CPRS Manitoba members and public relations professionals of Jason Permanand (CPRS Manitoba past-president), Breanne Talbot (CPRS Manitoba member), Gail Granger (CPRS Manitoba member), and Dan Hurley (CPRS Vancouver Island president). The committee was chaired by Conor Lloyd, CPRS Manitoba vice-president.

Past MCOY Award Recipients

CPRS Manitoba introduced the award in 2008 to honour individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the PR and communications community. 

  • Jane Puchniak, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) (2015)
  • Jason Syvixay, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (2014)
  • Bill Peters, St-Boniface Hospital Research Centre (2013)
  • Scott Brown, True North Sports and Entertainment (2012)
  • Kevin Walters, Manitoba Homecoming (2011)
  • Clare MacKay, The Forks North Portage Partnership (2010)
  • Heather Plett, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (2009)
  • Gail Asper and Kim Jasper, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2008)
 Jane Puchniak (right) receives the 2015 Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award from event title sponsor Marketwired (Claire Chisamore)
Jane Puchniak (right) receives the 2015 Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award from event title sponsor Marketwired (Claire Chisamore)