IABC Edmonton 2017-18 Board of Directors
The men and women of IABC's Edmonton board come from all levels and backgrounds, sharing a love for business communication and a belief that professional development should be exciting, inspiring, and fun.
Our volunteer board is voted on annually at the annual general meeting. Make sure you come out! It’s a great time, and your vote is important. The board leadership is a trinity role, with an individual serving one year as executive vice-president, one year as president, and one year as past president.
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Maya puts her passion for media relations, issues management and crisis communications to work in her current role with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. She has been with the City of Edmonton for many years, leading communications in a number of areas, including environmental strategies, urban planning, roadway maintenance, downtown parking and more.
Now in her eighth year on the IABC Edmonton board, Maya has had the opportunity to work in several portfolios and is excited to implement everything she has learned to lead the board as president this year. She credits IABC Edmonton for expanding her skillset in communications and leadership, as well as developing many close friendships. Maya has received several Capital Awards over the years and was named Member of the Year in 2014. When she is not IABC-ing and putting out fires (just kidding, she leaves that to the pros), you can find her touting her furbaby all over the city.
Amanda works at EPCOR as the manager of corporate communications where she and her courageous team work hard everyday to protect and enhance the EPCOR brand! Now in her fourth year on the IABC Edmonton board, Amanda can often be heard talking about the meaningful connections and relationships she's made through her board involvemement.
In May 2017, Amanda earned her Communication Management Professional certification (CMP). Follow her on Instagram and you'll get a glimpse into her love of wine, the great outdoors and her beautiful niece.
Past President - Angela Saveraux | 780-441-2257
Angela puts her creativity, strong writing skills and leadership ability into action at Canadian Western Bank as Senior Manager, Corporate Communications. She takes great delight in planning and executing interesting, relevant internal and external communications, as well as overseeing the organization’s community investment program. Angela is incredibly proud to have joined IABC Edmonton’s board of directors back in 2013. After learning the ropes in the Administration and Professional Development portfolios, Angela signed on for a three-year leadership role because her involvement with IABC brings her passion for learning together with her interest in advocating for the communications profession and meeting new (incredible!) people. When she’s not guiding the activities of the chapter, you’ll find her practicing yoga, strolling in the river valley, visiting a locally-owned restaurant or planning her next adventure abroad.
Hilary is a communications professional with experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As communications manager at Finning, she spends her days communicating with 4,500 employees, customers and communities across Western Canada. As a proud Edmontonian and a strong believer in giving back, Hilary is excited to be joining the IABC Edmonton board. She is also a board member with YWCA Edmonton and has also volunteered with Edmonton Police Service’s Victim Services Unit, the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. She recently earned her Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University in Victoria.
By day, Megan manages stakeholder relations for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, leveraging over a decade of experience in journalism and both private and public-sector marketing and communications. By night, she is senior director of the finance portfolio with IABC Edmonton – a concerted effort to expand her skillset and prove her high school math teacher wrong. Megan joined the board to network, learn and grow as a communications professional – and she’s proud to say the experience has given her so much more.
Suzanne Pescod is the marketing and communications director with the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton. Her previous experience in marketing and communications has included working for the construction and oil and gas sectors,as well as a couple of years working in the world of professional sports. Suzanne is currently a member of the IABC board and has been organizing the Capital Awards for the past three years. You can also find her speaking at various events about the awesome world of marketing and communications. Suzanne is an active advocate for all things related to #YEG - as she loves this city and can’t wait to see what it can do now and in the future!
As a member of the Public and Government Affairs team at EPCOR, Erika is responsible for helping to share the EPCOR story and ensuring the internal and external messages align. This is a combination of brand journalism and calendar planning, which as a lover of process, is a perfect fit for Erika. Erika has found a home for the past two years on the communications and marketing team. As the senior director, Erika works with her team to support board initiatives that promote events and create marketing campaigns to highlight the benefits of being a part of IABC.
Jacqueline works for Covenant Health, where she enjoys putting her leadership skills, strategic thinking and creative mind into action. She enjoys working collaboratively with her team to develop communications that support organizational change and help to create a strong corporate culture. She is passionate about the communications profession and enjoys finding communications solutions that move organizations closer to their goals. Jacqueline has been an active IABC member since 2013 and is proud to be servng her first term on Edmonton’s board of directors. In her spare time, Jacqueline can be found zipping around town on her bike or scanning the shelves of one of her favourite local hangouts, the Edmonton Public Library.
Since joining the board in 2013, Crystal has restructured the volunteers portfolio and revived the mentorship program. She’s part of IABC Edmonton to empower others to learn and grow in communications.
She is a communicator at CARNA, where she is responsible for communications planning and execution, and promoting the unique role of Alberta registered nurses. She is also the lead on CARNA's visual identity, sponsorship activities and brand journalism strategy. She challenges the status quo and asks why. She takes on projects and finds ways to make them stronger.
In her free moments, she can be found horseback riding.
Senior Director, Volunteers - Krasna Kos | 587-589-6290
Krasna works for the University of Alberta’s Alumni Relations Department in Student Engagement where she delivers programs and events designed to enhance the student experience, build awareness of the Alumni Association and strengthen relationships with students. Her enthusiasm for growing projects and passion for events led her to volunteer with IABC in the Professional Development and Mentorship portfolios. She is excited to join the board and learn from the strong communicators on the IABC team. When she’s not working events, she’s probably in Ireland.
Sabrina Licata is a marketing professional for Oilers Entertainment Group. She started volunteering with IABC Edmonton in 2015 as an event reporter and is now the director of Jobline. She is grateful for all the wonderful people she has met because of IABC. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she spends her time practicing hot yoga and sipping on a chai latte from Remedy Cafe.
A born and raised Edmontonian, Alex has a great love for her city and community. She is the social media advisor to Mayor Don Iveson, and the director of social media for IABC Edmonton. Alex understands how to drive online engagement and tackles complex issues daily, finessing them into 140 characters for social media communications. She has a passion for the digital landscape and the way in which social media is impacting the communications world. Alex has an affection for all things #YEG. When you can pull her attention away from her phone, you can always find her out and about in the city.
Director, FYI Newsletter - Laura Konsorada | 780-919-5276
Laura Konsorada is the marketing manager at DevFacto Technologies, an IT consulting and product company. She is responsible for everything from brand management to marketing programs to communication strategy and loves being part of the fast-growth tech sector here in #YEG. Laura joined the IABC Edmonton board to learn from and network with our city’s finest communication professionals. When she’s not IABC-ing, Laura can usually be found running or biking in the river valley with her large (and cute!) fur baby.
Robin has spent the past 17 years designing & developing websites for both small business and large organizations. He’s part owner of Sonder Creative and a contractor with Capital Power. What Robin enjoys most about his day job is data – digging in to analytics reports to help clients realize the potential of their online investments. New to IABC, he’s excited to be part of the Board and looking forward to learning all he can from people that know a lot more about how to communicate effectively. When he’s not working, Robin enjoys getting out on his road bike and spending time with his family.
Michael is passionate about words and images. As communications specialist at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Michael works to plan, develop and execute communications strategies that support the needs of the polytechnic. At NAIT, he oversees communications in the areas of campus development, capital projects, maintenance operations, health and safety, parking and protective services. Michael's previous experience as public affairs coordinator at Dow Canada and design and media specialist at Strathcona County provides him with a well-rounded understanding of corporate communications and marketing. He has volunteered with IABC Edmonton since 2014 and enjoys hiking and photography.
Colleen is the Executive Producer at Hoopla Media, a boutique video production company located in the heart of Edmonton’s trendy car mechanic district. With a background in corporate, commercial and documentary storytelling, Colleen has produced hundreds of videos around Alberta, and has had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and organizations. Colleen joined the IABC Edmonton board for the chance to hang out with the cool kids in marketing and communications and learn from the best of the best in the city. When she’s not working with moving pictures or IABC, Colleen can be found walking her boston terrier, Walter, in the river valley or binge watching series on Netflix.
Lindsay is a recent graduate of MacEwan University’s public relations program and is currently working as a junior public affairs officer for the Government of Alberta. After only one year as a student member, Lindsay knew she had found her kind of people and was ready to become an official IABC ambassador. As director of student development, she offers first-hand experience to help students make the most of their IABC membership. When her phone isn’t glued to her hand, you’ll find Lindsay playing basketball, running with her dog or watching Netflix.
Elizabeth Gusnoski is a senior consultant with nForm User Experience, where she conducts research, formulates strategy, organizes big messy websites and intranets, and helps clients make effective use of their digital investments. Before turning to consulting, she spent a decade on in-house web communications teams and has expertise in most things to do with the web. This is Elizabeth’s first year on the IABC Edmonton board. She looks forward to the opportunity to dig in and understand what members need and want from the organization. When not working, Elizabeth can be found exploring Edmonton’s trails and parks.
Brittany is the communications manager with REACH Edmonton, a community-based organization focused on crime prevention and community safety. She is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of all internal and external communication activities. Brittany strives on challenges and opportunities that allow her to take initiative and get creative. She is thrilled to be a part of the IABC Edmonton board where she can help fellow communicators build relationships and navigate the industry through the mentorship program. When she’s not communicating, you can find her travelling (19 countries and counting!) or volunteering within the community. She is very excited to be part of the marketing and communications team for the inaugural UFest Edmonton’s Ukrainian Festival (coming May 2018).
Elizabeth focuses her event planning experience, passion for writing and aptitude for leadership during her day job as the Communications and Events Consultant at All Weather Windows. As the company's sole communications professional, Elizabeth is gaining experience in all facets of the business including internal and external communications, strategic planning, community investment and marketing events. She has been an IABC volunteer on the Capital Awards committee for the past three years and is looking forward to putting her experience into action building on the success of the previous events. As a born and raised Edmontonian, Elizabeth loves exploring the city and experiencing all that it has to offer, in particular, the wonderful local restaurants and coffee shops.
Adriana Amelio is a communications coordinator with the City of Edmonton, specialising in social media. Her experience includes project management, print and digital marketing, social media management and communications strategy for Edmonton Public Schools, Cash Mob Edmonton, The Yards Magazine and over three years of volunteering with IABC Edmonton. In her current role as special events director, Adriana plans the various networking and mixer style events for Edmonton’s communications community and IABC members. When she’s not online vigorously hashtagging, you can catch Adriana at local events, spinning, or at the park with her beloved chiweenie Fred.
Director, Professional Development - Danelle Fash | 780-918-9346
Danelle holds a deep love for all things digital marketing, and calls upon that passion in her role as Marketing Specialist to formulate strategies, tap into customer stories and create successful campaigns. As a freelancer, she also helps small businesses achieve their goals through smart marketing initiatives. Danelle joined IABC to connect with and learn from like-minded people who nerd out over marketing and communications as much as she does. In her downtime, you can find Danelle scoping out the newest restaurants in YEG, or cuddled up with her dog, Murphy.
Karen Gill is a communicator with a passion for visual arts and community. Her diverse background and love of the public relations world has taken her career from the fast paced world of the film festival circuit to land of community engagement. Her background in content marketing and event planning led her to volunteer on the IABC Capital Awards committee and ultimately join the board. She’s a long time supporter of IABC, and always on the hunt for exciting new projects and discovering #YEG’s hidden gems.