IABC Edmonton 2021-22 Board of Directors
IABC’s Edmonton board of directors come from all levels and backgrounds, sharing a love for business communication and community, and a belief that professional development should be exciting, inspiring, and fun.
Our volunteer board is voted on each year at the annual general meeting, which is held at our Capital Awards event. 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.
If you have a general inquiry for the board, contact us.
And be sure to check out our Board Update for the latest board or chapter news.
Suzanne Pescod is the Marketing and Communications Director with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta which includes three (soon to be four) Houses across the province and Canada’s only Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. 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 has presented at several conferences around Alberta and B.C. on the topics of communications, storytelling, media, and more.
Past PresidentMegan Thorburn, CMP
Megan is expanding the breadth of her experience through her current role as acting Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition and Management at EPCOR, leveraging nearly 15 years of experience in journalism, communications, issues management and stakeholder & government relations. She has been involved with the IABC community since joining as a student way back when, and has been a board member since 2014.
A passionate advocate for our #yegcomm and #yegPR family, when Megan isn’t happily working away on IABC-related things, she can usually be found nerding out on board governance research, staying active with her family or watching trashy television. That being said, she always has five minutes to chat — so feel free to connect!
Vice PresidentElizabeth Bunney
Elizabeth Bunney is an Employee Communications Specialist with Servus Credit Union where she gets to make a difference in the realm of employee experience. Her previous roles include marketing and communications, as well as social media management. Elizabeth is passionate and powerful, sharing the positive personal experience she’s had with our professional association with others by encouraging them to try it out and learn more. She is an exemplary strategic planner, event planner, crisis and issues manager, relationship builder and key-message developer. When not involved with IABC, you can find her cheering on her two sons in their latest achievements while experiencing all that Edmonton has to offer.
Rolando is new to the IABC board and, since moving to YEG three years ago, still discovering lots of amazing things about his new home. With extensive training and experience in non-profit governance, having volunteered tens of thousands of hours on national, regional, and local boards across Canada over the past 30 years, Rolando is looking forward to supporting IABC Edmonton as the Senior Director, Administration. With over 20 years experience working in leadership and communication roles, and 10 years experience working directly with Indigenous communities, Rolando recently started his own consultancy, Axioma, focusing on communications support and capacity-building with Indigenous communities.
Senior Director, FinanceIlona Cardinal
Ilona is new to the IABC board but has been a member of the Edmonton chapter for eight years. Her career in communications spans over 15 years with a focus on healthcare, however she has worked with Indigenous and non-profit organizations in Edmonton. Working within external & internal communications on newsletter/magazine creation, social media marketing, website management, graphic design and event coordination.
Currently Ilona is the Communications Specialist with the Alberta College of Paramedics. Ilona is also a graduate of the UofA’s Master of Arts in Communication and Technology (MACT) program and holds a BA in Anthropology and BFA in Fine Art.
Ilona is excited to be a part of the IABC board as the Senior Finance Director and looks forward to collaborating with other communicators.
Senior Director, ProgrammingAmanda Morris
Amanda obtained her bachelor of commerce with a major in marketing in 2015 and diploma in public relations in 2016 from MacEwan University. She joined IABC as a student to meet like-minded industry professionals, and decided to join the board because of the warm and supportive culture. She is currently the Communications and Development Specialist for Cornerstone Counselling, a non-profit agency that provides professional and affordable mental health services to all those who need support. In her role, Amanda has the privilege of connecting with clients, supporters, and donors; managing branding and partnerships; and planning exciting fundraising and awareness events—a perfect blend of her marketing and PR experience. In her free time, you can find Amanda exploring Edmonton with her husband Josh or spending time with family and friends.
Senior Director, Marketing and CommunicationsJenna Hickman
Jenna is a public relations professional with an avid passion for storytelling. Her background as a journalist gives her a unique insight into the media world and adds to her knack for media and influencer relations. One of the highlights of her journalism career was creating a video series highlighting the work of renowned Canadian foreign correspondents, which was exhibited at the Canadian War Museum. She has extensive experience organizing conferences and events, managing media schedules and developing itineraries, working with industry groups and supporting the marketing efforts of local and national organizations. Jenna holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism, with honours in Human Rights from Carleton University. When she is not working, you can find her seeking out new restaurants, running in the river valley, or sipping wine from her home-town of Kelowna. Jenna is thrilled to be a part of IABC Edmonton, and their incredibly talented board.
Senior Director, MembershipPhoebe Dey
Phoebe is a seasoned communicator with 20 years experience, the last 11 with the Alberta Cancer Foundation (VP Communications and Marketing). She has the pleasure of leading a provincial, IABC Gold Quill and Capital Award-winning team that is responsible for brand, external/internal communication, digital and social media, website development and more.
Phoebe’s key areas of focus include strategic development, relationship building, stakeholder engagement, media relations, crisis communications, and telling compelling stories.
Previous to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, she worked at the University of Alberta in the Office of Public Affairs, helping to raise its national and international profile. She’s excited to be joining such an enthusiastic and talented IABC Edmonton board.
Senior Director, VolunteersElizabeth Tadman-Kickham
Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham is a marketing and communications professional with a Communication Studies degree from the University of Calgary and over a decade of experience. A proud volunteer and community builder, Elizabeth leads the marketing team for Strathcona County’s Recreation, Parks and Culture department.
This is Elizabeth’s second year as the Senior Director of Volunteers and fourth year on the IABC Edmonton Board.
Director, SponsorshipLori Coté
Currently serving as the Marketing and Communications Advisor with Merit Contractors Association and Merit National, Lori works closely with her colleagues to share opportunities, experiences and product offerings to Merit’s membership. Prior to joining Merit, Lori worked for more than 15 years in tourism where she promoted Alberta’s tourism products and services to international trade and consumer media as well as working with her team on strategic communications plans, crisis communications and internal communications. When not working on various initiatives at the office you will find Lori and her family (son Henri, husband Rob and rescue pup Raven) exploring the trails in the Rockies, skiing/racing down the slopes in Banff and Jasper or cooking up a feast for friends.
This is Lori’s first year as Director, Sponsorships and looks forward to working/connecting with as many IABC Edmonton Chapter members as possible.
Director, Jobline and Email MarketingOlga Ivanova
Olga’s purpose is to build community and spark change. She lives her purpose by amplifying diverse voices and telling stories that celebrate, elevate, and inspire. A communications generalist with a knack for strategic planning and creative writing, Olga has worked with scientists, academics, students, engineers, thought and business leaders to bring their ideas to the fore in a way that resonates with target audiences and sparks action.
Olga joined the IABC Edmonton Board to learn from the best, help advance the profession she is passionate about, and give back to the community that gave her the job of her dreams.
Director, Social MediaNatalie LaBuick
Natalie LaBuick is a Professional Communications student with a passion for creativity and storytelling. Her interests in public speaking and connection push her to find new and innovative ways of interaction. When she is not working on media posts you can find Natalie teaching yoga, singing with her ukulele and participating in local theatre.
Director, WebsitePaige Lawson
As Corporate Relations Advisor at Shell, Paige is responsible for strategic communications planning, stakeholder engagement, and community outreach. Before joining Shell this past year, Paige served in various communication roles for Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, and CTV News Toronto.
Certified in Prosci™ Change Management and trained in IAP2 Public Participation, Paige enjoys engaging in meaningful dialogue with stakeholders to better assist companies in implementing corporate change.
Having taken the lead on the website redesign in Paige’s last two positions, she is ready to dive in as Website Director with IABC Edmonton and looks forward to exploring new ways to share content and engage with members on the web.
Director, ContentYuan Zuo
Yuan Zuo is a Human Resources and Public Relations professional with over 10 years of experience in the private, nonprofit and public sector. She has a dual business diploma from NAIT and she is now back in school to finish her degree.
Yuan discovered IABC through LinkedIn and is now proudly the Director of Content. This is a new experience for Yuan but she is never shy from a challenge and look forward to what the future holds.
Director, Member RelationsJenaya Roberts
Jenaya has been writing since she could hold a pencil, and accidentally brought that skill into her career. Originally in university to become a highschool biology teacher, she eventually graduated with a Degree in English Lit and settled into a career in business communications. Jenaya currently works as the Marketing Manager for a local tech start-up where she writes technical blogs, social content, internal communications, and builds marketing campaigns.
Jenaya has always held onto the belief that “it’s not about what you’re doing, it’s about who you’re doing it alongside and who you’re doing it for.” The IABC Community is the perfect place to work alongside some amazing people. As this is her first board position, Jenaya is excited to build connections and learn more about the community.
Director, Student DevelopmentAngela Scoble
Originally from Calgary, Angela graduated in 1996 from the University of Calgary with a degree in Communications Studies. Having lived throughout the province in six different cities over the past two decades, her career has taken a winding path!
After working directly in the Communications field for a few years, she then spent 10 years in Fort McMurray working at Suncor on the Information Management team before moving in 2017. She now lives in St Albert with her husband, Kevin, and two sons, Wyatt (21) and William (16). Her previous role was at the St Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre as their Director, Information & Referral Services and has just celebrated her first anniversary with the Government of Alberta’s
Emergency Management Agency as a Case Manager in the Disaster Recovery Program – helping Albertans in their time of need!
Angela is passionate about community investment and volunteerism. She is very active with both sons’ competitive hockey and baseball teams, and for the past 15 years has travelled extensively to many of Alberta’s hockey rinks and baseball diamonds!
Director, Member ResearchSummer Scott
Summer Scott is a Marketing and Communications Director for an International technology company. She is a seasoned professional in the marketing and communications space, with a focus on brand strategy, strategic planning, and data based marketing. Her view is that every brand has a voice that can tell a story and a good strategy coupled with some solid data can really uplift that. She has worked in several industries including technology, automotive, agency, banking and brand consulting, so she has been around the block. Summer is very committed to her career, the constant evolution of her skillset, as well as getting involved with the community- volunteering with local charities and serving on boards to share her expertise. We hear she likes to be challenged. New to the board this year, she plans to dig into who our members are and what makes them tick.
Director, MentorshipKerry Bezzanno
Kerry Bezzanno is a multi-award winning communications leader with over 20 years’ experience working with the non-profit, public and private sectors, which has included political figures, First Nations Chiefs and Councils, corporate CEOs and senior government officials. During her career she has provided communications services, both in agencies and as an independent consultant, to over 100 organizations in Canada and the United States.
Her work has also taken her throughout Alberta and involved large-scale, multi-stakeholder public consultation initiatives regarding complex issues on topics ranging from special education and affordable housing to gang crime reduction and emergency services.
Currently, Kerry is the Director of Communications Services at FKA — a leading full service agency in Edmonton. She has previously served as the Communications Action Group Lead for the Stollery Women’s Network (SWN) and in mentoring roles both in IABC and CPRS. Kerry is also a member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
Director, CertificationRobyn O’Neill
Robyn O’Neill is a strategic and consciousness communications professional. With a master’s degree in professional communications from Royal Roads, her GCCC communication management professional certification, and a commitment to building relationships, she is excited to be joining the IABC Edmonton board. She is currently working with Athabasca University, and is looking forward to working on certifications this year. When she isn’t doing communications, she’s a wife, mom to twin girls, and has a new puppy named Freddy!
Director, Professional DevelopmentAlison Richards
Alison Richards is the Network Services Coordinator at Food Banks Alberta where she is passionate about member communications. She graduated from the MacEwan Public Relations Program in 2016, and has previously volunteered with IABC as the Director of Student Development. Alison is eager to support the IABC board in her new role as the Director of Professional Development.
In her spare time, Alison can be found frequenting local Edmonton patios and cafes or enjoying an indoor rowing class.
Director, Capital AwardsMahum Chaudhary
Mahum is a Project Manager at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and previously for the University of Alberta Hospital. She comes to the Board with a strong healthcare and non-profit background, with years of event planning, project management and program development experience. She was introduced to IABC Edmonton while attending her first Capital Awards gala in 2017 and is excited to bring the gala back in-person this year. Mahum thrives on working with people, while being an enthusiastic and energetic advocate for education, collaboration and inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring local trails and a lot of strong coffee.