IABC Edmonton 2020-21 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.
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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 Human Resources Consultant 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, FinanceNicole Monaco, CMP
A marketing leader with 15 years experience working in Canada, the US, and Europe, Nicole leads audience engagement and channel strategy, business impact campaigns and brand building to help organizations take their marketing and communications to the next level. Nicole is designated a Chartered Marketer by the CMA and is thrilled to be part of the 2018-19 IABC Edmonton board. Originally from Toronto, Nicole has called Edmonton home since 2013 where she enjoys the community, cultural and commercial activities that are unique to our city.
Senior Director, ProgrammingHilary Anaka
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.
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 experience in government, non-profit, freelance and the private sector. For the past six years, she has worked for Strathcona County’s Recreation, Parks and Culture department. Elizabeth is a proud volunteer and community builder who has been a Big Sister for over eight years. Because of her experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters and her past work experience coordinating a mentorship program for The City of Calgary, Elizabeth is ecstatic to join the IABC Edmonton Board as Senior Director, Volunteers.
Senior Director, Special ProjectsElizabeth Gusnoski
Elizabeth Gusnoski is an independent consultant, bringing order, efficiency and clarity to big messy websites and intranets, helping clients make the most of their digital investments. She loves tackling tricky problems in the space where technology and people meet, and is excited to return for her third year on the board in this ambiguous “Special Projects” role. When not working, you’ll find Elizabeth in her garden, halfway up a mountain, or causing chaos on the roller derby track.
Director, SponsorshipJesse Ives
Jesse is a Digital Marketing and Content Manager with Finning Canada. He’s previously worked in the tourism and software industries in a variety of companies across Edmonton. He has a strong background in marketing and communications and recently graduated with an MBA from the University of Alberta.
When Jesse’s not working, you’re likely to find him playing sports like hockey, football, ultimate frisbee, golf or snowboarding. He’s also a proud born-and-raised Edmonton and has a dog named Mearas and a cat named Jasper that keep him busy.
Director, Jobline and Email MarketingHiba Kamal-Choufi
Hiba is a communications professional with extensive experience in writing, social media, and research. She previously worked with large organizations, including the University of Alberta, the United Nations Association, Shaw TV, and Schlumberger Canada.
Hiba is currently a freelance writer with passion for digital media and exploring how online platforms can transform the communications industry. As she completed a master’s degree in communications and Technology from UAlberta, Hiba studied the impact of Twitter on Canadian journalists. She also holds a graduate degree in International Relations and Bachelor of Journalism from Beirut, Lebanon.
Hiba’s journey with IABC started as a volunteer coordinator in 2017, and for the last two years, she’s been on the IABC Edmonton board as a Director of Jobline and Email Marketing.
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 External 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, ContentKatie Fitzgerald
Katie is a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Alberta and is currently the Social Media Coordinator at Jobber, a growing tech company in Edmonton. Her interest in marketing stems from her love of being creative and finding new and intriguing ways to tell stories. As an avid volunteer, she also dedicates her time to planning wish enhancement activities with the Make a Wish Foundation.
Katie started out as a social media volunteer with IABC which led her to take on the Social Media DIrector role for the past 2 years. She is excited to take on the role of Director of Content in the next IABC Edmonton board year.
When she is not volunteering with IABC, she is likely learning how to cook a delicious new meal or planning her next trip to the mountains.
Director, Member RelationsKylie Roberston
Kylie Robertson has worked in a variety of communications roles throughout her 10-year career, including retail, not-for-profit, advertising/marketing agencies, oil and gas, and health care.
Her education is almost as varied as her experience; finishing a Bachelor of Communication in journalism in 2011 then moving to a Master of Social Science in international and intercultural communications in 2019, she enjoys applying this combination of experience to find solutions to the complex communication problems faced by her clients.
She has also found a new passion for teaching as a contract instructor at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the JR Shaw School of Business. On the weekends you can find her cooking, running, or enjoying a glass of wine.
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 (20) who attends MacEwan University and William (14) who is entering Grade 10. Her previous role was at the St Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre as their Director, Information & Referral Services and has just recently joined the Government of Alberta with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency assisting the Disaster Recovery Program.
Angela is passionate about community investment and volunteerism. She is very active with both sons’ competitive hockey and baseball teams, and for the past 14 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, CertificationJackie Sargent, SCMP
Jackie Sargent, SCMP, is an award-winning and globally certified Strategic Communication Management Professional with over 15 years of communications experience primarily in the public sector. In 2019, Jackie launched her own business, Jackie Sargent Communications, and offers a wide range of services, from large-scale project plans, policy development, and communications audits, to tactical support such as writing, social media, and media relations assistance.
Jackie previously volunteered on the IABC Edmonton Capital Awards planning committee and spent two years as the Director, Professional Development and Sponsorship, for the IABC Canada West Region Board.
Director, Professional DevelopmentAmanda Morris
Amanda lives by the motto “Life is about people, not stuff.” While studying at MacEwan University, she joined IABC to meet like-minded industry professionals. She is currently the Communications and Development Coordinator for Cornerstone Counselling Centre, a non-profit that provides professional mental health services to all Edmontonians. In her role, Amanda has the privilege of connecting with donors and planning exciting fundraising events- a perfect blend of her marketing and public relations experience. In her free time, you can find Amanda exploring downtown, swimming, or spending time with family and friends.
Director, EventsCatherine Lee-Hannley
Catherine is a marketing professional with over a decade of experience delivering complex and multi-faceted initiatives for diverse organizations from not-for-profit to multi-national organizations and the public sector. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Marketing with the Alberta Government, where she leads a team who oversees a majority of government marketing initiatives from strategy development, campaign and communications planning, and overall project management.
Currently, Catherine is pursuing her dream of building a noodle empire by selling handcrafted noodles online, Nai Nai Mie.
Catherine is excited to join the IABC board as the Events Director to stay connected with professional communicators in Edmonton.
Director, Capital AwardsMahum Chaudhary
Mahum is the Project Manager for the Kaye Edmonton Clinic and Ambulatory Care at 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 take her turn at the helm. 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.