This session is a chance for ‘settlers’ who work with or hope to work with First Nations to self-reflect on our roles and responsibilities in those relationships. The topic is a tough one. The term ‘settler’ is controversial in itself. Sarah Artis does not know all the answers and you will likely leave with more questions. But these are questions that every Canadian PR professional must ask themselves if they truly wish to understand the context in which they work. In this session, Sarah will speak of her own experiences working with Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations. She will explore some of the big questions she’s had to ask herself and encourage you to do the same. Come prepared for an honest and thought-provoking discussion.
Owner, Sarah & Company Communications
"In the News" (third edition) co-authors Colin Babiuk, MA, APR, FCPRS and Mark Hunter LaVigne, MA, APR, FCPRS will present a workshop supported by their latest books on media relations, offer some timely tips on how to conduct both proactive and reactive media relations, and perhaps also brush up your crisis skills, since as the newshole shrinks, the media become more challenging. They will also visit a recent case study that shows the strength of media relations in our modern times, especially when also conducted in conjunction with social media.”
Colin Babiuk, MA, APR, FCPRS, Assistant Professor, MacEwan University
Adam Coates, Chief Commercial Officer, Westleaf Inc.
Artificial intelligence - Cryptocurrencies - Workplace androids - Virtual reality meetings - Blockchain technology - Renewable and sustainable energy - Electric, driverless vehicles - Human-android marriage. Little changes and big leaps are transforming our world. Are you ready?
Have you thought about what you as a PR professional may encounter in 2030 and beyond? Or, how to persuade your organization or its customers to think beyond the next quarter to three, five, 10 or 20 years out?
In this presentation, you will learn how professional futurists think, how to develop a futurist mindset and how to apply it to strategic communications. In addition, you will be challenged with questions that you and your organization should be asking about the future, and be offered practical advice on steps you should start to take now to remain relevant in the years and decades to come.
Conference attendees who attend my presentation will learn:
The question “between robots and big data, what’s left for humans?” is the new concern in all industries. Companies are nowadays operating into a high-speed era as the rapid spread of information, rumors, and fake news on social networks increase the risk of major organizational crises. To face this new reality, business managers must adopt new crisis management tactics, new tech tools, and adapt very quickly to any eventuality to protect the reputation of their organization. Until now, big data and AI turned out to be valuable allies. Robots might soon be able to manage corporate crises thanks to big data, metadata, tech improvement such as blockchain, AI, and deep learning. But the fundamental question remains: What will be left for humans in crisis management when robots take over? The presentation is an opportunity to understand the implications of high-tech improvement in PR. The evolution model of crisis management that is proposed follows the marketing and internet evolution model. The model is adapted to the distinct environment of crisis management and halfway between practice and applied research.
Lucie-Anne Fabien, CMMI, APR, FCPRS
When the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) was created in 2013, it merged three organizations with three distinct cultures. Learn how the AER embarked on an exciting journey to build a strong and unified culture through its “Community—Creating our Culture" initiative. From culture kits to employee meetups to creative events, the initiative is inspiring employees across the AER—with measurable results.
Karin Holmgren, Manager, Employee Communications, Alberta Energy Regulator
In this session, you will learn strategies to engage employees in building a strong culture—and how you can make the most of survey data to help you:
Since the late twentieth century, more than 40 national truth and reconciliation commissions have been established around the world. Between 2008 and 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission examined the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The TRC issued 94 Calls to Action to address Canada’s dark history of cultural genocide. The TRC’s findings have changed the Canadian public discourse about the country’s relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and left every level of Canadian government wrestling with what reconciliation means and how it is enacted. Similarly, academic research focusing on reconciliation, truth-telling, and relational repair has flourished. Where is public relations in this new reality? Drawing on original research, current reconciliation scholarship, and public relations models (advocacy, public apology, Excellence Theory, critical intersectional communication), this session explores how and to what extent public relations and strategic communications supports and enables reconciliation and relational repair in the current Canadian context.
Meghan Kilty, MCM, National Director, Communications, Anglican Church of Canada
Are you seeing poor engagement scores year after year in your internal survey results? Are the overall levels of trust and engagement with front-line staff and senior leadership lower than you would like to see in your organization? Does it seem your front-line staff and senior leadership do not share the same priorities for the organization?
If you answered yes to these questions and you are aiming to improve your internal communications and engagement, this is a session for you.
Michele Martin, Manager, Internal Communications and Strategic Priorities, London Health Sciences Centre
In this session you will learn how to:
CPRS Calgary members have been at the centre of Alberta's economic downturn since 2016 as the province experienced tens of thousands of layoffs, numerous project and business shutdowns and desperation mergers. Employees, business partners, community partners and governments have all been affected.
In the session, attendees will hear how to communicate and engage with these groups who demand transparency and accommodation.
Tom Ormsby, APR,Head of External and, Corporate Affairs, De Beers Canada
Local Society President, CPRS Calgary
Crisis management in the brand reputation context often requires a coordinated PR and Legal response. In some instances, it can seem like the PR and Legal teams are working at odds, with conflicting objectives. The process of working together effectively to reach an aligned strategy can be frustrating and finding a solution can seem elusive. This workshop provides tools and approaches on how PR practitioners and lawyers can work more effectively as a team and find success.
Colin Pendrith, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Learn how gender plays a role in influencing the practice of PR, how men and women have different communication styles in the workplace and how traditional female or male qualities play a role in this working relationship. Findings from a PhD study surrounding gender vs. personality traits, age, work/life balance, how PR practitioners “perform” in their day-to-day roles and more will be shared in an interactive workshop.
Amelia Reigstad, Lecturer, University of Minnesota
“Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” - Brené Brown, PhD. LMSW.
As PR practitioners, we stand strong as we strategically build relationships, engage, earn trust, communicate, and support the efforts of others. But what about us? We are often managing one crisis after another…. handling the communications around natural disasters or tragedies, while keeping our personal feelings in check….consistently convincing others of the value of our work…
What toll is this taking on us?
This facilitated, interactive session will bring us together to talk openly about how we are feeling and the impact that our work may be having on our mental health, our resilience and on our lives.
Join us for this opportunity to share openly and begin to get a pulse on how we are really doing from an emotional perspective.
Gay Robinson, APR, LM