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Register in advance for Saturday workshop!

Here’s the link for the Student & Alumni Network career workshop this Saturday (“From the classroom to the Boardroom”)  There’s is still space available. Don’t miss this opportunity offered by our tireless alumni and NATIONAL Public Relations, exclusively for McGill PR students. (See original post below.)


Register by Friday afternoon, though – security at the Sun Life building will need a list of attendees. If you have any trouble with the link, just let Stephanie Lyttle know you’re coming so she can add your name to the list, and bring $15 cash with you to the event.  slyttle@national.ca or 514-843-7171.

Student-Alumni Career Workshop March 15 – Save the date!


The big day is almost here! McGill Public Relations Student and Alumni Network has put together an amazing roster of speakers and sessions for the 2014 edition of their half-day networking and educational event featuring public relations industry leaders.

It’s called “From the classroom to the boardroom”.  Speakers include

  • Bruno Guglielminetti (Mr. Social Media in Quebec) now at Just For Laughs, on keeping your social media profile in good shape
  • John Crean, National Managing Partner of NATIONAL Public Relations, who’s flying in from Toronto especially for the event, on the Top 5 Mistakes beginners make in agencies, and the myths and realities of working in the corporate vs. the agency world
  • Elisabeth, La tête chercheuse, a top-notch recruiter to advise on CVs and interviews
  • Representatives from the SQPRP and from IABC to network with.


DATE:    Saturday, March 15

TIME:    10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

PLACE: Montreal office of NATIONAL Public Relations, in the Sun Life Building – 1155 Metcalfe, suite 800)

COST: Only $15. A light lunch will be served. (McGill PR students and grads only, please.)

Please register in advance as space is limited and security at the Sun Life Building requires a full list of attendees in order to allow you entry into the building.  Register at https://cce.mcgill.ca/cce_shop/main_menu.asp?forms=prcareerworkshop&dept=cms&lang=EN


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Mutsumi Takahashi to speak to media class

We will have our usual line-up of very interesting speakers in winter classes. Often instructors invite other teachers and students in the program to sit in when they have a speaker of broad interest. André Durocher (who teaches Social and Traditional Media) has booked Mutsumi Takahashi from CTV News to speak to his class on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. If you would like to join the class, please contact André (andre.durocher@mcgill.ca) directly, so he knows how much space he will need. He might have to move to a larger classroom for the evening.

Volunteers Needed

As you know, McGill will be co-hosting two Montreal Municipal Debates featuring the candidates running for Mayor of Montreal

1) The debate on Wednesday October 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Redpath Hall with Radio-Canada, in French

2) The debate on Tuesday October 22nd, with CBC Montreal in English (more info to come in a future communication)

We need volunteers who speak French to help things run smoothly on October 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or later depending on the task. Volunteers will help with ushering; working at the registration table; coat-check in case it rains, water-girl(boy);  general runner, etc.

If interested please contact Elizabeth Hirst by October 2 at elizabeth.hirst@mcgill.ca




Networking Event with IABC and MACES

Help kick start your career by coming to the networking event hosted by MACES along with IABC  this coming Friday October 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Thompson House.


Volunteers Needed for the 2nd Annual Community Engagement Day

SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education Office) is hosting its second annual Community Engagement Day, Friday, October 4th. They are currently looking for volunteers to help with community organizations such as the Native Women’s Shelter, Yellow Door, Santropol Roulant, and 40+ other social advocacy organizations.

For more information please contact Emily Boytinck ced.sede@mcgill.ca or visit the website at http://ced.conference.mcgill.ca/home.php 

Student orientation a success thanks to two of our own

Congratulations to Anna Gorkova and Stephanie Denizard, both of whom have just finished the Certificate program. They have been instrumental from the start in getting the School’s new student orientation event off the ground and into the air. Last night, new Continuing Studies students from all areas were introduced to Client Services, Library Services, the McGill Writing Centre,  Career Planning and, of course, to MACES, the McGill Association of Continuing Education Students, in an effective combination of engaging presentations and “speed-dating”.

Anna is the newly elected president of MACES – great visibility for the PR&CM programs. This is Stephanie’s final contribution to McGill (and they have been many) before she starts a new chapter of her life Down Under.  Bon voyage et bon succès, Stephanie!

Save the date: October 4

IABC Montreal, in collaboration with the McGill Association for Continuing Education Students (MACES), is sponsoring “Your Future Starts Now”:  a panel of three communications, HR and business pros interact with MACES members to share career tips and advice that will help future graduates identify and make the best of future career opportunities. More info to come in this column or at IABC website.

Embarras de choix! IABC and SQPRP cocktails same night!

You will have to choose, ladies and gentlemen. IABC Montreal is having its fall cocktail on Wednesday, September 25 at 6 p.m. at the Café du Musée des Beaux-Arts.  Attractions include a draw for a free ticket for an event later in the season. New members and students are always welcome, and it’s so easy to get involved. Only $10 for students!

Career Workshop moved to fall

The Student and Alumni Network Career Workshop has been moved from spring to fall 2013. More news as plans develop – watch this space.  BTW, this frees up Saturday, May 11 for students interested in writing the new PRK exam. (See April 18 post.) Let Elizabeth know if you are interested and check out the PRK website for further details. Deadline to register: May 8.

Media@McGill on the Murdoch Affair and the Leveson Inquiry

Media@McGill presents Part II of its series on the Murdoch Affair and the Leveson Inquiry: A Critical Assessment of the Hackgate Scandal, a panel discussion with Sarah Ellison and Des Freedman moderated by Mike Gasher. It takes place on Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Leacock 232. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit bit.ly/YCchqa.

Free lecture on consumer behaviour

As part of Financial Awareness Week, one of our marketing instructors, Charles Royce, is giving a free public lecture on how people make buying decisions. Apart from the general interest of the topic, people considering work in consumer relations or marketing communications might find it a useful introduction to the field. Charles is a really good presenter. The presentation will take place March 12, from 6 – 8 p.m.  in room 1041 of the Continuing Studies building, 688 Sherbrooke St. West. All welcome.

Financial Awareness Week is being organized by Carrefour jeunesse emploi in collaboration with the Jamaican Canadian Community Women’s League of Montreal and the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Free guest speakers on new (and old) media!

Students in all our courses in all our PR programs will have free access to some leading-edge expertise on Thursday nights this term. Professionals such as Bruno Guglielminetti (that’s “Mr. Social Media” in Montreal), Andre Chapleau, media spokesperson for Desjardins (and previously Bell), Alain McKenna, of the Gazette and Isabelle Poirier, founder of social media company Intelegia, will talk about their work and take questions from students.

All this, thanks to Huguette Guilhaumon, who teaches Media Context and Applications in our graduate programs. She lined up an impressive roster of guest speakers for the course, which has grown so much it had to be split into two sections this term.  Charles Pitts and Nicolette Papastefanou are taking on the second section.  To accommodate the two classes, both sections will use a lecture theatre in the Leacock Building (Room 219) when guest speakers present. This leaves some extra seats for visitors. Huguette, Charles and Nicolette have kindly agreed to let students in other courses join in for the speaker sessions. (Note from program coordinator – only if you don’t have another course that evening!)

Here’s the line-up:

Thursday, February 28 – Alain McKenna on Defining and Working with Media in the Digital Age

Thursday, March 14 – Bruno Guglielminetti on Working with Media in the Internet Age

Thursday, March 21 – Andre Chapleau on Handling Difficult Issues with Media

Thursday, March 28 – Isabelle Poirier on the Use of Social Media

All guest lectures begin at 6:30. Take advantage if you can – you’d pay big bucks to hear these people at professional conferences!

Great learning and networking opportunity – free for students!

IABC is holding its first event of 2013 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, January 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. In addition to the networking opportunity, there will be a timely session on communicating through interactive media on behalf of large organizations. $45 for members, free for students! Can’t beat those prices!

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