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Free webinar on Google +

If you’re not already an IABC member, here’s one good reason to join. . .


Update: I just registered – you don’t have to be a member to attend the webinar.

Networking Opportunity: #PR Mixer des Fêtes

What is a running theme or mantra in the PR Program?

Network, network, NETWORK!!!!

If you are looking for a great opportunity to network,  do not miss the #PR Mixer des Fêtes on Tuesday December 13th.

Created in 2010 and based on the culture of Twitter, #PR Mixer is an online network for PR professionals, Web 2.0-ers, and others involved in communications. #PR Mixer holds regular 5 à 7 cocktail events ‘ sans prétention’ throughout the year and the next one is this coming Tuesday.

The December 13th event marks the first anniversary of #PR Mixer and is being held in Old Montreal at L’ Auberge Saint- Gabriel . Organized in collaboration with Groupe CNW, Techni-Logique and Tourisme Montréal, the event starts at 17:30 and the $15.00 (plus tax) entrance fee includes coat check and food. There is also an opportunity to win a number of door prizes including an iPod Nano. It is highly recommended you purchase your tickets in advance and online through EventBrite.

For more  information, check out the #PR Mixer Facebook Page.

Hope to see you there!




Proof that McGillians have a sense of humour!

Hey, PR certificate and diploma grads!

Alumni of the School of Continuing Studies are invited to hear Andy Nulman (President, Festivals and Television, Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival) discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of running your own business.

Andy Nulman’s career has spanned 30 years, including stints at Montreal’s renowned Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival, which he helped transform from a two-day show to a month-long cultural happening, attracting over two million visitors annually. He also co-founded Airborne Technology Ventures, a pioneer in mobile media content and marketing applications. A three-time author, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1997, and one of the Top 100 Montrealers of the 20th Century in 2000.

Your host for the event is David M. Lank, an award-winning lecturer and the former director of McGill’s Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies. He has taught many budding entrepreneurs about start-ups, early-phase management and leadership.

Cost: $10 (a drink and bites included!)

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration: www.alumni.mcgill.ca/events/Nulman2011

Email: event.registration@mcgill.ca


McGill Faculty Club Ballroom
3450 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec
This presentation will be given in English.


Don’t Miss This Media Skills Training Event!!

Fellow PR students and grads should not miss this exciting event hosted by IABC!!!

Award winning journalist and media coach, Jeff Ansell, will be speaking on “Maintaining Credibility when the Headline is You.” Jeff Ansell’s unique process for media communication has helped Fortune 500 companies manage high-profile issues, including the Erin Brockovich case. He is currently the instrutor for the MIT-Harward Public Disputes Program “Dealing wiht an Angry Public” and annually lectures on media skills to Harvard Business School MBA students.  

Register now for the cocktail and/or session on October 13th, 2011. Non-IABC members $35-95 (depending on if you only attend the session or cocktail)…but you still have time to be an IABC and pay the reduced price of $15 for IABC students (cocktail only), $45 for IABC students (cocktails and session).

Check out the website http://iabc-montreal-jeffansell.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn for more details and to register!


Mirador returns to Radio-Canada

Fasten your seatbelts!  The widely watched drama series Mirador, about a large public relations firm in Montreal, is returning to the airwaves of Radio-Canada Tuesday, September 13 at 9 p.m.  The producers have promised to make this second season a little more true to the reality of public relations practice, but the video suggests it’s still all about scandals and spin doctors. (Of course, real life would be a lot duller. Who wants to watch an hour of people poring over a Gantt chart?)

The SQPRP (Société québecoise des professionnels de relations publiques – join it!) will be using the occasion once again to talk publicly about the profession. The Mirador writers and producers — despite the sleaze portrayed in the show — are generally open to working with PR people. In fact, they are going to put information on their website about the profession, supplied by the SQPRP (including numbers of PR students in Quebec and programs of study). So keep your eyes, ears and Tweetdeck open! And if you’re up to rapid-fire French, tape the show — it can be quite funny.

SQPRP Networking Event – September 24th. Register now!

Calling all PR students and Alumni…

The SQPRP Young Professionals are hosting a networking event on September 24th, 2011 at the Hyatt Hotel…and one of the panelists is our very own….Elizabeth Hirst!

The theme for this event is Public Relations and Strategic Visions.

Other panelists/speakers include Bruno Guglielminetti from the Cabinet of Public Relations NATIONAL, Jason Patuano of McDonalds Restaurants, Pierre Bouchard of INDICO Communications, and  Denise Vaillancourt of STM. The event will end with a networking Cocktail PRMixer.

Register now as there are limited spots available at http://www.sqprp.ca/contenus/evenements/Colloque-annuel-des-Jeunes-professionnels-de-la-SQ.aspx.

Students get a discounted registration fee of $75 (if you are an SQPRP member, it’s $65) and Junior SQPRP members is $85.

This is an event not to be missed! Check out the page on the right entitled SQPRP Networking Event for a detailed program (in french).

Free job-searching webinar for IABC members!

Has your job-search reached a stalemate? Here’s something interesting for student members of the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators): a free IABC webinar on how to job-search effectively!

This virtual event will be hosted by IABC member Angee Linsey, Managing Director of executive search firm Linsey careers. Angee will definitely have some fresh insights for potential candidates from her perspective as a veteran staffing and recruitment manager.

“Creating a job search strategy with Angee Linsey, Linsey Careers” will be held on Thursday, 8 September, from 9-10 am Pacific Time (12 noon- 1pm Eastern time!).

For a webinar outline and registration information, please visit the official website.

ELAN Quebec: English Language Arts Network

Are you interested in the arts community in Quebec?  Are you an artist?  Do you want to do  work for arts based organizations?

If you have said yes to any of the preceding questions, then the English Language Arts Network of Quebec (ELAN Quebec) is an organization you should know about.

Created in 2005, ELAN Quebec is a multi-disciplinary community of over 8,500 artists and cultural workers in Quebec. As per the ELAN Quebec website, the organization aims to:

  • Provide support, services and networking opportunities to English-speaking artists of all disciplines in all regions of Quebec.
  • Promote the work of artists so they receive greater recognition and visibility.
  • Collaborate with sister organizations to coordinate and instigate support services, such as professional development and mentorship opportunities.
  • Build bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities.
  • Advocate on behalf of English-speaking artists and their community in critical areas such as funding and public broadcasting.
  • Promote arts and culture as a means to enrich education, develop the creative economy and serve as a motor for economic development.

Job opportunities and internships are regularly posted on ELAN Quebec”s Community News section. Recent organizations that have posted positions include Centaur Theatre, Studio XX, Black Theatre Workshop and the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).

You can learn more about ELAN Quebec by attending their upcoming 7th Annual General Meeting and August Schmoozer on August 29th.  Here are some event details:

Monday August 29
AGM: 6pm-8pm
Schmoozer: 8pm-10pm
Cabaret du Mile End (5240 avenue du Parc)

RSVP to agm2011@quebec-elan.org by August 23rd

Members in good standing can vote (membership is $25/year). Non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

Once you join ELAN Quebec, you will receive their newsletter. You can also follow ELAN on Facebook and Twitter.

So get out there and schmooze with the artists and arts based organizations of Quebec!

Comedy improv in support of PR Without Borders

Anyone wanting to de-stress after their last class can catch the comedy improv show at Gert’s (Student Centre at 3480 McTavish) in support of Public Relations Without Borders. 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Only $5 – cheap at the price! The show is a collaboration of the McGill student chapter of PR Without Borders and Improv McGill. (I promise to try to move things ahead quickly in my class!)

SQPRP conference re-scheduled – September 24

For those awaiting news of Parle parle, jase jase, the annual conference put on by the SQPRP’s Jeunes professionnels, originally scheduled for March 19:  A note came in from Cynthia Woo of the Jeunes professionnels(incidentally, one of our own certificate students) announcing that it has been re-scheduled for September 24. Save the date, folks!

Free places for crisis communications webinars!

The third in the series of McGill PR webinars on crisis communications is taking place on Wednesday, March 30 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Dr. Terry Flynn from McMaster University will be talking about the link between effective communications and the bottom line. e.g. Can good communications make a difference when the company has already messed up? What’s a reputation worth?

There are 20 free “seats” for students and 10 for instructors. So sign up quickly at this link. Deadline for registration is 4 p.m. March 29.

Career Workshop postponed

The Student and Alumni Network Career Workshop has been postponed from March 5 to a date at the end of March or begining of April — to be posted very shortly. Watch this space — and of course, the Network’s LinkedIn group and Facebook page.

Webinar pilot project – ridiculously cheap for students

A new webinar series, on the theme Crisis Communications and Corporate Culture, starts off February 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. —

Corporate cultural strategies for preventing and surviving crises

Speaker: Rhonda O’Gallagher, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Pfizer Canada Inc.

While it’s priced at $69 for individual registrants from outside McGill, students can participate live for $10 and instructors for $49. To sign up, go to student link or staff/graduate link. Series discounts are also available for students and staff/instructors/graduates.

Some students were exposed to Rhonda’s clear, engaging manner in the Cases/Communication Planning course last term). For full details on this and future webinars, see the page called “webinar project winter 2011” at right.

 The project, now in its pilot stages, was put together by a small group including instructors Charles Pitts, Buzz Gibbs and Elizabeth Hirst. The idea is to make hour-long sessions on topics of interest available to students at a low price and to build up a bank of podcasts that will be available for instructors to use in courses. The series is also open to practising professionals at a single webinar or series price and to CPRS and IABC Montreal members at “partner” prices.

March Career Workshop taking shape

Our Public Relations Student & Alumni Network is booking speakers for the second annual career workshop in March.  From what I hear so far, the focus will be on media relations, social media and job hunting. (And yes, the SQPRP is making sure their annual conference is on another weekend so McGill students can go to both,) Stay tuned.

Crises and digital media

A great opportunity for all instructors and students to bone up on how digital media are changing the way we handle crises in organizations: IABC is hosting an international webinar on November 3 at the Café des Beaux-Arts. Special student rates as usual – and good networking.

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