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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!

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.

Experience as volunteer consultant

Students and recent grads able to work in French  may be interested in this opportunity to get real experience consulting for a client in the arts and culture sector. The SQPRP’s Agence JR ( go to https://www.sqprp.ca/La-societe/comites.aspx and click on “jeunes professionnels”) is looking to fill up a team this fall to develop a communication plan for Clown Express, then work on implementation, advice and wrap-up report. More info at http://www.sqprp.ca/contenus/communiques/Agence-Jr—Appel-de-candidatures-(1).aspx

Aspiring freelance writers . . .

. . . may be interested in joining the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC).  The association has 700 members, 80 of whom are in the Quebec region.  PWAC student membership ($58 per year, which can be paid in two instalments) includes:

Free access to all PWAC workshops;

Volunteer opportunities at the forthcoming PWAC national conference – June 17-19, 2011 at Concordia University;

Access to national conference workshops and speakers;

Networking with professional writers;

Formal and informal mentoring;

Increased credibility.

PWAC Quebec starts its year off Wednesday September 29 with a pub night from 7-9 p.m. at the Irish Embassy Pub, 1234 Bishop Street (just south of St. Catherine). Door prize: a free student membership.

For those who can’t make it but would like to join, contact Olivia Kona, Chapter Ambassador, PWAC Quebec.

Adapting communications to include social media

The SQPRP starts its season of professional development events with a timely session on adapting communications to the Web 2.0 context. (In French). As always, there reduced rates for students. See you there!

Don’t miss a fun networking event

IABC Montreal has issued the following invitation to its members,  but potential members are also welcome. Last year, McGill students who attended were welcomed and enagaged immediately in this professional network.  Well worth taking in. 
August 19 · 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Hotel Opus
10 Sherbrooke West (corner St-Laurent)

Here ‘s invitation:

“Join us for the hottest party in town at uber-trendy Hotel Opus (selected as one of the world’s hottest new hotels by Condé Nast Traveler magazine). You’ll find a generous assortment of tasty morsels to tempt the palate and the scintillating company of communication peers and creative services providers – the opportunity to meet, greet, guffaw and make some interesting connections. Help us to welcome new members!”

SQPRP annual youth conference

The SQPRP’s annual conference, organized by the Jeunes professionnels (members who are students or who have less than 5 years’ experience in public relations/communications) is an amazing PD and networking event. Known as Parle parle, jase, jase, its 2010 edition is scheduled for March 20 (Uh-oh! that’s the same date as the Career Workshop. There will be choices to be made. Or maybe take in the workshop in the morning and the conference in the afternoon.) Anyway, check the SQPRP site in the next couple of weeks.  We may not want to push it again at the expense of out own activity!

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