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Looking for new bloggers

In fact, we’re looking for more people to work in a group that will link together all the social media relating to the McGill PR programs. A good group has just graduated and our team is down to one + the coordinator. If you are keen to put your social media expertise to novel use in a flexible group of people dedicated to improving students’ abilities and career opportunities, please get in touch with Elizabeth Hirst, Program Coordinator for the PR programs.

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!




Reminder: SQPRP Event This Weekend!

The annual SQPRP Young Professionals event is happening this Saturday! It’s taking place at the Hyatt Hotel this September 24th from 9:00 AM t0 4:30 PM. 

This year’s theme is ‘Public Relations and Strategic Visions’. Topics will include corporate social responsibility, social media, and the future of the PR profession.  

You still have time to register at SQPRP Colloque Annuel. Students get a discounted registration fee of $75. 

If you cannot make it for the conference portion, try to attend the PRMixer Cocktail at 4:30 PM.

Have fun and network!

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 for more details and to register!


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

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).

Reminder: ELAN AGM & August Schmoozer happens today!

The English Language Arts Network of Quebec (ELAN Quebec) is holding their 7th annual Annual General Meeting and August Schmoozer today, August 29th!

Here are the event details:

AGM: 6pm-8pm
Schmoozer: 8pm-10pm
Location: Cabaret du Mile End (5240 avenue du Parc) (just north of Fairmount)

Non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

You can also find more information about ELAN on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy networking!

Who’s Posting in the McGill PR Facebook Group? Transcanada Trail, That’s Who!

Just a reminder to check our Facebook and Linkedin groups regularly because our colleagues are posting interesting information, including job postings!!  Check out the one below by Leslie Quinton!



TRANSCANADA TRAIL is hiring a Communications Advisor! Your role would be to collaborate and improve communications tools including brand management, publications, internet and social media, provide cmmunications support and advice as required, including developing and implementing communication plans, strengthen social media tools with monitoring, regular updates and analysis. All candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Communications or a related field with 2-3 years experience in communications.

You must be bilingual, have a strong underestanding of social media, strong verbal communiation and interpersonal skills, ability to deal with people at all levels, strong leadership capability and ability to work effectively in a team environment

CONTACT: Julie Brouard []

*Check out the page on right entitled “Transcanda Trail Communication Advisor” or the facebook group for more details on this job posting! Thanks Leslie!

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 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!

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!”

Great win – even better follow-up!

As noted a couple of posts ago, Alexa Azran and Florence Petit-Gagnon won the Prix Paul Dumont Frenette this year.  Sometimes, it’s not just what you achieve but what you do with your achievement that counts. At the SQPRP’s awards gala, both recent grads passed out their newly printed business cards. One person they met was Serge Vallières, himself a recent grad of the certificate program. He invited Alexa to visit AGC Communications, the consulting firm he works at, and apparently she made a good impression.  She started work at AGC last week. So, students, if you are wondering about the value of networking . . .

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