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Join us for a Networking 5 à 7, sponsored by MACES!


During the 2016 fall semester, SCS students enrolled in CPL2 510 Communication and Networking Skills worked together to design and launch the inaugural “Make Networking Great Again” event. This professional networking 5 à 7, held at the Royal Montreal Curling Club, enabled students to directly employ networking applications and approaches acquired throughout the course in a casual business environment. As a result of the students’ assiduous efforts in planning and implementation, the event was a resounding success.

In keeping with networking momentum, the students have collectively agreed to arrange occasional networking events to connect with other members of the SCS community. As such, we are  happy to announce our upcoming Networking 5 à 7, sponsored by MACES, and we want you to join us! 


IABC/Montreal Career Series

Working on your big break in the communications industry? Think that PR skills alone can get you there? Think again.

Join IABC/Montréal on May 4 for a unique, inter-generational event where four professionals in the fields of business, media, advertising and public relations will share their views on the winding road to professional success.

Together, let’s take a hard, cold look at the communication industry from the perspective of a business leader, a news maker, an agency pro and a multimedia studio PR maverick. Come build your roadmap to a successful PR career through the experience of these exceptional professionals. Read on to get ahead and find out more about two of the guest speakers…

Nancy Truman was editor of FP Entrepreneur at the National Post, a position she held from the launch of the section in 2007 until December 2016. She has driven many successful entrepreneur series both in print and online, increasing readership of the section and building a significant Web presence. She began her career at Financial Post Magazine in the 1990s and has held various positions at the paper including editor of Mutual Funds and RRSP coverage, Executive Education and FP Careers. She is looking forward to the next phase of her career as a consultant and freelance writer.

Adel Raphaël is a lecturer at the JMSB Management Department of Concordia University and specializes in Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Management Consulting, Organizational Behaviour and Contemporary Business Thinking and Business Consulting. Adel also lectures at McGill University and the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston. Having previously held senior positions within Nortel, Bell Canada and Saudi Telecom, Adel has a rich background in the communications sector.

Marie-Claire Lynn completed her undergraduate degree in communications at Concordia University and is also and alumni of McGill’s PR and Communications Management diploma program. She currently holds a senior position at Moment Factory and has worked as a marketing and communications professional at Moisson Montreal, Cirque du Soleil and Apathy Is Boring. She really is a communications guru!

Want to find out more? Click here to get your tickets and look forward to an exceptional night of fun, inspiring stories and valuable insights.

Hear their stories, ask your burning questions, outshine the competition.


Launching Your Career in PR, Communication, and Marketing

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On Nov. 24th, industry leaders in communications, PR, and marketing shared their unique insights with McGill’s students.

Everyone that attended the Speaker Series session got their hands on some top tips for the next step in their career. The presenters spoke with great candour while reaffirming that there is no specific path to become a communications professional. Here are just a few of these fantastic tips:

 Valery Pasionek: self-confessed agency addict.

  • There’s no vanilla flavour in an agency —no one’s bland!
  • If you decide to work in an agency, you’ll have a chance to learn from the industry’s superstars.
  • When job-hunting, don’t sell your skills, sell yourself.


Darini Vedarattiname: lives to help others and has managed to make a career out of it.

  • Don’t waste your time working for an organization if it’s not right for you.
  • Build your network and brand—stand out and rise above the noise.
  • Help people and be genuine while doing so. You never know what may come of it.


Deborah Hinton: believes that it’s ok if your career path looks like a squiggly line.

  • Give yourself career goals to help you stay on track. Figure out what you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline.
  • Embrace curiosity: ask questions and get involved.
  • Make sure your network is diverse—we can learn a great deal from different people.

Many of us walked away from this memorable evening with a new set of tricks up our sleeves.

Thank you Deborah, Darini, and Valery for taking the time to come to McGill—we can’t wait to put your tips into practice!

Also, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the support of Investor’s Group for sponsoring the post-event networking session.

Many students voiced interest for professional mentoring. For further information about the resources at the SCS, please feel inclined to send an email to Emilie Nketiah at labourmarketconnections.scs@mcgill.ca.


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Speaker Series – Stepping Stones: Succeeding in your Career


PR, Marketing & Communications:
Succeeding in Agency, Industry or Freelance

Join industry leaders for advice on the next step in your career. Expand your network, identify job prospects, and stand out in a competitive market. An informal networking session will follow.

Thursday, November 24
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

$5 for McGill SCS students and alumni.

Akufen Creative Studio
A Career in Agency: How Ready Are You?

Dârini Vedarattiname, Deputy Secretary General at World Design Summit
How to Leave Your Mark in your Dream Industry

Deborah Hinton, Senior Strategic Communications Consultant at Phil Communications
Agency, Industry & Freelance: Tips & Tools to Succeed in Your Career

Representatives from Association du Marketing Relationnel(AMR) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) will join us!


Sponsored by Groupe Investors. 

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For more information:
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E-mail: labourmarketconnections.scs@mcgill.ca | Telephone: 514-398-8800 ext. 04553

When PR met Parliament

Member of Parliament, former McGill lecturer, and alumni of the PR diploma Sherry Romanado came to McGill last week to talk to students about government relations.

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Upon completing her MBA at Concordia University, Sherry decided to step onto the political scene. Although she confessed to not having a background in politics, she was driven by her desire to make life better for Canada’s veterans.

Sherry’s campaign saw her working around the clock. Her hard work payed off though and she was elected for the first time last October as MP for the Longueuil and Charles-le-Moyne constituencies. Sherry humbly admitted that she was surprised yet over the moon to have won.

A year later and Sherry is still as busy as ever. She spends most of her week in Ottawa and heads back to her writing on the South Shore at the weekend.

Sherry told students that her passion for politics and desire for change has given her a feisty character—there’s a reason she’s known as “the pitbull” in Ottawa!

McGill’s future PR pros were lucky enough to get their hands on some of Sherry’s top tips. She helped students understand how to build long-lasting relationships with politicians. Sherry even discussed some of the pros and cons of working for a parliamentarian. In a nutshell, government relations sounds like a lot of hard work but a whole lot of fun.

After the lecture, students lined up to thank Sherry for her insightful talk and ask questions.

Thank you Sherry for coming to McGill and taking the time to speak with students. We hope to see you again!

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INTERNSHIP: Tracey Brooke Public Relations

tbprTracey  Brooke Public Relations is looking for an intern!


WORKSHOP: How to produce high quality video with your smartphone

Saturday, September 10 – 8:45 to noon
688 Sherbrooke Street West, room 1041

This hands-on crash course will teach you tips and tricks for shooting better smartphone video that will help you achieve your communication goals.

Join IABC and U.S.-based video production company Candidio for 90 minutes of practical tips on how to plan for shooting a video, covering topics such as key messages, script, alignment with comms and business objective; shooting tips, and editing!

Job Opportunity: Coordinator, Corporate Communications for Gildan Activewear

GILDAN_PMS_293_LOGOGildan Activewear Inc. has grown to become a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel with 42,000 employees worldwide. In order to support the Company’s growth objectives and to continue raising Gildan’s profile, the Corporate Marketing & Communications department is expanding and seeking to integrate new members who are looking to contribute to stimulating projects and challenges with their expertise and focused efforts.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager, Corporate Communications, the candidate will actively participate in the deployment of various corporate communications projects and initiatives, including any major projects in which the Corporate Marketing and Communications department is involved, and will contribute to achieving the department’s short and long term objectives. This person will also provide support to the other departments and regions with regard to their communication needs.


PR Grad Students present a night of Mixing & Mingling to benefit Le Chainon

ImprimirThe McGill PR Grad Students present a night of Mixing & Mingling at the fabulous Mayfair Cocktail Bar. All proceeds go to Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter that welcomes and offers assistance to women in crisis.

Wednesday November 18, 2015
from 6pm-8pm

$20 | Early Bird
$25 | At The Door

Check out the Facebook page to get in touch with organizers for tickets.


– Guests will enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail from the outstanding Mayfair Cocktail Bar

– Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

– 1 entry into a raffle and chance to buy more tickets with tons of amazing prizes from our sponsors: Bronzage Bishop, Unique Foods, Juliette & Chocolat, L’Oreal, Cinema Carnaval, Musée Grévin, La Petite Robe Noire, Big Time Watches, Oxford Learning Center, Studio MW, Restaurateur and chef Helena Loureiro, Mayfair, Bistro Balmoral and more.

– Photobooth provided by photographer Joey Franco

Our mission is to help Le Chainon, a Montreal based women’s shelter that welcomes and offers assistance to women in crisis. The shelter has been helping women since 1932 and has made it its mission to provide guidance, assistance, shelter and security to women in need and to them regain their independence. Le Chainon helps hundreds of women every year and is dedicated to providing unconditional hospitality 365 days a year.


Course: Mastering the Essentials of Excel

iStock-3-People-on-Computer-870x400MACES’ objective with the MS Suite workshop is to equip students with the necessary knowledge to maximise their use of the fundamental features of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, something that we hope will be of great benefit to students.

The Excel Course – Mastering the Essentials of Excel – will launch this semester in preparation for a full launch in the winter 2016 semester. Course details are as follows:

Mastering the Essentials of Excel

START DATE October 30, 2015
DURATION 4 weeks
TIME 18:00 – 20:30
LOCATION Lab 1285, 688 Sherbrooke St


¨      Indispensable keyboard shortcuts
¨      Organizing data in order to work efficiently in Excel
¨      Page set-up: using the fill handle, special cut and paste techniques
¨      Various addressing modes
¨      Financial functions (FV, PMT, IMPT, PPMT)
¨      Statistical Functions (AVG, COUNT, MIN, MAX, SUM)
¨      Median and logical functions (IF, COUNTIF, SUMIF, AND, NOT, OR)
¨      Date and time (NOW, TODAY)
¨      Text functions (TRIM, UPPER, LOWER, VLOOKUP, etc…)
¨      Automating layout custom formats and conditional formatting
¨      Creating graphics
¨      Updating multiple tabs
¨      Analysis tools: pivot tables, filters, and subtotals
¨      Using Scenarios
¨       Input control: protection and validation information

Students who wish take the course can register by emailing their name and student number to maces@mail.mcgill.ca. The deadline to sign up for the course is Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 17:00 p.m.

Volunteer opportunity at Les Editions Infopresse

Les Editions Infopresse is currently looking for a hostess/customer service for events.

Some of the responsibilities include:

.Practical and logistical support to ensure the smooth running of conferences and gala events

.Help with the setting up of the events

.Help at the information desk


.Be available on Wednesdays from 7 to 13h of 2 October 2013 to early December in addition to the 3 octobre 24 October, 11 November and 5 December for Lux, Sponsorship Appointments, Launch Blender, and gala Boomerang.

.Be interested in areas of communications

. Experience with customer service

.Recognized for your smile, your discipline and your sense of organization

. Good team spirit

This position is unpaid, but will give you the opportunity to attend conferences and free days at Infopresse such as Rendez-Vous Media and Sponsorship. In addition, you will have access to our publications and thus be aware of what is happening in the communications industry.

You can send us your CV and a cover letter by email to the address below.




Volunteers needed for municipal campaign

Andrew Ross a recent graduate from the Public Relations program at McGill University , is running to become the next borough mayor of Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace. Andrew has become one of four competitors for this post in the November 3rd elections in Montreal.

He’s been building a small local communications team to help reach out to the residents of the borough. He’s currently looking for volunteers, students or graduates from communications or public relations program to help with his electoral campaign. Some of the responsibilities will include, supporting local events, community activism, cleaning parks and graffiti.

If you are interested in this type of challenge and have some ideas and suggestions, Andrew would love to hear from you.

Please contact Andrew at andrew@ravenhillcomm.ca


Finding Cheap PR Books

Buying school books gets pricy.   Price differences exist and performing a little bit of research could save you lots of money.   Here are some ways you can search for cheap books online.  McGill bookstore, www.bookstore.mcgill.ca/textbooks, provides updates about new and used books.   If there are less than ten used books available at the store, this information is not updated on the website because books are sold quickly.  Therefore, call the McGill Bookstore at 514-398-8354.

Another excellent website to search is http://www.abebooks.com/Canada/.  To perform efficient search you would need to obtain ISBN number.  ISBN number is found at the beginning of any book or you can locate it at the McGill online bookstore and enter it into AbeBooks search box.  This way you can compare the prices and find the books suiting your budget.

Paid internship at North Strategic

North Strategic  are currently looking for an intern to join their team this coming fall. The internship will include various mandates of media relations and social media.

The intern will be performing some of the following tasks:

  • Assisting with PR communication functions to meet objectives, including pitching online, bloggers, print and broadcast media, etc.
  • Writing pitches, emails, press releases and other communications
  • Media list development
  • Coordinating media sample shipping and tracking
  • Written and verbal outreach with our media contacts in the Quebec market (both English and French)
  • Sharing ideas and participating in brainstorm sessions
  • Assisting with media events and meetings
  • Research

The last day for applications is August 23rd 2013

Note: This is a paid internship and a four month commitment beginning in September.

Please send your CV to: carley.tietolman@northstrategic.com




Aeroplan is looking for a Social Media Coordinator

Aeroplan is currently looking for a Social Media Coordinator. The social media coordinator is responsible for responding to members and providing excellent customer service on Aeroplan’s social media channels including facebook, Twitter and the Aeroplan Blog.  They are also required to monitor conversations on external websites & generate monthly reports highlighting trends and volumes.

The Social Media Coordinator will be performing some of the following tasks:

. Monitor the social web & identify customer service related conversations on blogs, forums, social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and other non-Aeroplan channels

.Interact with members who have questions about the Aeroplan Program & leverage the response strategy to resolve or re-direct members to the appropriate help channel

.Work closely with the Marketing Social Media Manager & Corporate Communications team during major promotions, program changes and announcements

.Reach out to various departments to alert them of member issues or concerns

.Help develop the social media content and marketing calendar Facebook, Twitter and blog.

.Coordinate the development and execution of social media campaigns and report on their effectiveness

.Review posts on Aeroplan blog, to ensure partners, facts and programs are up to date

.Research information about destinations, cities and events which will enhance Aeroplan blog

To APPLY please apply online at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH12/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AEROPLAN&cws=1&rid=612

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