Voting is now closed for the 2017 IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year. Stay tuned to this webpage for the results!
Each year, IABC/Toronto recognizes a leader from the Greater Toronto Area who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in communication. Past winners include a university professor, a public servant, the CEO of a hospital and a mayor. Last year, we were thrilled to present the award to Andy Byford, the CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission.
What’s different for 2017?
Instead of an open call for nominations, IABC/Toronto, as an industry association that seeks to advance the profession, will select one individual that matches the criteria of the program and embodies the qualities we seek in our Communicator of the Year.
How are we going to do it?
To identify and select this individual, we have created a three-step process and two rounds of judging.
IABC/Toronto board members and Past Presidents will suggest names of senior GTA leaders that match the program criteria. Notably, we are seeking senior executives that have successfully built their profile as a leader, who represent their organization’s brand publicly and communicate its values in a meaningful way.
The final list of 10 to 15 individuals, with their title and company name included, will be opened up for online voting via Survey Monkey. In the interest of transparency and inclusiveness, we want the broader communication community involved. As a result, both members and non-members will be given one vote per person.
The top three to five individuals with the highest number of votes will be short listed for the next round of judging. We will first check to ensure that these individuals want to be considered for the award. Then, the short list will be given to a Blue Ribbon panel of judges comprised of senior communicators who will select the COTY recipient.
Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. They should be:
- a newsmaker or senior executive from the GTA who has publicly represented their organization in the past year
- an inspiring speaker who can communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders
- someone who demonstrates multi-faceted communications skills and the ability to communicate their organization’s objectives and values
In the spring, the recipient will be invited to speak at a special breakfast held in their honour where they will be presented with the award.
Past COTY Award winners:
Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission (2016)
Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada (2015)
- Alan Middleton, Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) and Assistant Professor of Marketing, Schulich Business School at York University (2014)
- Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation (2013)
- Jim Grieve, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Education (2012)
- Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of CAMH (2011)
- Peter Aceto, President and Chief Executive Officer of ING Direct (2010)
- Rob Devitt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto East General Hospital (2009)
- Philip Blake, President and CEO of Bayer Inc. (2008)
- Annette Verschuren, President of Home Depot Canada (2007)
- Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga (2006)
- Malcolm Heins of Law Society of Upper Canada (2005)
- Wayne Fyffe of Credit Valley Hospital (2004)
- Edward Marra of Nestlé Canada (2003)
- David Booth of Compaq Canada Corp. (2002)
- Paul Tsaparis of Hewlett-Packard Canada (2001)
- Marguerite Jackson of the Toronto District School Board (2000)
- Rudy Riedl of Enbridge Consumers Gas (1999)
- Jeff Lozon of St. Michael’s Hospital (1998)
- Paul Lucas of Glaxo Wellcome Inc. (1997)