Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:30 to 10 a.m., One King West, Austin Gallery
FEATURING: IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year Award Recipient: Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC).
Good communication has the power to inspire and motivate and is a critical component of a successful business in today’s world. Hear how Mr. Byford has embraced a culture of open and transparent communication with employees, customers, and media and how that has transformed the TTC. Learn about Andy’s passion for making the customer the focus of everything the TTC does by personally writing a newspaper column, fronting customer-focused videos, and being accessible, transparent, open and honest when bad news strikes.
The award breakfast and presentation by Mr. Byford will take place on Wednesday, March 29 from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Austin Gallery at One King West.
The IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year is a prestigious award bestowed annually since 1997 to an industry leader in the Greater Toronto Area who inspires and engages internal and external audiences and clearly demonstrates the link between excellence in communications and an organization’s success.
Included in the registration fee: Admission, keynote speech, networking and a continental buffet breakfast.
Please note there is not assigned seating for this event. However, those who purchase a table of 8 will have a table reserved with premium placement.
|• $50:||IABC member early bird rate if registered on or before March 6 ($56.50 with HST)|
|• $60:||IABC member rate on or after March 7 ($67.80 with HST)|
|• $65:||Non-member early bird rate if registered on or before March 6 ($73.45 with HST)|
|• $75:||Non-member rate on or after March 7 ($84.75 with HST)|
|• $450:||Table of eight ($508.50 with HST). Open to members and non-members.|
Nominations are now closed for the 2016 Communicator of the Year Award
This annual award is presented to a leader who has demonstrated strategic communication excellence. Past winners include a university professor, a public servant, the CEO of a hospital, a mayor and more.
Submissions are now under rewiew. Should you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year criteria
In 500 words or less, tell us why your nominee deserves the title Communicator of the Year. To support your nomination, you can include up to five links to videos, photos, media materials, blog posts, etc., that demonstrate what makes your nominee a great communicator.
A great nomination will include two to three examples and answer the following questions:
- How does your nominee exemplify the role of leader in communications?
- How has your nominee demonstrated exceptional leadership, management and communications skills?
- How has your nominee taken an active role in multi-faceted communications demonstrating openness and encouraging support of the organization’s objectives?
- The nominee’s organization must be based in the city of Toronto or York, Peel, Durham or Halton regions.
- The nominee must have been in his/her current position for at least one year.
- The nominee must be in an executive or leadership role in a private or public-sector company, government agency, not-for-profit organization or association.
How to nominate someone
Nominations can be submitted by members and non members and will be kept confidential.
If your nominee is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide us with their written approval before they will be added to the shortlist of potential recipients.
Submissions will be reviewed by a small judging panel of past and present IABC/Toronto leaders.
In the spring, the recipient will be invited to speak at a special breakfast held in his or her honour where she or he will be presented with the award.
Past COTY Award winners:
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)