And our IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year is…
We are thrilled to award Maayan with IABC/Toronto’s 2018
Communicator of the Year Award. Maayan’s in-depth understanding of the barriers that people with disabilities face to achieving equity and inclusion, paired with her background in media studies, is the unique combination that led to the viral success of AccessNow, a mobile app launched in 2015 that invites people of all abilities to contribute accessibility information about places around the world.
She is redefining what the next generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs can stand for, and building a movement where everyone’s voices can be heard.
For more information about Maayan and her incredible journey, check out the video below:
Our judging panel was unanimous in its support of Maayan, commenting that:
- She clearly demonstrates best practices in advocacy communications
- She is a strong, effective leader who has identified what needs to be done and has crowdsourced to make a positive impact for people across the globe
- Her efforts have raised awareness among able-bodied individuals and mobilized them as allies through her digital platform, AccessNow
- She is an incredible storyteller who intuitively understands how to connect with others
Thanks to our distinguished judges for their time and thoughtful deliberation. This year’s panel consisted of five senior communicators: Suzanna Cohen, ABC, SCMP; Jeanette Jones, ABC; Anne Locke, ABC; Sheri Morgan, ABC; Dan Tisch, APR, FCPRS.
Hear from Maayan
Join us for the Communicator of the Year (COTY) Presentation at a special ceremony being held on Friday, March 22 to honour Maayan. Register on or before March 15 to take advantage of the early bird rate.
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About Communicator of the Year (COTY)
IABC/Toronto’s Communicator of the Year Award recognizes a Greater Toronto Area executive whose demonstrated leadership and communications skills drive business results, or have had a substantially positive influence on the community.
The Communicator of the Year exemplifies excellence in communications and demonstrates a strong commitment to communication in their professional work.
The honoree must:
- Work in the Greater Toronto Area
- Have a demonstrated ability to communicate successfully
- Have had a positive influence with key stakeholder and the community
- Demonstrates a strong code of ethics
Only one person may be recognized as the Communicator of the Year each year. The winner will receive the award at an event held in their honour where they make an address.
Past COTY Recipients:
Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors (2017)
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)