Finance committee

Role of committee

It shall be the duty of the finance committee to review regular financial results; to oversee preparation of an operating budget for the fiscal year adopted by the executive board; to annually review IABC’s policy on reserves; and to recommend reserve amounts for the Operating Reserve Fund and Special Project Fund. The finance committee may from time to time submit amendments to the budget for the current fiscal year, which may be adopted by a majority vote of the executive board, and shall report as defined in IABC policy.


 Alain LegaultAlain Legault – Chair | Alain Legault, based in Montréal, is the Director, Communication, Public Affairs and Government Relations of the  largest college in the province of Québec, Canada. From 2005 to 2011, he acted has the Chief of Staff of the Director of the Montreal  Police Service. He also teaches Media Relations at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).A high-level, bilingual communications  professional with expertise in crisis management and corporate issues, he demonstrates passion, enthusiasm, and above all, a desire to be involved and to excel. He joined IABC more than 10 years ago and, since 2010, is a member of the board of IABC/Montréal, the largest bilingual chapter of IABC and its President from 2013 to 2015.

Bonnie Caver Bonnie Caver | Bonnie is the President and Founder of Reputation Lighthouse, a brand communications and reputation marketing firm with offices in Austin and Denver. The firm focuses on architecting corporate reputations by creating brands that are operational and protected, have cultures that deliver on brand promises and experiences, and own stakeholder relationships internally and externally. An award-winning brand communicator, Caver is a Certified Crisis Manager from the Institute of Crisis Management and is one of few in the world to hold an advanced certification for reputation through the Reputation Institute. Caver is past chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Southern Region and was a member of the IABC Brand Task Force. She enjoys the role of mentor for young communications professionals and is a frequent speaker on branding, reputation and thought leadership topics.

MICHAEL_NORD_LI Michael Nord  | Michael Nord, Principal Consultant with The Fifth Business, lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and works in London, where he facilitates and steers strategic large communications projects in blue-chip companies across the globe. He has previously worked for Philips, Belkin, IAVI, PR-agencies and the Danish Government. Michael was co-founder of the Dutch IABC chapter in 2007 (the year he joined IABC), and is currently Chair of the Nomination Committee for the EMENA region. He chaired EuroComm 2015 and supported EuroComm 2016 and 2017. He has served on PACs, and sit on the taskforce for global sponsorships. Michael is a member of the Programme Advisory Board for Offshore Energy.

Kathleen BellKathleen Bell, ABC | Kathleen is the owner of kbell communications, a marketing and communications consultancy specializing in strategic work to maximize employee engagement. A creative innovator, Kathleen provides coordinated, effective plans to change minds, build teams and ignite strategic initiatives. Kathleen has volunteered for IABC for most of her career and has served the organization locally, regionally and internationally. In 2013/14, she was President of IABC/Calgary and in 2015/16, she was Chair of the IABC Canada West Region board. Prior to serving in these leadership positions, she was the finance director for each board and has won three Chapter Management, Finance – Excellence awards for her work. In 2017, she was named Longstanding Volunteer of the Year award by IABC/Calgary.

SHunter_Profile_June 2016Sharon Hunter –  IEB Chair |  Sharon Hunter is an independent consultant with over 20 years of marketing and communication experience across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Her services focus on integrated strategic planning, digital content strategy and facilitation to foster collaboration for change. Most recently with Concordia University, Montréal, she oversaw engagement strategies focused on the student experience journey and change communication for a two-year, enterprise-wide Student Information System implementation, in which she served on the steering committee. An active volunteer, Sharon supports professional skills training and mentoring initiatives for students and young professionals. She served for six years in the award-winning IABC Montréal chapter, was named Chapter Leader of the Year in 2013 for her community partnerships work and has served for four years on IABC’s international executive board.

Ginger Homan_2016 Bio Ginger D. Homan, ABC – IEB Vice Chair 
 | Ginger Homan, ABC, is founder of Zia Communications, a firm specializing in campaigns to change behaviors, build communities and transform thinking. Her award-winning communication model has been used by foundations and corporations to grow brands and align cultures. Ginger served as a director on the International Executive Board from 2014-2017 and as IABC Secretary/Treasurer from 2015- 2017.  She was the Director of North American for the IABC Accreditation Committee and served in several roles on her local chapter board. Ginger is a recipient of the 2016 IABC Chairman’s Award, the IABC Tulsa chapter’s John Hartman Professional Communicator of the Year and Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for board service with the American Heart Association. Her work has been recognized by the IABC Gold Quill program, the Society of Marketers of Professional Services and the Public Relations Society of America.

Staff Liaison:
Brook Yciano, Director of Finance