IABC Fellows committee

Role of committee

The Fellows Committee is a regular standing committee of the Board responsible for evaluating annual nominations and making recommendations to the IABC Executive Board (IEB) for new IABC Fellows each year. This committee is also responsible for input to the IEB on policy, standards and strategic development of the IABC Fellows program.


Kellie Garrett Headshot_2016 Kellie Garrett, PCC*, ICD.D**, IABC Fellow – Chair | Kellie is a speaker, executive coach and consultant. She is passionate about helping others reach their potential by enhancing the professional and personal leadership of individuals and teams. During her career as a senior executive at Farm Credit Canada, she was responsible for many areas – including business strategy, enterprise risk management, reputation, marketing communication and knowledge management. She was also a key leader in the transformation of FCC’s culture, which landed the corporation at #5 on Canada’s Top 50 Employers list. Kellie holds a Master of Arts in Leadership & Training from Royal Roads University and attended Harvard Business School’s two-month advanced leadership program. Awards include Humanitarian of the Year (Saskatchewan) from the Canadian Red Cross and Canada’s 100 Powerful Women. Kellie serves on several Boards, including the Regina Airport Authority, the International Coach Federation Saskatchewan Chapter and the Autism Resource Centre. he is an avid flower gardener, writer and reader. A lifelong hedonist, she is now a wellness seeker who still likes wine.

Jennifer portrait by Albert NormandinJennifer Wah, MC, IABC Fellow – Vice Chair |  Jennifer is an award-winning storyteller, communications strategist, writer and creative director with Forwords Communication Inc, in North Vancouver, Canada. She has been an active volunteer for 30 years with IABC, having served in numerous leadership roles with all levels and many programs of the association, including the International Executive Board. In the coming year, she is proud to serve as vice chair of the Fellows Committee as well as past chair for the Canada West Region. She is a regular conference presenter on storytelling, and has won more than two dozen awards for communications, including 12 International Gold Quill Awards. She is one of only a few IABC leaders in the world named both a Master Communicator and a Fellow. In 2012, Jennifer was named Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University.

Dev_Staff Headshots_JohnDeveney HIGH RESJohn Deveney, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, IABC Fellow – Past Chair | Founder of DEVENEY, John Deveney, ABCAPRFellow PRSAIABC Fellow has become a national leader in strategic marketing and communication, known for some of the industry’s best campaigns, results and counsel. His firm’s meteoric start was chronicled through significant national campaigns with particular strength in crisis, healthcare, tourism and hospitality. DEVENEY was named PR News’ Firm of the Year in 2013 and one of PRWeek’s Top 5 “Outstanding Boutique Agency” in 2004, 2016 and 2017. John Deveney was honored as Agency Executive of the Year by PRNews and topped PRWeek’s list of the profession’s four “Brightest Stars” and “Ambassadors that are Heroes.” He is the only professional to ever merit the lifetime achievement recognition of being inducted as both a Fellow PRSA and an IABC Fellow — as well as PRNews Hall of Fame. John served as chair of IABC Fellows Committee 2014-2016. Twitter: @johndeveney | Website

PriyaBates2016Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CMP, IABC Fellow | Priya is an award-winning professional communicator with a passion for driving strong communication programs that lead to better business outcomes. As President and owner of Inner Strength Communication Inc. Priya builds strategic internal communication, branding and transformational change plans that help connect the dots between business strategy and employee action. Priya has trained and worked with leaders in organizations in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors including the Ontario Nurses Association, Loblaw Companies Limited, HP Canada, Compaq Canada, Merisel Canada and Cantel AT&T.

Gary SpondikeGary Spondike | Gary is the director of Business at Pitch Black Media a Detroit-based digital agency. Gary is a results-oriented individual with 27 years of experience in business development, marketing communications and brand management. He has been a member of IABC for more than 20 years and has served on several IABC committees for both the Detroit Chapter and the IABC Heritage Region. Over the years, Gary has taken advantage of the many opportunities IABC offers to foster both personal and professional relationships. Gary was named IABC Detroit’s 2016 Communicator of the Year.

Peter PennyPeter Penny | Peter has spent a lifetime shooting documentaries for broadcast, global corporations and governments. In 2002 Peter and  son Adam Penny founded Connected Pictures a UK creative production company. Tragically Peter lost his wife Glenys to a brain tumour. In salute to Glenys Peter set out to climb a mountain a month for a year in her name and to raise funds for Brain Tumour UK. This kick started his quest to help others and to work in several slums in India, in the deserts of Namibia. Trekking through the entire length of Chile and participating in an Arctic Expedition. Peter has served IABC in many ways and has been a board member.

Mark Schumann HeadshotMark Schumann, ABC, IABC Fellow  | D. Mark Schumann is the Director of Graduate Communication Studies at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. This former leader of global communication consulting at Towers Perrin recently completed the Columbia University program to become a Certified Executive Coach. He coaches business leaders to become better leaders by becoming better communicators. Mark is a Past Chair of IABC, an IABC Fellow, and the winner of 17 IABC Gold Quill Awards. He coauthored two books on employer brand – Brand from the Inside and Brand for Talent – as well as chapters on leadership communications for IABC’s Handbook of Organizational Communications.

IABC Staff liaison: 
Kirsten Peterson, Governance & Foundation Manager