Membership Task Force

Role of committee

Time-limited Task Force focusing on Membership Strategy with three distinct phases of work: diagnosis, consultation and recommendation.


Deborah Hinton_headshot Deborah Hinton – Chair | Deborah believes in the potential of organizations to deliver results while creating value for the people that work for them and for the people and communities they serve. She is “smart, savvy, effective, empathetic and fun to work with” and has a knack for asking questions that get to root causes fast. At and she helps clients discover and explore insights, achieve breakthrough thinking, catalyse change and build momentum toward their social impact goals. As a communication and change management specialist, she partners with her clients to help them build and implement strategies that engage key stakeholders and build influence to achieve their social purpose. Prior to consulting, Deborah led the global internal communication functions at both Alcan and Bombardier Aerospace.  She is a proud member of IABC/Montréal where she has been an active member of the executive for the past four years and is currently VP Strategy. She has been an active member of the IABC International Membership Taskforce since its inception and has been leading the Corporate membership working group. Deborah’s passion for the profession led her to coauthor of two research papers on the state of the communication profession [see IABC Discovery – “Where are we now.  Where should we be.” “We’ve seen the enemy and he is us.” She is honoured to work with the Taskforce on this important mandate.

Kathleen Bell Kathleen Bell, ABC | Kathleen is the chair of IABC/Canada West Region (CWR), a board representing and supporting Western Canadian IABC chapters and their leaders, from BC to Manitoba. A dedicated and imaginative communications professional, Kathleen’s the senior communications advisor at Matrix Solutions Inc., an Environment and Engineering company. Kathleen’s prior IABC leadership experience includes seven years on IABC/Calgary’s board (include President) and four years on the IABC/CWR board. She’s won seven Chapter Management Awards for IABC/Calgary over the years and helped earn IABC/Calgary’s International Chapter of the Year triumph in 2007. Kathleen credits IABC for many of the opportunities in her career.

Dianne ChaseDianne Chase – IEB Chair | Dianne Lynn Chase is senior partner at C4CS, LLC, Leaders in Strategic Communication and Crisis Management, serving client partners from around the world. She oversees strategic development and instruction in crisis communication, planning and management; message development; issues management; and presentation and interviewing skills training for corporate and government clients. She is past chair of the IABC Southern Region, where she served five years on the board. She served as vice chair of the 2015 IABC World Conference Program Advisory Committee and as a member of the IABC Brand Taskforce. She is a past three time president of her home chapter in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Chase is also a long-standing board member and past two-term president (and first woman to serve in the role) of the Radio-Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (formerly the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas). She is the winner of numerous local, state, regional and national broadcast journalism awards. She’s was named to ‘50 Most Influential Women’ by the Mecklenburg Times and her awards include a National Associated Press Broadcasters Enterprise Award and the Bishop Fulton J. Sheen Award.

kasha-cv2Kasha Dougall | Kasha started her career working for TBWA as a project manager for the Nissan account. She has always worked in a very international environment where understanding other cultures is paramount to ensure that communication projects and campaigns succeed. Having worked on both agency and client side, she was Corporate Communications Director of Faiveley Transport, an equipment supplier for the railway industry and is currently head of Business Communication at Bureau Veritas. She holds a BA (Hons) in European Business from Oxford Brookes University and the ESC de la Rochelle and an MA in Internet Marketing & Communications from the Léonard de Vinci University, Paris. When she is not fussing about messaging, you can find her at the opera and the ballet or networking with like minded internationals. Kasha loves networking and is also part of the Professional Women’s Network and the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, as well as IABC.

Glenda Hewitt_HeadshotGlenda Hewitt | Glenda is an experienced communications practitioner and B2B services marketing professional. She has served on the Board of Australian, New South Wales chapter for ten years and has a deep commitment to professional development. She is a strategist who delivers branding, analytical insight, PR management, event management and relationship marketing.

Ginger Homan_2016 Bio Ginger Homan, ABC | Ginger D. 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 is serving her second term IABC Secretary/Treasurer on the Internal Executive Board. She is the recipient of the 2016 Chairman’s award and former director of North America for the IABC Accreditation Committee. Her work has been recognized by the IABC Gold Quill program, the Society of Marketers of Professional Services, the Public Relations Society of America and American Advertising Awards; she is the recipient of the IABC Tulsa chapter’s John Hartman Professional Communicator of the Year award and served in several roles on her local board including president. She is a recipient of Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for her board service with local nonprofits.

SHunter_Profile_June 2016Sharon Hunter |  Sharon Hunter is a marketing communication consultant with more than 20 years’ experience serving an international clientele with a focus on professional services and training across the private and non-profit sectors. As senior communications advisor for student services at Concordia University, she oversees multi-channel engagement strategies focused on the student experience journey. An active volunteer, she supports communication skills and career mentoring initiatives for students and young professionals. Hunter served six years at award-winning IABC/Montreal, was named Chapter Leader of the Year 2013 for her community partnerships work and served three years on the IEB (2013-15), two as an Executive Committee member and recent liaison for the Academy.

tammy kusama IABC snapTammy Kusama | Being in the communication field for over 20 years with an advertising agency and 4 years with a promotional marketing company, I have always engaged in how to communicate to the targeted audience. It has been two years with a corporate communication consultant company, which led me to join the IABC. The acknowledgement of communicating to the global society in Japan has risen within these few years, but reversing the high context message in Japanese to the low context society in English is very difficult. I seek the potential of filling the gap by using my expertise.

Daniel Munslow Daniel Munslow |Daniel Munslow is a Principal Consultant with VMA Group and Director of MCC Consulting in South Africa. He has 14 years’ experience in business communications and consulting, and has worked across multiple industries in numerous African countries. He focuses on strategic communication consulting, leadership communication, measurement, recruitment, and training for senior communication practitioners and business leaders. He co-authors one of South Africa’s most comprehensive research papers on communication – VMA Africa Communication Insights – in partnership with IABC Africa and PRISA.Daniel was the 2014/16 IABC Africa Regional Chairperson; multi-year judge on the IABC Gold Quills; the 2010/2011 vice-chairperson of the PRISA PRCC; All Star speaker at the IABC World Conference; and a chief judge in the annual PRISA PRISM Awards.

MICHAEL_NORD_LIMichael Nord  | Michael Nord, Principal Consultant with The Fifth Business, lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he advices and steers strategic 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 immediate-past Chair of the EMENA region.. He chaired EuroComm 2015 and is currently working as chair of the Local Advisory Committee for EuroComm 2016. He has served on PACs, and sit on the taskforce for global sponsorships.

MIKE POUNSFORD 03 Oct 2012Mike Pounsford | Mike helps to clarify and communicate vision and strategy and to design and deliver engagement programmes.  Mike founded Couravel in 2001.   He has worked with a range of clients in the private, public and third sectors. Professional recognition has included twice winning IABC Gold Quill Awards and an EMERald Award of Excellence, a finalist in the 2012 HR Excellence Awards and winning the BAE Systems Chairman’s Gold Award for Innovation. Mike is the President Elect for IABC UK and was the Head of Development for the UK Chapter (2012–2014).  He is accredited under the NTL Organisation Development programme and is an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (2016).

JulieWeldonJulie Weldon | Julie is the Principal Consultant and Managing Director of JAW Communications, a boutique consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia, that develops and implements integrated communications strategies and campaigns for a broad range of clients. She has international experience in a wide range of organisations across virtually all aspects of internal and external communication, including reputation and issues management; leadership and employee engagement; branding and sponsorship; and policy development. A long-time IABC member, Julie has been on the IABC Victoria board since 2013, looking after membership for the first 2.5 years, and is currently Secretary. She is also a Gold Quill judge, a recipient of two Gold Quills and previously helped judge the global IABC Excel Awards.

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Stephanie Doute CAE, Acting Executive Director