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IABC Committees and Task Forces

IABC’s international committees are a critical component of our governance structure. International committees and task forces help develop programs, represent members in decision-making and help further the goals of the board and the association at large. Serving on an IABC international committee is also a wonderful opportunity to gain leadership experience, refine skills and work hands-on with leaders around the world.

IABC has two different types of committees: board committees and programmatic committees. While all committees report to the international executive board (IEB) and work in alignment with the board approved strategy and budget, there is a difference. Board committees work as an extension of the IEB and carry out the work of the board. Some of these committees are chaired by a director from the board. Programmatic committees work closely with, and act as an extension of, staff to help accomplish the goals of the organization.

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IABC Board Committees

Programmatic Committees

Task Forces/Short-Term Committees


IABC Board Committees

Ethics Committee

The IABC Ethics Committee is responsible for input to the IABC International Executive Board (IEB) on policy, standards, strategic development, education and monitoring in relation to ethical matters and upholding the IABC Code of Ethics.

  • Bent Sorensen | Chair
  • Todd “Tosh” Hattori, ABC, IABC Fellow | Past Chair
  • Nancy Arab, APR, ABC, FCPRS, CMP, SCMP | Vice Chair
  • Martha O’Hanlon, Membership and Operations Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Alain Legault, MA | IEB Liaison
  • Adrienne Jackson, ABC
  • Melanie Rushworth
  • Jennifer Wah, ABC, SCMP, MC, IABC Fellow
  • Lavern Reid

Finance Committee

The committee’s role is to review regular financial results: 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.

  • Maliha Aqeel, PMP, SCMP | Chair
  • Alexia Malamis – Senior Finance Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Danielle Bond, SCMP
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Nikki Edwards
  • Brandon Babcock

Audit and Risk Committee

The committee’s role is to act on behalf of the International Executive Board (IEB) to bring objective oversight to material aspects of the association’s financial reporting, internal controls and external financial audit and identification, evaluation and (where relevant) mitigation of risks, by management, the IEB and its committees.

  • Alain Legault, MA | Chair
  • Alexia Malamis – Senior Finance Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Jonathan Tremblay, CMP | Trustee
  • Ronalda Walsh, ABC
  • Ryan Williams

Investment Committee

The investment committee’s role is recommend a financial adviser for association funds, for approval by the executive board; work with said financial adviser to develop and recommend investment options for approval of the executive board; recommend investment policy; supervise investment of IABC funds, up to limits established by the executive board, in vehicles with guaranteed returns offered by such banks, trust companies, or other corporate bodies or organizations as may from time to time be designated by, or under authority of, the executive board; and report to the executive board as defined in IABC policy.

  • John Almond | Chiar
  • Lynne Olver | Vice Chiar
  • Megan Patterson | Past Chair
  • Alexia Malamis – Senior Finance Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Dawn Wotapka, SCMP

Nominating Committee

The IABC Nominating Committee shall screen nominees under guidelines adopted by the Executive Board, primarily based on the basis of competency criteria established by IABC, with consideration for geographic, demographic, and cultural diversity. The Nominating committee is split into two separate groups: one serving the IEB nominations process and one serving the international committee nomination process.

IEB Nominating Committee

  • Victoria Dew, SCMP | Chair
  • Danielle Bond, SCMP
  • Bonnie Caver
  •  Micayla Felicion-Davin – Chapter Relations Manager| Staff Liaison
  • Alexandra Hichel
  • Carol Allers, ABC
  • David MacDonald
  • Kristy Christie
  • Michael Shepherd
  • Sherrilynne Starkie
  • Will Tigley
  • Ana Ximenes

Nominating Committee for International Committees

  • Victoria Dew, SCMP | Chair
  • Danielle Bond, SCMP 
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Marlee Honcoop – Senior Membership and Operations Coordinator | Staff Liaison
  • Zora Artis, GAICD, SCMP, FAMI, CPM
  • Stephen Welch
  • Tracie Bettenhausen
  • Jo Ann Johnston, ABC
  • Catherine Ducharme
  • Carol Allers, ABC, APR
  • Mark Evans
  • Mike Evan

Council of Regions

 

The Regions are designed specifically to safeguard the link between Chapters and the IABC Executive Board. IABC’s Regions will at a minimum, fulfill the roles that are outlined in the IABC Bylaws. Recognizing the value of opportunities for region leaders to meet face-to-face, the Council of Regions (COR) is a development of the “swap shop” concept, through which region chairs will engage in informal discussions prior to International Executive Board (IEB) meetings. The COR will also focus on facilitating two-way communication between the IEB and IABC regions and on identifying leaders to participate on task forces as requested by the IEB.

  • Danielle Bond, SCMP | Chair
  •  Micayla Felicion-Davin – Chapter Relations Manager| Staff Liaison
  • Alexandra Hichel
  • Carol Allers, ABC
  • David MacDonald
  • Kristy Christie
  • Michael Shepherd
  • Sherrilynne Starkie
  • Will Tigley
  • Ana Ximenes

Programmatic Committees

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Programmatic committees

 

IABC Academy Committee

The IABC Academy Committee is responsible for input to the IABC International Executive Board on policy, standards, strategic development and monitoring of IABC Academy programs, products and services, aligned with the Academy’s direction of creating career development education to support the Global Standard and preparation for the GCCC Certification programs.  communication professionals.

  • Patrick Armstrong, SCMP | Chair
  • Amber Wasfy | Vice Chair
  • Nicole Duke-Westfield | Past Chair
  • Erin Goblirsch – Education and Learning Services Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Daven Rosener
  • Kelli Cargill-Cook
  • Daven Rosener
  • Ann Krzmarzick, ABC
  • Adam Fuss, SCMP

Awards Committee

The IABC Awards Committee provides leadership and vision for the IABC Gold Quill Awards. It is responsible for ensuring that the Gold Quill Awards program is the leading awards program for business communicators, that chapters and regions have the information they need to align with the Gold Quill standards and processes and appropriate governance and strategic documentation are in place.

  • Ritzi Villarico-Ronquillo, APR, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Maureen Healey, ABC, CAE | Vice Chair
  • Ed Kamrin, SCMP | Past Chair
  • Theomary Karamanis, Ph.D., SCMP
  • Sylvia Link, MC, ABC, APR
  • Jeffrey Ory, ABC, APR
  • Derrick Rozdeba | IEB Liaison
  • Paige Schafer – Senior Membership and Operations Associate | Staff Liaison

 

Fellows Selection Committee

The Fellows Selection 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 Designation.

  • Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, ABC, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Alice Brink, ABC, IABC Fellow | Vice Chair
  • Mark Schumann, ABC, IABC Fellow | Past Chair
  • Marlee Honcoop, CNP  – Senior Membership and Operations Coordinator | Staff Liaison
  • Chris Bunting, IABC Fellow
  • Dianne Chase
  • Adrian Cropley, ABC, SCMP, IABC Fellow
  • Glenda Holmes

 

Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC)

To align career paths of the communication professional as defined by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Career Roadmap, the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) was established to define, administer and uphold a certification program for practitioners in the communication field. Each path reflects the growth of knowledge, skills and experience that practitioners undergo during the evolution of their careers.

  • Brad Whitworth, ABC, SCMP, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Sia Papageorgiou, FRSA, SCMP | Vice Chair
  • Kimberly George, ABC, SCMP | Past Chair
  • Sara Fowdy – Senior Certification Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Jo Detavernier, SCMP
  • Melissa Arulappan
  • Benoit Laplante, SCMP
  • Mark Evans, SCMP
  • Robert W. Jerome, PhD.
  • Yvonne Grinam Nicholson, ABC

 

Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) works collaboratively with staff to ensure that IABC World Conference is a high-value professional development experience aligned to the needs of the global profession.

  • Jane Mitchell | Chair
  • Zora Artis, SCMP | ViceChair
  • Nic Pearce | Past Chair
  • Erin Goblirsch – Education and Learning Services Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Bonnie Caver, IEB Chair | IEB Liaison
  • Jill Vitiello
  • Teresa Zumwald
  • Sonali Batra
  • Kellie Williams
  • Rebecca Isbister
  • Julie Barber
  • Tracey Sexton
  • Yasmin Sidi
  • Laura Asbjornsen
  • Paula Bernardino, SCMP
  • James King
  • Heather Askew
  • Sharon Farrell
  • Sue Ridewood, ABC
  • Beth Noymer Levine
  • Felicia Renee Griffin, SCMP
  • Doug Downs

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Task Forces/Short-Term Committees

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Task Force

The IABC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force is a time-limited action team tasked to develop recommendations for how to integrate D&I into the fabric of our organization and culture.

In 2018, IABC developed a D&I statement and a Code of Conduct as first steps in this journey to create a more effective organization. The IEB has stated that they want an organization that supports and reflects diversity and inclusion at all levels and at all events; including staff and volunteers. We also know we need a recruitment process that supports diversity.

  • Neil Griffiths, ABC, Chart.PR, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Marlee Honcoop, Senior Membership and Operations Associate | Staff Liaison
  • Gabrielle Loring
  • M. Sue Settell, CMP
  • Celine Brassard
  • K. Dawn Rutledge

Trends Watch Task Force

The IABC Trend Watch task force is a time-limited think tank tasked with continuous environmental scanning provide quarterly reports on trends, emerging issues/opportunities for the field, new big ideas in the profession, and related topics that might provide communicators with insight that helps them succeed now and prepare for the future.

  • Melissa Lavin | Chair
  • Kristin Frankiewicz – Senior Editorial Coordinator | Staff Liaison
  • Joanne Henry
  • Donna Itzoe
  • Celine Richter
  • Nick Vivion
  • Mike Klein
  • Brigitte Fontaine
  • Shaniek Parks

Foundation Grant Selection Task Force

The IABC Foundation Grant Selection Task Force is a time-limited action team who conducts the evaluation, selection and recommendation of all IABC Foundation grants or scholarships. All recommendations are sent from the task force to the Foundation Trustees for final approval.

  • Elizabeth Williams | Chair
  • Paige Schafer – Senior Membership and Operations Associate |Staff Liaison
  • Emily Bogue
  • Amelia Schofield
  • Sarah Andrews, CMP
  • Sandra Pedicini
  • Michelle Tincher
  • Chris Saxby

Leadership Institute PAC

The Leadership Institute (LI) Program Advisory Committee (PAC) works collaboratively with staff to ensure that the IABC Leadership Institute is a valuable leadership development experience that highlights best practices and provides practical takeaways while connecting chapter and region leaders from around the world.

  • Danielle Bond, SCMP – IEB Vice Chair | Chair 
  • Micayla Felicion-Davin – Chapter Relations Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Sue Heumann, ABC
  • Jo Eyre
  • Chris Dutton, CMP
  • Andrew Kaszowski
  • Kendi Guantai
  • Poonam Sharma, SCMP
  • Krista Rausch
  • John Harris

Strategic Planning Task Force

The IABC Strategic Plan Task Force is a time-limited action team of the IEB tasked with creating the 2021-23 Strategic Plan for the organization.

  • Bonnie Caver| Chair
  • Danielle Bond
  • Derrick Rozdeba
  • Matt Tidwell, Ph.D.
  • Victoria Dew, SCMP
  • Zora Artis, GAICD, SCMP, FAMI, CPM

For additional information, contact recognition@iabc.com.

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