IABC

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.

  • Todd “Tosh” Hattori, ABC, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Romany Rzechowicz, CMP | Past Chair
  • Bent Sorensen | Vice Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson, Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Sheila Carruthers, MBA-PR, FCMC, SCMP | IEB Liaison
  • Nancy Arab, APR, ABC, FCPRS, CMP, SCMP
  • Adrienne Jackson
  • Melanie Rushworth

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.

  • Michael Nord, MBA, SCMP | Chair
  • Brook Yciano – Finance Director | Staff Liaison
  • Victoria Dew, SCMP
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Maliha Aqeel, PMP, SCMP
  • Julie Ludwig, ABC
  • Deb Hileman, SCMP
  • Nikki Edwards

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.

  • Sheila Carruthers, MBA-PR, FCMC, SCMP | Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson – Governance and Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Gary Hernandez
  • Rhianna Fursdon

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.

  • Megan Patterson |  Chair
  • John Almond | Vice Chiar
  • Brook Yciano – Finance Director | Staff Liaison
  • Michael Nord, MBA, SCMP
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Gary Spondike
  • Dominique Jolicoeur

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

  • Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP | Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson – Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Zora Artis, GAICD, SCMP, FAMI, CPM
  • Stephen Welch
  • Tracie Bettenhausen
  • Jo Ann Johnston, ABC
  • Jonathan Tremblay, CMP
  • Mark Evans
  • Mike Evans

 

Nominating committee for international committees

  • Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP | Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson – Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Bonnie Caver
  • Anew Oberholzer
  • Lisa McNally
  • Kelly Rusk
  • Jonathan Tremblay, CMP
  • Rebecca Callahan
  • Brandon Babcock
  • Patrick Cobb
  • Mike Klein

 

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.

  • Bonnie Caver
  • Micayla Felicion-Davin, MBA – Chapter Relations Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Zora Artis, GAICD, SCMP, FAMI, CPM
  • Stephen Welch
  • Tracie Bettenhausen
  • Jo Ann Johnston, ABC
  • Jonathan Tremblay, CMP
  • Matt Evans
  • Mark Evans

 

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.

  • Nicole Duke-Westfield | Chair
  • Patrick Armstrong | Vice Chair
  • Judith Sparkes, ABC | Past Chair
  • Natasha Nicholson | Content Director, Staff Liaison
  • Matt Tidwell, Ph.D. |IEB Liaison
  • Mark Evans
  • Purba Mukherjee
  • Robert Gill, Ph.D.
  • Amber Marechal
  • Daven Rosener

 

Awards committee

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

  • Ed Kamrin, SCMP | Chair
  • Ritzi Ronquillo, APR | Vice Chair
  • Gabrielle Loring | Past Chair
  • Michelle Liston, CMP – Awards Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Danielle Bond, SCMP | IEB Liaison
  • Neil Griffiths, ABC, Chart.PR, IABC Fellow
  • Maureen Healey

 

Fellows 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.

  • Mark Schumann, ABC, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, ABC, IABC Fellow | Chair
  • Jennifer Wah, ABC, SCMP, MC, IABC Fellow | Past Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson – Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP | IEB Liaison
  • Alice Brink, ABC, IABC Fellow
  • Chris Bunting, IABC Fellow
  • Marcia White
  • Dianne Chase

 

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.

  • Kimberly George, SCMP | Chair
  • Brad Whitworth, ABC, SCMP, IABC Fellow | Vice Chair
  • Theomary Karamanis, Ph.D., SCMP | Past Chair
  • Sara Fowdy – Senior Certification Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Ben Shaw | IEB Liaison
  • Robert Jerome
  • Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP
  • Alex Malouf, SCMP
  • Jo Detavernier
  • Melissa Arulappan

 

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.

  • Nic Pearce | Chair
  • Jane Mitchell | Vice Chair
  • Jenifer Bice | Past Chair
  • Natasha Nicholson – Content Director | Staff Liaison
  • Victoria Dew, SCMP – IEB Chair | IEB Liaison
  • Rita Chen
  • Erin MacDonald
  • Cheryl Flohr
  • Rebecca Lowicki
  • Natasha Mitchell
  • Tracey Sexton
  • Rebecca Isbister
  • Sonali Batra
  • Jill Folan
  • Jodi Freedman
  • Yasmin Sid
  • Paul Diggens
  • Clare Gleghorn
  • Tasha Lupanko
  • Chris Westcott
  • Rhonda Carlson
  • Anna Willey, IABC Fellow
  • Elise Mesedahl
  • Emma Slieker
  • Emma Hanley
  • Vija Urbanaviciene

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Task Forces/Short-Term Committees

 

50th Anniversary task force

This task force is charged with developing and supporting the events for IABCs 50th anniversary in 2020 with the underlying idea of “50 years and still giving back…”

  • Alain Legault, BA, MC | Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson – Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP | IEB Liaison
  • Robin McCasland, SCMP, FRSA
  • Felicia Shiu, ABC, APR
  • Maria Constantinescu

 

Big Ideas task force

The IABC Big Ideas Task Forces are time-limited think tanks tasked with researching and developing thought leadership white papers on assigned topics to provide IABC members with insights about the profession now and in the future.

  • Adrian Cropley, OAM, FRSA, SCMP | Chair
  • Sharon McIntosh
  • Natasha Nicholson – Director of Content | Staff Liaison

Diversity & 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.

  • Gillian Williams McClean | Chair
  • Kirsten Peterson, Governance & Foundation Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Jill Vitiello | IEB Liaison
  • Neil Griffiths, ABC, Chart.PR, IABC Fellow
  • Kate Clark
  • Meka Lloyd

Tools & Templates task force

he IABC Tools and Templates TF is a time-limited action team who will aggregate and develop tools/templates for critical communication functions and practices to help IABC members do their jobs better.  The TF will identify the 10 most critical templates a communication professional will need in their work, and work together to develop best practice templates to be shared on IABC.com as a member only resource.

  • Lorraine Lynch | Chair
  • Natasha Nicholson – Director of Content | Staff Liaison
  • Susan Jackson
  • Michael Deas
  • Ron Hudock
  • Megan Wolfinger
  • Hailey Russell

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.

  • Christine Elmer | Chair
  • Natasha Nicholson – Content Director | Staff Liaison
  • Derrick Rozdeba | IEB Liaison
  • Cheryl Carr, ABC
  • Liisa Sheldrick, CMP
  • Michael Ambrozewicz
  • Michael Mead
  • Nick Vivion
  • Mike Klein

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.

  • Lachandra Backer, MBA, ABC, CTA | Chair
  • Claudia Anderson – Communication Specialist |Staff Liaison
  • Kate Clark
  • Louisa Kellie
  • Elizabeth Williams
  • Kimberly Henderson
  • Chrystal Neely

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.

  • Bonnie Caver – IEB Vice Chair | Chair 
  • Micayla Felicion – Chapter Relations Manager | Staff Liaison
  • Kristy Christie
  • Sherrilynne Starkie
  • Will Tigley
  • Ana Ximenes
  • Alexandra Hichel
  • Michael Shepherd
  • David MacDonald

 

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 Kirsten Peterson, Governance & Foundation Manager 

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