IABC Golden Horseshoe Executive Board
The IABC Golden Horseshoe chapter is managed by a board of volunteers nominated and elected by the chapter membership annually at the Annual General Meeting.
To learn more about our board member responsibilities and position descriptions, please read: IABC GH Board Accountabilities-2016
2016-17 Board of Directors
Rob is an established communicator with over a dozen years of professional experience working in healthcare, non-profit and corporate environments. He currently serves as Communications Advisor with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN). He is a gifted story teller, strategic thinker all around creative type with a passion for bringing big ideas to life.
Rob completed his postgraduate certificate in Public Relations at Humber College and his degree in Film Studies at Western University.
As President, Rob’s three main priorities are to add value to membership with IABC Golden Horseshoe, to improve communication between the chapter and its members, and to increase accountability of the board.
IABC GH – Immediate Past President (2014- 2016)
IABC GH – V.P. Prof. Dev. & Events (2014-2014)
IABC Canada East Region – Board of Directors (2014-2016)
IABC Toronto – V.P. Volunteers & Mentorship Program
Marie is an award-winning, accredited business communicator with more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing strategic communications, marketing and digital campaigns. As a former journalist, Marie brings a wealth of knowledge from both sides of the media with extensive knowledge in corporate communications, public engagement and government relations.
She holds Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University (Broadcast Journalism) with a certificate in Public Relations. She studied with the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge and the Journal’s Mark Starowicz and holds an executive education certificate in Risk and Crisis Communications from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.
Marie is an avid community builder having sat on numerous boards over the past two decades.
Executive Vice-President/Incoming President
Born in Moreton’s Harbour, a small fishing village on Newfoundland and Labrador’s north east coast, Billy now calls the Hammer home. After graduating the Journalism program at College of the North Atlantic over a decade ago, his first posting was in Antigua and Barbuda – after a year of chasing news stories in the sea, sun and sand, Billy moved back to his home province where he continued working in the journalism field until about six years ago when he decided to dive into public relations.
Now, working with the Canadian Welding Bureau Group, Billy helps bring awareness related to the welding profession. When he’s not enjoying the beach, BBQ’s with friends and fine cigars, he’s enjoying watching the Toronto Blue Jays as their arm chair General Manager.
Billy Canning is currently the Vice President of your IABC Golden Horseshoe chapter, he can be reached at email@example.com or feel free to give him a call. 289.893.0240 He’s always up for a coffee.
Vice-President of Administration
Communications is a second career for Helen after more than a decade in landscape architecture and environmental planning. Since 2010 she has focused on her love of sharing stories and information to enlighten and engage audiences. Helen brings experience and knowledge in a variety of sectors including non-profit, municipal government, magazine publication, education, healthcare, and land use planning.
This is Helen’s second time serving on the Golden Horseshoe board of directors. She held the professional development portfolio from 2010 to 2011 and successfully organized events in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara that were well attended and enjoyed by the presenters and participants. Holding the administration portfolio for the current board is an opportunity for Helen to put her organizational skills to good use and help the board complete strategic goals and objectives.
Co-Vice President of Finance
IABC GH – Founding President (2005-2008)
IABC GH – Various Board positions including: professional development, finance and Gift of Communication (2008-present)
IABC Canada East Region – Director (2000), Finance Chair (1997-1998), Board of Directors (1996-2001)
IABC International Board – Board member (2000) and has worked on various committees since then
IABC London – President (1996) and various other Board positions (1990-2001)
Jan has a science background (Life Sciences and Petroleum Geology from Queens) but that hasn’t held her back from an exciting two decade career as a communications and fundraising specialist. With over 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry and ten years in the environmental field, Jan is able to use her science background to communicate high-tech ideas to low-tech audiences and build understanding in the areas of medicine, research and the natural world. She is currently Director of Fundraising at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, helping to preserve a conservation corridor along the Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve).
Jan has won a number of IABC awards over the years, including the 2011 Lifetime Friend Awards from the IABC Foundation, as well as the 2015 IABC Toronto Bobbie Resnick Philanthropy Award for the Gift Of Communication.
Co-Vice President of Finance
Jane Wilcox, ABC, is the owner and president of Xposure PR, a full-service communications firm that specializes in strategically integrating marketing, digital and public relations efforts.
Jane has 20 plus years of experience creating brand eminence for organizations in fast- paced, result-oriented environments in the consumer, automotive, not-for- profit, food, health and financial industries.
Prior to owning Xposure PR, Wilcox worked in corporate communications. She spent time in marketing communications at CIBC Finance and several years in corporate public relations at Goodyear Canada. Her first stint at Goodyear was as manager of public relations, her second was as director of public relations. Wilcox and her team at Goodyear Canada were named one of Canada’s “Ten Marketers that Mattered” by Marketing Magazine.
During her time at Xposure PR Wilcox has served a variety of clients including GE Healthcare, Sodexo Canada, the Responsible Gambling Council, Medtronic of Canada, Bell Canada, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, FedEx Canada, Longo’s, Standard Life and CPA Canada.
Her work has been recognized with several Gold Quill and Ovation awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Ace Awards from the Canadian Public Relations Society of Canada (CPRS). Wilcox earned her ABC (Accredited Business Communicator) accreditation from the IABC in 2002.
Co-Vice-President of Communications
Delia graduated from the University of Western Ontario in June 2015, after completing a 4-year Bachelors Degree in Media, Information and Technoculture. In 2016, she graduated from the Mohawk College Public Relations Program, with Honors.
While still new to the world of Public Relations, Delia hopes that her enthusiasm, creativity and love of social media will be a great asset to the Golden Horseshoe board. Delia is looking forward to growing with the Golden Horseshoe team this term, and connecting with professionals from the area.
Co-Vice-President of Communications
Rachel Shuttleworth has over 13 years of experience in communications, marketing and management. She has worked in a variety of sectors including entrepreneurship, health care, international development, automotive and more.
In her roles, Rachel managed communications strategies in English and French for small and mid-sized companies, non-profits and government organizations. Her expertise include corporate communications, marketing, strategic planning, project management and stakeholder relations.
An active volunteer, Rachel has participated on the Board of Directors for a community-based recreation association, a charity running volunteering trips to South America and a professional development group. She has also acted as a communications and marketing advisor for various start-up companies.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications from the University of Ottawa and spent a year studying at l’Université Aix-Marseille in France. She also has a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2014/15, Rachel led a team that created a national program to foster youth entrepreneurship in Canada and was recognized with a Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the IABC.
Co-Vice-President of Professional Development & Events
Jessica began her post-secondary education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she gained her B.A in Communications and English. After having a great experience in a human resources position while completing her schooling, she thought she was destined to continue this career and applied to programs in this field. However, in the summer of 2015, Jessica obtaineda temporary position with the City of Hamilton, where she assisted in the execution of the Hamilton Children’s Water Festival. She was enamoured with the communications world and was hooked. Jessica completed the Public Relations post-graduate program at Mohawk College and hasn’t looked back.
Jessica is now the Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Top Lift Enterprises in Stoney Creek. During her free time, she enjoys volunteer coaching 10 to 12 year olds on a competitive jump rope team for ten months of the year. Jessica considers herself to be a taco enthusiast and a self proclaimed pun master.
As a member of the Golden Horseshoe chapter for her second year, Jessica looks forward to contributing to the board’s awesome events, and learning from her fellow members and IABC community.
Vice-President of Sponsorship & Strategic Initiatives
John Gilbert is a newly graduated professional in the world of Public Relations and Communications. He started by attending Niagara College for an Advanced Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting and then this past year, he studied Public Relations at Mohawk College and graduated with honours in June.
John spent his year working with clients such as Wellwood and Hamilton Out of the Cold. His internship was at Joseph Brant Hospital in their Corporate Communications Department.
John classifies himself as a professional nice guy. He would definitely put that on his business card, but his education in communications may help him achieve success at a faster rate.
John is extremely excited to work with some experienced professionals on the board. He hopes to achieve excellent results in the coming year that will benefit both current members and potential future members.