Summer has (finally) arrived, and the temptation is high to ditch all responsibilities to have fun in the sun. Just because the heat is here, it doesn’t mean you can’t mix business with pleasure! Check out the following four public relations and communications events happening right here in your city this summer. Whether you are a public relations or communications professional or student, you might want to consider checking out these amazing networking and professional development opportunities!
The Ottawa Chapter of the The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on June 13th from 5:00-7:00pm. This event is important because new members to the board of directors will be elected. They will also provide a presentation of their annual reports on the student program, professional development, and their financial position. Whether or not you have been involved with this CPRS chapter before, attending their AGM will give you a great idea of the benefits of being a member. This event also doubles as a great networking opportunity with local public relations professionals. The event will be held at Alt Hotel Ottawa. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cprs-ottawa-gatineau-2017-annual-general-meeting-assemblee-generale-annuelle-2017-de-la-srpc-ottawa-tickets-34910309676
IABC Ottawa AGM
Similarly, the Ottawa chapter of the International Association for Business Communicators will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on June 20th, from 5:30-8:00pm at the 3 Brewers on Sparks Street. Voting for their new executive board will take place, as well as some awards. There will be time to network and connect with communications professionals over cocktails during the evening. Reserve your ticket here: http://ottawa.iabc.com/events/celebrate-ottawas-communications-community-at-the-iabc-end-of-season-event/
Additionally, if you want to help IABC Ottawa build their strategy for their chapter, you’ll want to attend one of their focus groups. There will be a focus group for non-members on June 15th from 5:30-7:30. For members, the focus group will be held on June 22nd from 5:30-7:30. This is a great opportunity to make an impact on IABC Ottawa’s next year, and network with communications professionals. Reserve your spot through this link: http://ottawa.iabc.com/events/youre-invited-to-help-us-shape-the-future-of-iabc-ottawa-for-communicators-in-the-capital/
Local Talks will be hosting a panel around the theme of self-promotion on June 15th. You definitely want to make it out to this event because it is their one year anniversary in Ottawa! Not only is the location at Maker Space North extremely unique, there will be donuts and prizes on this evening. Kristen Ritchie, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Climax Media will be the moderator. The Local Talks panels spark a great conversation around each theme, and attracts a great crowd. This is a great event to attend if you are looking to connect with local entrepreneurs and professionals. For more information and tickets, visit their Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139366279500586/
We have all seen multiple amazing TED Talks online, but have you ever considered that you could hear one live? That’s right, TEDxOttawa is happening here on September 28th. This event will be held at the Algonquin Commons Theatre, from 6:00-9:30pm. With a theme of “Who knew?” you can expect a range of speakers and topics. This event is a few months away, but tickets will go fast. Make sure to secure yours here: https://tedxottawa.ca/tickets/
Are you a little shy or somewhat introverted, or simply new to networking? Check out our blog post The Four C's of Networking for Introverts for tips and trips on networking best practices.
Will you be doing any professional development over the summer? Are these events up your alley? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!