President – Ben BorneSales & Marketing Specialist, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Ben Borne is a communications professional on paper, but a relationship builder at heart. He grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but jetted off to Winnipeg, Manitoba to become a pastor. When things didn’t turn out as planned (which they rarely do), Ben returned to home to pursue his other love – communications. Ben started his career at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) where he sharpened his skills and grew professionally. Over the years, he’s nurtured a passion for relationship building through strategic communications. His interest is in using communications to create inclusive, generous, and responsible communities.
Currently, Ben is working on his Diploma in Public Relations through the University of Victoria. He is also heavily involved in the community volunteering with different organizations. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, travelling, reading, writing and binge watching the latest Netflix show.
Vice President – Krystal RudykCommunications Manager, Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association
Krystal discovered her love for communications and marketing while she was learning how people think in pursuit of her Psychology degree at the U of S. She currently works as the Communications Manager for the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association, and loves the variety, unpredictability, and and diverse responsibilities that the role offers. Working for a non-profit members association for the past three years has taught her a lot about what it means to offer value to members, and she is excited to help bring that value to the members of IABC Saskatoon.
With a mild-to-moderate addiction to learning, she has spent the last five years expanding her skills and knowledge in graphic design, social media strategy, digital advertising, and branding. When she’s not busy working, attending training sessions, or poring over YouTube tutorials, she enjoys trivia nights, escape rooms, traveling, and making the winter more bearable with curling and ice fishing.
Past President – Dan GoldDirector of Digital Strategy, Martin Charlton Communications
Dan is a truly global communicator, he has worked on projects in every major economy across Sports, Automotive, Consumer, Fashion & Luxury and Corporate sectors. With family in Saskatchewan, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to move here and tell the Saskatchewan story to the world. “Many economies across the world could learn from Saskatchewan, the sense of community is a real competitive advantage when growing an economy ”
Radio broadcasting is where Dan found his communications feet, from there he moved in to content marketing and PR in London, England. A visit to Canada proved too enticing and upon his return to the UK, the bags were proverbially packed.
Co-Director of Professional Development – Colin McHattieCommunications Advisor, Affinity Credit Union
Colin is a journalist turned communicator with a passion for telling stories and engaging with new people. After completing his bachelor of communications at Mount Royal University, he cut his teeth as a newspaper reporter, telling the stories of the good folks in High River as they recovered from the devastating floods. From there, he moved back home to Saskatoon to work in marketing and communications at a market research company.
Colin now works at a software company specializing in online qualitative research, and has the privilege of marketing its services to clients around the world. He specializes in graphic design, videography and animation and enjoys honing his skills whenever the opportunity arises.
Director of Operations – Andrea LauderCommunications Manager, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Andrea’s communications experience has been shaped by years of education, travel, work and volunteerism. Her interests lie in exploring communications and relationship-building in the digital and face-to-face world, a perfect fit for her role as Communications Manager with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers.
Andrea has an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan, a bachelor of applied communications degree in public relations from Mount Royal University, and a master of arts degree in communications and technology from the University of Alberta. Outside of work she is an aspiring violinist, avid sports fan, globe trotter, cyclist and voracious reader.
Director of Member Services – Heidi AbramykCommunications Consultant, Health Quality Council
Heidi’s favourite part about being a communicator is how challenging and rewarding it is. She has worked in design, marketing, and communications in various roles in a wide range of industries from apparel, transportation, software, and the public sector. She loves that there is always something new to learn and a new project to work on. Heidi has a Bachelor of Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Thompson Rivers University. She currently works as the Communications Consultant with the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. She also gives back and does volunteer work for non-profits.
Her areas of interest include marketing, digital marketing, content creation, strategic communications and visual communications. She does her best creative thinking by constantly learning and absorbing the world around her. She loves creating connections and finding solutions between the seemingly unexpected. She says, “if you feel like you are outside of your comfort zone you are probably learning something and that is a good thing!”
Senior Representative – Veronique LoewenManager, Communications, Orano Canada
Véronique Loewen is Manager, Communications for AREVA Resources Canada Inc., a world leader in uranium exploration, mining and milling, with major operations in northern Saskatchewan. Véronique graduated from Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France with a BA and MA in Applied Foreign Languages. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. At AREVA Véronique develops, implements and evaluates communications and stakeholders engagement strategies and programs. She also manages community investment initiatives for Saskatoon and area. Aside from her work with AREVA, Veronique is also the owner of Verolingo Communications a sole-proprietorship providing English-French translation, writing and editing and strategic communications planning services.
Véronique is a member of the Saskatchewan Mining Association’s Public Affairs Committee. She is a founding member and past co-chair of Women in Mining / Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan. She is a member of the board of directors of the Saskatchewan crown corporation Saskatchewan Transportation Company, which recently ceased operations. She volunteers with the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation as co-Chair of the Jeans & Jewels Gala. Véronique was the recipient of the 2017 YWCA of Saskatoon’s Women of Distinction Award in Leadership and Professions.