IABC Saskatoon President’s Fall Message

Dear IABC Saskatoon Members,

I am honoured to serve as chapter president for the 2020-2021 year. I am looking forward to a great year with a board that is committed to bringing value to our local chapter members. This year our local chapter offerings will be more virtually-based as we continue adapting in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and health guidelines throughout the year but for the time being, offering member value virtually will be our focus.

2020-2021 IABC Saskatoon Chapter Offerings

Our board met in August to discuss our strategic direction for the year. Our portfolio directors are working hard on their portfolio plans for the year. We will begin offering our programming for the year soon. You can find out about upcoming events and offerings through our e-mail newsletter (you can sign up on iabcsaskatoon.com or email communications.iabcyxe@gmail to be added to the mailing list), IABC Saskatoon’s Facebook page, Twitter page, and LinkedIn page.

Who are our Board Members and What Do They Do? The 2020-2021 IABC Saskatoon Board Slate

Here is the 2020-2021 Board Slate that was voted in at the June 2020 AGM (learn more about our Board members here):

President – Heidi Abramyk

The President works with the VP and Past President to shape the strategic direction of the chapter – to align with our vision and mission. Contact Heidi to get involved or if you want to chat about comms @ President.iabcyxe@gmail.com or find her on Linkedin.

Vice President – Melody Lynch, CMP

The Vice President supports our President and the rest of the board as our chapter strives to maximize IABC’s value for members, and acts as the board liaison to Canada West Region. Contact Mel if you want to get more involved in IABC, have any questions or concerns, or just want to chat comms. VP.iabcyxe@gmail.com.

Past President – Krystal Rudyk, CMP

The Past President supports our President and the rest of the board as we strive to maximize IABC’s value for members. Krystal will also be filling in to support the vacant role of Director of Awards and Accreditation. Contact Krystal on LinkedIn if you want to get more involved in IABC or if you have any questions or concerns about certification.

Director of Major Events – Ben Borne, CMP

The Director of Major Events works with our Board and a group of volunteers to plan and execute IABC Saskatoon’s CommuniCon conference as well as coordinate and communicate on any other major special events involving the chapter. You can reach Ben on LinkedIn.

Director of Professional Development – Lana Haight, CMP

The Director of Professional Development lines up speakers for our professional development events where we will learn practical tips and tricks that we can use at our jobs. If you have ideas for PD topics and speakers, you can contact Lana at pd.iabcyxe@gmail.com.

Director of Member Services – Jana Al-Sagheer

The Director of Member services welcomes members, help to organize social events and works to add value to our membership at a local level. Contact Jana @ membership.iabcyxe@gmail.com if you have questions about your IABC membership or how to make the most of your membership.

Director of Communications – Kieran Kobitz, CMP

The Director of Communications collaborates with the board, volunteers, and members to provide value to memberships through websites, newsletters, social media, etc. Contact Kieran @ communications.iabcyxe@gmail.com to suggest a story or topic or to provide feedback on our websites or any communications we have published.

Director of Finance – Michael Robin

The Director of Finance ensures finances are up to date and accurate through monthly reporting and our year end statements. If you want  to chat comms with Michael, you can reach him at Finance.iabcyxe@gmail.com .

Director of Administration – Darby Semeniuk, CMP

The Director of Administration ensures our meetings are booked, prepares board reports, agendas and minutes for meetings. Contact Darby if you need jobs posted to the IABC Saskatoon website @ operations.iabcyxe@gmail.com.

Director of Educational Relations – Natasha Katchuk

The Director of Educational Relations works as a liaison to the University of Saskatchewan, finding ways for our chapter to connect and provide values to students. You can reach Natasha via LinkedIn.

Upcoming Volunteer Roles

Are interested in giving back to your local chapter and profession but don’t know where to begin? We will post volunteer openings on our website with volunteer opportunities that ranging in shorter to longer time commitments. Please keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media accounts when the positions are available. You can learn more about volunteering for IABC Saskatoon here.

Questions, Concerns on Comments

We are always interested in hearing from our members. Please feel free to reach out to me at President.iabcyxe@gmail.com.


Heidi Abramyk

President, IABC Saskatoon

  • September 15, 2020 By iabcsaskatoon