President – Ben Borne, CMPSales & 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. But when things didn’t go according to plan, Ben returned home and pursued his other love – communications. He started his career with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), where he’s worked for the past six years. Over the years, Ben has nurtured a passion for using strategic communications to create inclusive, generous, and responsible communities. In 2019, Ben received his Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification.
In his spare time, Ben slowly works on his Diploma in Public Relations through the University of Victoria and volunteers with different organizations – including serving as the current President of IABC Saskatoon.
Vice President – Krystal Rudyk, CMPMarketing & Communications 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 diverse responsibilities that the role offers. Working for a non-profit members association since 2014 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.
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 Professional Development – Lana Haight, CMPOutreach and Engagement Specialist, Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, University of Saskatchewan
Lana recognizes that communications is an art and that it takes time to develop the skills necessary, something she honed over years as a journalist and a communicator. Her fifteen years as a journalist spanned radio, television and print, spending 10 years with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Lana has also worked with the Saskatoon Medical Association, the Canadian Light Source, and currently is the Outreach and Engagement Specialist with the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.
Lana’s skill set includes media relations, writing, editing, event planning, and strategic communications. She is an IABC member and a certified Communication Management Professional along with being a member of the Saskatchewan Farm Writers’ Association and the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. When not being an all-around communications star, Lana prefers to communicate old school by phone.
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!”
Director of Communications – Kailey LavalleeCommunications Specialist, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Kailey is a writer turned communicator who delights in using storytelling and technology to build communities. After completing her BA (Hons) in English with a minor in digital culture and new media, she honed and grew her content marketing and digital media skills at a web design agency. From there she landed a job as a Communications Specialist at SIGA, where she received a Silver Leaf Award of Merit for her work on SIGA’s corporate social media strategy.
Kailey’s interests include writing, storytelling, web design, content marketing, and social media. When she’s not working or on a beach vacation, you might find her at the library reading, painting and crafting, or cooking up a storm.