About Master Communicator


The IABC Canada Master Communicator designation (MC) is a lifetime achievement award and is the highest honour IABC Canada can bestow on an individual member. The designation recognizes outstanding Canadian communication professionals whose work has brought credit to IABC, the profession, their organization or clients, and whose contributions have raised the standards of organizational communication in Canada.

2018 Master Communicator Honourees

August 7, 2018: IABC Names 2018 Master Communicators

View the honourees of the Master Communicator designation:

Sue Heuman, ABC, MC
Judith Sparkes, ABC, MC
Cyrus Mavalwala, ABC, MC


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Eligibility for Master Communicator

To be considered for selection, a nominee must be a member of IABC, a resident of Canada, and an accredited business communicator (ABC) and/or a Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP).

An IABC member must be nominated by three IABC members; and the nominee must review the nomination materials and sign the nomination form.

The following are not eligible for nomination:

  • Current members of a regional board
  • Members of the IABC international board within the past two years, and
  • Current IABC staff members (local, regional or international)

Selection Criteria

The supporting material must demonstrate how the nominee fulfills the following selection criteria:

  • Contribution to the organizational communication field and profession – The selection committee needs to understand how the nominee’s achievements have had a positive and direct impact – including teaching, mentoring and coaching – and evidence of commitment to professionalism.
  • Communication career achievement – The selection committee will be looking for communication-related career achievements with demonstrable results, scope of responsibilities, advancements, years in the field, education level, and influence on students, clients and others.
  • Authorship, speaking and lecturing – The nominee should be directly responsible for articles, books, columns, research papers, speeches, seminars, workshops and other examples that demonstrate sustained leadership in one or more areas of expertise.
  • Contributions to IABC – How has the nominee contributed to chapter, regional and international board and committee activity, made presentations to chapters and regions, written articles for Communication World and other IABC publications and initiatives?
  • Other – This includes professional recognition, awards, citations, honours, community activities and other business-related activities.

Nomination Process

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Master Communicator program, and Honourees have been announced.

Learn more about how to nominate someone for the Master Communicator designation.

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Nomination Tips

Extensive documentation is required to demonstrate that the nominee has the qualifications to be named a Master Communicator.

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