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.

Nominate Your Colleague for Master Communicator

The deadline for nominations for 2017 is August 11, 2017 (midnight CST).

Candidates must be nominated by three IABC members, and the nominee must review the nomination materials and sign the nomination formMaster Communicator Nomination Submission form.

Send the completed nomination form and all supporting documentation as one electronic document (PDF) to Anna Willey, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow, 2017 Chair, Master Communicators Selection Committee, at amwilley@accesscomm.ca.

Nominators may find it helpful to read Tips for preparing a Master Communicator nomination before preparing their submission.

2016 Master Communicator Honourees

IABC Canada Names 2016 Master Communicators

L’IABC Canada annonce les Maîtres communicateurs de 2016


Keep checking this page for 2017 updates.

2017 Chair, Master Communicators Selection Committee – Anna Willey at amwilley@accesscomm.ca.

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).

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 Form

Candidates must be nominated by three IABC members, and the nominee must review the nomination materials and sign the nomination form.

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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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View the honourees of the Master Communicator designation.

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