Global PR Summit Canada 4

21-22 November, Toronto

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About the Event

Welcome to the fourth edition of Canada's most innovative PR and corporate communications conference.

Featuring presentations by some of the world's leading PR and communications experts, attending the Global PR Summit Canada 4, will enable you to:

  • Rebuild your reputation after a cyber attack
  • How to protect your reputation in an age of fake news
  • Advance diversity in your PR department
  • Transform your company into a digital superstar
  • Make your corporate story sizzle
  • Use social media to build a community
  • Understand the latest PR measurement trends

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Facts & Figures

Did you know?

  • The first ever Global PR Summit was held in Belgrade, Serbia in March 2011. Since then, the event has been held in 24 countries around the world, including: the US, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Qatar, Bahrain and South Korea.
  • The first ever Global PR Summit in Canada was held in December 2016 in Montreal and included presentations by some of the world's leading PR professionals including Princess Diana's Private Secretary and Mary Jo Jacobi, Former VP Communications at BP America.
  • For three years in a row, the Canadian edition of the Global PR Summit has been supported by CPRS and IABC Toronto.
  • Over 800 PR professionals have attended the past three edition of the Global PR Summit Canada.


Maliha Aqeel, PMP Director of Global Communications, Fix Network World

Stephanie Nadalin Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd.

Allison Polly PepsiCo

Russell Baker Corporate Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro

Aaron Brindle Google Canada

David Bauer Purolator Inc.

Krista Webster Veritas Communications

Cam Gordon Twitter Canada

Mark Weiner Cognito Insights

Kieran Fagan CVS Health

Colleen Marshall Delaney Massachusetts General Hospital

Varsha Sreekumar Johnson & Johnson

Michelle Lefler Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Kirsten Walkom Smith & Company

Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams UNHCR

Katherine Wolfgang CBC

Bjorn Trowery Facebook



Registration and Morning Coffee


Opening Remarks


How Do We Show Value and Demonstrate the Necessity of PR
Cam Gordon, Head of Communications, Twitter Canada


Communicating on Complex Topics: Challenges and Opportunities Communicating about Artificial Intelligence
Aaron Brindle, Head of Public Affairs, Google Canada


Exploring How to Build a Resilient Communications Team and Breaking Down Barriers Between Departments
Michelle Lefler, VP, Communications and Public Relations, Aurora


Interactive Discussion With Speakers and Delegates


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


Interactive Panel Discussion: PR Trends We Want to See in 2020

Russell Baker, Executive Vice President, IABC/Toronto & Corporate Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro 
Maliha Aqeel, Assistant Director, Brand, Marketing & Communications, EY
David Bauer, Head of Corporate Communications, Purolator Inc. 
Krista Webster, President & CEO, Veritas Communications


Rebuilding Trust: Combatting a “Crisis of Trust” in Today’s Global Landscape
- A strategic snapshot of the state of trust worldwide
- How to be prepared: Steps to execute risk assessments in a global context
- How to practice messaging with purpose—internally and externally
- How to practice greater accountability and transparency
- How to use social media channels to build trust in the face of skepticism
Kirsten Walkom, Executive Vice President, Smith & Company


Overcoming the Daily Distraction, Engaging Employees in a World of Constant Communication
In a world of non-stop news and noise, internal communication is becoming increasingly difficult as employees are bombarded with information. How do we engage, inform and update staff about key initiatives – especially during emergency situations? In this session, hear strategies that worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the days following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, during the extended nationwide shortages of IV fluid bags and injectable opioid medications in 2018, and in advance of a new seasonal flu vaccine requirement for all staff.
Colleen Delaney, Director of Internal Communication, Publications and Operations, Massachusetts General Hospital


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Topics


Networking and Refreshment Break


The Role of Effective Storytelling in Communications and Fundraising
Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head, Global Communications Desk, UNHCR


Gaining the Right Media Coverage Through Creative Thinking: Case Studies and Learnings from CBC
Katherine Wolfgang, Head of Public Relations, CBC


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


End of Day One


Morning Coffee


Opening Remarks


Real-time Marketing, and PR Wins on a Budget: How a Beer Company Won Gold at the Winter Olympics
Bjorn Trowery, Former Director of Corporate Communications & Brand Public Relations, HEINEKEN USA


Case Study by PepsiCo: The New Content Model
The presentation will be on the changing marketing and content landscape through a case study on Pepsi Black. We will be featuring a digital film we created for the brand with the award-winning filmmakers The Mundo Sisters.
Allison Polly, Head of Content Development, PepsiCo, USA


The Rise of the Social Purpose Campaign and What Does it Mean for Brand Loyalty

Kieran Fagan, VP, Communications - Content + Experiences, CVS Health


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


What Does it Take to Build a Winning Influencer Campaign in a Skeptical World
Varsha Sreekumar, Digital Strategist, The Hive Strategic Inc &

Former Social Media and Digital Influencer Lead, Johnson & Johnson


Building a Rockstar PR Team

Stephanie Nadalin, AVP, External Communications, Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd.


Interactive Discussion with Speakers and Delegates


Networking and Refreshment Break

14.45 Mini Interactive Workshop: Getting Started with PR Measurement - A Step by Step Approach

Attending this interactive workshop will enable you to:

- Understand why measurement and analytics is important to PR professionals

- Develop a successful measurement strategy

- Turn data into insights

- Listen more to consumers and understand the gap between what companies think they are delivering and what stakeholders want

- Use Communications Research to Drive Business Results

Mark Weiner, Chief Insights Officer, CISION


End of Global PR Summit Canada 4

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is a world-class venue located at the heart of a world-class city, with vibrant surroundings. The Centre's central location is walking distance from the Financial and Entertainment Districts, plentiful accommodations, and public transit systems.