Communication & Wine

Communication & Wine, the perfect pairing!


Join IABC and CPRS for a unique evening of wine tasting perfectly paired with vintage advice and lessons learned about strategic communication. Paula Kohl, ABC, and Alan Clay, APR, FCPRS, have a shared love for communication and Cabernet alike. These two oenophiles (that’s a fancy word for wine geek) will walk us through some tastings and share insight into how communication is much like a fine wine - its complexity can be lost on those who don’t appreciate all that goes into a well-executed product.


Alan and Paula have both earned the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 2 Certification and are enrolled in the Canadian Wine Scholar program. Add this knowledge to their 45 combined years in the communication profession, and it’s a perfect pairing for a fun night out that leaves you with some tantalizing food for thought.


Event details:

Date:          Thurs, March 29, 2018

Time:          Wine o’clock of course!

For those who need more structure:

4:30 p.m. - networking opportunity

5:15 p.m. - welcome & introductions followed by information-sharing session

6:30 p.m. – event wrap up

Location:    Crave Kitchen & Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave

Cost:            $40/IABC & CPRS members – includes wine tastings, charcuterie & appies

                     $45 non members

RSVP:          Please register prior to 12 noon, Tues March 27


**All participants are encouraged to arrange in advance, safe rides to/from this event.


About Paula:

Paula is a talented, enthusiastic, IABC-accredited strategic communication leader with 15 years’ experience in leading high-performing communication teams, developing strategies, media relations and all things digital. She is currently the director of marketing, communications & strategy at Evraz Place.


About Alan:

Alan has 30 years of experience in the public, private and not-for profit sectors. He has managed communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement in a variety of industries and is widely respected in this profession. Alan is currently director of communications and customer experience for the City of Regina.


CPRS 2018 National AGM

Location: Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018

If you cannot attend the Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, but wish to participate, you must:

- Complete the Election Ballot (…/AGM2015/Election%20Ballot%202015%281%29.pdf) and return it by email at or by fax to CPRS National Office (416-239-1076).

- Assign someone else who will be at the meeting to cast a vote on your behalf for the items that come before the AGM. That person (referred to as your "proxy holder") may vote for you only if she (or he) is a voting member in good standing of the National Society and has been properly appointed by your completing and dating the Proxy form (…/Governance/AGM2015/PROXY%20FORM%202015.pdf)

- Please note that if you are not attending the meeting in person the National Office must receive the Proxy form and Ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 26, 2018.


CPRS National Conference

The 2018 CPRS National Conference will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. More details to follow. For other professional development opportunities, please click here.


Public Relations Knowledge Exam: Your Entry Into Practice

Recent public relations and communications graduates and current junior-level practitioners will soon have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, in written form. The CPRS National Council on Education is in the process of developing the first-ever standardized public relations exam in Canada. The Public Relations Knowledge™ (PRK) exam will be available in classrooms across the country this spring. 

The University of Regina is the PRK exam location in Regina.

Companies that receive a high number of job applications have indicated they look for more reliable methods of assessing prospective and newly hired employees. After successfully completing the PRK exam, individuals will be able to set themselves apart from other applicants with this resumé builder. They will be able to enter the job market with increased confidence and be received with added respect.

To read more about the PRK and watch a testimonial, click here.