Angela Murray has over 20 years experience as a public relations practitioner. Since 2000 she has provided her expertise for the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), developing, managing and implementing public relations programs for 10,000 member professional association that represents public school and Community College teachers in Nova Scotia.
Her work with the NSTU has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education and the Canadian Educational Press Association. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector having worked for organizations that include Neptune Theatre, Clean Nova Scotia, and Discovery Centre. Angela is a recent graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University's Master of Public Relations program, where she received her Bachelor of Public Relations in 1990. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dalhousie University. As an active member of CPRS Nova Scotia, she was program co-chair for 2008 National CPRS conference held in Halifax, served as professional development chair, vice-president, president and past president.
Carol Panasiuk APR, FCPRS LM
Carol was a Principal at The Communications Department, a strategic communications consulting firm she founded in 2011. The company provided businesses with a senior level sounding board, advice and counsel plus a full range of communications activities. Carol also founded the first Canadian office of Cohn & Wolfe, an international marketing communications firm. Her communications experience covers the gamut of public relations having worked with leading corporations to develop creative, integrated programs that deliver strong, measurable results. Carol began her career at Burson-Marsteller, one of the world's leading public relations and public affairs firms. She has a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto, an Advanced Diploma, Public Relations, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Carol was appointed to the CPRS Board of Directors in 2013 and has served as the Board Liaison for the National Awards of Excellence. She co-chaired the very successful 2016 World Public Relations Forum which CPRS hosted in May 2016. Carol is also an accredited member of CPRS and has won numerous awards from the Society for outstanding work on behalf of clients. She has served on the Toronto Chapter’s Board of Directors as a Vice President and Treasurer. In 2007 she was named PR Professional of the Year by CPRS Toronto. Carol was recognized as a Life Member of CPRS and inducted as a Fellow of the Society in 2012. She was a founding member of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms and served as that organization's Vice Chair and Treasurer.
Rashpal has over 15 years of experience in the public relations profession, primarily in the corporate sector and in public-private partnerships. As public relations manager for Envirotest Canada and the AirCare vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program in Metro Vancouver, he is responsible for media, government and corporate relations, and maintaining ongoing relationships with internal and external stakeholders both for the government-mandated program and the private company. He managed the program's communications strategies through two new program launches (2001 and 2007) successfully and seamlessly during a time of political and media scrutiny. Prior to joining Envirotest Canada, Rashpal worked at Langara College in Vancouver working with individual faculties and departments on a variety of communications initiatives.
Rashpal has a long history of service to CPRS. He became a member in 1999, and was a student member with CPRS Vancouver Island. He served on the Vancouver Island Chapter Board in 2008, before moving to Vancouver. He served as Secretary/Treasurer for CPRS Vancouver in 2007-2008 and in 2009-2011, and served as Conference Vice-Chair and Finance Chair for the CPRS 2009 National Conference in Vancouver. He has been a member of the National Board of Directors since 2011. A native of Victoria, B.C., Rashpal graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1997 with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations. He received his APR in 2013.
Alex Sévigny, Ph.D., APR
A fluently bilingual Franco-Ontarian, Dr. Alex Sévigny, APR, has been a passionate advocate for professional communication for his entire academic and professional career. He pioneered a professional focus to the communication studies program at McMaster University from his hiring in 2001 and more recently in the growing number of college programs in Ontario, where he has served as an official program reviewer for three college programs. In 2011, as Professional Development Chair of the Hamilton chapter, he started the successful Pint-Sized Social Media discussion series, which has brought renewed interest in CPRS among practitioners, particularly junior and mid-career practitioners of whom at least five have become members after attending a few pint-sized events. In 2012, he was Accredited in Public Relations and has since become a constant advocate of the APR designation.
During the first year of his co-presidency of CPRS Hamilton (2014-15), he has built upon the excellent work of past presidents and energized his board to increase Hamilton membership by 10%. He has also spearheaded a program to increase CPRS Hamilton’s value proposition to the business community by leading the creation of, StartUP with CPRS Hamilton, a new strategic initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the power of public relations for startups and small business, which involves a speed dating 90-minute format and was organized jointly with local innovation centres (so far: Hamilton Innovation Factory, Milton Innovation Centre). During the event, CPRS Hamilton members offer free public relations consulting to leaders of startups and small businesses. The first event attracted 21 organizations.
Natalie Tomczak’s extensive communications experience has been keeping her busy in a field she is passionate about for the last 15 years. She recently transitioned into the role of Director of Communications at the Law Society of Saskatchewan where she is responsible for stakeholder engagement, issues management, risk assessment and identification, crisis communications, media relations and writing strategies to align, enhance and build the Law Society’s reputation. Prior to joining the Law Society, Natalie worked at the University of Regina in a variety of communications and public relations positions and at Farm Credit Canada.
Natalie has been a CPRS member and has concurrently served on the CPRS Regina Board of Directors since 2007 in various roles, starting as a Student Representative, moving into to the position of Director (communications portfolio), Vice-President and President (2011-15). After completing a five-year term as President, she continues to serve on her Local Board back in the role as Vice-President. At the CPRS National level, Natalie leads the Membership Task Force Committee and has volunteered on the Job Task Force Committee, later leading it soon thereafter. In 2014, she was Chair of the CPRS Regina Prairie Mini-Conference and served on the Saskatchewan Awards for Communications Excellence (ACE) committee in a variety of roles, including Co-Chair in 2010. Natalie also mentors and collaborates with other communications and public relations professionals at all career path levels. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), a Certificate in Public Relations, and a Certificate in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Regina.
Victor Vrsnik, MCM, APR, FCPRS
A champion of the professionalization of Canada’s PR and communications management industry, Victor has taken on many posts with the CPRS. He’s been an APR and PRK grader, an Awards of Excellence judge, a CPRS mentor, and a CPRS-Vancouver Society Board member. He currently sits on the CPRS Public Relations and Communications Committee. As an accredited and award-winning communicator, Victor was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2015. He holds a Master of Communications Management degree, and is published in both academia and most Canadian dailies.
Crisscrossing the country from legislature to legislature, Victor oversees stakeholder engagement, policy development, issues management and reputation management for 7-Eleven Canada. He led the development of 7-Eleven’s nutrient-disclosure and calorie labeling programs nation-wide to inform customer-purchasing decisions and build stakeholder trust.
Off-duty, Victor moonlights as a teaching assistant.