Philip A. Mulder, APR, FEC (Hon.)
Director of Communications
The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta
A PR practitioner for a quarter of a century and an APR for almost a decade (yes, he participates in the accreditation maintenance program), Philip Mulder is what passes for a PR superhero in his own mind.
In 2010 Mulder was made an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Canada in recognition of “his communications and Public Relations contributions toward raising the public profile of Professional Engineers and the engineering profession in Canada.” His Mother would have been proud.
As director of communications, he has been steadily employed since 2003 by a provincial regulatory agency that licenses engineers and geoscientists. The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta has 60,000 members and a six-person communications department. Philip’s areas of practice include strategic planning, brand management, media relations, government relations, internal communications, crisis communications, research, special events planning, development, sponsorship activation and generally mucking about.
His previous 17 years included a broad base of experience ranging from freelance through to government, a financial institution, a post-secondary institution and a not-for-profit. He holds a BA in English and History from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Corporate Communications from Centennial College.
Since receiving his APR, he has served as the Edmonton Society accreditation chair, a work example reviewer, written exam grader and an oral examiner as well as having contributed a number of questions for the written and oral exams. He has enjoyed attending and even organizing accreditation orientation sessions and workshops in Edmonton, at national conferences and recently via the web. He remains a firm believer in the value of accreditation in public relations to the practitioner, to CPRS and to the public. In 2011, he was appointed the Prairies Regional Examiner.
When Philip received his APR in 2002, he joined the growing number of public relations and communications professionals who seek this formal recognition by their peers through completion of a three-part accreditation examination, consisting of a work example, a written examination and an oral examination.
Recognized across North America, the APR designation denotes high professional, educational and ethical standards in public relations as well as the leadership, professional judgment and communication skills to manage and strengthen relationships between an organization and its publics and stakeholders.