January 28, 2017, will go down in IABC/Calgary’s history as a night when more than 100 communicators and guests came together to celebrate our Chapter’s 50th birthday. It was an amazing sight to see and the energy in the room was inspiring.

A surprise visit by Mayor Nenshi kicked off the evening with a passionate speech about the importance of community spirit. We were joined by Sharon Hunter, the IABC International Vice-Chair, who talked about what the future of IABC could be. Throughout the evening, we enjoyed performances from jazz vocalist, Deanne Matley, hip hop dancing from The Beast Machine and a futuristic piece from the Masks International Show. Marissa Javier painted throughout the night with our guests, and we can’t wait to see the final painting.

Above all, we concluded the night with a special presentation to Allison MacKenzie, who formally accepted her Master Communicator designation, the highest honour a communicator can receive in Canada. She was surrounded by fellow Master Communicators – Glenna Cross, Ron Kustra, John Larsen and Jennifer Wah.

It was a night when we celebrated our past, connected with each other, and looked into the future of IABC/Calgary. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate this important milestone. I appreciated the opportunity to connect with all of you. This is the start of many things to come so stay tuned.


Will Tigley, President
IABC/Calgary Chapter

Event photos

Want to see more photos of the night? We will be posting them in the next couple of weeks so be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you want a digital copy of your red carpet photo, please email Calgary-executive@iabc.com.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Platinum sponsors:

Gold sponsors:



Bronze sponsors:

OneWest Events Inc.

Supporting sponsors:

Special thanks to:

Albizzati Communications Inc.
Conway Communications Corp.
Horizon Dental Group
Style Craft Printing

Gift baskets/certificates
We had a number of local vendors who donated a basket/gift certificate as well. Thank you so much for your support! Winners, if you didn’t receive your package at the gala, please email iabccalgary50@gmail.com.

  • ATCO basket – Cecily Dobson
  • Hotel Arts – Margaret Wu
  • Deloitte goodies – Volunteers at the night
  • Soma Spa $55 – Nadine Nicholson
  • Eats of Asia (2 of $25 gc) – Donella Swan, Rhonda Macdonald
  • Two one Bistro $25 – Anna de Souza
  • Naina’s Kitchen – Ronald Kustra
  • Bro’Kin Yolk gift pack – Wendy Thatcher

Thanks to our volunteers!
We couldn’t have done this without our volunteers, our board, and our anniversary co-chairs, Sharon Lee and Jolene Ondrik. Here’s a breakdown of what took place to make this gala happen.

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