Jackie de Pape Hornick, President


Jackie is a seasoned communications professional with 17 years of experience in Corporate Communications in the financial services industry. She is currently Director of Corporate & Employee Communications at Wawanesa Insurance.

Jackie chose to become involved with IABC, as she is passionate about continuing the evolution of the communications function, about learning best practices from her fellow senior communicators in Manitoba and about supporting new communicators joining the field.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Winnipeg and a Creative Communications diploma from Red River College.

Jennifer Cox, Vice-President

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Jennifer is a communications professional with many years of experience using storytelling as a communication tool to inspires action and transforms lives. She has worked in the post-secondary education sector for most of her career, most recently as a communications officer at The University of Winnipeg.

She is passionate about her role in helping to solve communications problems, sharing success stories and thinking critically about how to take bigger thinking strategy to a grass roots level. Over the course of her career, she’s had the opportunity to deliver a series of strategic storytelling workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam, and she has coordinated a community-wide active living challenge that resulted in national news coverage, an RBC Sports Day in Canada-BC Community Challenge Award and a CBC Get out and Play Community Award. In addition to volunteering as an IABC Manitoba board member, she is active on the board of the parent advisory committee at her son’s school, and enjoys hiking, running and cycling in her spare time. 

Marjorie Huculak, Past-President

Marjorie Huculak

Marjorie has over 25 years in the communications profession and 15 years with IABC. She is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of working in government and non-profit leadership positions. She is skilled in non-profit management, partnerships, stakeholder engagement, issue and crisis communications, project management, marketing, strategic planning, event planning, and overall public relations management.

With IABC she has volunteered in many areas from event management, helping to evaluate Gold Quill submissions to assisting in the development of the University of Calgary’s Public Relations Management Certificate program. She has also held many volunteer and board positions from Interpretation Canada to the President of the Banff YWCA.

Brent Wennekes, Director of Marketing and Communications

Brent has have over a decade of experience working in marketing, communication, and project management roles in support of research, technology development, and innovation across virtually all industry sectors and academic disciplines. With specializations in communications for business, research development, entrepreneurship support, as well as planning and executing strategic initiatives, Brent is proud to play a role in supporting a resilient Canadian business and research landscape.  

Brent is currently Director, Business Development for Mitacs in Manitoba, where he supports the creation and funding of collaborative research projects between industry and academia to solve problems, innovate, and support the next generation of Canadian innovators.

Brent has a BBA with a concentration in marketing from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and a public relations diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. He moved to Manitoba in 2010 and has never looked back.

Antonietta Versace Oliveira, Director of Career Development

Antonietta Versace is an experienced communications professional with nearly two decades of honing her skills in public relations, corporate communications, and community and employee engagement. She currently provides leadership in the planning, development and evaluation of all strategic communications efforts in support of the key business goals of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

Antonietta is a natural story-teller who has a passion for influencing and connecting with diverse audiences. Her highly energetic and positive approach has resulted in her ability to build effective relationships with clients all while identifying their needs and providing them with real solutions through the power of communications.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Creative Communications diploma from Red River College, Antonietta believes in the importance of lifelong learning. She is excited to join the IABC’s Board of Directors as the Director of Career Development and is eager to connect and grow with other like-minded communications professionals, both locally and globally.

Jill Harris, Co-Director of Membership and Networking

Jill has worked in business-to-business communications for nearly a decade. As publisher of a niche communications firm, Jill assists trade and professional associations across North America with their member and industry communications, including magazines, websites, newsletters, social media, event planning, virtual education and more. She understands the unique requirements of professional associations when it comes to recruiting, retaining and engaging members, and never says no to a great networking opportunity. Away from the office, Jill enjoys spending time with her family and plays in two recreational volleyball leagues.

Stacey Ashley, Co-Director of Membership and Networking

Stacey is an accomplished and energetic communications leader with extensive insight into the media industry. She currently directs all communications, both internal and external, for a growing school division with more than 15,000 students and 2,000 staff. Coffee tends to fuel her days, as she focuses on creating solid media relations, crisis communications and public relations plans.

A not so secret weapon in Stacey’s PR tool kit, is her vast newsroom experience. Armed with a grad degree in Journalism, from the University of Kings College in Halifax, Stacey embarked on a seven-year adventure covering crime and justice issues in Manitoba for CTV.

Her crisis communications and public engagement expertise is often sought out by CEOs and organizations across the province. Creating and guiding strategies during urgent and evolving situations is where she truly has the opportunity to flex her comms muscles.

Stacey is honoured to serve on IABC’s board. She feels that this is the perfect time in her career to grow, while also giving back to this high-impact profession.

Jeremiah Fitzpatrick, Director of Finance

Jeremiah is a Manager within Deloitte’s Audit  and Assurance practice.  Jeremiah is a designated accounting professional with a CA (CPA) from CA School of Business (CASB) and has over seven years of experience in public accounting including work in various accounting and reporting frameworks, finance department diagnostics, technology selection, and project management.

Jeremiah became involved with IABC Manitoba as a result of his passion for helping organizations develop finance systems and processes that are efficient and effective.
Student Liaisons and Committee Members

Student Liaisons

Danica Hidalgo
Student Liaison PACE (Public Relations), University of Winnipeg

Kaustubh Patil (KP)
Student Liaison, PACE (Marketing), The University of Winnipeg

Marketing and Communications Committee

Jennifer Cox, Vice-President

Brent Wennekes, Director of Marketing and Communications

Shruti Gupta, Communications Coordinator

Riley Malinowski, Content Creator

Membership Committee

Jackie De Pape Hornick, President

Jill Harris, Co-Director of Membership and Networking

Stacey Ashley, Co-Director of Membership and Networking

Seun Akinlade, Committee Member

PD & Events Committee

Marjorie Huculak, Past-President

Christine Chilton, Director of Professional Development

Antonietta Versace Oliveira, Director of Career Development

Tanya Misseghers, Committee Member

Danica Hidalgo, Committee Member

  1. Shape the professional development opportunities that are offered to you – Virtual events, workshops, accreditation: What would you like offered in Manitoba? Make your opinion count by being at the table when programming is planned.
  2. Boost your public profile – How well known are you in the communications industry? Your profile will increase as a board member, which can help when job seeking or hiring.
  3. Gain an international perspective – Create relationships with communicators in Manitoba, across Canada and internationally.
  4. Fuel your passion as a communicator – When’s the last time you shared your communications talent outside of your employer or communicated about a different subject matter? Restore your love for communications in communications tactics like our social media channels or member emails.
  5. Volunteer alongside a talented, fun group of professionals who are all committed to offering Manitoba communicators networking and professional development.

If you are interested in a board leadership position, email a link to your LinkedIn profile or resume to iabc.manitoba@gmail.com


Director of Administration

This position offers an inside look at chapter management. This role provides an opportunity to collaborate with leaders to develop methods and procedures to strengthen the chapter.

Skills: Collaboration, Project Management, Records Management, Event Management

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates board meetings – Manages all logistics for board meetings (including agenda, board reports, location), keeps official board meeting records/notes, ensures availability of necessary meeting tools and resources.
  • Maintains chapter documentation – Collaborates with other board members to maintain master calendar, board meeting notes, committee meeting notes, bylaws, records and archives; coordinates major reviews and revisions to key chapter documents such as bylaws and policy; identifies ways to improve documentation; posts documents on online board space.
  • Manages event registration – Works with PD Director to coordinate committee members for onsite registration activities, badge creation, list generation etc., ensuring recognition of key attendees (ABCs, board members, regional/international leaders).
  • Manages chapter business materials and official correspondence – Manages chapter letterhead and other business materials, consistently checks and coordinates chapter’s email, conducts official chapter correspondence, develops and manages administrative budget. Assist president with end-of-year chapter report.
  • Attend meetings (e.g., board meetings)
  • Trains Successor

Director of Partnerships and Sponsorship

This position offers supervisory and collaboration experience and the opportunity to work with a team of fellow communications professionals. Gain experience in fiscal management, business relationship development, and will exercise organizational and leadership skills.

Skills: Fundraising, Fiscal management, Leadership, Project management

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establish fundraising and sponsorship goals – Work closely with the Directors’ Finance, Membership, and Professional Development to determine chapter fundraising needs. Develop a plan for outreach and a targeted approach to build sponsorship relationships.
  • Networking – Establish relationships with community and business leaders by connecting via phone, in person, or email. Build awareness of IABC and the chapter to leverage sponsorship opportunities.
  • Coordinates management of chapter sponsorship program – Manages materials and policy, including managing a director to focus on sponsorship when possible.
  • Design sponsorship materials – Create targeted sponsorship packets, letters, and tiers of donations with expected benefits. Streamline the approach to make it simple to engage potential sponsors. Some tasks can be delegated to the Sponsorship Committee.
  • Recruit and lead the Sponsorship Committee – Identifies new volunteers, follows through on potential volunteers sent to them by others, leads committee meetings, oversees activities of committee members, identifies and trains successor. Organizes and leads committee meetings.
  • Log – maintain a log to manage and track community partnerships & sponsorships and contacts for the benefit of IABC MB members (in Constant Contact Program).
  • Sponsor appreciation – Work with others to ensure appropriate recognition of Sponsors.
  • Sponsorship evaluation – prepare evaluation at the end of the term.
  • Attend meetings (e.g., board meetings)
  • Trains successor

Director of Leadership Development

This position offers an opportunity to enhance leadership and collaboration skills while working with fellow communication professionals. The Director of Leadership Development will gain experience in team building and

Skills: Leadership, Coaching, Mentoring, Motivating, Collaboration, Project Management, Event Management, Team building, Volunteer recruitment

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop a volunteer recruitment and retainment strategy – Work with other board members to create meaningful job roles for volunteers. Consult with current board members to determine volunteer needs for the upcoming year. Work with the President to establish succession planning processes.
  • Recruit volunteers- Promote volunteer opportunities and the benefits of volunteerism to members at events and through various marketing tools. Respond to inquiries about volunteerism. Connect potential volunteers with board members as appropriate.
  • Retain volunteers– Maintain a relationship with volunteers and check in with them to see how their experience is going. Work with current volunteers to find new opportunities and keep them engaged.
  • Develop a volunteer database – Retain records of volunteers, length of service, and areas of interest.
  • Volunteer appreciation – Coordinate an annual event to show appreciation to volunteers. Send thank you letters.
  • Monthly board meetings – attend and create monthly reports.
  • Trains successor


Please email a link to your LinkedIn profile or resume to iabc.manitoba@gmail.com