IABC Manitoba’s Board of Directors are professional communicators from diverse backgrounds, who are passionate about providing valuable professional development and networking opportunities for Manitoba communicators. 

Our goal is to provide growth opportunities for current and aspiring Manitoba communications professionals, and to raise the profile of communications as a strategic leadership function.

We work collaboratively to deliver exceptional experiences for IABC members and volunteers, and to build relationships between IABC Manitoba and the broader professional community (including communications professionals, sponsors, and partners).

Jackie de Pape Hornick, President

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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

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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.

Sonia Gill, Director of Administration

Sonia is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration, Human Resources & Marketing major, from the University of Winnipeg, where she is actively involved in the University’s Business Administration Students’ Association as Co-Chair of their Entrepreneurship Conference.

With her anticipated graduation in April 2021, she is already interning as a Marketing Specialist with Efficiency Manitoba. An active volunteer, Sonia currently serves as a Digital and Social Media Marketing Manager with TechWPG as well as a Director of Administration at IABC Manitoba. She embraces her passion for marketing and strives to elevate her skills outside of school and the office through volunteer work.

Sonia has accumulated experience in content marketing, social media marketing, communications, and branding.

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 Liaison

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

Career Development Committee

Antonietta Versace Oliveira, Director of Career Development

Marketing and Communications Committee

Jennifer Cox, Vice-President

Brent Wennekes, Director of Marketing and Communications

Shruti Gupta, Communications Coordinator

Riley Malinowski, Content Creator

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

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

Tanya Misseghers, Committee Member

Danica Hidalgo, Committee Member

TOP 5 REASONS TO JOIN IABC MANITOBA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  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

OPEN BOARD POSITIONS
Director of Administration (2-year term)

This position manages all IABC Manitoba correspondence, chapter documentation and logistics for board meetings. Get an inside look at chapter management as you collaborate with leaders to develop methods and procedures to strengthen the chapter.

Co-director of Professional Development (2-year term)

Plan and lead professional development opportunities based on a IABC Manitoba’s strategic goals. This position offers supervisory and collaboration experience and the opportunity to work with a team of fellow communications professionals. Gain experience in program development, marketing, management, and meeting planning.

Director of Partnerships and Sponsorship (2-year term)

Help us establish fundraising and partnership goals as you develop a plan for outreach and a targeted approach to building partnerships. 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.

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