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PR Experts to Gather in City for Conference

September 13, 2011 6:58 AM | Entertainment

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) will host a half-day conference and luncheon on Friday, September 23, aimed at PR professionals.

“In the Spotlight: High Intensity Public Relations” will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel and include a keynote from Sean Kelly, manager of public relations for Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum and Sandra Thornton, owner of Effective Business Communications. Kelly will detail how Canadian offshore regulators dealt with intense public scrutiny following the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, while Thornton will present strategies on how to keep the inside onside through the use of internal communications when your organization is facing a crisis.

Also speaking will be a number of local PR pros, including:

Christine Alongi, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Winnipeg Airports Authority
John Douglas, President, Douglas Communications Group
Debbie MacKenzie, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Communication Services Manitoba
Diana Soroka, Director of Communications and Social Responsibility, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission

The discussion will be moderated by Brian Smiley, media relations coordinator for Manitoba Public Insurance.

CPRS members can attend the conference for $200, while non-members are $250. Student members can attend for $125. Further details area available at cprs.mb.ca.