TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Toronto Chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced APEX Public
Relations as the winner of the 2013 People's Choice Award at the
OVATION Awards Gala, held last night at Arcadian Court in Toronto. APEX
Public Relations' Celebrating Everyday Canadian Moms: The Launch of the
Walmart Mom of the Year Award was voted best campaign of 2013 by
Canada's largest retailer turned to APEX Public Relations to bring
awareness and media attention to their contest to celebrate everyday
Moms. The result was more than 50 million media impressions, almost
17,000 submitted nominations, and a program that garnered some of
Walmart's biggest media relations successes of the year.
The OVATION Awards recognize excellence in communications throughout the
Greater Toronto Area. Last night, IABC/Toronto presented 68 prestigious
awards at the Gala. In total, 31 Awards of Excellence, 29 Awards of
Merit and five Awards of Distinction were presented along with the
People's Choice Award, Student of the Year and the Bobbie Resnick
"The OVATION Awards recipients demonstrated strategic thinking and
creative execution to deliver programs that are a credit to our field,"
said Louise Armstrong, Executive Vice President, IABC/Toronto. "The
exemplary programs celebrated this year showcase the importance of
strategic communication to businesses in every industry."
Judging for the OVATION Awards is performed by a group of senior
communications professionals, accredited practitioners and technical
specialists. Each entry is independently reviewed by two judges and
then jointly reviewed to determine the results.
IABC/Toronto announced the following Awards of Distinction winners:
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro)
2013 Corporate Communications Department of the Year
Diana Degan & Associates
2013 Boutique Agency of the Year
DDB Public Relations
2013 Small Agency of the Year
APEX Public Relations
2013 Mid-Size Agency of the Year
Edelman Public Relations
2013 Large Agency of the Year
IABC/Toronto awarded Emily Getz as the 2013 IABC/Toronto Student of the
Year. This award recognizes a student from an accredited institution
who demonstrates excellence in communications and the greatest
potential to be the best all-round future professional. Emily's
submission demonstrated a concise, engaging writing style and
exceptional commitment to contributing through volunteer work.
The Bobbie Resnick Philanthropy Award was also presented last night. It
recognizes outstanding leadership, contribution to the communications
profession and service to the community. This year's prestigious award
went to APEX Public Relations for the Courage Canada National Blind
Hockey Tournament. This program demonstrated an amazing commitment to
bringing the sport to communities across the country.
A full list of winners can be found at: http://goo.gl/okHoa
The 2013 OVATION Awards hosted by: Ron Tite
The 2013 OVATION Awards sponsored by: Speakers' Spotlight, J&A Media Services, News Canada, The Canadian
Press Images, Cision, Fusion Design Group Inc., and Walmart Canada.
With more than 1,800 members, IABC/Toronto is the largest IABC chapter
in the world. The organization provides these members with
multidisciplinary resources and a global network of close to 14,000
communicators in 80 countries, working in diverse industries and
disciplines to identify, share and apply the world's most effective
communications practices. For more information, please visit http://toronto.iabc.com/.
For further information:
VP, Marketing Communications