Canadian Public Relations Society Honours Terence Flynn with Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award

MONTREAL, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) honoured Terence (Terry) Flynn, PhD, APR, FCPRS, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies & Multi-Media, McMaster University, with the 2015 Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award. Flynn was recognized by CPRS for his countless, significant contributions to the Canadian public relations profession. He received a certificate and cash award and was recognized at a luncheon during the CPRS National Conference in Montreal on June 2, 2015.  

"I am honoured and humbled by my nomination and the awarding of the Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award," said Flynn. "I now stand with other Novikoff winners whom I have considered to be my mentors and our profession's guiding lights. People like Lou Cahill and Luc Beauregard, true pioneers in our field and more recently Blair Peberdy, Colleen Killingsworth, Derrick Pieters and Jean Valin — champions of our profession and the Canadian Public Relations Society."

Over the nearly 30 years that I have been a member of the CPRS, my sole motivation has been to continue the professionalization of public relations in Canada. I am pleased that I have played a small part in the progress we have made together in enhancing the reputation and respect that public relations has garnered not only in Canada but throughout the world," added Flynn.

Established in 1989 in memory of the long-time CPRS member, the late Philip A. Novikoff, the award is given to an accredited CPRS member who has furthered the standing of the public relations profession in Canada. The recipient contributes to the enhancement of CPRS and the betterment of the community.

"I have known Terry personally and professionally for more than 10 years and have served with him on the CPRS National Board and CPRS National Council on Education," said Colleen Killingsworth, MCM, APR, FCPRS, one of Flynn's nominators. "Terry has demonstrated professional excellence in the practice of public relations both as an internationally recognized communications consultant for more than 20 years and also as an internationally recognized scholar, author and lecturer on public relations and communications management."

Terry Flynn has been actively involved in CPRS over the years, including researching and developing the official CPRS definition of public relations along with Fran Gregory, APR and Jean Valin, APR, FCPRS LM, serving as National President in 2009-2010, and supporting the development of the CPRS Pathways to the Profession® program, helping to further the standards for public relations education in Canada. Flynn was also instrumental in bringing Canada's first and only Master of Communications Management (MCM) program to McMaster University.

The Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award was one of several Major Awards presented this year in Montreal. The Major Awards recognize exceptional involvement in the public relations profession and candidates are nominated by peers.

About CPRS

Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of more than 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.  For more information, visit our website:

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

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