Communication across cultures: One year until Toronto welcomes the World Public Relations Forum 2016

TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - In exactly one year, public relations and corporate communication professionals and academics from around the world will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the ninth World Public Relations Forum — and organizers today announced the theme for the conference: Communication across cultures.

The Forum will be hosted by the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) on behalf of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, the confederation of the world's major public relations and communication industry associations.

"Our theme — Communication across cultures — reflects the global nature of the World Public Relations Forum, and of communication today," said Global Alliance Chair Anne Gregory. "Now more than ever, communication must break down cultural barriers, enhance intercultural understanding, and help communication professionals add value to their organizations — and to our world."

"For public relations and communication practitioners and academics, the World Public Relations Forum is an event not to be missed," said Renee McCloskey, APR, President of CPRS. "We will be bringing the profession's leading thinkers and speakers together to discuss the importance and value of communication across cultures — and where better than in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world: Toronto." Gregor Halff, in-coming chair of the Global Alliance and CPRS board member, Carol Panasiuk, APR, FCPRS are co-chairs of the WPRF 2016 Organizing Committee.

CPRS will host the WPRF 2016, supported by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, from May 29th to 31st at the Westin Harbour Castle on Toronto's waterfront overlooking Lake Ontario and the Toronto islands. Delegates can keep up to date with the developing program and make comments and suggestions on the WPRF Facebook page and on Twitter: @WorldPRForum.

Bringing together world leaders in communication, new methods, research and ideas in the field of professional communication will be presented and work-shopped. It is also an opportunity for Canada to showcase the excellence of its public relations and communication practice.

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 1,500 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. For more information, visit our website:

About the Global Alliance

The Global Alliance for PR and Communication Management (, is the confederation of the world's major public relations and communication management associations and institutions, representing 160,000 practitioners and academics around the world. The Global Alliance's mission is to unify the public relations profession, raise professional standards all over the world, share knowledge for the benefit of its members and be the global voice for public relations in the public interest.

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

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