CPRS national conference attracts top speakers

    Former US President Bush aide, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's current
    Chief of Staff headline communications conference.

    EDMONTON, June 11 /CNW/ - Former Bush Administration Secretary Torie
Clarke, who led the program of embedding journalists with military units in
Iraq, current Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Keith Beardsley and futurist
Robert Sawyer, called the "Dean of Canadian science fiction", headline Fast
Forward 2007, the Canadian Public Relations Society's National Conference,
June 13-15 in Edmonton.
    These three insightful and forward thinking speakers join other speakers
and more than 300 professional public relations practitioners from across
Canada for three days of professional development in Alberta's Capital City.
    Ms. Clarke, currently a Senior Advisor to Comcast Cable and a CNN
analyst, was at her desk in the US Pentagon's outer ring when the World Trade
Centre was attacked Sept. 11, 2001. She served as Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Public Affairs under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
    Mr. Beardsley is known for setting up what is known as the "political war
room" in Ottawa. He will share his 20 years of experience on Parliament Hill
for two Prime Ministers and various Senators on communicating government's
message to stakeholders.
    Mr. Sawyer is a resident on-air futurist for Discovery Channel Canada, a
frequent science communicator for CBC's Newsworld and a syndicated science
columnist for CBC Radio. His specialty is extrapolating today's medical,
scientific and ethical concerns into the next few decades.
    Other keynote speakers at the conference include: James Hoggan, Chair of
the David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada's leading authorities on public
attitudes and understanding of the concept of sustainability; Tod Maffin, one
of Canada's most influential futurists; Linda Duxbury, an accomplished writer
and speaker on work-balance life; and Dave Vanden Bosch, site lead for Dell's
Edmonton call centre.
    For full program details, visit: www.cprs.ca/fastforward and click on the

For further information:

For further information: CPRS is making speakers available to media
outside the scheduled speakers' sessions during the conference. To book an
interview time, please contact: Bernie Poitras, Media Relations, 2007 CPRS
Conference, Cell: (780) 868-7176; Sarah Meffen, Media Relations, 2007 CPRS
Conference, Cell: (780) 990-6327

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