Former President of Canadian Public Relations Society and Global Alliance Honoured in UK

    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - Jean Valin, APR, FCPRS, Former National President
of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and a founding member of the
Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, has been
awarded a prestigious communications award for his contribution to the PR
industry globally.
    Tony Bradley, past-president of the Chartered Institute of Public
Relations (CIPR) in London, England, presented his President's Medal to Jean
Valin, Director General of Communications and Marketing for Transport Canada,
at a private dinner preceding the opening of the CIPR's World PR Conference,
which was attended by senior PR professionals from across the world.
    The President's Medal is awarded at the sole discretion of the CIPR
President with past recipients including HRH Prince Philip, HRH Princess Anne,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, The Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH, and
Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, Mayors of London.
    Tony Bradley, CIPR President 2006, said: "During my presidency I traveled
widely on behalf of the CIPR, which is increasingly recognized as a key player
in the international PR profession. But wherever I went in the world, Jean
Valin had already been - promoting the sharing of best practice, preaching the
benefits of working in partnership whatever our colour, race or religion and
generally being a promoter and good friend of the CIPR.
    "This award reflects the high regard those of us in the UK have for him
both as a practitioner and as a statesman. Since the formation of the Global
Alliance, and in particular during his chairmanship, Jean, guided the
organisation through its first strategic plan in which global standards such
as a global code of ethics featured prominently. The code has now been
ratified by a majority of GA member organisations."
    Jean Valin said: "It is indeed and honor to be given this award. To be
recognized by peers, who are themselves leaders in their own right, makes it
very special.
    "I have made many dear friends around the world working to advance the
ideas and strategies of the public relations profession that we have forged
together in the Global Alliance. To have gained their respect in that process
is a privilege I will forever cherish."

    About the CIPR

    The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the professional body for
PR practitioners in the UK. With over 9,500 members, involved in all aspects
of the public relations industry, it is the largest body of its type in
Europe. The CIPR advances the PR industry in the UK by making its members
accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies for the PR
industry, representing its members, and raising standards through education
and training. For further information, visit

    About the Global Alliance

    The Global Alliance brings together national public relations
associations, allowing them to share ideas and best practices, seek common
interests and standards, and better understand the unique aspects of each
culture in which practitioners operate. The Alliance was founded in 2000 in
Chicago by 25 bodies, including both national and international associations
and now has links to over 60 associations. For further information, visit:

    About the Canadian Public Relations Society

    The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is the only Canadian
professional association representing more than 1,800 public relations
practitioners in 16 Member Societies across Canada who commit to following a
Code of Professional Standards. The Society offers a program of professional
accreditation in public relations (APR), professional development and
education programs affiliated with various colleges and universities, a job
registry, networking opportunities, annual national conference, a directory of
all members and a forum for information sharing.

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