IABC/Toronto awards TTC CEO Andy Byford as 2016 Communicator of the Year

TORONTO, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ - The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)/Toronto has chosen Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) CEO Andy Byford as Communicator of the Year (COTY) for 2016, by unanimous decision. Mr. Byford has transformed the TTC by embracing a culture of open and transparent communication with employees, customers and media. 

Whether he's personally writing a newspaper column, fronting customer focused videos or producing a vlog for a diverse workforce, Mr. Byford is accessible, transparent, open and honest. He leads by example and encourages both customers and employees to ask questions and share experiences – all hallmarks of a great communicator.

"Mr. Byford has demonstrated a commitment to keeping his staff and the public informed," said Jacqui d'Eon, a past IABC/Toronto board member and 2016 COTY judge. "He does not shy away from delivering difficult messages and accepting responsibility for issues."

"I am truly honoured and grateful to win this most prestigious award which I dedicate to the 14,000 men and women of the TTC," said CEO Andy Byford. "Our great company is always in the spotlight, making the need for clear, concise communications an essential part of our work as we modernize the TTC and keep Toronto moving."

Every year, IABC/Toronto presents the COTY award to a leader in the GTA who demonstrates exceptional leadership, management and communications skills. Mr. Byford will formally receive the award at the annual COTY breakfast.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


One King West Hotel & Residence

Grand Banking Hall

1 King Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M5H 1A1


Mr. Byford will be available for questions from the media immediately following the event.


To register for the COTY Breakfast, please visit http://www.karelo.com/register.php?BID=431&BT=10&Ev=16934


Our thanks to CNW Group for sponsoring this announcement.

About IABC/Toronto

IABC was founded in 1970 and currently operates in more than 80 countries, with more than 100 chapters worldwide. IABC/Toronto is recognized as the association's largest chapter in the world with more than 1,200 members. The organization is focused on providing members with professional resources and a network of more than 16,000 communicators, internationally. For more information visit, http://toronto.iabc.com

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For further information: Media Contacts: Alissa Liotti, Vice President, Communications and Strategic Sponsorships, IABC/Toronto, 647-390-9085, toronto-communications@iabc.to; Brad Ross, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Toronto Transit Commission, 416-206-3727, Brad.Ross@ttc.ca

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