IABC/Toronto names Dr. Alan Middleton its 2014 Communicator of the Year

Influential leader honoured for his commitment to communications excellence    

TORONTO, March 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Today's top leaders know that effective internal and external communications is key to a successful organization. In his role as executive director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), Dr. Alan Middleton, IABC/Toronto's 2014 Communicator of the Year, has embraced communications to transform SEEC into a world-class education centre.

"We're really excited this year to have a recipient whose influence has been so broadly felt in the community as a whole," said Louise Armstrong, past president, IABC/Toronto and chair of the judging committee. "Dr. Middleton is a marketing legend who has had a profound impact on the communications field."

Each year, the Communicator of the Year (COTY) award recognizes a leader who showcases exceptional leadership, management and strategic communications skills. Dr. Alan Middleton will formally receive the award at a breakfast event on March 10, 2015 at the Toronto Eaton Centre from 8 to 10 a.m. His remarks, titled, "Imparting and Exchanging - Communications Priorities in 2015 and Beyond", will focus on his career journey and the role effective communications has played in his success and achievements.

"We are truly delighted that Alan will be receiving this well-deserved award," says Elaine Gutmacher, director of operations, Schulich Executive Education Centre. "As a leader, mentor, coach, writer and teacher, Alan's communication skills are superior. For all he is and for all he has done, there is none more deserving." 

Dr. Middleton has over 25 years of experience as a marketing practitioner and extensive experience in teaching internationally. Each year, Dr. Middleton educates over 10,000 executives through the Schulich Executive Education Centre and the Schulich School of Business. He has co-authored two books: Advertising Works II and Ikonica – A Fieldguide to Canada's Brandscape and is a co-founder of the Cassie advertising awards. In 2005, he was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.

About the IABC/Toronto Communicator of the Year
Each year, GTA communications professionals are encouraged to recognize and nominate an industry leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. A panel of four IABC/Toronto past-presidents screen and review the nominees in detail.

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 1,700 members. The organization is focused on providing members with professional resources and a network of more than 15,000 communicators, internationally.

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