IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards Submission Deadline Approaches

       Enter Greater Toronto's Most Prestigious Communications Awards

                     Deadline is less than one month away

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The Toronto chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Toronto) invites all
communications professionals to submit their finest work in response to its
2009 OVATION Awards call for entries. Industry peers are gearing up to
recognize excellence in communications in many categories, including internal
communications, marketing communications, special event management,
IABC/Toronto's MAVERICK PR Student of the Award and many more. Some new
categories for 2009 are: customer relations, brand communication, social
responsibility and social media. The chapter is also offering a special
not-for-profit entry rate for the first time.
    OVATION Awards are open to all communicators, including members and
non-members of IABC/Toronto, at all levels of the profession, from entry to
veteran practitioners. The Awards honour best practices in many disciplines
including: strategists, managers, and independent practitioners; corporate,
public sector and not-for-profit communicators; agency executives;
internet/social media strategists; photographers; graphic artists; creative
conceptualists; and tacticians.
    "Winning an OVATION Award not only strengthens my relationships with my
current clients, it can be a considerable asset when pitching new business,"
says Diana Robinson, President, Diana Robinson & Associates.
    All submissions are confidential and reviewed by a panel of senior level
communication professionals. Judges evaluate each submission based on the
information supplied and score it on a standardized point system using set
criteria. Winning entries are those that exceed set point levels.
    Entry deadlines and fees for entry are available by going to the chapter
website at http://toronto.iabc.com/awards/ovation/. The final deadline for
OVATION entries is February 27, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
    Results will be mailed to all 2009 OVATION entrants by end of March. The
OVATION Awards will be presented at a gala event in May 2009.

    Entries should be submitted to:
    OVATION Awards 2009
    296 Jarvis Street, Unit 7
    Toronto, ON M5B 2C5

    For questions regarding the IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards, please contact
the VP, Awards at toronto-awards@iabc.com.

    About IABC/Toronto:

    With more than 1,650 members, IABC/Toronto is the largest IABC chapter in
the world. The organization provides these members with multidisciplinary
resources and a global network of more than 16,500 communicators, in 70
countries, working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share
and apply the world's most effective communications practices. Website:

For further information:

For further information: Anna Relyea, VP, Marketing Communications,
IABC/Toronto, (416) 696-3273, toronto-marketing@iabc.com; Mark Nusca,
Director, Marketing Communications, IABC/Toronto, (416) 422-7179,

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