IABC/Toronto selects IKEA Canada President Stefan Sjöstrand as 2015 Communicator of the Year

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Stefan Sjöstrand president of IKEA Canada, has been selected as the 2015 Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators/Toronto.

This prestigious award is bestowed annually to an industry leader in the Greater Toronto Area who inspires and engages internal and external audiences and clearly demonstrates the link between excellence in communications and an organization's success. Previous recipients include: Peter Aceto, President and CEO Tangerine, Hazel McCallion, former mayor of Mississauga, and Dr. Alan Middleton, Executive Director, Schulich, Executive Education Centre.

"I am honoured to receive this award," said Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. "Communications is a key component of success for any business, which is why I'm committed to embracing a culture of open and transparent communication with IKEA's co-workers, customers, stakeholders, and media."

This sentiment was echoed by the judging panel who were particularly impressed with Mr. Sjöstrand's commitment to communicating to IKEA's many stakeholders in a wide-range of ways including weekly blog and video updates for employees: discussion with politicians on IKEA's commitment to sustainability and climate; and releasing financial results to the public – the first private company in Canada to do so.

IABC/Toronto will present the award to Mr. Sjöstrand at a breakfast event on March 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. To buy tickets to this event please go online.

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 1,300 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


Image with caption: "Stefan Sjöstrand, president of IKEA Canada (CNW Group/IABC/Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160210_C8379_PHOTO_EN_617529.jpg

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Alissa Liotti, toronto-marketing@iabc.to

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