Local communicator takes top international award

VANCOUVER, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - IABC-BC (International Association of Business Communicators-British Columbia) is delighted to announce that communications professional, Jennifer Wah, ABC (Accredited Business Communicator), has won the prestigious Master Communicator (MC) of the Year Award.

The IABC MC designation is the association's highest honour in Canada and recognizes outstanding service and leadership in IABC as well as within the communications profession. IABC Canada has honored only 39 individuals with this designation since it was inaugurated in 1980, with the BC chapter having six MCs, one of the highest amounts per chapter. Master Communicators are nominated by their peers and a maximum of two members are selected annually, one in each of the Eastern and Western Regions.

"Jennifer is a passionate communicator and business leader with a casual style and sharp business sense. She is known and recognized as a compelling writer and visual communicator," says the 2009 chair of the Master Communicator selection committee Tudor Williams, ABC, MC and IABC Fellow. "An avid advocate for the vision of IABC, Jennifer was instrumental in developing the Accreditation Completion Program, which became a model for similar programs around the world."

"We are very proud to have another Master Communicator in our midst," says Angela Wilson, IABC-BC president and a communications consultant at Fraser Health. "Jennifer is a passionate communications professional. She has made significant contributions to the profession and our chapter and this award is a well deserved recognition of that."


Founded in 1970, The IABC provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. The BC chapter is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in Canada. With more than 600 members throughout BC, the chapter has an international reputation for progressive, professional communication. IABC-BC is committed to improving the effectiveness of organizations through strategic, interactive and integrated business communication management.

About Jennifer Wah, ABC, MC

Jennifer is a past president of IABC-BC and has been an active mentor and volunteer for over two decades leading her to win the BC chapter's "Volunteer of the Year" award in 1999. Jennifer is currently Accreditation Liaison for IABC-BC, and serves on the IABC international Board of Directors representing the BC chapter across western Canada. She is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Forwords Communication Inc., located in North Vancouver, BC. Jennifer's colleagues, clients and peers describe her as an accomplished communications professional who has made a permanent and lasting impact in the communications profession and business community. She's an advocate of using storytelling, plain language and authentic voice in organizational communications that delivers strategic goals with measurable business results. She is further described as one of the most active and influential IABC leaders in Canadian history, and has achieved this while maintaining a caring and generous approach with modesty and grace.

About Accreditation Completion Program (ACP)

Jennifer Wah created the Accreditation Completion Program (ACP), a coaching program to assist qualified candidates through the process of professional accreditation for business communicator. Today, the ACP is the international standard for accreditation support programs offered by chapters around the world. When the ACP began ten years ago, the BC chapter had 13 ABCs; today it has 80 which is the second highest number of ABCs per chapter in the world.

    Web links: IABC-BC: http://www.iabc.bc.ca/
    Forwords Communication Inc: http://forwords.ca/


For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Ashley Cox, Email: aecox@shaw.ca, Mobile: (604) 315-1493

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