Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) 2008 Annual Conference a Huge Success

                         TOM AXWORTHY - HONORED WITH
                     THE 2008 PAAC AWARD OF DISTINCTION

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The Public Affairs Association of Canada
recognized the lifelong contribution of Tom Axworthy to the practice of Public
Affairs, by presenting him with the 9th Annual PAAC Award of Distinction. The
Public Affairs Association of Canada thanks the sponsor of the 2008 Awards
Luncheon - CNW Group. The luncheon was part of a day and a half event that
brought Public Affairs Professionals from across Canada together to learn and

    Conference highlights included:

    NAFTA-What's Ahead for Canada? - Doug Switzer - Vice President, Public
Affairs, Ontario Trucking Association; and, Stephen Clarkson - Author and
Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

    Keeping Your Message Relevant to Government - Elizabeth Witmer, MPP;
David Zimmer MPP; Brian Ashton, Toronto City Councilor, Ward 36

    Public Affairs Veterans - John Capobianco, Senior Vice President, Edelman
Canada; Don Guy, President & CEO, Pollara Inc.; Michael Ras, Vice President,
Public Affairs, Temple Scott Associates; and Brendan Wycks, Executive
Director, Marketing Research and Intelligence Association. Moderated by PAAC
President - Joe MacDonald, Partnerships & Public Affairs Manager, Downtown
Yonge Business Improvement Area.

    The Public Affairs Association of Canada held their Annual General
Meeting in conjunction with this year's conference. PAAC is proud to announce
the 2008-2009 Board of Directors; Paul Burns - Canadian Gaming Association;
John Capobianco - Edelman; Harvey Cooper - Co-operative Housing Federation of
Canada, Ontario Region; Elaine Flis - EJF Consulting; Nathan Hyde - British
Consulate-General; Stephanie Jones - Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association; Joe MacDonald; Downtown Yonge BIA; Chris May - Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Ontario; Bernie Morton - Sussex Strategy Group;
Jennifer Paul - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; and, Jodi Shanoff -
    The Award of Distinction is presented yearly, nominees are considered
based on the following criteria;

    Evaluation Criteria:
    -   Skills in managing complex issues and dealing with diverse
        constituents and stakeholders
    -   Consistent professionalism during crisis
    -   Maintained the highest level of personal and professional integrity
    -   Clear and persuasive communication on an issues of relevance to
    -   Innovation in the field of public affairs
    -   Leadership in raising the profile of public affairs practice and

    Qualifying Criteria:
    -   Candidates must be Canadian residents, or represent Canada elsewhere
        in the world
    -   While a body of work spanning several years will be considered,
        candidates must have been actively engaged in public affairs in the
        year they are nominated

    The Public Affairs Association of Canada looks forward to our 10th Annual
Conference in 2009.

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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Russell - Public Affairs Association
of Canada, Association Manager, 301-250 Consumers Road, Toronto, Ontario, M2J
4V6, e-mail:, phone: (416) 367-2223,

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