Navigate Your PR Career

Young PR Pros is excited to participate, for the second year in a row, in the Navigate Your PR Career event hosted by CPRS Ottawa/Gatineau.

CPRS and Young PR Pros is keen to assist young professionals, students and recent graduates with the transition to communications expert. Navigate your PR career will give you invaluable insight with your search for full-time work, summer jobs, fieldwork experiences and volunteer opportunities. It’s an enlightening evening of networking and presentations by senior PR industry leaders and up-and-coming young professionals.


Job search strategies: Best practices from senior PR professionals

Current students, recent graduates, and young professionals alike will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of veteran communicators from a variety of sectors across Ottawa. Each presenter will offer advice on transitioning from one career stage to the next and share successful job-search tactics that they have encountered after more than 20 years in the PR field.

High tech corporation   Not-for-profit Agency
Carolyn Gardner
Director of Marketing
& Communications
Novotech Technologies 
Patti Murphy
Director, Communications
and Development
Ottawa Food Bank
Jim Armour
Vice President
Summa Strategies Canada

Designed to succeed: Tips and trends from young PR pros

The perspective of your peers is priceless. Our second presentation will feature a panel of young PR pros with one to three years work experience. They will share the challenges and triumphs of building a successful PR career in Ottawa.

 Consultancy  Agency  Government
Darcy Boucher
Founder & President
Bowda PR, Communications
& Consulting

James Kenny
Senior Consultant
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
Stephanie Rochefort
Communications Services Officer
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions 

Young PR Pros is happy to have our very own host, Kristine D’Arbelles moderate both panels.

Meet our moderator
Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
Canadian Automobile Association
Host and producer, Young PR Pros

OurMode Fashion “How To”: Putting your best foot forward!

For the final presentation, Ottawa style bloggers CJ and Katherine from ourMode will show you how to“look good, feel good, do great!” Get tips on coordinating a stand out, budget-friendly interview wardrobe that is versatile enough to be converted for evening networking events.

CJ and Katherine
Style bloggers


5:45 – 6:10 p.m.     Registration, networking and light refreshment
6:10 – 6:15 p.m.     Welcome and introductions
6:15 – 7:00 p.m.     Job search strategies: Best practices from senior PR professionals
7:00 – 7:15 p.m.     Networking break
7:15 – 8:00 p.m.     Designed to succeed: Tips and trends from Young PR pros
8:00 – 8:15 p.m.     Networking break
8:15 – 8:45 p.m.     OurMode fashion show: Putting your best foot forward!
8:45 – 9:00 p.m.     Door prize draw and closing statements


Two tickets to Casual Friday at the National Arts Centre

  • Prize provided by the National Arts Centre Orchestra (@NACOrchCNA)
  • The winner and a guest will get tickets to see the orchestra play live at the next Casual Friday
    (#NACOFridays) performance.
  • The event will be held at the NAC on Friday, June 6th at 7 p.m. The pre-concert experience begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Complimentary food tickets will be provided to sample the tapas offered during the pre-concert.
We hope to see you there! If you can’t make it in person be sure to follow @CPRSOttawaGat

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