Canadian Women in Public Relations Announces Official Launch of New National Organization

Launch Celebration to be held May 11, 2016 at Hycroft in Vancouver, B.C., Canada 

The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR), a new national organization, announced its official launch will be held on May 11, 2016 at the University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft.

The organization has been formed to enable groups of women leaders in public relations across Canada to come together to share ideas, contacts and experiences, and to advocate for major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry today.

“The official launch of our organization marks an important milestone in our efforts to educate women in public relations and to help them advance in the field across Canada,” says Talia Beckett Davis, Chairwoman & President at CWPR.

“One of our main goals when forming this organization was to provide a place for women to thrive earlier in their careers and to strengthen the capabilities of established leaders in the PR industry.”

Organized by a team of experts in public relations, the May 11, 2016 launch event at Hycroft will look at, What’s Next for Women in Canada’s PR Industry, discuss misconceptions and redefine perceptions for our field. Speakers include: Bridgitte Anderson, General Manager, Edelman Vancouver; Christie Smith, Founder of the Elite Communicators Group; Director of Corporate Relations at Partnerships BC; Erin Dermer, Director of Media Relations and Social Media at TELUS; Natalie Langston, TV Host, Producer, Journalist, Emcee & Brand Ambassador; Fitness & Health Reporter, BC Living.

CWPR is contributing to Canada’s image as a leader in the public relations industry. The organization is an important source of information for women in the field, a key player in the rapidly changing industry, and a global champion of women business leaders.

The development of CWPR is fully supported by Global Women in Public Relations (GWPR), based in London, UK.

“The widely reported gender pay gap and the lack of women in the boardroom are two major issues affecting women working in PR worldwide,” commented Angela Oakes and Sue Hardwick.

CWPR will be proactively reaching out to event partners, sponsors and PR industry leaders over the coming months to seek input into future activities. The CWPR team is committed to maintaining a high caliber of programs for members and aims to become a thought leader and influencer in the field of public relations.

Through student, individual and corporate subscriptions, CWPR members have access to online courses, resources, case studies and networking opportunities.

Event Details:

Date: May 11, 2016

Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1V1 Canada

Cost: Members: $55, Non-Members $75, Membership + Event Ticket Bundle $300


About CWPR:

The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR) Ltd. is the only industry organization across Canada focused on shaping women in the field of public relations, and the only organization focused on discussing the industry’s key professional interests for women in one setting. CWPR was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia with networks across Canada.


“It’s refreshing to stand behind an organization that is focused on encouraging and supporting women in public relations by not only providing the tools, resources and encouragement I need to become a better PR professional, but by tackling issues around work-life balance, career advancement and equality for women in the workplace.” – Alyssa Barry, Investor Relations Consultant

“Women have played a predominant role in establishing and continuing to shape the public relations industry we know today, an achievement I am very proud of and a legacy I hope to continue through my work with this organization. I encourage women to consider joining Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR) to access tools and networks to support our common goals.” – Elisha McCallum, Vice President at FleishmanHillard

“As technology continues to evolve the practice of public relations, so do the working lifestyles of professional women. Our goal for Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR) is to advance the interests of female colleagues’ nation-wide inside and outside of the boardroom.” – Natasha Netschay Davies, Director of Digital PR and Content at Moonraker

“Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that professional women take a leadership role within the business world. To do this – particularly in the PR industry – there must be a vehicle that enables us to connect, motivate, and support each other and I believe Canadian Women in Public Relations (CWPR) will do just that.” – Lynn Gervais, Director of Communications at Toptable Group