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About IABC Waterloo

The local chapter of IABC Waterloo aims to connect and empower local communicators. We put on numerous PD and networking events that cover a range of topical professional development areas, like communications strategy and ROI, social media and digital ads, visual communications design and more.

Our members work across a variety of industries, from software to healthcare, and sit in junior and senior roles across communications, marketing, PR and more.


About IABC International

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication.

Established in 1970, IABC serves members in more than 70 countries for networking, career development and personal growth. Find out more about the benefits of being part of IABC on our Membership page.



About the 2018-2019 Board of Directors

IABC Waterloo is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Meet our current Board members:


Mackenzie Clement, President

Mackenzie is a communications professional with experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. As a lifelong learner, Mackenzie has continued to challenge herself and those around her to seek out knowledge, learn to identify process improvements and continuously adapt.

Mackenzie joined the Board in 2016 to network, learn and grow as a communications professional - and she is proud to say the experience has given her so much more. She credits IABC Waterloo for expanding her skillset in communications and leadership, as well as developing many close friendships.

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Lisa Gu, Vice President

Lisa is a communicator with a passion for creating exceptional experiences. She loves non-fiction books, hot yoga, and “immerse-in-the-local-culture” type of travel. She’s also obssessed with coffee chats and invites any communicators to reach out and connect!

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Katie McQuaid, Past President

Katie has been involved with IABC for five years and is happy to be taking on the supporting role of Past President for 2018-19. She's currently the Marketing & Communications Specialist at WalterFedy, but has loved working in many different sectors such as insurance, the arts and education. When she's not working, Katie enjoys movies, tacos and travel.

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Kaitlyn Holbein, Communications Director

Kaitlyn is a freelance marketing communications professional, specializing primarily in content and recruitment marketing services at Prior to heading out on her own, Kaitlyn most recently focused on content, brand, and recruitment marketing for OpenText, one of Canada’s largest software companies. Kaitlyn holds a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Rhetoric and Communication Design. Outside of work, Kaitlyn loves running, riding horses, reading, and photography.

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Folake Owodunni, Membership Director

Folake is a storyteller and communications consultant. She has spent the last seven years working in a variety of roles including public relations, corporate communications, and consulting in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She currently works full-time as a Communications Specialist at the University of Waterloo.

Ryan Metivier, Partnerships Director

Ryan is a full-time communications professional with 4-H Ontario and a previous graduate of Public Relations and Broadcast-Journalism at Conestoga and Seneca College respectively. Ryan wears many hats and works several jobs such as freelancing in sports writing, design and working for a local soccer league. In addition to being a part of the IABC Board, he's also involved with the KW Chamber Young Professionals Committee and will never miss an opportunity to network in Waterloo Region. A few of his interests include playing soccer, watching sports, staying active and researching his next investment.

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Emily Caister, Co-Events Director

Emily is a communications professional passionate about helping organizations create meaningful impact and engagement opportunities with their audiences. When she's not working on her next creative idea, she can be found relaxing with a nice glass of wine and the latest super hero film with her husband and their cat, Lola.  

Victor Santiago, Co-events director

Victor has been an active IABC member for three years and is currently in the role of Co-Events Director for 2018-2019. He works in family recruitment for Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region, however he has had many communications roles in other sectors such as education, agriculture and biotech. His happy place is being in the mountains in both winter and summer and spending time with his family. 

Tara Parachuk, Break Through Conference Director

This is Tara’s first year as Conference Director with IABC Waterloo and she is excited to apply her marketing and communications background to the group. For the past ten years, Tara has helped businesses (large and small) connect with their target market through tailored messaging and customized marketing plans. Outside of her day career, Tara has created a personal brand via Instagram sharing daily fashion tips and style inspiration at @my_styledlife