Communication Studies Alumni Achievement Friday 28 September 2012 3 – 5 pm, Career Centre PANELISTS Erika Ivanic, Hons. B.A. (06) Erika graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Philosophy. After taking a year off to travel and 'figure things out,' Erika entered the Master of Planning programme at Dalhousie University. Upon graduating in 2009, Erika went travelling again and returned to Ontario to look for work. She spent three years working as a Planner for the City of Vaughan and currently works as a Planner for the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Erika lives in Toronto and is passionate about city- building. Laura McDonald, B.A. (06), M.A. (09) Laura is an organizer, activist, theatre producer, and prolific Facebook poster. Currently the Associate Manager of Publicity & Special Projects at Alternatives Journal, Canada’s environmental magazine, she also divides her energy between freelance (and volunteer) organizing and communications work, sitting on the Boards of Directors of WPIRG and Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, and producing the occasional radical musical or play. Laura has previously done communications work for Laurier Musical Theatre, the Laurier Centre for Women & Trans People, the Laurier Graduate Students’ Association, and the Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo. Marci Mosher-Mandel, B.A. (04) Marci currently works at KPMG, within the Information Technology Services area, as a Communications Manager. Prior to KPMG, Marci worked at a top Canadian-based bank in Marketing and Communications where she was responsible for developing content for internal websites and coordinating promotion of content. She also supported the production and creation of various newsletters, including generating story ideas, writing, editing and distribution. She has also worked for public relation agencies, including in Sydney, Australia, where she developed communication plans and generated awareness of programs and products for energy, technology and government organizations. She is a 2004 graduate of the Communications Studies program and has a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Centennial College. Krista O’Brien, B.A. (08), M.A. (10) Krista advocates for marginalized people in both the local and global community, sitting on a local committee dedicated to navigating changing Immigrant and Refugee policies. She is the Chair of the Communications Committee on the Waterloo MB Church Leadership Board. Krista is thrilled to work as the Manager of Communication Strategies at Christian Horizons, where she advises and collaborates with senior leaders about policies, media relations, and corporate communications. She lives in downtown Kitchener with her husband and enjoys reading, singing and impromptu do-it-yourself crafting projects." Joseph F. Turcotte, Hons. B.A. (07), M.A. (08) Joseph is a PhD Candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in the Communication & Culture program at York University (Toronto, Canada). His research focuses on technological, social, cultural, political and economic changes initiated by digital technologies in the early 21st Century with a particular emphasis on intellectual property rights, Internet governance, telecommunications and broadcasting policy, and international trade during the globalized era of the informational economy. Previously, Joseph has been a research assistant at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an instructional assistant with the Communication Studies department at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Communication Coordinator for the Canadian International Council: Waterloo Region Branch. He holds a Combined Honours BA (Communication Studies & Philosophy) and a MA in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Joseph can be reached at: www.jfturcotte.wordpress.com and on Twitter: @joefturcotte Sophie Zivku, Hons. B.A. (07), M.A. (11) As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier's Master of Arts in Communication Studies program Sophie has had the opportunity to apply her graduate work, which analyzed femcare advertising, to her current position as a Communications Specialist at Diva International Inc., makers of The DivaCup. At Diva, Sophie's work includes managing the company's social media channels, researching and developing educational materials and networking partnerships with International organizations seeking solutions for women’s menstrual health needs. Through both her professional and academic experience, Sophie hopes to pursue PhD studies where she can continue in her research of the intersection between technology, advertising and menstrual health.
CS Alumni Achievement 2012 Panelists (updated Sep. 25)
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