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Marketwired™ is a social communications leader offering best-in-class news distribution and reporting and state-of-the-art social media monitoring and analytics. Founded in 1983, Marketwired has always been a company of firsts- first to deliver news releases automatically to registered recipients and first to provide a multi-featured desktop client interface. We put the power of influence to work for our clients—integrating search engine insight and social media intelligence into press release distribution on one convenient social communications platform.


The Eureka.cc solution meets the informational news and business needs of organizations of all sizes.

Its goal is to facilitate informed decision-making by providing relevant information to the right people at the right time.

Eureka.cc was created for people who need to share or master information in order for it to be used optimally. Whether you work in the field of information, communications, marketing or public relations, Eureka.cc enables you to monitor, measure and analyze strategic information effectively.



CNW Group
CNW Group is the nation's number one resource for time-critical news and information from more than 10,000 sources coast to coast and around the world. Public companies, associations, unions, not-for-profits, municipal, provincial and federal governments all rely on CNW Group’s unique multi-media communication services and networks to effectively send their messages to newsrooms, the financial community and the public. The CNW Group web site is the most frequently used and most widely accessed full-text news release site in Canada. CNW Group is also a national leader in audio/video webcasting, enabling thousands of communication professionals to broadcast their news and information in real-time around the world.

CNW Group's communications technology goes well beyond electronic news distribution. CNW Group also assists its clients in achieving their goals by providing innovative services to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their communications, and to target their key audiences.

Established in 1960, CNW Group is a leading and legitimate part of Canada's journalistic and financial reporting processes, recognized in all major newsrooms and financial institutions as a key element in the dissemination and receipt of timely information directly from source. CNW Group operates bureaus in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. CNW Group's wholly owned subsidiary CNW Telbec operates offices in Montreal and Quebec City.

Silver Sponsor


Cision is a leading global media intelligence company, serving the complete workflow of today's PR and communication professionals. Offering the industry's most comprehensive PR and social media software, rich analytics and a Global Insights team, Cision enables communicators to improve their marketing and strengthen data-driven decision making. Cision also represents the Gorkana Group, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO) and iContact brands. Headquartered in Chicago, Cision has over 100,000 customers worldwide and maintains offices in Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and China. follow @Cision_Canada on Twitter.

Conference Photography Sponsor

The Canadian Press is Canada's most trusted news source and leader in providing real-time, bilingual multimedia content for online, mobile and emerging platforms. For more than 95 years, our 250+ journalists have delivered news stories, photos, graphics, audio and online video, plus news coverage from The Associated Press, to daily newspapers, radio and TV stations and websites. Clients depend on The Canadian Press for reliable, accurate and fast coverage, written and edited according to the standards set for the industry by The Canadian Press Stylebook.

PR, communications and marketing professionals also rely on our complete suite of services to effectively deliver their messages, captivate their audiences and be proactive:

PHOTO & VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS & DISTRIBUTION: The Canadian Press Images provides experienced, reliable photographers and videographers to shoot your events and projects quickly. Our global network of 300+ photojournalists and video journalists capture attention-grabbing, "media-style" images that maximize your chances of pickup.

REAL-TIME WIRE MONITORING: Get a heads-up with email alerts of Canadian Press Wire stories affecting your organization BEFORE they hit the headlines, giving you the power to anticipate opportunities for coverage, ensure your spokespeople are prepared when the media call, and mitigate potential crises. We also offer TV news and social media monitoring.

CONTENT MARKETING: We feed continuously updating news, photos and videos to your websites and digital screens to keep audiences engaged with your brand and coming back for relevant content.

Bronze Sponsor

Citoyen Optimum

Founded in 1980 in Montreal, Citoyen Optimum is a Quebec-based public relations firm and an international network member with industry expertise covering all sectors and services. Tied closely to Cossette for the deployment of its creative product, Citoyen Optimum evolves independently to deliver exceptional account management and a diverse service offering.

A team of 75 respected and recognized PR professionals, including twenty in Quebec, with extensive training and backgrounds for unparalleled expertise across all spheres of formal and informal corporate communications.



Since 2001, we've believed that business strategy will be increasingly shaped by insights from online data. Organizations will look outside, beyond their internal reporting systems to a world of data that's constantly growing and changing. Progressive business leaders will use these insights to make timely decisions based on realtime analysis.

Our customers, including corporate communications and other media-centric professionals, are leading this trend. With our purpose-built, media intelligence platform, they can stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically drive brand perception for their company.

Meltwater exists to help companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside.


Diana and Charles Tisdall Lecture Sponsor

The McMaster-Syracuse Master of Communications Management (MCM) Program offers professional communicators and communications managers like you a unique opportunity to earn a postgraduate degree while continuing to earn a living.

Offered by McMaster University in partnership with Syracuse University, the MCM offers you the best of Canadian and American public relations and communications management education.

Specifically designed with you in mind, the MCM allows you to balance work and life while building a powerful network of lifelong friends and colleagues.

That's your MCM advantage.

Education Grant Provided by:

The originator of the Diana & Charles Tisdall Lecture in Communications, the Communications + Public Relations Foundation works with partners through the gifts of individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to develop and implement educational initiatives focusing on the value and power of public relations.



Turn news into knowledge with MediaMiser. Experience a new alternative to all-in-one media monitoring and analysis—one that allows you to easily monitor, analyze and share social and traditional media content. Stop filtering through irrelevant media mentions and quickly arm your PR team with actionable insights. Proud to be a Canadian company.


energi PR

energi PR, founded in 1990, is an independently-owned, bilingual Canadian PR agency with offices in Toronto and Montreal. We deliver powerful strategic and experiential marketing communications services that build and strengthen brands.We're well-connected in the consumer, corporate, beauty/fashion and travel/tourism space, with a dedicated healthcare/pharmaceutical PR practice. energi PR is the Canadian affiliate of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), the fourth largest network of independently-owned PR firms in the world.

Fifth Story

Fifth Story, A News Canada Company, has over 30 years of experience in storytelling and specializes in the five key elements of content marketing – insights, production, distribution, measurement and analysis. We help communications professionals engage their target audiences through compelling, multi-platform content and amplify their key messages through paid, earned, owned and shared channels. Discover our work and solutions at fifthstory.com.

Awards Champagne Reception Sponsor

NATIONAL Public Relations

 NATIONAL is the largest public relations consultancy in Canada with offices in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, New York and London. The firm offers corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs, public consultation and participation, marketing, technology and healthcare communications services to a broad range of leading corporate, government and institutional clients. Internationally, the firm is affiliated with Burson-Marsteller.


IBM Canada

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. IBMers around the world bring innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM's prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground-breaking real world problems to help make the world work better.


Translation Services

English to French translation for all your PR needs

Carbon Neutral Conference Sponsor

Trees Ontario's Forest Recovery Canada Program Planting the Forest of the Future About Trees Ontario
  • Forest Recovery Canada (FRC) is a national tree-planting program, administered by Trees Ontario, dedicated to innovative and leading-edge forestry practices.
  • FRC works with local tree planting agencies to promote and execute large-scale tree planting activities on public and private lands across Canada.
  • Large, contiguous forests are essential for species migration, climate change adaptation, ecosystem health as well as employment and economic prosperity.
  • Long term planning and support is essential to building the capacity of forest restoration programs that facilitate the maintenance and enhancement of our natural environment.
  • We are thrilled to partner with the CPRS for its National Conference. It's the perfect opportunity to plant trees in the nation's Capital in honour of you, 500 of the brightest professional communicators in the country.
  • Over their lifetime, the CPRS Forest of the Future will help sequester carbon; enhance and diversify the landscape; help us to withstand climate change; improve wildlife habitat; conserve soil and water, moderate temperature extremes and reduce the effects of storms; and provide local economic opportunities.
  • Trees Ontario is the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America. Since 2004, Trees Ontario and its partners have planted more than 13 million trees in Ontario and across Canada.
  • s a charitable organization, we rely on the financial support of donors, organizations, foundations and government to support our tree planting mission. Learn more at treesontario.ca/programs/frc
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