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Phil Soper of Royal LePage Real Estate Received the 2014 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations

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Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, with his family at the Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/CPRS Toronto

Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, with his family at the Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/CPRS Toronto

The 22nd CPRS Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations luncheon was a wonderful success! Fellow practitioners gathered together to celebrate the public relations industry, strengthen professional and personal relationships, and to reinvigorate passion for effective communications.

The honouree, Phil Soper, presented an excellent speech, which highlighted his natural communication skills and thanked everyone who has helped him achieve the CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations. He thanked his family first and foremost for being a supportive presence throughout his road to success. He also informed the audience of his family history, which has played a significant role in his goal setting and achievements.

Phil said, “writing skills are an integral part of CEO excellence,” and his family has a history of great writing.
It could be said that Phil was destined to be a great leader. With the help of Kaiser-Lachance Communications Inc., he has used effective communications to lead a business strategy and achieve business success.

Included in his speech was a summary of some fundamental public relations principles. It was encouraging to hear the President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal LePage spell out the importance of public relations to achieve effective communications. Kaiser-Lachance Communications has helped Royal LePage with strategic positioning, thought leadership, media relations, and much more. Public relations is a game changer for business strategies when it is applied effectively.

The CPRS Toronto CEO Award luncheon is a tradition that not only recognizes the honoured CEO, but also provides an opportunity to celebrate the work public relations professionals do and the counsel they provide to leaders of all types of organizations. A strong partnership with public relations professionals makes communications a strong foundation for business strategies.

Congratulations again to Phil Soper, President and CEO of Royal LePage, for being the 2014 winner of the CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations.

Phil Soper of Royal LePage Real Estate Receives the 2014 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations

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Maryjane Martin, APR, President of CPRS Toronto (left), presents the Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations to Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in Toronto. The award was created in 1991 to celebrate the Chief Executive Officer in the Greater Toronto area who best demonstrates personal excellence in the understanding and implementation of public relations practices. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/CPRS Toronto

Maryjane Martin, APR, President of CPRS Toronto (left), presents the Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations to Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in Toronto. The award was created in 1991 to celebrate the Chief Executive Officer in the Greater Toronto area who best demonstrates personal excellence in the understanding and implementation of public relations practices. The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/CPRS Toronto

(Toronto, Ont., January 28, 2015) – Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage Real Estate Services is the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations. Mr. Soper was honoured with the award at a luncheon on Wednesday January 28, 2015 at the Eaton Chelsea Toronto. This year marks the 22nd occasion of the award ceremony, which recognizes Canadian CEOs and leaders who display communications excellence and contribute to the vision of their organization.

During Mr. Soper’s ten years at the helm of the nation’s largest real estate firm, Royal LePage has earned a commanding lead in traditional and new media share. In 2014, the company generated over 422 million traditional media impressions, more than the next five major real estate firms combined.

As the one hundred year old firm’s spokesperson on national issues,
Mr. Soper offers insight into the country’s residential housing and commercial real estate markets through Canadian and international television, radio and print publications. He was an early adopter in leveraging social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to expand the firm’s reach.

“An engaged, contemporary enterprise cannot survive on a diet of traditional or social media alone,” said Mr. Soper. “The wide acceptance of social networks allows us to engage with, and learn from, our clients and prospects in a back and forth manner that wasn’t contemplated even a few years ago. Yet the massive reach and impact of television, radio and print media continue to serve us well. If an organization understands which channels best suit the communication needs of a given business strategy, they will undoubtedly accomplish more.”

“Effective stakeholder communications remain a hallmark of any successful business,” Soper continued. “The real estate industry is no exception and we have had to evolve quickly to embrace advances in communication technology and consumer preference in an effort to enhance the home buying experience. It is an honour to accept this award recognizing Royal LePage REALTORS’™ success in helping Canadians pursue their home ownership dreams.”

Since assuming the leadership, Soper’s company has tripled in revenue while more than doubling the size of its agent salesforce to 16,000 professionals.   These efforts have been recognized throughout the real estate industry. Real Estate Marketing Magazine recently named him “one of the 25 most important leaders of the past 25 years.” He was featured in a nationally syndicated 2011 feature entitled, “The LinkedIn Diaries” which focused on Mr. Soper’s success as a CEO who utilized social media to effectively engage with a geographically dispersed workforce that numbers in the thousands. And early in 2015, Swanepoel Trends ranked him the most influential person in Canadian real estate and the 18th most powerful globally.

After a successful career with information technology giant IBM, Mr. Soper joined the Royal LePage family in 2000 to lead the Royal LePage Corporate Relocation business. After 18 months he was named the president of Royal LePage Real Estate and in 2002 was appointed CEO.

“This is the first year the award has been given to an individual in the real estate industry,” said CPRS Toronto CEO Award Chair Vincent Power, APR. “CPRS is proud to award Mr. Soper the honour due to his ability to create communication channels available to his employees and clients across Canada, which has contributed to the ongoing success of Royal LePage Real Estate.”

The selection committee for the CPRS Toronto Award is made up of past CPRS Toronto presidents, all of whom are accredited Public Relations professionals.

CEO Award Recipients are:

  • John E. Betts, CEO of McDonald’s Canada® (2014-2015)
  • Sheldon Levy, President and vice chancellor of Ryerson University (2013-2014)
  • Robert S. Bell, CEO of the University Health Network (2011-2012)
  • Jim Leech, CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (2010-2011)
  • Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines (2009-2010)
  • Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited (2008-2009)
  • Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto (2007-2008)
  • The late Richard Bradshaw, General Director, Canadian Opera Company (2006-2007)
  • Michael Budman and Don Green, Co-founders, Roots Canada (2005-2006)
  • Wayne Sales, President and CEO, Canadian Tire (2004-2005)
  • Piers Handling, CEO, Toronto International Film Festival (2003-2004)
  • Julian Fantino, Police Chief, Toronto Police Service (2002-2003)
  • Charles Baillie, Chair, TD Bank Financial Group (2001-2002)
  • Dominic D’Alessandro, President and CEO, Manulife Financial (2000-2001)
  • Bobbie Gaunt, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada (1999-2000)
  • Diane McGarry, President and CEO, Xerox Canada Inc. (1998-1999)
  • Allan Stark, President and CEO, American Express Company Canada (1997-1998)
  • George Cohon, President and CEO, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada (1996-1997)
  • John Cassaday, President and CEO, CTV (1995-1996)
  • David Bloom, President and CEO, Shoppers Drug Mart (1992-1993)
  • Peter H. Ellis, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Medical Centre (1991-1992)

The Canadian Public Relations Society is a national professional organization focused on establishing and upholding educational and ethical standards in Public Relations. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest local societies with over 600 members. For more information, please visit: http://www.cprstoronto.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors of the 2014 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Vincent Power, APR, CPRS Toronto CEO Award Chair
416-941-4422
pastpresident@cprstoronto.com

For Royal LePage:
Ray McIlroy
Kaiser Lachance Communications
O: 647-725-2520 x215
C: 647-680-8316
ray.mcilroy@kaiserlachance.com

Focus on Royal LePage president and CEO Phil Soper: An Effective Leader with Words and Actions

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CEO award of excellence in public relations_edited-1The old adage, “actions speak louder than words” may be true in certain circumstances, but words are required in today’s society to create connection and understanding. The spoken word can be used to lead and influence action.

Communication through active listening, authenticity, humble confidence and connection is one of the most effective leadership tools. Without a clear message, even the best cause or idea would go unnoticed, or worse; obtain a negative or incorrect connotation.

As we near the luncheon to honour this year’s recipient of the CPRS Toronto CEO of the Year Award in Public Relations, it is interesting to see how effective communications has helped create positive results throughout history.

Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafazi, Eric “Astro” Teller, and Jack Welch. These names represent people who have caused incredible positive changes throughout the world. Change is a process that can be long and arduous; it takes consistency, passion and effective communication. We must never underestimate the importance of effective communication; it is the common platform where influence, inspiration and unity are built.

Nelson Mandela is known as one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. He is famous for promoting a message of forgiveness and equality. Mandela actively listened to what was going on around him, which led to his passionate fight against apartheid. Although he was sentenced to life in prison, Mandela continued to put respect and forgiveness above all else. He insisted on having a respectful relationship with prison guards and other prisoners. This practice gave him influence to have them understand his perspective. Ending apartheid was a long and difficult battle, but Mandela never strayed from his key message. He was authentic and humbly confident in his message of forgiveness and equality; his actions spoke as loud as his words.

Malala Yousafazi is a modern symbol of influence. She survived a Taliban assassination attempt, which only fuelled her passion for female education activism. Malala actively speaks out with great energy, authenticity and confidence. Malala has a clear point of view for the cause of freedom and education for all; she is inspirational, focused and articulate. Malala is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. At the ceremony, her speech included her powerful statement, “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not.” Malala is an active listener and builds connection with her audience whether they are survivors in the same fight or not. Building connection is an integral part of effective communication because it helps to create awareness, understanding and further action.

Eric “Astro” Teller is Google’s “Chief of Moonshots” in their Google X division. The Google X division is a team of people who take on the impossible (i.e. moon shots). The inspirational quote, “shoot for the moon because even if you miss you’ll land among the stars” sums up the work performed at Google X. However, when you’re striving to reach the impossible, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Even if you land among the stars from time to time, constantly failing a moon shot will take a toll on motivation. This is where Astro shines as an effective communicator, both internally and externally. As a scientist and entrepreneur, Astro understands the technical aspects of his job, but also has the ability to engage with the general public and be easy to understand. He is able to communicate by telling stories and really connecting with his audience. Astro is authentic as a scientist who believes in his work, and is humbly confident in every shot he takes at the moon.

Jack Welch is known for his track record of success and the way he transformed General Electric (GE) from a $13 billion company into a $525 billion giant. When working to create change in a business or in other areas of life, effective communication is needed to develop understanding and acceptance. Change is a process and it requires everyone involved to believe the change is necessary or relevant. Welch developed new procedures for GE, but he would have experienced resistance before their implementation. Through active listening, Welch understood areas of GE that were under-performing. This process built trust in his humble confidence and enabled GE employees to see Welch as an ally and not someone to resist. Through effective communication, Welch was able to provide an understanding of the direction GE needed to go and acceptance of the new procedures. Without employees to champion and use new procedures or ideas, GE would not have been able to grow.

Communication through active listening, authenticity, humble confidence and connection is one of the most effective leadership tools. Whether you are communicating with one person, a room full of people, or millions in a crowd, the process of effective communication remains the same.

Phil Soper is the recipient of the 2014 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations because of his work in defining Royal LePage’s vision and communicating it with impact across Canada. Phil believes in the act of engaging people, active listening, leadership through voluntary engagement, and sharing his insight. If you’re following Phil on Twitter, you already know he has insightful knowledge to share and excellent communication skills. He was an early adopter of social media as a tool to enhance his firm’s effectiveness and communications reach.

Phil believes in his work; home ownership is an incredibly personal and substantial part of many Canadians’ lives. Realtors are helping hundreds of thousands of Canadians to chase their dreams, and Phil knows that improving communications and procedures for realtors will positively impact their clients. Since assuming his current role at the helm of Royal LePage in 2002, the business has more than tripled revenue and doubled agent count. Communications can be a game changer when it’s effective, and Phil has given us another example of authentic, humble confidence being a base for creating connection, understanding and positive change.

Join the Canadian Public Relations Society (Toronto) on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at noon at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West as the Society honours Phil Soper from Royal LePage as the winner of the 2014 CEO of the Year Award in Public Relations.
For tickets information please click HERE.

Why I joined CPRS

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Read our first winning submission from the new CPRS Toronto Student Blog Contest!

New topics are posted every two weeks, so be sure to submit your content for your chance to win. The next topic will be announced Saturday, November 22.

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The Best Career Move I’ve Made and Why You Should Do the Same

My fellow soon-to-be industry professionals, I’m about to let you in on a not-so-secret secret of mine: the top 4 reasons I joined CPRS (also known as ‘The Top 4 Reasons Why You Should If You Haven’t Already’ list). So without further ado, here’s why becoming a member was the best career move I’ve made so far:

1.NETWORKING

Let’s get the obvious one on the table first: PR is All. About. Networking. This is rule #1 in the handbook, and for good reason. As individuals not yet employed in the field, being a member is a great way to mingle with those who are. As a student member, you’re given access to the Membership Directory in which hundreds of new contacts are at your fingertips. You are immediately connected with like-minded individuals who share your passion and drive. Basically career gold.

2. VOLUNTEERING

In the very competitive world of PR, internships are the Holy Grail; highly coveted, hard to obtain. So how does one land an internship? It’s no secret that experience helps tremendously. And how does one gain experience? Enter volunteering. Nothing shows commitment to a goal more than offering your time and efforts without being paid. As a student member, you are given priority over non-members in terms of volunteering opportunities, including spending time at the ACE Awards, CEO Award, Annual General Meeting and other fun events. With volunteering, you are able to gain some seriously valuable knowledge, meet some hard-working and intelligent people and add some seriously good things to your resume. Win-win-win.

3. EVENTS

The CPRS Student Steering Committee doesn’t play around when it comes to the events they graciously plan. The exceptional Passport to PR event sold out within 3 hours of registration opening, and guess who got first dibs on their choice of PR agencies and offices to tour? As a student member, you’re always the first to be able to sign up for events like Passport, as well as others. Even before you’re given the first opportunity to register, all student members receive a very considerate reminder email regarding the coming event. Being a member ensures you never miss the signup date for events that may catch your eye.

4. GETTING TO PARTICIPATE IN AWESOME INITIATIVES LIKE THIS BLOG

(This one is arguably the most rewarding) Being able to write for CPRS and have my own personal post featured for my peers to see is definitely an accomplishment, but something I wouldn’t have been able to do before becoming a member. As a recognized student within CPRS, you are given opportunities to succeed in an environment filled with people you respect and look up to that non-members simply don’t have access to. When I first came across CPRS while researching public relations, I never would have guessed my blog post would be read by students just like me, but I’m grateful to say that it is, and there’s absolutely no reason why the next contributor couldn’t be you… or you… or you. Just remember folks: to observe is one thing, but to actively participate is quite another.

So there it is! Waste no more time missing out on the events, networking and opportunities awaiting you. And trust me… the grass is greener on the members’ side.

(Also, to make your life easier: http://www.cprstoronto.com/studentmembershipapplication/)

 

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Cheyenne Freitas is a fourth-year political science and media studies student at the University of Toronto. Find her on:

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John E. Betts shares recipe for success at CEO of the Year luncheon

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By: Brooke Anderson

On Wednesday, January 15, CPRS Toronto presented its CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations to John E. Betts, President and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada @mcd_canada. Friends, family and colleagues gathered for lunch at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel to celebrate his achievement.

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Though Mr. Betts did not take the helm of McDonald’s Canada until 2008, he revealed that his “Canadian connection” began much earlier, when his father was the American Consul General in Montreal and later Toronto. Mr. Betts credited the frequent moves – especially around Europe – with honing his communication skills and giving him the ability to bringdiverse groupsof people together to reach a consensus. He said that his time with McDonald’s Canada has been most fun and rewarding assignment of his 43-year career.

As Mr. Betts accepted the award, he thanked his leadership and communications teams, and all McDonald’s employees and stakeholders, for helping to rewrite the brand story. He emphasized a two-way dialogue where listening makes people feel heard and part of the process, because everybody has a role to play. This was clear in the presentation videos, which showed employee engagementacross Canada and a mountain of positive media coverage.

Mr. Betts simplified his recipe to three communication principles:

  1. Having a vision that people can rally around
  2. Building a narrative that everyone can be part of
  3. Merchandising success to build the greatest level of engagement

In conversation after the event, Mr. Betts spoke of the need to berelatable, whether it’s touring a meat factory or serving customers. He’s determined to “change the conversation” about McDonald’s in a big way, involving employees at every level to challenge “half-truths and myths.” Building on last year’s theme of differentiation, Mr. Betts can’t wait to continue the journey in 2014, the company’s year of engagement.

We’ll be watching what McDonald’s does next. A huge thanks to everyone who attended the event, to McDonald’s for providing coupons to all our guests, and to our sponsors: 680 News, AVW TELAV, Canadian Press Images, Cision, CNW, Infomart, Leger, Marketwired and News Canada.

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Freebies for your family weekend from @RyersonU

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Sheldon Levy, CEO at Ryerson University invited the community to come experience the Ryerson campus at the 20th Annual CEO Awards luncheon.

Here are a couple free things to do while you’re there:

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And if you had any doubt about why today’s Ryerson is so great, check this video out.

CEO reshapes downtown core; recognized for leadership

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by Natasha Radlovic

Ryerson University is going through many changes both internally and externally. The CPRS CEO Award ceremony, held on January 30, honoured Sheldon Levy, the president and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, as the man leading all these changes.

Gone are the days when the university was referred to as “Ry High.” With new buildings and programs transforming both the academic and visual appearance of the school, Ryerson is becoming both a cultural and educational hub for downtown Toronto.

Through Levy’s leadership, Ryerson was a key player in revitalizing the Maple Leaf Gardens and further advancing the university’s role as a city builder.

Levy described his three fundamental features for the city-building strategy:

  1. Density
  2. People first and public transportation
  3. Design excellence

CPRS TORONTO 20TH ANNUAL CEO AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Through a “people first and public transportation” fundamental feature, he described that cars might be sacrificed as second priority. Although some people may not agree with this approach, he demonstrated that he is serious about his plan and that he stands by it.

With 23 million people walking past Ryerson every year, the university has taken on the responsibility for improving the Dundas/Yonge community.

In supporting the design excellence fundamental feature Levy said, “If you build ugly on Ryerson, not only will the university and the students suffer, but so will Toronto.”

Levy explained how his involvement in public relations and knowledge of communications helped to successfully deliver the message and solve issues that have come up in regards to the changes concerning the Ryerson neighborhood.

The CEO Award statue is a silhouette of two people conversing – symbolizing the art of communication.

Through an extremely inspiring and engaging speech, Levy demonstrated that he knows how to keep the audience listening by speaking in a tone that is laid-back but also informative and professional.

“We have built a new cultural street for Toronto, a new cultural street for Canada, and an important new destination,” ended Levy.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the CPRS Toronto CEO Award of the Year award. 

Sheldon Levy of Ryerson University receives this year’s CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations

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Toronto, ON – Sheldon Levy, president and vice chancellor, Ryerson University, is the 2012-13 recipient of the CPRS Toronto CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations. This year marks the 20th time the award has been presented and the special celebration luncheon took place at Arcadian Court in Toronto.

During his distinguished career, Levy has been recognized for championing an entrepreneurial academic model including the recent international success of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and Centre for Urban Energy. He is dedicated to student success, distinctive academic programs and research, and advancing the university role as city-builder. He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics.

“The Yonge and Dundas neighbourhood has a renewed sense of vibrancy thanks to Sheldon Levy’s leadership and vision for Ryerson University,” says CEO Award Chair Martin Waxman, APR. “Ryerson exemplifies the essence of Toronto with its diverse population, seamless integration of old and new and commitment to enhancing the urban landscape. And at the heart of that is Levy’s ability to communicate, inspire and engage the community at large to help bring it all to life.”

“This award is a reflection of the hard work, energy and passion of the entire Ryerson community,” says Levy. “Ryerson is filled with bright and talented young innovators and entrepreneurs and it’s a privilege to play whatever role I can in helping to tell their stories. I am truly honoured to accept this award on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Ryerson.”

First created in 1991, the annual CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations has recognized a chief executive officer who is committed to being an outstanding communicator and who clearly and consistently articulates the organization’s shared mission, vision and values with a broad range of stakeholders to achieve its business goals.
The selection committee for the CPRS Toronto Award is made up of past local and national CPRS presidents, all of whom are accredited Public Relations professionals.

CEO award recipients are:

  • Dr. Robert S. Bell, CEO of the University Health Network (2011-2012)
  • Jim Leech, CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (2010-2011)
  • Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines (2009-2010)
  • Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited (2008-2009)
  • Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto (2007-2008)
  • The late Richard Bradshaw, General Director, Canadian Opera Company (2006-2007)
  • Michael Budman and Don Green, Co-founders, Roots Canada (2005-2006)
  • Wayne Sales, President and CEO, Canadian Tire (2004-2005)
  • Piers Handling, CEO, Toronto International Film Festival (2003-2004)
  • Julian Fantino, Police Chief, Toronto Police Service (2002-2003)
  • Charles Baillie, Chair, TD Bank Financial Group (2001-2002)
  • Dominic D’Alessandro, President and CEO, Manulife Financial (2000-2001)
  • Bobbie Gaunt, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada (1999-2000)
  • Diane McGarry, President and CEO, Xerox Canada Inc. (1998-1999)
  • Allan Stark, President and CEO, American Express Company Canada (1997-1998)
  • George Cohon, President and CEO, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada (1996-1997)
  • John Cassaday, President and CEO, CTV (1995-1996)
  • David Bloom, President and CEO, Shoppers Drug Mart (1992-1993)
  • Peter H. Ellis, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Medical Centre (1991-1992)

The Canadian Public Relations Society is a national professional organization focused on establishing and upholding educational and ethical standards in Public Relations. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest local societies with nearly 600 members. For more information, please visit the CPRS Toronto website.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Martin Waxman, APR
Chair
CPRS Toronto CEO Award Committee
416-569-0501
martinwaxman@gmail.com

Michael Forbes
Director, Communications
Ryerson University
416-979-5000 ext. 4282
michael1.forbes@ryerson.ca

Special thanks to our sponsors 2012-13 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations.

CPRS Toronto selects Sheldon Levy of Ryerson University to receive 2013 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations

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Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 20th annual CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations is Sheldon Levy, president and vice chancellor, Ryerson University.

During his distinguished career, Levy has been recognized for championing an entrepreneurial academic model including the recent international success of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and Centre for Urban Energy. He is dedicated to student success, distinctive academic programs and research, and advancing the university role as city-builder. He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics.

Levy previously served as vice president, finance and strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; vice president, government and institutional relations, University of Toronto; president, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology; and vice president, Institutional Affairs, York University.

Mark your calendars and join us to commemorate this occasion:

WHEN: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Arcadian Court, 8th floor

ADDRESS: 401 Bay Street, Toronto

TICKETS: Individual tickets available online from the CPRS Toronto website;
To purchase a table, contact Lois Marsh at 416-360-1988, marshl@marsh-executive.com.

First created in 1991, the CEO Award recognizes communications excellence and advocates that a successful CEO must be an excellent communicator who can express a clear mission and shared values with a broad range of stakeholders.

Past Award recipients include Dr. Robert Bell, CEO of University Health Network, Mr. Jim Leech, CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines, Galen G. Weston, Loblaw Companies, Frances Lankin of the United Way of Greater Toronto, Michael Budman and Don Green of Roots Canada, and Piers Handling of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The CPRS Toronto award is determined by a selection committee comprised of the Society’s past presidents. Members are encouraged to submit nominations throughout the year.

About CPRS Toronto
CPRS is a national association representing the public relations profession through the establishment and maintenance of high professional, educational and ethical standards. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest member societies comprising nearly 600 members. For more information please visit: cprstoronto.com

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Martin Waxman, APR
Chair
CPRS Toronto CEO Award Committee
416-569-0501
martinwaxman@gmail.com

Michael Forbes
Director, Communications
Ryerson University
416-979-5000 ext. 4282
michael1.forbes@ryerson.ca