When: September 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
WhereArt Gallery of Nova Scotia, Windsor Foundation Lecture Theatre
Cost (light breakfast included):
CPRS student members – $15
Student non-members  –  $20
CPRS members – $25
Non-members – $35

Join us to learn from one of Atlantic Canada’s most experienced communicators. Peter Spurway, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Airport Experience, Halifax International Airport Authority, will share big lessons learned in 45 years of communication.

Is there really such a thing as “off the record”? How do I manage the tenuous relationship between questions and answers? How do I fix a mistake – theirs or mine? If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, you won’t want to miss this PD session. Drawing on Peter Spurway’s extensive experience, participants will learn through real-life examples and leave feeling more confident in their ability to work under pressure, practice for crises, and find their lane and stick to it.

Register now! Registration closes on Sunday September 24 at 11:59 p.m.

* If you’re unable to pay by credit card or need an invoice, please email and we’ll happily make alternate arrangements.


CPRS-NS Annual General Meeting 

When: May 24, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library
Cost: FREE

Join us to celebrate CPRS-NS’s 60th anniversary! Find out who will be awarded the 2017 Nova Scotia Communicator of the Year Award and CPRS-NS Student Award. Catch up with fellow PR professionals.

Review the 2017-18 Board Nomination Report

RSVP to so we can be sure to order enough delicious eats!



Brand Journalism for Communicators with Mark Ragan

When: April 4, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dalhousie University Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave, Room 303

Mark Ragan, Publisher and CEO of Ragan Communications, Inc.will be leading delegates through a two part workshop on Advanced Writing and Brand Journalism which will include successful Canadian PR experiences and case studies. During this full-day workshop you’ll take part in two sessions, Advanced Writing and Editing and Brand Journalism for Communicators. You’ll leave this workshop with clear outcomes that will change the way you work, help you refresh your skills and ensure your organization remains a leader in communications.

Mark Ragan is the Publisher and CEO of Ragan Communications, Inc., the United State’s leading provider of corporate communication information and training. For 15 years, Mark covered Congress, the White House and national political campaigns for Copley News ServiceStates News ServiceNew York Newsday, the San Diego Union-Tribune and Insight Magazine.

Register now!


Challenging conversations: Embracing social communication from the top down (Sold out)

When: February 22, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Lindsay Children’s Room, Halifax Central Library
Cost: CPRS student members – $15
Student non-members –  $20
CPRS members- $25
Non-members – $35

Expand your knowledge of the complex, ever changing crisis communications and social media landscape. Told from Theresa Rath Spicer’s perspective, find out what steps Halifax Regional Police took to transform the communications strategy of an organization to empower numerous non-communications/PR personnel to craft messages, deal with media, respond to social media posts and step into the spokesperson role.

In the 24/7 environment we live and work in, it is imperative that communications has “back-up” – a “we can’t do this alone” approach. Find out what risks your organization would collectively and methodically need to take to allow non-communications personnel access to your social media channels.

Need more insight to convince your organization to follow suit? Theresa will share great examples of the risks and rewards resulting from the use of non-traditional vs. traditional tools.

Registration closes February 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Register now!
* If you’re unable to pay by credit card, please email and we’ll happily make alternate arrangements. 


PR Student Speed Networking
When: January 26, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Halifax Alehouse, 1717 Brunswick Street
Cost: CPRS student members – FREE
Non-member students & recents grads – $10

Kick off 2017 by catching up with your communications colleagues. We want to help Halifax’s next generation of PR pros build their network. This speed networking event will match students and professionals in timed conversations to maximize the number of connections you make. At the end of the evening stick around for some informal networking to continue the conversations and learning.

Be sure to bring lots of business cards!

Register now
* If you’re unable to pay by credit card, please email and we’ll happily make alternate arrangements. 

If you are an experienced professional wanting to attend to provide career advice and insights to PR students, email


Event Planning and Communications Workshop

When: November 23, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Cost: CPRS student members – $15
Student non-members –  $20
CPRS members- $25
Non-members – $35

How important is communication in event planning? It means the difference between the life and death of an event. This workshop will show you how to make sure you tick all the boxes on your communications “to do” list.

Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Pavia while you learn how take your event to the next level with Jane Davies. With 12 years of corporate, public affairs and marketing experience as well as an eight-year adventure as the Vice President of ZedEvents, managing a team responsible for more than 150 successful events for clients from corporate, government, non-profit, Jane’s insight is sure to transform your event communications!

Register now!
* If you’re unable to pay by credit card, please email and we’ll happily make alternate arrangements. 



CPRS-NS Holiday Social

When: Tuesday December 6, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Tempo Food + Drink, 1875 Barrington St.
Cost: Free

Join us for some holiday cheer and networking at our annual holiday social. Eat, drink and be merry as you reconnect with old friends and meet new members.

All CPRS members and student members are welcome. Please RSVP, so that we can be sure to order plenty of delicious eats for everyone!



Blogger Relations 101
Presented in partnership with BlogJam

WhenOctober 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
WhereCollaborative Health Education Building, Dalhousie, 5793 University Avenue
Cost:  CPRS student members – $10
Student non-members –  $15
CPRS & TIANS members – $20
Non-member – $30

If you’re not working with bloggers to promote your product, service or cause, you’re missing a huge opportunity. According to Research Now, almost 9 in 10 consumers makes purchases after reading about a product or service on a blog. And, consumers aged 18-34 ranked blogs as the most important source of information to make buying decisions.

Do you know how to get bloggers to write about your product, service or cause? Bloggers & PR experts Renée Downs, Kerra AuCoin Mansfield, and Krista Montelpare from Blog Jam, will lead you through how to find bloggers who might like to work with you, how to pitch them and the dos and don’ts of blogger outreach. In the second half of the workshop, we’ll help you apply your newly learned blogger outreach knowledge to devise a blogger relations strategy for your organization, that you can easily implement.

* If you’re unable to pay by credit card, please email and we’ll happily make alternate arrangements. 


Demystifying Networking

Where: The Nook on Gottingen, 2118 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
When: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Just your time

All professional and student CPRS members and potential student members are invited to join us for our first networking event of the season. The Halifax Partnership Connector Team will help you learn how to build a strategy around networking so you can make those face to face connections that count when job hunting. We’ll share some great tips, provide some interactive activities and get you up to practice! Following the Halifax Partnership’s presentation there will be an opportunity to put your newly acquired networking skills and tips to use.

Secure your spot now!



2015-2016 CPRS-NS Annual General Meeting

When: Tuesday May 17, 2016 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Brightwood Golf & Country Club, Vidito Room, 227 School Street, Dartmouth, NS

Award and Scholarship Presentations 

At the AGM, CPRS-NS will present the inaugural Nova Scotia Communicator of the Year award.  Len Canfield’s 50 years of participation in CPRS will also be honoured with a Certificate of Recognition and the annual CPRS-NS student scholarship will be awarded.


5:00 – Networking
5:30 – Opening remarks
5:35 – Scholarship presentation
5:40 – Len Canfield 50 year presentation
5:50 – Communicator of the Year
6:00 – AGM business
6:30 – Wrap up

We are looking for members to serve on the board of CPRS-NS for the coming board year. Board involvement is a rewarding way to help advance the public relations and communications profession in our area. The board meets once monthly except June-August to plan and oversee membership, scholarships and awards, accreditation, professional development and social events, chapter finances, budget and operations, web and social media content, liaison with post-secondary PR programs, faculties and students, other member benefits, and more!

Any full member in good standing of CPRS-NS is eligible to serve as Director. If you or someone you know wishes to be nominated please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, CPRS-NS Past-President, Dan Bedell for more information. The nominating deadline is Thursday, May 4, 2016.

We hope to see you on May 17!




Police PR:  the Realities, the Pressures and the Challenges


Eat, Meet and Greet!

Who: All professional and student CPRS members (and potential student members, too!)

What: A relaxed evening of networking with snacks and beverages.

Where: Upstairs of The Red Stag Tavern, Keith’s Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St., Halifax

When: Wednesday, April 13 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Why: A chance for professionals and students to meet and greet, and for students to be welcomed into our PR community.

Cost: Just your time (finger food is on us; drinks will be on your own).

Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you there.



‘A Visual Roadmap To Success: An analysis of the two-way communication in the social media space’

When: January 28th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 302, McCain Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University
Cost: FREE for members & student members, $10 for non-members

Please join us for a professional development session with Amy Thurlow, PhD, APR, Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University and Alla Kushniryk, PhD, Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University.

Learn about a new and innovative method of measuring the direction and flow of communication within social media. Visual mapping of two way communication in social media will allow public relations practitioners to better integrate and measure the impact of two-way communication. The presentation will feature a visual toolkit that will allow public relations professionals to see a flow of communication through a visual representation, providing insights into the nature of the two-way relationship represented in social media usage.

CPRS members and student members are welcome!  There is a room limit of 34 so please RSVP immediately to

Parking – If you’re driving, in your RSVP, please include your permission for us to provide MSVU with your email address, so they can email you an electronic parking pass.



 Annual Holiday Social 

Join CPRS-NS for some holiday cheer and networking at our annual holiday social on Monday December 7, 2015. Eat, drink and be merry as you reconnect with old friends and meet new members.

Drop in at your convenience between 4 and 7 p.m. to the Old Triangle (third floor), 5136 Prince St., Halifax.

All CPRS members and student members are welcome! Please RSVP to if you’re planning to stop by.