IABC London’s 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Robert DeLaet
Robert is an award-winning communications professional who pairs research-informed strategies with innovative tactics to strengthen organizational brand and reputation. With a well-rounded skill set, he specializes in leading strategic communications planning, internal communications, media relations, web and social media strategies, event planning and multimedia production.

With a passion for organizations that improve lives, Robert is currently working as a Communications Consultant at London Health Sciences Centre. Previous to joining the IABC London Executive Committee, Robert served for two years as the chapter’s Awards Director.

Twitter: @rdelaet

Cassie Caranci
Vice President

Cassandra Caranci
Cassandra is a driven communications professional, who brings an enthusiastic and strategic perspective to her work. With both agency and corporate experience, Cassandra can adapt quickly and is eager to bring impactful stories and complex concepts to life.

Cassandra is a graduate of Western University. From Monday to Friday, she works at Canada Life as an Associate Manager, Communications, on their Corporate Communications and Public Affairs team.

Before joining IABC London’s Executive Committee, Cassandra served as Communications Director for two years, where she reviewed and implemented a proactive communications approach and request process.


Twitter: @ccaranci

Megan Zinn

Megan Zinn
Megan is a seasoned communications and fundraising professional. She has held a variety of roles in nonprofit and public sector organizations. She currently works as Corporate Communication Officer at Fanshawe College.

Megan is a graduate of Athabasca University and Fanshawe College, and she held the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from 2014 to 2020. She has served on a number of boards of directors, including two terms as President of the London and Region Fundraising Professionals (LRFP). In addition to her role with IABC London, Megan served as Director, Finance for IABC Canada East Region during the 2019/20 year.

Twitter: @meganzinn

Alicia Baerstoen
Director, Communication

Alicia Baertsoen
Alicia is a branding enthusiast, seasoned communicator and Senior Strategist at Durrell Communications. Experienced in higher education and agency sectors, she enjoys fast-paced work and new challenges, and is passionate about creatively telling the impactful stories behind a brand. Eager to give back to the community and drive industry growth and development, she thrives on connecting with fellow communicators and continuing to pursue new heights through professional development. Her ideal day off would include a new place to explore, preferably outdoors, joined by family and friends, with an IPA thrown in.

Twitter: @aliciabaertsoen

Michelle Poanessa
Director, Professional Development

Michelle Paonessa
Michelle is the Development and Communications Coordinator at Community Living London. She recently graduated from the Corporate Communications and Public Relations Program at Fanshawe, and also graduated from Wilfred Laurier with a double major in Philosophy and Communications.

Jaye Bowers
Director, Professional Development

Jaye Bowers
Jaye proudly holds a Bachelor of Professional Arts degree in Communications from Athabasca University, and is also a graduate of the Business Marketing program at Fanshawe College. With many years’ experience in internal communications as well as event marketing, project management, and team leadership in the market research industry, he is a passionate believer in the crucial role that communication plays in both building strong teams, and achieving personal and organizational success.


Director, Membership

Sonia Hota
Sonia is currently Communications Assistant at St. Joseph Health Care London. She brings to the Board her many years of corporate communications, research and client relations experience. In addition to her passion for communications, Sonia is highly invested in health and wellness and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Sonia has previously volunteered with the IABC London Board as Digital Content Liaison, Student Membership Liaison and Director, Mentorship. This is her fifth year being part of the IABC London team.

Director, Partnerships

Olivia Griggs
Olivia is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Northern Commerce; she works with clients to help deliver extraordinary eCommerce solutions. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations – Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College. She is passionate about local community work and championing women in communications and technology.

Twitter: @Olivia_Griggs

Director, Certification

Kattie Forbes
Kattie is a Communications Strategist at the London Police Service. She has been an active volunteer with IABC London for over 5 years and has graduated from both Fanshawe College and Western University two times over. Kattie’s passion for communications and public relations stems from the desire to make lasting change in our community.

Director, Awards

Roxanne Beaubien
Roxanne is an award-winning communications professional with more than two decades of experience in the policing, healthcare and non-profit sectors. With expertise in public relations, media relations, crisis communications and internal communications, she is a skilled leader who is committed to helping people.

In addition to her current position as Internal Communications Manager for a healthcare provider specializing in mental health services, she owns Duty Calls Communications which offers strategic communications support and media relations training to emergency services and non-profit organizations.

Roxanne has been a member of IABC for several years and has previously served two years on the IABC London Board. She has won both a Gold Quill and a Silver Leaf award for internal communications.


Leo Aul
Leo is a Marketing Coordinator at Global Warranty; He works to deliver communications strategies to build relationships with Drivers and Dealerships across the country. He graduated from King’s University College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a post-graduate Diploma in Public Relations at Western University. 

He has volunteered with the IABC London Board as Partnerships Liaison for the past two years. His passion for the communications industry and building connections with fellow professionals inspired his decision to support his local community as IABC London Board Secretary. 

Erinor Jacob-Levine
Mentorship Liaison

Erinor Jacob-Levine
Erinor has over six years of communications experience with a focus on internal communications in health and post-secondary education settings. She holds a masters degree in political science from Western University and a certificate in public relations from Ryerson University. Currently, she works as a Communications Consultant at London Health Sciences Centre where she provides strategic internal communications support.

Awards Liaison

Cassie Dowse
Cassie is a graduate of the Journalism Program at Mohawk College, and holds a Bachelor of Communications with Research Specialization from Wilfrid Laurier University. Cassie currently works in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at London Health Sciences Centre, where she has gained experience in multimedia production, internal and external storytelling, web and social media strategy and community engagement.

Membership Liaison

Victoria Almeida
Victoria is a proud graduate of King’s University College and is currently pursuing a diploma in Public Relations at Western University. She has worked in various communications roles
spanning a variety of industries throughout her undergraduate career and is excited to continue
learning and growing in the communications field.


Membership Liaison

Irma Farrukh
Irma graduated with a BA from Western University and is also currently pursuing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations at Western University. She holds three years of experience in content creation, project management and leadership. Irma’s passion in attaining a career in PR stems from being in a role that is both challenging and innovative. 


Digital Content Liaison

Maria Gondola
Maria is a young communications professional and a proud Fanshawe Alumni.
Maria has a diploma in Broadcasting Television and a post-graduate certificate in Public
Relations – Corporate Communications. Having previously worked as a Communications
Assistant at the International office, Reputation and Brand Management, and Alumni Relations
departments at Fanshawe College. Maria’s passion and drive for communications and social
media is the main reason she volunteers as a Digital Content Liason for IABC London.


Student Membership Liaison for Fanshawe College

Emily Beckenhaur
Emily is currently completing a graduate certificate in Public Relations at Fanshawe College. She is an alumni of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Social Work. In addition to her social work endeavours, she develops her communications skills through professional development courses, volunteering, and extensive work abroad. She is excited to be part of IABC London and looks forward to enhancing her skills that will help her become an effective communications professional. 

Sponsorship Liaison

Alana La Grave
Alana is a two-time graduate of Western University, most recently with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and previously with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, with a certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University in between. With experience in event planning, marketing, and communications in the publishing industry, she is excited to be volunteering with IABC and broadening her communication skill sets.


Job Board Liaison

Cynthia Yi
Cynthia is a Communications Coordinator at Western University. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations. This is her second year volunteering as the Job Board Liaison with previous experience volunteering on the chapter’s award committee.


Twitter: @Cynth_Yi