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Larsen named Master Communicator.

IABC Canada has bestowed its highest honor, the Master Communicator Award, on John Larsen, ABC, from Calgary, Alberta. The Master Communicator Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the communication field; contributions to the communication profession; thought leadership, teaching and writing in communication; service and leadership in IABC; and overall contributions to the broader community.

"John Larsen exemplifies the term Master Communicator through his career achievements and his contributions to the profession, to IABC and to his community," said Janet Wile, ABC, APR, chair of the Master Communicator selection committee.

Larsen is an executive-level public affairs professional with more than 22 years of communication experience in consulting, corporate, government and the military. He is an active member of IABC at both the local and international levels; he has served on various IABC committees and currently sits on the IABC ethics committee. His work has been published in the IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication.

Since 2006, Larsen has been president of Corpen Group, a communication consulting firm that handles crisis and corporate communication for a variety of government and industry clients. He was previously the manager of executive communication and issues management for the city of Calgary. He is a former associate vice president of an international public affairs and government relations consulting agency, where he led high-profile crisis and reputation management accounts. He also held senior communication positions in government, including regional director of the National Defense Public Affairs office in Calgary, and he is currently in charge of the Canadian Forces Public Affairs Branch Primary Reserve. He has developed issues management programs and plans for high-profile events, including security communication for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

"Receiving the distinction of Master Communicator is an unparalleled honor, and I am indebted to the long line of brilliant communicators, professional mentors and personal friends who have supported my career efforts," said Larsen. "I am deeply grateful to IABC for their sponsorship of this recognition and for their deep commitment to our rewarding profession."

IABC Canada has honored only 43 people with the Master Communicator designation since it was established in 1980. Master Communicators are nominated and selected by their peers.

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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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