Priya Bates is an award-winning professional communicator with a passion for driving strong performance from the inside out. As President and owner of Inner Strength Communication, Priya builds strategic internal communication, engagement and transformational change plans that enable, engage and empower employees to deliver business results. In her 25+ year career, Priya has led communication for organizations including the Loblaw Companies Limited, HP Canada, Compaq Canada, and The Ontario Nurses Association. Her clients include organizations and leaders across technology, retail, financial, healthcare, mining and manufacturing sectors looking to build strategic internal communication expertise.
Priya is an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) and was proud to become one of the first Certified Strategic Communication Management Professionals (SCMP) in the world. In 2010, she received the Master Communicator (MC) designation, the highest honour bestowed upon a communication professional from IABC Canada. In 2016, she was recognized as an IABC Fellow, a global lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the profession.
Priya has been a member of IABC for more than 25 years. Her volunteer efforts began with managing the IABC/Toronto member survey moving up the ranks to IABC/Toronto President, IABC regional Chair for what is now Canada East Region, and playing international roles including IABC Gold Quill Chair and recently leading the organization’s successful global rebranding effort.
“What began as a way to network and belong to a professional association has grown into a life-long love of professional communication and especially internal communication. Because of IABC, I have colleagues and friends around the world who inspire and encourage me every day. Whatever I’ve given to the association, it has given back even more.”