The Professional Independent Communicators (PIC) is a Special Interest Group of IABC/Toronto, dedicated to the support of independent communications practitioners. PIC meets on a monthly basis (more or less) to provide professional development, networking and business development opportunities that address the particular needs and interests of IABC independents.
Any IABC/Toronto member who is an independent is eligible to join PIC — free of charge.
PIC is led by a volunteer team of chapter members.
A listing of independent communications practitioners in the world’s largest IABC chapter.
Hiring an Independent?
When it comes to hiring an external communicator, PIC is your best source for outsourcing. Our talent pool is just a click away — browse our member directory to find the right fit for your organization’s next communication project. Alternatively, you can email PIC at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your job requirements, and we’ll share them with our members.
To support independent IABC/Toronto communicators through professional development, networking and marketing.
- To provide a forum for entrepreneurial communicators to share common issues, concerns and ideas of interest.
- To position IABC independent practitioners as “top of mind” among IABC corporate members looking for communications help.
- To generate referrals among PIC members.
- PIC’s monthly e-newsletter “The Buzz” can be viewed and downloaded here.
- Download (pdf) “The Independent Life,” an e-book packed with resources and tips to guide people through the steps to launch and run a solo communications business. (Best viewed with Acrobat Reader.) The e-book is also available as an e-pub for Kobos or iReaders.
- Download (pdf) PIC Then and Now for a look at PIC’s history, marking our 20th anniversary in 2018
- Download the latest PIC fee survey
Originally called the Alliance of Independent Practitioners (AIP), an IABC/Toronto group for solo professionals was formed in September 1998. A few members met regularly to discuss specific topics, refine our mandate and develop productive ways to create a presence in IABC. Now named Professional Independent Communicators (PIC), this group of independents has more than 75 members – most of whom have been IABC members for many years and have actively volunteered in different IABC/Toronto portfolios and activities.
“I was the representative from the Board (as past president) when PIC first got started, and the group was so small back then. It’s really evolved! Great to see it become such a vibrant community.” – Priya Bates, ABC, MC
Who can participate in PIC activities?
Any IABC/Toronto member who is an independent practitioner or who has an interest in becoming one can join — free of charge. This is an added value for your IABC membership. Guests are also welcome to attend events.
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