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Audrey Aczel

Communications and Event Manager

In this dual role, Audrey oversees the organization’s communications strategy, including the website, e-Newsletter, social media, and various print media and publications, such as the Annual Report and other resources. Through this work, she helps to raise awareness of co-operatives, promotes the co-operative identity and encourages co-operative engagement. She also co-ordinates and executes the organization’s conferences and events, such as the Annual General Meeting, the annual Queen’s Park Reception, the biennial Provincial Conference, and co-operative banquets and fundraisers. Through contract with the Directors’ Forum, Audrey organized and manages their annual credit union fall governance conference.

Since joining OCA in January 2007, Audrey has adopted many roles and applied her skills to various strategic areas, which included managing the association’s Government Relations portfolio for six years. During this time, she organized and executed numerous meetings with MPPs and key Ministers, co-ordinated several Queen’s Park receptions, developed grassroots co-op advocacy campaigns, and provided GR and advocacy consulting services to member organizations.

Audrey also managed the Co-operative Internship Program (CIEP) for six years, which involved negotiating and administering the funding partnership with Service Canada that provided well over 100 interns with paid internship placements with co-operative businesses across the province. Audrey developed and executed many skills-based conferences for participants of this program, and assisted in finding full-time employment for many of the program’s graduates within the co-operative sector.

Audrey studied Communications and Spanish at Carleton University and obtained her Master’s degree in Communications from McGill University. She has taken post-graduate courses in Event Planning and Management at George Brown College, and is the proud mother to a teenaged daughter!

Contact Audrey Aczel at [email protected] or at ext. 24