Break Through Conference



IABC Waterloo is happy to announce we are officially accepting speaker proposals for the Break Through 2018 Communications Conference, taking place on March 21, 2018, in Cambridge, Ontario at the Cambridge Mill.

Last year, the first-ever Break Through Communications Conference was a sold-out event with 80 attendees. This year, we are moving to a bigger venue so we can offer 20+ more tickets to the communications and marketing community in and around the Waterloo Region. We’ve also added a second track, enabling us to almost double our speaker spots to 10 (opening and closing keynotes and eight session spots). Whether you are a PR whiz or a video production star, a Picasso with words or a social media guru, we want to hear from you.

Already interested in speaking at Break Through 2018? Make sure to have your proposal in via our Google Docs form by midnight EST on December 6, 2017.


The purpose of Break Through 2018 is to provide attendees with the skills they need to effectively engage their audiences in today’s rapid-fire communication landscape. We want to bring together communicators from the Waterloo Region (and surrounding areas) to learn about the latest and greatest industry info and trends, so they can take the next step in their careers.

Bring us your tips, tricks, experiences, ideas, predictions, or anything else your passion for communications and marketing inspires you to share.


We’re looking for speakers who will provide a fresh perspective and new ideas our audience won’t already know. We’re not looking for beginner how-to sessions; our attendees are experienced and they want to build on that experience to make themselves stronger communicators. We’re also looking for a mix of skills and strategy based sessions.

Some of our favorite talks are ones that make people see every day things in a new way. We also love talks that deliver hard-earned knowledge based on real-world experience and research. Whether it's a case study on an award-winning campaign or how your team got through a crisis and what you learned, we want a diverse array of session offerings for attendees.

We encourage professionals of all levels to submit talks. First-time speakers are great. Experienced speakers are great. Our 2017 conference had many first-time speakers and veterans who all hit it out of the park.


Keynote presentations will be 60 minutes long. Session presentations will be 45 minutes long. This includes time for questions. Last year, we found the Q&A part of the presentation only took up about 5 minutes, so plan accordingly. We’d also love it if you could hang around after your talk to answer questions more informally.


You will be speaking to 100+ marketing and communications professionals from across the Waterloo Region and beyond. We had attendees from as far away as London and Hamilton, and a few places in between. Speakers will be promoted through our social channels from the time they are booked until the date of the conference (and maybe even a little promo afterwards). Your photo, bio and a description of your talk will appear on our new conference website when it launches in January.

Once you submit your proposal, you’ll get a confirmation from our conference planning team within 48 hours. We will let you know if you have been accepted to speak by January 5, 2018.


Speaker proposals for Break Through are due by Midnight EST on December 6, 2017.


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