Professional Organizations & Associations in Communications

Professional organizations and associations are an excellent way to learn more about a career of interest, professional designations, and networking opportunities (e.g. memberships, conferences). For additional professional associations please visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) and search under the "Other Resources" tab.

Alberta Romance Writers' Association : non-profit society dedicated to helping our members learn the craft of writing in an open and non-judgemental environment. They offer information, workshops, critique opportunities, networking, and support for published and unpublished writers

Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP): represents Canadian-owned and controlled book publishers from across the country. The ACP conducts industry-specific research and holds professional development seminars along with annual conferences.

Editors' Association of Canada: offers its members discounts on training opportunities and resources. It also helps to make connections with potential clients and employers.

AIGA Professional Association for Design: believes designers serve a critical role as communicators, educators, and innovators. AIGA student members can gain access to invaluable resources and opportunities for making the transition from student to professional designer.

Canadian Association of Broadcasters: the national voice of Canada's private broadcasters, representing the vast majority of Canadian programming services, including private radio and television stations, and networks.

Canadian Association of Journalists: The CAJ offers journalism students reduced registration for its own workshops and conferences and access to some of the best journalists in the country through its listservs.

Canadian Communication Association: a national, bilingual organization that brings together teachers, researchers and professionals from the public and private sectors to promote the investigation of communication issues in Canada.

Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA): part of Newspapers Canada (a joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association), the CNA provides its members with cost-effective training, educational resources and programs throughout the year.

Canadian Public Relations Society: an organization of people who practice public relations in Canada and abroad. It provides ongoing professional development and networking opportunities to its members and public relations practitioners across Canada.

Canadian Women in Communications: a national bilingual non-profit organization comprised of women in the communications industry. CWC helps women maximize their career potential by providing new and relevant programs and services.

Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA): represents Canada's communication and advertising agencies. ICA promotes higher standards and best practices, offering its members access to many invaluable resources and professional opportunities.

Please Note: Descriptions of many of these online resources are taken from language used on external websites. Claims and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Career Centre or York University.