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Nic Pearce explains what's in IABC World Conference for you and Brennen Schmidt speaks about what lurks in the shadows of IT. Ep. 213

Welcome to episode 213 of the IABC International Podcast. On this episode we're talking to Nic Pearce - Chair 2020 IABC World Conference about what goes into planning and executing an event of the scale of #IABC20. From the overarching theme, to the selection of keynotes and breakout speakers, to what attendees can expect as they arrive in Chicago this June for IABC World Conference. 

Video version of our conversation with Nic Pearce:


But first we check in with Brennen Schmidt. Brennen is a senior consultant with Deloitte Canada. Prior to joining Deloitte, he served as a communication consultant with Saskatchewan’s public service for the greater part of a decade. His passion for technology has enabled him to work with clients and stakeholders across Canada and the United States to help discover how to better connect people, process, and technology. Schmidt co-authored Cyber City Safe: Emergency Planning Beyond the Maginot Line, a work which explores how we can live smarter, safer, and healthier lives.

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So, let's say that you have decided that you need to attend IABC World Conference because you see how it can benefit your career and your organization, but you don't know how to pitch it to your employer. There is a great resource on which outlines the business case for attending the IABC World Conference. It is designed to assist you with requesting funding from an employer or other sponsor to help you attend. All you have to do is tailor the information on that letter to fit your needs. 


Thanks for listening to this episode. Music is from Joakim Karud ( and Ikson (

Produced and Presented by Dan Gold

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