Yvonne Grinam-Nicholson first Jamaican on IABC Global Certification Council

Monday, May 06, 2019

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Yvonne Grinam-Nicholson on April 18, 2019 became the first Jamaican to be appointed to the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) of the International Association of Business Communicators' (IABC) and will serve as a member for a two-year term ending in 2022. The appointment is a voluntary one.

The IABC is a global membership association of professional communicators with several thousand members worldwide, representing many Global Fortune 500 companies. The GCCC was created by the IABC to offer certification at various levels and to promote a common, global understanding of what constitutes professionalism and competence in communication.

Grinam-Nicholson has been a member of the IABC for over a decade and a half and was president of the IABC (Jamaica) Chapter in 2009. She is a former journalist and a recipient of the Press Association of Jamaica's (PAJ) national award for business/finance in 2008 for her series of columns, 'ROI of Communications' published in the Jamaica Observer.

She has an MBA (University of New Orleans) and a BA and MA from the University of the West Indies. She is a former assistant general manager (marketing and communications) for the Jamaica Stock Exchange, (JSE) where she lent her expertise to the conception and execution of the inaugural and some of the subsequent JSE's regional conferences on investments and the capital markets, as well the JSE's Best Practices Awards. She is also the former editor of the Jamaica Stock Market Review, which won the 2000 PAJ Award for Small Publications, and was the first administrator of the Jamaica Stock Exchange e-Campus.

Grinam-Nicholson is currently the director, consumer and public affairs at the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) since 2013 and serves as the chairperson of the National Consumer Awareness Task force for Numbering Plan Area Code Relief and a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, (NARUC) Staff Sub-Committee on Consumer Affairs (USA), as well as a founding member of the Academy of Regulatory Professionals; member of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC), Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida.

A past student of The Queen's School, she last October participated in the USAID-sponsored Bangladesh Partnership Exchange on Stakeholder Engagement and Public Communications with NARUC in Jakarta, Indonesia, as a regional expert.

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