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MCM + APR Professional Accreditation


Starting in 2018, recent MCM alumni have a new opportunity to submit their MCM capstone or other research assignments as part of their application file for the CPRS Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation.

The APR is an international professional designation, recognized in 14 countries around the world. In Canada, it is administered by the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Despite living across North America, MCM alumni have generally prepared their accreditation through the CPRS Hamilton Accreditation Study Group, which is led by an MCM alum or faculty member. The first CPRS Hamilton MCM+APR Accreditation Chair was Heather Pullen, APR, FCPRS. In 2017, Heather designed the CPRS Hamilton APR curriculum and shepherded many potential APRs toward successful completion of the credential.

Starting in 2019-20, Dr. Alex Sévigny, APR is serving as MCM+APR Accreditation Chair.

Here is a list of MCM Alumni who have achieved their APR through this program:


  • Matthew Radford, MCM, APR
  • Sara Goldvine, MCM, APR
  • Caroline Bourque-Wiley, MCM, APR


  • Jane Antoniak, MCM, APR
  • Josie Cassano Rizzuti, MCM, APR
  • Claire Ryan, MCM, APR
  • Julia Rim Shepard, MCM, APR

Honorable Mention: David Scholz, M.A, APR