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CPRS Toronto selects Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage to receive 2014 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations

Toronto, Ontario (November 12, 2014) – The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 22nd CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations is Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal LePage Real Estate Services.

Mr. Soper’s work in defining the company’s vision and communicating it with impact across Canada has been a demonstration of how communications can be a game changer in business strategy and business results. Since assuming his current role at the helm of Royal LePage in 2002, the business has more than tripled revenue and doubled agent count.  In 2003, Mr. Soper directed the restructuring of the company into a publicly traded enterprise and expanded into multi-brand operations.   He is a frequent commentator on economic issues and the North American real estate industry.  He was an early adopter in leveraging social media channels to enhance his firm’s effectiveness and communications reach. U.S.-based Swanepoel Trends Report recently named Phil the most influential leader in Canadian residential real estate and Canada’s leading industry publication, Real Estate Marketing magazine, declared him one of the 25 most important leaders of the past 25 years.

Prior to joining the real estate industry, Mr. Soper was a senior executive with technology giant IBM where he held various national and global leadership roles in professional services, business development, finance, marketing and sales.  When he left IBM, Soper was General Manager, Information Technology Consulting & Services – the largest such business in the country.

Mr. Soper’s Board responsibilities include the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Brookfield RES Foundation, and Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management.  He is a former governor for the University of Alberta.  Mr. Soper graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce, and from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Executive Program.

Mark your calendars and join us to commemorate this occasion:

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 Noon
WHERE: Eaton Chelsea Toronto
ADDRESS: 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario.  M5G 1Z4
TICKETS: Tickets available online from the CPRS Toronto website; or contact Lois Marsh at 416-360-1988, marshl@marsh-executive.com.

Created in 1991, the CEO Award recognizes communications excellence and advocates that a successful CEO must be an excellent communicator who can express a clear mission and shared values with a broad range of stakeholders.

Past Award recipients include John Betts, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Jim Leech, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines, Galen G. Weston, Loblaw Companies, Frances Lankin, United Way of Greater Toronto, Michael Budman and Don Green of Roots Canada, and Piers Handling of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The CPRS Toronto award, presented annually, is determined by a selection committee comprised of the Society’s past presidents. Members are encouraged to submit nominations throughout the year.

About CPRS Toronto

CPRS is a national association representing the public relations profession through the establishment and maintenance of high professional, educational and ethical standards. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest member societies comprising over 600 members. For more information please visit: www.cprstoronto.com

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Vincent Power, APR
CPRS Toronto CEO Award Committee

Tammy Gilmer
Director, National Communications & Public Relations
Royal LePage Real Estate Services