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The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work

Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes

A Welcome from Magazines Canada CEO Matthew Holmes

We’ve always had a lot of magazines in my house: they perfectly bridge my sense of duty to stay on top of what our many members are up to with my aspiration to unplug a bit for some quality reading time.

But lately, the stacks have grown to become more like coffee tables beside a couple of favourite reading chairs. My collector’s impulse also plays a role, I have to admit, and though I’ve tried to pare them down, it is always difficult to part with an excellent magazine.

At Magazines Canada we had to admit to ourselves that, over time, our website had also grown and hardened into something bigger—and more archival—than it was originally designed to be. So, with this first new blog post on our new website, I’m excited to share what we’ve been working on!

We’ve taken tear-sheets from those favourite magazines, and filed the important ones here for you too. We’ve made the discovery process a lot easier, and introduced more content that’s oriented and shaped by our members and our audience.

We’re also pretty excited to be sharing the launch of something else fresh and new: the Magazine Grands Prix—a bold new awards program to celebrate the very best of our diverse magazine industry. We hope you’ll be able to join us in April to celebrate this and the return of MagNet at a new date (April 25–28)!

Up ahead, it’s safe to say we’ll have more changes to share with you: the Magazines Canada Board of Directors is beginning a new five-year strategic plan (to take us to our 50th anniversary), not to mention the broad Canadian cultural policy review underway across the country, where Magazines Canada is playing a lead role.

There’s much left to do and there will be more to share, but as Plato once wrote, “the beginning is the most important part of the work.”