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Business Media Leadership Summit

Business Media Leadership Summit: Magazines Canada

February 4–5, 2020

Registration Now Open! 

Plan to attend now! Space is limited.

The Business Media Leadership Summit has grown to become the only such event of its kind in North America, attracting senior business and special interest media executives with a tailored agenda designed to keep attendees abreast of the many challenges and changes facing their operations.

2020 Business Media Leadership Summit

The Business Media Leadership Summit returns February 4–5, 2020 to the Kingbridge Conference Centre, King City, just north of Toronto.

The eighth annual Business Media Leadership Summit promises to be the most successful yet. Since the inaugural gathering in 2012, hundreds of business and special interest media executives have benefited from the teachings of recognized global experts while mixing in an exclusive, professional environment.

This highly specialized event enables the making of new connections and the re-establishment of old ones. And, a focused opportunity to benefit from a specially-built agenda.

With two keynote presentations, “From Bankruptcy to Prosperity” by Peter Legge, OBC, Owner & Chairman, Canada Wide Media and “Building New Revenue Streams around Your Community” by Kathy Bush-Dutton, Publisher, New England Home Magazine, the eighth annual Business Media Leadership Summit promises to be the best yet.

The Summit begins with working sessions at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, February 4 followed by a keynote address, networking reception and dinner. It finishes up at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 5 after a full day of presentations that will include:

  • Insights into the U.S. B2B market with Michael Marchesano, Managing Director, Connectiv
  • Optimizing the Customer Experience – a panel discussion featuring Stefanie MacDonald and Bill Whitelaw
  • Attracting and Retaining Staff in Today’s Publishing Environment with Vera Asanin, President & Editor-in-Chief, YOUR WORKPLACE
  • Events: From Conception to Completion with Francesca Allman and Melissa Horwood
  • Native Advertising, Sponsored Content & Editorial Integrity – Balancing the Three-leg Stool – a panel discussing featuring Joyce Byrne, and Corrine Lynds
  • Updates on Magazines Canada’s B2B Market Research with Elizabeth Hall, Joe Glionna and Tim Dimopoulos

If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact Kiley Pole at

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The eight annual Business Media Leadership Summit will be a sound investment in the year ahead.

Alliance for Audited Media

Magazines Canada would like to thank the Alliance for Audited Media for sponsoring the 2020 Business Media Leadership Summit.


Keynote Sessions

Highlights of Summit keynote speakers are available:

Kevin Turpin, President, National Journal, on Embracing Disruption and Building New Revenue Streams as Traditional Income Sources Collapsed (2019)

Robert “Bo” Sacks, Owner of Precision Media Group, on The Future of the Publishing Industry in the 21st Century (2017)

Richard Willingham, President and CEO of motum b2b, on Challenges Facing B2B Marketers (2016)

Jorg Muhle, Managing Director, eMedia GmbH and Director of Sales and Strategy, heise online on The Reader First! Successful Publishing Based on Reliable Journalism (2015)

Charles McCurdy, Chairman and CEO of Apprise Media LLC on Sponsorships vs. CPM Sales for B2B Online (2010)

Jonah Bloom, Editor, Advertising Age on Strategies to Monetize Content (2009)

Watch all below.

White Papers

White papers inspired by the Leadership Summits were prepared by consultants John Milne and D.B. Scott. Each white paper captures the essence of the presentations, the questions that arose and the informal discussions that made up the summit.

Read the 2017 white paper “Moving Forward from a Position of Strength”

Read the 2016 white paper “The Evolving B2B Publishing Business Model”

Read the 2015 white paper “Publishing Leadership Today for Tomorrow’s Readers”

Read the 2014 white paper “Planning for Growth Across a Turbulent Horizon”

Read the 2013 white paper “Plotting a Course across Canada’s Business Media Landscape”