2016–2017 Magazines Canada Board of Directors Elected

At its annual meeting on June 8, the members of Magazines Canada elected the association board for 2016–17. The meeting was held during MagNet: Canada’s Magazine Conference.

Reflecting a cross-section of regions, circulation and focus, the directors are:

Patty Baxter, East Coast Living
Lucie Dumas, Clin d’oeil
Michael Fox, Garden Making
Niel Hiscox, Canadian Auto Dealer
Matthew Holmes, CEO
Scott Jamieson, Canadian Forest Industries
Ruth Kelly, Alberta Venture
Douglas Knight, Toronto Life
Michal Kozlowski, Geist
Samantha Legge, BC Business
Steve Maich, Marketing
Dominique Ritter, Reader’s Digest
Ryan Sargent, Canadian House & Home
Kathryn Taglia, The Fiddlehead
Jennifer Varkonyi, Maisonneuve

Officers for 2016–17 are:

Douglas Knight, Chair
Scott Jamieson, Vice Chair
Niel Hiscox, Treasurer
Ruth Kelly, Secretary
Michael Fox, Past Chair
Matthew Holmes, CEO

Magazines Canada continues to implement a business plan for 2016–17 that bridges initiatives from the current strategic plan mandate (ending 2017), and the launch of a new strategic planning exercise for 2017–18 and beyond.

As a reflection of its mandate to connect, inspire and advance, Magazines Canada will respond to the increased commitment of business media publishers; participate in reviews of Federal magazine-focused programs and Canada Post; work closely with arts and literary members as the Canada Council mandate evolves; prepare for fundamental changes to MagNet 2017, happening April 25–28; and continue to develop programs that help members and customers embrace the vitality and impact of magazine media.

In his remarks to members, Doug Knight, now in his second year as Board Chair, reviewed the association’s contribution to Canada’s magazine media over the last year and concluded by saying:

“Last year I said that the challenges are big. And the opportunities are huge. The 2015–16 year-end review bears that fact. It outlines a tightly focused result to our association’s role in government relations and in marketing our media to advertisers. The 2016–17 plan focuses on how we must and will educate ourselves, our government and our customers to 21st century magazine media value. I invite you to review the plan, send comments and, above all, get involved.”


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