At its annual meeting on June 6, the members of Magazines Canada elected the association board for 2018–19. The meeting was held online.
Reflecting a cross-section of regions, sizes and editorial focus, the directors are:
Martine Aubin, Clin d’oeil
Patty Baxter, East Coast Living
Ryan Benn, Alive
Gilles Gagnier, Canadian Geographic
Joe Glionna, Oral Health
Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada CEO
Ken Hunt, Toronto Life
Scott Jamieson, Canadian Forest Industries
Christine Johnston, Maclean’s
Michal Kozlowski, Geist
Dominique Ritter, Reader’s Digest
Kathryn Taglia, The Fiddlehead
Francine Tremblay, OWL
Jennifer Varkonyi, Maisonneuve
Officers appointed by the new board for 2018–19 are:
Scott Jamieson, Chair
Dominique Ritter, Vice Chair
Gilles Gagnier, Treasurer
Jennifer Varkonyi, Nominations Chair
With the development of a new five-year strategic plan that will take the association to 2023, Magazines Canada is charting a path that focuses on three main objectives: Connect, Inspire, and Advance. The strategic plan directs Magazines Canada as we implement a business plan for 2018–19 that reflects these objectives and our core activities: what we do for our members in terms of services and professional development, and how we market, advocate, and communicate about our industry to all stakeholders: from members, to policy makers, to consumers.
Whether it’s our in-house national distribution program, or the promotions and marketing we coordinate for the benefit of the sector, our association keeps magazines in the hands and hearts of Canadian readers. In the past three years, Magazines Canada has significantly increased its advocacy on behalf of the sector. And the sector connects through Magazines Canada—whether face-to-face or online, participation in our professional development programs remains very strong.
The strategic plan also gives direction on how we propose to broaden the scope of our membership: evolving the association as the Canadian magazine media industry continues to evolve, and making real commitments to principles of equity and diversity within our organization and programming.
In his remarks to members, Scott Jamieson, 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:
“2017 was not an easy year for our industry or for Magazines Canada: but the association responded to the many challenges that it faced and I can tell you it is stronger for it now. The result is a much tighter Magazines Canada, but one that I can assure our members is more focused and more purposeful as a result. We can feel good about where Magazines Canada is headed, knowing that it has been right-sized, has addressed the structural deficit, and has been reinvigorated through new programs and projects our members want and need.”
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