A Great Way to Get Involved: Sit on Magazines Canada’s Board of Directors

Call for Expressions of Interest

About Magazines Canada

For nearly 50 years, Magazines Canada has represented the Canadian print and digital magazine media sector to government, funding institutions, legislators and other key stakeholders. We are an instrument of the Canadian magazine media industry, and as such, we exist to serve you—our members.

The association’s core services include federal government relations and advocacy, professional development resources and events, a direct–to–retail distribution service, and hard–hitting, relevant research to help our members’ publishing operations thrive. Canadian magazine media publish vital, trusted Canadian content that is valued by Canadian readers and contributes to our democracy by publishing content on print and digital platforms about the many salient issues confronting us today. Magazines Canada exists to amplify the voices of our members’ publications and ensure they continue to surprise, delight, educate, provoke and question.

Magazines Canada works collaboratively with the Magazine Association of BC, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and with L’Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines on a number of issues of mutual concern.

Serving on your association’s Board

Magazines Canada’s Board of Directors plays an integral role in ensuring the association fulfills its mission to connect, inspire and advance the issues of concern to its member publishers in the Canadian magazine media sector.

The Board of Directors determines policy, as well as Magazines Canada’s strategic direction, makes high-level decisions and provides guidance to senior management.

If you are a member of Magazines Canada and you have the passion, perspective and experience to contribute to your association, we would love to hear from you!

At this time, we are especially interested in hearing from publisher members:

  • Whose operations are based in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario or Alberta
  • Are from an equity-seeking community*

Desirable requirements

  • Interest in changes occurring in the magazine media sector, including technology and digital issues;
  • Understanding of the basic financial and investment practices for businesses;
  • Demonstrated skills in communications, negotiating and listening;
  • Demonstrated skills in lobbying, problem solving, policy making and risk assessment;
  • Able to think strategically and laterally;
  • Previous Board experience.


Magazines Canada is a non-profit organization, and Board directors serve on a volunteer basis.

Directors of Magazines Canada’s Board are elected by members to serve three consecutive two-year terms. The Board meets five times a year in January, March, May, September and November. Meetings are held on Mondays via teleconference, with the exception of one in-;person meeting combined with a lobby day in Ottawa. Additional in-person meetings may be scheduled as required. Directors are also expected to attend Magazines Canada’s Annual General Meeting, held in June via teleconference. Directors also serve on committees that meet via teleconference call as required.

Board members travelling to Ottawa or Toronto from long distances may claim reimbursement for travel and accommodation related to attending in-person meetings.

How to express your interest

Magazines Canada members interested in serving on the Board of Directors are invited to send an expression of interest summarizing their qualifications to Melanie Rutledge, Executive Director at Magazines Canada, at mrutledge@magazinescanada.ca. The deadline is February 28, 2020.

Candidates selected by the Executive Committee of Magazines Canada’s Board of Directors for an interview will be contacted. Candidates nominated by the Executive Committee as directors must be elected by the membership at the 2020 Magazines Canada Annual General Meeting, which will be held via conference call on June 10, 2020.

Magazines Canada is committed to providing accommodation for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Kindly let us know of your needs.

*From the City of Toronto Glossary of Access and Equity Terms:
“Employment Equity designated groups refers to social groups whose members had historically been denied equal access to employment, education, social services, housing because of membership in the group. The designated groups in Canada are visible minorities, women, Aboriginal peoples, and people with disabilities.” For more information, visit: canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/appointment-framework/employment-equity-diversity/employment-equity-groups.html

For more information:

Melanie Rutledge
Executive Director
Magazines Canada


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