Magazines Canada’s Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Holmes as Chief Executive Officer of the association effective January 25, 2016.
Board Chair Douglas Knight said, “We are delighted to welcome Matthew to his new role as Chief Executive Officer of Magazines Canada, a post Canada’s magazine media sees as critical in a period of massive media evolution.”
Matthew Holmes is an experienced association leader who founded and built a major national association based in Ottawa. His background in government policy development and strategic relations as well as his success in implementing member-led strategies made him an ideal candidate for this role.
Michael Fox, chair of the hiring committee, said, “Matthew was chosen from a field of highly qualified candidates, making the work of the hiring committee both challenging and gratifying. In the end, Matthew Holmes was our unanimous choice.”
Matthew Holmes said, “Quite simply, I’m honoured to have this opportunity to work for Magazines Canada. I find the diversity of our consumer brands, the distinct cultural values of our arts and literary titles and the progressive outlook of our business media publishers all working together in one organization absolutely amazing. I look forward to meeting and working with our members to advance their interests.”
Mr. Holmes starts January 25, 2016. He replaces Mark Jamison, who will provide transition services to the organization for the next several months.
About Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes is an experienced association executive, with a background in government policy development and strategic relations. He is a regular writer and speaker on regulatory, trade and market issues. As the founding Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association, Holmes worked closely on the development of Canada’s first food regulations in nearly 50 years. Holmes has been appointed to a number of senior government advisories, roundtables and task forces, while also coordinating a popular annual policy conference and reception for Parliamentarians and their staff. His expert testimony before House and Senate Standing Committees has resulted in amendments to critical government legislation, while building trust and awareness of an emerging industry. Under his tenure, the association saw a 50% increase in membership and a seven-fold growth in revenue. Holmes was the first Canadian elected to the world umbrella group for organics, IFOAM–Organic International, based in Bonn, Germany.
His education and professional career have taken him across Canada, with years spent in Quebec, the Maritimes and British Columbia. In addition to his role with associations, Holmes has worked as a policy analyst within the federal government in Ottawa, and as the special assistant, government relations for the President of York University in Toronto.
Holmes also brings to Magazines Canada his accomplishments and passion for the publishing sector: he has served on the editorial board of literary and trade magazines, and has published a book of poetry, as well as articles in a number of Canadian journals. In 2012, Holmes was the recipient of the gold National Magazine Award for poetry.
About Magazines Canada
Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. French and English member titles offer a wide range of topics including business, professional, news, politics, sports, arts and culture, leisure, lifestyle, women and youth, made available on multiple platforms. The association focuses on government affairs, services to the advertising trade, circulation marketing and the development of career skills for and the recognition of excellence among the people who work in Canada’s magazine media.
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