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TORONTO (CMPA) - Deborah Rosser, publisher of Canadian Business, has been elected Board Chair for a two-year term, Magazines Canada announced today.
Rosser, the first female to hold the position of publisher in the 77-year history of Canadian Business, is also publisher of both PROFIT and MoneySense, and vice-president of consumer publishing at Rogers Publishing. Rosser has served on the Magazines Canada Board for six years and has been chair of both the Membership and Advertising Services committees, as well as a member of the Small Magazines task force.
"We're all looking forward to have Deb at the helm," said Magazines Canada CEO Mark Jamison. "Her proven leadership skills, both within this organization and across the industry, are exactly what we need. She is a proverbial "go to" person, respected by her colleagues and the association's staff."
Rosser began her publishing career with Quest magazine. She is a member of Canadian Women in Communications and the Toronto Board of Trade and this year, received one of the advertising community's highest honours, the annual award of merit from the Ad Club of Toronto.
Rosser will be at the forefront of "Fight for 50", the industry's pledge to reach 50% market share, along with other Magazines Canada initiatives including the industry's battle with postal rates.
"Together we must work to make better and more compelling magazines," said Rosser in her remarks at the annual meeting. "We must invest time and energy into the key issues and opportunities such as enhancing the passion our advertisers must experience in our readers. We must address threatening postal rate increases. We must insist on more space on our newsstands. We must ensure that cultural public policy and programs stay in touch with what Canadians want."
Also joining the Board for 2005/06 are Directors Jacqueline Howe, vice president, Group Publisher for Transcontinental Media; Terry Sellwood, general manager of Quarto Communications; Melony Ward, publisher of Canadian Art and executive director of the Canadian Art Foundation; Derek Webster, publisher and editor of Maisonneuve; and Grant Young, publisher of The Downhomer. They join Past Chair John Thomson of Canadian Geographic; and Directors Linda Gourlay of Saltscapes; Joyce Byrne of Alberta Venture; Robert Goyette of SÉlection; Zoila Johnson of Saturday Night; Kirby Miller of Canadian House and Home; and Mark Jamison of Magazines Canada.
The association has also just announced its switch to the operating name Magazines Canada from the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association. Watch for the unveiling of a new logo, website and other communications tools coming in the next few weeks.
Magazines Canada is the country's leading professional magazine industry association, representing over 300 of the country's consumer titles. The member-driven, not-for-profit organization strives to serve Canadian magazines of all scope and size through ongoing advocacy and special initiatives. It also offers extensive member services such as small magazine direct-to-retail distribution, nationally delivered professional development, communications, marketing and advertising services.
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