For immediate release:
June 9, 2005
Deborah Rosser named Magazines Canada Board Chair
Several other distinguished names join Board
TORONTO (CMPA) - Deborah Rosser, publisher of Canadian Business,
has been elected Board Chair for a two-year term, Magazines Canada
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
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.
About Magazines Canada
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
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