Formerly known as the BC Association of Magazine Publishers, the Magazine Association of BC represents, connects and promotes the BC magazine industry by uniting the talent, knowledge and skills of its publishers, editors, writers, graphic artists, salespeople and others in the industry. BC magazines foster award-winning talent and represent some of the best periodicals published in Canada. MagsBC membership is made up of a wide variety of magazines, from small to large, literary to lifestyle and leisure, arts and culture, news, business, and special interest magazines.
These titles represent the diverse interests of British Columbians and are read by more than one million people around the world. MagsBC works to create an environment in which BC magazine publishers can continue to integrate culture with entrepreneurial enthusiasm.
MagsBC, founded in 1993, is a member-run organization, with a mandate to work on behalf of our membership. All of our projects are developed in conjunction with our members and respond to their needs.
MagsBC annual report [in Word format (16 MB), with links]:
2011 Year in Review
MagsBC Member Survey, January 2011 (via SurveyMonkey)
Online Advertising Network Feasibility Study and Plan, January 2012 (SKY Communications)
From the Margins to the Mainstream: Moving BC's Creative Industries Forward, April 2012 (Sue Brinton, Suebee Media Consulting)
A New Strategic Framework for MagsBC, May 10, 2013 (Kathleen Speakman & Associates)
The Board of Directors of MagsBC represents a strong and diverse group of publishing industry professionals.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Sylvia Skene at email@example.com for details.
PRESIDENT and CPF Liaison
Trudy Lancelyn, IBABC / BC Broker Magazine
Since 1999 Trudy has held the position of deputy executive director at the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. where she manages communications and edits BC Broker magazine, which informs the more than 20,000 professionals in B.C.’s property and casualty insurance industry. Her nearly 35 years of experience in periodical publishing and communications has mainly focused on association management and editing and writing for business audiences.
SECRETARY, ACTING TREASURER and Grants Writer
Jane Hope has worked with magazines since 2007, when she started editing at Montreal poetry magazine Vallum. Since then, she's worked in a variety of roles in editorial and circulation. She's volunteered with MagsBC since 2011.
MEMBER-AT-LARGE and Events Coordinator
A self-proclaimed collaborator with a strong record for leadership; "Sandro" successfully operated and owned the internationally distributed Color Magazine: a skateboard culture quarterly for 11 straight years, publishing just shy of 50 unique issues ranging from 90 to 190 printed pages.
He has hosted events in Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City and every major city in Canada. Most notably though, has been Sandro's contributions to the Canadian skateboard industry with projects such as Shoot To Thrill—a national film project (2005-2007), curating a Rolling Perspective (Vancouver to Montreal c.2008) and Jamcouver: Skateboarding at its most creative— executed through non-profit Jamcouver Cultural Society, in which he sits as Chairman of the board.
Todd Nickel, TCR: The Capilano Review
Todd Nickel has a post-baccalauriate in journalism from Thompson Rivers University and is the Managing Editor of The Capilano Review, a tri-annual journal of experimental literature and visual arts.
Dan Post, LINK magazine
Dan Post served as Managing Editor of Color magazine between 2011 and 2013, and has been actively involved in BC publishing since 2009, with past presentations at WORD Vancouver, MagsScene on Main, Capilano University and a rousing (and ultimately backfiring) acceptance speech on behalf of GEIST magazine at the 28th Annual Western Magazine Awards.
Dan is currently the Publications Manager at the BCIT Student Association where he has helped transform a 50-year-old campus newspaper into Link Magazine — a monthly digest of student culture and ideas. Dan is also a freelance writer, a board member with the Jamcouver Cultural Society and a volunteer mentor with the Vancouver Writer’s Exchange, where he teaches at-risk Vancouver youth how to skateboard and enjoy literacy activities and learning.
Michelle van der Merwe, Freelance editor and former editor-in-chief of Homes & Living
Michelle van der Merwe loves working with words and with creative people and this is reflected in the many print, web and social media projects she has been involved with over the years as both an in-house and a freelance editor. Her substantial magazine experience has been gleaned from her time as Editor-In-Chief of Homes & Living magazine and through Geist Magazine, where she has fed her passion for working with fiction and creative nonfiction as a contributing editor and member of the Board since 2004.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR 2014-2015
Originally hired in 2011 as executive director, Sylvia has worked as a contractor for the association, as interim executive director for the Western Magazine Awards Foundation, and as subscription services coordinator for BC History magazine.
Back again as executive director and internship coordinator, Sylvia hopes to rebuild MagsBC's reputation as an effective association, responsive to its members and innovative in its approach.
ASSISTANT/BC HISTORY SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES COORDINATOR/VOLUNTEER
Additional Directors-At-Large (including Committee Chairs *)
* See MagsBC Constitution and Bylaws 25.4-5 for more information on these positions.
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