Magazines West Conference 2017

The Magazines West professional conference (MagsWest) returns this year with:

  • 7 professional development sessions, including 2- to 3-hour intensives and Mac labs
  • 2 free Q&A sessions with government funders
  • 2 networking events and a public talk
  • A magazine display and giveaway table where delegates can trade their publications.

For the full schedule, see registration at right or visit our EventBrite page. All programming is at UBC Robson Square unless otherwise noted.


To take advantage of early bird rates, please pre-register by October 12 midnight.

Pre-registration ends October 24 midnight. There will also be on-site registration at the conference.

A buffet lunch is included for Friday conference pass holders only. If you do not have a pass, you must purchase lunch when you pre-register online. A limited number of lunch tickets will also be available at the conference.

Staff of and regular contributors to MagsBC member magazines, and associate and affiliate members, may claim between 1-5 free Friday conference passes. See under "membership dues" for details on passes. If you did not receive the free registration link, or you're not sure whether you're eligible, contact Sylvia Skene with your name and membership information.

Members of affiliated organizations and students at accredited post-secondary institutions may all claim a discount on registration. Again, if you have not received the discount code, please contact Sylvia with your name, program and institution or organization you are a member of to receive it.

Affiliated organizations include: Magazines Canada, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME), Editors' Association of Canada (EAC), Federation of BC Writers, Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), Writers Union of Canada, Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC), DigiBC, CMPA - BC Producers Branch, the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA), and Music BC.

MagsBC supports reducing barriers to the disadvantaged. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to attend our conference or other programming but cannot because of financial hardship or disability. We have a limited number of free tickets available, and we will also do our best to hire a hearing or visual interpreter if needed.

We want you to come!


Click on speakers to find out more about them and their sessions.

For the schedule, see the EventBrite registration on the right and use the scrollbar to find all programming.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
All of our venues are in downtown Vancouver and close to bike lanes, train stations, other transit, and each other.

Parking for UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., can be found under the website, lot #110. Drive south on Hornby and turn right just before Nelson to enter.

The VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour St., also has underground parking; drive north on Seymour and turn left just past the school entrance.

Check out: for more parking options.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring a printout or display it on your phone. We will have a list of registrants, but of course we're only human, and may have missed you. Plus you then have a list of which sessions you want to go to.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
It is. Please let us know who will be claiming your ticket at the registration desk as soon as you can, preferably at least a couple of days before, but we understand last-minute changes do happen.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Sylvia Skene, executive director of the Magazine Association of BC, can be reached via or 604-688-1175.


We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:

  • Platinum sponsor, public talk:
    Magazines Canada
  • Platinum sponsor, keynote:
    Mitchell Press: Every Impression Matters
  • Silver sponsor:

simply accessible

  • Bronze Sponsor:


  • Other sponsor:

Publishing | Langara

This conference has been made possible in part by the financial support of Creative BC.