Canadian Publishing Industry News
16 January 2017,    

Yann Paquet appointed VP, Acquisitions & International Development of Quebecor Content

 France Lauzière, Senior Vice President, Quebecor Content, and Vice President, Programming, TVA Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Yann Paquet as Vice President, Acquisitions & International Development of Quebecor Content, effective immediately.Yann Paquet has been responsible for television content acquisitions for all Quebecor group platforms since 2013. In his new position, he adds content and format exports and development of international business relationships and partnerships for Quebecor Content and Quebecor Media Group’s various platforms to his current duties. He will lead Quebecor Content’s efforts to bring the work of Québec artists to international audiences, in accordance with its mission.

13 January 2017,    

Squeeze cash from Facebook, Google, say Canadian news media leaders


This story was reported by the CBC and talks about how we can save Canadian journalism and to help the industry succeed in the face of the growing duopoly in digital advertising that is emerging with Google and Facebook.  The federal government has hired Public Policy Forum a think tank to support Canadian Journalism that will save jobs hopefully and make the industry sustainable. The final report will be released on January 26, but the CBC was able to access some of the preliminary findings that has a theme of protectionism.

13 January 2017,    

Access Copyright now accepting research grant applications


Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers are invited to apply for the Marian Hebb Research Grant, administered by the Access Copyright Foundation.

The Foundation awards Research Grants on an annual basis in an effort to support research projects that would be of interest to Canada’s writing, artistic and publishing sectors, and with the aim of producing a publishable work, staging an event or completing a study or report. The grant is named in honour of creative-community advocate and copyright lawyer Marian Hebb

All applications must be submitted by February 1, 2017, in order to be eligible for consideration. More information on the Marian Hebb Research Grant can be found on the Access Copyright Foundation website.

13 January 2017,    

Magazines Canada and Canadian Business Media Merge

Magazines Canada and Canadian Business Media formally announced their marriage into one association and was celebrated on January 12, 2017 at the Le Germain Hotel in Toronto. Magazines Canada will now have close to 400 titles with 125 in the B2B space. The two associations have been workng together since February 2016. The KRW Awards will also be under the Magaznes Canada umbrella and will take a 1 year hiatus in 2017. Plans for the future in 2018 is under review.

(From L to R) Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada CEO; Scott Jamieson, Magazines Canada Board Vice Chair and Director of Content and Engagement, Annex Business Media; Douglas Knight, Magazines Canada Board Chair; and John Kerr, CBMA President and Kerrwil CEO
 (From L to R) Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada CEO; Scott Jamieson, Magazines Canada Board Vice Chair and Director of Content and Engagement, Annex Business Media; Douglas Knight, Magazines Canada Board Chair; and John Kerr, CBMA President and Kerrwil CEO

3 January 2017,    

Black Press launches high end lifestyle magazine in the Okanagan

With the purchase of Okanagan HOME magazine, Black Press is launching its flagship, high-end lifestyles publication, Boulevard, in the Okanagan. This signifies publishers' confidence  of the print market in Canada. Boulevard is one of British Columbia’s most successful lifestyle magazines and, with the launch of the Okanagan edition, is now publishing four separate English language magazines, covering markets in Victoria, mid Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. A Chinese language edition focuses on the Vancouver market area. “Launching Boulevard for the Okanagan is testament to the growth on this region,” said Boulevard Group Publisher Penny Sakamoto. “It will showcase the sophistication and elegance found here.


26 December 2016,    

Executive Notes: It’s Awards Season in the publishing industry.

To support the publishing industry with their awards programs here is a guide to all the awards programs that are available to the publishing industry in Canada. There is a new awards program being produced by Magazazines Canada and the cancellation of the KRW Awards this year so there has been changes. (If you have an awards program or event you will like to submit send the info to

2016 CAJ Awards
The Canadian Association of Journalists is now accepting entries for the 2016 CAJ Awards program. The awards recognize outstanding storytelling among Canadian journalists, and include Canada's top investigative journalism award, the Don McGillivray Award. The fees are $110 per entry (members are $30, students $25). The deadline for entries is January 13, 2017.  Finalists will be announced by the end of March 2017, with the winners announced at the 2017 CAJ conference banquet and awards gala, scheduled for April 28-29, 2017 in Ottawa.
Twitter: @CAJ

22 December 2016,    

Canadian Content Showcase – Elle Canada, CBC TV, Chatelaine

To raise the profile of Canadian content this story will showcase the latest news from content creators in the media industry in Canada. If you have great content you want to share with Masthead readers send the stories to

Elle Canada features rising star Winnie Harlow on the cover of the February issue

Elle Canada’s February issue features an exclusive interview with rising star Winnie Harlow in her first-ever ELLE cover interview and fashion shoot featuring entirely Canadian designers. In this candid interview, Winnie gets up close and personal with editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft about feeling comfortable in her own skin, her emerging career and the pressures of being held up as a role model. For the uninitiated Winnie Harlow is a fashion model and  was discovered by America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks on Instagram, and subsequently became one of the fourteen finalists in 2014.[

“I feel like I am an inspiration. That’s the word I prefer. I don’t believe that I have to be a role model,” says Harlow. Read the full interview here.


The February issue of ELLE Canada, featuring Winnie Harlow, hits newsstands on January 5, 2016.

22 December 2016,    

Merry Christmas to all Masthead Readers


To all the loyal readers of Masthead we would like to thank you for all your support and best wishes in 2017. We ask you to support the Salvation Army in their Annual Kettle Drive that ends on December 24. You can see that I am an active supporter this year on the front lines. You can help people in need and that is the true spirit of Christmas. You can donate online

21 December 2016,    

BPA Worldwide launches a TAG toolkit to help combat online fraud


The growing menace of online ad fraud, fake websites and bot traffic is making hackers rich, as this is their new business model. These cybercriminals or Internet cockroaches according to this NY Times article are raking in $5 million a day scamming ad networks and advertisers.

21 December 2016,    

Reader’s Digest Canada marks its 70th anniversary in 2017 with special content


Reader’s Digest will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 and will kick-off in January 2017 across all platforms with special content that will highlight the publication’s exceptional milestone and honour.  A signature 70th logo and slogan “70 years of extraordinary Canadian stories” will appear on each issue of the magazine and online at and this issue will be used on social media platforms throughout 2017 to celebrate this special anniversary.

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