Canadian Magazine Industry News
12 March 2008,     BURNABY, B.C.
Matt O'Grady takes over as editor of BC Business

Ten months after leaving his associate editor post at Vancouver to go freelance, Matt O’Grady is back to a steady paycheque. He’s the new editor-in-chief of BC Business. “In Vancouver, there are maybe three or four major publications, and this is one of them,” O’Grady says. “It was just one of those opportunities which I couldn’t pass up.”

Matt O'Grady is the new editor of BC Business.

O’Grady, who started his new job on March 3, takes over from Tracy Ttjaden. She was with BC Business for just over two years and now works for Institutional Investor Magazine in New York.

Will O’Grady be making sweeping changes to the Canada Wide Media Limited-owned title? “It’s not so much a question of coming in and changing things, ‘cause what’s going on right now is working,” O’Grady says. “I think it’s more a question of tweaking it.”

Having learned the “value of packaging” at Vancouver and, before that, Western Living, O’Grady says he plans to sit down to with the art team and suggest possible visual improvements, such as adding more sidebars and graphs. Redesigning the magazine within the year is a possibility, he says.

The new editor is most looking forward to running the magazine in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics, though he’s wary of sounding the cliché alarm. “Everyone talks about the Olympics, but so much is going to change, has changed and is changing because of the Olympics,” he says.

— Michelle Singerman
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