Canadian Magazine Industry News
8 June 2009,     NATIONAL
People in print: Changes at ABC Canada, Toronto Life and more
John Milne
The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has doubled the size of its Canadian board from six to 12, with three new publishing executives and three new media buying executives joining. Representing the publishing side are John Clinton, senior vice president and general manager of magazines at Transcontinental Media; Phillip Crawley, publisher and CEO at the Globe and Mail; and John Milne, senior vice president, business and professional publishing group at Rogers Publishing Limited. The board is chaired by Brian Segal, president and CEO of Rogers Publishing. One of its first tasks is to review the separate rules and articles ABC drafted for all Canadian publishing divisions.

Ariel Brewster
joined Toronto Life in March as an associate editor. Her hiring followed the cutting of two editors from the magazine's staff in December. Prior to Brewster's appointment, the former Walrus intern and Columbia University journalism grad was working as a Toronto-based freelance writer (Chatelaine, National Geographic Traveler, New York, The Village Voice, Globe and Mail, Toronto Life) and book editor for B.C.-based Harbour Publishing.
 
 
Rick Boychuk
Former Canadian Geographic editor Rick Boychuk has moved into politics and is now director of communications for New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, replacing Brad Lavigne, who has moved over to NDP party headquarters, where he holds the position of national director. Boychuk was with Canadian Geo for 13 years before stepping down in January.

Veteran freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and community activist Murray Dobbin has joined Rabble.ca as a guest senior contributing editor. Dobbin, a board member and researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press and contributes op-ed pieces to the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and other Canadian dailies.  He is also the author of five books and a senior advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs.

Chantel Simmons
Online shopping mag SweetSpot.ca has hired Chantel Simmons as editorial director. Simmons' resumé includes editorials stints at Elle (assistant beauty editor), TV Guide (assistant editor), Salon Communications (publisher/editor-in-chief) and Elevate Magazine (publisher/editor-in-chief).

Michelle Singerman has been hired by Vitality Magazine as assitant editor. Singerman, a graduate of Humber College's journalism program, was previously at Masthead and Post City magazines.

Malcolm Brown
Finally, award-winning designer Malcolm Brown has taken a mat leave contract position with Calgary-based RedPoint Media, where he will serve as art director for Avenue Calgary magazine. Brown was most recently on a contract with Edmonton-based Venture Publishing to art direct Unlimited, which was suspended in March.
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