Canadian Magazine Industry News
14 July 2008,     NATIONAL
People in Print: Changes at Maisonneuve, the IPAO and more

In this regular MastheadOnline feature, we bring you the latest on recent hirings, firings and appointments in the Canadian magazine industry.


Maisonneuve founder and editor Derek Webster has handed over the magazine’s business reins to Jennifer Varkonyi, who is now Maisy’s full-time publisher. “This change allows me to devote full attention to my ongoing role as editor—guilt-free—while knowing that the magazine’s fortunes are in very good hands,” Webster writes in his latest editorial.

Varkonyi has been with the ecletic Montreal-based title as associate publisher for the last six months. Previously, she managed operations for fashion agency Next Canada and was a risk analyst and researcher at insurance broker Aon.

More from Montreal: Richard Bélanger has been appointed as director of sales for Éditions Gesca. Bélanger moves over from the position of national sales director at TQS, the French networks of Astral Media. He’s also worked as the director of Quebecor Ventes Media.

Moving out West: Canada Wide Media has promoted  Kathleen Freimond, vice president of editorial, to group publisher. The position was vacated when Karen Foss became president of the Burnaby, B.C.-based company in April.

At Transcontinental Media: Kathryn Voye has been appointed sales coordinator for Style at Home and Décormag. Voye was formerly a freelance editorial assistant with Canadian Living.

Finally, some board changes at the Independent Publishers Association of Ontario: Barry Finn (The Rider) will take over as president in about a month's time, while Wallie Seto (Career Insider magazines) will remain on the board as past president. Also, Catherine Tachdjian (Scrapbook & Cards Today) is now vice president, treasurer and Michael Brooke (Concrete Wave) returns for another terms as vice president, communications.

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