Canadian Magazine Industry News
29 July 2008,     TORONTO
People in Print: Changes at This Magazine, Driven and more

Graham Scott
Graham F. Scott is the new editor of This Magazine. He's worked a number of gigs over the past three years, including associate editor with Canadian Business, assistant editor of Precedent magazine and columns editor for This. Before that he worked at The Varsity, the University of Toronto’s student newspaper, first as news editor, then as editor in chief (in this regard, he follows the footsteps of at least one former This editor, Naomi Klein). The son of D.B. Scott, a well-respected magazine consultant and teacher, as well as the author of the Canadian Magazines blog and a Masthead columnist, Graham Scott replaces Jessica Johnston, who is leaving the position after two years to get her master's degree in journalism at Ryerson University.

Driven magazine once again has a new editor. According to the blog MyHogtown, Gary Butler, a former editor of custom magazines with St. Joseph Media (and a one-time winner of the Toronto Media Idol Competition) has taken over from Johnny Lucas, who became editor on short notice earlier this year after Michael La Fave departed suddenly to launch Sharp magazine, a direct competitor to Driven. Lucas oversaw a redesign of the magazine while at the helm.

After three years as managing editor of Pharmacy Practice, Honey Fisher has left the Rogers-owned publication to take a position as a senior specialist at the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Health Communication in Washington, DC.

Don Bradley, CEO of DPS Media Inc., will now represent The Walrus for all national media sales. A veteran with 30 years of experience, Bradley has worked for Now Magazine, CHCH TV, CFMX Classical Music Radio and Seltech Satellite Sales and was a partner in Grosvenor Communications. DPS Media currently handles sales for major urban alt-weekles, such as the Georgia Straight.


Laas Turnbull
Laas Turnbull
, who for the last two years has served as executive vice president for Brunico Communications, is now also the publisher for Strategy, Media in Canada and Stimulant. Turnbull, who before Brunico was the editor of Report on Business magazine and director of magazine development at the Globe and Mail, replaces Claire Macdonald, who is now publisher of sister publication, Realscreen.

Finally, Tara Blasco Raj, founding editor of Avenue Edmonton, signed off in the magazine’s latest issue to give herself a “”more flexible schedule to spend time with my boys, to travel and to take on new challenges.” Replacing Raj is Colin McGarrigle, who was most recently executive editor of Avenue Calgary and before that, editor of The Investor, Ireland’s leading financial magazine.
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