Claire Pfeiffer is now the former membership manager at Magazines Canada, having left the industry’s largest association to “pursue new opportunities in professional writing and editing and project management.” Pfeiffer, who was with Magazines Canada for exactly four years, tells us that she’s still available to answer questions about the industry and to offer consulting for magazines on their business plans. She can be reached at Claire[dot]Pfeiffer[at]gmail[dot]com.
Stepping into the membership manager role at Magazines Canada is Brianne DiAngelo, who has also been with the association for four years.
On the board front at MC, This Magazine publisher Lisa Whittington-Hill has been appointed to the Board of Directors. Whittington-Hill chairs Magazine Canada's Consumer Marketing Committee and is a member of the association's Public Affairs Committee.
Another former Gardening Life staffer has landed a new gig, although Catherine Therrien admits she was offered the position of managing editor at Aeroplan Arrivals magazine prior to St. Joseph Media’s announcement about GL’s closure. Therrien began working on Aeroplan, published out of Toronto by Redwood Custom Communications, on Dec. 1.
Over to Zoomer land: The recently launched magazine for aging boomers has tapped Nicola Clayton, managing director of New York advertising sales agency Luxury Media Sales, as an ad rep. Clayton has been representing Rogers magazines in New York for several years.
Freelance writer Philip Preville has landed a full-time job outside the magazine industry. Preville, who contributed regularly to Toronto Life, among other other publications, has taken a position as director of public affairs for the Toronto Board of Trade.
In Montreal, Transcontinental Inc. has named Sylvain Morissette as vice president of corporate communications. Morissette, a journalist and former radio host, replaces Jean Blouin in this public relations role.
Out on the West Coast, online magazine Suite101.com has a new editor-in-chief. Colin Smith, whose resumé includes editorial jobs at Canada.com, Driving.ca and Euphony.com, is now charged with leading Suite101’s network of over 2,000 writers.
Alex Moorshead has been named executive director of Word on the Street, the annual book and magazine festival that runs in cities across Canada. Moorshead was previously festival director for the Toronto edition of WOTS. She takes over for Colleen O’Neill, who will remain a consultant after eight years of running the show. Cindy Goldrick, former vice president of events at the Women's Executive Network and also a former executive director of the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association, replaces Moorshead as the Toronto director. (Hat tip to Quill & Quire, via Canadian Magazines, for informing us of this change.)