• TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto
  • November 30, 2016 - 18:00
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Whether Canadian or American, magazines face a turbulent time negotiating the digital shift. In Canada, Toronto Life celebrates 50 years, The Walrus looks to build on its foundation funding model and Rogers Media is moving towards online-only editions. South of the border, the president of the venerable thinking person's monthly, the 166-year-old Harper’s Magazine, remains firmly committed to the virtues of words on paper. Is this all cause for celebration or despair? 
Speakers included special guest John R. (Rick) MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine; Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life; Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief of The Walrus, Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing for Rogers Media; and moderator Laas Turnbull, chief audience officer for ZoomerMedia.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Registration 6:00 p.m. |  Discussion 6:30 p.m.  |  Reception 8:00 p.m.

TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W., Toronto



JOHN R. (RICK) MACARTHUR is president and publisher of Harper’s Magazine and an award-winning journalist and author. Under his leadership, the magazine has received nineteen National Magazine Awards, the industry’s highest recognition. He writes regularly for The Spectator (U.K.) and writes a column in French, for Montreal’s Le Devoir newspaper. His critically acclaimed first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, won the Illinois ACLU's 1992 Harry Kalven Freedom of Expression award and was a New York Times notable book. His second book, The Selling of "Free Trade": NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, was published in 2000. He has also written You Can’t Be President, published in 2008 and reissued in 2012 as The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in AmericaL’Illusion Obama was published in 2012 in France and Canada. MacArthur grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated in 1978 from Columbia University with a B.A. in history. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
SARAH FULFORD is the editor-in-chief of Toronto Life and the first woman to occupy the role. She has won two Canadian National Magazine Awards for her writing (and many more for pieces she has edited). Fulford is a graduate of The University of King’s College in Halifax and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She sits on the board of the Toronto Public Library Foundation. In 2014, Humber College awarded her an honorary degree. Fulford lives in Seaton Village with her husband and two children. @sarah_fulford
JONATHAN KAY is editor-in-chief of The Walrus, a columnist with the National Post, a panelist on CBC's The National, and the the author of several books, including Among The Truthers. He is a former U.S. tax lawyer and metallurgical engineer. His essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and various other publications. @jonkay
STEVE MAICH is senior vice-president of digital content and publishing for Rogers Media. Maich has amassed 20 years of experience in the media industry, 12 of which have been with Rogers. He has served as SVP of publishing, editor-in-chief and publisher of Sportsnet magazine and Sportsnet.ca, group publisher of its consumer business magazines (Canadian Business, Profit and MoneySense) and editor-in-chief of Canadian Business. He also served as executive editor of Maclean’s, winning three National Magazine Awards. He began his career with the Digby Courier in Nova Scotia before joining the Halifax-Chronicle Herald. Later stops included the National Post and Bloomberg News. Maich also co-authored the 2009 book The Ego Boom: Why the World Really Does Revolve Around You. @stevemaich


LAAS TURNBULL is the chief audience officer of ZoomerMedia Ltd., where he runs the day-to-day operations of its print, TV, radio, events, and association businesses. Before that, he was publisher and editor-in-chief of The Grid, a hybrid newspaper/magazine he launched for Torstar in 2011. The Grid was named world’s best designed newspaper an unprecedented three years running by the Society for News Design; during that stretch, it also won all the major integrated and design categories at the National Magazine Awards. Laas has also been editor-in-chief of both Shift and Report on Business, director of magazine development at The Globe and Mail, and executive vice-president of Brunico Communications, Canada’s largest indepenent B2B publishing company.





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