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26 January 2015,     TORONTO

Annex, Newcom acquires 67 titles, digital properties from Glacier

In a deal that is sure to change the landscape of the Canadian B2B industry, Annex Business Media and Newcom Business Media have acquired 67 trade media publications and related digital assets from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc’s, Business Information Group (BIG), for $19.65 million.

Annex Business Media has over 70 B2B brands in its roaster and has offices in Simcoe, Aurora and Toronto. Newcom Business Media Inc. is a privately-owned B2B media company with offices in Toronto and Montreal.

Included in the sale are its trade publications, digital properties, conferences and tradeshows in the following industries: automotive, construction and design, manufacturing, trucking/transportation and logistics, occupational health and safety, communications, dental, insurance, forestry, meetings and travel, and Scott’s Directories.

23 January 2015,     SIMCOE, ON

Canadian Florist under new ownership

Annex Business Media has announced the sale of Canadian Florist magazine.

Strider Media— which is run by Ryan Freeman, a fifth generation florist and a marketing expert in the floral industry—purchased the publication.

“Florists in Canada owe a lot to the team at Annex Media,” Freeman, said. “For over 20 years they have been the source of industry news, design trends, and have helped to elevate our home grown talent. Now we are proud – and humbled – to take on the 110 years of tradition that come with the Canadian Florist brand.”

23 January 2015,     TORONTO

SABEW Best in Business Awards deadline approaching

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ is holding its first ever Best in Business Canada Awards—Canada’s only business-focused awards program run by and for journalists. Each entry costs $65 and only SABEW members are permitted to apply. 

Online and print submissions are both allowed in the nine categories which include: best reporting, commentary, feature, investigative, multimedia, package or ongoing series, personal finance and investing, and profile.

22 January 2015,     TORONTO

MediaEdge merges with Perks Publications

PPI president Mike Nosko (top), MediaEdge SVP Robert Thompson
Trade publishers MediaEdge Publishing and Perks Publications Inc. (PPI) have merged. Currently celebrating its 50th year in the industry, PPI publishes high-quality trade magazines, journals, periodicals and newsletters for associations across Canada. MediaEdge publishes B2B magazines that include Canadian Property Management, and the American publication Services Magazine.

“Perks is a highly-respected publisher and is known for providing enhanced communication services to a key group of associations,” Robert Thompson, senior vice-president, MediaEdge said. “This is a fitting partnership and we are excited to add PPI’s talented team to our roster."

22 January 2015,     TORONTO

THIS magazine celebrates its social justice all-stars

In honour of its first ever Social Justice All-Stars Issue—celebrating 30 Canadians working towards making the world a better place—THIS magazine is hosting This is Not a Ted Talk on Jan. 28.

Sheila Sampath, Farrah Khan and Nayani Thiyagarajah, three of the 30 all-stars featured in the issue, will be on hand to speak about their social justice work.

19 January 2015,     TORONTO

Parents' Choice Awards honour 7 Canadian magazines

Since 1978 The Parents' Choice Awards Committee—made up of a panel of scientists, parents, educators, librarians and performing artists—have honoured the best children’s material, including but not limited to books, toys, music, magazines, television and websites.


15 January 2015,     HALIFAX

AJAs seeking candidates for Lifetime Achievement Award

The Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) is now accepting nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. Any individual in Atlantic Canada who has made valuable contributions to the journalistic industry throughout their career can be submitted.

To submit a candidate, a letter highlighting why the individual should be honoured and any related material is required.  Entries must be received by Monday, February 2, 2015 to be considered, and the winner will be presented with the award at a gala dinner on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

13 January 2015,     TORONTO

Toronto Life appoints new publisher

 Left to right: Ken Hunt, David Hamilton
Toronto Life has appointed Ken Hunt as its new publisher, effective January 30, 2015. Hunt will succeed David Hamilton, who has held the position since 2011. Hamilton will continue to work with the publication developing projects of special interest, including the brand’s City Parks initiative.

“I’d like to thank Doug Knight and Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications, for their confidence in bringing me into Toronto Life and for their tremendous support,” Hamilton said.

13 January 2015,     OTTAWA

Ottawa Outdoors purchases The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show

This past June, Ottawa Outdoors magazine purchased The Outdoor & Adventure Travel Show from Caneast. The 4th annual show will be held at the EY Centre in March. Exhibitors will showcase the latest gear, travel destination ideas and attractions to the outdoor adventure community. Industry experts like Kevin Callan and Becky Mason will also be on hand to dole out advice to attendees.

“The show is 85% sold out,” publisher Dave Brown said.

8 January 2015,     TORONTO

TC Media enters into representation agreement with Sunwing

 The latest issue of Wings
TC Media has signed an exclusive representation agreement with Sunwing Travel Group to sell advertising in its in-flight magazines: Wings, and Destination Weddings Guide. The deal will include advertising in printed publications, e-documents, boarding cards, plane wraps, in-flight TV and customized advertising.
“Sunwing enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and already is a valued partner for TC Media, as we provide Sunwing with custom media programs,” Patrick Lauzon, Senior Vice President, Interactive Marketing Solutions, TC Media said.

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