Debbie Nicholls

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Debbie Nicholls

Director of Operations, Transcontinental Calgary


Speaking Events:

Host: Networking Session

Debbie Nicholls began her career with TC Transcontinental Printing in 1989. Over the past 28 years, she has built her experience and expertise in multiple positions within our printing facility located in Calgary. During her tenure, she has worked in Customer Service, Sales Account Management, later leading both of these departments. Presently, Debbie occupies the position of Director of Operations, overseeing Customer Service, Distribution and Print 4 Advantage Sales at Transcontinental Calgary.

Debbie is dedicated to delivering quality products and superior service to all of our customers. She is an important member of our senior management team, and her passion and enthusiasm is ever-present.

Andrew Rolf

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Andrew Rolf

Innovation Media Group


Speaking Events:

Keynote Luncheon: Innovation in Magazine Media 2017 – 2018 World Report


Andrew Rolf has spent more than 20 years leading and successfully delivering technology and digital transformation projects.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was head of delivery at Guardian News and Media in London, overseeing the 18-month in-house re-development of guardian.com and the relaunch of the publication’s live news apps.

Since leaving The Guardian, Andrew divides his time between his own consultancy, Cursive Consulting, and assignments with Innovation Media Group.

Curtis Gillespie

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Curtis Gillespie

Author


Speaking Events:

1A: Small Magazines, Big Ambitions

Curtis Gillespie is the author of five books, including the novel Crown Shyness and the memoirs Playing Through and Almost There, which have won or been nominated for various literary awards.

In 2014, he won a record-tying four National Magazine Awards and has won seven in total for his writing on the arts, politics, society, travel and sports. In 2010, he co-founded the narrative journalism magazine Eighteen Bridges, which he edits and which has won eight National Magazine Awards.

He was a recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in 2014 , the Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award in 2016 and the Alberta Magazines Editor of the Year Award in 2016.

Leo Jung

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Leo Jung

Creative Director, The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine


Speaking Events:

KN2: Getting Attention in the Age of Overstimulation
2C: Pull Quotes: Design Panel Q&A Panel Discussion


Leo Jung is Creative Director of The California Sunday Magazine, a print and digital general interest publication, and Pop-Up Magazine, a live event series.

He is the former design director at Wired and deputy art director at The New York Times Magazine.

His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Jerrid Grimm

Jerrid Grimm

Jerrid Grimm

Co-Founder of Pressboard


Speaking Events:2B: Mastering Native Advertising


Jerrid Grimm is a marketer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Pressboard, a story marketplace that connects publishers and brands around content.

His career has spanned mobile, experiential and digital disciplines, and he has worked with some of North America’s most innovative brands and publishers.

He’s a regular contributor to AdAge and Marketing Magazine and is considered a thought leader in content analytics.

Vanessa Wyse

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Vanessa Wyse

Founder and Creative Director of Studio Wyse


Speaking Events:1C: Using Design to Launch and Reposition Editorial Brands2C: Pull Quotes: Design Panel Q&A


Vanessa Wyse is the founder and Creative Director of Studio Wyse. She has launched and redesigned magazines for large media brands including Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail and Fairfax Media Australia.

Vanessa was the founding creative director of the internationally recognized Toronto city weekly The Grid, which received more than 70 national and international awards including three consecutive Society of News Design (SND) World’s Best Designed Newspaper awards. Vanessa’s work has also received awards and accolades from the Canadian Magazine Awards, Society of Publication Design (U.S.), ADCC (Canada), and D&AD (UK).

Chris Frey

Chris Frey

Toronto correspondent, Monocle. Founding EIC, Hazlitt


Speaking Events:KN1: Q&A with John Bennet – Hosted by Chris Frey
Emcee: Alberta Magazines Awards Gala


Chris Frey is the Toronto correspondent for Monocle and the founding editor-in-chief of Hazlitt magazine and the Toronto Standard.

A six-time National Magazine Award-winner for writing, design and video making, he has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, CBC Radio, Azure Magazine, The Alpine Review and Maisonneuve.

Broken Atlas, a book of international reportage on the past decade of globalization, will be published by Random House.

John Bennet

John Bennet

The New Yorker


Speaking Events:
MC2: Masterclass: Becoming a Better Editor
K1: Keynote: Q&A with John Bennet


John Bennet grew up in a small town in East Texas—his mother ran the local Trailways/Greyhound bus station, which was their house—and took a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas.

He subsequently moved to New York, studied creative writing at Columbia’s School of the Arts, and became the founding editor of Backpacker magazine.

In 1975, he joined the staff of The New Yorker as a copy editor. In 1980, he became a senior editor. He retired in 2016.

He currently teaches profile writing and magazine writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The writers he has worked with most closely over the years include Pauline Kael, Elizabeth Drew, William Finnegan, Ben McGrath, James B. Stewart, Seymour M. Hersh, Oliver Sacks, John McPhee, Michael Specter, Jeffrey Toobin, Lauren Collins, Sasha Frere-Jones, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Eric Schlosser.

Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

COO at Food52


Speaking Events:3D: Making Effective (and delightful) Newsletters


Bridget Williams is chief operating officer at Food52 a kitchen and home company that combines community, content and commerce.

Her career has taken her to the first digital department of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as well as the digital team for The New York Times. She has been involved with tech startups and ran business development and international expansion for Business Insider.

Paul Reulbach

Paul Reulbach

Publisher of San Francisco and Silicon Valley magazine


Speaking Events:MC3 Masterclass: Increasing Revenue Steams
1B: Uncovering Opportunities in Sponsorship Sales


Paul Reulbach is the publisher of San Francisco and Silicon Valley magazine, and has developed and expanded some of the largest and most successful city and regional brands in the U.S.

Throughout his long career in publishing, Paul has spearheaded successful redesigns, product launches, sponsorship programs, strategic partnerships and events.

Kathleen Fleury

Kathleen Fleury

Editor in Chief, Down East magazine


Speaking Events:
3B: Managing a High-Performance Creative Team


Kathleen Fleury began her publishing career at Random House before moving home to Maine to be the assistant editor at Down East Magazine.

She is now the youngest and the first woman editor-in-chief in the magazine’s 63-year history.
Kathleen also oversees the editorial teams for Fly Rod & Reel, Shooting Sportsman, and Dispatch.

Carey Polis

Carey Polis

Digital editor for Bon Appétit


Speaking Events:2A: Content Strategy for a Multi-Platform World


Carey Polis is the digital editor for Bon Appétit. She’s spent over a decade working at the intersection of food and digital media, including at the James Beard Foundation and the Huffington Post.

Carey has a master’s degree in food culture and communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and a bachelor’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Haley Overland

Haley Overland

Chatelaine Senior Editor, Social Media


Speaking Events:
2D: What Social Media Can Do for Magazines


Haley Overland oversees the social platforms at Chatelaine magazine as senior editor, social media.

Formerly, she worked in the same role at Today’s Parent, increasing that brand’s Twitter audience to more than one million followers.

Haley has collaborated with top-calibre brands, delivering rapidly growing numbers and engagement for online communities across platforms. She’s also partnered with major social media companies like Twitter and Facebook, gaining first-hand knowledge of best practices and producing joint campaigns, including a headline-earning Twitter chat with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Haley is a regular guest lecturer and speaker.