Thursday, January 12, 2017

Canadian Business Media Association now officially merged with Magazines Canada

The Canadian Business Media Association (CBMA) has now officially merged with Magazines Canada. The intention to do so was announced last February during the a Business Media Leadership Summit hosted by Magazines Canada. The decision was unanimously approved at a special meeting of the CBMA's membership on November 29 and will be marked by a reception today in Toronto.

The merger brings Magazines Canada membership to nearly 400 magazines, including 25 business titles.

The merger may mean the revival of the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for business media, which was suspended this year pending the merger. "Plans for 2018 will be based upon the recommendations of Magazines Canada’s new business media advisory committee," said a release. 

“Magazines Canada has been a leading supporter of the B2B industry for many years now, and this merger is a great step for our sector. It strengthens our voice on the national stage and improves our ability to coordinate on projects that will mean a brighter future for business media,” said Scott Jamieson, vice chair of Magazines Canada’s board of directors and director of content and engagement for Annex Business Media, a CBMA member.
“This move is exactly what we need to do to align our efforts to build a foundation for a stronger trade press in the future,” said John Kerr, CBMA president and CEO of Kerrwil. “In a digital age, having both the consumer and trade press under one roof just makes a ton of sense and I am personally looking forward to rolling up my sleeves to support the next efforts.”

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