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Alberta Magazines Conference



The 2017 Alberta Magazines Conference will take place on March 16 & 17 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary. Registration will open in January 2017. 


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AMPA acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Media Fund (AMF), towards our project costs. 



The single biggest gathering of magazine professionals in Western Canada takes place in Calgary on March 3 & 4 2016, where more than 300 participants will hear from industry partners and attend targeted professional development sessions with industry trailblazers.

Every spring the Alberta Magazines Conference and Awards Gala connects the province’s publishers and magazine creatives with Canadian and international publishing leaders to celebrate excellence, explore innovative ideas and continue the evolution of the industry.

Thank you to the following 2016 Alberta Magazines Conference Sponsors:

Banner Sponsors:

CDS Global

As a leading provider of outsourced business processes to media companies across Canada and the world, CDS Global delivers innovative and flexible subscription management, digital entitlement, eCommerce, business intelligence and reporting, customer service and marketing solutions. CDS Global’s multichannel model enables you to reach your audience in new ways through digital and e-media offerings that help you monetize the digital revolution and extend your brand.

Founded in 1972, CDS Global is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst and employs 2,200 people worldwide. With offices in Markham and Montreal, CDS Global serves businesses across Canada in both English and French, and delivers services worldwide to clients in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

EquiSoft PublisherElements

EquiSoft’s PublisherElements is a modular suite of Audience Management tools designed to help publishers manage every element of their content management and circulation operations.Driven by a single Reader Record with user-defined activity fields the publisher can track and monetize each and every point of a reader’s engagement, including print magazines, websites, e-newsletters and more. The multiple means of Reader Engagement encourages the development of social media tools while Subscription Fulfillment capabilities can be supplemented by EquiSoft’s fully bilingual Call Support Centre. EquiSoft’s 20-plus years of database development and management experience provides publishers with access to the leading critical thinking and technology required to help them better serve their readers across the rapidly evolving publishing landscape.

Mitchell Press

Privately owned and operated since 1928, Mitchell Press is the one of the largest commercial heat-set web printing companies in Western Canada. Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Mitchell Press produces a wide variety of commercial print projects within a strict environmental framework for clients throughout Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The high quality, superb service and fast turnaround that customers receive comes from a lifetime of experience and a commitment to innovation and integrity.

Feature Sponsors:

Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. French and English member titles offer a wide range of topics including business, professional, news, politics, sports, arts and culture, leisure, lifestyle, women and youth, made available on multiple platforms. The association focuses on government affairs, services to the advertising trade, circulation marketing and the development of career skills for and the recognition of excellence among the people who work in Canada's magazine media.

TC Transcontinental Printing

Founded in 1976, TC Transcontinental Printing is now the largest printer in Canada and the leader in magazine printing. We also produce commercial products, books, retail flyers, newspapers, packaging products and in-store signage. Additionally, we are Canada’s leading provider of digital media solutions featuring innovative print combined with multiplatform strategies that generate results. We help customers maximize ROI by smartly incorporating print with media, digital and interactive, helping publishers and marketers deliver their content through the right media at the right time. Constantly strengthening our print and digital assets, our goal is to help customers better attract, reach and retain their target audiences through our unique, client-focused offering that combines mass and tailored solutions.

Contributing Sponsors:

Burke Group

Burke Group makes your publication process stress free! Burke has been a print industry leader for over 100 years and has worked tirelessly to become a true one-stop shop for our customers. We run a top-of-the-line mail house with experienced, Canada Post Expert branded staff, and a celebrated design department. We work daily to make our customers’ publishing process simple, fast and consistent from conception to completion.

From partnering with small companies, to working with larger publishers, juggling complicated distribution lists – Burke is here to make your magazine a success! We are Edmonton’s leading media supplier, and whatever your goals, we are your single source partner!


CentralWeb is a commercial heatset web printer with production facilities in Calgary and Edmonton. With six press lines, state of the art prepress, Bindery and in-house mail, we are able to offer a wide range of complete print services. Since our inception in 1967, we have been committed to the success of our customers by providing high quality products and service.

JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN)

JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN) is Canada’s oldest and most recognized source for oil & gas information, providing authoritative print and digital publications, data sets, maps, charts, directories, industry events and conferences, and specialized consulting services. Its flagship monthly magazine, Oilweek, was launched in 1948 and the Daily Oil Bulletin has chronicled the oil and gas industry since 1937. Other magazines are Oilsands Review, New Technology Magazine and Alberta Construction Magazine.  JWN, with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, is a unit of Vancouver-based multimedia corporation Glacier Media Inc.

Lowe-Martin Group

The Lowe-Martin Group works with publishers of more than 275 magazine titles. We do not compete with them by publishing our own magazines. Instead, we develop solutions that include a consistent, high-quality product, a reliable and specialized service team, worry-free production, and a business partnership focused on publishers’ ongoing success.

We provide a full range of services in-house: data, prepress, print, binding, inkjetting, polybagging, and mail preparation.
Magazines are your business; helping you succeed is our business.

The Magazine Manager

The Magazine Manager® is the flagship brand of Mirabel Technologies Inc., a privately held software company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with representatives throughout the United States, Europe and India. Mirabel Technologies’ cloud-based software for today’s multi-media publishers includes: The Magazine Manager®, The Newspaper Manager™, Digital Studio® and FlipandShare™.  The Magazine Manager® is a complete publishing management system integrating CRM, Ad/Order Entry, Production, Comp List Management and Invoicing, combined with Mirabel’s Digital Studio® for Online Pagination, Digital and Tablet Editions.  FlipandShare™, Mirabel’s latest offering, is a digital edition creation software. We can change the way you do business by integrating your entire publishing workflow with one web-based system, along with over 12,000 magazines, newspapers, websites and events worldwide.

McAra Printing

In 2015, two of Alberta’s largest printers joined forces with the merger of McAra Printing and Unicom Graphics. McAra’s extensive lithographic and UV printing; comprehensive bindery; and security printing background perfectly complements Unicom’s considerable digital print; lamination; wide-format; direct mail and fulfillment experience. McAra Unicom is committed to being Alberta’s leading full-service offset and digital printer specializing in magazines and commercial printing. Our state-of-the-art Heidelberg 10 colour UV perfecting press with high-speed inline sheet inspection makes short work of long magazine runs and gives publishers unprecedented access to a wide range of special finishes and effects with assured quality. Our comprehensive in-house bindery, mailing and fulfillment service ensures your magazine is on-time and on-budget.

Star Press

You may think that Star Press, with its roots in the newspaper industry, is an unlikely magazine printer. In fact, Star Press, located in Wainwright Alberta, has dedicated 29 two-sided printing units to ultraviolet ink technology, which allows us to provide magazines with a low-cost print option. We’re able to print up to 96 pages of a smaller format magazine in a single pass. We have in-house equipment to gather, stitch and trim for full finishing. As a result, our turnaround is typically less than 3 days. Ultraviolet doesn’t provide the same glossy finish as heatset printing, but if you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative, contact us to see what we can do with glossy paper. Ultraviolet is the future of newspapers, and we also think it has a place in the magazine industry. We now offer low-cost, on-press high-speed ink jet as well as a recently installed high volume poly bagging machine

Media Sponsors:

AirdrieLife, Alberta Venture, Alberta Views, Avenue Calgary, Avenue Edmonton, Canadian Scrapbooker, Citizen Pet, City Palate, Farming for Tomorrow, Highline Magazine, Lethbridge Living, Prairie Journal, The Tomato, Western Horse Review, Windspeaker



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Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
#304, 1240 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7

T: (403) 262-0081
F: (403) 670-0492
E: Alberta Magazines

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Our Funders

AMPA acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund (AMDF) towards our project costs.

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