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The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors was established to be the voice of Canadian editorial professionals in the magazine industry. As a member, you can take advantage of great opportunities for networking while continuing to learn at every event. Each year, CSME hosts a minimum of two luncheon and two evening mixers, which feature dynamic speakers addressing topics that are relevant, timely and engaging for Canadian editors. And join us for our annual summer barbecue – no speakers, no professional development, just relaxed fun with your editing colleagues. Recent events have included:

Media Training for Magazine Editors: Guest speakers Annabelle Waugh, food consultant, recipe developer and food stylist, Marci Ien, television host and Canadian media personality, Erin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of Style at Home magazine and Michelle Kelly, editor at Cottage Life magazine revealed secrets to success for making meaningful media appearances across all platforms. (Nov. 24, 2016)
The Art of Interviewing with Anna Maria Tremonti: We put guest speaker Anna Maria Tremonti hot seat as we asked her about combining preparation and spontaneity in an interview, how to dig deeper to get past on-message interviewees, and how to entertain and engage an audience. (Oct. 5, 2016)
The Current State of the Church-State Divide: Guest speakers Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington (editor and co-founder of Travel & Style Magazine), Matthew Blackett (publisher, creative director, and co-founder of Spacing) and Marcia Ruby (publisher and creative director of Alternatives Journal) discussed whether it is still possible to maintain a completely autonomous editorial voice, independent of advertising influence. (May 4, 2016) 
The Best Free Online Tools For Editors: Guest speakers Lauren Reyes-Grange (digital marketer and strategist) and Graham Scott (Digital Managing Editor for Canadian Business) presented the best free online tools for editors. (Feb. 3, 2016)
How to get the most of your art budget with a multi-platform brand: Guest speakers Chris Bond, creative director, digital editions (Canadian Living, ELLE Canada, The Hockey News, Style at Home, etc.) at TVA Publications, and Jessica Hotson, creative director at THE KIT, discussed ways to plan art direction from a multi-platform brand and get the most out of an art budget. (October 7, 2015)
Managing multi-platform display: Patrick Walsh, David Topping and Simone Castello led a discussion on how to fine-tune editorial and visual displays to capture audience attention across multiple platforms. (April 16, 2015)
• Multiplatform assigning: Sasha Emmons, Lisa Murphy discussed topics like What exactly is multiplatform assigning? Should story concepts begin with print or the web? How do you break down the budget for a piece that shows up in various mediums? How should the editing process work, and what exactly is required from the writer?  (January 21, 2015)
How to boost your career: Christine Felgueiras, Sharon Alderson and Steve Maich offered tips on how to put your best foot forward as an editor and how to up your appeal whether you love the job you’re in or you’re looking for a change. (November 26, 2014)
Successful video production: Wendy Bairos, Kim Cooper and Kaaren Whitney-Vernon shared tips on creating videos that work. (September 17, 2014)
Secrets from new EICs: Sasha Emmons, Karine Ewart and Jennifer Reynolds talked about starting fresh at the top of some of Canada’s leading magazine brands. (March 4, 2014)
The new ins and outs of internships: Melissa Patrizi, Paul Benedetti, Michael Brown and Penny Caldwell participated in this panel discussion on creating legal internship opportunities that are helpful for both students and magazines. (November 28, 2013)
Next-level social media: Gwen Smith, Lauren Reyes-Grange and Chris Tindal shared specific ways magazines can use social media to meet business goals. (September 26, 2013)
Enchanting enhancements: Brandie Weikle and Tom Emrich spoke on how editors can use tablet apps to elevate the magazine experience. (April 15, 2013)
• Ready for your close-up? Chantal Guertin and Susan Zuzinjak offered members helpful suggestions on succeeding on TV, video and radio. (April 27, 2012)
• Next steps in social media: Jennifer Campbell, Jeremy Barker and Amanda Factor taught us how and when to use Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. (January 20, 2012)
• Make sponsored editorial work for everyone: Maureen Halushak and Andrea Kolber shared tips on how sales and editorial can work together to create a better product that works well for readers and for advertisers. (December 1, 2011)
• Brand-building with SIPs: Maryam Sanati and Ryan Kennedy got us thinking about what makes a great special interest publication. (October 5, 2011)

Your CSME Board Members

President: Jill Buchner
Jill has been on the CSME board since 2012. She is the senior health editor at Today’s Parent magazine. In the past, she served as health editor at Best Health magazine, special projects editor at Canadian Living and copy editor at Homemakers magazine. She has worked as a freelance editor and writer for Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, FASHION and more. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Western University and was the recipient of a 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Award.

Former President: Allan Britnell
Allan is the managing editor of Renovation Contractor, a finalist for Trade Magazine of the Year at the KRW Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is also a regular contributing editor and writer for several other magazines including Cottage Life, Ontario Nature, and the Smithsonian’s American Indian.

Treasurer: Helen Racanelli
Helen is a freelance writer, editor and project manager who has held staff positions at Style at Home and Canadian Living. She writes for Toronto Star, Metro, Precedent magazine and other national magazines and newspapers. She is the recipient of a 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Award (COPA). A University of Toronto graduate, Helen also is the digital media manager for Magenta Foundation, a non-profit publisher for the arts.

Communications Director: Simone Castello
Simone is the former life and relationships web editor at Canadian Living. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a post-grad diploma in journalism from Centennial College. Simone has worked and written for a number of major Canadian publications, including Zoomer magazine, MORE, The Huffington Post and Reader’s Digest. She is also the recipient of a 2013 Canadian Online Publishing Award. Simone currently works for Make-A-Wish Canada, as their online marketing and communications officer.

Communications Specialist: Laura Schober
Laura is the associate editor and research chief at Clean Eating magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Western University and has contributed to various Canadian magazines, newspapers and online publications including FASHION, The Tyee and the London Free Press. Laura previously served as marketing and communications co-chair of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)’s Young Professional Council.

Awards Director: Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander is the associate editor at Cottage Life magazine, where he handles workshop and design stories. He finished the master’s of publishing program at Simon Fraser University and worked previously as the managing editor at Precedent.

Events Coordinator and Designer: Chris Bond
Chris oversees the creative direction, strategy, planning, creation and production for a range of monthly enhanced digital editions. This includes the look, feel and interactivity for Canadian LivingStyle at HomeThe Hockey NewsELLE Canada, and several French-language publications. He spent the first 13 years of his career in the art department at Canadian Living magazine, art directing and designing the monthly magazine and numerous national best-selling cookbooks.

Events Coordinator: Daniela Payne
Daniela is a graduate of the post-grad journalism program at Centennial College. She began her career as a web editorial assistant at Canadian Living magazine, moving on to managing the health section of the website, and then spending her last four years as the magazine’s web food editor. Daniela now enjoys a career as a freelance writer and editor, and a yoga instructor.

Regional Board Member, Vancouver: Anicka Quin
Anicka is the editor-in-chief of Western Living, and a member of the professional development committee of the B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers. Previously, she was managing editor at the environmental magazine Alternatives Journal and editor-in-chief of id magazine, a Southwestern Ontario alternative weekly.

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