Board of Directors
Joyce Byrne, Avenue Calgary
Joyce Byrne is Avenue magazine Calgary’s publisher. Previously she held positions as Vice President and Associate Publisher of Venture Publishing, consulting publisher to Eighteen Bridges, and publisher of This Magazine. Additionally, Joyce has been proofreader at Taddle Creek, a Toronto literary magazine for more than 10 years. Joyce is a director of the International Regional Magazine Association, and recently served as president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. She was a director of Magazines Canada from 2002-2012 chairing their professional development committee as well as serving on numerous others. She has been a juror for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Ministry of Culture. In addition to industry volunteer work, Joyce has been involved with the boards or steering committees of Webgirls and Digital Eve (Toronto), the Word on the Street (Toronto), Theatre Network (Edmonton) and helped raise money for NABS during her four years as chair of the Edmonton Cannes Reel Committee.
Chris Welner, IMPACT Magazine
Chris Welner is editor of IMPACT Magazine and the recipient of AMPA’s 2012 Editor of the Year Award. A lifelong journalist and communications expert, Chris has traced a career through major newsrooms that include the Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald. He has senior management experience with the governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and corporate experience with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and Alliance Pipeline. Chris has lived across the country and, through his role at IMPACT, is able to live and share his passion for sport. Chris has been the editorial leader at IMPACT since 2010, a period that has seen the magazine grow from Alberta and B.C. editions to a new magazine launched in Ontario. Chris has been a member of the AMPA board since 2014 and currently serves as vice-president. He is also vice-president of the Glendale Community Association.
Terry Bullick, Apple
Terry Bullick is the publisher and editor of Apple, a health and wellness magazine produced by Alberta Health Services. And she is the editor of Frontline, a health and safety magazine for the oil and gas industry. She has produced a wide variety of communications projects in her career including the founding issue of AMPA’s Template, two best-selling editions of Calgary’s Parks and Pathways, a number of other magazines titles and an array of corporate publications.
Katharina Doyle, Creative Scrapbooker
Katharina Doyle is the owner of Canadian Scrapbooker Inc. and co-founder and publisher of Creative Scrapbooker magazine. Creative Scrapbooker has been publishing quarterly since 2005, and offers inspirational paper crafting ideas and techniques to readers around the world. With a strong background in business, dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, and a passion for scrapbooking, it was the perfect way for Katharina to leave her 12-year corporate career and work from home. Katharina obtained her business degree at the University of Alberta and was awarded the AMPA 2017 Achievement in Publishing award.
Kim Larson, Avenue Edmonton
Kim Larson is an industry-leading art director whose 15-year career has been marked by a combination of versatility and creativity throughout the province. Kim is the new art director of Avenue Edmonton. Previously as the art director at Venture Publishing, she guided Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil and Eighteen Bridges magazines to numerous high-profile provincial and national magazine awards. She is passionate about all things magazines.
Breanna Mroczek, Where Calgary
Breanna Mroczek is an associate editor of Avenue Edmonton magazine, overseeing features, fashion, and decor sections. She is also the assistant editor of Glass Buffalo literary magazine. Breanna has worked in the Alberta magazine industry for five years and served on the AMPA board for three years. Breanna was named one of FIPP’s International Rising Stars in Media in 2015, and has received two Alberta Magazine Award nominations for her work. Breanna has a BA English from the University of Calgary and a MA English from the University Alberta for a thesis that is not, despite what many people think, about Harry Potter.
Nikki Sheppy, fillingStation
Nikki Sheppy is managing editor and past president of filling Station, Calgary’s experimental literary and arts magazine, where her responsibilities include editorial leadership, production, events, arts partnerships, strategic planning, professional development, and fundraising. She is a poet, scholar, editor and arts journalist, with a doctorate in English literature from the University of Calgary, and author of the award-winning poetry chapbook, Grrrrlhood: a ludic suite (Kalamalka 2014).
Suzanne Trudel, Executive Director
Suzanne Trudel has been promoting Alberta’s magazine industry as AMPA’s executive director since 2011. She’s a veteran of the print media industry, with nearly three decades’ experience working with journalism students as a college media advisor, weekly newspaper publications manager and publisher. She participated as a judge for the Western Magazine Awards for numerous years, and in 2017 for the International Regional Magazine Association’s Awards program. Suzanne serves on SAIT’s Journalism Advisory Committee, chairs the Reflector Publications Society board at Mount Royal University and sits as a director for the Amber Webb Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a grassroots foundation that has raised more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships for emerging artists and writers.
Nicole Halloran, Communications & Events Coordinator
Nicole Halloran is a graduate of the University of King’s College’s journalism program, a generalist writer, copy editor and fact checker. Her love for magazines started with the word search section in Highlights and the posters of Chad Michael Murray in J-14 before she finally started actually reading everything she could get her hands on. Somehow she now gets paid to hang out with staffers at publications like The New Yorker, Popular Mechanics and Bon Appetit, not to mention her favourite Alberta magazines.
Cathy Weger, Accountant
Cathy Weger is a graduate of the University of PEI and received her certified accounting designation in 1988. She has been in Calgary since 1979 and has previously worked for companies in the pipeline industry and then for several non-profits. She has been with AMPA since 2002 and takes pride in the fact that she’s AMPA’s longest serving employee. She still knows nothing about magazines.