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On the Passing of Ruth Kelly

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long-time publisher and friend to the association, Ruth Kelly. For more than 20 years, Ruth has had an immeasurable influence on the publishing industry in Alberta and beyond.

A public statement from Ruth’s family reads: "Our family is grieving the profound loss of Ruth Kelly. To us she was Ruth, a woman we loved, but to Albertans she was a distinguished business woman, a community leader, a philanthropist, and a role model.” Ruth's family has asked for privacy as they mourn her loss. 

Ruth was the president of the AMPA board at a crucial period in the development of the magazine industry and determining the success of the association. She was the 2012 recipient of AMPA’s Achievement in Publishing Award, where her profile read, “Her respect for creativity and craftsmanship led her to publishing and made her one the industry’s most respected leaders.”

Ruth was the president and CEO of Venture Publishing Inc. and the publisher and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines. Venture Publishing’s custom publishing division produced magazines for a variety of clients including Finning Canada, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Merit Contractors, Alberta Health Services, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers and Petroleum Services Association of Canada, among others. 

Ruth was also known for her philanthropic endeavours, including her time as the chair of EPCOR’s Community Essentials Council and the Capital Region's United Way campaign, membership on the Alberta School of Business’s Advisory Council, the Alberta Promise cabinet and the board of directors of Magazines Canada.

In 1998, Ruth was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Entrepreneur category in 2003, and was the Allard Chair of Business at MacEwan School of Business in 2005. The Canadian Women in Communications selected Ruth for their 2008 Woman of the Year award, making her the first Albertan to receive this national honour. She received an honorary degree in business from NAIT in 2008, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 2016.

In 2013, Ruth received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. In the same year, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs awarded Ruth with their Celebration of Entrepreneurial Achievement recognition. The Alberta Congress Board also selected her as their 2014 Distinguished Workplace Leader award recipient.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Ruth’s family, friends, colleagues and all those affected by the loss. 

 

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