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.
Cecilia Hyslop, Treasurer
Cecilia Hyslop brings more than 20 years of accounting experience. Cecilia has gained extensive accounting experience through various progressive accounting positions in different industries in Romania and Canada with responsibilities in financial reporting, developing budgets and forecasts, variance analysis and departmental policies and procedures. She is focused on process improvements and increasing efficiency. Since she came in Canada, she specialized in the Real Estate sector and obtained her CPA, CGA designation in 2015 from CPA Alberta.
Brian French, Where Calgary
Based in Calgary, Brian French is a member of the senior leadership team at St Joseph Communications (SJC). As Regional General Manager of the Strategic Content Labs division for Western Canada with offices in Vancouver and Calgary, he oversees the daily operations of its Alberta and BC based teams working on publication titles including CAA Manitoba, CAA Saskatchewan, AMA Insider, RM Magazine, Pivot, Wedding Bells, and Fashion. On a national basis, Brian is also the Vice President and Group Publisher of Where Canada with operations in Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa as well as franchised publications in Victoria, Banff, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax., During his fifteen years at SJC, Brian has served AMPA as a volunteer board member for more than ten years.
Dana Inkster, Lethbridge Living
Since 1995, Dana Inkster has worked in the education and cultural sectors and is proud to recognize storytelling as a tool that shapes our communities. Dana has managed markets for Crown Corporations and major film studios in the United States. Dana has been profiled by numerous publications; and journalists and cultural theorists from around the world have lauded her documentary film work. Her documentary, 24 Days in Brooks (2007) was co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Newsworld. She continues to make independent documentaries that explore personal and cultural histories. She has served as faculty and played key roles in development for a number of institutions including the Calgary Stampede, the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Dana’s company, EM Workshop Inc currently publishes of Lethbridge Living Magazine.
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.
Matthew Stepanic, Glass Buffalo
Matthew Stepanic is the editor and co-founder of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor for Eighteen Bridges, and a freelance writer and editor. He has also served on the board of the Edmonton Poetry Festival since 2014. He is a co-author of the collaborative novel, Project Compass (Monto Books, 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing, 2018). In 2015, FIPP named him one of the Top 3 Rising Stars in Media Under 30. Alongside Jason Purcell, he manages Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore.
M.L. Ellen Percival, Calgary’s Child Magazine
M.L. Ellen Percival is the co-founder, editor and publisher-in-chief of the multiple award-winning parenting publication Calgary’s Child Magazine. Since it first hit the newsstands in 1994, Ellen’s vision has made Calgary’s Child an innovative, free and easily-accessed network of support connecting and informing parents in the Calgary area. Widely recognized for her work ethic, positive attitude and innovative strategic thinking, Ellen, a Women of Vision recipient, brings both a fresh and informed perspective to the issues that shape the lives of Calgary’s families.
Rob Tanner, Canadian Cowboy Country & WHERE Edmonton
Rob Tanner is the owner of the Tanner Young Publishing Group, which produces several long-running titles – WHERE Edmonton, the Edmonton City Guide, and Canadian Cowboy Country. Rob is former president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, and received AMPA’s Achievement in Publishing Award in 2011.
Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Airdrielife
Sherry is the publisher and owner of airdrielife magazine, publishing for 14 years in Airdrie, Alberta. In 2014 she had the honour of being selected as the Airdrie Business Leader of the Year. She is the founder of the Creative Airdrie Society and continues to promote the arts in Airdrie. Sherry founded the Amazing Airdrie Women Awards in 2011 and is passionate about making arts and culture a priority in the city of Airdrie
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 since 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.
Joanne Fung, Communications & Events Coordinator
Joanne Fung is an English and Communications Studies graduate from the University of Calgary. Her love of reading started when she was young, diminished when scouring scholarly articles for quotes, and revived once university became a pastime. As a creative writer, Joanne explores the lived experiences of second generation Chinese-Canadians, but you can also find her with her nose in a phone as an avid social media user.