The Hive is a regular event where you present a business problem to peers and experts in the creative industries. Attendees are split into breakout rooms where each member of your Hive articulates a challenge that they are facing and you each offer your perspectives and potential solutions. Every group has a facilitator to help keep on track, offer their ideas, give advice and bring out the best in their group. Facilitators will ask for a key take-away from you to share with the wider group at the end.
Meet the facilitators: Andrew Losowsky has worked in publishing and technology for more than 20 years. An avid fan of both print and digital media, he edited We Love Magazines, We Make Magazines, Your Favo(u)rite Magazine, and Turning Pages, and co-created the Colophon Magazine Festival. He lives in New York, where he sometimes teaches at CUNY and the New School, and is Head of Community Product at Vox Media.
Eithne McCredie has been in the magazine industry for over thirty years, currently as publisher of the Literary Review of Canada. Previously, she was publisher and co-founder of International Architecture & Design magazine and has consulted on numerous Canadian magazines including Canadian Art, Brick, Small Farm Canada, Gripped, Canadian Cycling, Maisonneuve, Quill & Quire, Sharpe, Triathlon, Briarpatch, The Messenger of St Anthony, Toronto Life and more.
Joyce Byrne is an award-winning veteran of the Canadian magazine industry. She has led creative, marketing and sales teams and boards in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, and has worked on nearly every type of magazine, from literary to light industrial, with consumer, business, health and cannabis in between. Her personal brand is I Love Magazines.
Kilian Schalk is a master of workflow. He began his career as the youngest production manager in Rolling Stone history, then moved on to Technical Director of Digital Products for The New Yorker, where he led the expansion of the magazine from a single weekly print issue to seven digital editions plus print, all using existing staff resources and without creating burn-out. As Managing Editor for Editorial Development at Condé Nast, he designed and implemented Lean-based Continuous Improvement programmes for more than 20 magazines and departments, doubling team output over three months without requiring overtime.
Linda Ruth is a publishing consultant with over 20 years experience in management positions at major national companies. She’s launched more than 75 new titles on the newsstand, given seminars for Folio, Circulation Management, and magazine publishers throughout the country, was President of Newsstands of America; and was part of the Founding Board for Women in Periodical Publishing. Her specialties include direct and newsstand marketing and distribution, web marketing, marketing for non-profits, domestic and international sales, budgeting, forecasting, testing, tracking, new product launches and contract negotiation.
Penny Caldwell is an experienced magazine writer, editor, and industry consultant. Under her leadership as editor and publisher of Cottage Life from 2000 to 2017, the magazine won hundreds of national and international magazine awards. Penny is a past president of the International Regional Magazine Association, a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation, and has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program in Toronto. In 2016, she received the NMAF’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.