Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Convention 2012The Alberta Association of Weekly Newspaper is holding their 92 Annual Convention at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel in Red Deer from May 4 – 5, 2012. Featured events: Bing Crosby Golf Tournament; Annual General Meeting; PD Sessions; Advertiser’s Roundtable; Energy Forum Panel Discussion; Volunteer Citizen of the Year award; Awards of Excellence; President’s Reception & Banquet followed by C.A. MacLean fundraiser; Pluck a Duck and Publisher’s draw.


8:00 – 1 pm AWNA’s Board of Directors Meeting – Den
2:00 pm Bing Crosby Golf Tournament
Valley Ridge Golf Club
8:00 – Midnight Hospitality Suite

8:30 am Registration desk open – Foyer
Fund Raiser for C.
A. MacLean Bursary Foundation
9:00 – 10:15 am Newspapers: A Recipe for Success, Suzanne Raitt – Olympic
Suzanne Raitt, VP of Marketing & Innovation from Newspapers Canada, will share an inspiring presentation created to highlight the power and effectiveness of newspapers as well as their sites, mobile and tablet offerings. This year’s presentation demonstrates ‘what’s cooking’ inmedium for 2012. Research and examples from Canada and around the
world have been sourced to provide a delicious sampling.

Promises to be a frank discussion of the issues that separate planning and buying advertising in their world from buying local advertising.

  • Join planners and buyers controlling significant advertising budgets engage on topics like:
  • Market selection (how decisions are made and why you might not be on a buy)
  • National rates vs. Retail rates vs. (vs. each paper’s individual local rate)
  • What value AdWest/AWNA really adds to the process that gets ads into community newspapers
  • Where our association and industry need to focus to garner more
  • Bring your questions!
  • AWNA members only

Noon Lunch followed by the Energy Forum – Salon A

1:30 – 4:30 pm Annual General Meeting – Den
Election of Officers and conclusion of business session
4:30 – 5 pm Meeting of new Board of Directors – Den
6:00 – 6:30 pm President’s Reception – Bow Valley Ballroom
6:30 – 9:00 pm President’s Banquet – Bow Valley Ballroom
Installation of Officers and Directors
Tribute to Deceased Members
C. A. MacLean Bursary presentation
Fred Row Bursary presentation
Quill awards presentation
Bill Draayer award presentation

9:00 – 10:30 pm Silent auction and Pluck a Duck – Bow Valley Ballroom
Fund-raiser in aid of C. A. MacLean Bursary Foundation
Publisher’s draw sponsored byAWNA – $1,000
Draw – free registration for two to attend AWNA’s 2013 convention

10:30 pm – 1:00 am Cash bar will continue in the Bow Valley Ballroom

8:30 a.m.- 2:00 pm Registration desk open – Foyer
9:30 – 11:00 am Breakfast sponsored by TransCanada followed by
General Excellence awards presentation – Bow Valley Ballroom
11:30 – 2:00 pm BNC Awards luncheon/ presentations – Bow Valley Ballroom
Better Newspapers Competition awards presentation
Awards of Excellence Presentation by David Kay
Draw: AWNA diamond lapel pin for early registration

If you haven’t registered already, it’s likely too late. But you might find it interesting to know what topics are covered in a convention of Alberta weekly newspaper publishers.