Arianna HuffingtonOn August 16, 2012, the Huffington Post launched Huffington Post Alberta and Huffington Post British Columbia with this blog post by Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books:

I’m delighted to announce the launch of HuffPost Alberta and HuffPost British Columbia, which will bring HuffPost’s signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to these western provinces. From Alberta and British Columbia’s vast energy industry and environmentalist traditions to First Nations lands and the Northern Gateway pipeline, these new Canadian editions will tell the stories that need to be told — and, just as importantly, help those in Alberta and British Columbia tell their stories themselves. As the HuffPost family grows — it was just last month that we welcomed HuffPost Canada Impact — we can’t wait to see how these new editions will start conversations around the stories that get to the heart of each province’s identity, and those that will decide their future.

Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site, in May 2005. The site quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. Huffington Post launched its first international edition, HuffPost Canada on May 26, 2011. They launched its UK edition On July 6, 2011. On October 10, 2011, they announced a deal with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes for a French language, France-targeted edition — Le Huffington Post launched at the end of 2011. Another French language edition was launched in Quebec on February 8, 2012. On August 16, 2012, they launched Alberta and BC editions and announced forthcoming editions for Spain, Italy and Germany. In 2012 the Huffington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Arianna Huffington, the founder and editor-in-chief for Huffington Post was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2006 and again in 2011. In 2009, Huffington was named as number 12 in Forbes’ first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. She has also moved up to number 42 in The Guardian’s Top 100 in Media List. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million and made Huffington president and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList.