Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Cool Companies 2011: Alberta’s Clean Technologies & Green Products

Cool Companies Magazine in AlbertaCool Companies is a magazine styled book series that is focused on “helping entrepreneurial-minded business people discover unique business development opportunities — joint ventures partnerships, R&D collaborations, product purchasing agreements and investment opportunities — with innovative Canadian companies in emerging high tech industries.” Published yearly by Claudia Sammer since 2004, the latest publication – the eighth one in seven years — heralds an expanded business model. Claudia is now offers strategic marketing support for innovative, technical new-to-the-world products and producers. Each of the publications in the series explores a single emerging high tech industry. Based on first-hand research, each article captures an industry’s latest products and technologies, industry leaders and rising stars, cutting edge research, proven industry supporters and key industry stats.

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United Way Edmonton Launches New Magazine to Celebrate their 70th Anniversary

We Magazine EdmontonThe United Way of the Alberta Capital Region launched a new magazine this summer to “explore a number of current topics, including: homelessness, unsung heroes, stories of struggle and triumph, donor support, and the latest facts about our community. It is a magazine about our community, for our community.” In it they plan to cover the most pressing social issues experienced in the region, create meaningful dialogue, encourage support and celebrate the successes. United Way is active throughout the community year-round, leading initiatives, delivering programs and events, working with partners, creating awareness, sharing results and more. “What better way to talk about all of these activities,” writes the editor Nancy Critchley, “than in a magazine, unique to the cause and to the collective efforts?”

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Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton Launches New Magazine for their Heroes

Hero Magazine Stollery Children's Hospital Edmonton AlbertaIn April 2011, the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton launched a new magazine called Hero in order to acknowledge the heroes within and those that support the hospital. They produce 40,000 copies four times a year which they send to donors. The remaining 10,000 copies are racked throughout the city and placed in doctor’s offices. According to Jan Archbold, the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Stollery, and a colleague of mine many years ago, the magazine came about as a result of research they conducted. Their survey showed that donors wanted to know more about the people who work at the hospital, the patients, new technology, and about the many things that make the Stollery a centre of excellence.  “When we went through the process of ‘narrowing down’ what stories to include in the magazine we realized the significant impact donors have on the quality of care and of the lives of the kids in the Stollery.”

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BC Publisher Brings New “Vue” To Edmonton’s Alternative Weekly Market

Vue Magazine EdmontonRivalry is bad for business. That’s the lesson learned in the wake of the recent merger between Edmonton’s former newsstand foes, alternative weekly newspapers SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly. British Columbia publisher Bob Doull bought Vue, an independent paper, from old friend and founder Ron Garth in January 2011. Garth has been Vue’s publisher since its inception in 1995. Then in May, Doull acquired SEE from St. Albert-based Great West Newspapers LP. The company, headed by Duff Jamison, also publishes the St. Albert Gazette, among others.

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Alberta Magazine of Interest: New Tribe Magazine

New Tribe Magazine CalgaryNew Tribe is a monthly magazine published in Calgary since February 2010 by the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth and distributed throughout the city and surrounding communities. The goal of New Tribe is to be the voice of urban Aboriginal youth from twelve to twenty nine and beyond. Their mission is to promote a positive outlook on Aboriginal living in an urban setting by promoting and sharing information within the community. New Tribe aims to provide Aboriginal youth with stories of inspiration, and invite them to share their own stories and get involved in the community. Youth are encouraged to contribute to the magazine, whether it be artwork, fiction, poetry or journalism. Each month they profile a youth who has made a difference and is taking steps towards achieving their goals. They also regularly feature “Cool Jobs” and profile people in different industries with interesting careers to give youth a closer look at opportunities available to them.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)