Blog: A Look at MagNet 2019

The International super conference, MagNet 2019, has come to a close. After two days of engaging panels and wonderful speakers, Inovva would like to highlight some parts of the conference for those who could not attend. 

First, some congratulations are also in order!

At the Inovva sponsored Soiree on Wednesday evening, Sharine Taylor was named the Third Annual Magazines Canada Fellow. Based out of Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica, Sharine has an eclectic background in music, pop culture, and writing; a trifecta that has made her one of the most trusted voices in Jamaican music and culture. 

Sharine is the Editor-in-Chief ofBASHY Magazine, is currently a juror for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize, and her work was recently published in the 2018 edition of Best Damn Hip Hop Writing. She has also been lauded for her groundbreaking reporting on rape culture in Jamaica, which was even cited in the book Rape Cultures and Survivors. 

Alongside Sharine, Magazines Canada also honoured Chelene Knight with the award for Volunteer of the Year. The author of two books of poetry (Braided Skin, and Dear Current Occupant), Chelene was the winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award. She is currently working on a novel, Junie, due to be released in 2020.

When not writing, Chelene is also the Managing Editor at Room, Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival, and CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as home, inclusivity, and community building through authentic storytelling. 

Along with Sharine and Chelene, Magazines Canada announced the winners of the Regional Volunteer of the Year awards. 

Vesna Moore, Director of Circulation for Annex Business Media received the award for Ontario.

Jessica Key, of subTerrain Magazine, Anvil Press, and Iceland Writers Retreat, received the award for British Columbia. 

Breanna Mroczek, of Glass Buffalo, was named Volunteer of the Year for Alberta.

And Sylvain Masse, General Director at Protégez-Vous, received the award for Quebec. 

The next day, on Thursday, Innova was proud to present a truly informative talk on exploring revenue diversity with Jason Maghanoy, the Director of Membership and Partner Success at Toronto Life. Jason covered such topics as how to turn casual readers into customers; how marketing services can augment direct initiatives, and presented engaging case studies to show how it all works in the real world.

At Inovva, we could not be more excited for how MagNet 2019 turned out. The event was a wonderful success that we are so proud to have been a part of. We’d like to congratulate all the winners one more time, and thank everyone who attended. Here’s to another year of success and innovative ideas, and we will see you all again in 2020!