SJC names Ken Hunt president and publisher of Canada’s largest magazine group

TORONTO, ON (June 3, 2020) –  St. Joseph Communications (SJC), today announced that Ken Hunt has been named president and Publisher of SJC Media, a division that will be comprised of Canada’s largest and most influential group of magazines and digital properties including Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Chatelaine (English and French), Today’s Parent, FASHION, HELLO! Canada, FLARE, Ottawa Magazine, Canadian Business, Weddingbells, Mariage Québec and Quill & Quire. These titles have a combined monthly Canadian readership in print and digital of over 10 million.

Mr. Hunt started his career in publishing at SJC as an editorial intern at Toronto Life in 2003. He co-founded Ink Truck Media, one of Canada’s most influential digital media companies in 2008. SJC acquired Ink Truck in 2011. In 2012, Hunt was promoted to Vice President, Digital at St. Joseph Media. In 2015, he was promoted again to Publisher of Toronto Life and in 2019 he was named Executive Vice President and Group Publisher of the Media Group. He has been a multiple nominee and recipient of National Magazine Awards including being the first-ever recipient of the Publisher’s Grand Prix, awarded to Canada’s most outstanding magazine publisher.

“I am very proud to make this announcement,” said Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications. “Ken has shown an unwavering commitment to producing the very best print and digital publications in the country, as well as running successful and growing businesses. Over the years I have known him, I have been continually inspired by Ken’s deep belief in a bright future for the media business. He has successfully negotiated the shifting landscape and launched a number of new initiatives that defied the odds within the media industry. All throughout, he has led his teams with a purpose and clarity that is rare to find.”

“I’m humbled to be in this position,” said Ken Hunt. “These are all titles that I deeply admire, led by the most talented and dynamic editors in the industry. I believe that with the scale, quality and focus we offer, we will reach new heights as the most successful media company in the country.”

About St. Joseph Communications (SJC)

St. Joseph Communications (SJC) is Canada’s largest privately owned print, media and communications company. Whether the channel is mobile, online, print, bricks-and-mortar, or all of the above, SJC creates integrated cross-platform content solutions that deliver a seamless brand experience. The company brings its 60+ years of award-winning expertise to leading retailers, publishers, cataloguers and financial corporations in North America. SJC also publishes some of Canada’s most iconic and celebrated media brands: Canadian Business, Chatelaine (English and French), FASHION Magazine, FLARE, HELLO! Canada, Maclean’s, Mariage Québec, Ottawa Magazine, Quill & Quire, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, Weddingbells and the Where Group of Magazines in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. SJC is a 2020  Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, marking 17 consecutive years of recognition. Visit visit www.stjoseph.com.

For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Marta Tsimicalis
Marketing & Communications Manager, SJC
marta.tsimicalis@stjoseph.com
416.895.4771

Producing photography and video in the era of COVID-19

This is not business as usual. It is a time where flexibility, creativity and collaboration are essential as we find our way forward through unchartered territory and develop new production processes to fuel relevant and engaging marketing solutions for brands to reach their audiences.

St. Joseph Communications (SJC) is open for business. As a provider to essential services including grocery, pharmaceutical and telecommunications, we continue our work in creating, sharing and printing content. Over the last several weeks, we have implemented new processes and policies for the creation of high-quality photography and video for our clients. Our challenge was to produce live photo and video shoots, all the while minimizing human contact, ensuring a safe environment on set, conducting client approvals remotely and maintaining high-quality creative output.

Introducing the SJC Safe Shoot Solution

 

Safe filming and photography continues at SJC during COVID-19 With our studios under strict new guidelines to ensure distancing and safety, we are able to produce a wide variety of off-figure product and lifestyle photography and video content for multiple categories including:

  • Food
  • Home
  • Automotive
  • Apparel
  • Beauty
  • Consumer Packaged Goods

As part of our Safe Shoot Studio protocol, we have implemented the following processes to enable no-touch photography and video production:

  • Limiting the live crew on set to the essential team members, with the remaining members – including art directors, retouchers, writers and script writers – working remotely.
  • Re-configuring all studios to keep crew members a minimum of six feet apart at all times.
  • Reinforcing hygiene and safety as top priority, with all crews wearing gloves and masks (when required).
  • Providing clients with remote access for proofing video and photography; a safe and effective way for clients to be virtually on set.
  • Introducing client proofing for video via Teradek VidiU technology, which allows our film camera to send a live HD feed to a secure cloud-based online viewing platform. Client teams can watch remotely and provide real-time feedback to the SJC studio team.
  • Using a wireless monitor solution on set to keeps crew safely connected from a distance.
  • Providing remote access for talent so they can perform without human contact.
  • Disinfecting studios and equipment after every shoot.

Our Safe Shoot Studio solution enables our teams to work with clients to produce new and relevant content for a variety of marketing needs from direct-to-consumer e-commerce channels to print, digital, social media and retail signage.

To find out more about our SJC Safe Studio solution,  please contact sjc.connect@stjoseph.com.

Our commitment in this era of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has brought escalating changes and restrictions in how we live, interact and conduct business. We have not experienced anything like this in our lifetime and hopefully never will again.

This is an extremely challenging time for our associates, customers and community members, who are all at the core of our business. As a provider to vital services including grocery, pharmaceutical and telecommunications, the government has mandated our continued work in creating, sharing and printing content. We remain open to serve you, and are committed to our values more than ever.

We are here to help you navigate your business needs through this crisis, and when you feel the time is right, to assist you and your teams in communicating your brand story and deepening critical relationships with your audiences, customers and communities.

Our associates remain connected and engaged in supporting our clients and audiences across Canada. We have select core teams coming into our print plants and studios under strict new guidelines to ensure their safety and well-being. And our media teams remain more dedicated than ever to delivering quality, trusted journalism that informs and inspires Canadians in these uncertain times. We are also leveraging the reach of our media brands to provide our non-profit Community Partners with advertising space to help raise awareness about their community-building, life-saving initiatives.

We continue to monitor developments of the coronavirus pandemic at the local, provincial and federal levels and to follow all directions of the Public Health Agency of Canada. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes.

With flexibility, creativity and caring for each other, we can and will emerge from this unprecedented time.

Thank you to our clients and audiences for your support. We are thinking of you, your teams and your families. Be safe, look out for each other, and we hope you are somehow enjoying some small unexpected joys in all of this, such as time with family, a good book or an inspiring opportunity to help someone in need.

Sincerely,
Tony Gagliano, CEO,
and all your friends at SJC

We are in this together: A St. Joseph’s Day message to our SJC community

Zeppole’s association with St. Joseph’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages. The people of Sicily were facing hardship when a drought threatened their safety and way of life. They bonded together; they persevered; and finally, it began to rain. The people gathered to celebrate and zeppole became a symbol of thanks for centuries to come.

Today, we are facing a new time of adversity. But we face it together; as friends, as families, as Canadians and as members of a global community.

This St. Joseph’s Day, we extend to you our thanks and appreciation for being a part of our SJC community. The occasion for zeppole will come again. In the meantime, we wish you, your colleagues and loved ones a happy St. Joseph’s Day and good health and well-being.

Your friends at SJC

BrandSpark partners with SJC to shine a bright light on award-winning brands

Toronto, Ontario, Nov 26, 2019 – Leading consumer research firm BrandSpark International announced today that it has entered into partnership with the publishing arm of St. Joseph Communications (SJC) to promote the winners of its two consumer-voted awards: the Best New Product Awards and the BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards.

Robert Levy, President and CEO of BrandSpark, said that the partnership’s aim is “to combine the quality content and engaged reach of the SJC media titles with BrandSpark’s research-based awards that are highly trusted by brands and Canadian consumers.” Levy explains that “Canadian consumers continue to be interested in trying new products and finding out which products are really worth their dollars, and consumer-voted awards remain to be one of the most influential drivers of awareness and purchase, closely following recommendations from friends and family. When you couple the influence of our credentials with the reach of St. Joseph’s publications, we are extremely confident in our ability to support brands better than any other consumer product awards program in the country.”

Earlier this year, SJC became Canada’s largest magazine publisher by acquiring all of Rogers Media’s print brands including Chatelaine (English and French), Today’s Parent, HELLO! Canada and Maclean’s, as well as its digital properties FLARE and Canadian Business. These iconic titles were added to St Joseph’s existing roster of award-winning media brands that includes Toronto Life, FASHION Magazine, Ottawa Magazine, Quill & Quire, Weddingbells and the Where Group of Magazines in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.

“We are excited to launch this new partnership with BrandSpark that will deliver value to our readers and inspire new integrated content opportunities with some of the country’s top consumer brands,” says Sarah Trimble, Executive Vice-President of SJC Media.

The partnership will include editorial features of the winners in print and digital formats across multiple SJC titles, targeted communications to readers and unique high-value advertising opportunities for brands anchored by the magazines’ content.

BrandSpark’s Best New Product Awards program has extended its entry deadline until Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Any beauty, health, personal care, household, kids, pets, food and beverage products launched after January 1, 2019 are welcome to enter. Winners – to be announced in January – will be featured in BrandSpark’s high-reach multi-platform media and PR campaign and earn the right to include the trusted Best New Product logo in their own marketing and communications.

For more information or questions about this year’s awards, contact Kim Diamond, Vice President, BrandSpark Canada at KDiamond@BestNewProductAwards.com or Adam Bellisario at ABellisario@BrandSpark.com.

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About BrandSpark International

Founded in 2001, BrandSpark International (www.BrandSpark.com) uniquely combines real world consumer insights with marketing credentials and services. BrandSpark Insights gets at the heart of WHAT consumers think, WHY they act the way they do, and HOW marketers need to respond in order to successfully grow their business. BrandSpark Marketing Services runs major awards programs Best New Product Awards and BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards. As well, BrandSpark has created Shopper Army, a new consumer site which helps Canadian shoppers find great products and save money with cash back on purchases made on Amazon.ca and 100+ other retail partners, as well as a shopper community of product testers providing honest ratings and reviews.

About St. Joseph Communications

St. Joseph Communications is Canada’s largest privately owned print, media, and communications company. Whether the channel is mobile, online, print, bricks-and-mortar, or all of the above, SJC creates integrated cross-platform content solutions that deliver a seamless brand experience. The company brings its 60+ years of award-winning expertise to leading retailers, publishers, cataloguers, and financial corporations in North America. SJC also owns and publishes some of Canada’s most iconic and celebrated media brands including Chatelaine, Toronto Life, FASHION, Weddingbells, Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, HELLO! Canada and the Where Group of Magazines in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. SJC is a 2019 Platinum Club winner of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, marking 16 consecutive years of recognition.

SJC partners with GrandTrees to continue 30-Year tree planting commitment

At a launch event at the Evergreen Brickworks today, Toronto Mayor John Tory was on hand to announce a new fundraising walk coming to Toronto next year.
The GrandTrees Walk – launching on Mother’s Day 2020 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto – is calling all grandparents to walk for and with their grandchildren to raise money to plant trees for the benefit of future generations.

The GrandTrees goal is to raise $1 million for local tree planting – recognized by experts around the world as one of the most efficient and effective natural climate solutions.

St. Joseph Communications (SJC) is proud to come on board as a Founding Sponsor of GrandTrees Climate Solutions and continue its long-standing commitment to planting trees through Partners in Growth – its reforestation program started with Scouts Canada in 1990 that, over the last 30 years, has helped to plant hundreds of thousands of trees across the country.

Through the new partnership, SJC will contribute to the planting of a tree by GrandTrees on behalf of every ton of paper used on a print client’s behalf.

“Trees provide so many benefits to the health of our planet, our communities and our children,” says Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman & CEO of SJC. “The GrandTrees partnership is an incredible opportunity for us to continue our long-standing commitment to planting trees and restoring the country’s natural canopy at a time when it’s more important than ever before. We are excited to engage our print clients and our entire organization in GrandTrees’s inspiring, multi-generational approach to make a difference.”

Trees planted through GrandTrees will support new tree planting activities in and around the GTA, with a focus on private residential, industrial, and commercial lands. Recently, Toronto city councillors voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency and planting trees and recommended that our tree canopy cover be restored to 40%, from its current coverage of about 27%.

GrandTree’s intent is to share the idea across the country – and the world.

The first annual GrandTrees Walk will take place on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 10 at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. Various route options will be offered to accommodate all ages and stages. Families can sign up online to make a team and start fundraising as of October 17.