Register Now for MagNet 2020

Canada’s magazine conference is going virtual, and registration is open!

MagNet: Canada’s Magazine Conference and the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit are happening November 26–27, 2020. Each day starts at 11 am (ET) with a keynote session, followed by a choice of two breakout sessions from three different program streams. 

The keynote speakers are John Wilpers, Senior Director of Innovation Media Consulting, on the most important innovations in media in 2020, and Jael Richardson, Artistic Director, Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), on taking critical, transformative action on diversity and inclusion, plus many more magazine industry experts!

There will be daily networking opportunities, live Q&As, and a virtual MagNet Square to interact with exhibitors. All MagNet sessions will be recorded, and they’ll be available afterwards so you can revisit all the highlights. Here are the 30+ speakers you can hear from, and here is the complete virtual event program.

Here at the NMAs, we’ve rounded up a list of sessions that might be of particular interest to magazine editors and creators!

MagNet: Canada’s Magazine Conference

Arts and Lit in the Market
November 26th, 12:00pm—12:45pm
Arts and literary magazines can struggle to attract the same social media followings as general interest magazines in Canada. In this panel discussion, L’Amour Lisik and AnnMarie MacKinnon will discuss how to reach a diverse audience. The panel is moderated by Room Magazine’s marketing coordinator, Kayi Wong. 

We Love Magazines
November 26th, 12:00pm—12:45pm
Jeremy Leslie, the creative director at magCulture, explains how magCulture developed, highlighting the paradox of print being empowered rather than diminished by digital. This discussion is moderated by Kelly Hobson, the marketing and research director at Reader’s Digest Association Canada. 

Digital Magazines in the Age of Disinformation
November 26th, 1:00pm—1:45pm
What can publishing learn from the sciences to combat disinformation online? Who is doing it right and what can Canadian digital publishers learn from these examples? Learn all this, and more, from an all-star panel, featuring Rehana Begg, Camille Dundas, and Kaleigh Rogers, moderated by Craig Silverman. 

Arts & Literary Magazines Summit

Marquee Speaker — The Most important Innovations in Media
November 26th, 11:00am—11:45am
Join Jennifer Varkonyi and John Wilpers for a discussion on innovations to make sense of disrupted work environments, managing staff working from home, running remote meetings, finding the right technology, choosing business models that will work, running virtual events, and more. 

Marquee Speaker — Beyond Diversity and Inclusion
November 27th, 11:00am—11:45am
In this dynamic keynote address, Jael Richardson, the founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) will unpack practical approaches industry professionals must take to transform their organizations. With timely and crucial questions designed to spark conversation, Richardson will also prompt leaders to take bold and critical action with urgency.

Arts and Lit Podcasting
November 27th, 1:00pm—1:45pm
In this session, producers of literary podcasts—Matthew Blackett, Jeremy Leslie, and Sarah Melton, moderated by Casey Plett—discuss why they podcast and who they podcast for. Tune in for details on the technical aspects of podcasting, and the challenges of starting and sustaining a low-budget podcast. 

The pricing for virtual MagNet 2020 is $55 for one day or $95 for both days for Magazines Canada members, and $75 for one day or $125 for both days as a non-member.

You can choose a full MagNet pass (November 26 and November 27 with two keynote presentations, your choice of breakout sessions and plenty of networking opportunities) or a day pass for November 26 or November 27 (a keynote presentation, breakout sessions and networking opportunities).
We look forward to seeing you in November at MagNet and the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit online! If you have any questions, please contact Kiley Pole, Manager, Member Services and Benefits, Magazines Canada at