What is MagNet?


MagNet is Canada’s national public policy, professional development and networking conference for magazine media professionals. This internationally-acclaimed event attracts participants from around the world with its targeted and dynamic programming.

The industry’s top leaders, innovators, thinkers and visionaries congregate once a year to attend MagNet.

When is MagNet?


November 26–27, 2020 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (EST).

Where is MagNet?


MagNet is taking place online! This year, experience top-notch programming, stellar speakers and valuable peer-to-peer networking you’ve come to expect from MagNet, just online!

*Please note that all session times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

Who will be at MagNet?


MagNet is North America’s largest gathering of magazine media stakeholders, with more than 500 people in attendance from across Canada and beyond.

Registrants include publishers, editors, digital directors, printers, circulators, designers, art directors, managing editors, government funders, regional magazine associations, bloggers, advertising salespeople, advertising agency executives, civil servants, students, freelancers, photographers, people interested in starting a magazine, circulation auditors, environmental paper advocates, suppliers, big magazines, medium-sized magazines, trade magazines, small magazines and many others!

Do I have to attend both days?


Absolutely not. You can attend both days or pick a single day with the sessions and events that interest you. Look at the schedule to customize your MagNet experience.

What is the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit?


The Arts & Literary Magazines Summit is a program stream devoted to arts and literary magazine publishing, happening during MagNet. Join us Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020 online for the 2020 Arts & Literary Magazines Summit!

Split over two days, our special Arts & Literary Magazines Summit programming is created with arts, literary and cultural magazines in mind. This year’s programming will pick up where last year’s Summit left off, with a continued focus on diversity and intergenerational networking.

The Summit is a dive into the inner workings of cultural magazine publishing from coast to coast. For those who work in the cultural magazine industry, this is your programming stream! You’ll sharpen your skills, consider new ideas, share your knowledge, get actionable advice, and form practical alliances with like-minded publishers.

View this year’s Summit program.

I want to launch a magazine. Should I come to MagNet?


Yes, if you want to meet professional publishers and find out what it takes to launch and maintain a successful magazine. Check out the Management sessions, among others. Attending the conference will also provide you with the opportunity to make contact with potential funders and suppliers, like printers.

I'm a freelancer. Should I come?


Yes, if you’re interested in developing your skill set and finding out what the latest magazine trends, challenges and opportunities are. It’s also a great place to meet fellow freelancers and potential employers.

I'm a student. Should I come?


Yes, if you’re interested in becoming a part of the industry. The virtual conference is affordable and the targeted networking provides very valuable opportunities to meet with the movers and the shakers in magazine media.

I work for a business media publication. Is MagNet for me?


Absolutely. There are many B2B-specific sessions as well as a large number of sessions that have equal relevance to business media and consumer audiences. Check out the Business Media spotlight if you don’t believe us!

What does MagNet have to offer small or indie magazine publishers?


We’ve picked out some great selections for you in our Indie Mags Spotlight.

Do I need to be a member of an association to attend?


No, but if you are a member of any of the organizations below, you’re entitled to a substantial member discount on all sessions and events. See Pricing for member and non-member rates.

To access the member rate for all MagNet sessions and special events, you or your magazine must be a member of any of the following associations/groups:

How do I attend online?


All you need is a computer with a strong internet connection and audio capabilities. There is no application to download!

Simply login and enjoy access to our Marquee presentations, additional breakout sessions that offer you top industry insights into the latest in editorial, advertising, management, circulation, design for your magazine. Plus, ample networking opportunities to meet and catch up with your colleagues from across the country. Don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall to meet with cutting-edge suppliers and services from Canada and the United States.

After you register for MagNet, you will be sent an email confirmation with your password. Your email address is your key to access all things MagNet 2020.


How can I become a MagNet sponsor?


Email Evan Dickson, Director, Business Development, who will fill you in on the many sponsor opportunities available. There are a wide range of options and we like to customize our offerings to fit your audience and your budget.

What awards are presented at MagNet?


Magazines Canada presents its prestigious Volunteer of the Year awards during MagNet, recognizing outstanding magazine industry volunteers.

How can I get the latest MagNet news?


Many ways! Follow the conference on Twitter, via our newsfeed or email us to have the MagNet Sneak Preview delivered directly to your inbox.

Is there a brochure?


No. But everything MagNet-related, including the schedule, all the sessions, speakers and bios, prices, receptions, special events and more can be found here on magnet.magazinescanada.ca.

How do I register?


Quick and easy, online registration accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX). You can choose a full MagNet pass (Thursday and Friday with both Marquee keynote presentations, your choice of breakout sessions and plenty of networking opportunities) or a day pass for Thursday or Friday (a Marquee presentation, breakout sessions and networking opportunities).



How do I contact MagNet?


1) Email Kiley Pole at magnet@magazinescanada.ca

2) Call 1.877.238.8354

3) By mail:

MagNet Conference
c/o Magazines Canada
555 Richmond St West
Suite 604
Toronto, ON M5V3B1