Melanie Rutledge

Executive Director, Magazines Canada

Melanie Rutledge is the Executive Director of Magazines Canada. In the bilingual role of Director, Government and Industry Engagement for Magazines Canada, a position she held since 2016, Melanie worked closely with the CEO on government relations and advocacy, maintained critical relationships with federal decision-makers, funders, and regional associations, and was responsible for Magazines Canada's internal and external communications.

Over the course of her 22-year career to date, Melanie has developed expertise in cultural policy, program design and administration, stakeholder relations, and strategic communications. From 2003–2008, Melanie was Head of the Writing and Publishing Section at the Canada Council for the Arts, where she oversaw the administration of grants and services to Canadian writers and publishers, including magazines.

Melanie has a multidisciplinary appreciation of culture and the arts and believes they contribute to a healthy democracy in Canada and around the world, having either studied or worked in publishing, dance, music, and the visual arts (art history). She loves to work with teams, empowering her colleagues to do their best work in service of Magazines Canada and its members.