Key Appointments at Canadian Living

New Editor-in-chief and Food Editor-in-Chief named
to Canada's ultimate food and women's lifestyle resource

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 19, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's most-read women's magazine is pleased to announce Jes Watson as the new Editor-in-Chief, as well as renowned chef Mike Ward, as Food content Editor-in-Chief. Both will be reporting to Sandra Martin, Group Publisher.

Continuously seeking out the best resources to deliver the ultimate publication that captures the latest trends, Canadian Living is now better equipped than ever to deliver trusted and topical content to audiences across multiple platforms.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Jes Watson and Mike Ward to the Canadian Living team. Without a doubt, Jes Watson's experience and dynamism will enhance the quality of our publication. And Chef Mike Ward brings a personal and new ingredient to the magazine: enhanced flavour. Originally from Australia, Mike Ward has cooked in some of Sydney's and Toronto's most acclaimed restaurants, for Hollywood heavy hitters including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and has owned and operated several catering companies over the years," mentioned Lucie Dumas, Vice President Group Publisher, Magazine Division.

The notable Mike Ward needs no introduction. In addition to cooking professionally for over 10 years, the chef has directed and produced hundreds of hours of award winning food/lifestyle television seen in over 40 countries. Mike's insatiable appetite for creating culinary content has lead him all over the world, writing, photographing and curating recipes and food related stories for highly respected print, online and television outlets.

As Editor-in-Chief, Jes Watson will work closely with pillar directors, on-staff editors and freelance writers to ensure content is topically relevant and of high interest to Canadian Living. With the Group Publisher, she will build and implement strategies to ensure the magazine grows its reputation as a digital leader, and continues to be Canada's most-read women's lifestyle publication.

"I look forward to working with Jes, and leveraging her experience as a digital content strategist for women's brands, to make Canadian Living a global leader online. Just as importantly for our audiences, Jes understands the challenges of every working woman today. She's an ambitious young professional, as well as a devoted spouse and mother, and will continue to work with the brand's editorial team to present ideas and inspirations for living well and eating well through the lens of what Canadian women truly want and need," said Sandra Martin, Group Publisher.

Less than a year after joining Canadian Living as Multiplatform Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief, Sandra Martin was promoted to the role of Group Publisher, Toronto, overseeing content strategy for all of TVA Publication's English brands. She manages content and brand image, as well as expand our titles on a multi-platform basis, while supporting all sales activities. She works closely with the two French-language Editors in Chief, in the goal of making our multi-platform magazine offer even more solid and profitable in Canada.  

About TVA Group
TVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Group Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and television production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming in North America and one of the largest private production houses. It is also Canada's largest publisher of French-language magazines and publishes some of the most popular English-language titles in Canada. The Corporation's Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B.



Image with caption: "Chef Mike Ward, Food content Editor-in-Chief (CNW Group/TVA Group)". Image available at:

For further information: Véronique Mercier, Vice President, Communications, Media Group ans TVA Group Inc., C. 438 390-0876


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