|Ruth Kelly, Publisher
Ruth Kelly is the president and CEO of Venture Publishing Inc., and the publisher and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines and the online publication unlimitedmagazine.com. Venture Publishing’s custom publishing division also produces magazines for a variety of clients including Finning Canada, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Merit Contractors, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Petroleum Services Association of Canada, among others. Ruth served as the 2005 chair of the board of directors for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and was chair of sponsorship for Edmonton’s bid for Expo 2017. She currently serves on the boards of the Banff Centre Leadership program and Travel Alberta. She is president of the Edmonton Business Council for the Visual Arts and chair of the Edmonton chapter of the International Women’s Forum. Ruth also chairs Epcor’s Community Essentials Council, which directs Epcor’s annual philanthropic activities. Ruth was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision in 1998, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Entrepreneur category in 2003 and received the Advertising Club of Edmonton’s 2004 Fellowship Award for contributions to the industry and the community. In 2005, she was selected as the Allard Chair of Business by the MacEwan School of Business and received a Centennial Medal for service to the province. The Canadian Women in Communications selected Ruth for their 2008 Woman of the Year award, making her the first Albertan to receive this national honour. She also received an honorary degree in business from NAIT in 2008.
|Nick Wilson, Editor
Nick Wilson has worked in oil & gas journalism in the Middle East and North America for almost 20 years. His experience in Middle Eastern energy intelligence and analysis newsletters, and having been the editor of Oil & Gas Middle East magazine gives him insight into OPEC and global oil markets. Nick has had work published in The Times of London.
Native to the UK he has lived in Alberta since 2013, learning in-depth about its oil industry from veteran oil men and women at Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre where he’s a director.
Nick’s Oil and gas qualifications include professional certificates from Stanford University in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies and Oxford Princeton Programme in Canadian Oil Sands.
An award-winning public speaker, he is Toastmasters International’s Public Relations VP of the year 2015 in Alberta and Saskatchewan district, and humourous speaker area contest winner 2014. He also received Desk & Derrick Club (Edmonton chapter) Award of Merit 2015 for a speech on the Middle East.
|Jesse Snyder, Senior Writer
Jesse Snyder is a writer for Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines, based in Calgary. He writes news and feature stories about energy, technology, finance commodities markets and real estate, among other topics. Previously, he wrote about mining and commodities in various developing markets, including Colombia and Mongolia. He also traveled to Beijing and Hong Kong in 2013 to report on China’s investment in Canadian oil sands assets for Alberta Oil magazine.
|Anita McGillis, Vice President of Sales
When Venture Publishing Inc. was founded in 1997, Anita McGillis was there. When she’s out on a sales call or even among office staff, Anita represents what the company is all about: a positive environment equipped to meet a diversity of challenges. She loves the personal aspect of being in sales and the creativity that the role involves. Anita serves on numerous boards within Alberta’s advertising community and was recognized for her commitment with the Advertising Club of Edmonton’s 2008 Fellowship Award. Count on her to deliver a thorough understanding of how imagery, words and ad placement interact to create an effective marketing strategy.
|Dennis McCormack, Sales Executive (Calgary)
Dennis McCormack started his sales career in his hometown of Lethbridge more than 20 years ago, and has since been in the newspaper, magazine and home-selling trades. Dennis’ career has taken him from an advertising manager, production manager and group publisher, to running his own monthly newspaper (Farm & Ranch) that was distributed in three provinces (BC, AB, SK). Dennis is responsible for Alberta Venture and its many special supplements and programs.