About Us

Ruth Kelly Photo 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.
Max Fawcett, Editor
Max Fawcett is an award-winning writer and the former managing editor and Calgary bureau chief of Alberta Venture magazine. Prior to discovering his passion for magazines he worked in partisan politics in Ottawa, as a freelance writer in Toronto and as a small town newspaper editor in northern British Columbia. And yes, he’s from Vancouver. Try not to hold that against him.

Kim Larson, Art Director
Kim Larson has worked in publishing around Alberta for the past 17 years.She has worked on various magazines and custom publications as a graphic designer and art director through out the Edmonton area. Kim is also the Art Director on Alberta Venture magazine where she works with her team to create compelling layouts that tell the story and engage the reader.
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 Manager (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.
Alison de Groot, Sales Manager
Alison de Groot is a graduate of Ryerson University School of Journalism and spent eight years as a newspaper reporter before switching over to the advertising side of publishing. She has spent time in various publishing roles at Rodale (New York), Worth Media (New York), Rogers Media (Toronto), and Annex Business Media (Simcoe, ON), before joining the Venture Publishing team in Alberta. Alison brings more than 20 years of publishing experience to Alberta Oil magazine and the Venture Team. She’s excited to be working in Canada’s growing energy sector and eager to explore Alberta’s outdoors.