About Us

March 14, 2011

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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.


Todd Coyne, Managing Editor

Todd Coyne is an award-winning journalist who has covered energy, politics, courts and crime for newspapers and magazines across Canada and internationally. He is currently based in Edmonton.


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 Oil and its many special supplements and programs.


7 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Dennis Wagstaff says:


    I`m writing regarding a recent tweet from Alberta Oil Magazine. The tweet discussed `Hate Filled Products` and includes an article from Alberta Venture discussing products currently being sold such as T-shirts, bumper stickers,etc.. My question is, what does this have to do with the Alberta Energy Sector? I am a subscriber to your magazine and follow the magazine on twitter for information relevant to the industry I work in, not to be funneled opinion pieces unrelated to the sector. Twitter feeds have become polarized enough. Alberta Oil is a respected establishment that in my opinion should not be entering this type of arena. Your response would be appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Jim Kerr says:

      Hi Dennis – First of all, thanks for taking the time to write us. In our opinion, the article in question is related to the energy sector in that some of the hate-inspired merchandise is being sold by one of the sector’s most outspoken media personalities. Thanks for subscribing to the magazine, Dennis.

  2. ian says:

    Thanks for the article on funding in the Canadian Environmental Movement.

    I have long wondered why our friends in the environmental movements were so dead set against tar sand development and pipelines yet were silent or nearly so on the issues surrounding transporting crude by rail and so many parts of the world would laugh if the were asked to follow Canadian environmental laws.

    I also find it interesting that so my sins are committed south of the border while the Sierra club is sending it’s ilk to Canada. I would wholeheartedly encourage them to stay home and clean up their worn pig sty before venturing north.

    Manipulation of Canadian markets and environmental issues is something that Ottawa should have ruled on during the G.W. Bush years but it looks like they have been asleep at the wheel.

    Ian Cormie, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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