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Staff and Contributor Biographies

Canadian Business Editorial

Ian Portsmouth, Publisher

Ian is group publisher, business, of Rogers Publishing. Over his two decades as a business journalist—including 12 years as editor-in-chief of PROFIT—Ian has become a trusted media commentator and public speaker on the management issues and best practices of independent business and high-growth companies. He was appointed publisher of PROFIT in January 2012, adding Canadian Business to his portfolio in December 2013 and MoneySense in March 2014. He is a silver-award winner and three-time finalist of the National Magazine Awards, and the co-author of Marketing Masters: The Best Ideas, Tips and Strategies from Canada’s Savviest Marketeers.

James Cowan, Editor in Chief

Along with his editing duties, James contributes a regular column to CB, writing extensively about the policy challenges surrounding energy infrastructure and the oil and gas sector. A graduate of McGill University, he worked previously as a reporter for the National Post and as an editor at Saturday Night magazine.

David Fielding, Deputy Editor

David joined Canadian Business in 2012, having worked as a senior editor at Report on Business magazine. As an editor, his general-interest approach and natural curiosity have led him down some innovative paths, most notably as a part of the teams that launched two award-winning publications: men’s magazine Toro and Toronto weekly The Grid.

Carol Toller, Managing Editor (Special Projects)

Carol is an award-winning editor with more than two decades of journalism experience. She has worked at the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Journal, the Kingston Whig-Standard and, for 10 years, the Globe and Mail, where she was a features editor at Report on Business magazine. Her work at ROB earned her a National Magazine Award and multiple nominations. Educated at Queen’s University, she has a particular interest in innovation.

Mark Brown, Managing Editor (Reports and Rankings)

Prior to joining Canadian Business, Mark worked as a show producer for the Business News Network, where he oversaw the morning show and was instrumental in developing Commodities. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and several Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. Mark has an undergraduate degree in politics from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia.

Michael McCullough, Managing Editor (Western Bureau)

Based in Vancouver, Michael has been covering business in B.C. and Alberta for more than 25 years. He has won or been a finalist for more than a dozen awards at the national and regional levels. While serving as editor of Alberta Venture magazine he was named the inaugural Editor of the Year by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association in 2008. A graduate of Queen’s University and the Canadian Securities Course, he has expert knowledge of investing and the energy industry.

Graham F. Scott, Managing Editor (Digital)

An experienced editor as well as a web designer/developer and teacher of digital publishing, Graham specializes in technology, global business and opinion. Previously, he was editor of This magazine, which during his tenure was named Canada’s Best Small Magazine three years running by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Joanna Pachner, Editor-at-Large

Joanna has been a top editor at several leading publications in Canada and the U.S., including Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine, Shift, and Financial Post Magazine. She is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in magazines ranging from Wired to Today’s Parent, Chatelaine to Business 2.0. In recent years, she has been increasingly involved in web media, helping to conceive and manage online ventures at Rogers, Dow Jones and elsewhere. Joanna has been editing and writing for Canadian Business since 2010.

Deborah Aarts, Senior Editor>

Deborah is an award-winning editor who has been covering business since 2004. Her current work centres on the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s entrepreneurial innovators, with an emphasis on HR, marketing, sales and leadership, among other topics. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Queen’s University.

Joe Castaldo, Senior Writer

Joe joined Canadian Business in 2007. He writes about technology, economics and a variety of other topics.

Chris MacDonald, Blogger

Chris blogs about everything related to ethics in commerce—from justice and global capitalism to ethical issues in retail sales. He is director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and is co-author of several textbooks on business ethics and on critical thinking. Chris is a frequent commentator in the media, having appeared in the Globe and Mail and the New York Times, and on The Lang & O’Leary Exchange, The Agenda and The Current.

Mike Moffatt, Blogger

Mike is an assistant professor in the Business, Economics and Public Policy group at the Ivey Business School and a fellow at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management.

Peter Nowak, Blogger

Peter blogs on how technology affects competitiveness, innovation and economic growth. He is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author who has written about technology since 1997. He is a former staff reporter for the CBC, National Post and New Zealand Herald, and a current contributor to the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and MoneySense.


John Montgomery, Art Director

John is an award-winning art director who has worked with Canadian Business since 2011. Previously, he was the associate art director at Toronto Life magazine. Email:

Ronit Novak, Director of Photography

Ronit has photo-edited for Maclean’s and Dose. Her editorial collaborations with photographers have been nominated for numerous National Magazine Awards. Ronit teaches historic photographic processes, writes on photography and other subjects for numerous publications, and conducts portfolio reviews mentoring photographers at various levels in their careers.

Taryn Dufault, Designer

Taryn joined Rogers in 2012 as deputy art director of MoneySense and PROFIT magazines, and added Canadian Business to her duties in 2014. She started her career with Vancouver magazine in the spring of 2003. Taryn has been nominated for both Western and National Magazine Awards and worked on other titles, including Reader’s Digest and Vancouver Bride.

Chris White, Designer

Chris joined Canadian Business in 2012. He works on both the print and digital versions of the magazine.

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