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Distripress Congress Toronto 2013

After four productive and hectic days the 58th Distripress Congress closed its doors for another year. The Congress attracted a global audience of circulation, distribution and the formal business discussions between publishers and distributors involved over 600 participants from 56 countries making this meeting the largest international distribution gathering in the industry.

The Opening Ceremony on Monday morning began with a lively programme of music and Canadian culture before the delegates were welcomed to Toronto by David Whitaker, President and CEO of Toronto Tourism and by Tony Jashanmal President of Distripress. The annual Distripress Forum on the first day of the congress was again one of the best attended distribution conferences in the World and it addressed the theme of “Print fighting back”. A total of 16 speakers and moderators shared their expertise and experience with fellow delegates and the proceedings were managed by the day Chair Linda Ruth of
Publishing Dojo. Keynote speeches by John Cruickshank President of Star Media Group
and Suzanne Boyd Editor in chief of Zoomer magazine helped set the Canadian publishing
scene and “Mr Magazine” Dr Samir Husni gave a passionate and compelling presentation on
the future of magazines. The Forum day roundtables highlighted the effects of consolidation
in the press supply chains of 4 key markets and the new reality of the relationship between
press and retail
The forum presentations are already available on the Distripress website ( along with photographs and a blog of the proceedings by John Harrington of The new single copy. Video footage of the individual presentations will also soon be available on the Distripress website along with pictures from both official photographers and members.
The Welcome Reception and the Distripress Party night took place at the wonderful Liberty Grand complex on Monday evening October 7th 2013 with an attendance of over 600

The 59th Congress of Distripress will be held in Cannes, France on
September 29-October 2, 2014.