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Gary Slywchuk – CEO

Gary has been a reporter, editor, senior editor, sections editor and editor-in-chief for community and daily newspapers in Ontario and Alberta. His more than four decades in journalism have given him a nuanced understanding of the industry and the best practices that lead to profitability. His experience has enabled him to identify areas for revenue growth that cannot be achieved by following legacy business practices.

Doug Firby – President and Publisher

Doug is an accomplished marketer, writer, editor and social media strategist. In his more than three decades in the daily newspaper business, he wrote, edited and managed high-performing news teams. He was editor-in-chief of a mid-sized Ontario daily newspaper when it earned only the second National Newspaper Award in its history.

Fred Gorman – COO

Fred is past president of both Black Press Newspaper Group, where he was responsible for 19 publications including daily, community and farm publications, and the Alberta Newspaper Association.

Joe Batty – CFO

Joe is an accountant with a specialty in new asset management. He has a long history in financial management and is a leading authority on structuring and financing knowledge-rich companies. He has held many corporate directorships and senior management positions.

John Stewart – Editor-in-Chief

John has spent more than three and a half decades working in the newspaper industry, as reporter, editor, columnist and manager. As the managing editor of the award-winning daily the Red Deer Advocate, John oversaw a newsroom defined by its commitment to excellence.

Robert McGarvey – Chief Strategist/Acquisitions

Robert has held a variety of senior management positions including Managing Director of Merlin Consulting, a London, U.K.-based consulting firm. Since returning from the United Kingdom, Robert has been the President of Negawatt International Inc., a Canadian electronics group, and Head of Strategy for Beckett Advisors, a consulting group based in Los Angeles, California.

Hubert Lau – Chief Technology Strategist

President and CEO of Ekota Central Ltd., Hubert is responsible for research and development as well as discovering new technologies to further Troy Media Digital Solutions and its Affiliates  growth.

Joni Avram – Marketing, Brand And Engagement Strategist

Joni is an award-winning strategist who is available to help build your brand and reputation, as well as to help cement your relationships within your community.

Paul Gettis – Chief Digital Media Officer

Paul has been owner of Cargo Digital, a digital marketing company, for the past six years. Paul handles all of your digital needs, including SEO, social media and analytics.

Jamie Swanson – CTO

Jamie got his start in the technology industry in the mid-1990s In 2000, he took on the role of Director of IT for a manufacturing company in Edmonton, where he learned the concepts of tying IT processes to business processes. Jamie leads our team  that ensures your website is fully maintained and secure. 

Mehmet Ozekinci – Website Development

Mehmet  has created leading-edge news site themes used by some of the largest, and smallest,  news sites in the world. Mehmet will  ensure your website them is continuously updated to take advantage of all the latest technological innovations to provide your readers with a cutting-edge user experience.


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