John Macfarlane, Editor and Co-publisher, The Walrus

EVENT DATE: April 10, 2013
TOPIC: National Sovereignty in the Twenty-first Century

John Macfarlane joined The Walrus in 2008 as Editor and Co-Publisher, overseeing a revamp of its editorial and art direction. He was previously editor of Toronto Life (1992-2007).

The Walrus is a national magazine about Canada and its place in the world. Since its launch in 2003, The Walrus has won more National Magazine Awards than any other Canadian periodical. It is committed to presenting “the best work by the best writers and artists from Canada and elsewhere, on a wide range of topics for curious readers.”

Mr Macfarlane has had a highly distinguished career in journalism. He served as: managing director of news and current affairs at CTV; publisher and editor-in-chief of the Financial Times; publisher of Saturday Night magazine; editor of Weekend; and executive editor of Maclean’s. In 2007, he received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

He is chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Toronto. He was educated at the University of Toronto Schools and the University of Alberta, Calgary. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.