TRENT Magazine is honoured to announce the addition of Ian Proudfoot to its editorial board. With five decades of involvement and leadership in the publishing sector, Ian will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our ever-growing publication.
In January of 2016, Ian retired from his position as vice-president and regional publisher for Metroland Media Group’s Central Division, but continues to partner with them as a consultant. At present, he is focusing on his business venture, Catalyst 2 Growth; working with not for profit organizations; pursuing his love of golf and spending more time with his family. A resident of East Gwillimbury, Ian and his wife Kathy are parents of five children and three grandchildren.
Active in the community, Ian is a former president of The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, former co-chair of communications for Southlake Regional Health Centre Capital Campaign, past chair of Newmarket Downtown Development Committee, past chair of Pickering College Board of Directors, and past Chair Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee. Ian is the founder of Celebration of The Arts, a program that celebrates artistic talent. Currently, Ian is vice chair of The Children’s Fund (supporting York Region Children’s Aid), board member YMCA GTA and a government relations committee member for Deaf Blind Services Ontario. In 2011 he received the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for his work with not for profit organizations and the arts.
Ian recently reflected on his career with Metroland:
“I’m really proud of the role we’ve played in building better communities. Take a look at it, whether it’s the hospital or it’s the United Way or the Celebration of the Arts or our staff Santa Fund, the YMCAs and the YRAPs, all those that we’ve played a role in, we’ve made the communities better places to live.”
He has stated that he wants to TRENT Magazine to act as a tool for helping to bring the Trent community closer together. We are excited about the energy and experience Ian will provide in helping shape the future of TRENT Magazine and the changing media landscape of Trent University’s Alumni Affairs.