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Aug 7th 2012

Le Huffington Post Québec launches Art de Vivre Lifestyle Section

Le Huffington Post Québec launched a new vertical today: Art de Vivre. This new lifestyle section covers topics such as food, health, fashion, beauty and relationships. It will reflect the unique lifestyleand culture of Quebec while leveraging The Huffington Post's powerful engagement and blogging platform. The site will encourage conversations around key lifestyle topics,includingthe need to unplug from work and technology andways to improve quality of life.

Editor Myreille Simard will lead the team under the direction of the managing editor of Le Huffington Post Québec, Patrick White. Simard has a wealth of experience in creating lifestyle content for digital brands and comes to HuffPost most recently from Mlle.ca, where she was editor-in-chief. Prior to that she was editor-in-chief of Clindoeil.ca and editor of Canoe's lifestyle section for Quebec.

Launch week will include a special feature asking Quebecers to share stories through social media on their favorite ways to disconnect, relax and combat stress, complete with expert interviews. Bloggers for Le Huffington Post Art de Vivre include Carrie Macpherson, sharing content from the popular lifestyle site Zurbaines; Line Atallah, founder and CEO at TELEGRAPHE; wine expert Yves Mailloux; well-being blogger Catherine Lefebvre; shopping, fashion and restaurant blogger Catherine Martel; etiquette expert Julie Blais-Comeau and many more.

Le Huffington Post Québec launched in February 2012 as the first regional edition of The Huffington Post Canada.

Learn more about the launch by reading the press release here.

Jul 13th 2012

AOL Canada Announces Key New Hires

AOL Canada is getting set to go west this summer with The Huffington Post Canada's regional expansion across the Western territories, and what better way to get started than adding amazing talent to the team.

The upcoming launch of HuffPost B.C. & Alberta sites will mark the second regional expansion for The Huffington Post Canada this year, following the launch of Le Huffington Post Québec in February 2012. Traffic and advertiser demand have been strong for the site in Quebec, with 199% growth in UVs since launch and a social following of more than 26,600.

Joining the Canadian editorial team are Andree Lau, Michelle Butterfield and Patrick Bellerose:

  • Andree Lau joins the team as News Editor, HuffPost B.C. after a career at CBC in Vancouver, Calgary and New Brunswick. She worked as an integrated journalist in Vancouver and also was a web editor for cbc.ca in Calgary.
  • Michelle Butterfield joins as Associate News Editor, HuffPost Alberta. Butterfield comes from The Calgary Herald, where she was a digital editor and spearheaded their social media strategy.
  • Patrick Bellerose joins the team as News Editor, Le Huffington Post Québec, reporting to managing editor, Patrick White. Bellerose's experience includes work as a journalist and online editor at Info Presse Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to Branchez-Vous.com, Les Affaires, Urbania, Marketing Magazine, Must Alimentaire, L'Actualité alimentaire, Jobboom and L'Actualité.

With growth across Canada in full bloom this summer, AOL Canada has also made additions to the sales team:

  • Sydney Robertson has joined as Account Executive and has deep knowledge and experience in digital media from previous sales roles with Yahoo!, Glam Media and Rogers Media.
  • Jeffrey Wood has joined as Account Manager and comes to AOL from Olive Media.
  • Tanya Iliakis is relocating to Vancouver to fill the role of Western Canada Account Executive after two years as an Account Executive in the AOL Toronto office.

AOL Canada, led by GM, Graham Moysey, now has offices in Toronto, Quebec, and soon to open in Calgary and Vancouver, and offers consumers and advertisers a network of premium properties, including AOL.ca, The Huffington Post Canada, Autoblog Canada, Moviefone, Engadget, Everyday Health others, reaching an audience of 10.2M unique visitors per month in Canada.

*Source: comScore, Inc., Total Canada, Home and Work, May 2012. The Huffington Post data from [E] Huffington Post Global.

Jun 7th 2012

Hola! El Huffington Post Launches in Spain


The latest international edition of the Huffington Post debuted today in Spain in partnership with the leading Spanish-language newspaper El Pais. El Huffington Post, headquartered in Madrid, follows launches this year of Le Huffington Post France and Le Huffington Post Québec. Other international editions include HuffPost Canada, the first international edition, and The Huffington Post UK, both of which went live last year. Meanwhile, later this year, L'Huffington Post Italia is scheduled to debut later this year.

Montserrat Domínguez, most recently director and host of "A vivir que son dos días," the leading weekend radio show at Cadena SER, is editorial director. Read her blog post today about the new site. During her long journalism career, Montserrat has also worked for Efe News Agency, Canal +, Antena 3, and Tele 5, served as a political contributor to La Vanguardia and is VP of the Spanish section of the European Journalists Association.

Read about the rest of the team in Arianna Huffington's blog post in English or in Spanish. Huffington also shares the launch day lineup of bloggers and talks about the economic climate in Spain, saying that "Spain is at a crucial moment in its history, engulfed in crisis and facing steep challenges." Take a behind the scenes look at the launch by viewing these pictures and a video.

May 24th 2012

HuffPost Canada Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


Last night the Huffington Post Canada team celebrated their first birthday- and in style, if we do say so ourselves! The two-story office transformed into a playground for clients, politicians, bloggers, friends, media, and of course, our (newly-coined) honourary Canadian, Arianna Huffington! Oh, and Conrad Black (pictured above). Even Team HuffPost Quebec jumped on the short flight from Montreal to celebrate their English counterparts.

We presented the HuffPost Canada team with a video of birthday wishes from some favourite friends- including CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos, Marc and Craig Kielburger of Free the Children, Conrad Black and Leader of the Official Opposition party of Canada, Thomas Mulcair.

May 8th 2012

HuffPost Canada Announces Regional Expansion

The HuffPost Canada team is just two weeks shy of celebrating its first birthday and what better way to celebrate than to announce the regional expansion of two new sites: HuffPost B.C and HuffPost Alberta. Scheduled to launch this fall, the sites will feature HuffPost's signature blend of news, blogging, community, and social engagement, to capture the unique cultures of both provinces, with regional editorial teams leveraging the power of the HuffPost platform to deliver the most important and most entertaining local stories.

"HuffPost Canada was our first international edition and has always had a special place in the HuffPost family," said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of HPMG. "And I'm delighted that we'll be welcoming even more voices to the conversation by expanding to British Columbia and Alberta, just as we expanded to Quebec in February. Since we're already in a celebratory mood with HuffPost Canada approaching its first birthday, there's no better time to enlarge the discussion with the unique perspectives of these vibrant provinces."

The strong social DNA, vital to the HuffPost model, will extend to connect with the social communities of B.C. and Alberta. The Huffington Post Canada currently generates more than 2 million social actions a month through its commenting and sharing platforms and its social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.*

Arianna will be joining the team, including bloggers, clients, media and friends of HuffPost, in Toronto to reflect and commemorate the success of its first year. Join us in the celebration by exploring our new sites.

*Based on HPMG internal data.

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