The Wal­rus is Canada’s con­ver­sa­tion. Thank you for be­ing a part of it.

The Walrus - - CONTENTS - You truly are The Wal­rus, and our fu­ture is bright be­cause of you.

fif­teen years ago,

we started pub­lish­ing ten is­sues a year of a print mag­a­zine about Canada and its place in the world. We are still here a decade and a half later— de­spite the col­lapse of the me­dia in­dus­try’s tra­di­tional ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue model— still bring­ing peo­ple to­gether across Canada in great num­bers, and still spark­ing con­ver­sa­tions about some of the most im­por­tant is­sues of our time. And we have grown. We are proudly still pub­lish­ing Canada’s best in­de­pen­dent, fact­based, gen­er­al­in­ter­est mag­a­zine in print, giv­ing Canada’s most com­pelling writ­ers, artists, and thought lead­ers a plat­form to ex­plore the top­ics that mat­ter most to Cana­di­ans. But we’re not stop­ping there.

Thanks to our com­mu­nity of sup­port­ers like you, we now pub­lish ad­di­tional unique con­tent at the­wal­rus. ca; we pro­duce na­tional, ideas­fo­cused events, in­clud­ing The Wal­rus Talks and The Wal­rus Lead­er­ship Din­ners; we op­er­ate The Wal­rus Store and The Wal­rus Work­shop, which helps other or­ga­ni­za­tions reach their au­di­ence en­gage­ment goals; and, in 2018, we will be launch­ing The Wal­rus Live, The Wal­rus Books, and The Wal­rus Pod­cast. Through it all, we have been train­ing Canada’s fu­ture lead­ers and have grad­u­ated over 150 emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als through our in­tern­ship and fel­low­ship pro­grams. As you can see, we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can do to pro­voke new think­ing and get peo­ple talk­ing. That’s be­cause The Wal­rus truly be­lieves in

the idea of a bet­ter Canada and knows that a strong democ­racy de­pends on in­formed cit­i­zens. To­day, when peo­ple can choose to see only one world view, The Wal­rus is work­ing hard to widen per­spec­tives and to di­ver­sify the voices be­ing heard. We are fo­cused on the fu­ture and on sup­port­ing a cul­ture of in­ter­ested and in­ter­est­ing cit­i­zens to cre­ate the Canada that we de­serve. We are suc­ceed­ing dur­ing chal­leng­ing times be­cause our founders, David Berlin, the Alexan­der fam­ily, and the Chawk­ers Foun­da­tion, not only had an ap­petite for high­qual­ity, uniquely Cana­dian jour­nal­ism but also the vi­sion for what The Wal­rus could be­come. Un­der­stand­ing the ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial of the op­er­a­tion, they built The Wal­rus in the non­profit char­i­ta­ble model—the first of its kind in Canada. The Wal­rus started with one in­spired fun­der, and now we are a strong and en­gaged com­mu­nity of sub­scribers; in­di­vid­ual, cor­po­rate, and foun­da­tion donors; spon­sors, mer­chan­dise buy­ers, clients, and con­trib­u­tors; and en­gaged read­ers, view­ers, and lis­ten­ers. You play an in­te­gral part in what we pro­duce.

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