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Keynote speaker: building an empire. (Influential Women).

Beverly Topping had the entrepreneurial vision in 1983 to purchase one magazine for $75,000 to create a publishing company. Over a decade she built her empire up to include 15 magazines with a combined circulation of 4,000,000, two television series, a hospital sampling program, a digital photography business, a children's book publishing company, strategic partnerships with U.S. and Scandinavian publishers and the largest family database in Canada.

Topping was the founder and builder of Today's Parent Group, a multimillion-dollar publishing, marketing and communications company. For five consecutive years, Today's Parent was the fastest growing consumer magazine in Canada and in 1999 it was Magazine of the Year.

In 1992, Today's Parent Group entered a joint venture with Maclean-Hunter (now Rogers Media) to publish four magazines that today dominate the baby and new parent marketplace in Canada.

In partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and YTV, the company produced two television series: Today's Parent TV (YTV) and Spilled Milk (CBC).

Topping purchased Treasure Pac, a hospital-based new-mother sampling program, in 1995 for $1 million, and sold it three years later for $12 million. She then created a digital photography company to accompany the new-mother sampling business.

In 1998, she formed a joint venture with Paton Marketing of Toronto to publish youth magazines for clients such as the National Hockey League (Powerplay, a bi-monthly magazine and Web site targeted to young hockey fans, with an annual circulation of 1,000,000).

In 1999 Topping sold Today's Parent Group to Rogers Media of Toronto.

Since 1996 Topping has been the chief administration officer for Cara Operations, the largest food-service company in Canada, with $600 million in assets. From 1990 to 1999 she held a directorship position with Canada Trust and CT Financial. At present she is the president and chief executive officer for Origin Adult Communications Inc.
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Date:Jun 1, 2002
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