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The Walrus Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization with a national educational mandate to support writers, artists, ideas, and forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. It achieves these goals by publishing Canada’s most honoured magazine, The Walrus; producing a curated speakers series, the Walrus Talks; producing annual leadership dinners in the financial, legal, energy, and health sectors; offering original content on its award-winning website,; and through other innovative digital projects, such as Walrus Ebooks, Walrus TV, and the Walrus Podcast. The Walrus Foundation also runs a donor-supported editorial fellowship program, produces an annual fundraising gala, and partners with many other organizations on myriad projects.

The Walrus Foundation is financed through a mixture of earned revenue—circulation, advertising, sales, sponsorships, ticket sales, and partnerships—and charitable revenue from donations and government grants.


The events and media coordinator’s primary role is to work closely with the director of events, as well as the deputy director, and another coordinator to manage a dynamic and fast-paced national program of content and revenue-generating events, including the Walrus Talks, Walrus Leadership Dinners, and the Walrus Foundation Gala. The events program at the Walrus is central to the success of the organization, and this position plays an important role.

Responsibilities include finding, inviting, and tracking event guests; writing and preparing event programs and materials; working with organizational databases; creating and executing publicity and marketing campaigns for each event; media outreach for earned media coverage; working internally with other departments to execute event marketing plans; booking travel for speakers and events staff; preparing post-event reports; research; audience relations; and more.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree and two years of events and/or marketing experience.


Basic office computing on Apple platforms; knowledge of databases with Salesforce knowledge as a bonus; basic design ability helpful; knowledge of Canadian media landscape; experience in marketing and media outreach; finely tuned organizational skills; a high level of motivation and keenly developed goal- and deadline-oriented habits; a strong work ethic; an ability to manage multiple relationships and projects simultaneously and with an eye to both short-term and long-term deadlines and goals; and the capacity to work independently while being an excellent team player.


The ideal candidate is passionate about the national conversation and The Walrus’s core areas of focus: arts and culture; the environment; politics and world affairs; fiction and poetry; health and science; and law and justice. The candidate will possess intellectual curiosity, as well as the eagerness to make Walrus events successful in every way—on our multi-platform ecosystem and from coast to coast to coast. This position involves some travel and occasional evenings.

The foundation will provide a competitive compensation package, including an annual base salary and benefits. This position is available immediately.Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] before October 5, 2015.


The Walrus Editorial Fellowship Program—a pilot project funded by the Chawkers Foundation and other like-minded donors, and administered by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation—trains young professionals in editorial work, to the rigorous standards of Canada’s celebrated magazine of long-form journalism, ideas, and culture. Editorial Fellows research story ideas with editors; and fact-check and proof the content of The Walrus in print and mobile editions. Additional “desk assignments” include reviewing unsolicited submissions; monitoring and compiling web comments, tweets, and letters to the editor; gathering biographical information for the Contributors page; and assisting the online and tablet editors with digital and expanded content.

Editorial Fellows also have access to training seminars led by editors and staff of the Walrus Foundation, in topics ranging from copy editing and magazine theory to circulation and non-profit development. The full-time fellowships pay $400 per week per fellow, for six months.

The Walrus Foundation is now accepting applications for Editorial Fellowships, to commence May 9, 2016.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on March 13, 2016. To apply, please submit a single PDF that includes a statement of purpose, a resumé, and two letters of reference to Graeme Bayliss, Copy Editor of The Walrus, [email protected]. Qualified applicants will receive a set of tasks related to their prospective duties, along with a deadline. Selected applicants will then interview at the Walrus Foundation’s offices in Toronto. The process is competitive.

We are eternally grateful to our founding donor, the Chawkers Foundation, for funding the inaugural Walrus Editorial Fellows, and for its support of education, training, and all things Walrus. Meet the current Editorial Fellows below.

Sheima Benembarek, Joseph Fellow
Photograph of Sheima Benembarek

Ten years ago, Sheima left the warmth of Morocco for the Canadian winter in pursuit of a career in publishing. Perhaps because of the frequent whiteouts, she hasn’t looked back since. After graduating from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing, she worked in the book-publishing industry in Montreal. More recently, she completed the Book, Magazine, and Electronic Publishing program at Centennial College, where she was also the publisher of On the Danforth magazine. Her love of the written word, combined with her immigrant experience and Arab heritage, fuels her journalistic ambitions.

Tony Fong, Schulich Fellow
Photograph of Tony Fong

Tony Fong is a post-doctoral fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the A. S. P. Woodhouse Award for best dissertation in the Department of English. During his heady graduate days, Tony worked on issues of contemporary literature and film, and focused on life writing, ethics, and gender and sexuality studies. However, it is his chocolate chip and pecan cookies that eclipse all his accomplishments—past and future.

Alex Tesar, Krembil Fellow
Photograph of Alex Tesar

A prolific writer of blank pages, Alex Tesar has not lived anywhere for more than a year since he graduated from the University of King’s College in 2012, where he wrote an award-winning thesis on the creative capacities of artificial intelligence. He has worked at Lapham’s Quarterly and as an English teacher in South Korea, in addition to a number of less-savoury occupations. He is passionate about scuba diving, oceanic conservation, and robots.


The following individuals may be considered eligible for an internship in the disciplines of art, digital, marketing, events, development at the Walrus Foundation:

  1. A secondary school student who performs work under a work experience program authorized by the school board that operates the school in which the student is enrolled;
  2. An individual who performs work under a program approved by a college of applied arts and technology or a university.

More information and timelines to come.

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms: publishing The Walrus magazine ten times a year, in print, tablet, and smart phone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; posting original, high-quality content at; and through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks. The foundation also partners with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at; and trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

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