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Strider Media Acquires Canadian Florist Magazine

Florist-owned marketing firm purchases magazine, online assets, and conference for Canadian florists

Toronto, ON – January 14, 2014 – Strider Media is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Canadian Florist brand and assets from Annex Business Media. Effective January 14th, 2015, Strider Media will assume responsibility for publishing the bimonthly print magazine, as well as operation of the Canadian Florist Magazine, Inspired Design, and Canadian Florist Business Forum websites, and the popular Canadian Florist Business Forum.

“Florists in Canada owe a lot to the team at Annex Media,” said Ryan Freeman, president of Strider Media and a fifth-generation florist. “For over 20 years they have been the source of industry news, design trends, and have helped to elevate our home grown talent. Now we are proud – and humbled – to take on the 110 years of tradition that come with the Canadian Florist brand.”

"Canadian Florist has a long history of fulfilling the needs of the retail floral market and Annex is proud to have been part of that history," said Scott Jamieson, group publisher of Canadian Florist. "We thank our loyal readers for all of their support over the years, and are confident that Ryan's perspective as an Internet savvy, fifth-generation florist will serve the industry well in the years to come."

Canadian Florist magazine is Canada’s only national trade publication for retail florists and designers, with bimonthly distribution to nearly 6,000 readers. First established around the start of the 20th century, Canadian Florist has served as the voice of the industry in Canada for over 110 years.

Strider Media was founded by Ryan Freeman, a 21 year online marketing veteran and fifth-generation florist with Martin’s, the Flower People in Toronto. Strider brands, including Florist 2.0 and FlowerChat, provide online marketing services, print and direct mail marketing, website development, and social media services.


Contacts:

Ryan Freeman
Strider Media
ryan@striderseo.com
416-502-8895 x101

Scott Jamieson
Annex Business Media
sjamieson@annexweb.com
519-429-5180