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About The Walrus Foundation

Fearless. Witty. Thoughtful. Canadian

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October 2008

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 smartphone editions; curating the Walrus Talks, leadership dinners, speakers’ series, and other events across the country; posting original, high-quality content at thewalrus.ca; and through such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks. The foundation also partners with Blue Ant Media to produce documentaries and other programming at thewalrus.ca/tv; and trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.

Through national events, the Walrus Foundation is committed to the public square, to celebrating Canadian talent, and to increasing participation in our democracy through spirited and intelligent debate—by lifting the magazine off the page and onto the stage in public forums.

The Walrus Foundation is supported by individuals, foundations, partnerships, corporate donors, and public sector grants. The Walrusmagazine is supported by advertisers, corporate sponsors, subscribers, and newsstand sales. The magazine’s charitable status depends on its editorial content, which must make up 70 percent of its pages, and is required to be 80 percent educational and 80 percent Canadian.

A volunteer Educational Review Committee, composed of academics from universities across Canada, assists the foundation in fulfilling its mandate.

The Walrus Foundation and The Walrus magazine are grateful to both theBoard of Directors and the Advisory Council for their support, expertise, and dedication.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Chawkers Foundation for its generous ongoing support. The Walrus also acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Trillium Foundation, and the Ontario Arts Council.

About The Walrus

October 2003

The Walrus launched in September 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world. We are committed to presenting the best work by the best writers and artists from Canada and elsewhere, on a wide range of topics for curious readers.

If you are a writer interested in contributing to The Walrus, please read the magazine and follow oursubmission guidelines. Advertisers and partners can find dates and rates on our sales page. We hope you will enjoy The Walrus; let us know what you think.

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The Editors and Staff

Why The Walrus?

When the walrus began its development, its founders wanted to create a smart, distinctly Canadian general interest magazine. They also wanted to dissociate this country with the “log chomping” and “earnestness” of our national animal (and cliché), the beaver.

Enter the tusked mammal—an arctic icon they viewed as curmudgeonly but clever, bulky but agile (if only in water). It was an eccentric but sensical choice, they thought—the perfect namesake for a publication with enough intellectual heft, confidence, and wit to dig deeply into matters vital to Canadians.

Like its animal counterpart, which swims with unexpected grace, The Walrus thrives in its niche environment. It is Canada’s best, most awarded magazine—the industry’s elegant heavyweight. The Walrus brings Canadians stories that are engaging, important and original; in doing so, it is proving itself the “fun beast” of its founders’ vision.