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Jul 13, 2012


Toronto, ON – July 13, 2012 – In anticipation of The Huffington Post Canada's regional expansion across the Western territories later this summer, AOL Canada announces today new hires on their content and sales teams in B.C. & Alberta.

Andree Lau joins the Canadian editorial team, led by managing editor Kenny Yum, as News Editor, HuffPost B.C. and Michelle Butterfield joins as Associate News Editor, HuffPost Alberta. Also joining the West coast team after two years as an Account Executive in the AOL Toronto office, is Tanya Iliakis who is relocating to Vancouver to fill the role of Western Canada Account Executive.

Lau joins HuffPost B.C. after a career at CBC in Vancouver, Calgary and New Brunswick. She worked as an integrated journalist in Vancouver and also was a web editor for in Calgary.

Butterfield comes from The Calgary Herald, where she was a digital editor and spearheaded their social media strategy.

"We are thrilled to have such high caliber talent join our great edit team here at HuffPost Canada. Andree and Michelle will be key in delivering relevant and engaging news and conversations to BC and Alberta', said Kenny Yum, Canadian managing editor, The Huffington Post and AOL Canada sites.

The upcoming launch of HuffPost B.C. & Alberta sites will mark the second regional expansion for The Huffington Post Canada this year, following the launch of Le Huffington Post Québec in February 2012. Traffic and advertiser demand have been strong for the site in Quebec, with 199% growth in UVs since launch and a social following of more than 26,600. To support this growth, Le Huffington Post Québec announced the hire of Patrick Bellerose as News Editor, reporting to managing editor, Patrick White.

Bellerose's experience includes work as a journalist and online editor at Info Presse Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to, Les Affaires, Urbania, Marketing Magazine, Must Alimentaire, L'Actualité alimentaire, Jobboom and L'Actualité.

With growth across Canada in full bloom this summer, AOL Canada has also added two new additions to the Toronto office, welcoming Sydney Robertson as Account Executive and Jeffrey Wood as Account Manager.

Robertson has deep knowledge and experience in digital media from previous sales roles with Yahoo!, Glam Media and Rogers Media. Wood comes to AOL from Olive Media.

AOL Canada, led by GM, Graham Moysey, now has offices in Toronto, Quebec, and soon to open in Calgary and Vancouver, and offers consumers and advertisers a network of premium properties, including, The Huffington Post Canada, Autoblog Canada, Moviefone, Engadget, Everyday Health and others, reaching an audience of 10.5M unique visitors per month in Canada.

"AOL Canada continues to deliver strong results and the growth of our team reflects those results. Our people are our biggest asset and I am thrilled to welcome these new hires to our team, " said Graham Moysey.

*Source: comScore, Inc., Total Canada, Home and Work, May 2012. The Huffington Post data from [E] Huffington Post Global. **Unduplicated audience of AOL, Inc and Everyday Health Properties

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