Ian Oliver, graduate of Sheridan Faculty of Business and President, Metroland Media Group Ltd., joins the cast of luminaries in the Sheridan Faculty of Business Hall of Fame. Oliver was inducted into the Sheridan Faculty of Business Hall of Fame during the 2011 Business Academic Awards event by Dr. William Holmes, Dean.
Oliver has been President of Metroland Media Group Ltd., a subsidiary of Torstar Corp. since July 1, 2008. Immediately following Ian’s graduation from Sheridan’s Advertising Program in 1983, he was hired as a sales representative with the Milton Canadian Champion, part of the Metroland Media Group. Within five years he was promoted to publisher of the Champion subsequently taking on responsibility for the Oakville Beaver, Burlington Post and a number of other publications. During his time at Metroland, Ian has served as Group Publisher of Metroland West and Publisher of the Hamilton Spectator, overseeing an operation that includes The Hamilton Spectator, The Record and Guelph Mercury.
“My Sheridan work placement with Metroland Media turned out to be the key to my future. I was hired as a sales representative with Metroland’s Milton Canadian Champion and have remained with the company for 28 years,” said Oliver. “I went on to establish my home life here with my wife and raised two children. I am in good company with many of my fellow graduates who choose the same path both professionally and personally. Today Metroland continues to look to Sheridan graduates for co-op and full-time employment opportunities.”
Metroland Media is Ontario’s largest publisher of community newspapers with 103 weeklies and 3 daily papers, both in-print and online.The company also produces a variety of magazines and specialty publications as well as innovative websites including flyerland.ca, goldbook.ca, wheels.ca, gottarent.com and DailyWebTV.com; Metroland operates one of Canada’s largest consumer shows groups and a shopping channel TMGTV.
Ian held the position of Executive Vice President from September 2006 to July 2008 prior to becoming President. He holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.