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Penny  Sakamoto Group Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
Laura  Lavin Editor
Laura Lavin
Monday Magazine editor Laura Lavin recently rejoined the magazine after helping launch the award-winning redesign in 2013. Lavin was previously editor of the Oak Bay News and Peninsula News Review. She has been with Black Press since 2000.
Oliver  Sommer Associate Group Publisher
Oliver Sommer
Oliver Sommer, raised on the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Valley, has worked in the advertising business for two decades. He has held various sales management positions in advertising agencies, as well as the newspaper industry. Previously he was Director of Advertising with the Lethbridge Herald and was Advertising Sales Manager for the Globe and Mail for four years. Oliver and his wife, Leslie, have four children.
Mike  Cowan Publisher
Mike Cowan
Mike Cowan brings over 25 years of experience to his position, including sales and management roles with the Edmonton Journal, ADitus, Hollinger Newspaper Group, The Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Sun and Province. Mike has built his career by identifying emerging trends, developing new revenue streams and successfully building dynamic sales teams which have produced some of Canada's top advertising representatives. Prior to joining Black Press he was vice president of sales and marketing for Kirk Marketing. With a focus on delivering superior service and value for Black Press clients, Mike is dedicated to forging lasting relationships that will ensure success for clients and staff alike.