Kerry Knudsen, publisher for Caledon, Ont.,-based W.I. Media Inc., was recognized in the October 19 edition of the Ethics News Update of the American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE) for his fight supporting quality standards for readers, and against a group of antagonistic suppliers.
“I am very pleased at such high recognition from such a well-respected professional organization,” Knudsen said. “However, it is also saddening to see the damage being caused by the failure to understand and implement simple and well-considered standards. It would be nice if the story were not necessary. It could have been avoided by just a few more days in school.
“The issue,” Knudsen says, “is that when non-professionals try to control trade shows and the media, their competitors lose, the market loses, the show organizers lose and the country at large loses. This is the universal result of these kinds of behaviours, and was the reason for the standards in the first place. For just one example, I did everything I could to save the SIBO show in Quebec against these same guys. By now, everybody should have seen their published announcement of their intention to kill the show. In the case of SIBO, it was simply too late for us to be effective.
“Let’s be frank,” Knudsen says. “These obstructionists are doing more harm to our little industry than anybody. More trouble than the government. More trouble than drugs. More trouble than China. And who is there to stop them, if not an independent press? Where will we all be in 10 years if this gang is running the shows, the associations and the media?
“We have a major trade show, the WMS in Mississauga, coming up next week,” Knudsen says, “and I expect this to be a matter of discussion there. It is time this group of suppliers, comprising the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association (CWMDA) and a few wanna-be hangers-on, heard from their customers. We will be available, as well, at Booth #2136.”
Editor’s Note: Although Weinig and Holz-Her are nominal members of the CWMDA, they are not participating in any cooperative effort to boycott, pressure, misrepresent or control media, shows or associations.