About Us

Alive Publishing Group: Empowering others to live well, live naturally!

At Alive Publishing Group Inc. (APG), we take pride in being the first-choice resource for millions of people around the world who want to participate more actively in natural health and wellness! We work tirelessly to always inspire, educate, and empower our readers, partners, and professional colleagues.

Our Company Values


We are honest and factual with our peers, customers, and readers.


We will be genuine and transparent in all that we do.


We take risks, push boundaries, and challenge ourselves in new ways.


We care about the well-being of each other, our community, and our planet.


We take time to play because work is hard; we live to enjoy a healthy life.


We best live our values through growth, both personal and organizational.

alive is much more than a magazine

For more than 40 years, APG has been Canada’s recognized leader in health and wellness. Today, the alive brand is synonymous with natural health and wellness, editorial integrity, and the empowerment ofalive readers to make healthy, natural, and sustainable lifestyle choices.

APG publications (apg.alive.com)

The natural health industry is always evolving, and so are we. From our humble beginnings in 1975 with the original alive magazine, we have launched many successful new APG publications.


alive magazine

alive magazine continues to provide our readers with well-researched and relevant articles featuring the latest natural health information, eco-friendly tips, fitness exercises, and stunning recipes. alive is purchased and distributed monthly by natural health retailers across Canada, as well as online in the US, to enhance their customers’ natural health knowledge.


Thrive and Retailer Sampling

Our monthly Thrive publication presents retailers across Canada with information on major editorial and advertising features in the upcoming issue of alive magazine.

Along with Thrive, our monthly Retailer Sampling initiative sends our retailers new and exciting natural health products, utilizing alive’s long-standing, trusted relationships with our retailer partners to get our advertisers’ products noticed.


alive Australia

In 2009, alive launched its Australian counterpart—the quarterly publication alive Australia. Since that time, it has grown to be a much-loved natural health magazine in Australia, providing customers with an unmatched source for the latest natural health findings. Like alive, it is distributed through select health food retailers.


alive Australia Pharmacy

alive Australia Pharmacy, a new quarterly publication launched in 2012, allows those who shop in pharmacies to become well-versed in natural remedies and introduced to complementary and alternative medicines.


alive Interactive

One of our newest online initiatives, alive interactive engages readers in a boutique version of alive magazine that is completely digitally interactive.

Other APG Initiatives

Over the years, we have also navigated innovative distribution methods to showcase alive content that our readers love and trust.

alive Academy

Since 1992, the alive Academy has provided distance learning certificate courses and diploma programs in health-related subjects. aliveacademy.com


Hop online and you’ll discover alive.com, which showcases content from alive magazine, daily blog posts featuring up-to-the-minute health info, reader contests and product giveaways, and alive social media initiatives, resulting in a vibrant online community of people interested in natural health.

alive eNewsletters

Our subscribers receive our alive eNewsletter for current editorial topics, top trends, tips, and product features.

alive Awards

Our alive Awards is an exciting annual event that promotes and recognizes outstanding product innovation while enhancing the credibility of natural health products.

alive Research

By employing Canada’s top national market researchers, alive Research produces exclusive insight into the future of natural health and the natural buying patterns of Canadians across the country.

alive Summit

In 2013, APG hosted the first alive Executive Summit, bringing together top-level executives to discuss the future of natural heath. APG will continue to host events such as these, to help companies bring their businesses to the next level and allow the Canadian natural health industry to thrive. The second Summit takes place in May 2015.

Executive Bios

Ryan Benn


President of Alive Publishing Group Inc. and Publisher of alive magazine

Ryan Benn’s approach to business embodies the combination of vision and execution. Since becoming President of Alive Publishing Group Inc. in 2005, Ryan has been named one of Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Marketers in Canada under 30, a Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40 recipient, and is the youngest recipient of the annual BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing Entrepreneurial Innovation.

Ryan holds an Honours Marketing Diploma in Entrepreneurship from BCIT. Upon graduation, Ryan was awarded the BCIT Top Graduate Award (School of Business), in addition to a number of other graduating scholarships and industry awards.

Ryan is a high-energy team player who achieves success by building consensus. He is able to motivate others to excellence and achieve success despite obstacles. Ryan thrives on challenges and tough assignments and believes that work should be fulfilling and rewarding. In addition to alive, Ryan is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). He currently serves on numerous boards, including InspireHealth, Camp Kerry Society, Global Mothers, and the Canadian Organic Trade Association.

Stuart Harries


Director of content at APG and Editor-in-Chief of alive magazine

Director of Content and Editor-in-Chief, Stuart Harries, brings nearly two decades of editing, design, and publishing experience to his role at Alive Publishing. Joining the alive team was no accident—Stuart actively approached the organization because of his firm belief in natural health and wellness solutions. He started with alive in 2008 as a Senior Editor; in 2009 he became Executive Editor overseeing all editorial and design requirements for the magazine, before taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief in 2010. Stuart accepted the role of Director of Content for all APG product offerings in 2014.