Named in 2000 as one of the 100 Graduates Who Shaped the Century by the U of T Alumnae Association, NOW magazine editor/CEO and co-founder/owner Alice Klein draws on her experience in politics, business and psychology to focus on issues related to archetypal evolution and the global economy. She is NOW’s founding news editor, and the editor of NOW’s annual Love & Sex Guide.
Klein is also a documentary producer, director and writer (2007’s Call of the Hummingbird) and along with being a founding member of Green Enterprise Toronto (GET), and one of the co-creators of VoteforEnvironment.ca, she sits on the Boards of the Centre for Social Innovation, the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).
Klein credits her first generation immigrant roots for the ability to do a lot with very little that has been fundamental to NOW’s success from the very beginning.
Her lifelong passion for social change was awakened when, as a young child in Philadelphia, she was horrified by the inner city’s slum conditions. Her connection to the cultural vanguard also started early. When she moved to Toronto in 1959, her U of T musicologist stepfather immediately founded one of the first electronic music studios in the world.
An anti-war activist and feminist pioneer while still in high school, Klein got her editing start in a crusading publication, the Velvet Fist, in 1971. Her first essay on working women in turn of the century Toronto was published as a Toronto Book Award winner while she was still an undergraduate at the University of Toronto.
Klein first worked with Michael Hollett as a participant in student politics and the campus newspaper while she was a social history graduate student at York University. These seemingly impractical pursuits paid off in spades a few years later when she undertook to shape and develop NOW’s heavy-hitting and iconoclastic news section.
Facing the challenges of being an employer and a mother of two has led Klein to broaden her passion for social change to include the exploration of inner peace. As an accomplished writer for the paper, she continues to draw on her experience in politics, business and psychology to focus on issues that are relevant both locally and internationally. As its CEO, Klein combines a strikingly creative approach to problem solving with a hard-nosed and highly detailed financial appreciation of publishing.
Klein’s commitment to community, culture and the environment have been a decisive force in shaping NOW Magazine’s evolution as a publication that is both leading edge and enormously well-read.