About Us

Balsom Communications is a team of dedicated professionals, out-of-the-box thinkers, and storytellers. We blend technical expertise with a tireless passion to fulfill the needs of our clients.

Founded in 2012, Balsom Communications has become a fixture in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. We strive for excellence in everything we do, whether it’s event planning, strategic communications, graphic design, or one of our many signature projects. Always solutions-oriented, we work to produce intelligent designs, deliver engaging experiences and build meaningful connections.

We work with great clients from many different locations to create thoughtful and purposeful products. Above all, we believe in quality design, attention-to-detail, interaction, experimentation, collaboration, exploration, and fun. With over eight years in business, directly here in Wood Buffalo, we work hard to be not only on the side of your organization and business but bring our community-forward approach to your projects.


  1. Creative and modern practices with quality products clients can rely on
  2. Customer service and a personal, customized approach
  3. Positive engagement and community-forward thinking
  4. Locally-inspired solutions


Balsom Communications’ mission is to increase the positive communications power of our region while helping others celebrate and tell the stories of the people who live, work, and play in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.


Balsom Communications’ vision is to be the leading provider of community-forward, and approachable communications, strategy and event management services in the Wood Buffalo region, and the top creative team for businesses and organizations that come to us to help them tell their authentic story.

The community

We are passionate about the community we serve and make it a team priority to give back as much of our passion as we can. As such, we strive to donate not just money, but our time and talents to the organizations we love.


Wood Buffalo

The team at Balsom is very proud to work with artists from all over our region from a wide variety of artistic disciplines, and many team members are in-fact artists themselves. We’re poets, photographers, story-tellers, and more.


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Our history

In 2012, Balsom Communications was incorporated to publish the brand-new magazine, Your McMurray Magazine — a magazine for everyone who lives, works, and plays in Wood Buffalo. Since then, the magazine has grown into a recognizable brand and community resource publication.

In 2017, we launched YMM Parent, the only magazine in the region that offers resources for parents. YMM Parent readers will find feature stories and information targeted at highlighting families living in our unique and resilient northern Alberta community.

Our entirely digital media outlet, YMM News, was launched in 2020 to address the need for connection in the time of isolation, focusing on feature stories of the people who live, work and play here. Each publication and outlet has been added to the Balsom Communications portfolio to diversify our reach within the region and serve our community.

We are also very proud of our signature community projects that we deliver within the brands of our signature publications including the Top 50 under 50, Top 20 under 20, and Best of YMM projects. We additionally publish special commemorative editions that are timely to ensure we fully capture the major events of our region including our 2016-2017 Fire Editions, the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games special edition, the 2020 Flood Edition and the upcoming 2022 Arctic Winter Games special edition.

Since its inception, Balsom Communications has also established itself as one of the top communications and strategy firms in the region. We’re a leader in communications, publishing, event management, and much more. Composed of a team of individuals who bring with them diverse portfolios of experience and expertise, Balsom Communications ensures our clients are provided with personalized strategies, unforgettable experiences, and excellent results.