Michael Fox named the recipient of the 2015 NMAF Outstanding Achievement Award

Michael Fox (photo by Donna Griffith)
Michael Fox (photo by Donna Griffith)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce that publisher, circulator and magazine industry leader Michael Fox has been named the recipient of the 2015 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM).

A magazine publisher is many things, perhaps foremost among them a trailblazer. Michael Fox has built a four-decade career as an inspirational leader in the Canadian magazine industry, one which makes the NMAF truly honoured to present him with its Outstanding Achievement Award.

“Michael comes from the behind-the-scenes world of circulation. The Foundation Award is a worthy recognition of this man’s long, unusual, confident contribution to the audience development side of the business. —  D.B. Scott, consultant, editor of Canadian Magazines blog and former recipient of the Foundation Award.

After joining Maclean-Hunter in 1974 as a news editor at the Financial Post, Michael swiftly earned a reputation as an innovator in audience development, one whose remarkably far-sighted vision of the broad, ever-changing landscape of the Canadian consumer market has enabled him to become a recognized leader in circulation. A big-picture thinker, his voice has been one of reason, patience and diplomacy in an era of the magazine industry that demanded nothing less of its champions.

In the early 1980s, he oversaw the computerization of the Maclean-Hunter newsrooms, including Financial Post and Maclean’s, becoming a pioneer in publishing software in the process. Promoted to vice-president of circulation in 1985, he helped take the Financial Post from a weekly to a daily in 1988. After a job move to work on consumer magazines during the growth spurt of Rogers Publishing in the 1990s, Michael established Rogers’ French-language consumer marketing group, and as vice-president of consumer marketing developed valuable partnerships with Airmiles and Aeroplan.

“It is Michael’s commitment to the industry and mentorship which I think is his most outstanding achievement. His commitment to supporting professional development reflects the very best values of the magazine media industry.” — Deborah Morrison, publisher and past chair of Magazines Canada

 

As the industry found itself on the shifting sands of another digital revolution, one that challenged traditional practices of circulation, Michael became the go-to expert on direct marketing and Canada Post, leading the lobbying and advocacy efforts that have been essential to maintaining a healthy environment for Canada’s magazine publishers.

In 2010, Michael and his wife, Beckie, launched Inspiring Media Inc, and began to publish from their hometown of Niagara-on-the-Lake the magazine Garden Making, which has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He retired in 2012 as senior vice-president of Rogers Publishing and has served as chair of Magazines Canada for the 2013-2015 term.

“I can’t think of anyone else who has so seamlessly practiced the art of publishing as vocation, avocation, mentor and volunteer.” — Paul Jones, publisher and former recipient of the Foundation Award.

Michael’s passion for magazines has had a multiplying effect, touching an incalculable number of people who’ve worked alongside him and benefited from his determined pursuit of industry excellence. He has served in mentoring and volunteer leadership roles with Circulation Management Association of Canada, Alliance for Audited Media and the Direct Marketing Association of Canada. As an instructor at Magazines Canada’s School for Circulation and Publishing, Michael has helped nurture the continued professional evolution of publishers across Canada, demonstrating with a rare combination of business acumen and infectious generosity what NMAF president Joyce Byrne called “a passionate dedication to the welfare of the industry and the development of our next generation.”

Recognizing Michael Fox’s inestimable value to the Canadian magazine industry, the NMAF is proud to bestow upon him its highest individual honour, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

“Michael is a tireless advocate for Canadian magazines, both big and small. He is an honest broker, a trusted friend, a man of his word. He approaches magazine publishing with a quiet, determined, passionate commitment to excellence.” — Scott Bullock, magazine circulator and editor of CoversSell.com.

Michael Fox will receive the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 5, 2015 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets go on sale May 4.

Nominees will be announced on Monday, May 4, for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special awards for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards.

Tell us what you admire and respect about Michael Fox. Leave a comment on this blog, Twitter, Facebook or email us at staff@magazine-awards.com.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation considerS the nominations from the Canadian magazine industry. The NMAF Board of Directors selects the winner.

For more information, visit magazine-awards.com/oa.

 

Nominees announced for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

Canadian Business Media announced today the nominations for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, honouring excellence in Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.

CPA Magazine led all magazines with 20 nominations, followed by Professionally Speaking and University Affairs with 10 each.

The finalists for the 2 divisions of Magazine of the Year are:

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR–PROFESSIONAL
CPA Magazine
Marketing
University Affairs

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR–TRADE
Canadian Grocer
Oilsands Review
Renovation Contractor

Top Nominated Magazines for the 61st Kenneth R. Wilson Awards:

Written

Visual

Special & Integrated

Total

CPA Magazine

14

4

2

20

University Affairs

5

3

2

10

Professionally Speaking

5

3

2

10

Les Affaires

6

2

0

8

Foodservice and Hospitality

1

3

2

6

Canadian Lawyer

4

1

1

6

D&A Magazine

4

1

0

5

Marketing

3

1

1

5

Oilweek

2

2

0

4

Precedent

1

2

1

4

Registered Nurse Journal

4

0

0

4

Today’s Trucking

4

0

0

4

More than 100 magazines entered the competition which was adjudicated by 77 volunteer judges. A total of 154 submissions from 57 Canadian B2B publications are nominated for awards in 21 written, visual and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, on Tuesday June 2, during the KRW Awards gala.

John Milne, president of Breakwell & Company and VP of Media Services at Equisoft, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala. John has won a number of KRW Awards and is a respected B2B professional with over 35 years of experience in business publishing.

For tickets and information, as well as to view the complete list and full text of nominees, please visit krwawards.ca.

Vote for the Manitoba Magazine of the Year

The annual Maggie Awards, which are presented by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association, are coming up on May 28, and magazine lovers are invited to help select the Manitoba Magazine of the Year with a People’s Choice Award.

The finalists include:

Vote here for the Manitoba Magazines People’s Choice Award.

The winners will be announced at the Maggie Awards gala on May 28 at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg. The nominees and information about the Manitoba Magazines Conference will be announced soon.

2015 National Magazine Awards Gala to be held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 5

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) announced today that this year’s 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, presented by CDS Global, will be held on Friday, June 5, at a new venue—the stylish Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto. [Version française]

Originally opened in 1929 and long cherished as one of Toronto’s most dazzling and dynamic event spaces, the Arcadian Court is managed by Oliver & Bonacini Events & Catering, which will cater this year’s gala, and sits in the heart of the city’s thriving Queen & Bay bustle. Featuring more than 8000 square feet of contemporary gala space, the Arcadian Court was recently named Best Ballroom in Canada at the Bizbash Event Style Awards.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Canadian magazine industry to this exquisite new venue for the National Magazine Awards. Our annual gala attracts more than 500 of Canada’s best magazine publishers, editors, artists, journalists, marketing and sales teams, and other members of our industry from across the country. We look forward to celebrating with you this year at the Arcadian Court.”
— Joyce Byrne, president of the NMAF

Tickets for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards go on sale on May 4, the date on which the NMAF will announce the nominees for awards in 43 categories recognizing the best in Canadian magazine publishing, writing, photography, illustration and design from 2014.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be announced in May. The date of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 5, 2015.

Visit magazine-awards.com for information about the gala, awards and nominees.

For sponsorship inquiries please contact Barbara Gould, NMAF Managing Director, at staff@magazine-awards.com.

What’s on Canadian Magazine Newsstands in April

Welcome to April, the month of Easter and Earth Day, Pesach and primroses, hockey playoffs and opening-day pitches. We stop wearing Canada Goose and start planning patio parties. We crave spring fashions, healthy menus, and weekend escapes. And everything we need to know is held in the pages of a magazine.

Here’s just a sampling of National Magazine Award-winning titles on newsstands now. Happy spring reading!

Image via WikiCommons.

Spacing Magazine launches Spacing Films with “Powers of Towers” documentary

Award-winning Spacing magazine, the urbanist’s go-to resource, continues to build on its successful brand–magazine, successful line of city swag, the new Spacing store on Richmond Street in Toronto–with this week’s launch of “Powers of Towers,” the first production of Spacing Films.

For the film’s production Spacing has partnered with Tangent Motion Pictures and Foxley Films, with financial support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

“Powers of Towers” profiles Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, two remarkable people on the forefront of a revolution that’s transforming Toronto’s now aging suburban high-rise clusters into livable communities that work — and attracting the attention of the international planning community in the process. For their work, Stewart and Ali have been awarded the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize presented by Spacing magazine.

More at Spacing.ca.

Quill & Quire marks 80th anniversary with special issue

Quill & Quire magazine, the eminent guide to Canada’s book publishing industry, is marking its 80th anniversary with a special issue highlighting 80 books, people and events that have helped shape Canadian literature.

“It’s by no means a definitive list, ” Q&Q editor Sue Carter told Masthead online.:

We called on experts, and spent hours with our image archive, sorting through fresh-faced author photos and candid snaps of book launches, dance parties, and fairs. There was early talk of ranking the entries, but who wants to pit Alice Munro against Anne Shirley? There are the obvious inclusions the moneyed prizes, literary stalwarts, and dominant publishers are all here—but we also selected quiet moments that may have slipped by unnoticed but were in some way meaningful to various communities.

Quill & Quire is published 10 times per year by St. Joseph Media. The anniversary April issue is available now. #QuillLove.