NMAF names 4 new members to its Board of Directors

The National Magazine Awards Foundation announced today the election of four new members to its board of directors for 2015-2016.


3b4ea8dJessica Ross is the Content Director, Multiplatform Editions, Books & Special Issues, at TVA Publications–publishers of ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec, Canadian Living and many other titles–and former Tablet Publishing Manager at TC Media. She previously held editorial positions at Homemakers and Canadian Home Workshop, and is treasurer of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.


Nino di Cara is Executive Vice-President, Content Marketing, at Spafax Canada, publishers of enRoute magazine, Sparksheet and other titles. Previously he was Executive Director of Content Solutions at Rogers Media and Director of Custom Publishing at TC Media.


Marnie Peters is the Associate Vice-President, Public Relations & Publications, at the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as a Brand Management Fundamentals instructor at the University of Toronto. Previously, Marnie spent nearly 15 years at Rogers Communications working in marketing and brand development for several publications.


Judith Pereira is the Managing Editor of Report on Business magazine at the Globe and Mail, where she has been a member of the team since 2005, during which time the magazine has won 50 National Magazine Awards. Previously she served as Communications Officer for the Interim Commissioner of Nunavut.


“The NMAF proudly welcomes Judith, Marnie, Nino and Jessica to its Board of Directors as we prepare for another exciting year supporting and recognizing achievement by Canadian magazine creators,” said Joyce Byrne, President of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The NMAF is a bilingual, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

This year’s National Magazine Awards Call for Entries will be announced on December 1.

The NMAF is proud to present Winners’ Circle, a special event for nominees and winners, on November 25.

Winners’ Circle: A Special Event from the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is proud to present Winners’ Circle, an exclusive event for National Magazine Awards finalists and winners to meet, mingle, pitch and learn about how a National Magazine Award can be a boost to your career or magazine.

Wednesday, November 25
Spoke Club, 600 King St West, Toronto

The event is open to all National Magazine Awards finalists and winners . For those who are unable to come to Toronto, we may be able to provide teleconference participation.

Guests are requested to RSVP to staff@magazine-awards.com no later than November 13.

NMAF partners with Indigo Books & Music on national newsstand promotion

Newsstand Promo Sign ENG FinalFor the second year, the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is partnering with Indigo Books & Music Inc. to launch a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s top award-winning magazines published in both official languages.

With this strategic initiative, made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Government of Canada, the NMAF strives to provide award-winning Canadian publishers the opportunity to cost-effectively maintain or improve newsstand sales, subscriptions and magazine visibility within the highly competitive North American market by jointly marketing their nationally recognized award on newsstands.

From October 19th to November 29th, this year’s participating award-winning publications will be displayed in a special NMA newsstand frame in 91 Indigo superstores across the country. Magazines taking part in this initiative include 2015 Magazine of the Year winner Nouveau Projet, as well as award winners Canadian Business, Chatelaine, Cottage Life, FASHION Magazine, L’actualité, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, MoneySense, Sportsnet, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

The NMAF, whose mandate is to recognize and promote award-winning Canadian magazines and content, strives to implement initiatives that help publications thrive in the evolving magazine industry. With this newsstand promotional campaign, the Foundation is providing publishers with a distinctive opportunity to leverage their prestigious award in order to maximize their impact on newsstands.

This promotional initiative was launched for the first time in 2014. During the four weeks of the pilot project, 3,401 copies of 15 NMA award-winning titles were sold and a number of participating magazines reported an increase in sales varying from 15% to 67%.

The 38th annual National Magazine Awards took place on June 5, 2015. Visit www.magazine-awards.com to view the complete list of this year’s award-winning magazines as well as past winners in our free public archive.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. The NMAF also gratefully thanks Indigo Books & Music Inc. for their generous support of the NMA newsstand promotion. The NMAF would also like to thank CNW Group.


Participating magazines this year include:


2015 National Magazine Awards design wins Communications Arts Award

The NMAF is excited to pass along the news that the creative design from the 2015 National Magazine Awards has won a Communications Arts Award and will be featured in the Comm Arts Typography Annual due out early 2016.

This year’s design was created by the incredible team at Monnet Design, and the NMAF congratulates and offers its sincere and enduring gratitude to Stéphane Monnet, Agnes Wong and the entire team at Monnet for their work.



This year’s National Magazine Awards gala was perhaps the most exciting ever, thanks in large part to the wonderful creative by Monnet Design.

Photos of the NMA gala by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Video: Apply for an Internship with the National Magazine Awards Foundation

Applications are being accepted until Friday, September 25 at 5pm. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and one letter of reference. For details visit:

NMAF Vice-President, former Outstanding Achievement Award winner Terry Sellwood to retire from Cottage Life

Few individuals in our industry have done more for the success of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and Canadian magazine publishing in general than Terry Sellwood, whose retirement as president of Cottage Life Media has just been announced by Blue Ant Media, the ownership partner of Cottage Life.

“I am honoured to have spent the last 15 years of my career with this industry-leading media company and its incredibly talented team. As Cottage Life Media continues its evolution in this new era of publishing, I know they will continue to be a trailblazer in this space.”

Terry Sellwood joined the board of directors of the NMAF in 1996 and served for more than a decade, including a term as board president from 2002-2004, overseeing our 25th anniversary celebration. Last summer, Terry accepted an invitation to return to the NMAF as its board vice-president, where he has played a key role in guiding the Foundation toward a stronger future of recognizing and celebrating excellence in Canadian magazines.

In awarding him the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2010, the NMAF recognized Terry’s myriad contributions to the Canadian magazine industry as a publisher, circulator, mentor and volunteer. “No conversation about magazine publishing and its future,” Al Zikovitz remarked at the time, “is complete without Terry’s name arising.”

He has worked with—or for—most of Canada’s major publishing companies and was the Executive Vice-President of the largest Canadian magazine fulfillment company, INDAS (now CDS Global). Terry has held the position of chair for Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), Magazines Canada and the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Toward the end of his tenure at Cottage Life, the magazine celebrated a memorable 25th anniversary in 2013 and capped a remarkable run of National Magazine Awards excellence–51 National Magazine Awards since its founding in 1988–by winning the award for Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Other Cottage Life Media titles over the years, including Outdoor Canada, explore and Canadian Home Workshop, have also enjoyed incredible success in part due to Terry’s leadership.

In announcing Terry’s retirement, effective August 2015, Blue Ant Media also announced that magazine editor Penny Caldwell has been promoted to the magazine’s publisher, and former executive editor Michelle Kelly will assume the role of editor.

Wishing you the very best, Terry! Thank you, on behalf of the NMAF and the Canadian magazine industry, for your unending support, enthusiasm and indelible cheerfulness. Meanwhile, we look forward to continuing to work with you at the NMAF.

Images via the NMAF and Terry Sellwood.

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.

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.