Cover Grand Prix: 41st National Magazine Awards Nominees

What makes a magazine unputdownable? It arguably starts with what makes us pick one up: a bright, moving and eye-catching cover.

On May 1st we announced the nominees for the 41st National Magazine Awards, and we are excited to welcome Canada’s best writers, artists, editors, art directors, and more to the gala on June 1st[Tickets]

Here’s a close-up look at the nominees for Cover Grand Prix.


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Going North

Cottage Life
Michelle Kelly, editor
Kim Zagar, art director


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LGBT+

esse arts + opinions
Sylvette Babin, editor
Studio Feed, art direction


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40 Years of Style

FASHION magazine
Noreen Flanagan, editor
Brittany Eccles, art director


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Your. Best. Summer. Ever.

FASHION magazine
Noreen Flanagan, editor
Brittany Eccles, art director


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Summer 2017, Men’s Edition

Globe Style Advisor
Andrew Sardone, editor
Benjamin MacDonald, art director


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Issue 64

Maisonneuve
Andrea Bennett, editor
Monika Waber, art director


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Truth First

New Trail
Lisa Cook, editor
Marcey Andrews, art director


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Love Your Body

NOW Magazine
Michelle da Silva, editor
Michelle Wong, art director


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Tim Hortons Meets the Machine

Report on Business
Duncan Hood, editor
Domenic Macri, art director


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Escaping America

The Walrus
Jessica Johnson, editor
Paul Kim, art director


The winner of the Cover Grand Prix will be announced on June 1st at the 41st NMA Gala in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.

Check out all the nominees for the 41st National Magazine Awards.

Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for all the nominations news and an awesome live feed on the night of the gala. #NMA18.

Winners’ Circle: an exclusive event from the National Media Awards Foundation

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On Tuesday, May 29, the NMAF will present Winners’ Circle, a special event that will bring together award-winning and nominated writers, editors, artists, art directors to meet, mingle, pitch and learn about the value of diversity.

All National Magazine Awards winners, and past and current finalists are invited to join us at One King West Hotel in Toronto, from 12pm to 2:30pm for this exciting learning and networking activity. The event is FREE and includes a lunch for attendees.

The Value of Diversity: A Panel Discussion
The two-part event will begin with a panel discussion moderated by the national columnist for StarMetro, Vicky Mochama. A regular columnist for the Toronto Star, Vicky writes about issues at the intersections of race, politics, gender and migration.

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Vicky will be joined by panel members Andree LauEternity MartisHadiya Roderique and Kyle Edwards for a discussion around the theme of diversity in the media.

 

Fast Pitch
After the panel presentation, it’s time to mingle and network with your peers. We’ll be facilitating introductions between writers, artists, editors and art directors. If you’re planning to attend and would like to have a chance to sit down with an award-winning writer/artist or an award-winning magazine editor or art director, let us know: events@magazine-awards.com.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you on May 29 from 12 to 2:30pm at One King West Hotel in downtown Toronto.

All nominees and winners from the National Magazine Awards are invited to attend. Contact us to RSVP or request more information. Please RSVP by May 23. Space is limited and available on a first come basis.

Paid Internship with the National Media Awards Foundation

Indigenous Community Outreach Intern: the National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is seeking applications for one paid Internship position beginning in May 2018.

Description: This initiative, made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is designed to provide a young Indigenous individual with the unique opportunity to develop their communication and writing skills, broaden their network, and gain exposure in the magazine publishing community.

The role of the Community Outreach Intern is to help the Foundation deepen relations with Indigenous authors and publications; encourage the Indigenous publishing community to get involved as stakeholders in all aspects of NMAF’s programming and showcase the stellar Indigenous creators in Canada and beyond. The successful candidate will be reporting to the Communications Manager and the Managing Director and specifically will:

  • Create, launch and manage a national awareness campaign of the National Media Awards Foundation’s programs among Indigenous creators, artists and magazine professionals;
  • Research and create a database of Indigenous publications and creators;
  • Initiate outreach initiatives to promote the National Magazine Award and Digital Publishing Awards Call for entries;
  • Support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production.
  • Handle communications and outreach with the Indigenous magazine industry
  • Assist with the research and production of content featuring award-winning Indigenous creators for the NMAF blog and other social media channels;
  • Assist with other ongoing projects to promote the NMAF and its various initiatives.

 

Requirements:

  • Familiar with the Indigenous publishing community
  • Pursuing or recently completed a degree or diploma in the fields of Communications, Publishing, Administration, Public Relations, Journalism or similar;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Media Awards Foundation.

The individual must be Indigenous.

Opportunities:

  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, writing, editing and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazines from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members and stakeholders;
  • Participate in two of Canada’s most cherished and important cultural programs, the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from May 2018-May 2019. The average weekly commitment is 10 hours per week. Working hours are flexible, and the work can be completed remotely. This internship is paid at a rate of $18/h.

Applications: Candidates should submit

  • A cover letter demonstrating their specific interest in the internship; and
  • A resume.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at emilie@magazine-awards.com.

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The 2018 National Magazine Awards Jury

The NMAF is pleased to announce the roster of judges for the 2018 awards program! Each year, the Foundation relies on the expertise of over 180 volunteer judges–editors, publishers, art directors, professors, writers, artists, journalists and readers of influence–to review the entries to the National Magazine Awards. THANK YOU to the individuals who volunteered their time and expertise to judge for the 41st National Magazine Awards!

2018 JURY
Click here to see the members of the Francophone Jury (Writing Awards).

Writing Awards (English), Visual Awards, Editorial Awards, and Best Magazine Awards:

 

Adrian Lee
Adrian Lee is the opinion editor, as well as the editor overseeing arts and science coverage, at Maclean’s.
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Afiya Francisco is a former magazine editor and leading style expert known for her fashion commentary and personable approach to tackling style questions. Afiya is a mom to two sons, Felix and Des.
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Alysa Procida is the Executive Director & Publisher of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Bringing a wealth of experience with Inuit art and non-profit leadership, Alysa Procida joined the IAF in 2015. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s Executive Director, Alysa was the Executive Director and Curator of the Museum of Inuit Art.
Amira Elghawaby.pngAmira Elghawaby is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. Along with frequent appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Globe and Mail. Amira spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims as human rights officer and later, as director of communications, at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) between 2012 to the fall of 2017. Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001.
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Amy Rosen is an award-winning journalist and cookbook author, her latest book is Toronto Eats. She also owns Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns in Toronto.
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Andrea Bennett is the Editor-in-Chief of Maisonneuve, a Reader’s Digest contributor and the designer for PRISM international.
Andrew Braithwaite.jpgAndrew Braithwaite is a BC-born magazine journalist who covers food, wine, architecture and design from his current base in San Francisco. He’s a contributing editor of Azure, and has won multiple NMAs for his work on enRoute’s “Canada’s Best New Restaurants.”
Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 2.18.44 PM.pngAnna Ling Kaye has published internationally and been short-listed for the Journey Prize. She is a former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, and recently guest-edited issue #143 of The New Quarterly magazine. Anna sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada, and is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, a celebration of mixed heritage and identity.
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Anna Minzhulina is an art director and design artist. For more than a decade she art directed and designed the Maisonneuve magazine. During that time, the publication has won the Magazine of the Year award twice. Many artists were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction. Minzhulina herself was nominated multiple times and National Magazine awards for Best Cover, Best Issue, and Best Art Direction. She previously served as a judge for Still Life Photography category and Best Editorial Package.
Arnaud Granata.jpgArnaud Granata dirige le média spécialisé Infopresse qui couvre le monde du marketing, de la publicité et des médias au Québec. Infopresse produit et diffuse une large gamme de contenus (conférences, magazines, formations, concours, sites web) destinés aux professionnels de l’industrie. Arnaud est également auteur. Son dernier livre, Le pouvoir de l’échec a été publié en septembre 2016. Il est le concepteur et producteur au contenu de l’émission Dans les médias etest le concepteur et le journaliste de la série documentaire 30 secondes pour changer le monde à Télé-Québec. Il anime débats, tables rondes et entrevues et il commente aussi l’actualité des marques et des médias à l’émission Medium Large. On le voit régulièrement à la télé pour parler pub, consommation, médias et tendances.
Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 2.24.20 PM.pngBänoo Zan is a poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 160 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions. It was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017. Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, was published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.
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As Partner, Barb oversees projects for a diverse group of clients including Harry Rosen, University of Toronto, ROM, and ParticipAction. Barb is interested in strategic storytelling. A B.Des from OCAD University, Barb has a high profile within the graphic design community as a former chair of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada and as a speaker at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, York University and many other design associations. A multiple award-winning designer, she has taught at OCAD University and serves on numerous design juries.

Benjamin Hertwig.jpgBenjamin Hertwig was the recipient of a National Magazine Award in 2017, and his debut collection of poems, Slow War, was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award. His essays have appeared in places like the New York Times, NPR, the Walrus, Maisonneuve, and the Sun Magazine.
Bill_Whitelaw New.jpgBill Whitelaw is executive vice-president, business information, for Glacier Media, a Canadian publishing and information services company. In this role, Whitelaw oversees a variety of long-serving B2B brands such as The Daily Oil Bulletin, Oilweek, The Northern Miner and Western Producer. Whitelaw’s career spans more than three decades in the Canadian media space, including stints as reporter, editor and publisher. He is a graduate of Loyalist College, Queen’s University and the University of Calgary.
Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 12.29.48 PM.pngCarolyn is an award-winning writer and communications specialist. Her feature articles have appeared in major national magazines including Toronto Life and
Reader’s Digest. As senior advancement communications officer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, she translates research and education priorities into compelling stories and engaging prose – writing for the UofTMed alumni magazine as well as for various other outlets. A graduate of Ryerson’s master’s of journalism program, Carolyn has worked as a current affairs producer for CBC Radio. She has lived and worked in Quebec and Latin America, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Brian Morgan.jpgBrian Morgan, though he studied printmaking at art school, has worked as a graphic designer and an art director for the past 23 years, 17 of these in editorial design. He has worked for (or on) Maclean’s, Saturday Night, C, Dose, The Vancouver Review, and The Walrus. At this last publication, he was the art director for nine years. He also sat on the executive committee of the National Magazine Awards, as its secretary. He lives and works in Montreal.
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Cecil Rosner is Director of Investigative Journalism for CBC Regions. He has four decades experience in print and broadcast journalism, and for 13 years he was Managing Editor for CBC Manitoba. He has created and supervised documentaries, news and current affairs programs over the years, and specialized in investigative journalism. He is the co-author of When Justice Fails: the David Milgaard Story, and author of Behind the Headlines: a History of Investigative Journalism in Canada. He also teaches investigative journalism at the University of Winnipeg, where he is an adjunct professor.
CharlesDesGroseilliers-1.jpegCharles DesGroseilliers est directeur artistique dans le milieu éditorial depuis plus de 10 ans. Il a commencé par le magazine Commerce en 2007, avant de se voir confier la responsabilité de créer la grille ainsi qu’assumer la direction artistique des magazines Premium (2009), Les Affaires Plus (2010) et finalement le journal Les Affaires (2014). À travers les années, sa passion pour le design imprimé l’a amené à avoir à développer une expertise en vidéo, en illustration et en publicité.
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Charles Yao is the Art Director at Little Brother Magazine and the Director of Speakers at The Lavin Agency.
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Charlit Floriano is a Hamilton-based artist working in print and animation. She has contributed and art directed for The Feathertale Review.
Chelene Knight.jpgChelene Knight is a Vancouver born-and-raised graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. In addition to being a workshop facilitator for teens, she is also a literary event organizer, host, and seasoned panelist. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines, and her work is widely anthologized. Chelene is currently the Managing Editor at Room magazine, and the 2018 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, memoir, Dear Current Occupant (BookThug, 2018). In 2016 Chelene worked with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee to flesh out the first draft of a historical novel set Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley.
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Chelsea Murray is a Halifax-based writer and editor, and co-founder of The Deep Magazine.
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Christina Vardanis is the executive editor at Chatelaine, where she oversees features, projects and branded partnerships. Prior to joining the magazine in 2015, she spent 12 years at The Globe and Mail assigning and editing features for the National desk, ROB, Life & Arts and Focus.

Christopher Wahl.jpgChristopher Wahl is a working photographer living in Toronto, Canada. He has shot assignments for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, TIME, LIFE, and most Canadian magazines ever since the 1990’s. Christopher has been nominated for 17 national magazine awards and has never won gold. His work is part of many private and public collections, notably in Canada the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

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Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.
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Curtis Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards, edits Eighteen Bridges magazine, and is director of the Environmental Writing program at the Banff Centre. He lives in Edmonton.
D.B. Scott.jpgD. B. Scott (David) is president of Impresa Communications Limited of Cambridge, Ont., consultants to the magazine industry and the not-for-profit sector. He is the academic coordinator for magazine and web publishing at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education. For 13 years he has published Canadian Magazines, a daily blog about the industry (www.canadianmags.blogspot.com ). He has been a frequent moderator and presenter at the MagNet industry conference, at Magazines Canada’s Business Media Summit, a frequent awards judge for the national and western awards as well as the International Regional Magazines Association (IRMA). He was president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 1991 and was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement — the industry’s highest individual honour — in 2010 .
David Beers.jpgDavid Beers is founding editor of the independent news site The Tyee. Beers was senior editor at Mother Jones, the San Francisco Examiner and the Vancouver Sun. His writing has won National Magazine Awards in the U.S. and Canada. He is adjunct professor at UBC Graduate School of Journalism and SFU School of Communication.
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David Dixon was born in Toronto, Canada and trained at the prestigious Ryerson University. He enjoys tremendous media acclaim and stands out among that of his Canadian contemporaries as one of the leaders in women’s fashion design. His designs are sold across Canada and in select boutiques around the globe. His innovative designs have won him a following among the elite communities of film and fashion. David Dixon has been featured in such publications as; Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, Elle, Elle Canada, Flare, Dressed to Kill, Fashion, Zink, The Globe and Mail, and WWD to name a few. Dixon has also appeared on such media programming such as Fashion Television, Fashion File, Celebrity Style, MTV, and Project Runway.
 Screen Shot 2018-05-14 at 12.20.59 PMDavid Gutnick makes radio documentaries for CBC radio’s The Sunday Edition.  Over the past 32 years, he’s done hundreds of stories, from profiling child slaves in Togo to ballet-dancing prisoners in an American maximum-security prisons to the closing of a daily newspaper in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  David also writes about art and this year published a book for children, Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me (Second Story Press).
Deanne G.jpgDeanne Gage is a Toronto-based editor and writer who has specialized in personal finance issues since 1999. She’s the editor of FORUM magazine, and is a money columnist for The Toronto Star. A recipient of several journalism awards, Deanne’s work has appeared in MoneySense, Chatelaine, Morningstar.ca, Today’s Parent, CPA magazine, and leading business-to-business publications.
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Denise Balkissoon is a weekly Opinion columnist and a reporter in the Globe’s Toronto section. The National Magazine Award-winning writer is also a co-founder of The Ethnic Aisle, a blog about race and ethnicity in the Greater Toronto Area
Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 3.00.12 PM.pngDerek Finkle founded Canadian Writers Group in 2009. After graduating from Princeton University, Derek became Toronto Life magazine’s first editorial intern in 1993. He went on to be a regular contributor to Saturday Night magazine and The Globe and Mail, among other publications, before publishing his first book, No Claim to Mercy, in 1998, which won the Crime Writers’ Arthur Ellis Award for best non-fiction and was named a Notable Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail. From 2002 to 2007, he was the editor of Toro magazine, which garnered more than 60 National Magazine Award nominations, including Finkle’s gold for investigative reporting in 2005.
Derek Webster is a freelance writer and editor, and the founding editor of Maisonneuve magazine.
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Dominique Ritter is the editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest Canada. She has also worked at Bookmark (formerly Spafax), The Canadian Encyclopedia and Adbusters.
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Donna Griffith is an award-winning food, lifestyle and interiors photographer. Her work is frequently seen in Canadian House + Home, Style at Home, Canadian Living and other publications
Priscilla Settee.jpgDr. Priscilla Settee is Swampy Cree member of Cumberland House First Nations and a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She has won recognition nationally and internationally as an award-winning professor and as a global educator/activist. She is the author of two books Pimatisiwin, Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems(2013) that looks at global Indigenous Knowledge Systems and The Strength of Women, Ahkameyimohk(2011) that examines the role of Indigenous women’s stories in establishing truth, reconciliation and social change. Dr. Settee is working on her third book on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. She is a kohkum(grandmother) to Nya Lily and Lola Rose.
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Emily Landau is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where she handles features. She has written for Toronto Life, GQ, Esquire, The Walrus and Hazlitt.
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Emily M. Keeler is the Vice President of PEN Canada and the editor of Exploded Views, a nonfiction series from Coach House Books. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Los Angeles Time, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Canadian Notes and Queries and The Literary Review of Canada.
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Enzo DiMatteo is Editorial Director at NOW Magazine. He was born in Belgium and emigrated to Canada in the heat of Trudeaumania. He cut his teeth in journalism in the 90s covering policing, politics and far-right movements. He is a winner of numerous writing awards.
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François Émond est directeur artistique du magazine Québec Science depuis 1999. Il a été directeur artistique aux éditions Transcontinental pendant 10 ans, particulièrement à la revue Commerce. Il a aussi travaillé au magazine L’actualité et à l’Office national du film en début de carrière. Il a étudié en communication graphique à l’Université Laval et à l’Université d’Alberta.

Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 3.24.14 PM.pngGary Ross is a former editor-in- chief of Saturday Night and Vancouver magazines and has been honoured with half a dozen National Magazine Awards, and has edited scores of award-winning articles by other writers. His books include the No. 1 nonfiction bestseller Stung: The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony (which became the feature film Owning Mahowny, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman). His popular presentation, The Ross Rules, trains people in organizations to communicate more effectively.
Georges HaroutiunGeorges Haroutiun studied design in Copenhagen, Denmark, before emigrating to Montreal. He quickly found his passion was editorial design, and after working on a number of notable magazines, was lured to Toronto, which he has made his home ever since. In addition to founding Applied Arts Magazine in 1986, demand for his talent prompted him to found MAG Graphics, his magazine design consultancy, from which he also launched titles such as Images. Georges has worked at or consulted for magazines in every category, clients in Montreal, Toronto, New York
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Harley Rustad is an editor at The Walrus magazine. He has written for publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. His first book, Big Lonely Doug, based off a silver National Magazine Award-winning feature in The Walrus, is out September 2018.
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Hudson Christie is a Toronto visual artist who works with photography and sculpture. Using paper and polymer clay, he creates miniature dioramas which he photographs and then archives or destroys, leaving the photograph as the prioritized record of his work. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Walrus, Maisonneuve Magazine, and the New Yorker, among others.
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Ian Cockfield is Managing Editor of EVENT magazine, an award-winning BC-based literary journal now in its 46th year of publication. He also runs EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers, and is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, was a past president of the Magazine Association of BC, and has been a freelance editor since 2003, editing for Anvil Press, UBC Press, Douglas College, and others.
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Jacqueline Kovacs is editor-in-chief of Metroland Media’s lifestyle magazines for York Region and Simcoe County, and previously was editor-in-chief of Professionally Speaking and deputy editor of Today’s Parent.


Jean-François Proulx is the creative director of Nouveau Projet and of the design studio Balistique. He has won three National Magazine Awards.

James Hewes lower res.jpgJames Hewes was a Publisher and Head of International at BBC Magazines. Part of the team that sold the business to private equity in November 2011, he was then Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. He spent four years in Dubai, running Gulf News Publishing. Responsible for more than 30 product areas, he launched the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic. Appointed President & CEO of FIPP in September 2017, he joined from The Art Newspaper, having been Interim CEO since December 2016.
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 Jan Wong is an award-winning Canadian journalist. In 1972, as a third-generation Montrealer, Jan Wong became the first Canadian to study in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her newest book is Apron Strings.
IMG_3228Janet Eger is a board director with the Writers’ Trust, a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian voices through the country’s writers and writing. She spent a decade with Indigo, Canada’s largest book retailer, as the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, and as a board director with the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.  Prior to joining Indigo, Janet spent six years at Holt Renfrew where she oversaw Advertising and Public Relations, and five years at Canadian Pacific/Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, where she gained global communications experience while supporting 40 hotels in six countries. She has also worked in broadcast media. Born and raised in Calgary, now based in Toronto, Janet is an avid skier, traveller, and book lover.
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 Janice Stuckless is a lifelong writer and the longtime editor-in-chief of Downhome, an award-winning Newfoundland and Labrador lifestyle magazine with an international circulation and a 30th anniversary in June 2018.
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Jean-François Légaré is the Editor-in-chief of Air Canada enRoute.
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Jean-Nicolas Patoine est journaliste au quotidien Le Soleil.
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Jeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek, and was previously the editor of NewYorker.com, digital director of Harper’s, and senior editor at The Walrus.
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Jessica Johnson is executive editor and creative director of The Walrus. She has previously worked as an editor for a number of Canadian magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Azure, FQ and the National Post. She is also a former marketing director for Hudson’s Bay. Her story “The Hairs About Our Secrets” in Eighteen Bridges won an NMA for humour in 2013.
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John Milne is president of Breakwell & Company, a national media consulting firm whose clients include both national and regional publishers, associations and media services suppliers.  Over a 35-year career in business publishing, John earned national writing awards as well as launching award-winning publications for both Maclean Hunter Limited and Rogers Publishing while effectively leading the transition from print to multiple platforms.
Johnny HughesJonny Hughes is a group art director for the London based travel media agency Ink. He has been working in content magazine publishing for the past 20 years across the fashion, retail, food and travel sectors and has won several awards for design and art direction. He lives in Southeast London with his wife and two children and is obsessed with photography and table tennis.
Jordan Ginsberg is the editor-in-chief of Hazlitt and a senior editor at Penguin Random House Canada
joyceJoyce Byrne is Group Publisher at RedPoint Media, where she oversees Avenue Calgary and other titles. Joyce has been the president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association since 2014, and has also served as president of the NMAF and as a director of Magazines Canada. Before relocating to Canada’s sunniest city she was Vice President at Venture Publishing in Edmonton, but is originally from Toronto, where she began her magazine career at This Magazine, and has served 15 years as Taddle Creek’s proofreader.
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Jude Isabella is editor in chief of Hakai Magazine, an online publication that explores coastal science and societies. She writes about science and environment for readers big and small, with sojourns into videography. Next year, Kids Can Press will publish her latest book, which is about predators and ecology in Yellowstone National Park.
Julie Cailliau_photo_Daphne Caron High ResJulie Cailliau est rédactrice en chef du Groupe Les Affaires, qui publie le journal Les Affaires, le site lesaffaires.com, le magazine Les Affaires Plus et l’infolettre exclusive aux abonnés, le Bulletin privilège. Julie a fait ses débuts de journaliste en France, et elle poursuit cette passion au Québec depuis plus de 15 ans. Le fil conducteur de sa carrière est le goût d’apprendre et de communiquer ses découvertes.
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Kamal Al-Solaylee is an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University where he teaches feature writing and creative nonfiction, among other courses. He’s the author of two award-winning books, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes and Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone). He has written for several magazines and newspapers, including The Walrus, Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Sharp and Quill & Quire.
Karen C.jpgKaren Christensen is Editor in Chief of Rotman Management magazine, published by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She and her team have won two silver national Magazine Awards: Art Direction for an Entire Issue (2009) and Best Single Issue (2014). She holds a BA in English from McGill University and attended Simon Fraser University’s Publishing Program.
Katherine Laidlaw
Katherine Laidlaw is a freelance writer for publications such as Outside, BuzzFeed, Marie Claire, Wired, Hazlitt and Toronto Life. She is a former senior editor of The Walrus magazine and has held masthead positions at Reader’s Digest Canada and Up Here.
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Kathy English is the public editor of the Toronto Star.
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Kim Fu’s first poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and includes a Best Canadian Poetry selection and an NMA Silver Medal winner. Her poetry has appeared in Granta, CV2, PRISM International, Carousel, Canadian Literature, Grain, Room, the Rusty Toque, Ricepaper, and the New Quarterly. She is also the author of the novels For Today I Am a Boy, winner of the Edmund White Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and most recently, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore.
Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 4.37.49 PM.pngKim Jernigan spent her working life as a tutor in the Writing Centre at The University of Waterloo where she also taught courses in literature, composition, and public speaking. On the side, she volunteered in the editorial ranks of The New Quarterly, a Canadian literary magazine, winning the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards on her retirement in 2014. She continues to keep a hand in as a contest adjudicator at The New Quarterly and a contributing editor at Canadian Notes and Queries.
Kim Shiffman.jpgKim Shiffman, a veteran of the Canadian magazine industry, has been at Today’s Parent and todaysparent.com since 2015, and is currently deputy editor. Previously, Kim served as managing editor at Connected Rogers and Allergic Living, and prior to that, she was senior online editor at Travelzoo and senior editor at Profit. Kim graduated from the University of Toronto and received a post-graduate diploma from Centennial College. She’s married and the mom of two boys.
Kristy Woudstra.pngKristy Woudstra is currently the Managing Editor of The UC Observer magazine. Her 20-year career has included working for The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, Outdoor Canada, MoneySense as well as international development organizations. She has traveled the world to cover stories in countries like Niger, Uganda, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico and her writing has appeared in many Canadian publications including The Walrus, Canadian Living, Geez and This. Needless to say, she doesn’t exactly have a niche — she just likes a good story.
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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, and artist. She is on the faculty at the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning in Denendeh and a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is author of As We Have Always Done, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making, Islands of Decolonial Love, and This Accident of Being Lost. Leanne is a member of Alderville First Nation, in Ontario, Canada.
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Lisa Tant is an award-winning editor, writer and media personality – recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on fashion, beauty and style. She was the editor-in-chief and associate publisher (from 2010) of FLARE, Canada’s bestselling fashion magazine, from 2004 to 2012.
Jackie Kovacs is the magazine editor-in-chief at Metroland Media Group
Journaliste et créatrice de contenu accomplie, Manon Chevalier compte plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans les milieux de l’édition, des médias, de la publicité et des communications. Parallèlement à ses collaborations régulières à ELLE Québec et à Véro, elle mène des mandats de création de contenu (imprimé, numérique, électronique et médias sociaux) pour des sociétés, des boîtes de production et des agences de communication de premier plan, en plus d’agir comme auteure et conseillère à l’édition.
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Marcey Andrews is the art director of New Trail, the University of Alberta’s alumni magazine. She is also the senior designer in Marketing and Communications, University Relations at the University of Alberta. She has won four National Magazine Awards.
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Marvin Orellana has been a photo editor at New York Magazine since 2013. Previously he worked at the New York Times Magazine. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied photojournalism.
MaryAnn.jpgMaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation, Co- Producer, Edition Toronto Established in 2004, The Magenta Foundation is Canada’s pioneering charitable arts-publishing house. Magenta was created to advocate for and showcase the work of artists in an international context, through circulated exhibitions and publications. Magenta has continued to evolve by finding new and innovative ways to connect artists to the global arts world and is always expanding its publishing departments, to bring the most notable artists forward. Under the Magenta umbrella, there is something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by. Projects mounted by Magenta are supported with international coverage by the industry’s most renowned media outlets and critical reviews in all traditional media formats.
Matthew Inman.jpgMatthew Inman is the creative director for Spinning Top. Matthew has 25 years experience in the graphic design industry. His career started at International Publishers, Hearst UK and he went on to work as Group Art Director for the prestigious Blue Door Media and Seven publishing companies with a client base that included Next, Fortnum & Mason, BlackRock, Savills and Virgin Holidays. He was an integral part of successful pitches for Canada Poste and the Dove brand in Canada.
Melissa Geurts.jpgMelissa Geurts is a New York-based creative director. Currently, Melissa is the Creative Director at Hearst’s Good Housekeeping magazine, the largest women’s lifestyle magazine reaching an audience of 38+ million readers monthly. Beginning in 2014, Melissa worked alongside Editor-in-Chief, Jane Francisco, to reinvent the 130-year-old brand to create a chic, modern and fresh redesign. At the magazine, Melissa is responsible for the creative direction of the monthly magazine including editorial conceptualization and design execution. Prior to her role at Good Housekeeping, Melissa was the Design Director at Chatelaine, Canada’s largest woman’s magazine and designer at Style at Home. She made the move to NYC in 2014 and is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Follow along at @melissageurts
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Michael Macaulay oversees the production of the Porter in-flight magazine called re:porter and now, the Porter blog called re:view. He has been with Porter for over 9 years, working with the remarkable Marketing team to create fun creative that makes us smile, and hopefully makes you want to book a flight. His career includes brand and strategic work for a number of global and local clients.
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Nancy Macdonald is an award-winning reporter based in Vancouver. This fall, the Winnipeg native joined The Globe and Mail’s B.C. bureau after 12 years with Maclean’s. Her features often focus on race, racism and social justice.
HeadshotNTurveyNatalie Turvey is Executive Director of The Canadian Journalism Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes and celebrates excellence in journalism, and brings media literacy to greater public through education, research, and one of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards programs. Natalie serves on numerous industry advisory groups and judging committees for journalism organizations, awards and fellowships. Natalie is an experienced media relations, communications, and not-for-profit management professional with more than 15 years of international experience. She has an MBA from the European University in Brussels, Belgium.
nicolas_boissy-303.jpgNicolas Boissy aime le design. Le design d’identité, d’emballage, de l’espace et d’édition attirent particulièrement sa curiosité. Après plus de dix années passées chez orangetango, il est maintenant designer graphique indépendant depuis deux ans. Son travail a été reconnu dans le cadre de divers concours nationaux et internationaux comme AIGA, uVU, Applied Arts, Cannes et Grafika. Son éthique de travail, sa rigueur intellectuelle et son aptitude à voir tous les détails d’un projet en font un atout précieux auprès des collègues et clients.
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Nicolas Langelier est auteur, journaliste, commentateur culturel et éditeur. Il est rédacteur en chef et éditeur du magazine Nouveau Projet.
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Journaliste depuis 25 ans, Pascale Millot a travaillé pour les plus grands médias du Québec, du Devoir à L’actualité, de Radio-Canada à La Presse etChâtelaine. Rédactrice en chef adjointe et reporter au magazine Québec Science pendant 8 ans, elle a remporté plusieurs prix de la Fondation des magazines canadiens. Depuis 2012, elle enseigne la littérature et le journalisme au cégep.
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Paul Roelofs is an editorial art director with over twenty five years of experience working in lifestyle magazines. Roelofs began his career in Canada but soon after was recruited to New York and became art director for Garden Design and Saveur and most notably for InStyle. With work that has been recognized by international award-granting institutions including the Society of Publication Designers and the National Magazine Awards, Roelofs has lectured, taught and judged publication design in Canada and the U.S.
Penny Caldwell Headshot hi-res.jpgPenny is the former Publisher and VP of Cottage Life Media. She was editor of Cottage Life magazine for 15 years before moving into the Publisher’s office in 2016. Under her leadership, the magazine won hundreds of national and international magazine awards. She has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program and is past president of the International Regional Magazine Association and a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation. In 2017, she was presented with the NMA’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. This year, Penny left Cottage Life to start a new chapter pursuing projects that stretch both her creative and her management skills.
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Pete Nguyen is and Art Director, Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in Edmonton.
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Peter Ash Lee is a freelance photographer based in NYC. His clients include New York Times, i-D and British Vogue. In addition to his photography work, Peter is the co-founder and creative director of Corduroy Magazine, an award-winning arts and culture publication.
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Peter McNeill is the Area Marketing Director, GTA at KPMG Canada.
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Philina Chan is the art director at FLARE and HELLO! Canada. She has held previous titles at Chatelaine and Toro in addition to working in experiential marketing at Mosaic.
Daniel Moses.jpgPoet and playwright, Daniel David Moses, a trailblazing First Nations writer, hails from Six Nations Grand River. His most recent poetry collections are River Range (a CD with original music by David Deleary) and ‘A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light’ and Other Poems (2012). His plays include Coyote City (a 1991 Governor General’s nominee) and Almighty Voice and His Wife, now included in The Norton Anthology of Drama, 2nd Edition, Volume 2: The Nineteenth Century to the Present.
Rachel Pulfer is the Executive Director of Journalists for Human Rights. Rachel has managed media development projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining JHR, Rachel was a Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College, and a magazine journalist of 10 years’ standing.
Rafi G photo 1.jpgRafi Ghanaghounian is the Executive Director of Keep Six Contemporary Art, a not for profit arts organization dedicated to representing, supporting and promoting the arts nationally and internationally through public events and exhibitions as well as educational programs that attract and engage artists, organizations and the cultural community. Ghanaghounian is an accomplished Curator, gallery operator and promoter with over fifteen years of experience developing, implementing and promoting exhibition and events for individuals and groups in private galleries and public institutions.
RandyVelocciA.JPGRandy Velocci started out as a photojournalist working for magazines, newspapers and on occasion corporate clients for 10 years based in Toronto. When it was time for a career change, he accepted the assistant photo editor position at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. For the last 20 years he has been assigning and editing photography assignments from around the world. Stories include news, sports, lifestyle, business and a variety of other topics and issues. As much as he loves assigning he finds the reward is the final edit on what gets published and shared with our readers. Randy has had the pleasure of working with a great many talented photographers and always enjoys seeing how their work impacts people and changes peoples perception on important issues we face in the world today.
Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world.
RitaLeistnerWPP.jpgRita Leistner is a photographer known for “The Tree Planters,” Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq, The Edward Curtis Project and Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, published widely and are in collections including the Canadian War Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum. She was a finalist for the 2017 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography at Harvard University, has won three Canadian National Magazine Awards Gold Medals and is a nominee for a 2018 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Award. Rita has an MA in comparative literature, has planted over 500,000 trees in Canada and is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery.
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Sadia Zaman is a senior leader with an extensive career history in media, cultural industries, and not-for-profits. She is a Managing Director at the ROM, and was previously Director, Original Program Development, CBC News and Centres. For three years, Sadia was also the Executive Director of Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFT-T), and before she moved to WIFT-T, Sadia helped create hundreds of hours of original, critically acclaimed content for VisionTV.as a writer, producer, director and host. She has won dozens of awards for her journalism, and been honoured by women’s groups for her leadership. Sadia is also a member of several advisory committees on digital initiatives.
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Sandra E. Martin is informed by her rich and varied 25 years as a journalist and audience specialist, and currently heads family communications and content strategy for WE. During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Website category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online. Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and MoneySense, among others.p
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Sandy Kim, during her 15+ years of experience as a creative director, has worked on beloved magazine titles such as Wish, Glow and Chatelaine, and collaborated with retail brands spanning fashion, health, beauty, décor and food. In addition to her publishing experience, she was the DVP of Creative at Holt Renfrew, where she transformed marketing and branded content initiatives for all channels. Sandy is currently the principal at Aperkoo, a creative agency she founded, where her love for storytelling has helped her build engaging brand and content strategies that anticipate the needs of consumers and readers alike. She is proud to be part of the prestigious jury for the 2018 National Magazine Awards for Best Lifestyle magazine.
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s first book was an account of the year he spent in deep cover, living with the homeless in Toronto’s infamous Tent City. Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown was nominated for the 2005 Pearson Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Award and the City of Toronto Book Award. The following year, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College and also played the role of Jason – a bad-mannered, well-dressed journalist – on CBC-TV’s The Newsroom. He currently teaches writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Ghosted is his first novel.
Simon Rivest is an artist since forever. He worked 18 years in various national advertising agencies and since 2011, he is the creative director of Ping Pong Ping with his business and life partner Catherine Lepage. The multi-disciplinary creative studio devotes his unique and craft-based approach to collaborations mostly within the cultural sector. Since 2001, he is also part of artistic duo Doyon- Rivest. Their art has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Above all else, Simon believes in ideas.
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Sophie Banford est directrice générale et éditrice chez KO Média. Sophie a plus d’une décennie d’expérience dans le domaine. Au fil des années, elle a porté les chapeaux de rédactrice en chef, de directrice de contenus et d’éditrice pour de nombreuses publications de premier plan, dont Châtelaine, Loulou, Clin d’œil, Moi&cie et Signé M – des marques qui ont prospéré parce qu’elle a su accorder autant d’importance à leurs résultats financiers qu’à la production d’articles percutants et visuellement attrayants.

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Stéphane Monnet is the President and Creative Director of Monnet Design, an award-winning studio based in Toronto, best known for transforming and reinvigorating cultural groups and institutions through thoughtful, dynamic and memorable design. Stéphane is also the President of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, has guest lectured at OCAD University and sits on Humber College’s Graphic Design Advisory Committee. He has been named among the top designers in Canada by both Design Edge Magazine and The Canadian Design Resource. Monnet Design is a previous recipient of the ADCC’s coveted Canadian Design Studio of the Year award and Stéphane has received 100+ awards from Canadian and international design publications and organizations including Communication Arts, The Type Director’s Club, the AIGA, the ADCC, Graphis, Applied Arts, the National Magazine Awards, and HOW Magazine.
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Stephanie Brown is the Senior Producer of the CBC Indigenous Unit, a national unit working across the country to tell Indigenous stories. Stephanie is a Métis producer who has previously worked for VICE as Executive Producer of Digital, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, The National Film Board and has produced documentaries and series for APTN, SBS Australia, The Tyee and others.
Stéphanie Verge is the executive editor of Reader’s Digest, the co-editor-in-chief of LSTW and a National Magazine Award–winning writer. She is also the co-author of The Bar Chef: A Modern Approach to Cocktails.
Stephen Kimber.jpgStephen Kimber is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster, and the author of nine books, including one novel and eight nonfiction books. He is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax and co-founder of the King’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program.
Stephen Trumper.jpgStephen Trumper Is a journalism instructor at Ryerson University and the back-page columnist for Abilities magazine. A former recipient of the Foundation award for outstanding achievement, Stephen has worked as an editor for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Harrowsmith and Financial Post Business magazine.
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Sue Carter is editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire and national books columnist for Metro News.
Susan de CartierSusan de Cartier has been managing artists and developing talent since 1990. Forming Starfish Entertainment in 1995, the company has been involved in the creation and release of more than 50 albums. The company’s roster of clients includes Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy, The Sadies, Oh Susanna, Skydiggers and Harrow Fair. Over the course of her career, Susan has guided Blue Rodeo on to become one of the most successful bands in Canadian history garnering 12 Junos and selling over four million albums worldwide to date. Starfish also manages The Woodshed Recording Studio. Susan sits on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Music Managers Forum.
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Susan Langdon is the Executive Director of the award-winning non-profit organization, the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), the world’s first fashion incubator. Susan has been responsible for the daily operation and management of the organization since 1994. For her dedication to the fashion industry and to fostering new talent, Susan has received numerous awards from prestigious organizations such as Ryerson University, City of Toronto, Organization of Women in International Trade and Fashion Group International.
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Susan Scott is the nonfiction editor of The New Quarterly (TNQ), associate director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival and a member of Native-Immigrant arts collective. Works-in-progress include Sainted Dirt: Reckonings with Land, Family, Language, and Imperfect Teaware. Body & Soul, an edited collection of intimate, transgressive essays by diverse women writers, will appear in 2019.
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Tania Jiménez is an independent art director and graphic designer based in Montreal. For the last 20 years, working in different countries, she has been shaping the aesthetics, content, and practical landscape of diverse projects, particularly in editorial design, branding and packaging. She is also co-founder and partner of Caribou magazine.
Tanja.jpgTanja-Tiziana is Visual Artist & Pro Photographer based in Toronto, Canada. They specialize in editorial photography and stills for film & television. Past roles include Managing Editor of BlogTO, Managing Photographer of Yonge Street Magazine, and most recently, Staff Photographer at Toronto’s only independent weekly, Now Magazine. In 2016, they published their first photo book, a decade-long documentary series titled, “Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America.”
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Trish Magwood is a food and lifestyle entrepreneur who has spent her career in retail, media and start ups as a business owner. She’s produced and hosted shows for Food Network and done regular guest appearances on Canada and US networks. Trish created and hosted party dish – (Food Network Canada, Slice, Fine Living US and 70 countries worldwide) an entertaining and lifestyle television show sharing her passion and knowledge for food and entertaining. Trish was also a judge on 26 episodes of Food Network Canada’s Family Cook-Off in 2011. Trish has published two cookbooks – the award-winning, best sellers dish entertains (Harper Collins), and In My Mother’s Kitchen (Harper Collins spring 2011). Trish is a freelance food and lifestyle consultant who has written for The Globe & Mail. Trish does frequent appearances and shows on CBC Radio, NBC’s Today Show, Rogers CityLine and BT, CTV’s Canada AM, The Marilyn Denis Show, Canadian Family and Today’s Parent. Trish lives in Toronto with her three children.
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 Vicky Lee is the art director of Designlines magazine, as well as the associate art director of the award-winning Azure magazine.

FINALISTS & WINNERS

The nominees for 2018 will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 10 AM EST. Follow us on Twitter @magawards or at blog.magazine-awards.com for the most up-to-date news.

The winners will be announced at the 41st Annual National Magazine Awards gala, set for June 1, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Details to follow. 

Enter: 2018 NMAF Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

2018 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

The National Media Awards Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2018 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented annually to an individual whose creativity and innovation over the course of their career have made a significant impact on the Canadian magazine industry.

Previous winners include Penny Caldwell, Kim Pittaway, Kim JerniganMichael FoxStephen TrumperHeather RobertsonStephen OsborneJean ParéSally Armstrong, and more.

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Nine former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement on stage at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala at the Arcadian Court, Toronto.

Nominations are welcome from anyone working in Canadian magazines, and must consist of:

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

There is no cost to nominate someone for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Send your nomination’s package documents to staff to staff@magazine-awards.com by March 1, 2018.

The winner will be announced in April and they will be presented with their award on stage at the 41st National Magazine Awards gala.

For more information visit magazine-awards.com/oa

Early-Bird Deadline for National Magazine Awards

Call for Entries : 2018 Digital Publishing Awards

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The NMAF is excited to announce the Call for Entries for the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards, honouring excellence by Canada’s digital publishers and creators in 24 awards categories. Submissions are now being accepted at digitalpublishingawards.ca and the deadline is February 2nd, 2018.

Submissions are open to Canadian digital publishers and content creators whose work appeared in them during 2017. Eligible publications—including those that support established brands in magazine, newspaper, broadcast, B2B and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—is one with a permanent editorial staff in Canada and published in either English or French or a combination of both.

Awards for individual creators include a cash prize of $500. The Digital Publishing Awards continues to offer a Small Publisher’s Rebate and the Freelancer Support Fund.

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What’s New This Year

Following two successful award years, the Digital Publishing Awards continue to expand its program under the guidance of our Advisory Committee—including Jean-Philippe Cipriani, Jude Isabella, Matt Frehner, and Kenny Yum—feedback from participants and judges, and the NMAF Board of Directors. Changes include:

  • The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will be presented in three divisions, for small, medium and large publications.
  • One of the Best News Coverage categories will be exclusively open to small publications.
  • The awards for Best Service Feature, rewarding excellence in service journalism, have been revised to include the following three categories:
    • Lifestyle;
    • Careers and Personal Finances; and
    • Family and Health.
  • The Best Podcast category has been expanded and renamed Best Podcast and Audio Storytelling to include audio stories.
  • Three new categories have been added to the program:
    • Fiction;
    • Best Science and Technology Story; and
    • Best Photo Storytelling.

Rules & Judging
For a complete guide to eligible publications and content, please see the DPA Rules.
For a complete description of judging procedures, please see the DPA Judging Process.

Submissions & Deadline
Submissions can be made online at digitalpublishingawards.ca.
The entry fee for most awards is $100 at the Early-Bird rate (by January 19).
The final deadline for all entries is February 2, 2018.
The deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 1, 2018.

Sponsorship Opportunities
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca or 416-939-6200.

About the Digital Publishing Awards

The Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

The DPAs are produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, a charitable foundation whose mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through annual programs of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events.

Categories Announced for the 41st National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is pleased to unveil the list of categories for the 2018 National Magazine Awards. The program will feature 29 categories crafted to recognize excellence in journalism, writing, visual art, design and publishing, including 10 categories from Magazines Canada’s Magazine Grands Prix program.

Beginning this December, this unified National Magazine Awards program will honour the outstanding achievements of our industry’s best creators and publishers, and reflect the exciting future of Canadian storytelling. To learn more about this collaboration, please read the press release.

CATEGORY LINE-UP FOR THE 41ST NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Writing & Visual Awards, recognizing excellence by Canadian creators in print or digital magazines, include a cash prize of $1,000 to the Gold Medal winner.

  1. Long-Form Feature Writing
  2. Feature Writing
  3. Short Feature Writing
  4. Columns
  5. Essays
  6. Fiction
  7. Investigative Reporting
  8. Personal Journalism
  9. Poetry
  10. Professional Article
  11. Profiles
  12. Service Journalism
  13. Best New Magazine Writer
  14. Illustration
  15. Portraits Photography
  16. Lifestyle Photography
  17. Photo Essay & Photojournalism
  18. One of a Kind Storytelling

Editorial Awards recognizing excellence by a team of magazine creators, editors and art directors in print or digital magazines.

  1. Best Art Direction of a Single Article
  2. Best Editorial Package
  3. Art Direction Grand Prix
  4. Editor Grand Prix
  5. Cover Grand Prix

The Grands PrixBest Magazine awards recognizing outstanding achievement in magazine publishing.

  1. General Interest
  2. Service
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Fashion & Beauty
  5. Art & Literary
  6. Special Interest

Two special awards will also be presented at the 41st NMA Awards Gala. These awards are the highest honours bestowed to a magazine and an individual. 

The Magazine Grand Prix title (formerly Magazine of the Year) will go to the Best Magazine winner which demonstrates overall excellence in bringing its publishing team together to create an outstanding product; and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, which recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

The call for entries opens December 4, 2017 and closes January 22, 2018.

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The NMAF is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for this year’s National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards. Click here for more information.

 

Get to Know the Canadian Magazine Industry: Intern with the NMAF!

Good news! The application deadline has been extended to September 25, 2017. 

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If you’ve ever wanted a behind the scenes look at the Canadian magazine and digital publishing industry, here’s your chance! The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is looking for an intern in Toronto, beginning in October 2017 (and yes, the internship is paid!).

As the Administrative Assistant Intern, you’ll be an integral part of the team, participating in everything from proofreading press releases to assisting with the awards judging process. You’ll make connections within the industry, meeting and liaising with some of the best magazine writers, editors, and publishers in Canada.

The contract runs from October 1st, 2017—June 30, 2018, and you’ll be working 10-15 hrs/week on average. Note that the NMAF produces two distinct awards programs – the National Media Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards – and that this paid internship opportunity has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Have we caught your interest? Read on for more information about the position!

Position: Administrative Assistant

Contract Duration: October 1st, 2017—June 30, 2018; 10-15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working in consultation with the NMAF Communications Manager and Special Projects Manager and specifically will:

  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the NMAF office, including support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production;
  • Handle some of the office-related communications and outreach with the Canadian media industry in both English and French—including but not limited to initiating and responding to phone calls and general email;
  • Assist with the research and production of content for the NMAF blogs (magazine-awards.com / prixmagazine.com & digitalpublishing.blog) and other social media channels;
  • Proofread communications materials and publications, including newsletters, press releases, website copy, gala programs and related material;
  • Assist with ongoing projects to promote the NMAF and its various initiatives;
  • Attend staff, board and committee meetings.

Requirements:

  • Pursuing or recently completed a degree or diploma in the fields of communications, publishing, administration, public relations, journalism or similar;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Career aspirations in the media industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Media Awards Foundation;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian magazine and/or digital media industry an asset;
  • Bilingualism (French-English) a strong asset.

Opportunities:

  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian media industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, event planning, writing, editing, and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazine and digital publishers from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members, and stakeholders;
  • Participate in one of Canada’s most important cultural events, the National Media Awards Gala and the Digital Publishing Awards Soirée.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from October 1st, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (Oct-Dec; Feb-Mar; Jun) to 20 hours per week (Jan; Apr-May). Working hours are flexible except at specific times, and most work may be completed remotely.

This internship is paid minimum wage.

Applications: Candidates should submit

  • A cover letter (written in French or English) demonstrating their specific interest in the internship;
  • A resume;
  • At least one letter of reference from a professor or career mentor.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Communications Manager Émilie Pontbriand at staff@magazine-awards.com.

Application deadline: September 25, 2017.

We’re looking forward to hearing from aspiring writers and media professionals who are up for the challenge of working with us to recognize and promote the best of the best in Canadian print and digital content! 

Announcing the National Media Awards Foundation

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce a new identity as Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization focused on celebrating Canadian creators: the National Media Awards Foundation.

Recognizing that creators are telling the most important stories of our time on a variety of platforms and media, that magazine publishers continue to innovate and diversify the forms and functions of their publications, and that digital publishers are exploring the ever-expanding frontiers in journalism, the new National Media Awards Foundation is a dynamic organization that reflects the exciting future of Canadian storytelling.

“Along with our industry, the NMAF has evolved considerably over recent years, most notably with the launch of the Digital Publishing Awards two years ago. Given that the Foundation now plays an integral role in celebrating creative achievement in digital media beyond magazines, it is important that our name represents the broader scope of our mission. As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, the NMAF is one of the most trusted brands in Canadian media, and we will continue that tradition of excellence by working with our stakeholders, industry partners, and creators themselves to ensure that our programs represent the incredible achievements in Canadian media.
Nino Di Cara, President, National Media Awards Foundation

With a reputation for facilitating rigorous, transparent, and bilingual awards programs in which content creators are recognized and rewarded for outstanding achievement in journalism, writing, visual art, design and digital media, the National Media Awards Foundation is proud to serve, support, and amplify the work of Canadian creators.

Look for our new brand identity this fall as we work with our stakeholders to recognize and celebrate excellence in the year ahead at the 41st annual National Magazine Awards and the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards.

 

About the National Magazine Awards
The National Magazine Awards, established in 1977, recognize outstanding achievement in Canadian magazine writing, visual art, and design. This past year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories. 

Nearly 300 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the Arcadian Court for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.

Visit magazine-awards.com to view the complete list of winners and read the full text of all winning articles of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Download the entire list [PDF] of nominees and winners.

Twitter:            @MagAwards | @PrixMag
Facebook:       /MagAwards
Blog:                blog.magazine-awards.com

 

About the Digital Publishing Awards
The Digital Publishing Awards, established in 2015, promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

This past year, the Digital Publishing Awards expanded from 14 to 21 categories to better reflect the growth, innovation, and diversity in Canadian digital publishing content and creation. A total of 75 Canadian digital publications, English and French, participated in the DPAs, submitting the best of their digital content, design and innovation from the past year for consideration in 21 awards categories. 67 individuals volunteered their time, their expertise, and their passion for digital publishing in serving as judges for this year’s awards. They nominated 85 entries from 34 different digital publications for this year’s awards.

Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view the nominees and winners in all 21 categories of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards.

Twitter:            @DPAwards
Facebook:       /DPAwards
Blog:                digitalpublishing.blog

 

About the NMAF
A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events.

Get in touch with us and find out how we can work with you to Celebrate Canadian Creators.

For more information about the National Media Awards Foundation, please contact:

Émilie Pontbriand
Communications Manager
416.939.6200
staff@magazine-awards.com

Thank You! From the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, 26 May 2017, Arcadian Court, Toronto (Photo by Steven Goetz for the NMAF)

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards are in the books, and the NMAF would like to thank all of the amazing contributors, sponsors, partners, and everyone else who helped make this year’s awards program a successful and poignant celebration of Canadian magazine creators.

Thank you to Vanessa Wyse, Nicola Hamilton, and their team at Studio Wyse for creating and executing the look and feel of this year’s National Magazine Awards–including the gala program (right), tickets, stage design, and our social media design. We loved working with you!

Thank you to our three wonderful co-hosts–Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott–for leading the show and delighting the audience with their wit and honouring the nominees and winners with such grace.

Thank you to Alicia Elliott for delivering a bold and timely keynote address on the issue of cultural appropriation and the role of magazines in educating Canadians.

Thank you to our Special Guests at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala and those who sent special video messages to our nominees and winners:

  • Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada;
  • His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto;
  • Sally Armstrong, UNICEF Special Representative to Afghanistan, Amnesty International-recognized human rights journalist, and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • James Ireland, legend of Canadian magazine design and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • Ken Rodmell, legend of Canadian magazine design and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • Lynn Cunningham, Ryerson University Journalism School instructor and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • Stephen Trumper, Ryerson University Journalism School instructor and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner (and his daughter Hannah);
  • Al Zikovitz, CEO of Cottage Life Media and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • Paul Jones, long-time Maclean-Hunter and Rogers publisher, and former Outstanding Achievement Award winner;
  • Desmond Cole, 3-time National Magazine Award winner and Newstalk 1010 host;
  • Jennifer Varkonyi, publisher of Maisonneuve;
  • Peter McNeill, national director of KPMG Enterprise;
  • Hon Lu, National Magazine Award-winning writer;
  • Min Gyo Chung, National Magazine Award-winning illustrator;
  • Gilbert Li, award-winning art director and NMA judge;
  • Arjun Basu, senior vice president of Bookmark Content, NMA judge, and former NMAF president;
  • Marcel Courville, senior vice president of marketing at TC Transcontinental Printing;
  • Anna Principe, business development manager at Rolland Enterprises;
  • Jack Illingworth, literature officer at the Ontario Arts Council;
  • Laurie Smith, customer marketing manager at CNW, a Cision Company.

Thank you to our Judges–the 112 individuals who volunteered their time as peer experts in Canadian magazines, serving on our juries for the 40th anniversary awards.

Thank you to the 40 National Magazine Award winners who participated in our #40at40 anniversary story, where we asked 40 people to tell us about a magazine, a creator, or a magazine story that has had a big impact on their careers. [ See Twitter version | Download PDF version ]

Thank you to our Table Patrons who generously provided discounted tickets for nominated freelance creators:

Thank you to all our Sponsors and Partners for their enthusiastic support of the National Magazine Awards and Canadian magazine creators.

Thank you to the team at CCR Solutions for their production of the gala multimedia show.

Thank you to the team at Very Good Studios for their production of the nominees video.

Thank you to our wonderful staff and our Board of Directors for their hard work and guidance.

Thank you to Steven Goetz, our event photographer for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Check out the 2017 NMA photo gallery on our Facebook Page.


Check out all the photos here


Thank you to all our contributors to the 40th anniversary gala:

Program Editor: Richard A. Johnson
Program & Gala Art Direction & Design: Studio Wyse
Printing: Transcontinental Printing
Paper: Rolland Enterprises
Translation: Sophie Lecomte, Émilie Pontbriand
Copy Editing: Leah Edwards, Krista Robinson
Volunteer Coordination: Leah Jensen
Audiovisual Production: CCR Solutions
Nominees Montage: Very Good Studios
Production Interns: Eny Kuen, Leah Edwards
Outstanding Achievement Award Photography: Daniel Ehrenworth
Event Photography: Steven Goetz
News Release Distribution: CNW, a Cision Company
Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read, LLP
Caterer: Oliver & Bonacini
Venue: The Arcadian Court, Toronto

Special Thanks:

  • To our 40th anniversary Program Advisory Committee: Curtis Gillespie, Danielle Groen, and Kim Pittaway
  • To the Town of Huntsville, where Roy MacGregor’s original 1978 NMAF President’s Medal is now on display at the Canada Summit Centre Sports Memorabilia Collection.
  • To our hardworking event volunteers.

Congratulations to the participants, nominees and winners of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Announcing the Winners of the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has presented the winners of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at the Arcadian Court. Nearly 300 of Canada’s top magazine writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers, and other guests representing 75 nominated magazines gathered to recognize and celebrate excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines in 2016. Gold and Silver medals were presented in 25 categories recognizing Canada’s best in magazine writing, art, and design.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a welcome message to the audience via video, congratulating the nominees and winners and praising the important work of Canada’s magazine creators.

The Foundation presented Gold and Silver Medal awards in 25 categories at a ceremony co-hosted by Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott—three of Canada’s most respected journalists and publishers, and all former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Indigenous writer and Gold Medalist in the Essays category, Alicia Elliott, delivered the keynote address, urging all Canadian magazine creators and publishers to recognize their role in educating and informing the public about the complex social and cultural issues of our time, including empowering Indigenous voices and perspectives in the media.

Penny Caldwell, publisher and vice-president of Cottage Life Media, was presented with the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest individual honour in the Canadian magazine industry, which recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

For a complete list of winners, see below or download the PDF list.


MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Canada’s 2017 Magazine of the Year is Cottage Life. The award for magazine of the year goes to the publication that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of its readers. The award is judged according to four criteria—overall quality, impact, innovation, and brand awareness—and success relative to the magazine’s editorial mandate.

Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year went to Explore, Nouveau Projet, Ricardo, and The Kit Compact.

With a clear and creative editorial strategy that is loyal to their brand, audience, and business, Cottage Life continues to diversify its mandate, grow its readership, and excel at publishing. The magazine’s tone is perfectly playful, its stories educate and delight, and its story packaging is alluring. Cottage Life has demonstrated creativity and excellence in evolving its brand through events, shows, and multimedia—reinventing itself again and again. And throughout its evolution, the magazine itself remains fresh and fascinating.
The National Magazine Awards Jury



INTEGRATED AWARDS

Best Magazine Cover

GOLD MEDAL: “General Dynamics” (Report on Business)
Domenic Macri, art director
Gary Salewicz, editor
Brennan Higginbotham, contributor

This is a beautiful execution of a well-thought-out idea, from its concept right down to the smallest detail. Report on Business’s “General Dynamics” cover is a masterful example of having graphics work harmoniously with type to create the impression of a must-read story within. It’s engaging and unexpected—the forbidden, blacked-out words suck you in immediately. A truly remarkable and successful magazine cover.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Why Design Matters” (Canadian Business)


Best Editorial Package

GOLD MEDAL: « Nordicité » (Caribou)
Tania Jiménez, directrice artistique
Audrey Lavoie, Véronique Leduc, Geneviève Vezina-Montplaisir, rédactrices en chef

This Editorial Package from Caribou is a delicious invitation to the table set around the concept of Nordicité, where a meal of uniquely Québécois flavour is served. On the menu are cozy stories and tasteful photography of matsutake mushrooms, maple syrup, boreal spices, and wild berries. The package has the benefit of relying almost wholly on the support of readers and presents them with a carefully thought out series of articles that complement the topic and each other—all editorially handpicked and beautifully plated for our enjoyment.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Swim or Sink” (New Trail)


Best Service Editorial Package

GOLD MEDAL: “Breast of Luck” (Today’s Parent)
Ariel Brewster, editor
Stephanie Han Kim, art director
Contributors: Vivian Rosas, Katie Dupuis, Karen Robock, Louise Gleeson, Kara Aaserud, Sasha Emmons, Kate Lunau

“Breast of Luck” from Today’s Parent epitomizes service journalism. The team approached the issue from various perspectives, offering up multiple entry points. It feels exceptionally relevant—these are the real questions people ask about breastfeeding. It’s beautifully designed, very well written, funny, informative—the practical information is hands-on and useful. Whether you read it closely or simply skim, it has something for every reader.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “How to Travel like a Boss” (Report on Business)


Best Words & Pictures

GOLD MEDAL: “Rosemont Petite-Syrie” (Nouveau Projet)
Judith Oliver, rédactrice en chef adjointe
Jean-François Proulx, directeur artistique
Félix Beaudry-Vigneux, auteur
Maxime Roy de Roy, illustrateur

Beautifully drawn, informative, and concisely written, “Rosemont Petite-Syrie” is a powerful and graphic way to show the response of two families to the Syrian refugee crisis. The piece seamlessly weaves text and illustrations that speak to one another and the reader without seeming redundant. It’s an exemplar of the comic-book genre—and bilingual, to boot.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Love Your Body” (NOW Magazine)


Forty years ago the NMAF set about building a coalition of institutions to form the foundation of what would become the National Magazine Awards. The goal was to create a truly national program that would recognize individual excellence in the many aspects of the magazine industry. Forty years later that legacy has endured. Tonight we have recognized the outstanding work of Canada’s magazine creators. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners—you have truly inspired the future of great journalism in this country.
Nino Di Cara, President, NMAF


BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER

GOLD MEDAL
The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion
Hakai Magazine
Amorina Kingdon, writer
Heather Pringle, handling editor

Honourable Mention: Eternity Martis, Kyle Edwards, Sharon J. Riley, Viviane Fairbank


WRITING AWARDS

Long-Form Feature Writing

GOLD MEDAL
Growing Up Trans
The Walrus
Mary Rogan, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
Canadian Mining’s Dark Heart
The Walrus
Richard Poplak, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor


Feature Writing

GOLD MEDAL
« Les exilés de l’enfer »
L’actualité
Anne-Marie Luca, auteure
Ginette Haché, rédactrice-réviseure

SILVER MEDAL
Big Lonely Doug
The Walrus
Harley Rustad, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor


Short Feature Writing

GOLD MEDAL
« Santa Martha Acatitla : le théâtre de la réconciliation »
Jeu, Revue de théâtre
Françoise Major, auteure
Christian Saint-Pierre, rédacteur-réviseur

SILVER MEDAL
The Cutting Edge
ON Nature
Ray Ford, writer
Joanna Pachner, handling editor


Columns

GOLD MEDAL
« Économie »
L’actualité
Pierre Fortin, auteur
Josée Désaulniers, Karine Picard, Lucie Daigle, rédactrices-réviseures

SILVER MEDAL
Just Sayin’
Atlantic Business Magazine
Stephen Kimber, writer
Dawn Chafe, handling editor


Essays

GOLD MEDAL
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
The Malahat Review
Alicia Elliott, writer
John Barton, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
A Poet Self-Destructs
The Walrus
Don Gillmor, writer
Katherine Laidlaw, handling editor


Fiction

GOLD MEDAL
The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition
The New Quarterly
Richard Kelly Kemick, writer
Pamela Mulloy, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
Eight Saints and a Demon
Hazlitt
Naben Ruthnum, writer
Kiara Kent, handling editor


Investigative Reporting

GOLD MEDAL
The Last Days of Target
Canadian Business
Joe Castaldo, writer
James Cowan, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
Justice Is Not Blind
Maclean’s
Nancy Macdonald, writer
Colin Campbell, handling editor


One of a Kind

GOLD MEDAL
The Verdict
The Walrus
Katherine Laidlaw, writer
Emily M. Keeler, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
The David Foster Wallace Disease
Hazlitt
Sasha Chapin, writer
Haley Cullingham, handling editor


Personal Journalism

GOLD MEDAL
The Burn
Prairie Fire
Benjamin Hertwig, writer
Andris Taskans, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead
Toronto Life
John Hofsess, writer
Emily Landau, handling editor
Gary Ross, contributor


Poetry

GOLD MEDAL
“(Good) ‘Girls Don’t Hitchhike’; Half/Brother; Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language
The New Quarterly
Selina Boan, poet
Barb Carter, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
La Traviata
PRISM International
Kim Fu, poet
Dominique Bernier-Cormier, handling editor


Professional Article

GOLD MEDAL
Whatever happened to Michael Bryant?”
Precedent
Daniel Fish, writer
Melissa Kluger, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
Beware the Weakest Link
Listed
Jim Middlemiss, writer
Brian Banks, handling editor


Profiles

GOLD MEDAL
This is How I’m Going to Die
Maclean’s
Nancy Macdonald, writer
Colin Campbell, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
The Artist of the Deal
Report on Business
Max Fawcett, writer
Ted Mumford, handling editor


Service Journalism

GOLD MEDAL
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016
Air Canada enRoute
Andrew Braithwaite, writer
Sarah Musgrave, handling editor

SILVER MEDAL
« Santé des femmes : le travail nous met en danger »
Châtelaine
Marie-Hélène Proulx, auteure
Johanne Lauzon, rédactrice-réviseure



VISUAL AWARDS

Art Direction of an Entire Issue

GOLD MEDAL
Issue 22: Secrets
SAD Mag
Pamela Rounis, art director
Sara Harowitz, editor
Katie Stewart, Michelle Reid Cyca, contributors

SILVER MEDAL
87: Le Vivant / The Living
esse Arts + Opinions
Studio FEED, direction artistique
Sylvette Babin, rédactrice en chef


Art Direction of a Single Article

GOLD MEDAL
« Le politique est personnel »
Nouveau Projet
Ping Pong Ping, direction artistique
Miriam Fahmy, rédactrice en chef

SILVER MEDAL
Give Peas a Chance
Today’s Parent
Mandy Milks, art director
Lauren Ferranti-Ballem, editor
Anthony Swaneveld, illustrator
Roberto Caruso, photographer


Illustration

GOLD MEDAL
« Une vie sexuelle pour les prêtres ? Pourquoi pas ? »
L’actualité
Gérard Dubois, illustrateur
Jocelyne Fournel, directrice artistique

SILVER MEDAL
Move or Improve?
MoneySense
Steven P. Hughes, illustrator
John Montgomery, art director


Photojournalism & Photo Essay

GOLD MEDAL
South of Buck Creek
Geist
Terence Byrnes, photographer
Syd Danger, art director
AnnMarie MacKinnon, Michal Kozlowski, editors

SILVER MEDAL
Canada’s Oldest Profession
The Walrus
Tyler Anderson, photographer
Brian Morgan, art director
Jonathan Kay, editor
Conrad Black, text


Portrait Photography

GOLD MEDAL
Marina Abramovic
Corduroy Magazine
Peter Ash Lee, photographer & art director
Tim Chan, editor

SILVER MEDAL
Love Your Body
NOW Magazine
Tanja-Tiziana, photographer
Troy Beyer, art director
Susan G. Cole, editor
Taylor Savage, hair & makeup


Lifestyle Photography

GOLD MEDAL
Different Strokes
Globe Style Advisor
Riley Stewart, photographer
Benjamin MacDonald, art director
Andrew Sardone, editor
Odessa Paloma Parker, fashion editor, stylist
Vanessa Jarman, makeup / hair stylist
Wendy Rorong, manicurist
James Reiger, model, NEXT Models Canada

SILVER MEDAL
Tan Lines
Globe Style Advisor
Renata Kaveh, photographer
Benjamin MacDonald, art director
Andrew Sardone, editor
Odessa Paloma Parker, fashion editor, stylist
Robert Weir, grooming
Connor, model, Elmer Olsen Model Management



INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Writer Nancy Macdonald won two awards: A Gold Medal in Profiles for “This is How I’m Going to Die” (Maclean’s), about the Leviathan II disaster, and a Silver Medal in Investigative Reporting for “Justice Is Not Blind” (Maclean’s), about the bias against Indigenous Canadians in the judicial system.

Mary Rogan won the first NMA Gold Medal for Long-Form Feature Writing, for her story “Growing Up Trans” (The Walrus). It’s Rogan’s third National Magazine Award and first since 1999.

Art director Domenic Macri of Report on Business won the Gold Medal for Best Magazine Cover (“General Dynamics”), his and the magazine’s fifth gold medal in this category since 2006.

Pierre Fortin (L’actualité) won the Gold Medal in Columns, for his Québec « Économie » coverage. This is Fortin’s fourth gold medal in Columns since 2003.

Indigenous poet Selina Boan won the Gold Medal in Poetry for a suite of poems in The New Quarterly, including “Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language.” This is her first National Magazine Award.

Richard Kelly Kemick won the Gold Medal in Fiction for “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition” (The New Quarterly), his second NMA after winning gold last year in One of a Kind. Kemick also received an Honourable Mention in Fiction and in One of a Kind this year.

Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott won the Gold Medal in Essays for “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” (The Malahat Review).

Don Gillmor won his twelfth National Magazine Award since 1997, a Silver Medal in Essays for “A Poet Self-Destructs” (The Walrus).

Joe Castaldo won the Gold Medal in Investigative Reporting for “The Last Days of Target” (Canadian Business). He won the Silver Medal in the same category in 2015.

In Personal Journalism, Edmonton writer and visual artist Benjamin Hertwig won the Gold Medal for “The Burn” (Prairie Fire). The story of the late John Hofsess, “By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead” (Toronto Life), about assisted dying and preparing to take his own life, won the Silver Medal.

Photographer and art director Peter Ash Lee won the Gold Medal in Portrait Photography (“Marina AbramovicCorduroy), his fourth National Magazine Award.

Gérard DuBois won the Gold Medal in Illustration, for « Une vie sexuelle pour les prêtres ? Pourquoi pas ? ». It is DuBois’ fourth National Magazine Award and first since 2013.

Andrew Braithwaite won the Gold Medal in Service Journalism for “Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016” (Air Canada enRoute), marking the second consecutive year he and the magazine have won gold for their annual feature on Canada’s newest culinary hotspots.

Ray Ford won his eighth National Magazine Award since 2000 with a Silver Medal in Short Feature Writing for “The Cutting Edge” (ON Nature).



MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

L’actualité led all magazines with 3 Gold Medals, winning the top prize in Feature Writing, Columns, and Illustration.

The Walrus led all magazines with 6 awards (2 Gold Medals and 4 Silver Medals). This is the tenth time in the magazine’s history that The Walrus has won the most total awards at the NMAs.

Report on Business won 3 awards, including a Gold Medal for Best Magazine Cover (“General Dynamics”) and Silver Medals in Best Service Editorial Package and in Profiles.

The New Quarterly won the Gold Medal in Fiction and in Poetry, marking the second time that the Waterloo, Ontario literary magazine has swept both awards (also doing so in 2003 at the 25th anniversary National Magazine Award).

NOW Magazine’s “Love Your Body” issue was a double winner, taking the Silver Medal in Portrait Photography and the Silver Medal in Best Words & Pictures.

Globe Style Advisor swept the Gold and Silver Medals in the category Lifestyle Photography.

Nouveau Projet won 2 Gold Medals, in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (« Le politique est personnel ») and in Words & Pictures (“Rosemont Petite-Syrie”). Nouveau Projet won Magazine of the Year in 2015 and was a finalist this year.

The online magazine Hazlitt won 2 Silver Medals, in Fiction and in One of a Kind.

Today’s Parent won 2 medals: Gold in Best Service Editorial Package (“Breast of Luck”) and Silver in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (“Give Peas a Chance”).

7 magazines won a National Magazine Award for the first time: Atlantic Business Magazine; Caribou; esse Arts + Opinions; Hakai Magazine; Jeu, Revue de théâtre; Listed; and SAD Mag.

Magazines winning 1 Gold Medal: Air Canada enRoute; Caribou; Corduroy; Cottage Life; Geist; Hakai Magazine; Jeu, Revue de théâtre; The Malahat Review; Prairie Fire; Precedent

Magazines winning 1 Silver Medal: Atlantic Business Magazine; Châtelaine; esse Arts + Opinions; Listed; MoneySense; New Trail; ON Nature; PRISM International; Toronto Life.


Check out all the gala photos on our Facebook page.


SPECIAL GUESTS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a welcome message to the audience via video, congratulating the nominees and winners and praising the important work of Canada’s magazine creators.

Toronto Mayor John Tory also addressed the gathering via video to offer his congratulations to the nominees and winners and offer his support for Canadian magazine creators.

Alicia Elliott delivered the keynote address. Alicia is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations, currently living in Brantford, Ontario. Her writing has most recently been published by CBC Arts, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review. Later in the evening she won the Gold Medal in Essays for “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” (The Malahat Review).

For the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, the NAMF welcomed a number of its former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, led by Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott, who co-hosted the event.

Also attending and presenting awards as former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement: James Ireland, Sally Armstrong, Ken Rodmell, Lynn Cunningham, Stephen Trumper, Al Zikovitz, and Paul Jones.

Other special guest presenters included award-winning illustrator Min Gyo Chung, award-winning writers Hon Lu and Desmond Cole, award-winning art director Gilbert Li, and former NMAF president Arjun Basu.


ABOUT THE 40th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Nearly 300 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the Arcadian Court for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.

This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and table patrons:
Access Copyright,
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association,
Bookmark,
Canadian Media Guild,
Content Writers Group,
CDS Global,
CNW, a Cision Company,
ExpertWomen.ca,
Goetz Storytelling,
Impresa Communications,
Oliver & Bonacini,
Ricardo Media,
Rolland Enterprises,
Ryerson University School of Journalism,
Studio Wyse,
TC Transcontinental Printing,
University of King’s College School of Journalism,
Very Good Studios, and
Vividata.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges its 112 Judges who volunteered their time and their expertise to serve on the juries for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

 

ABOUT THE NMAF

A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events. 

Download the entire list [PDF] of nominees and winners.

NMAF President Nino Di Cara on the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards

Forty years ago a gentleman by the name of Andrew MacFarlane, who was Dean of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario, set about building a coalition of institutions to form the foundation of what would become the National Magazine Awards. The goal was to create a truly national program that would recognize individual excellence in the many aspects of the magazine industry.

Forty years later that legacy has endured. As one creator told me, winning a National Magazine Award is regarded as the pinnacle of professional achievement in our industry.

Friday evening we will welcome many of Canada’s top creators to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards to recognize the phenomenal achievements of this year’s nominees and winners. As we pay tribute to the outstanding effort, professionalism, and raw talent of the individual creators, it is also a celebration of the broader magazine community and a nod to the people who trained the winners, mentored them, inspired them, gave them opportunities and, in many cases, took a chance on them. Our ability to nurture great Canadian creators reflects on us all.

It would have been hard for the NMAs’ founders to imagine the changes faced by the magazine industry in recent years and the impact that technology and data would play. Consumer audiences are being asked to be more savvy about the source and integrity of the media they consume, and there has never been so much competition for their time. But the principles of quality journalism and compelling art endure. All the while, magazines and the craftspeople who create them have been at the forefront of our society and culture. The diversity and breadth of this year’s nominees are a tribute to the role they play as the tastemakers, opinion-formers, trendsetters, style-shapers, curators, investigators, and artists who help to shape our national narrative and our identities as Canadians.

On the topic of change, this year’s program represents a significant renewal for the NMAs. In response to our industry consultation, we revised the categories to be much more focused on the craft that goes into creating work for a magazine and less focused on the subject matter. This enabled us to reduce the number of awards by 30 percent (making winning one an even tougher feat!). Although, with 25 awards, we still have almost double the 14 that were presented in 1977! Among other changes we have introduced, it’s exciting to think that the winners tonight were judged in part by judges from Yellowknife to St. John’s, San Francisco to New York, London to Paris—proudly elevating Canadian work on the global stage.

An enormous thank you to our sponsors and the hundreds of people who have helped bring this year’s awards to life, from the entrants to the volunteer judges and the board of directors. I’d like to add special thanks to the NMAF executive team who bring such rigour and passion to making the awards happen—Barbara Gould, Richard Johnson, Émilie Pontbriand, Leah Jensen, and Krista Robinson.

Enjoy the show! If you can’t join us, follow all the action on Twitter @MagAwards.

Nino Di Cara
President, NMAF

Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier and D.B. Scott to co-host 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards with Special Guests

The NMAF is excited to announce that this year’s 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, on May 26, will be co-hosted by three previous winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement—Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott—with special guest appearances by other winners including James Ireland, Sally Armstrong, Ken Rodmell, Lynn Cunningham, Stephen Trumper, Al Zikovitz, and Paul Jones.

The NMAF is also delighted to announce that Indigenous writer and 2017 nominee in Essays, Alicia Elliott, will deliver a keynote address to the gathering of more than 250 nominated writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers, and more.

As we celebrate 40 years of achievement in Canadian magazines and honour the outstanding work of the past year, we also acknowledge the strength, excellence, and diversity of Canada’s storytellers, whose creativity and passion are the bedrock of Canadian magazine journalism, today and tomorrow.

Tickets are on sale now.

Kim Pittaway is the executive director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, at University of King’s College. A freelancer writer and former editor of Chatelaine, she is an eight-time National Magazine Award nominee and was the 2016 recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Michael de Pencier was the founding president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 1977, and was publisher of Toronto Life from 1971 until 2002. He founded Key Publishers, which published Canadian Geographic, Quill and Quire, Where Magazine, Fashion Magazine, Gardening Life, Canadian Business, and many other titles. In 1991 he was the recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

D.B. Scott is the president of Impresa Communications Ltd, publisher of the Canadian Magazines blog. He is a magazine and media consultant, writer, teacher, market researcher, publisher, and editor. He served on the NMAF Board of Directors for eight years and was president in 1990. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. View all nominees.

ABOUT THE 40th ANNIVERSARY NMA GALA
The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers are available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Patrons, including Access Copyright, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Bookmark, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CDS Global, ExpertWomen.ca, Ryerson University School of Journalism, and University of King’s College School of Journalism.

Gold winners in writing and visual awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention. View all nominees.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Since its debut in 1990, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement has been the highest individual honour bestowed upon members of Canada’s magazine community. The award recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry. The NMAF accepts submissions for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement throughout the year, with an annual deadline of March 1. The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers; in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

Previous winners include:

2016 Kim Pittaway
2015 Michael Fox
2014 Kim Jernigan
2013 Stephen Trumper
2012 Heather Robertson
2011 D.B. Scott
2010 Terry Sellwood
2009 Cynthia Brouse
2008 Charles Oberdorf
2007 Neville Gilfoy
2006 John Macfarlane
2005 Paul Jones
2004 Stephen Osborne
2003 Sally Armstrong
2002 Al Zikovitz
2001 Ken Rodmell
2000 Peter C. Newman
1999 Lynn Cunningham
1998 Robert Fulford
1997 James Ireland
1996 Catherine Keachie
1995 Jean Paré
1994 Don Obe
1993 Barbara Moon
1992 Lloyd Hodgkinson
1991 Michael de Pencier
1990 Prue Hemelrijk

This year’s recipient will be Penny Caldwell, publisher and vice-president of Cottage Life Media.

ABOUT THE NMAF
A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events.

A Short History of the National Magazine Awards

For 40 years the National Magazine Awards have honoured Canada’s most outstanding and memorable writers, artists, stories, and publications. It all began in 1976, when Andrew MacFarlane, dean of journalism at the University of Western Ontario, established a working group towards the creation of a National Magazine Awards. He was joined by John S. Crosbie, president of the Magazine Association of Canada; Michael de Pencier, publisher of Toronto Life; Roger de la Garde, dean of journalism at Université Laval; Alan Edmunds, head of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), and others. The rest is history.

As we get ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards on Friday May 26 [Tickets] [Nominees], here’s a quick look at some of our most enduring memories…

 

1977

Michael de Pencier in the 1970s. Photo credit: Harold Barkley / Getty Images via Toronto Life

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) receives its charter of non-profit foundation status from the Province of Ontario. Michael de Pencier, then the publisher of Toronto Life, is named the first president of the board of the directors. The NMAF establishes 14 categories, and more than 60 magazines submit 1377 entries. The submission fee is $10 per entry.

  • Among the 62 judges of the first National Magazine Awards were Joan Fraser (later a senator), author and essayist George Woodcock, and Adrienne Clarkson, then a CBC journalist, later the Governor General.

 

1978

Pierre Berton. Photo credit: CBC Archives

Pierre Berton hosts the first National Magazine Awards gala at the Hotel Toronto. Berton proclaims to the audience, “In a bold departure from tradition, there are to be no thank you speeches. We can do that because we are giving money, not some cheap statuette.” Harrowsmith (English) and L’actualité (French) win Magazine of the Year. Roy MacGregor (English) and Louise Coté (French) win the President’s Medals for the best overall article.

  • Image courtesy Town of Huntsville; photo illustration by Vessy Stroumsky

    The University of Western Ontario donated the original President’s Medals. From 1978 until 2001, the NMAF bestowed the President’s Medal upon the top overall magazine story of the year. Roy MacGregor’s original President’s Medal now resides in the Canada Summit Centre Sports Memorabilia Collection in the Town of Huntsville, Ontario.

Magazine types really know how to party.
Toronto Sun headline, following the first NMA gala

 

1979

Weekend Magazine, under the art direction of Robert Priest, wins the National Magazine Award for Best Cover, depicting a bloody image of the controversial baby seal hunt. Weekend Magazine, founded in 1951, wins 5 NMAs in 1979 before folding later that year.

 

1980

B.C. journalist Silver Donald Cameron wins the gold medal for Culture Writing, for a literary essay on author Farley Mowat published in Atlantic Insight.

 

1981

Photojournalist Nigel Dickson wins the first of his six NMA gold medals for a photo essay of the drought in the Canadian Prairies—one of the worst on record—published in Maclean’s.

 

1982

Jean Paré. Photo: Ordre national du Québec

At the fifth anniversary NMAs gala, legendary Quebec journalist Jean Paré wins the gold medal in Comment (later Columns) for L’actualité. From 1977 to 2009, Paré was nominated for 22 National Magazine Awards, winning 11. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

  • Jean Paré founded the weekly news magazine L’actualité in 1976 after three years as deputy editor of Maclean’s.

 

1983

Margaret Atwood wins the silver medal in Travel Writing, for “The Five Faces of Mexico,” published in Quest magazine. Quest, then under the editorship of the famously bespectacled and bow-tied Michael Enright, would fold a year later after winning 14 National Magazine Awards since 1978.

  • Margaret Atwood has won 3 National Magazine Awards (in Poetry, Travel Writing, and Environmental Journalism). She’s been nominated 3 times in Fiction but never won.

 

1984

Sylvia Barrett Wright wins her first of two gold medals in the category Science, Technology & the Environment for Equinox magazine (the other came in 1988). She becomes the first woman to win gold in this category. From 1984-2016 only eight women won the gold medal in Science, Technology & the Environment, including Noémi Mercier (also twice) and Margaret Atwood.

  • Vancouver Magazine, under veteran editor Mac Parry, won Magazine of the Year at the 1985 NMA gala. Originally known as Dick McLean’s Greater Vancouver Greeter Guide, VanMag was also briefly known as Vancouver’s Leisure Magazine before the current, simple title took hold in 1973.

 

1985

P.K. Page. Photo: Wikicommons

The poet Patricia Kathleen “P.K.” Page wins the National Magazine Award for poetry, for a suite of poems published in The Malahat Review. From 1944 under her death in 2010 at the age of 93, Page published more than three dozen books of poetry, prose, and children’s literature.

  • Since 1978 The Malahat Review has won 28 National Magazine Awards for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

 

1986

Saturday Night art director Louis Fishauf wins both the gold and silver medals in Art Direction of a Single Article. Since 1979 Fishauf has been nominated for over 30 National Magazine Awards for his work in Saturday Night, The City, City Woman, Executive Magazine, T.O. Magazine, and Toronto Life.

My dream, when I was a young writer starting out, was to one day write for Saturday Night magazine. I pitched them ideas, to no avail, until one day in 2005 an editor emailed me out of the blue. I squeaked into one of their very last issues, and I still miss what Saturday Night stood for: a space of serious (but not too serious) intellectual engagement and storytelling as good as any in the world.
– Deborah Campbell, author and 3-time National Magazine Award winner

 

1987

At the tenth anniversary National Magazine Awards, graphic artist Simon Ng wins both gold and silver in Best Illustration, for work in Canadian Business and Toronto magazine. Blair Dawson and Gracia Lam are the only other illustrators to accomplish that double.

  • CBC “Morningside” host Peter Gzowski emceed the NMA gala for the second time (he also hosted in 1979 and for a final time in 1991) at the 10th anniversary gala in 1987, where Report on Business won Magazine of the Year.

 

1988

Elaine Dewar’s “The Mysterious Reichmanns: The Untold Story” (Toronto Life) wins the President’s Medal for best article (it also wins the gold medal for Investigative Journalism and Illustration). The Reichmann family, known for their real estate empire, had sued Dewar and Toronto Life for libel, for $102 million.

  • According to a contemporary story in the Ryerson Review of Journalism, in a show of journalistic support at that year’s NMA gala, “virtually everyone in the Grand Ballroom at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre stood up and cheered when [Dewar’s] victories were announced.”

 

1989

Photo courtesy James Ireland

James Ireland wins the National Magazine Award for Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, for Canadian Art. Over a 40-year career designing magazines like Report on BusinessToronto LifeCanadian BusinessMaclean’sCanadian Art, U of T Magazine, Chatelaine, and many more, Ireland was one of the most celebrated and admired art directors in Canada. In 1997 the NMAF presented him with its Outstanding Achievement Award.

The art staff at The Canadian magazine were known for taking long liquid lunches each Friday. Every now and then the publisher of the magazine would wander through the art department around 2pm to make sure we were all back at our desks. One Friday morning, one of the artists, Harry Shepherd, took some foam board and magic markers, and cut out full-sized, silhouette likenesses of each designer. He slumped them over their drawing boards with scalpels in hand so they looked hard at work. The strong backlight from the windows made them look very convincing—it was spectacular! We all had to work late that night.
– James Ireland

 

1990

The Idler wins its first National Magazine Award (for Best Cover). Writing in The Globe and Mail in 2007, novelist and NMA winner Russell Smith remarked of The Idler: It was “a bit like The Walrus, but more eccentric and unpredictable, and with less reporting and more reflection. It was an elegant, brilliant and often irritating thing, proudly pretentious and nostalgic, written by philosophers, curmudgeons, pedants, intellectual dandies.”

One night, long ago, when I was still an undergraduate student at U of T, I found myself at The Idler pub. Upstairs, I knew, were the offices of the magazine by the same name. That night, a bunch of journos and thinkers of various stripes sat around a long table, arguing and drinking the night away. When I fantasize about magazine journalism, my thoughts often drift back to that: a great watering hole, the exchange of ideas, and writers retreating upstairs to put some of those ideas into words.
Alison Motluk, 5-time National Magazine Award winner

  • The Idler won Magazine of the Year in 1992 and then folded a year later.

 

1991

West Magazine wins Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards, hosted for the third and final time by Pierre Berton. The magazine then folds later that year.

  • Magazines come and magazines go. Other magazines that folded the year they won a National Magazine Award: The Canadian (1979); Weekend Magazine (1979); Quest (1984); City Woman (1985); T.O. Magazine (1989); Vista (1990); Domino (1991); The Idler (1993); City & Country Home (1994); Destinations (1994); Shift (2003) Elm Street (2004); Saturday Night (2005); Toro (2007); unlimited (2008); More (2012); The Grid (2014).

 

1992

At the 15th anniversary NMA gala, Andrew Cohen of Saturday Night wins 3 medals, including the President’s Medal, for his profile of the former Prime Minister called “That Bastard Trudeau.”

  • Singer-songwriter Nancy White, of CBC fame, hosted the 15th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

 

1993

Paul Quarrington. Image credit: Wikicommons

Paul Quarrington wins his first of two consecutive NMA gold medals in Humour, for Harrowsmith magazine (he would later win a third humour award for Outdoor Canada). The beloved novelist, playwright, musician, and magazine writer passed away in 2010, shortly after writing his final memoir, Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life.

  • At the 1993 NMAs Yann Martel, later the author of The Life of Pi, won the gold medal in Fiction for a story in The Malahat Review.

 

1994

The One-of-a-Kind category makes its NMA debut, celebrating magazine writing whose style or content is so unique it just can’t be classified into any other category. Zoe Landale, writing in Saturday Night, wins the first gold medal.

  • Toronto Life won 5 straight gold medals in One-of-a-Kind from 2001-2006, but The Walrus has won the last 4 heading into 2017. Check out this year’s nominees.

 

1995

Catherine Keachie, the long-time president of the Canadian Magazine Publishers’ Association, is presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Keachie was also an instructor of journalism at Ryerson University and today the program offers an annual scholarship in her memory.

In order for us to make the case for how Canadian magazines mattered, Catherine knew that it was essential for the industry to work together. The major publishers needed the cultural legitimacy of the small and literary publishers. The smalls and literaries needed the financial and political heft of the bigs… Catherine’s words have guided me throughout my career, and her passion for the possibility of what the many talented people in this industry can accomplish together continues to inspire me.
Kim Pittaway, on Catherine Keachie’s inspiration to her career, from Kim’s acceptance speech at the 2016 NMAs

 

1996

For the only time in its history, the NMAs present an award for best Display Writing, at a gala hosted for the first time by Ian Brown. Vancouver Magazine wins the award, but the category is discontinued the following year.

  • In 2008 Julia Belluz won the NMA Best Student Writer Award for her profile of Ian Brown in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

 

1997

Photo Edward Burtynsky 

Edward Burtynsky wins the gold medal in Photojournalism for his famous “Tailings” series—highlighting the environmentally degrading waste produced by heavy industry—published in Canadian Art.

 

1998

Hosting the NMA gala for the second consecutive year, Massey College master John Fraser presents the Outstanding Achievement Award to former Saturday Night editor Robert Fulford.

  • Since 1978, Fulford has won more NMA gold medals (15) than any other writer or artist. But fashion photographer Chris Nicholls is the winningest creator in NMA history, with 20 total medals (10 gold; 10 silver).

 

1999

Jane O’Hara’s investigative report “Rape in the Military” (Maclean’s) wins two National Magazine Awards, including the President’s Medal. It remains one of the most significant and studied feature stories in the history of Canadian magazines.

It [“Rape in the Military”] was such a groundbreaking and heartbreaking story—20 years later, it haunts me still. The raw honesty of the women who shared their stories, and the abusive betrayal of those who destroyed their lives and careers. You can feel the mastery of the interviewer in how she was able to get these victims to open up to her and feel her sensitivity in how she told the story.
– Dawn Chafe, editor-in-chief, Atlantic Business Magazine

 

2000

The upstart Shift magazine wins 9 National Magazine Awards, including a sweep for art directors Carmen Dunjko and Malcolm Brown in the categories Art Direction and Best Cover. From 1994 until it folded in 2003, Shift won 27 NMAs and became a notorious rival to Saturday Night. After the magazine won its huge haul of awards, much to the chagrin of its critics, editor Laas Turnbull told The Globe and Mail: “I have found that people’s reaction to Shift often says a great deal more about them than it does about the magazine. It’s so unusual to launch something new in this country and then to actually survive.”

Shift on Beck… never forget it.
– Malcolm Brown, 15-time National Magazine Award-winning art director

 

2001

The National Magazine Awards expands to 37 categories, up from 14 at the 1978 awards. George Whiteside wins the first gold medal in the category Food Photography, for President’s Choice magazine. (The category is discontinued in 2003.)

  • Other discontinued categories in the history of the NMAs include Conceptual Photography, Food Writing, Leisure Pursuits, Community Feature, Studio Photography, Best Repurposed or Adapted Content, and Best New Magazine.

 

2002

George Elliott Clarke. Photo credit: Carmelita Linta / CBC

George Elliott Clarke wins the gold medal in Poetry, for a suite of six poems in Prairie Fire.

  • Prairie Fire has won 15 National Magazine Awards since 1996, most recently a silver medal in 2016 for Poetry (Harold Hoefle).

 

2003

Don Obe. Photo by John Reeves

For the 25th NMA gala, Don Obe edits a special anniversary magazine featuring the top stories, issues, photography, and design from each year since the first National Magazine Awards. A beloved Ryerson University instructor and former editor at Maclean’s, The Canadian, and Toronto Life, Obe received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1994. He passed away in 2014.

  • At the 25th anniversary NMA gala, hosted by Second City comedienne Judy Croon, Adbusters won for Best Art Direction of a Single Article, The New Quarterly swept the gold medals in Fiction and Poetry, Elm Street won for Portrait Photography, and Outpost won Magazine of the Year.

 

2004

Marci McDonald’s investigation into Paul Martin’s controversial private business dealings, published in the inaugural issue of The Walrus, wins that magazine its first (of many) National Magazine Awards.

  • Marci McDonald won the gold medal in Business at the very first NMAs in 1978, and has won 11 in total since then. In 2017 she served on the NMA jury in the category Long-Form Feature Writing.

 

2005

Gerald Hannon is a double gold medallist for his story “The Eyes of Edward Burtynsky” (Toronto Life) in the categories Profiles and Arts & Entertainment.

Lynn Cunningham, my editor at Toronto Life, assigned me a major feature on the AIDS crisis in 1988 when I had no magazine experience and when I was mostly known for having been on trial for publishing immoral, indecent, or scurrilous matter. She took a chance on me, and thanks to her support and encouragement my writing career took off.
– Gerald Hannon, 13-time National Magazine Award-winning writer

 

2006

The June 1969 cover of Saturday Night

Saturday Night, after folding (for the second and final time) in November the previous year, wins 7 National Magazine Awards, bringing its legendary haul to 231 NMAs since 1978. The same night, The Walrus breaks Saturday Night’s record by winning 13 gold medals (and 16 overall).

  • In 2015, Toronto Life finally passed Saturday Night for most NMAs in history, when writer Lauren McKeon won the gold medal in Personal Journalism for “Save Me From My Workout.” Toronto Life now has 244 NMAs heading into the 2017 awards.

 

2007

Program cover of the 30th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Illustration by Dan Page. Art direction by Levi Nicholson.

At the 30th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala at the Carlu in Toronto, Scott Feschuk hosts, David Gilmour‘s “My Life with Tolstoy” is a double gold medal winner, and The Walrus wins Magazine of the Year. Jeremy Klaszus is presented with the award for Best New Magazine Writer (formerly known as the Alexander Ross Award) for his investigation into unsavoury practices in Alberta’s oil industry, published in Alberta Views.

 

2008

Maisonneuve’s “Food Issue,” featuring a cover photo of miniature explorers attempting a dangerous crossing of the surface of a crème brûlée, wins the gold medal for Best Magazine Cover (art direction by Anna Minzhulina).

  • Recently the NMAF’s Richard A. Johnson interviewed Anna Minzhulina about her ten-year tenure at Maisonneuve, her creative process as an art director, and the importance of supporting emerging women magazine artists.

 

2009

Chris Turner wins the gold medal in Essays for “The Big Decision” (Alberta Views), arguing in favour of nuclear energy at a time when the province’s Oil Sands are booming.

  • Moose Jaw native Chris Turner, a 9-time NMA winner, hosted the 2016 National Magazine Awards gala, featuring a cameo from Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.

 

2010

Up Here magazine, published in Yellowknife, wins Magazine of the Year, becoming the first magazine from Canada’s North to win the grand prize.

  • At the 2010 National Magazine Awards gala, Terry Sellwood of Cottage Life Media received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. At the 2017 gala, Penny Caldwell will become the third member of the Cottage Life family to win the award, after Terry and founder Al Zikovitz (2002).

 

2011

Image: CBC

Sean Michaels wins the One-of-a-Kind gold medal for an account of his exploration of the catacombs of Paris, published in Brick. Michaels would later go on to win the Giller Prize for his novel, Us Conductors.

  • Other NMA winners for Brick literary magazine include Michael Ondaatje (1981), Alex Pugsley (2005), Patrick deWitt (2013), and Linda Spalding (2014), all in the Fiction category.

 

2012

The Grid, a weekly Toronto city magazine that launched the previous May, wins six National Magazine Awards, including three gold medals for art director Vanessa Wyse. The Grid’s boisterous cheering section remains one of the most enduring memories of its first NMA gala.

  • In 2013 The Grid won 7 National Magazine Awards, edging The Walrus (6). It’s the only time since 2004 that winningest magazine at the NMAs was not Toronto Life or The Walrus.

 

2013

For the first time, the NMAs honour outstanding achievement by tablet editions. Canadian House & Home wins the first award for Tablet Magazine of the Year.

  • In subsequent years, Today’s Parent and Sportsnet won the National Magazine Award for Tablet Magazine of the Year. The award was discontinued in 2016 as the NMAF launched the Digital Publishing Awards to recognize achievement in Canadian digital publishing. The 2017 Digital Publishing Awards are coming up on June 1.

 

2014

Edmonton newcomer Eighteen Bridges magazine wins four National Magazine Awards among 11 nominations, including two gold medals for editor and feature writer Curtis Gillespie.

  • In 2016 Eighteen Bridges also won four NMAs, including the gold medal in Investigative Reporting. Recently the NMAF’s Richard A. Johnson interviewed journalist Virgil Grandfield about his incredible 10-year investigation of human trafficking and murder related to Red Cross reconstruction projects in Indonesia.

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2015

Crimes sexuels dans l’armée,” an extensive investigative report by journalists Noémi Mercier and Alec Castonguay about sexual assault in the Canadian military, published in L’actualité, wins two gold medals (Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest).

  • Lainey Lui and Jessica Allen from CTV’s “The Social” co-hosted the 38th NMA gala in 2015, featuring a cameo by 4-time host Scott Feschuk.

 

2016

Desmond Cole accepts the award for Best New Magazine Writer to a standing ovation at the 2016 National Magazine Awards in Toronto (Photo: Steven Goetz / National Magazine Awards Foundation)

Desmond Cole is nominated for four National Magazine Awards for his exposé of Toronto police discrimination against the city’s Black community, “The Skin I’m In” (Toronto Life). Cole wins the gold medal for Best New Magazine Writer and two silver medals (Essays and Personal Journalism), and receives a standing ovation on stage at the gala.


Take a deeper dive into the history of the National Magazine Award by perusing the NMA archive.

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held on Friday, May 26, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now. Check out all the nominees.

Not able to make it to the gala? Follow our exciting live tweet @MagAwards to catch all the live action.

Special Rate: Tickets to the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

The nominees have been announced and Canada’s top writers, photographers, illustrators, editors, art directors, and more will gather at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards on Friday May 26 in Toronto.

Nominated Freelancers: Freelancers who are nominated for a National Magazine Award may purchase up to two tickets at the special Nominated Freelancer Rate of $35, thanks to our generous table patrons. This is a limited offer, based on availability. Get your tickets today.
(Read about eligibility for this special offer.)

Early Bird Tickets: Tickets including the reception, dinner, show and dessert are $135 for all other guests until the Early Bird deadline of May 5. After that, tickets are $150.

Show Only: A limited number of Show-Only tickets are available for $75. Show-Only tickets do not include dinner.

Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com/tickets.

Special thanks to our table patrons, who are generously supporting Canada’s magazine creators:

This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design work to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.

The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26, at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold Awards in most categories include a cash prize of $1000.

To view all nominees, visit the 40th Anniversary NMA Website or download the PDF.

Kenny Yum to receive Digital Publishing Leadership Award

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The NMAF is thrilled to announce that Kenny Yum of Huffington Post Canada will be the first-ever recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award, an award honouring an individual whose career contributions to Canadian digital publishing deserve recognition and celebration.

This award is the top individual honour in the Digital Publishing Awards, and will be presented to Kenny at the DPA awards soirée on June 1, along with all the other winners of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards.

Kenny Yum

Leadership in Canadian digital publishing is a complex algorithm. It’s a function of creativity, innovation, and perseverance. It combines a rigorous commitment to the core principles of journalism with the ability to anticipate and respond to rapidly changing technological and cultural environments. It minimizes fiscal constraints while maximizing audience engagement. And most of all, it creates a diverse and dynamic space to experiment, fail, adapt, persist, and succeed—and to inspire great achievement in others. Perhaps no individual embodies this powerful formula more than Kenny Yum, managing editor of AOL Canada and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Canada. In 2017, the National Media Awards Foundation is honoured to present him with the inaugural Digital Publishing Leadership Award.

After graduating from Ryerson University, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Kenny became an editor at the Toronto Star and later The Globe and Mail, where he helped launch theglobeandmail.com in 2000. In 2007 he joined the National Post as managing editor of digital news, continuing to inspire his colleagues to innovate and grasp the unfolding potential of digital journalism. “Kenny drove the digital agenda at national newspapers long before digital was accepted as a priority, let alone the very future of journalism,” says Brodie Fenlon, CBC’s senior director of digital news. “His influence on website design can still be seen today on a number of sites.”

In 2011, Kenny was hired to launch The Huffington Post Canada, the first international bureau of the digital news startup. “We knew that in order to succeed in Canada,” says Nicholas Sabloff, executive editor of international for The Huffington Post, “we needed an editor-in-chief who was not only an accomplished leader and serious journalist, but also someone who would keep the site at the forefront of digital innovation and instill a spirit of experimentation and creativity as part of his team’s DNA.” Kenny Yum, he adds, was top of the list.

Indeed, innovation and experimentation are hallmarks of HuffPost’s success. In Kenny’s newsroom, notes Andree Lau, managing editor of news at Huffington Post Canada, “journalists are encouraged to be overly ambitious, granted permission to fail, and praised with genuine admiration when they succeed.” And no matter the initial outcome, say his colleagues, Kenny is quick to remind everyone he works with that success is a product of bold creativity. “From day one,” says Rashida Jeeva, Huffington Post Canada’s general manager, “Kenny set the tone for professionalism and quality that continues to shine through.”

The results are as evident as they are remarkable. Huff Post Canada operates in French and English with more than 5 million unique visitors a month, and a total of 9 million monthly including their global properties. “These are challenging times for media organizations,” notes Huffington Post’s managing editor of video, Sasha Nagy. “And it is incumbent on all of us to innovate daily in order to connect with a changing readership. It takes editors who are one part web developer and one part wordsmith. This is Kenny Yum.”

Those who’ve worked with Kenny at HuffPost emphasize his commitment to forging a cohesive team that maximizes skills and connections. Mere days before the site’s launch, in May 2011, Kenny literally tore down the walls in the HuffPost newsroom.

“He took one look at the grey cubicle walls and started dismantling them,” says Lisa Yeung, managing editor of lifestyle, thus “breaking down the barriers between editors so they could see and talk to each other more easily.”

That simple act helped set the tone for a workplace that is known to be a paragon of inclusiveness.

Diversity is another key strength of the digital teams that Kenny has helped build and lead. “At HuffPo Kenny has built one of the country’s youngest, most culturally diverse, and energetic newsrooms,” says Andree Lau. The result, adds Brodie Fenlon, “has been rich, unique editorial content that reflects the modern cultural mosaic of Canada in a way that few newsrooms can match.”

Leveraging that diversity and teamwork, say those who’ve worked with Kenny, would not be possible without his commitment to professionalism. “Our editors are diverse in their cultural and geographic backgrounds,” says Lisa Yeung, “but the enduring qualities that bind us together are rooted in Kenny’s ethos—respect, kindness, integrity, curiosity, and innovation.”

With Kenny Yum as leader, innovation never sleeps. In the past year, with the advent of distributed publishing, Kenny has aligned the HuffPost newsroom around the need to flourish under this new model. The results have been staggering, notes Sasha Nagy. “In a year, our Facebook pages spiked from half a million to 1.2 million followers. Video views have grown from 15 million per month to over 60 million.”

“One of Kenny’s great traits,” says Rashida Jeeva, “is his willingness to share his knowledge—much of it self-taught—with others. It’s not uncommon to find him leading training sessions with teams within, and outside of, Canada.”

In addition to fostering professional development at AOL Canada, Kenny has taught online journalism at Ryerson University and serves on the school’s advisory board. And he often volunteers his time to advise colleagues and industry associations on the possibilities of digital publishing in the future.

Through all of these achievements and accolades, Kenny’s personality is what strikes his colleagues as most deserving of recognition. “He is a quiet, confident leader,” says Brodie Fenlon, “who makes things happen behind the scenes, drives his teams to excellence, and never seeks public acknowledgement or recognition.” His list of accomplishments, adds Andree Lau, “does not fully convey the kind of integrity, excellence, and loyalty that he both exudes and inspires.” Perhaps, then, true leadership in digital publishing is more than just an algorithm of inputs. It’s also a function of character. And for that, the NMAF is proud to award the 2017 Digital Publishing Leadership Award to Kenny Yum.

The Digital Publishing Leadership Award will be presented at the 2017 DPA Soiree on June 1 in Toronto. Tickets will be available to purchase on Tuesday April 25 www.digitalpublishingawards.ca.

We asked Huffington Post Canada’s team to name the particularly remarkable achievements during Kenny’s tenure. Here are just a few:

“In the fraught month we had to put it together. Kenny challenged us editorially, technically, and creatively,” says Andree Lau, HuffPost’s managing editor of news. “He pushed us to ask deeper questions, pushed for the Town Hall to be live-streamed on both HuffPost’s pages and Facebook Live, and assigned video clips to be distributed around the world. He rolled up his sleeves where necessary, and stepped back when he knew the team could figure it out themselves. The result was a polish, thought-provoking, and highly produced event.”

In this ongoing series exploring the experiences of children of immigrants through personal essays, features and video, notes Andree Lau, Kenny has shown that he is a “champion of diversity and visibility in Canada, and an enthusiastic supporter of developing the next generation of leaders in digital journalism.”

HuffPost spearheaded a week of special coverage on sexual assault in November 2014 in the immediate wake of the Jian Ghomeshi allegations. Further, under Kenny’s leadership HuffPost devoted ongoing coverage of violence against women, including extensive coverage of the Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd cases.

This video documentary series followed four Canadian soldiers and the complex changes they face after serving their country, and was nominated for a 2016 Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Award

This investigation into Canada’s growing income divide, shepherded under Kenny’s leadership, won a Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Award in 2011.

A 2012 news series that offered a glimpse into the lives of Millennials and the issues they face as a generation.

A video series highlighting the careers of notable Canadian women.


The Digital Publishing Leadership Award will be presented to Kenny Yum at the 2nd annual Digital Publishing Awards Soirée on Thursday June 1 at The Spoke Club in Toronto. Tickets are $50 and will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday April 25. They can be purchased at digitalpublishingawards.ca.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
Produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, the Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada—the writers and editors, designers and developers, video and podcast producers, photographers and illustrators, and many others. The DPA program recognizes, celebrates and promotes to a national audience the innovative publishing teams that produce digital content in Canadian media.

For further information about the Digital Publishing Awards, please contact Leah Jensen, Production Coordinator at 416.939.6200 or info@digitalpublishingawards.ca.

Announcing the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards

The NMAF is excited to announce the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, including five finalists for the prestigious Magazine of the Year Award.

Nominations Website
Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
Version française

This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design work to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.

The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges have nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

“We’re thrilled to announce the nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. More than 200 Canadian creators—writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, poets, and more—are up for awards in 25 categories. My thanks to our judges who have done a rigorous job over the past few months evaluating the best work in the country. It’s been a significant year for Canadian storytelling, as the impressive caliber of the nominees attests. We’re looking forward to celebrating the best of Canada’s creative talent together at the Gala on May 26.”
Nino Di Cara, President, NMAF

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26, at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold Awards in Writing and Visual categories include a cash prize of $1000.

Tickets are on sale now. A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers will be available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Patrons.

TOP NOMINATED CREATORS

  • Edmonton freelance writer Omar Mouallem leads all creators with 4 nominations for 4 different stories published in 4 magazines (Avenue, Hazlitt, Sharp, University Affairs).
  • Writer Richard Kelly Kemick is nominated 3 times—twice in Fiction and once in One of Kind, which he won last year—for stories in 3 magazines (Geist, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly).
  • Quebec writer Catherine Perreault-Lessard is also nominated 3 times for 3 stories published in Châtelaine, L’actualité and Ricardo.
  • Maclean’s writer Nancy Macdonald is also nominated 3 times for 2 different stories.
  • The Walrus writer/editor Katherine Laidlaw is nominated twice as a writer, and she is also the handling editor on 6 other Walrus stories nominated for National Magazine Awards.
  • Other writers nominated twice include Bruce Livesey (Report on Business), Jason McBride (Canadian Art, Toronto Life), Mark Pupo (Toronto Life), and Naël Shiab (L’actualité).
  • Illustrators Byron Eggenschwiler (Vancouver Magazine) and Gérard DuBois (L’actualité) are each nominated twice.
  • Photographers Peter Ash Lee (Corduroy), Chris Nicholls (FASHION Magazine) and Virginia Macdonald (Air Canada enRoute) are each nominated twice.

Check out all the nominees on our special anniversary website or download the PDF.

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

The five finalists for Magazine of the Year—given to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of its readers—are:

  • Cottage Life, published by Blue Ant Media
  • Explore, published by My Passion Media
  • Nouveau Projet, published by Atelier 10
  • Ricardo, published by Ricardo Media
  • The Kit Compact, published by Star Media Group

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BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER

The five finalists for Best New Magazine Writer—given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise—are:

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TOP STORIES OF 2016

The 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards honour the best in Canadian magazine journalism from 2016. Some of the most frequent topics that our judges saw among this year’s entries include:

Among this year’s nominees, some of the top stories include:

  • Justice Is Not Blind” (Maclean’s)—a nine-month investigation by Nancy Macdonald and the Maclean’s team looking at the ways in which Canada’s justice system is biased against Indigenous people. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
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  • Company Province, Provincial Company” (Report on Business)—journalist Bruce Livesey’s investigative profile of the Irving family and the politics of New Brunswick’s energy sector. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
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  • The Fighter” (United Church Observer)—a stirring portrait of Willie Blackwater, a B.C. Indigenous man who survived a residential school and then led the fight for justice, written by journalist Richard Wright. Nominated in Longform Feature Writing and Profiles.
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  • Love Your Body” (NOW Magazine)—a series of bold photographs by Tanja-Tiziana accompanying a set of profiles on the issue of body shaming. Nominated in Portrait Photography and Best Words & Pictures.
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  • Whatever Happened to Michael Bryant?” (Precedent)—writer Daniel Fish investigates the life and times of the former Ontario Attorney General, whose involvement in the killing of a cyclist led to PTSD, years out of the spotlight, and finally a path to redemption. Nominated in Professional Article and Profiles.
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  • Canada’s Best New Restaurants” (Air Canada enRoute)—the annual guide to Canadian culinary innovation by Andrew Braithwaite and the enRoute team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Editorial Package.
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  • Shocking Tax Tips You’re Missing Out On!” (MoneySense)—the annual tax guide by Bryan Borzykowski and the MoneySense team is nominated in Service Journalism and Best Service Editorial Package.

TOP NOMINATED MAGAZINES

FIRST-TIME NOMINEES

Magazines nominated for their first National Magazine Award include:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. We are also thankful for the support of Access Copyright, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Bookmark, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CNW, ExpertWomen.ca, Goetz Storytelling, Impresa Communications, Rolland Enterprises, Studio Wyse, TC Transcontinental Printing, and Very Good Studios.

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

GALA TICKETS

The NMAF will welcome Canada’s top writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and other creators to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

A limited number of tickets for nominated freelancers will be available at the discount rate of $35, thanks to the support of our Table Patrons, including Access Copyright, Bookmark, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Canadian Media Guild, Canadian Writers Group, CDS Global, and ExploreWomen.ca.

Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories receive a cash prize of $1000. Silver winners receive an awards certificate. All other finalists receive Honourable Mention.

CREDIT CHANGES

The deadline to make any changes to nominations credit is Friday April 28. Email staff@magazine-awards.com to make any credit changes to your nomination.

Download the complete list of nominations (PDF) to check your nominations credit.

ABOUT THE NMAF

A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events.

Nominations Website
Nominations List (PDF)
Gala Info & Tickets
Version française

Penny Caldwell to receive 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Canadian Magazines

The NMAF is proud to present the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement to Penny Caldwell, publisher and vice-president of Cottage Life Media.

Penny began her career in magazines as a freelance journalist, writing for sports and boating magazines at a time when it was rare for women to cover those topics. In the summer of 1988, a spirited new publication called Cottage Life debuted, and Penny was tapped to write a feature for the inaugural issue about how to buy a windsurfer.

“There’s no doubt about it,” wrote Penny in the opening lines of her first Cottage Life story, “those hot, lazy days of summer are better at the cottage—and best when you can spend most of your time in and around the water.” She still feels that way.

From her modest start as a freelance writer, Penny began to develop and hone the panoply of journalism and leadership skills that she has come to embody today. In 2000, she was named editor-in-chief of Cottage Life, where she quickly earned a reputation as an editor of considerable passion and frequent praise. In her 15-year tenure as editor, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named her its Editor of the Year a record four times, while Cottage Life won Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in 2003 and again in 2014.

“The hallmarks of Penny’s style are conscientiousness, diplomacy, and kindness. There are never any questions she won’t take the time to answer. No matter how tight the deadline, there is always time to adhere to the tight standards she sets for herself and inspires in her colleagues.”
Cottage Life Media CEO Al Zikovitz

Consistent with the evolving roles of a modern magazine leader, Penny was named brand manager and later vice president of content strategy and development before assuming the mantle of publisher in 2015, succeeding Al Zikovitz. That year, the NMA jury named Cottage Life Canada’s Best Magazine Brand for demonstrating a level of innovation that sets the standard for the industry and represents how a magazine can succeed beyond print with dynamic and thriving extensions.

“As a publisher, Penny has demonstrated her adaptability to changing circumstances and serving readers across multiple platforms. This includes print, digital, television, e-commerce, and live events.”
D.B. Scott, magazine consultant and publisher of Canadian Magazines

Today, Cottage Life reaches over six million Canadians every year as perhaps the savviest magazine brand in the country.

Beyond the walls of Cottage Life’s old cozy HQ at 54 St. Patrick Street in Toronto, Penny has made an indelible mark on the wider magazine industry as a mentor, teacher, volunteer, and advocate for a stronger magazine community. She was a member of the original Magazines Canada task force that developed the industry’s advertising-editorial guidelines, and has sat on the curriculum development committees of MagsU and MagNet.

“Penny’s insights and thoughtful contributions have always put the interest of readers first. Her calm, cool, and collected demeanor informs her success as an editor and publisher.”
Patrick Walsh, editor-in-chief, Outdoor Canada

At Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing Program she taught students the finer points of building a career in magazines. Many colleagues have noted her interest in learning about new talent in the industry and looking for opportunities to mentor others.

“Penny seeks connections for everyone she meets. She sees that if she fosters this talent within our industry, our collective chances at success—at having healthy, thriving Canadian magazines—are so much greater.”
Jess Ross, multiplatform content director at TVA Publications

All the while, Penny has frequently volunteered her time to sit on panels, juries, and boards of directors (including the NMAF from 2004 to 2010). Currently she serves as president of the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA), where she has chaired awards committees, led numerous conference sessions, and developed the IRMA Connection initiative to improve communication and learning between members. “Penny is incredibly hard-working and an impressive problem solver who always has time for those who need her help,” says Tara Flint, executive director of IRMA. “She fosters positive discussions and brings out the best in others.”

Last year’s Outstanding Achievement Award winner, Kim Pittaway, sums it up aptly:

“Penny’s career exemplifies the best of what it means to lead a magazine: a deep respect for the audience, a commitment to the highest quality, a desire to innovate, and a dedication to respecting and fostering the talent of those with whom she works.”

For her commendable leadership in every role she has assumed, the NMAF is proud to honour Penny Caldwell with the 40th anniversary Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Penny will receive her award and recognition at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on May 26 in Toronto.

Tickets go on sale Thursday April 20 at magazine-awards.com.

The nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on Thursday April 20.

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

The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

The Judging Committee of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will consider the nominations, along with nominations from members of the Committee itself. The Board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation will select the winner.

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

Photo of Penny Caldwell by Daniel Ehrenworth

Announcing #40at40: A Special NMA Celebration

Here at the National Magazine Awards Foundation we are excitedly preparing for next week’s big announcement: The nominees for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards (April 20). And following that, we’ll be getting ready for this year’s anniversary gala (May 26) at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

In celebration of this special anniversary year, the NMAF has launched #40at40–forty award-winning creators telling stories about their favourite magazines, the mentors and inspiring figures they look up to, and the Canadian magazine stories that made the biggest impact on their careers.

Every day for 40 days leading up to the gala, we’ll post one story on Twitter (@MagAwards).

Would you like to participate? Send us an email at staff@magazine-awards.com (subject line #40at40) and we’ll send you a super-short questionnaire.

Thanks to all who have joined us and will join us for the biggest celebration in Canadian magazines–the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards!

 

Our thanks to all NMA40 Submitters! Let the Judging Commence

The submissions to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards are in, and we are excited to have over 1000 submissions and 197 Canadian magazines represented in this year’s program, competing for awards in 25 categories.

Our thanks to all of the publishers, editors, art directors and creators who submitted their work this year, especially to the more than 200 freelancers who participated.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation strives above all to represent and support the work of Canada’s creators. It’s why, for forty years now, we have facilitated an awards program that celebrates the excellence, determination and innovation that characterize the best of our country’s journalism.

Now we turn to our judges—120 of the leading experts in magazine publishing, design and creation from across Canada and the world—to lend their expertise in service to their peers.

The role of the judges is central to the NMAs. Their judgment, perspectives and integrity represent the very best of journalism, too. Their appraisal of these submissions will not only reward the individuals and teams who’ve achieved success, but it will also become the measure by which our future work is appreciated by readers and audiences across the country. The NMAF offers its sincerest thanks to all of our judges for taking on this important role.

How does judging work? Great question. We believe all awards programs should be clear and transparent about their judging procedures, and our goal has always been the same. That’s why we publish our Judging Process–so you know exactly what the judges are looking for when they review your entry to the National Magazine Awards.

The nominations for the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on April 20.

Subscribe to our MagAwards Blog or Newsletter to receive the nominations to your inbox, and follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates throughout the spring, including the announcement of the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards Gala. Awards in Writing and Visual categories include a cash prize of $1000.

The NMAF is also accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the new International Impact Award. Deadline March 1.

Thank you for participating in the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. We look forward to a great year ahead, Celebrating Canadian Creators.

Enter: 2017 NMA Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is calling for nominations for the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented annually to an individual whose creativity and innovation over the course of their career have made a significant impact on the Canadian magazine industry.

Previous winners include Kim Pittaway, Kim Jernigan, Michael Fox, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, Stephen Osborne, Jean Paré, Sally Armstrong, and more.

Nominations are welcome from anyone working in Canadian magazines, and must consist of:

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

There is no cost to nominate someone for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2017 and can be emailed as a PDF to staff@magazine-awards.com or sent by mail to:
National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge St, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4

The winner will be announced in April and will be presented with their award on stage at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.

For more information visit magazine-awards.com/oa

Enter: 2017 National Magazine Award for International Impact

New for 2017, the NMAF presents the International Impact Award. Deadline March 1. 

This award honours a Canadian who is making a significant contribution to a field of magazine journalism beyond the borders of Canada.

This award may recognize writers, photographers, illustrators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers, digital journalism gurus—in short, anyone working in magazine journalism. It cannot be given posthumously.

Nominations must consist of:

  • A cover letter indicating the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals–colleagues, mentors, teachers or others.

All nominations will be considered by the Board of Directors of the NMAF, which will select 1 winner to receive his or her award at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala. The award includes 2 tickets to the National Magazine Awards, an Awards Certificate, and promotion in NMAF publications reaching the entire Canadian magazine industry.

Submit your nomination by email to staff@magazine-awards.com or by mail to:

National Magazine Awards Foundation
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4

The deadline for nominations is March 1.

For more information visit magazine-awards.com/international-impact

Early-Bird Deadline Today for National Magazine Awards

Friday January 13 is the “Early-Bird” deadline for submissions to the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Enter online by 11:59pm EST to save 20% on entry fees.

Today is also the final deadline for applications for the Small Magazine Rebate.

The Freelancer Support Fund, offering 50% discount on the first two entries to freelancer submitters, remains in place until January 20.

The final deadline for all submissions is Friday January 20.

The 2017 Digital Publishing Awards are accepting submissions until January 31.

The 2017 National Magazine Awards Jury

[This post has been updated] The NMAF is pleased to announce the roster of judges for the 2017 awards program, following the announcement last fall of the International Judges.

Each year the NMAF relies on the expertise of over 120 volunteer judges–editors, publishers, art directors, professors, writers, artists and other renowned journalists–to review the entries to the National Magazine Awards, deliberate and ultimately decide on the nominees and winners. The final list of this year’s NMA judges will be announced next month.

Read more about How Judging Works.

Click here to see the members of the Francophone Jury.
Click here to see the members of the International Jury


David Balzer is a writer, editor and teacher. He is the author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London’s 2015 Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. He has written about art and culture for The GuardianModern PaintersArtforumThe Globe and Mail and others, and was the recipient of the 2015 International Award for Art Criticism. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art magazine, and lives in Toronto.


Arjun Basu is senior vice-president, content strategy, at Bookmark Content & Communications, and author of the novel Waiting for the Man.


Jared Bland is the publisher of McClelland & Stewart and vice-president of Penguin Random House Canada, and was formerly managing editor of The Walrus.

 

 


Penny Caldwell is the publisher and former editor-in-chief of Cottage Life magazine.


Dawn Chafe is an award-winning writer, accomplished interviewer, sharp editor and dedicated researcher. For the past 18 years, Dawn has been Executive Editor of Atlantic Canada’s most award-winning and largest circulation business magazine: Atlantic Business Magazine. Her tenure has been dedicated to the continuous improvement of the publication and the publishing industry, particularly with regards to an uncompromising editorial standard.


Ava Chisling is a media lawyer who counsels creative-types, from Oscar winners and publishers to graphic designers and bloggers. She is also an award-winning editor who writes mostly about pop culture/technology and the law — and sometimes creates ad campaigns and social media copy for a number of well-known brands.


Wayde Compton is the author of books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and the editor of two anthologies. Three of his books ¾ The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp, 2014), After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region (Arsenal Pulp, 2010), and The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil-SFU Public Square, 2015) ¾ were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm (Arsenal Pulp, 1999) was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Compton is the associate director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio.


Cherie Dimaline is the author of the novels Red Rooms, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy, and, most recently the collection of short stories titled A Gentle Habit. In addition to writing, Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH and Muskrat magazines. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence of Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library.


Tim Edwards is Senior Editor of Up Here magazine in Yellowknife.


Reanna Evoy is the brand creative director at Kit and Ace and was previously the art director of enRoute magazine.


Colin Faulkner is an award-winning studio photographer whose work has been published in Chatelaine, Toronto Life, Azure and other publications and clients.


Max Fawcett is a freelance journalist and has been the editor-in-chief at Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver Magazine.


Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth, and editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her second book, Better Living through Plastic Explosives, was a Giller Prize finalist. She won her most recent National Magazine Award for Fiction in 2016.


Jim Gifford is Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, at HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Canada). Over his twenty years as a non-fiction editor, he has published a number of bestselling and award-winning titles by Canadian and international authors, including Linden MacIntyre, Peter C. Newman, Jacquie McNish, Tim Flannery, and Lloyd Robertson, among many others. He lives and works in Toronto.


Curtis Gillespie is a 7-time National Magazine Award winner and the Editor-in-Chief of Eighteen Bridges magazine. He is the author of four books, including the memoir Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast, and the novel Crown Shyness.


Alex Gillis is a veteran author and journalist and teaches at the Ryerson University School of Journalism.


Lisa Gregoire is a National Magazine award-winning journalist, the managing editor of Nunatsiaq News and a contributing editor at Eighteen Bridges. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and their twin daughters.


Danielle Groen is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Grid, The Walrus, Flare, and Report on Business. She was formerly the Features Editor at Chatelaine.


Marni Jackson is the former Rogers Chair of the Literary Journalism program at the Banff Centre, where she is on the faculty of the Mountain and Wilderness Writing program. She has won numerous National Magazine Awards, and her debut novel, Don’t I Know You? (Flatiron Books), made both Globe and CBC Best Books of 2016 lists.


Jacqueline Kovacs has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years, including 13 years at Today’s Parent magazine. Currently, she is editor-in-chief for Metroland Media’s lifestyle magazines in York Region and Simcoe County.


Anita Kunz is a National Magazine Award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, TIME, The Walrus, Saturday Night, Toronto Life and other magazines.


Sonja Larsen is the author of Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary, which was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.


Käthe Lemon is the editor of Avenue, Calgary’s city lifestyle magazine, and the editorial director for RedPoint Media. She taught communications history at Athabasca University for five years and is also the president of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships and awards to young writers and journalism students.


Roger LeMoyne is a National Magazine Award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic and other magazines.


Jean-François Légaré is the editor-in-chief of Air Canada enRoute magazine.


Gilbert Li is Principal of the creative studio The Office of Gilbert Li, a graphic design studio who works with discerning cultural organizations, publishers, educational institutions, non-profits and creative entrepreneurs. His work has won top North American design awards and has been featured in leading industry publications. He is a professional member of RGD Ontario and on The Advertising and Design Club of Canada’s Board of Directors.


Jeromy Lloyd has been a trade journalist for more than 10 years, primarily covering Canada’s media and marketing industries. As Marketing Magazine‘s managing editor, he helped lead the editorial team honoured by the Kenneth R Wilson Awards as the 2016 Magazine of the Year. His current role is Digital Editor at Brunico Communications, overseeing daily news operations for Strategy Online, Media In Canada and their affiliated brands.


Gil Martinez is a graphic designer and creative director at TC Media.


David McGimpsey was the winner of the 2016 National Magazine Award for Poetry and is the author of four books of short fiction and poetry, including L’il Bastard, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award.


Marci McDonald is a 9-time National Magazine Award winner whose work has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and other publications, and was formerly the Washington Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. She is the author of The Armageddon Factor: the Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada, and Yankee Doodle Dandy: Brian Mulroney and the American Agenda.


Stacey McLachlan is Executive Editor of Western Living and Vancouver magazines, and an award-winning feature writer.


Peter McNeill is the national director of KPMG Enterprise and a marketing executive with over twenty years of experience providing leadership and strategy to both start-ups and major Fortune 500 brands.


Anna Minzhulina is a National Magazine Award winner who was Creative Director of Maisonneuve for 10 years.


Stéphane Monnet is creative director and principal of the award-winning design firm Monnet Design.


John Montgomery is a freelance art director and graphic designer whose work has graced Taddle Creek, Canadian Business, MoneySense and other publications.


Alison Motluk is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who works in print and radio. She has won 4 National Magazine Awards for her work in Maisonneuve and The Walrus.


Chris Nicholls has won a record 20 National Magazine Awards for his photography in Toronto Life, Flare, Fashion, WeddingBells and other magazines.


Katrina Onstad’s best-selling second novel, Everybody Has Everything, has been published in several countries and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Toronto Book Award. Her non-fiction writing on culture high and low has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Toronto Life and Elle. Katrina is a multiple National Magazine Award winner and received a Best Columnist nomination for her work in Chatelaine.


Evan Osenton is the editor of Alberta Views. Founded in 1997, Alberta Views provides information and fresh perspectives on the politics, social issues and culture of Alberta, and was Canada’s Magazine of the Year at the 2009 NMAs.


Janice Paskey is a professor of journalism at Mt. Royal University in Calgary, and past editor of Avenue magazine and the McGill University alumni magazine in Montreal. Over the course of her career, she has served as Canadian Correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education, web producer for CTV Calgary, Executive Director of Communications for the University of Calgary Development Office, and Manager of Communications for Development and Alumni at McGill.


Fidel Peña is a graphic designer, creative director and the co-founder of Underline Studio. His work has received numerous accolades from across Canada, the US and Europe, including from D&AD (UK), the ADCC and the Type Directors Club (NY). He has taught editorial design at OCAD University and lectured on design topics in Europe, North America and Latin America.


Philip Preville is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work as appeared in Cottage Life, Toronto Life, Canadian Business and many other publications.


Jean-Francois Proulx is the creative director of Nouveau Projet and of the design studio Balistique. He has won 3 National Magazine Awards.


Mark Pupo is the VP of content marketing for the software company Top Hat and the restaurant critic for Toronto Life. He’s served as features editor at Toronto Life and Saturday Night.


Sina Queyras is the author most recently of the poetry collection MxT (Coach House 2014) which received the QWF Award for poetry, the Pat Lowther Award, and the ReLit award for poetry. Expressway (Coach House 2009) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a selection from that book won Gold in the National Magazine Awards. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. She is also the author of the novel Autobiography of Childhood (2011) a finalist for the Amazon First Novel award. Her latest collection of poetry, My Ariel, is forthcoming. She lives in Montreal.


Christina Reynolds is an award-winning writer and editor. She was formerly the executive editor of ELLE Canada and the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc. She’s also worked as a news/current events producer for CTV, an associate producer at the Business News Network, the editor-in-chief of city business magazine CalgaryInc and as a business writer and copy editor at The Calgary Herald.


D.B. Scott is the President of Impresa Communications Limited, publisher of Canadian Magazines blog, and a magazine and media consultant, writer, teacher, market researcher, publisher and editor.


Susan Scott is the nonfiction editor at The New Quarterly (TNQ) and associate creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. She has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University and St Jerome’s University, and continues annually at Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat.


As Design Director and Co-Founder of Berlin Studio Inc.,Barbara Solowan has overseen layout design and art direction projects for a diverse group of national and international clients. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, Solowan has a high profile within the editorial community, having worked with a range of publications, including City Woman, Globe and Mail’s ‘TORONTO’, Chicago, City & Country Home, Chatelaine’s Special Editions, Golf Style and Saturday Night, among other titles. Her editorial design work has been recognized with numerous professional awards, including seven National Magazine Awards for art direction. Solowan has served on the board of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and was an instructor of editorial design at OCAD University. She is currently Art Director at Canadian Artand Inuit Art Quarterly.


Kelly Toughill is associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College. Prior to climbing the ivory tower, she toiled at The Toronto Star and other North American newspapers as a writer and editor. She is a recipient of a National Newspaper Award and a Canadian Association of Journalists Award.


Stephen Trumper is an instructor at Ryerson’s School of Journalism and serves on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, publisher of Abilities Magazine, for which he writes the back-page column. He is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement award from the NMAF.


Emily Urquhart is a folklorist and National Magazine Award-winning writer, and is the author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes.


Jennifer Varkonyi is the publisher of Maisonneuve, Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year.


Derek Webster is a freelance writer and editor, and founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.


Bruce Weir is the editor-in-chief of Swerve magazine.


Shelley Youngblut is the General Director of Wordfest, Calgary’s festival of readers, writers and artists. Previously she was the Western Editor of the Globe and Mail, features editor at ESPN the Magazine, and founding editor of Swerve, the Calgary Herald’s award-winning weekly magazine.


The nominations for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be announced on April 20.

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