New Trail, Canadian Rockies Annual, Avenue Magazine top winners at 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards.

New Trail took home the top prize as Alberta Magazine of the Year. The alumni magazine of the University of Alberta has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards since 2012, winning 3, so it should come as no surprise that the magazine is making a huge splash in its home province. Honourable Mention for Alberta Magazine of the Year went to Avenue Edmonton and West Jet Magazine.

New Trail won a total of 9 medals. They took the Gold Medal in Art Direction of a Single Issue, another Gold Medal in Service: Lifestyle and yet another Gold Medal in Service: Business. They swept Gold and Silver in Editorial Package, then did it again, winning the Gold Medal and Silver Medal for Best Feature Design. They also won a Silver in Essays.

New Trail‘s editor-in-chief Lisa Cook was named Alberta Editor of the Year.

Canadian Rockies Annual won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Best New Magazine and a sweep of Gold and Silver in the category Still-Life Photography.


Avenue Magazine also won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Best Essay for “How to Talk about Death and Dying” by Christina Frangou.

Among individual creators, writer Omar Mouallem led all winners with 3 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Feature Writing for “Truth North Strong” in Western Living.

The winner of the Emerging Writer Gold award was Chris Cassis of Glass Buffalo magazine.


Other winners at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards include Alberta Views, Apple Magazine, Avenue Edmonton, Filling Station, Oilsands Review,  Oilweek, Swerve, and The Yards.

Check out @AMPA‘s twitter feed for the complete recap.

Noreen Flanagan wins CSME Editor of the Year Award

Last night following the first day of the MagNet conference sessions, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors held a soiree to announce the winners of its annual Editors’ Choice Awards, where the Editor of the Year award was presented to Noreen Flanagan, editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada.


ELLE Canada also won the CSME Award for Best Display Writing, and tied for the award for Best Magazine (medium circ) with Today’s Parent. BC Business won Best Magazine (small circ). Western Living won for best Art Integration. BC Business and Fairmont magazines shared the award for Best Front of Book. Today’s Parent swept the awards for Best Web Editorial and Best Tablet Edition.

Meanwhile, at the Circulation Management Association of Canada’s annual awards, Outdoor Canada was named Best Magazine, while Canada’s History won the Audience Development Award. Mark Hamill won the CMC award for Lifetime Achievement. Cindy Chang won for Vendor of the Year, while Fiona Wong won the CMC Circulation Scholarship.


Congrats to the winners. The National Magazine Awards are coming on Friday June 10.

Marketing, University Affairs, CPA Magazine among top winners at 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards

Last night at a fabulous event in the Grand Banking Hall of Hotel One King West the Canadian Business Media Association presented the 62nd annual CBM Awards, in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson.

The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Magazine of the Year is Marketing, published by Rogers Media: Alison Wood (publisher); David Thomas (editor) and Glenn Taylor (art director).

Marketing also won silver in Best Regularly Featured Department, Column or Blog. They also received 4 honourable mentions in Best Issue, Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread, Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue, and Best Merchandising/Marketing Article.

The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Best Media Brand is Precedent, published by Law & Style Media Inc.: Melissa Kluger (editor & publisher); Gilbert Li (art director); Daniel Fish and Lauren Parrott (contributors).

Precedent also won gold in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, and two silver in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Feature. They also received three honourable mentions in Best Feature Article – Professional, Best How-To Article of Series of How-To Articles and Best One-Of-A-Kind.

Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Director
February 2015: Porn Studies
University Affairs

William Powell, Kristin Doucet, Leata Lekushoff
, Editors
Studio 141 Inc., Art Direction
Shifting Gears
Professionally Speaking

Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Direction
April 2015: The Campus Food Revolution
University Affairs

Matt O’Grady
, Editor
Catherine Mullaly, Art Director
Bye-Bye Alberta

Melissa Shin
, Editor
Gil Martinez, Art Director
Suzanne Sharma, Deputy Editor
Advisor’s Edge April 2015
Advisor’s Edge

Lauren d’Entremont, Editor
Andrea Lee, Art Director
Smoke’s World Domination Cover

The Harvey Southam Award was presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist at Profession Santé. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois received this prestigious honour at the CBM Awards ceremony.



Also winning a Silver award: D&A Magazine, BC Business, FranchiseCanada, Lexpert, Canadian Architect, Better Farming, Les Affaires and Listed.

About the 62nd annual CBM Awards
The CBM Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of Canadian business-to-business magazine content. Through this annual award program, we pay tribute to the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, one of Canada’s most prominent business writers.

The CBM Awards judges nominated 141 submissions from 36 different B2B magazines. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 21 written, visual, integrated and special categories during this evening’s gala at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, hosted by D.B. Scott, president of Impresa Communications Limited, as well as a reputable consultant, market researcher, teacher, editor and blogger.

For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit

Nominees announced for 2016 CSME Editors’ Choice Awards

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) has announced the shortlist of finalists for its 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards. The winners will be announced at the annual CSME gala, which will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 as part of the MagNet magazine conference.

The finalists for Best Magazine are:

Best Magazine, Small Circulation:
– Spacing
– BC Business
– Canada’s History Magazine

Best Magazine, Medium Circulation:
– Western Living
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada

Best Magazine, Trade:
– Professionally Speaking
– Precedent
– Ignite Magazine

Best Magazine, Custom:
– Fairmont Magazine
– Mercedes-Benz Magazine
– enRoute Magazine

Best Tablet Edition: 
– Today’s Parent
– ELLE Canada
– Canadian Health & Lifestyle

In addition to these awards, CSME will also unveil the winners of the awards for Best Web Editorial, Best Front of Book, the Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing and Best Art Integration.

Also to be announced: CSME’s highest honour, the Editor of the Year Award. Previous winners include Sasha Emmons, Penny Caldwell, Patrick Walsh, Aldona Satterthwaite, Caroline Connell and Dale Duncan.

Nominees announced for the 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards

Today Canadian Business Media (CBM) has announced the finalists in 21 categories for the 62nd CBM Awards in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, honouring excellence in business-to-business magazine publishing.

More than 67 magazines entered the competition, which was adjudicated by 75 volunteer judges. A total of 36 Canadian B2B publications are nominated for awards in 21 written, visual and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be presented at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto on Tuesday June 7, 2016, during the CBM Awards gala.

Complete list of finalists [PDF]

Magazine of the Year finalists

BCBusiness: For more than 40 years, BCBusiness has informed, empowered and connected British Columbia’s leaders and entrepreneurs, whom are innovating in the province and beyond. An essential source in the business community, this publication features deep analysis, strong storytelling and authoritative opinion. This year, BCBusiness is also a finalist in the category of Best Cover.

Marketing: Marketing aims to serve the chief marketing officer’s playbook. Thanks to compelling stories, supported by strong design elements, each issue informs and inspires the decision makers and by extension, the various businesses that surround them in the marketing industry. The magazine’s team is nominated for five other awards as well, including Best Issue and Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue.

The Medical Post: The independent voice for Canada’s doctors, The Medical Post is a vehicle for physicians to share their experience through doctor-authored content. The periodical, which celebrated 50 years of publishing in 2015, features surveys, research-based clinical content, helpful practice management tips and much more to the physician community. The Medical Post also garnered six nominations for written categories this year.

Top Nominated Magazines
CPA Magazine leads all publications with 25 nominations. Ranking second is Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession with 16 nominations. University Affairs and D&A Magazine share the third position with 8 nominations each.

2016 Harvey Southam Leadership Award
The Canadian Business Media is pleased to announce that the 2016 Harvey Southam Leadership Award will be presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist of the business-to-business press. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois will receive this prestigious honour at the the CBM award ceremony.

The Harvey Southam Award is the highest individual honour bestowed by Canadian Business Media. Winners represent the highest standards of B2B publishing and are recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Business Media tradition of distinguished initiative, leadership and integrity.

62nd CBM Awards Gala
The 62nd CBM Awards gala will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at the elegant Grand Banking Hall at One King West, Toronto. Doors will open at 6:30pm for a wine reception and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner and the awards presentation will follow at 7:30pm.

Photo by Nigel Dickson
DB Scott (photo by Nigel Dickson)

CBM is delighted to announce D.B. Scott as this year’s Master of Ceremonies; career editor and journalist, daily blogger about Canadian magazines, teacher in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education and consultant to publishers, magazines and industry associations. D.B. was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by the National Magazine Awards in 2010.

The CBM Awards invites you to be a part of this special night, the 62nd in a glorious tradition recognizing excellence in Canadian B2B publishing. For tickets and other information—and to view the complete list of nominees—please visit

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Barbara Gould, Managing Director, at or 416-939-6200.

About the Canadian Business Media Awards
The 62nd CBM Awards in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson are produced by Canadian Business Media. The awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of business-to-business magazine content. Regarded as one of Canada’s top business writers, Kenneth R. Wilson wrote with clarity and authority. His opinions were widely sought and respected. In spite of his busy career, he was active in a number of editor and journalist associations. A tragic airplane crash ended his distinguished career in January, 1952. He was 47 years old. It is the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, his example and his achievements in business press journalism, that we honour each year with these awards.

New Trail, Eighteen Bridges, Omar Mouallem enjoy big night at 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to a boisterous audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.”

New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home a whopping 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.


New Trail also won 2016 AMPA gold awards for Illustration, Art Direction of a Single Issue, Editorial Package, Feature Design, and Best Cover–all for their “Future of Everything” issue which clearly blew away the Alberta mag awards judges. The art direction is by Marcey Andrews, also a National Magazine Award winner, and the illustrations are by NMA winner Raymond Biesinger and Gwen Keraval.


Other winning magazines at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards:

  • Avenue Edmonton 6 (2 gold, 4 silver)
  • Eighteen Bridges 5 (4 gold, 1 silver)
  • Avenue Calgary 5 (5 silver)
  • Swerve 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Western Living 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Alberta Oil 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
  • Alberta Venture 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)

Among individual winners, writer Omar Mouallem won 3 awards from 6 nominations, including gold for Profiles and Service: Lifestyle, and a silver for Feature Writing.

Omar Mouallem is also the editor of The Yards magazine, which swept gold and silver in the category Emerging Writer.


Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie, also a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, accepted the award for Editor of the Year.


Check out all the nominees and winners at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards or on Twitter @AMPA.

Western Living, Avenue Calgary, Alberta Venture lead nominees for Alberta Magazine Awards

Named a record-breaking year, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) announced the Showcase finalists for the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards. 27 Alberta magazines hold nominations (a significant increase from last year); Western Living and Avenue Calgary are tied at an impressive 17 nominations, Alberta Venture follows closely with 16, and Avenue Edmonton and Swerve close in third with 15 nominations.

Alberta Views, Avenue Edmonton, and New Trail are the three Magazine of the Year contenders.

Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Among the individual nominees, many of these talented AMPA Showcase finalists are also National Magazine Award winners.

NMA winner Omar Mouallem leads all writers with 6 nominations: He’s nominated twice in Profiles for his work in Alberta Venture, once in Service: Lifestyle, once in Feature Writing: Short and twice in Feature Writing: Long.

Tadzio Richards (a finalist in the Alberta Story category, for his piece “End of the Line” published in Alberta Views) was successful at the 2007 NMAs, winning Gold in the category of Investigative Reporting and Silver for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Two-time NMA winner Jeremy Klaszus, also a former winner of Best New Magazine Writer, is nominated in the Profile category for his work in Swerve.

John Ulan, NMA winner a year ago in Portrait Photography, was nominated for Photography: People and Portraiture.

Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Daniel Wood has a long track record of winning NMAs, starting in 1987 with an Honourable Mention and Silver wins in 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003. At this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards, Daniel is a finalist in the category of Photograph: People and Portraiture.

Marcey Andrews, art director of New Trail—a Gold NMA winner in 2014—is nominated in a impressive slew AMPA categories this year, including: Art Direction for a Single Issue, Cover, Feature, Design, and Editorial Package.

Congratulations also goes out to to Hudson Christie, winner of the 2015 NMA award for Best New Magazine Illustrator and 2016 finalist in the Best Cover category at the AMPA Awards.

New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Previous NMA award-winning creators and current AMPA finalists also include Lisa Gregoire (Essay), Tyee Bridge (Feature Writing: Long and Service: Lifestyle), Marcello Di Cintio (Feature Writing: Long and Profile), Martin Tessler, Clinton Hussey and Evaan Kheraj (Photography: Essay or Series) and Graham Roumieu (Illustration).

The complete list of finalists can be found here.

Aside from the 21 Showcase Awards—rewarding creators of everything from infographics to fiction to digital presence—there are three achievement awards: Anders Knudsen won the Achievement in Publishing Award, Brnesh Berhe is Volunteer of the Year, and Editor of the Year went to Curtis Gillespie, a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The AMPA Achievement Judges had this to say of Curtis’ editing work:

“His love of great writing and storytelling inspired him to provide both emerging and established writers the space to tell compelling and thought-provoking stories at a time when the arena for such content was dwindling.”

(The full blurb can be found here.) Curtis’ editing aptitude is also highlighted by his many NMA wins: he snagged 14 Honourable Mentions between 2000 and 2014, Silver awards in 1999, 2000, and 2013; and Gold awards in 1999 and 2013 for his work in Eighteen Bridges, Western Living, Toronto Life, Saturday Night, New Trail and more.

The NMAF wishes all finalists good luck. Award winners are announced March 3, at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards Gala in Calgary. The gala takes place on the first day of the Alberta Magazines Conference.

Special thanks to Leah Edwards for her reporting on this story.