The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to introduce the jury for the 2021 National Magazine Awards. Over 100 judges volunteered their time and expertise to help us recognize excellence in magazine publishing over the last year—thank you!
Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, winner of the 2013 Toronto Book Award and a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads and the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction. He’s a two-time nominee for the NMAs in the column category, winning the Gold Medal in 2019. He holds a PhD in English and is a Professor of journalism at Ryerson University, Toronto.
Élise Ascoet est une directrice artistique et illustratrice franco-canadienne qui travaille dans l’édition et la presse magazine à Montréal. Titulaire de baccalauréats en communication visuelle du New York Institute of Technology et en design graphique de Créapole (Paris), elle a auparavant travaillé 15 ans dans les domaines de la publicité (Camden, McCann, Havas…). Élise se passionne pour les arts visuels en général (peinture, graffiti, street art, tatouage, bande dessinée…) et aime explorer de nouveaux horizons. Son leitmotiv : « Il n’existe pas de créativité sans curiosité ».
Arjun Basu is a writer and editor living in Montreal. He is a past President of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Derek Beaulieu is the author/editor of over twenty collections of poetry, prose, and criticism, including two volumes of his selected work, Please, No More Poetry (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States, and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Roehampton University and is the Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
He can be found online at www.derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com.
Cristine Berthiaume is an Art Director from Montreal. With a 15-year background in advertising for a wide variety of industries, she has always had a strong interest in art, food, and culture. After five years as a key Art Director at Ricardo Media, Cristine has vast experience creating editorial magazine content, cooking and lifestyle best-selling books, advertising pieces, food packaging and branding. Being on set with the team to work on a food photo shoot is what she likes most about her job.
Marie-Christine Blais est journaliste culturelle. D’abord traductrice et terminologue technique, elle a travaillé comme journaliste et critique musicale au quotidien La Presse, de 1992 à 2015, ainsi qu’à la télévision (Génération 90, Musicographie, Six dans la cité…). Toujours chroniqueuse à la radio (Dessine-moi un dimanche/un été, Aujourd’hui l’histoire, Culture Club, Pénélope, Le 15-18, etc.) et spécialiste en musique populaire, elle est aussi rédactrice pour Apple Music depuis 2017. Depuis 2019, elle est recherchiste pour des balados et recherchiste-adaptatrice de livres audio (I’m Your Man : la vie de Leonard Cohen, Avant de m’en aller : Gerry Boulet) pour la plateforme OHDio de Radio-Canada. Au nombre de ses activités bénévoles récentes : le jumelage à des étudiants en centres de francisation (Fondation pour la langue française), la participation au C.A. de la SACEF (Société pour l’avancement de la chanson d’expression française) et l’accompagnement de personnes en fin de vie à PalliAmi (hôpital Notre-Dame). Par ailleurs, elle a terminé des études en mécanique des petits moteurs et mécanique moto, couronnées par un prix Méritas.
Chroniqueuse et auteure, Josée Boileau pratique le journalisme depuis 1985. Elle a travaillé dans plusieurs grands médias du Québec (Presse canadienne, Télé-Québec, L’actualité…) mais a particulièrement laissé sa marque au quotidien Le Devoir, où elle a été successivement reporter, éditorialiste, directrice de l’information puis rédactrice en chef.
Aujourd’hui, elle commente l’actualité à la radio de Radio-Canada et tient une chronique littéraire au Journal de Montréal. Elle est également l’auteure de différents ouvrages, le plus récent portant sur la tuerie de Polytechnique : Ce jour-là, Parce qu’elles étaient des femmes (Éd. La Presse, 2019) / Because They Were Women, The Montreal Massacre (Second Story Press, 2020).
Récipiendaire de plusieurs distinctions, elle a notamment reçu le prix Pierre-Vadeboncoeur 2017 pour son essai Avec le recul (Somme Toute, 2017) et a été nommée Femme de l’année 2011 en communication par la Fondation du Y des femmes.
Rémy Bourdillon est un journaliste indépendant écrivant pour plusieurs médias au Québec et en France. Double médaillé d’or aux Prix du magazine canadien (2015 et 2020), il est également l’auteur de la bande dessinée documentaire Faire campagne (Atelier 10 et La Pastèque), parue en 2018.
Rick Boychuk is a former newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor of Canadian Geographic magazine. He is the author of two books, Honour Thy Mother and River of Grit. He is a recipient of a Gold National Magazine Award for feature writing and, during his years as editor of Canadian Geographic, the magazine received more than 60 NMA nominations and was named Magazine of the Year in 2001.
Di Brandt is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Glitter & fall: Laozi’s Dao De Jing, Transinhalations (Turnstone Press 2019). She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her poetry, including two National Magazine Awards, one Gold, one Silver. Her bestselling debut collection questions i asked my mother was recently re-issued in a 30th anniversary edition, with a tribute essay by Tanis MacDonald. (Photo credit: Darci Adam)
Hillary Brenhouse—I’m a Canadian writer and editor focused on women’s health, religion, and broken capitalism. My work has appeared in The New Yorker, VICE Canada, TIME, The Oxford American, the Daily Beast, Guernica, and on PRI’s “The World,” among others. I was previously the editor-in-chief of Guernica, the award-winning magazine of global art and politics, and am currently its editor-at-large; in these capacities I’ve collaborated with emerging and renowned writers from all over the world and organized special themed issues on such subjects as “The Boundaries of Gender” and “The Future of Language.” I also conceptualized, curated, and edited The Guardian’s “Antiracism and America” series over the course of last year, and edit books of nonfiction on a freelance basis. I’m fluently bilingual and live in Montreal.
Dominique Cambron-Goulet est un journaliste d’enquête au Journal de Montréal, spécialisé dans les questions de politique municipale.
Sue Carter is deputy editor at Inuit Art Quarterly and the former longtime editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire. Her freelance writing appears regularly in the Toronto Star and other publications. She is the recipient of several editorial awards and in 2019 was longlisted for an Alan Slaight Prize for Journalism.
Véronique Chagnon est rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine Nouveau Projet, nommé magazine de l’année au Canada en 2015 et en 2019. Elle était auparavant directrice adjointe de l’information générale et politique au journal Le Devoir.
En huit ans d’expérience en journalisme, Sarah Champagne a expérimenté autant la pige pour des magazines que les contrats pour des médias comme Le Devoir et Radio-Canada. Elle a ramené des reportages de 15 pays sur 4 continents, principalement en français, mais aussi en anglais et en espagnol. Après une maîtrise en Caroline du Nord, elle a couvert le pic épidémique de la COVID-19 au Texas Tribune. Elle s’intéresse aux migrations, aux conflits, à l’environnement et de plus en plus à l’agro-alimentaire.
Yuan Changming grew up in an isolated village, started to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at age nineteen and published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include eleven Pushcart nominations, nine chapbooks & awards, as well as publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry: Tenth Anniversary Edition & BestNewPoemsOnline, among more than 1,800 other literary outlets across 46 countries.
Matthieu Charest, rédacteur spécialisé, relations publiques et contenu, Banque Nationale. Passionné par la politique étrangère et par les langues modernes, il a d’abord été journaliste économique pour Les Affaires, puis Radio-Canada. Il a également collaboré avec Finance et Investissement, animé le balado Les Dérangeants sur l’entrepreneuriat, et de nombreuses conférences sur l’économie et l’immobilier.
Violaine Charest-Sigouin écrit pour des magazines depuis plus de 15 ans. Elle a notamment été rédactrice pour ELLE QUÉBEC, Châtelaine et enRoute, en plus de collaborer à de nombreuses autres publications. Elle est l’auteure du roman La brûlure(Leméac Éditeur) et coauteure du recueil de nouvelles D’autres mondes (Québec Amérique). Crédit photo : Richmond Lam
Ava Chisling is an award-winning writer, editor and media lawyer who counsels creative types from Academy Award winners to authors, publishers and designers. Based in Montreal, she is a recognized AI/pop culture blogger and creates ad campaigns for many well-known national brands. She has written for enRoute, The National, Time Out, Good.is, Strut and Canadian Lawyer, among many others.
Journaliste depuis 35 ans, Daniel Chrétien a fait du magazine son principal champ de pratique. Pigiste, il a écrit et révisé des reportages pour L’actualité, Châtelaine, Commerce, Affaires +, Québec Science et Forces, notamment, avant de se joindre à l’équipe permanente de L’actualité. Il y travaillera pendant 16 ans, d’abord comme reporter, puis comme chef de rubriques. Depuis 2018, il est rédacteur en chef adjoint du magazine Châtelaine.
Kathy Cook is currently a senior policy advisor in the Social Innovation Division at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Before entering government 10 years ago, she was an internationally published journalist, a frequent contributor to Reader’s Digest Magazine and also wrote for The Walrus and Elm Street magazines. Her non-fiction book, Stolen Angels: the Kidnapped Girls of Uganda (Penguin, 2007), a political drama about war, international politics and child soldiers in Sudan/Northern Uganda, spent several weeks on the Canadian bestseller list for political books and was recently in development as a Hollywood movie starring Uma Thurman, titled “Girl Soldier.” Her specialty with Reader’s Digest was writing “Drama in Real Life,” survival-against-the-odds type features, including medical dramas. She won a National Magazine Award in 2006 in the category of politics/public policy for her article “The Peace Wager/Sudan’s Last Chance” (Walrus 2005), about failed peace negotiations. Kathy also worked as the weekend national news editor for Canada.com, and while completing a master’s degree in journalism in 2000 was named the best student journalist in the country by the Canadian Association of Journalists for her work published in the Ottawa Citizen.
Crystelle Crépeau est première directrice Magazines et information numérique à Radio-Canada. Auparavant, elle a été rédactrice en chef du magazine Châtelaine et rédactrice en chef numérique du magazine L’actualité.
Rob Csernyik is a journalist and writer currently based in Saint John, New Brunswick. His work has appeared at Barron’s Penta, Maclean’s, the Literary Review of Canada, The Globe and Mail and The New Republic. An alumnus of Bishop’s University and the University of King’s College, Rob was selected for the 2019 investigative journalism intensive at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. His investigative work on Canadian casinos has been published in several outlets. In his spare time, he edits Great Canadian Longform sharing his passion for longform feature writing via social media and a newsletter.
Andrew D’Cruz is the executive producer of CBC Arts and its weekly television show CBC Arts: Exhibitionists. He’s been building and running websites since the late ’90s, and is (still) passionate about finding new ways to tell stories online. He previously led CBC’s Canada 150 vertical and ran the digital side of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Steven and Chris. Prior to that, he worked in magazine publishing in both print and digital roles.
Annelise Dekker is a Creative Director with 24 years in the Publishing, Advertising and Design industries. She brings extensive hands-on experience in creating amazing integrated advertising campaigns, print, video and digital marketing, corporate identity, branding design, editorial design and art direction, as well as retail design. She’s both a strategic and creative partner to clients, working closely to align with their business objectives. Annelise works closely with all levels of the creative teams she leads and expertly manages projects from concept to completion.
Annelise works as a freelance Creative Director for a number of national agencies and brands. She’s worked in senior Art Director roles for places like Reader’s Digest, Bookmark Content (previously Spafax) and the Vancouver Sun, to name a few. Some of the international brands she’s worked with include: Aldo, Bombardier, Brown’s Shoes, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mercedes Benz and W Hotels. Annelise’s work has been recognized through many awards, from organizations like Applied Arts, Communication Arts.
Originally from Alberta, Annelise grew up in New Brunswick, spent several years living and working in Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal, but made the move back to the east coast in 2011—she calls Moncton home. Annelise holds a BA in English Literature/Publishing from Simon Fraser University and is an honours graduate of Langara College’s Publishing/Graphic Design program.
Nelly Desmarais a étudié la littérature à l’Université du Québec à Montréal et à l’Université McGill. Elle travaille dans le milieu de l’édition depuis 2011. Elle a publié poèmes, proses et critiques en revue et dans plusieurs collectifs. Son texte «Fièvre», paru dans Nouveau Projet, a été finaliste aux Prix du magazine canadien 2020, dans la catégorie poésie. Elle est directrice administrative adjointe chez Le Quartanier Éditeur.
Christine Dewairy is the art director of Toronto Life. She oversees the creative direction of the magazine and all extensions of the brand including the website, special issues and sponsored content in all its iterations. Prior to her role at Toronto Life, she art directed various publications including Maclean’s, and the weekend and fashion supplement sections of the National Post.
Brianne DiAngelo is a communications professional based in Toronto. She has held various positions over the last decade at Magazines Canada, the national association for Canada’s magazine media, most recently as its Director of Communications and Public Engagement. In her time at Magazines Canada, Brianne has worked on many multi-year programs and initiatives that directly support the magazine industry and its creators, ranging from marketing campaigns and paid internships at magazines to national conferences and resources that highlight magazine media success.
Recrutée comme secrétaire de rédaction au défunt magazine MOI&cie, Laurie Dupont a gravi les échelons un à un, pendant huit ans (et deux grossesses).
Puis, après avoir occupé le poste de chef de contenu mode, beauté et culture au magazine VÉRO pendant quatre ans, Laurie détient maintenant les reines de la section culture et société du ELLE Québec, tout en conservant son chapeau de chef culture au VÉRO. Ainsi, elle se spécialise dans sa passion première, soit celle de parler de culture (surtout celle d’ici) matin, midi et soir. Laurie Dupont anime aussi le balado À présent du ELLE QUÉBEC depuis presque un an, et cette nouvelle corde à son arc la passionne tout particulièrement.
Rebecca Eckler is an internationally bestselling author of ten books. She was a columnist at the National Post for 15 years and has written for numerous publications in North America, including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Eckler’s “Modern Love” column was included in both editions of the Best of the Modern Times anthologies. She writes a weekly blog for SavvyMom, where she won gold for best columnist two years in a row. Her latest book is Blissfully Blended Bullshit, about blending, and then unblending families. She lives in Toronto.
Kyle Edwards is the managing editor of Native News Online and a 2021 Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He’s won Gold and Silver National Magazine Awards, and was a finalist for Best New Writer in 2017. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher and editor. Her work explores the intersections of and interactions between the body, place, and technology. A science and environmental journalist by trade, she completed a PhD in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she studied the relationships between virtual and material public urban spaces. She is the Science + Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada, an academic news site, and Editor-in-Chief of Studio, a magazine dedicated to Canadian craft and design.
Eugénie Emond est journaliste, animatrice et recherchiste. Elle collabore avec différents médias dont Beside Media et Radio-Canada. Son travail lui a valu une nomination aux Prix du magazine canadien en 2019 et 2020.
Francesca Fionda is a freelance investigative and data journalist. Her past stories have uncovered fake Indigenous art in the tourism industry, exposed government failures in protecting sensitive health information and revealed new, in-depth data on Canada’s mobile workforce.
She’s worked with major investigative teams across the country and numerous independent outlets. Her work has earned nominations and awards from the Jack Webster Foundation, Online News Association, Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Online Publishing Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Radio Television Digital News Association and the New York Festivals Worlds.
She’s excited to be part of shaping the future of journalism and is teaching at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Francesca is a first-generation settler of Filipino and Italian ancestry. She lives, reports and teaches on the the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Stó:lō Nations.
Daniel Fish is the senior editor at Precedent. He graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program and has a master’s in English from the University of Guelph. Daniel won Gold at the National Magazine Media Awards for his profile of Michael Bryant. He also won a Gold medal at the National Magazine Awards: B2B for the piece “The mental-health crisis in law.”
Stacey May Fowles is a multiple award-winning journalist, essayist, and author of four books. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction, and her bylines include The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Maisonneuve, Elle Canada, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Vice, Hazlitt, Quill and Quire, and many others. She has been anthologized in venues ranging from Not That Bad (Roxane Gay ed.) to Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her most recent book, Baseball Life Advice, was published by McClelland & Stewart in spring 2017, was a national bestseller, and was selected by The Globe and Mail and Maisonneuve as a best book of the year. A former columnist at The Globe and Mail, she currently writes the Book Therapy column for Open Book Ontario. Fowles lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter, where she is working on a memoir to be published by McClelland & Stewart.
Matt Frehner leads the Visual Journalism team at The Globe and Mail. Our award-winning group of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists works to make sense of a complicated and fast-moving world through high-impact visual journalism.
Au Soleil depuis 2003, Valérie Gaudreau a travaillé dans divers secteurs avant de couvrir la scène municipale de Québec de 2011 à 2017. Elle fait cette année-là le saut à la direction comme cheffe des nouvelles avant d’été nommée rédactrice en chef du Soleil, poste qu’elle occupe depuis juin 2018. Elle collabore aussi à la radio de Radio-Canada, à la radio CKIA-FM et auprès des jeunes journalistes du magazine de rue La Quête qui vient en aide aux itinérants du centre-ville de Québec.
Craille Maguire Gillies—I’m a Canadian-born, UK-based editor and writer for The Guardian. A National Magazine Award-winner as both writer and editor, I have worked as a story editor for Reader’s Digest, assistant editor at enRoute magazine and as a journalist for a host of outlets—from The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic to The Guardian and the CBC. (Photo Credit: Linda Nylind/The Guardian)
raj grainger is a UK-born multidisciplinary graphic designer and creative director who lives and works in Toronto. He studied conceptual art and media design and focuses primarily on editorial, print- and identity-based projects. He likes to collaborate with cultural and educational institutions, non-profits and other creatives. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts magazine, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD), The Advertising & Design Club of Canada and nominated for three National Magazine Awards. In addition to starting his own studio practice, he volunteers as an awards juror, portfolio reviews and as a mentor.
Charles Grandmont est le directeur de l’information en continu et des opérations numériques de Radio-Canada. Il était jusqu’en janvier 2021 vice-président principal de Mishmash Média et rédacteur en chef de L’actualité, où il a mené une refonte complète du magazine et mis en place une nouvelle stratégie de diffusion qui ont permis une augmentation considérable du lectorat et des abonnements numériques. L’actualité a d’ailleurs remporté l’an dernier le prix du Magazine de l’année décerné par la Fondation des prix pour les médias canadiens.
Au cours de ses 25 ans d’expérience dans l’industrie, Charles a développé une fine connaissance des médias écrits et numériques, tant comme gestionnaire que comme journaliste. Il a notamment œuvré une dizaine d’années à titre de reporter à la Presse canadienne, La Presse et Reuters Canada. Il a aussi été rédacteur en chef du magazine Infopresse et collaborateur pigiste pour plusieurs publications.
Charles est le père de deux formidables pré-adolescents et le conjoint d’une femme tout aussi exceptionnelle.
Alexandra Guellil est journaliste, responsable des dossiers société à L’Itinéraire depuis 2015. Elle chronique occasionnellement pour Touki Montréal, webzine spécialisé dans l’actualité africaine à Montréal. D’abord passionnée par la radio, elle collaborera avec plusieurs médias au Québec et à l’international, dont Canoe.ca (Agence QMI), Chyz FM, RFI et Radio Algérie Internationale. En 2018, elle se joint au collectif d’auteurs dirigé par Normand Baillargeon pour rendre hommage à Noam Chomsky (Québec Amérique).
Diplômée de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Mélissa Guillemette a commencé sa carrière au quotidien Le Devoir avant de prendre un virage magazine à la rédaction de Jobboom. Elle travaille aujourd’hui comme reporter et réviseure de contenu chez Québec Science, où elle réalise de longs reportages sur des sujets aussi variés que le recyclage des déchets électroniques et la classification complexe des espèces d’insectes feuilles. On peut également la voir à l’émission Ça me regarde.
Liz Harmer‘s first novel, The Amateurs, a speculative novel of technological rapture, was released with Knopf/Vintage in 2019. After receiving starred reviews with Publishers Weekly and Quill and Quire, The Amateurs was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her stories, essays, and poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Walrus, Image Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, PRISM, Lit Hub, Best Canadian Stories, and elsewhere. In 2019, she was awarded fellowships by both the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and was the runner-up for the Mitchell Prize in poetry. She has also been a finalist for the Journey Prize, and nominated four times for National Magazine Awards, one of which she won in 2014 for Personal Journalism. Harmer’s second novel, Strange Loops, is forthcoming with Knopf Canada in 2022.
Eva Holland—I’m a freelance writer based in the Yukon, a correspondent for Outside magazine, and a former editor at Up Here. My work has also appeared in WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, Hakai, Hazlitt, The Walrus, Smithsonian, AFAR, Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life, and many more. My first book, Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear, was published last spring.
Lorax B. Horne is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Newsweek, CBC, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, and Elle Canada. They were recently named editor-in-chief for Distributed Denial of Secrets, a publishing collective aimed at enabling the free transmission of data in the public interest. They live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Jude Isabella is an award-winning science journalist, concentrating on the environment, ecology, and archaeology with occasional forays into health. As a journalist, she has worked for newspapers and magazines, on staff or as a freelancer. She spent a dozen years as managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s science magazine for kids. In 2015, she launched Hakai Magazine, an online publication focused on coastal science and societies. Jude continues to write for young readers. Her sixth book for kids, Bringing Back the Wolves, was published in spring 2020 by Kids Can Press.
Laurie Jennings is deputy editor at Good Housekeeping and director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, a state-of-the-art consumer research and product testing facility in NYC. Laurie leads a team of engineers, chemists, homecare specialists and editorial experts to create science-backed content, industry-leading events, report on consumer behaviour and trends, assess items for the Good Housekeeping Seal and evaluate products for consumers. She also heads up a variety of editorially driven business opportunities and strategic partnerships, including programs with Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, the launch of GH’s Wellness Lab, GH commerce and retail innovations, GH summits, GH insights, and more. Laurie is a sought-after speaker, participating on panels at CES, SXSW and the Global Wellness Summit. As a Scout for Hearst Labs, she regularly meets and advises young entrepreneurs, while screening them and their companies for possible investment by Hearst. In 2021, she is a judge for the Digiday Media Awards. She lives in New York City with her family. Find her on Instagram @lauriejenningsnyc.
Arvin Joaquin is an award-winning journalist and editor based in Vancouver, B.C. He is currently a videojournalist with OMNI News: Filipino. He previously worked as an associate editor at Xtra Magazine, where he wrote the magazine’s Digital Publishing Award-winning newsletter. In 2020, he was named as a finalist for Best Emerging Writer at the National Magazine Awards. His work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Global News, CTV News, TVO, CBC, and more.
Richard Johnson is a writer for the podcast Trailblazers, with Walter Isaacson, a copy editor at Reader’s Digest, and a proud, long-time contributor to This Magazine. He is a former fellow in literary journalism at the Banff Centre and is currently researching a book about deliberative democracy and reimagining the role of the public in politics. He lives in Victoria, B.C., with his wife Ashley Walters, a podcast producer, and their two young sons.
Jesse Johnston has been a photo editor with The Canadian Press since 2013. He has worked as a photo editor for the Toronto Star and Yahoo Canada. Jesse is originally from Manitoba where he began his career as a photojournalist before relocating to Japan to focus on long term photo projects. His work has been published in Canada and around the world. He spends his time, pretty well every hour of every day during these times, with his wife Amanda, dog Jake and 2 1/2 year-old doppelganger, Sam.
Lindsay Jones—I am a national award-winning freelance journalist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I graduated from University of King’s College with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours Degree in 2000, and began my career writing for local newspapers, The Daily News in Halifax and Metro Halifax. After taking some time off to have children, I began working as a freelance journalist about a decade ago.
I now regularly contribute reporting and stories to The Globe and Mail, CBC, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, The Walrus, The Narwhal and Vice.
In 2020, I was nominated for a NMA in the short feature category and won a silver Digital Publishing Award award. In 2019, I won two Digital Publishing Awards, and in 2018, I was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for feature writing.
Emmanuel Kattan is Director of the Alliance Program at Columbia University. He was previously Director of the British Council in New York, where he oversaw academic collaboration programs. He created partnerships with the Henry Luce Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation to launch initiatives connecting higher education institutions across the Atlantic. Before joining the British Council, Emmanuel was Senior Adviser at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, where he managed strategic communications and engagement with academic communities. He also held senior positions at the Commonwealth Secretariat and at the Quebec Delegation in London, where he was in charge of academic relations programs. A native of Montreal, Emmanuel studied politics at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and earned a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of five books: an essay on the politics of memory and four novels.
Jeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He was previously a news and business editor at NewYorker.com, the digital director of Harper’s Magazine, and a senior editor at The Walrus.
Michelle Kelly started her career in publishing in 1998, as the receptionist at Cottage Life. Since then, she has held various positions in the editorial department at the magazine until she was named Editor in July 2015 and Vice President, Content, Cottage Life, in September 2019. She’s a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for Centennial College in Toronto, and is also the recipient of several Canadian National Magazine Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Outside of work, Michelle sits on the board of Ready, Set, Play, a non-profit group that helps provide Toronto youth access to organized sports. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Evaan Kheraj is a New York & Vancouver based photographer whose love for documenting spans decades and genres. With a background in new media, he has built a career on bringing fresh concepts and a sense of the real-world into all of his work. Whether it’s editorial, commercial, or fine art, Evaan’s adaptability, sincerity, and work ethic makes him the supreme collaborator. He’s an artist who’s always rallied against what’s common, developing a cohesive aesthetic that reflects just that. When not developing his craft and working on various projects, he’s documenting the lives of his wife and 3 children at home. Past clients include: Elle US, Teen Vogue, Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Warner Brothers Music, Bubly and more.
Manisha Krishnan is a senior editor at VICE News reporting on subjects such as racism, drug policy, sexual violence against women, and guns. She also hosted World of VICE on VICELAND and several documentaries, including Fear and Loading: Women and Guns in America, which won a Digital Publishing Award. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for a weed legalization town hall she hosted featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mathieu Lachapelle est le directeur général et cofondateur de Dînette. Dînette est un magazine indépendant au format papier dont la mission première est de sortir la cuisine de la cuisine. Pour cela, Dînette invite le lecteur dans une expérience culinaire qui sort de l’ordinaire par le biais de reportages, de recettes et de photos qui invitent à l’aventure. Reconnu pour la qualité de son contenu, son sens du design et sa qualité artistique, Dînette est lauréat de plusieurs prix prestigieux dont Meilleur Magazine Lifestyle en 2020 au National Magazine Awards. L’entreprise s’est aussi fait connaître à l’émission grand public Dans l’œil du dragon.
Mathieu a créé Dînette pour rendre hommage à son amour pour le papier et dans un désir de remettre les lettres de noblesse à l’univers du magazine. Son leadership et sa créativité lui ont permis de pénétrer un marché encore inexploité pour le magazine Canadien, le territoire de la francophonie européenne et d’ainsi y devenir le magazine canadien le plus massivement distribué en dehors de son territoire. Pour poursuivre sa croissance, Dînette n’hésite pas à diversifier ses champs d’activité en mettant sur pied un pop-up d’artisans, des événement expérientiels inspirants et une gamme de produits d’artisans sous l’effigie de sa marque. Ceci dans un but continuel de mettre en lumière des artisans, des producteurs, des agriculteurs et passionnées, d’art, de culture, de voyages et de cuisine.
Mathieu est détenteur d’un baccalauréat en communication de l’UQAM et est passionné par le marketing, le branding et l’art. Son enthousiasme pour la photographie le suit d’ailleurs depuis son tout jeune âge, mais ce n’est qu’cours des dernières années, que Mathieu à réellement transformé sa passion de partir à l’aventure pour capturer des histoires en images en profession. Ce nouveau départ l’a amené à de travailler auprès de nombreuses tels que SEPAQ, Huttopia, Tourisme Bromont, Balnea Spa, Headster Kids, Audvik, Alvéole, Loto-Québec, Devinci ainsi que remporter nombreux prix pour sa photographie, en autres au concours National magazine Awards, Graphika et Applied arts.
Mathieu est aussi fier papa et adore les végé burgers.
Aurélie Lanctôt est codirectrice et rédactrice en chef de la revue Liberté, chroniqueuse au Devoir ainsi qu’à la radio de Radio-Canada. Elle est également titulaire d’une maitrise en droit.
Angie Landry est actuellement journaliste à Rad, le laboratoire de journalisme de Radio-Canada. Elle œuvre pour la société d’État depuis 2015, où elle a d’abord travaillé en Abitibi-Témiscamingue pendant près de 4 ans, touchant presque tous les corps de métier et saisissant la valeur de l’information régionale. En 2019, elle s’est mérité un prix Judith-Jasmin pour son reportage numérique « Survivre à la 117 » et une nomination pour « Diversité à l’écran : le plafond de verre des rôles vedettes », et l’a emporté dans la catégorie Text Feature aux prix de l’Association canadienne des journalistes.
Kim Larson is an industry-leading art director whose 15-year career has been marked by a combination of versatility and creativity throughout the province. Kim is the art director of EDIFY, LEAP magazine, HERE magazine (University Hospital Foundation) and Eighteen Bridges. She previously worked as art director of AVENUE Edmonton and art director for Venture Publishing, where she guided Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil and Eighteen Bridges magazines to numerous high-profile provincial and national magazine awards. Kim recently art directed several award winning photo shoots in Applied Arts magazine. She is passionate about all things magazines.
Propelled by a passion for arts, culture and community, Deborah Lau-Yu is the co-founder and art director at PALETTERA, an award-winning Canadian design firm specializing in meaningful storytelling through design. Their work focuses on event branding and design, marketing campaign design, and print communication. Her team creates compelling objects, print pieces, and art experiences with lasting meaning — a philosophy which embraces the core concepts of “thinking through making,” and connecting the head, heart and hand. Most recently, the Palettera team has built a new Canadian lifestyle stationery brand, Ferris Wheel Press, with refreshing products to inspire the world to fall in love with writing again. Deborah’s personal mission is to use design practice to innovate, challenge, and strengthen the community to connect at deeper levels and inspired others to always reach further. Deborah founded and and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Fete Chinoise, an award-winning platform focussed on modern Chinese culture that champions an annual collector’s magazine, online community, and signature showcase event that fundraises for local charities, which have included the Markham Stouffville Hospital, Sick Kids, fu-GEN Theatre, Mon Sheong Foundation and Orbis Canada. The magazine was awarded the 2019 Best Publication by Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and recognized for Best Art Direction of a single article at the National Magazine Awards 2020. In addition to her entrepreneurial and cultural work, Deborah also dedicates her time to a group of important causes: she serves as Director of Graphic Arts for the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, and is a contributor to many organizations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, David Foster Foundation, Sick Kids Foundation, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, Suzanne & Edward Rogers Foundation, Boost for Kids, Camp Oochigaas, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, and the Association of Chinese-Canadian Entrepreneurs.
Après avoir exercé le journalisme dans un quotidien, une agence de presse et un site web, Johanne Lauzon s’est jointe à l’équipe Châtelaine, il y a 12 ans. Elle a été tour à tour chef des pages santé, rédactrice en chef adjointe et, depuis 2016, rédactrice en chef. Elle a insufflé un vent nouveau sur la marque tant aimée par les Québécoises avec un accent porté sur la santé, le féminisme et la diversité.
After winning her National Magazine Award, Sophie Lees earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC in 2009. Since then, Sophie has published many articles and taught writing for Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese universities. Currently, she is dividing her time working on a YA novel and teaching.
Roger Lemoyne studied art in London, cinema in Montreal, toured Canada with a musical group and worked in film before turning to photography. Since the early 1990s, he has traveled and photographed in over 60 countries on six of seven continents. His work has appeared in exhibitions in Europe and North America, books, magazines and festivals such as Visa pour l’Image, Contact Festival photography festivals. His first monograph, “Details obscurs” was published in 2005. His images have garnered more than 50 awards internationally, including a National Magazine Award in 2020, Michener-Deacon Grant for investigative reporting in 2013, grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec in 2006 and 2009, a Canada Council grant in 2013, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in 2007, the “World Understanding Award” from POYi at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2006, The Prix Bayeux-Calvados pour reportage de guerre in 2006, the Alexia Grant in 2004, a World Press Photo in 1999. he is represented by Redux Pictures. He lives in Montreal with his wife, a physician, and their two school-age children.
Judith Lussier est journaliste indépendante depuis plus de 15 ans. Elle a été chroniqueuse au Journal Métro ainsi qu’à Urbania. Les différents essais qu’on lui doit, sur les dépanneurs, la procréation assistée, les sports en fauteuil roulant ou le militantisme à l’ère des réseaux sociaux, témoignent de la diversité de ses champs d’intérêt.
Samia Madwar is the managing editor of The Walrus. Before joining The Walrus, she worked at Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife, for three years, where she learned how to balance meeting deadlines with spending time outside. She now serves on the editorial board of the Inuit Art Quarterly and on the board of directors of Magazines Canada.
Elisabeth Massicolli évolue depuis plusieurs années dans l’univers des magazines féminins. Elle s’intéresse de près à la mode durable, aux voyages, au féminisme et à la culture populaire. Passionnée des mots, elle est également éditrice et autrice. Son premier roman, La Bouche Pleine, est paru à l’automne 2020, chez Québec Amérique.
Herb Mathisen is a freelance reporter and editor in Yellowknife. He was the editor of Up Here magazine.
Gregory McCormick is the Manager of Cultural and Literary Programming at Toronto Public Library, the largest urban library system in the world. After finishing a Master’s degree in literature from Université de Montréal, he served for six years as Director of Programming for Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. He has edited memoir, fiction and other kinds of writing for a number of years and was the Non-Fiction Editor of Carte Blanche from 2015 to 2018. Originally from the USA, he has lived in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Grenoble and Buenos Aires. He divides his time between Toronto and Montreal.
David McKie is the National Observer’s deputy managing editor.
Before joining the Observer, the Ottawa-based, award-winning journalist and author spent 26 years honing his skills at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an investigative producer. Records obtained from federal access-to-information and provincial freedom-of-information requests drove a lot of his work which included investigations into prescription drugs, Tasers, medical devices, nursing homes and school violence.
David teaches at the schools of journalism at Carleton University, the University of King’s College, and Ryerson University, and has co-authored three journalism textbooks and two user guides on freedom-of-information laws and privacy, respectively.
He is an access-to-information and data-journalism consultant who has run workshops for organizations including Humber College, TV Ontario, the Magazine Association of BC, the Canadian Association of Journalists and NICAR.
Scott McLeod is the editor of Prefix Photo, which was named Best Magazine: Art, Literary and Culture at the 42nd National Magazine Awards in 2020. He has served as a juror and nominator for numerous awards, including the Prix Pictet, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards Awards, and the Scotiabank Photography Award, among others. A member of AICA Canada and IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, he lives and works in Toronto.
Catherine Métayer is editor-in-chief and partner at BESIDE Media. She oversees the print magazine—published simultaneously in French and English—and the web platform for editorial features, as well as its print and video projects. With 15 years of experience in various areas of the publishing industry, Catherine has been an editor at the United Nations in New York; a Lonely Planet travel writer; and an editorial director of artistic, academic, and literary publications, as well as a curator of book exhibitions. She holds a master’s in publishing from the University of the Arts London.
Annabelle Moreau est la rédactrice en chef du magazine de création et de critique littéraire, Lettres québécoises, depuis 2017. Elle préside la Société de développement des périodiques culturels québécois (SODEP) et rédige une thèse de doctorat au Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création de l’Université McGill.
Scot Morison has been writing professionally for more than 35 years. After two decades spent telling stories primarily for film and television, he returned to his first love—writing prose—several years ago, and has recently written for magazines including Eighteen Bridges, New Trail, Avenue and ScoreGolf. In 2019, he won a Silver in the Profile category at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards (AMPA) for “Finding Bobbi,” a story about his cousin’s 50-year journey through gender dysphoria, published in Eighteen Bridges. Earlier this year, he won a Gold in the Feature category at the AMPA Awards for “On Air,” published in Avenue. He has an MFA from UBC, and he has taught creative writing at MacEwan University and the Banff Centre. In addition to his non-fiction, Morison has published a novel (Noble Sanctuary, Doubleday) and a number of short stories.
Sabrina Myre is a Canadian journalist now based in Montreal, after 4 years of freelancing mostly from Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. She also worked for Radio France International and the magazine Jeune Afrique in Paris between 2014 and 2016. She spent the first 8 years of her career working for Radio-Canada in Québec. She won a silver medal at the 2020 National Magazine Awards for the feature “La longue route des survivantes yézidies” in Iraqi Kurdistan, published in the magazine Elle Québec.
Samantha Nock is an apihtaw’kos’an poet, writer, and beadwork artist from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast British Columbia, the traditional lands of the Dunne-zaa, Cree, and Saulteaux peoples. Her family is originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak) in Northern Saskatchewan, Treaty 10 territory. At present, Samantha is an uninvited visitor on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Samantha has been published in Shameless Magazine, SAD Magazine, Canadian Art, Ariel: A Review of English Literature, amongst others. Her poem “pahpowin” won 2nd runner up for the 2018 Prism International Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Samantha’s personal essay “Saw Your Instagram,” published in the Fall 2018 issue of Canadian Art, was nominated for the 2019 National Magazine Award in the personal journalism category. Recently, Samantha’s poem “pahpowin” was published the 2020 anthology of Best Canadian Poetry, edited by Marilyn Dumont.
Simone Olivero is a senior editor at Today’s Parent. She has nearly a decade of experience working in media with various news and lifestyle publications. Her work has been published in Toronto Life, Chatelaine and House & Home, among other places.
Laura Osborne, former editor-in-chief of the award-winning RICARDO magazines, is a content creator for authority publications and creative agencies such as Air Canada’s enRoute and Sid Lee.
Evan Osenton is the editor of Alberta Views magazine.
Carlos Osorio—I am a Salvadoran-Canadian photographer in Toronto covering news and features for wire services, newspapers and magazines. I am member of Diversify Photo, a community of BIPOC photographers, editors and visual producers, and a mentor with both the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and with ROOM, a photojournalism mentorship program for BIPOC photographers. Before becoming a freelancer in 2018, I worked as a staff photographer at the Toronto Star for 13 years, where I covered local, national and international news.
Valérie Ouellet is an award-winning reporter based in Toronto, Canada. She uses her data analysis and computer coding skills to report on exclusive stories for CBC/Radio-Canada. Recently, she investigated COVID-19 cases in jails, documented underreported violence in schools and analyzed patterns of gender disparity in Canadian politics. She won the CAJ Data Journalism Award in 2018 for her work on violence in Ontario nursing homes and was part of the national team nominated for the 2018 Michener Award for stories on faulty medical devices. She teaches Data Journalism at Ryerson University.
Edith Pelletier est directrice artistique de L’actualité. Elle a consacré sa carrière à l’univers du magazine, d’abord dans l’équipe graphique de Coup de pouce. Elle s’est jointe à L’actualité en 2017 à titre de directrice artistique adjointe, avant de prendre en charge la direction artistique en 2019.
Karen Pinchin is a longform and investigative journalist and editor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she is writing her first book.
Brett Popplewell is an assistant professor of journalism at Carleton University. A winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, his work has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing, Bloomberg Businessweek, Mother Jones, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest and more. He is also an author and the founding editor of The Feathertale Review.
Laura Pratt is a long-time journalist, writer and editor. She writes for Canadian magazines, and edits books. Her first memoir, The Fleeting Years, was published in 2004. Laura lives in Toronto with her kids and dogs. She’s a 2020 graduate of the University of King’s College’s creative nonfiction MFA and is working on Heartbreak, her second book of creative non-fiction.
Jean-François Proulx est directeur de création du studio montréalais Balistique.ca. Depuis 2012, il est aussi le directeur artistique du magazine Nouveau Projet, publication pour laquelle il a été nominé et a remporté plusieurs prix aux National Magazine Awards.
Anicka Quin is the Editorial Director of Western Living and Vancouver magazines. Under her leadership, Western Living has become a regional brand with a national reputation, winning Best Home Design and Décor magazine in Canada in 2017 at the Canadian Magazine Awards and Magazine of the Year at the Editor’s Choice Awards in 2019; Vancouver magazine has also thrived under her tenure, winning Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards in 2018 and best e-newsletter in 2019. Before joining Western Living and Vanmag, Anicka worked with Alternatives Journal and the alt-weekly id Magazine. She is a former board member for the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and consults with Magazines Canada for their professional development series.
Lauchie Reid is an illustrator, artist, and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. He is a founding member of illustration and art collective Team Macho and the Chair of the Illustration Program at OCAD University
Bradley Reinhardt is the Art Director at Cottage Life Media. Previously he was Art Director at Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Star Touch, Eye Weekly and Associate AD at Toronto Life Magazine. He is a father, husband, dog walker, and guitar player.
Christina Reynolds is a freelance writer, editor, and journalist based in Calgary, in Treaty 7 territory. She’s been the executive editor at ELLE Canada, the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc, a television producer with CTV’s Alberta Primetime and Report on Business Television, and a newspaper writer and copy editor with the Calgary Herald.
Après une formation en sciences humaines à l’Université de Montréal, Elsa Rigaldies a obtenu un baccalauréat en design de l’environnement à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle a ensuite œuvré à Paris durant quatre ans chez Sylvie de France et associés comme designer d’emballage cosmétique dans le secteur du flaconnage. De retour à Montréal, elle s’investit depuis une quinzaine d’années dans le monde des magazines. C’est ainsi qu’elle a été successivement directrice artistique de Cool!, de 7Jours, de MOI&cie, de ELLE Québec et de Clin d’œil, poste qu’elle occupe actuellement. Ces expériences l’ont conduite, outre la gestion graphique et visuelle des magazines, à travailler entre autres sur les outils de communication, les plateformes numériques et la direction des sessions photos.
M.E. Rogan is an award-winning magazine writer living in Toronto. A two-time gold medal winner and multiple nominee at the National Magazine Awards, they won the 2017 long-form feature writing award for “Growing Up Trans,” which appeared in The Walrus, Canada’s premier literary magazine. Their most recent feature for The Walrus is entitled “Quitting America.”
Rogan’s work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, SEED, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Sports Writing, Reader’s Digest, Best Canadian Essays, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, The Walrus, the National Post, The Globe and Mail and other publications.
Before launching into magazine writing, Rogan was a senior radio producer and on-air contributor at the CBC in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa.
Jessica Rose is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who has written for publications across Canada. She is the current book reviews editor for THIS Magazine, an assistant editor at MarQuee Magazine, a senior editor at the Hamilton Review of Books, and a founding editor of The Inlet, a digital arts and culture publication. Her book reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Room, rabble.ca, Herizons, THIS, the Children’s Book News, and the Humber Literary Review. She was also a longtime contributor to Hamilton Magazine before the publication ceased in 2019 and is the former Editor in Chief of Brainspace Magazine. Jessica has almost 15 years of experience in educational publishing, writing and editing resources for children, and she is the current Marketing Manager at gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival. She also works in the field of digital storytelling, working with many local and national not-for-profits.
Guillaume Roy est journaliste indépendant basé à Saint-Félicien au Lac-Saint-Jean. Diplômé en sciences de l’environnement et passionné de grandes aventures, il couvre l’actualité en lien avec les ressources naturelles, l’entrepreneuriat, les sciences et le plein air. Il collabore entre autres avec Espaces, Le Quotidien, Caribou, Unpointcinq, Quatre-Temps, L’Actualité, Québec Sciences, et Beside. Il est aussi le rédacteur en chef du magazine Opérations forestières.
Harley Rustad—I’m a features editor at The Walrus, a faculty editor at the Banff Centre’s Mountain and Wilderness Writing residency, and the author of “Big Lonely Doug: the story of one of Canada’s last great trees.” I’ve written for Outside magazine, The Globe and Mail, Geographical, The Guardian, and am currently working on my second book.
Steven Sandor is the editor of Edify Magazine in Edmonton, Alberta. He has authored 10 books, the latest being the young-adult novel, Easy Out, available via Lorimer. He has been a soccer broadcaster for more than a decade. Many of his final drafts are written to the inspirational strains of Slayer’s Reign in Blood.
Bill Skerrett PhD has spent many years involved with the media industry in Atlantic Canada. He helped create the Atlantic Magazines Association and is the founding and current Executive Director of the 40 year old Atlantic Journalism Awards, which has a magazine awards component. He was a commentator/producer at CBC television and radio. Bill is an inductee into the Atlantic Journalism Hall of Fame and has written many articles for Atlantic magazines. He has operated his own film/video production/media company and as such is the key writer/producer/director for hundreds of documentaries, TV series and print publications. He has also lectured in writing, communication and media at several Atlantic universities.
Stefanie Sosiak is an award-winning Art Director for Air Canada enRoute magazine, as well as an avid traveller and food lover. Stefanie has over 15 years of design and content marketing experience in the industry. Along with being a co-founder of a design studio, she’s worked with renowned companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Matt & Nat.
Claudine St-Germain est rédactrice en chef de L’actualité. Elle a consacré sa carrière au journalisme magazine, d’abord à titre de journaliste indépendante, puis au sein du magazine Coup de pouce, où elle a été responsable des reportages et rédactrice en chef. Elle s’est jointe à L’actualité en 2017 à titre de rédactrice en chef adjointe, avant de prendre la direction de l’équipe en janvier 2021.
Niko Stratis is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in places like Xtra, Bitch, HuffPo Canada and THIS. Her writing tends to focus on issues pertaining to queer and trans people, something she as a queer trans woman is adequately qualified to do. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her partner and their dog and cat. She is a cancer.
Art and creative director Jed Tallo started his career in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to settling in Toronto, Canada, Jed worked extensively in London, U.K., for companies such as Condé Nast International and Hearst Magazines UK. He was most recently the Art Director of ELLE Canada.
Jay Teitel is a Toronto-based writer and editor who’s won over 25 National Magazine Awards in categories ranging from Sports to Fiction. He’s written screenplays for movies and television, and stage plays, including a musical called Alzheimer That Ends Heimer. He is also co-inventor of the board game Therapy, which to date has sold almost 3 million copies world-wide.
David Topping is the Director of Newsletters for all of Torstar’s newsrooms. In his career in Canadian media—sometimes even at publications that still exist!—he’s helped build fledgling outlets into powerhouses and turn decades-old legacy brands towards their futures. He’s worked at everything from flush start-ups to poor but punchy up-and-comers, and his work has been regularly recognized as the best of its kind in the country, including at the National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards, where he’s won five.
Chantal Tranchemontagne is the Chief Creative Officer of Big Catch Communications and Editor-in-Chief of Perch magazine, an independent magazine based in Eastern Ontario.
Stephen Trumper has been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism since Fall 1995. He has been a top editor at Toronto Life, Harrowsmith and Financial Post Business.
He is currently on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine, for which he writes the back-page column.
In June 2012 Stephen was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In June 2013 he was honoured with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Media Awards Foundation.
Natacha Vincent—Diplômée en design graphique à l’UQAM depuis 2005. Je suis une passionnée du design au sens large, la vision globale d’une marque me passionne.
L’édition fut vraiment ma porte d’entrée dans le domaine du graphisme. Mon premier magazine en tant que graphiste fut Le Mieux-être et Un annuel, Édition spéciale : Gastronomie.
Par la suite, en 2010, j’ai intégré l’équipe des Éditions Protégez-vous en tant qu’infographiste, à travers ces années mon travail a beaucoup évolué et mon titre a changé pour devenir Conceptrice graphique. J’y ai travaillé presque 9 ans.
J’y ai assuré la direction artistique lors de la refonte du site web et de son développement pendant toutes les années où j’étais en poste. J’ai aussi participé à la déclinaison de la marque sur tous ses canaux pour toutes les campagnes numériques et imprimées ainsi que les concepts de couvertures.
Depuis novembre 2018, j’occupe le poste de directrice artistique du magazine Québec Science.
Daniel Viola is features editor at The Walrus. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.
David Webb has appeared on many mastheads over the past 18 years—currently, he’s the Head of Publishing at MPM Group of Brands, Inc. and the editor of Explore Magazine.
As the editor of Explore, Webb has brought home four National Magazine Award honourable mentions—Magazine of the Year, Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle (twice) and Best Single Issue—and Explore contributors have collected several NMAs for their written works. Always on the forefront of the Canadian magazine industry, Webb is also a podcaster, subscription-box curator, digital media editor and brand content strategist—as well as a contributor to British Columbia Magazine and publishing consultant.
Stephanie White is the owner and founder of StephRefreshed Design. She is an accomplished Art/Creative Director, specializing in the launch and redesign/rebrand of multi-platform magazines. Stephanie is a champion of creative concepts and is widely recognized for executing with excellence by her clients and project teams alike. Her broad experience in photoshoot/video production, from lifestyle, fashion & beauty, to food, decor, gardens and travel is well documented in print and digital channels globally. Her magazine experience includes – the launch of Canadian Home & Country magazine, founding & current art director of Zoomer magazine, redesign of editorial publications such as Canadian Living and Gardening Life magazines. And design direction for start-up digital content hubs such as United Way’s locallove.ca and RBC’s Inspired Investor. Steph loves her family, especially her dog Francis, fresh flowers, fresh pasta and wallpaper.
Martha Wilson‘s debut fiction collection, Nosy White Woman, was published by Biblioasis in 2019 and was awarded the Alistair MacLeod fiction prize. Stories from that collection had appeared in a number a Canadian literary magazines. She has also written for the Canadian Book Review Annual and a range of nonfiction outlets; has presented at the Barbara Pym Society’s yearly conference; and has been a finalist for the New South fiction prize.
Brian Anson Wong is currently the Associate Art Director at Toronto Life. He has worked with Flare, More, Condé Nast UK, and Xtra.
Editor-in-Chef of FAJO Magazine and an award-winning journalist and communications specialist with 19 years of industry experience, Hannah Yakobi has interviewed and photographed countless fashion and entertainment icons, including Dean and Dan Caten, Kenzo Takada, Al Pacino, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Mariah Carey, Rebecca Minkoff, Enrique Iglesias, Deepak Chopra, Catherine Malandrino, Arlene Dickinson and Bryan Adams.
A graduate of Carleton University‘s renowned school of journalism, Hannah speaks 4 languages and has lived in 6 different countries. Prior to FAJO, her career highlights included working for the National Post, Canwest/Postmedia newspaper network, Estée Lauder and OK! Magazine (Dubai edition).
Over the years, Hannah has served as an on-air personality, presenter / instructor / guest judge at Carleton University, Centennial College, Seneca College and RCC Institute of Technology (Yorkville University). She has also partnered in influencer capacities with hundreds of brands, including LG, Dove, Ford, Tourism Toronto, Los Angeles Tourism, Rogers, Holt Renfrew, L’Occitane en Provence, Quaker Oats, Kérastase, Delissio, Redken, Nespresso, Kleenex, Thompson Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, W Hotels and many, many more.
Justine Abigail Yu is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, a magazine and community that explores what it means to live in between cultures.
She is an award-winning writing workshop facilitator whose work with Living Hyphen has been featured on national and local media outlets including Yahoo! News, CTV National News, CBC, Radio-Canada International, and CityTV’s Breakfast Television.
Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for diversity and representation in Canada’s arts and literature scene. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.
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