The National Media Awards Foundation is honoured to share with you the 100 judges that make up the 2022 National Magazine Awards jury. We are so grateful to everyone who shared their expertise to help us recognize and celebrate the amazing talent in the Canadian publishing industry.
Susan Allan is the Canada Editor of Politico by way of Maclean’s, iPolitics and The Ottawa Citizen.
Before landing at URBANIA, Jean-Pierre Bastien covered South American news as a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro and subsequently worked for VICE in Montreal as senior video producer. He is now the head of content of Quatre95, URBANIA‘s media dedicated to questions of money, personal finance and business.
Arjun Basu is a writer and editor living in Montreal. He is a past President of the National Media Awards Foundation.
Thierry Bissonnette est professeur de littérature à l’Université Laurentienne, à Sudbury. Sous le pseudonyme Thierry Dimanche il a publié divers ouvrages poétiques et un roman.
Myra Bloom teaches Canadian literature at Glendon College, York University. She has published scholarship and literary criticism in numerous journals and magazines, including Canadian Literature, The LA Review of Books, The Walrus and The Literary Review of Canada. She is currently working on a book about women’s confessional writing in Canada.
Genevieve Bouchard œuvre dans le milieu télévisuel et cinéma depuis plus de 20 ans. En tant que Directrice des acquisitions Fiction chez Bell Média, elle est responsable des achats de Films Québécois, Blockbusters d’Hollywood ainsi que des plus grandes séries internationales. Cinéphile invétérée et passionnée de télévision, musique, design et culture pop, elle est graduée du Evergreen College a Washington avec un BA spécialisé en Cinéma.
Kelly Boutsalis is a Mohawk journalist from the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve. Now living in Toronto, she devotes the bulk of her work to highlighting Indigenous stories. Her words have appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, The Narwhal and more.
Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours est journaliste depuis une douzaine d’années. Elle a travaillé dans plusieurs grands médias et publié à titre de journaliste indépendante dans diverses publications québécoises. Elle est co-fondatrice des médias Ricochet et Pivot. Elle est aussi présidente de l’Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec et enseigne le journalisme à l’Université Concordia.
Cofondatrice et cheffe de la création de BESIDE, Eliane Cadieux est responsable de la vision de la marque. Elle évolue depuis plus de dix ans dans l’univers des communications et du design. Elle touche à toutes les sphères de la création; de l’imprimé au web, au vidéo, à l’architecture jusqu’à l’expérience client, elle parvient toujours à mener les projets plus loin, notamment grâce aux standards de qualité supérieure qu’elle impose tant à elle-même qu’à son équipe. Originaire de Bromont, elle se consacre pendant six ans à des études en design graphique au Cégep de Sherbrooke et à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Diplôme en main, elle reçoit une bourse pour travailler à titre de designer web et imprimé pour l’agence Sid Lee, puis se lance à son compte et multiplie les collaborations. Forte de cette expérience acquise en entrepreneuriat, c’est en 2016 qu’elle s’investit pleinement dans l’aventure de BESIDE, aux côtés de ses acolytes, Jean-Daniel Petit et Guillaume Leblanc. Un premier magazine voit le jour. Au fil des ans, Eliane a reçu de nombreuses distinctions : + Idéa (2021) + National Magazine Awards (2019-2020-2021) + Digital Publishing Awards (2020-2021) + Nomination 30/30 d’Infopresse (2019) + Grafika (2017) + Workshop at Colors Magazine, Italie (2014) + Bourse Sid Lee (2013) + Grand Prix Grafika (2012).
Il n’y a rien comme le présent pour préparer l’avenir, parce qu’il est encore temps de choisir ce qu’on voudra en faire. C’est la conviction qui guide le parcours professionnel de Julie Cailliau, du génie au journalisme, de la rédaction en chef de Les Affaires à la direction des communications et du marketing de Fondaction, aujourd’hui. Gestionnaire chevronnée, reconnue pour sa capacité à formuler une vision opérationnelle claire et à mobiliser ses équipes dans la réalisation de cette vision, elle s’engage pour l’avènement d’une société où l’économie nourrira nos besoins véritables.
Penny Caldwell is an experienced magazine writer, editor, and industry consultant. Under her leadership, as editor and publisher of Cottage Life from 2000 to 2017, the magazine won hundreds of national and international magazine awards. Penny is a past president of the International Regional Magazine Association, a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation, and has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program in Toronto. In 2016, she received the NMAF’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Sue Carter is deputy editor at the Inuit Art Quarterly, and the former editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire. She is a frequent culture writer for many publications and teaches writing and editing for magazines at Centennial College.
Matthieu Charest, rédacteur spécialisé, relations publiques et contenu, Banque Nationale. 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.
Rédacteur en chef adjoint du magazine Châtelaine depuis 2018, Daniel Chrétien a signé des reportages dans de nombreux médias québécois, dont L’actualité, pendant 15 ans, Forces, Commerce et Québec Science.
Rob Csernyik is an an award-winning journalist and writer based in Saint John, New Brunswick. He is a frequent contributor to Barron’s Penta, and his work has also appeared at Canadian Geographic, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, The Narwhal and Vice among other outlets. Rob is also the editor of Great Canadian Longform, sharing the best in Canadian literary journalism via social media and a weekly newsletter.
Fabrice de Pierrebourg
Fabrice de Pierrebourg collabore régulièrement à l’émission Puisqu’il faut se lever au 98,5 FM (Cogeco média) ainsi qu’au magazine L’actualité. Globe-trotteur, ses reportages l’ont mené ces dernières années au Mali, à Gaza, au Liban, en Irak, en Syrie, en Afghanistan ainsi que récemment en Ukraine . Son travail lui a valu d’être honoré au Concours canadien de journalisme (2012) et au Prix du magazine canadien à deux reprises (2020 et 2021).
Il est aussi l’auteur ou co-auteur de huit livres
Née en 1986, Nelly Desmarais est originaire de Richelieu, en Montérégie. Elle a étudié la littérature à l’Université du Québec à Montréal et à l’Université McGill et a publié poèmes, proses et critiques dans des revue et des collectifs. Son texte « Fièvre », paru dans Nouveau Projet, a été finaliste aux Prix du magazine canadien 2020, dans la catégorie poésie, et ses poèmes ont été deux fois sélectionnés pour le Prix de poésie Radio-Canada, en 2017 et 2018. Elle est directrice administrative adjointe du Quartanier Éditeur. Marche à voix basse, paru au Quartanier en mars 2022, est son premier livre.
Matthew DiMera is an award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the Founder of The Resolve, a new digital publication centering Black, Indigenous and racialized people in Canada.
Ruth Dunley is the Associate Director of Editorial Strategy at Queen’s University and editor of the Queen’s Alumni Review. A veteran journalist and communicator, Dunley has previously edited Ottawa Magazine and her writing has appeared in Muse Magazine, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History, as well as newspapers across Canada and in the United States. Prior to her career in communications, she worked as a reporter, copy editor, news editor, assignment editor and online editor for the Ottawa Citizen/Postmedia. In 2019 she wrote the foreword of Revolutions Across Borders: Jacksonian America and the Canadian Rebellion (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and saw the publication of her book, The Lost President: A.D. Smith and the Hidden History of Radical Democracy in Civil War America (University of Georgia Press). She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, a Bachelor of Education, a PhD in history, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the College of William & Mary.
Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher, and editor whose work explores the relationships between the body (racialised, gendered), place (urban, virtual), and technology (internet, health). Currently, she is the Science+Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada and Editor-in-Chief of Studio Magazine.
Alicia Elliott is a Mohawk writer and editor living in Brantford, Ontario. She’s had numerous essays nominated for National Magazine Awards, winning Gold in 2017 and an honourable mention in 2020. Her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30. Her award-winning first book, A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, was a national bestseller.
Jocelyne Fournel a consacré la majeure partie de sa carrière à la direction artistique de magazines : notamment Montréal ce mois-ci, MTL et pendant 23 années, L’actualité. Entre 1985 et 1988, elle a été designer graphique à Londres, au Sunday Telegraph Magazine et au World of Interiors. Durant toutes ces années, elle a conçu des milliers de mises en pages et des centaines de pages couvertures, elle a dirigé d’innombrables séances photo et travaillé avec les meilleurs illustrateurs-trices et photographes. Son principal souci fut de mettre en valeur l’image et le texte, afin de faire de la lecture de magazines une véritable expérience esthétique et intellectuelle. Elle jongle aujourd’hui avec de nouveaux projets, toujours dans l’édition, du livre photo à l’album jeunesse.
Matt Frehner leads the Visual Journalism team at The Globe and Mail. The 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.
Lianne George is the Editorial Lead at Rethink, one of Canada’s top independent creative agencies, and the founder of George&Co., a Toronto-based editorial consultancy. Previously, she led strategic communications for the Brookfield Institute of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. A long-time magazine editor, she served as editor-in-chief of Chatelaine and director of lifestyle content for Rogers Digital Content & Publishing. She was the founding editor of Torstar’s The Grid and has held senior-level positions at Maclean’s and Canadian Business. Her feature writing has appeared in publications including Maclean’s, Report on Business and New York magazine. She was awarded the Editor Grand Prix award at the 2018 National Magazine Awards.
Curtis Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards from 23 nominations, including a record-tying four awards in 2014.
Charlie Gillis is Managing Editor (National) of Maclean’s, which he joined in 2003 as a national correspondent based in Toronto. Gillis is a past recipient of gold and silver medals at the National Magazine Awards, and co-winner of a Canadian Association of Journalists award. Prior to joining Maclean’s, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for the National Post, the Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press and the Telegraph-Journal of New Brunswick. He lives in Toronto.
Don Gillmor’s most recent book To the River won the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. He is the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, which won the Libris Award, and two other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing and I Swear by Apollo. He has written three critically acclaimed novels – Kanata, Mount Pleasant and Long Change – as well as nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award. He has won twelve National Magazine Awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
PhotoED Magazine Editor and Publisher Rita Godlevskis has more than twenty years of experience in photography-based, creative media work, in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked across multiple platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio in editorial, and creative production contexts. PhotoED Magazine is the last independent Canadian photography magazine left on newsstands nationally. A passion for promoting diverse voices in Canadian photography, and great coffee keep her fuelled.
Seyward Goodhand’s stories have been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award, and longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. Her first book, Even That Wildest Hope (Invisible Publishing), was a finalist for the Manitoba Book Awards’ Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, and longlisted for the 2020 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and lives in Winnipeg.
Josh Greenblatt is the former editor-in-chief of SHARP magazine and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, The Globe and Mail, Vogue, Monocle and other outlets.
Nicole Haldoupis is a queer writer, editor, designer, illustrator, and rug hooker from Tkaronto/Toronto. She’s a former editor of Grain and a co-creator of untethered and Applebeard Editions. She is a member of the board of directors at Riddle Fence. Her work can be found in Bad Dog Review, The Feathertale Review, Bad Nudes, antilang, and others. She completed an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. Her first book, Tiny Ruins (Radiant Press, 2020), is a novel made up of linked flash fiction pieces, and was shortlisted for four Saskatchewan Book Awards. Nicole lives in St. John’s, Ktaqamkuk/Newfoundland.
Liz Harmer’s stories, essays, and poems have been published in The Walrus, Image Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, PRISM, Lit Hub, Best Canadian Stories, and elsewhere. Her first novel, The Amateurs, was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. 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.
Madi Haslam is the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve magazine. She was formerly the Arts & Ideas editor of This Magazine and host of the Policy Options podcast. Her work has appeared in Briarpatch, Broadview, Guts Magazine, The Walrus, and elsewhere. Her reporting has received two Canadian Online Publishing Awards and a CAJ nomination.
Having held various positions in his 12-year stint at the BBC, most notably leading the international development of the magazines business, James Hewes was 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.
Jude Isabella is a science journalist, concentrating on the environment, ecology, and archaeology. 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, with the distinction of being included that year on both the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged books and the New York Public Library’s Best Kids’ Books.
A former investigative broadcast journalist with an MA in Journalism, Katherine Janson has two decades of experience across strategic communications, media relations, writing, editing and journalism, predominantly in the not-for-profit healthcare field. She is currently the National Director of Communications for the Canadian Mental Health Association, leading content strategy, editorial, public relations and marketing for the 103-year-old charity. She works closely with mental health experts and media across the country to promote important mental health policy work, programming, services and supports in communities across Canada. She is adept at mining insights that will inform campaigns, content and messaging to turn over issues in a new light.
A born knowledge translator, she believes in her heart that if you can’t say something simply, you don’t truly understand it. Good journalism is integral to the work that charities are doing in Canada, and to educate people on what mental health and mental illness are, and how best to take care of them. Good journalism is key to the mental health systems change, social change, education and influence work that will, over time, shift behaviours and perceptions to create a climate of understanding and acceptance.
Laurie Jennings is director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees business and editorial strategy, and leads a team of scientists, consumer product specialists and editorial experts to create science-backed content, industry-leading events, report on consumer behaviour and trends, assess items for the GH Seal, evaluate products, among other editorially driven, revenue-generating innovations. Laurie is a sought-after speaker for CES, SXSW and the Global Wellness Summit and a judge for awards from ASME and Digiday. As a HearstLab Scout, she screens startups for investment by Hearst. Find her on Instagram @lauriejenningsnyc.
Arvin Joaquin is an award-winning journalist and editor. He is currently a senior political reporter-editor at The Canadian Press covering immigration. He previously worked as a video journalist at OMNI News: Filipino and 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 Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CBC, and more.
Lindsay Jones is a national award-winning journalist based in Halifax. Her stories have appeared in The Atavist, The Globe and Mail, The Narwhal, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, CBC, and The Walrus.
Emmanuel Kattan est le directeur du Programme Alliance à l’Université Columbia, une initiative visant à créer des partenariats de recherche et d’enseignement entre Sciences Po, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, l’Ecole Polytechnique et l’Université Columbia. Emmanuel a été le directeur du British Council à New York et directeur des communications à l’Alliance des Civilisations (Nations Unies) et auprès du secrétaire général du Commonwealth à Londres. Il a débuté sa carrière à la Délégation générale du Québec au Royaume Uni.
Né à Montréal, Emmanuel a étudié à l’Université de Montréal et à Oxford, en tant que Rhodes Scholar. Il a obtenu un doctorat en philosophie de l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales à Paris. Il est l’auteur de cinq livres: un essai sur le devoir de mémoire et quatre romans. Son plus récent roman, L’attrapeur d’âmes, est paru aux éditions Leméac en 2019.
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.
Deirdre Kelly is the author of Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, named by the Guardian as the best dance book on a Top 10 list published in 2021. Her first book, the best-selling memoir Paris Times Eight, came out in 2009. An internationally recognized dance critic, she is a two-time recipient of the Nathan Cohen Prize for outstanding critical writing and a National Newspaper Award finalist and certificate of merit holder in the category of feature writing. From 1985 to 2017, she was an arts critic, investigative reporter, senior fashion reporter and arts columnist on staff at Canada‘s Globe and Mail newspaper. She has an MA in English from the University of Toronto and since 2017 has been Editor of the award-winning The York University Magazine. In 2021, she collected an Alumni of Influence Award from University College, at U of T, for her journalism advocating for greater diversity and transparency in the arts.
Michelle Kelly started her career in publishing in 1998, as the office manager 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, for Blue Ant Media 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, including Editor Grand Prix in 2021. Outside of work, Michelle sits on the board of Ready Set Play, a non-profit group that helps provide youth access to organized sports. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Legion Magazine editor Aaron Kylie is an awarding-winning writer/editor/manager of national magazines. He was previously editor-in-chief of Canadian Geographic, publications manager at the Canadian Wildlife Federation (where he oversaw Canadian Wildlife, Biosphere and Wild magazines), and prior to that, the long-time managing editor at Outdoor Canada magazine.
Claudia Larochelle est autrice (Les bonnes filles plantent des fleurs au printemps, Les îles Canaries, Je veux une maison faite de sorties de secours – Réflexions sur la vie et l’oeuvre de Nelly Arcan, la série jeunesse à succès La doudou, etc.) et journaliste spécialisée en culture et société. Après avoir animé pendant plus de six saisons l’émission LIRE sur ICI ARTV, elle est à la tête de l’émission Claudia à la page sur Savoir Média. Elle est chroniqueuse sur ICI Radio-Canada radio et télé et signe régulièrement des textes sur le site d’informations Avenues.ca, dans Les Libraires et Elle Québec. Elle est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en journalisme et d’une maîtrise en création littéraire de l’UQAM. On peut la suivre sur Facebook, Twitter @clolarochelle et Instagram claudia_larochelle.
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. Elle a été tour à tour cheffe des pages santé, rédactrice en chef adjointe et, depuis 2016, rédactrice en chef. Elle a insufflé un souffle nouveau au magazine avec un accent porté sur le féminisme, la diversité et les enjeux sociaux.
Two decades ago, Amélie ran away from her job in a concrete building without windows to ride pow on bluebird days and start a design company focused on outdoor recreation. Besides winning numerous design awards and maintaining a client list as long as a downhill racing ski, Amélie still finds time to snowboard all winter, bike and garden in the summer, build a house and travel around the world while raising her young son.
Erica Lenti is a writer and editor in Toronto. She is currently the senior editor, politics and identities, at Xtra Magazine, Canada’s largest and oldest online LGBTQ2S+ magazine.
Carly Lewis is a journalist living in Toronto. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vulture, The Cut, The Atlantic, Elle, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The Guardian, Interview Magazine, The Fader, the Toronto Star, Hazlitt, Spin, Maisonneuve and Maclean’s. In 2021 she was a finalist in the Essays category at the National Magazine Awards and in the Best Arts and Culture Storytelling category at the Digital Publishing Awards. She is a course instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.
Tomos Lewis is Monocle magazine’s bureau chief in Toronto, and senior correspondent for Monocle24 Radio — covering North American politics, culture, design, urban affairs, business and diplomacy. He has previously worked for BBC News in his native Wales, and in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the University of St Andrews. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism.
Christine Loureiro leads an incredible group of award-winning editors, reporters and producers to curate and amplify Toronto Star’s journalism, driving a strong and lasting connection between the Star’s and the millions of people it reaches through our website and app, newsletters, breaking alerts, push, search, social and more.
Tori Marlan’s work has appeared in a variety of outlets in the US and Canada, including The Walrus Magazine, The Atavist Magazine, BuzzFeed News, The Seattle Times, The Texas Observer, Pacific Standard magazine, The Marshall Project, and The Appeal. She has also reported for CBC Radio, This American Life, Weekend America, and the Tablet Magazine podcast Vox Tablet and won several journalism awards, including one from CAJ. In 2006, she received a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation to write about detained child immigrants.
Erin McPhee is a freelance art director, designer and visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She applies her skills of empathy, observation, and curiosity to all of her professional and personal projects. Her clients include Jam3, Underline Studio, The Medical Post, Today’s Parent, and Quill & Quire, among others.
Erik Mohr’s passion for magazines and visual storytelling has spanned over 20 years as an art director and creative director. He has received numerous industry awards from the Society of Publication Designers, Canadian National Magazine Awards, Art Directors Club of Canada, Magazines du Québec and the Content Council. Erik has worked with brands such as Air Canada, Bell Canada, Canadian Tire Corporation, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, HSBC, KPMG, MaRS Discovery District, Sportcheck and many more.
Stéphane Monnet is the president and creative director of Monnet Design and is based in Toronto, Canada and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Monnet is also the former President of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. In his 20+ year career Monnet has received numerous awards from international design publications and organizations, including the ADCC, AIGA, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, the National Magazine Awards and the New York Type Directors Club.
John Montgomery is an art director and graphic designer. Currently art directing Reader’s Digest Canada and Sélection, he’s previously worked on Canadian Business, MoneySense, Toronto Life, Financial Post Magazine and Taddle Creek magazines, as well as worked with Nelson Education, the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and the Ontario Association of Architects. John has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards, and has won two Canadian Cover awards.
A part of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association’s Pros On The Road series, he has spoken numerous times on cover design, as well as done consultations with publications on what they can do to help improve their design. John has been a judge for the National Magazine Awards multiple times, and was an editorial category judge for the Society of Illustrators’ 62nd annual. He is a PAC member for Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Illustration program and Centennial College’s graphic design program.
Although he studied printmaking at art school, and was then a bookseller out of college, Brian Morgan has worked as a graphic designer and an art director for the past 26 years, 20 of these in editorial design. He has worked for (or on) Maclean’s, Saturday Night, C Magazine, Dose, Literary Review of Canada, enRoute, and The Walrus. At this last he was the art director for nine years. He also sat on the executive committee of the National Magazine Awards. Brian lives and works in Montreal and co-art directs Maisonneuve and Precedent Magazine with the Toronto-based art director, curator, and producer Rachel Wine.
Carol Moskot is an editorial art director and creative director based in New York with 25+ years of magazine and custom publishing experience in the US and Canada. Her studio, Carol Moskot Design + Direction, focuses on the intersection of publication design and story-telling and works with non-profits and agents of change to help them tell their stories for the common good.
Carol is an award-winning designer specializing in art direction, photo direction and branding. She is a creative-problem solver, adept at drawing together an inspired team of photographers and stylists, producing photo shoots and steering great illustrators. She has won over 80 awards for her work from the National Magazine Awards, Society of Publications Designers and Advertising and Design Club of Canada.
Sabrina Myre est une journaliste indépendante basée à Montréal, après plusieurs années à l’étranger. Depuis Jérusalem, elle a produit des reportages pour des médias de différents pays. Elle a aussi travaillé à Paris pour Radio France international et le magazine Jeune Afrique, entre 2014 et 2016. Elle est aussi lauréate d’une médaille d’argent en 2020 pour son reportage «La longue route des survivantes yézidies» en Irak, publié dans le magazine ELLE Québec. Elle a passé les huit premières années de sa carrière à Radio-Canada.
Anabelle Nicoud a travaillé pendant 15 ans dans les médias montréalais, d’abord comme journaliste, puis comme directrice à la redaction de La Presse et du Devoir. Elle vit désormais dans la Baie de San Francisco.
Jadine Ngan is a freelance writer and photographer with bylines in The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Toronto Life, and Broadview Magazine. She also currently serves as The Varsity‘s Features editor.
Simone Olivero is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She has over a decade of experience working with various news and lifestyle publications with bylines in Toronto Life, Chatelaine, CBC and more. She is currently a Senior Editor at Today’s Parent with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food editorial.
Deidre Olsen is writer, editor and journalist with words in NBC News, The Cut, Refinery29, Salon, Vice, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and more than 50 publications. Previously, Deidre was an editor at The Pointer and STOREYS. She was a 2021 National Magazine Award finalist, 2021 Westfjords Artist-In-Residence, a 2020 Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient, and a 2019 Fellow in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Deidre has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Philippe Orfali a été journaliste pendant plus de quinze ans, travaillant pour plusieurs des plus grands quotidiens de langue française au pays dont Le Droit, Le Devoir et le Journal de Montréal. Nommé aux Prix Judith-Jasmin en 2019 dans la catégorie politique, et lauréat (argent) d’un Prix national du magazine B2B 2020, il œuvre aujourd’hui en communications pour un groupe mondial d’investissement.
Laura Osborne, former editor-in-chief of the award-winning RICARDO magazines and editor at authority publications such as Air Canada’s enRoute, is Time Out Editor, Canada, at the Time Out Group — a global media company that inspires people to celebrate the best of cities around the world.
Edith Pelletier est directrice artistique de L’actualité. Elle consacre 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.
Edith Pelletier is the art director at L’actualité. She dedicates her career to the world of magazines. She began at Coup de Pouce, on the graphic design team. Then she joined L’actualité in 2017 as deputy art director, before taking on art direction in 2019.
Fidel is a creative director and co-founder of Underline Studio. His projects at Underline have included identity and branding for the University of Toronto, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Harvard Medical School and campaigns and publications for Google, UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency and Audi. Fidel’s work has received numerous accolades from across Canada, the US and Europe, including from Graphis, Communication Arts, the National Magazine Awards, the Type Directors Club, Laus, Latin American Design Awards, and D&AD, and he has lectured on design topics in Spain, Mexico and Canada. He was born in El Salvador, and is a former president of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.
Adam Pottle is the author of four critically acclaimed books. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous publications; his short story “The Rottweiler” was nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award.
Marie-Paule Primeau is the editor-in-chief of Dire (Université de Montréal) since January 2015. On top of heading Dire, she’s an editor for BESIDE and Protégez-Vous and a science communication advisor for IVADO. Marie-Paule is currently pursuing graduate studies in publishing at the Université de Sherbrooke. She lives in Montréal.
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.
Jennie Punter is the editor of Musicworks (est. 1978), a small, respected, non-profit arts magazine that explores innovative artists and ideas in music and sound art. Jennie has been a correspondent to Variety since 2008. From 1992 to 2013, she contributed regular film and music reviews and features to the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. During that time she was an editor and writer for Music Express and IMPACT magazines, the editor of Aloud (a monthly magazine published by the Habourfront Reading Series) and contributing editor to Flare. Since 2016 she has been a member of the Magazines Canada Arts & Literary Advisory Group / Committee. She began her career as a writer and copy editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard magazine.
Jenny Reed is the art director and designer of Western Living magazine, and the associate art director of Vancouver magazine.
Lauchlan Reid is an illustrator, fine artist and educator based in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As a solo artist and a founding member of art/illustration collective Team Macho, his work spans multiple genres and media and can found in private collections across North America. Clients include The Walrus, Reebok, Bloomberg Business Week, and the Barenaked Ladies. Awards and nominations include the National Magazine Awards, The Junos, American Illustration and Applied Arts. He is the Program Chair of Illustration in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University.
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.
Emily Riddle is nehiyaw and a member of the Alexander First Nation (Kipohtakaw) in Treaty 6. She lives in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), where she works as the Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations for the Edmonton Public Library. Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, The Malahat Review, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, and others. Her debut poetry book will be released by Nightwood Editions in Spring 2023.
Jessica Robinson is a content strategist at Globe Content Studio, the content marketing division of The Globe and Mail. As a content marketing expert, she uses journalistic-style storytelling and insights to create innovative content for brands like Destination Canada, Loblaw and Crest. Prior to joining The Globe, she worked as a branded content editor for some of Canada’s premium magazines, including Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Today’s Parent and Canadian Business.
Titulaire d’une maîtrise en littérature française de l’Université McGill, Mélanie Roy a œuvré dans le milieu de l’édition scientifique avant de poursuivre une carrière de journaliste, d’abord au quotidien La Presse+, puis dans plusieurs médias québécois et canadiens. Après quatre années au poste de rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine culinaire RICARDO, elle est depuis 2018 l’éditrice de KO Éditions, la maison d’édition de KO Média, propriétaire des magazines VÉRO, ELLE Québec, ELLE Canada et di Stasio.
Naben Ruthnum is the author of A Hero of Our Time and the upcoming horror novella Helpmeet, as well as the essay Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race. As Nathan Ripley, he’s the author of two thrillers.
Mugoli Samba is a Toronto-based multimedia journalist and editor whose work has appeared in outlets such as The Globe and Mail, Radio-Canada/CBC, Broadview Magazine, and more. Her longform writing was nominated for the Best New Magazine Writer award at the 2019 National Magazine Awards.
Craig Silverman is a national reporter for ProPublica investigating voting, platforms, disinformation, and online manipulation. He’s the editor of the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook series, and previously served as Founding Editor of BuzzFeed Canada and media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he pioneered coverage of digital disinformation and media manipulation. He received a George Polk Award in 2021 for a series of articles about Facebook, and is the recipient of the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association, which honors “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” His 2019 series exposing a global Facebook advertising scam was also named investigation of the year by the Canadian Association of Journalists.
His journalism and books have also been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, Canadian National Magazine Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada.
Danielle Stanton est journaliste indépendante depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle a signé plus d’une centaine d’articles (reportages, portraits, dossiers…) touchant aussi bien la culture que les tendances sociales émergentes ou la science dans de nombreux magazines au Québec (L’actualité, Elle-Québec, La Gazette des femmes, Sélection du Reader’s Digest…) et ailleurs (L’EXPRESS). Elle est également l’auteure de Nous sommes Télé-Québécois (La Presse, 2018) qui retrace le parcours de cette télé publique depuis sa création. Son travail journalistique a été couronné à maintes reprises, notamment par le Prix Justicia (2005), le Prix du magazine canadien (2000) et le Prix René-Lévesque (1995)
Carmine Starnino is editor at large for The Walrus magazine.
Director of photography Liz Sullivan has worked for Maclean’s for almost fourteen years. As an artist and photographer, Liz has also published and exhibited work in Prefix, Toronto Life and L’Actualité, among others.
Media and story creator Rebeka Tabobondung is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MUSKRATMagazine.com a leading on-line Indigenous arts and culture magazine established in 2010. Rebeka is also a filmmaker, writer, poet, Indigenous knowledge researcher. In 2015, Rebeka co-founded the Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytellers Festival in Wasauksing First Nation, along the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay where she is also a member. In 2021 Rebeka co-edited the anthology, Indigenous Toronto which won the Speakers Book Award. Since 2017, Rebeka has been working as a creator, director, researcher and writer with award-winning Montreal-based Rezolution Pictures. Rebeka is the co-owner of the award-winning whole communications company, Maaiingan Productions. In 2019 Rebeka and her partner acquired ReZ 91.3 FM, a designated Native community radio station. Rebeka’s written works are published in numerous books, journals, and anthologies and her media works have screened in numerous festivals.
Creative and design director Jed Tallo /tal-yoh/ 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.
As a well-rounded creative practitioner with over 10 years of experience, Jed is known for his refined aesthetic, conscientious design approach and strategic problem solving skills. He has received numerous industry awards for his work, and created successful campaigns for global fashion and beauty brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Chanel, H&M, Tiffany & Co., and Mackage.
Jimmy Thomson is an NMA-winning writer and editor based in Victoria, BC. His writing focuses on climate, environment, and the North.
Isa Tousignant is a Montreal-based editorial director, content strategist and storyteller with a curiosity that runs deeper than most. She has chatted life philosophies with celebrity chefs, gemologists, arena rockers and furries. All were interesting.
Chantal Tranchemontagne is a writer, editor, and founder of Perch, an independent magazine featuring life and leisurely pursuits in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and SDG Counties. She is in love with adventuring, good food, magazine making, and her family.
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.
Jennifer Varkonyi is the publisher of Maisonneuve, an award-winning quarterly of arts, opinion and ideas. She served as Chair of the board of Magazines Canada from 2019-2021. She lives in Montreal.
Stéphanie Verge is a Montreal-based editor and writer. Previously, she was a senior content creative at Sid Lee, the executive editor of Reader’s Digest Canada, the co-editor-in-chief of lstw, and an associate editor at Toronto Life.
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Aaron Vincent Elkaim is a Winnipeg-born documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Toronto. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies, Aaron evolved his passion for culture and storytelling through his photography practice.
His first major body of work titled A Co-Existence explored his own family’s place of origin, documenting the remnants of a once vast Jewish population in Morocco. Since then, he has continued to explore the relationship between land and identity through documenting cultural environmental narratives of traditional and indigenous cultures as they contend with the the industrialization of their lands.
Aaron has been the recipient of numerous arts grants and awards from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, Alexia Foundation, American Photography, the Magenta Foundation, and the Lucie Awards among others. His most recent project A State of Erosion, published in the Narwhal,explores the history of hydroelectric energy on First Nations lands in Manitoba and won a gold at the National Magazine Award for best photojournalism in 2021.
His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic, The Guardian, Le Monde, GEO, HUCK, Macleans, The Canadian Press and The Globe and Mail.
Toronto based creative director and illustrator Elena Viltovskaia brings refined aesthetic and elegant touch to her work. Elena has spent over a decade working as an editorial art director and designer for premiere brands such as ELLE Canada, S/ and SHARP magazines. She is currently a creative director at The Kit and thekit.ca. Elena has received multiple industry recognitions for her work, and has led successful campaigns for national and global fashion and beauty brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Chanel and HBC among others.
Christopher Wahl is a Canadian portrait photographer. Christopher is a newsman at heart, his career started as an award-winning photojournalist with his assignment work being featured in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Time Magazine to name a few. Christopher has executed advertising and branding work for clients like Nike, Apple and Federal Express.
He specializes in Canadian content.
He has photographed Popes and Presidents, worked extensively with The Rolling Stones and has travelled the globe photographing some of the most recognizable humans. His work is part of notable collections public and privately, highlighted in Canada by The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).
Patrick Walsh has been the editor-in-chief of Outdoor Canada since 2000. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (medium circulation). He has held a variety of volunteer positions within the Canadian magazine industry, including president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Melony Ward is a leader in the cultural media sector. She has worked with some of Canada’s best cultural multiplatform brands, working in digital communications, print, television, awards programs, exhibitions and educational extensions. Her focus is excellence in content presentation, building audiences, and developing revenue. Melony is passionate about storytelling, education and citizenship. She is currently Publisher and Director of Business Enterprise for Canada’s History Society.
Karin Watson brings broad experience to her role as Director of Business Operations at Creative BC, including expertise and education in a variety of areas that are key to her focus at Creative BC on strategic brand-building, research, knowledge and talent development.
Shannon Webb-Campbell is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. Her books include: Still No Word (Breakwater 2015), I Am A Body of Land (Book*hug 2019), and Lunar Tides (Book*hug 2022). Shannon is a doctoral candidate at the University of New Brunswick in the Department of English, and the editor of Visual Arts News Magazine. She lives and works in Kjipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Lisa Whittington-Hill is the Publisher of This Magazine. Her writing on pop culture has appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt and Longreads. She is currently writing a book for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series on Beauty and the Beat by The Go-Go’s. Girls, Interrupted, her collection of essays on how pop culture is failing women, will be published by Vehicule Press in 2023. She’s also an instructor in the magazine publishing program at Centennial College in Toronto.