The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to introduce the jury for the 2023 National Magazine Awards. We are so grateful to everyone who shared their expertise to help us recognize and celebrate the amazing talent in the Canadian publishing industry.
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 ».
Denise Balkissoon is Ontario bureau chief at The Narwhal, an independent non-profit publication about the natural world. She has been executive editor at Chatelaine and a columnist, editor and podcast host at the Globe and Mail, and was a co-founder of the Ethnic Aisle, a digital magazine about race and ethnicity in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
Arjun Basu is a writer and editor living in Montreal. He is a past President of the National Media Awards Foundation.
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 freelance journalist from Six Nations of the Grand River, currently living in Scarborough. Some of her notable achievements include a Digital Publishing Award for Best Feature Article in 2021 for her story, Teaching Indigenous Star Stories, published in The Walrus; and becoming The Narwhal’s Indigenous fellow in 2019. In 2021, she was The Local’s first guest editor. She has written for the New York Times, Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, and more. Earlier this year she served as the Lead Producer for the CBC Six Nations pop-up bureau, and she is currently the associate programmer for Canadian feature films at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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.
Dominique is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in publishing, having held roles at some of Canada’s top media brands. Newly based in Calgary, she’s the managing editor at city lifestyle magazine Avenue. Prior to joining the team at Avenue, she was a senior editor at Air Canada enRoute and, before that, an associate editor at Chatelaine. Her work has also appeared in Best Health, Canadian Health & Lifestyle and re:porter.
Jason Chiu is the Deputy Editor for Visuals on Headway, a Special Projects team at The New York Times. Before NYT Chiu was Deputy Head of Visuals at The Globe And Mail. He is on the Board of the National Newspaper Awards.
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 2022 Michener-Deacon investigative journalism fellow as well as a frequent contributor to Barron’s Penta. 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.
Nathalie has a degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and worked in the banking industry until joining Canadian Geographic in 1998 as a member services associate. In 2000, Nathalie moved to the finance and administration department as an accounting assistant and in 2005 was promoted to accounting, contracts and benefits manager.
In August of 2007, Nathalie was appointed to the position of Manager, Membership Services in the circulation department, where she managed the circulation database, the renewals and invoicing efforts and the customer relations management program. In 2011, Nathalie was promoted to Circulation Manager and oversaw all aspects of the magazine’s circulation, marketing and distribution.
She was appointed Director of Circulation in July 2016 and then Director of Circulation and Production in January 2018. In September 2019, she was promoted to Senior Director of Operations.
She currently holds the position of Vice President of Operations and Associate Publisher. Her responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and overseeing operations for all activities of Canadian Geographic and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective protocols and procedures to meet current and future needs of the organization.
Antoinette Davis is a Halifax-born, first-generation Canadian currently based on the West Coast. She is a lifelong writing enthusiast whose short fiction was a finalist for the 2020 Malahat Review Open Season Awards.
Carolyne De Bellefeuille
Son travail repose sur la précision, l’exactitude des choix et le contrôle de l’homogénéité. En direction artistique, elle a réalisé des projets publicitaires pour Hermes Paris, Samsung, SODEC, Vallée Duhamel et plusieurs autres compagnies de renoms. En fiction, elle a réalisé des projets de long métrage et de série dramatique notamment avec Xavier Dolan (Adele-Easy on me-La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveillé), Lee Daniels (Precious), Roland Emmerich (Midway), Doug Liman (Bourne Identity), Chloé Robichaud (Borders). La ville de New-York, et la Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) font parti des nombreux clients liés à ses projets d’architecture et de scénographie.
Maîtrisant les budgets et les échéanciers, elle est reconnue pour
attaquer les projets de front avec une multitudes de connaissances dans l’élaboration et l’accomplissement de projet d’installation et d’architecture. Avec une très bonne connaissance des dernières technologies, elle saura toujours proposer de nouvelles solutions.
Savoir travailler en équipe est sans aucun doute une de ses grandes qualité.
Elle est également Directrice de création et Co Éditrice en chef du magazine LSTW, Lez Spread The Word (un magazine 2SLGBTQ+) depuis 6ans, un organisme où elle s’implique afin de faire évoluer les mentalités.
Justine de l’Église se spécialise dans l’écriture d’histoires humaines qui fascinent et qui font réfléchir. Avant d’éditer des longs formats à Radio-Canada, où elle occupe désormais le poste de conseillère aux contenus numériques, elle a rédigé plusieurs textes de fond au sein de l’entreprise, ainsi qu’à VICE Québec. Son travail lui a valu notamment une médaille d’or aux Prix d’excellence en publication numérique, un prix Judith-Jasmin et la bourse Arthur-Prévost, qui souligne la qualité du travail d’un journaliste prometteur en début de carrière.
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 plusieurs fois en Ukraine. Son travail lui a valu d’être honoré au Concours canadien de journalisme (2012), au Prix du magazine canadien (2020 et 2021) et de gagner le Prix Judith Jasmin, catégorie Grand Reportage, en 2022.
Tara Deschamps is a business reporter-editor with The Canadian Press covering tech, cannabis and real estate. She has broken stories on rising tech companies and innovations, regulation, the gig economy and diversity in corporate Canada. She is a three-time SABEW Canada winner, who was a journalist at the Toronto Star, was part of the Globe and Mail’s Industry Interrupted podcast team and has freelanced for the New York Times, Guardian & Maclean’s.
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 (they/he) is an award-winning editor and journalist. They are the founder and publisher of The Resolve, a new independent media outlet in Canada centring, elevating and celebrating Indigenous, Black, and people of colour voices and stories. Previously they were the managing editor at Xtra, and the acting editor-in-chief at rabble.ca. They are a long-time advocate for the importance and power of social justice and community journalism.
Ruth Dunley is the Associate Director of Editorial Strategy at Queen’s University and editor of the Queen’s Alumni Review. 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, online editor and associate editor for the Ottawa Citizen/Postmedia. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, a Bachelor of Education, a PhD in history and is the author of The Lost President: A. D. Smith and the Hidden History of Radical Democracy in Civil War America was published in 2019.
Samantha Dunn is the senior editor of premium content at the Southern California News Group, which publishes the Orange County Register. She produces the virtual program on BOOKISH about authors, thinkers and the literary life with host Sadra Tsing Loh. She is also the author of several books including the novel Failing Paris and a bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life.
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.
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.
Hollay Ghadery is a multi-genre writer living in rural Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and magazines around the world. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental illness, was published by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in 2021. Her debut collection of poetry, Rebellion Box, is due out with Radiant Press in spring 2023 and her short-fiction collection, Widow Fantasies, is scheduled for release with Gordon Hill Press in 2024.
Curtis Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards from 23 nominations, including a record-tying four awards in 2014.
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.
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 Communications Arts, Applied Arts magazine, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD), The Advertising & Design Club of Canada and nominated for three National Magazine Awards. In 2019 he started his own studio and teaches design at George Brown College.
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.
Natalie Harmsen is the assistant editor at Slice. Her writing has appeared in Maisonneuve, Chatelaine, Elle Canada and more. She was a National Magazine Award nominee for Best Personal Journalism in 2020.
Ken Hunt has worked in the media industry for over twenty years, most recently as the President and Publisher at SJC. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Publisher’s Grand Prix for his work with Toronto Life.
Arvin Joaquin is an award-winning journalist and editor. He is currently a journalist and host of OMNI News: Filipino. He was previously a senior political reporter at The Canadian Press and an associate editor at Xtra Magazine, where he wrote the magazine’s Digital Publishing Award-winning newsletter. He has been nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards and was awarded the 2021 Excellence in HIV coverage by NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. His work has appeared in Maclean’s, Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and more.
Richard Johnson is a freelance writer, editor, and facilitator based in Victoria, B.C. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, This Magazine, The New Quarterly, Reader’s Digest, and other great Canadian titles. (He also writes for podcasts and other media, but, shhhh, magazines are the best!) His forthcoming book, Democracy’s Second Act, co-authored with Peter Macleod, is all about how the public might just save democracy from itself if citizens are more empowered and better engaged. He is currently serving as the Chair of the British Columbia Primary Care Priorities Panel, a ground-breaking citizens’ assembly that will gather critical public knowledge and input about health care, and direct provincial policy makers to act. Its report is due out in the fall of 2023.
Lindsay Jones is a reporter at The Globe and Mail reporting on the Atlantic region. Prior to that, she was a national award-winning Canadian freelance journalist. Her stories have been published in The Atavist, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Topic, among others. She lives in Halifax with her husband and their two kids.
Emmanuel Kattan is Director of the Alliance Program. 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.
Caitlin Kelly, a writer in Tarrytown, NY, winner of a Canadian National Magazine Award for humor, has written more than 100 stories for The New York Times and has written for The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Marie-Claire, Salon and many others. Freelancing beginning as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, she began selling her images to Time, the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star, and later to The New York Times and Washington Post, among others. She’s been a staff reporter and feature writer at The Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette and New York Daily News, breaking national news at each. Author of “Blown Away: American Women and Guns” (Pocket Books) and “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail (Portfolio.) She has coached more than 50 writers worldwide and has taught writing at Pace, The New York School of Interior Design, Marymount College, Pratt Institute and Concordia University in Montreal.
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.
Evaan Kheraj is a New York based photographer & director 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 advertising, 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.
Courtney Khimji is the founder of Chimera Collective, an integrated PR and content agency based in Toronto. As a communications expert with more than 15 years of experience leading award-winning campaigns for global blue chip brands, Courtney is an interdisciplinary marketer with proven track record of creative excellence. Courtney holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and an Hon. B.A. in Literature from the University of Toronto; her writing has been published in the Chicago Review and Contrary Magazine.
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.
Marie Lambert-Chan est rédactrice en chef de l’émission Découverte et du pôle Science et environnement à Radio-Canada. Auparavant, elle a été rédactrice en chef du magazine Québec Science de 2016 à 2022. Elle a également tenu des chroniques régulières aux émissions Moteur de recherche et Bien entendu sur ICI Première et à On va se le dire sur ICI Télé.
Dominique is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in publishing, having held roles at some of Canada’s top media brands. Newly based in Calgary, she’s the managing editor at city lifestyle magazine Avenue. Prior to joining the team at Avenue, she was a senior editor at Air Canada enRoute and, before that, an associate editor at Chatelaine. Her work has also appeared in Best Health, Canadian Health & Lifestyle and reporter.
An award-winning designer and media artist with an MA in Anthropology, Lau’s work draws from his commitment and passion for understanding people, communities, materiality, and culture. Human-centred design and art-making are at the foundation of everything he does. Lau’s work has been recognized internationally by British Design and Art Direction (D&AD), Adobe, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Lau is the current Editor of Tusaayaksat Magazine, a two-time finalist at the National Magazine Awards, where he works in collaboration with and provides support for Inuvialuit (Western Arctic Inuit) storytellers to share their life stories, culture, heritage, language, and art to the world. He is honoured to be able to live and work on the traditional lands of Gwich’in and Inuvialuit and work in service of Inuvialuit Beneficiaries in and outside of the vast Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).
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.
Spanning two decades, Amelie’s career has led her from management roles for an agency and newspaper to orchestrating design projects with private, municipal, and corporate clients—where she’s been honoured with numerous awards and industry accolades. For the last 17 years, Amelie has been the Creative Director for Mountain Life Media.
Jean-François Légaré is an editorial director at Sid Lee, one of the world’s leading creative agencies, where he collaborates with a team of content creators, designers and strategists for brands like Hyundai and the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network, Samsung, Air Transat, IGA, Ivanhoe Cambridge and more. JF landed at Sid Lee after 15 years in media, where he made his mark as a travel, fashion and lifestyle reporter and editor for some of Canada’s top magazines. During his 3-year tenure as editor-in-chief of enRoute, Air Canada’s renowned travel magazine, the publication was named the world’s best inflight magazine by Monocle. The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year in 2018.
Erica Lenti is a writer and editor in Toronto. She is currently the deputy editor, features at Chatelaine. Before that, she served as senior editor, politics and identities, at Xtra Magazine and editor of This 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 Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Journalism.
Before taking on the role of editorial lead at Plan International Canada, an organization working to advance children’s rights and equality for girls around the world, Sydney served as editor-in-chief of enRoute and features director at Chatelaine. She is a past recipient of several gold and silver awards at both the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards (along with many, many honourable mentions!) and her work has appeared in The Walrus, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Reader’s Digest, Cottage Life, Broadview and more. She teaches journalism at Centennial College in Toronto.
Poetry, fiction (novels, sorry stories), artist, teacher, mentor, listener, nonfiction – Rain songs of Kotli & Chanting Denied Shores, Exit Wounds/Kotli Petrichor (poetry) 2023, Blood Towers (novel) 2024. Editorial Board member (The Polyglot), and Executive Board member (PCHC-MoM).
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.
Sandra E. Martin
Informed by her rich and varied 20+ years as a journalist, j-school instructor and audience specialist, Sandra is Head of Newsroom Development at The Globe and Mail.
Previously, Sandra served as Editor-in-Chief of MoneySense where, under her leadership, the online personal finance magazine earned two finalist nods in the 2021 in the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, to be announced in February 2022. Also under her leadership, in January 2020 MoneySense picked up a Silver Canadian Online Publishing Award in the Best Service Article or Series–Consumer category.
As a contract lecturer at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Journalism, Sandra has taught undergrad and graduate classes on feature writing, advanced magazine editing, brand-building and copy editing.
During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online.
Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and the National Post, among others.
She is a two-time National Magazine Awards finalist, a repeat NMA judge, and a two- time NMA host. She sits on the board of directors of Canada’s History Society (publishers of Canada’s History and Kayak magazines), and heads the volunteer committee for SABEW Canada (which promotes excellence in business writing and editing). She has also served as a mentor in the NMAF’s BIPOC Mentorship Program.
Valerian Mazataud is a Montreal based documentary photographer affiliated with daily newspaper Le Devoir. He works as a photo-reporter for Canadian and international medias and also pursues an artistic career using documentary and conceptual photography.
A self taught photographer since 2009, he owns a Msc in agronomy with a specialty in marine biology. His projects allowed him to travel in around fifty countries.He has had exhibitions in various artist-run centers around Canada, as well as during different art festivals and has won various photography awards, including grants from the Canadian Arts Council. He has published three books of photographs about Central-America and Montreal.
Rowan McCandless is the author of Persephone’s Children, launched October 12, 2021 with Dundurn Press, a Rare Machines imprint. She is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award in nonfiction (2022 ), and is a co-winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and a finalist for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award For Non-Fiction (2022). Her writing has appeared in various print, online journals and anthologies. In 2020, she received gold and an honourable mention with the National Magazine Awards. In 2022, she was a first reader for the CBC’s nonfiction contest, and read over 300 entries. Rowan is the CNF editor with The Fiddlehead magazine.
Erik is a creative director, art director, designer, photographer, illustrator, and artist based in Toronto. He has been working in the magazine industry for over 15 years. Erik’s talent for combining visual narrative and elegant design has built a career spanning the full gamut of creating – from contributing to managing to launching – award-winning magazines.
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.
Deborah Morrison was recently appointed Publisher of UA (University Affairs) Magazine..She has held prior roles as Publisher of Canada’s History and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, and Chair of Magazines Canada.
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.
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.
Jadine Ngan (@jadinengan) is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer and photographer whose bylines include The Walrus, Macleans, and Toronto Life. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Varsity, the University of Toronto’s newspaper of record.
Phil Norton has been a Canadian staff journalist, freelance writer and widely published photographer since he immigrated to Montreal in 1981. Born in Pittsburgh, PA he graduated from Penn State in environmental science then bicycled 10,000 km. He worked as the editor of a bilingual weekly newspaper in Quebec and as a staff photographer for its sister publications 1983-1996. As a freelance contributor to Canadian Geographic and Harrowsmith he won National Magazine Awards in 1983 and 85 exposing acid rain and forest dieback. He worked at The Montreal Gazette 1996-2002 then helped start and run 2 English language community newspapers run by high school students. He is now collaborating with Tagona Press to produce a series of books about counties in Ontario. Find him on IG @county_phootgropher and Facebook @photographyadventuresnet
Candice Pinault Novak has been leading editorial teams and editing magazines for the past 10 years—specializing in helping higher education institutions communicate strategically and engage their communities through innovative, award-winning print and digital magazines.
Erika Oliveira is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning creative director specializing in art direction of design and photography for the advertising and publishing industries. Over the years Oliveira has built market-leading content by matching cutting-edge creative talent with innovative projects. She is a visually-driven storyteller who creates print and digital content across all platforms for global clients and celebrities in the food, fashion, beauty, travel, interiors and luxury markets.
Born in Mumbai, India, Oliveira began her creative career as a textile designer before immigrating to Toronto, Canada, and in 2000, relocating to New York City. Condé Nast Publishing, Hearst Publishing, Rizzoli International, HarperCollins, Hachette Books, West Elm, CB2, Crate & Barrel and Urban Outfitters: Anthropologie are among Oliveira’s prominent clients. Celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Zoe, Ruth Reichl, and renowned chefs such as David Chang and Jamie Oliver.
Simone Olivero is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She has more than a decade of experience working with various news and lifestyle publications with bylines in Toronto Life, Chatelaine, CBC and more. She was previously a Senior Editor at Today’s Parent and is currently the Managing Editor at House & Home.
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, Time Out Editor, Canada, is the former editor-in-chief of the award-winning RICARDO magazines and executive editor, Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants + Canada’s Best New Bars.
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.
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), an internationally distributed non-profit arts magazine that explores innovative artists and ideas in music and sound art. She has been a correspondent to Variety since 2008. From 1992 to 2013, she was a regular contributor on film and music 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 Harbourfront Reading Series), and contributing editor to Flare. She began her career as a writer and copy editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard’s weekend magazine. Jennie is a member of Magazines Canada’s Arts & Literary Advisory Committee and of the Toronto Film Critics Association, and is president of the board of directors of Wavelength, a Toronto music non-profit.
Rudrapriya Rathore holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and has published her non-fiction work in various magazines including Brick, Hazlitt, CNQ, Quill & Quire, and The Walrus. Her fiction is featured in online and print publications as well as in The Unpublished City, Volume I, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Award, and After Realism, a 2022 anthology of short stories. In 2021, she was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award in the Essays category. She is the founder and manager of the Flying Books Mentorship Program, created to empower writers and improve their craft. She also works as the Toronto Arts Council’s Literary Arts Program Manager.
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). A writer, editor, policy analyst, language learner and visual artist, she lives in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton). She is the Senior Advisor, Indigenous relations at the Edmonton Public Library. Her writing has been published in The Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, The Malahat Review and Room Magazine, among others. In 2021 she was awarded the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Award. The Big Melt, her first book, was published by Nightwood Editions in Fall 2022.
Jessica Rose is a writer, editor, and reviewer whose work has appeared in publications across Canada. Her writing has appeared in Quill and Quire, Room, rabble.ca, Herizons, This, and the Humber Literary Review. She is a senior editor at the Hamilton Review of Books, a founding editor of The Inlet, the former book reviews editor for THIS Magazine, and a regular contributor to Hamilton City Magazine. Jessica is the current Marketing Manager at gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival and sits on the board of the Adult Basic Education Association (ABEA) and the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Committee. Her essay “Reclaiming Hamilton Through Artistic and Environmental Interventions” appears in Reclaiming Hamilton: Essays from the New Ambitious City. Her first book for young people will be released by Orca Book Publishers in 2024.
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.
Wendy Schroder has been designing and art directing Canadian publications for 25 years, with over a decade as an independent consultant. She got her first taste of of the industry in 1996 with Century Home magazine, and has never looked back — winning awards and gaining priceless industry experience along the way. Today she directs the design of a diverse list of client publications. Her work can be found at GraphicPages.ca.
A Canadian based in San Francisco, Alec Scott has contributed features to outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Sunset, Wine Enthusiast and Smithsonian Magazine. He has worked as a fact-checker at Saturday Night (RIP), an editor and columnist at Toronto Life and a producer at the CBC. His Canadian work — for Toronto Life, the Walrus and Report on Business — has been nominated for 13 National Magazine Awards, winning three. He writes on travel, food and drink, business, tech, the arts, and the law – the last because he is a former lawyer. He has taught writing at Stanford. His travel pieces have won a North American Travel Journalists’ Association Gold, a Lowell Thomas and an Eureka. His first novel, Until It Shimmers, was published in 2022, and a piece of urban history, Oldest San Francisco, comes out this fall 2023
Katie Sehl is a writer and editor based in Montréal. Her writing and photography have appeared in Air Canada’s enRoute, CNN, Fortune, Maisonneuve, and VICE. She was previously editor-in-chief of APEX Experience magazine.
Terry Sellwood worked for Cottage Life Media for 15 years, most recently as President before his retirement. CL Media published Cottage Life, Explore, Outdoor Canada and Canadian Home Workshop as well as their affiliated consumer Shows and the Cottage Life television show. Prior to that Terry was Vice-President, circulation marketing for Transcontinental Publications Inc. as well as VP circulation for CB Media, publishers of Canadian Business, Profit and Your Money. Terry is also a past chair of Magazines Canada, a past and current president of the National Media Awards Foundation, a Magazines Canada traveling consultant, and a past president of the CMC Circulation Management Association. Terry received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 2010 and has also won the Magazine Marketer of the Year Award from the CMC Circulation Management Association and the Magazines Canada award for Volunteer of the Year.
Zoe Shaw is a writer and editor based in Montreal. She is currently managing editor of carte blanche literary magazine.
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.
Rebekah Skochinski’s fiction has been shortlisted for several contests including The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Her work has appeared in leading literary magazines like Grain, The New Quarterly, Room, Taddle Creek and The Humber Literary Review. She’s been a longtime editor with The Walleye–an arts and culture magazine and has previously worked in radio and television as a creative writer/producer and occasional on-air talent. Rebekah lives in northwestern Ontario.
Stephen Smith is a Toronto writer whose work has appeared in Geist, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s. Awards include a 1996 Gold at the 20th Annual National Magazine Awards. His book, Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada’s Hockey Obsession (Greystone, 2014), was long-listed for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize.
Maïka Sondarjee est professeure en développement international et mondialisation à l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle a dirigé un ouvrage collectif en 2022, intitulé Perspectives féministes en relations internationales (Presses de l’Université de Montréal). Son premier essai, Perdre le Sud (2020, éditions Écosociété), développe une perspective décoloniale, féministe et post-capitaliste des relations internationales. Elle siège sur le conseil d’administration de l’organisation non-gouvernementale Alternatives et l’Association canadienne d’études du développement international, et elle s’implique dans diverses initiatives de la société civile pour plus de justice sociale. Son essai Le Droit de Penser a remporté la médaille d’argent section essai du Prix du Magazine Canadien.
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.
Hans Thiessen leads the design team at Rethink – one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Ad Agencies and Canada’s Design Agency of the Year (four years in a row and counting).
Hans has had the pleasure of working with a wide range brands, from global icons (including IKEA, Nike, and Arc’teryx) to pillars within Canada’s cultural sector (including The Walrus, CBC, and National Magazine Awards).
Hans’ work has been recognized with a variety of international awards (including a D&AD Black Pencil), press (from Forbes and GQ, to Rolling Stone and Ripley’s Believe It or Not), and the occasional cease and desist letter.
Diplômée d’une maîtrise en Management de la culture et des médias de Sciences Po Paris, Marine Thomas est spécialisée dans la presse d’affaires. En 2011, elle pilote la refonte du magazine Premières en affaires, un bimestriel sur les grands enjeux économiques au féminin. Deux ans plus tard, elle participe à la création d’Inspiro, un magazine trimestriel destiné aux jeunes professionnels et entrepreneurs. Elle assure la supervision du contenu de ces deux publications jusqu’en 2015, puis devient rédactrice en chef de la revue Gestion de HEC Montréal. En décembre 2016, elle entre au journal Les Affaires à titre de directrice de contenu, Journal et Bulletin privilège avant d’en devenir la rédactrice en chef en juillet 2019. Engagée dans la communauté, Marine a été vice-présidente du conseil d’administration du Y des femmes, présidente-fondatrice du comité philanthropique Génération W et administratrice de Lire et faire lire.
Jimmy Thomson is an NMA-winning writer and editor based in Victoria, BC. His writing focuses on climate, environment, and the North.
Based in Toronto, Michael is the senior art director at Group SJR, a global marketing and advertising agency. He has worked on multimedia projects for a variety of luxury and lifestyle clients including Fairmont, Birks, Lindt, Air Canada, Bombardier, Hudson’s Bay, Interac and Corby Spirit & Wine. A cross-platform creative, Michael brings his interests in food, travel, design, and culture to life through comprehensive art direction and graphic design.
Isa Tousignant is a Montreal-based editor, 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 transformative.
Chantal Tranchemontagne has worked in Canadian magazine publishing for more than 20 years. She now pours her energy into Perch, an independent magazine that showcases all things cool and creative in rural Eastern Ontario.
Former Editor-in-Chief of Maclean’s magazine, also held senior positions at the Toronto Star, National Post, and Ottawa Citizen.
Natasha V. is a still-life photographer known for mixing a minimalist’s eye with a maximalist’s sense of colour. She brings a precise, sculptural approach to her work for various commercial clients like Holt Renfrew, Indigo, YSL Beauty, Dior Cosmetics, Canada Post, The Hudson’s Bay and Canada Goose. Her love of story telling and conceiving conceptual still life have won her several National Magazine and Advertising and Design Club of Canada awards, and her work has been featured in various North American and European publications, like In Style, Red UK, Allure, Women’s Health and others.
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.
Anne-Marie Voisard: Journaliste retraitée du quotidien Le Soleil, de Québec, après une carrière qui lui a mérité notamment le prix Judith-Jasmin. Elle est aujourd’hui frappée par la crise des médias comme tous ses ex-collègues. Le journal, propriété du Groupe Capitales Médias qui a déclaré faillite, vient d’être transformé en coopérative.
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.
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. Previously, she worked with Emily Carr University of Art and Design for close to three years, most recently in the capacity of Digital Strategist and before that as their Media Relations and Communications lead. She possesses five years as an independent professional consultant, providing strategic and hands-on expertise to organizations in the areas of brand positioning, marketing and communications; human resources and employee engagement; as well as operations and organizational development. Prior to these professional activities, Karin worked in various operational roles for Korn/Ferry International, a leading global talent management firm, for close to 10 years. Karin has a BA in Art History and possesses certificates in digital strategy and professional writing. Karin is on the Board of Directors for the BC Centre for Ability Foundation.
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.
Steph Wechsler is the managing editor of J-Source and co-lead on the Canada Press Freedom Project.
Lisa Whittington-Hill is the Publisher of This Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Catapult, and Longreads. In 2022, she was nominated in the Personal Journalism category at the National Magazine Awards for her piece “OCD Is Not a Joke” in The Walrus. 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.
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