Call for Judges

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As the 2020 awards season gears up, the NMAF is now welcoming applications for judges for the National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B.

Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • Internationally renowned journalist, editor, designer or other expert with an interest in supporting the NMAF fulfill its mission;
  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, or National Magazine Awards: B2B;
  • Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian publications (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award, Digital Publishing Award, or National Magazine Award: B2B yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA, DPA, or NMA: B2B categories (such as photojournalism, service, arts & culture, fiction, poetry, etc);
  • Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
  • Professionals and leaders from related cultural sectors, including the visual arts (film and television), the literary arts (book writing & publishing) and the performing arts (theatre, music);
  • Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.

We welcome applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural, and regional communities.

Judging will take place during February and March 2020. For more information, or to nominate a peer to the jury, contact us at

We’re proud to have had some of the finest Canadian journalists and experts serve on our past juries.

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It was such an enriching experience to be a judge for the NMAs. Being able to appreciate the work of my peers, and discuss their work with the other judges, made me feel like even more a part of the literary community that has supported and nourished me. — Alicia Elliott, award-winning Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, ON.

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Getting your hands on a B2B magazine can be tricky if you don’t belong to a particular profession. As an NMA: B2B judge, I had the pleasure of reading new publications and discovering the rich journalistic and artistic talent behind them. — Luc Rinaldi, senior editor, Pivot magazine, Toronto, ON.

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I enjoy the process because it gives me the opportunity to contribute both individually and collectively. Entering my own scores for each entry validates the time I spend reviewing and assessing each submission; discussing my assessments with the other judges during our conference call provides the opportunity to weigh the value of those assessments against the opinions of other industry experts and (on occasion) to argue in favour of work which I feel may have been undervalued.
Dawn Chafe, executive editor, Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John’s, NL.

It’s a great honour to judge the NMAs and see some of the best magazine work happening in Canada. I love editorial design and it’s wonderful when some of the winning entries are small, independent publications that understand great design is integral to their success. — Fidel Peña, creative director and co-founder of Underline Studio, Toronto, ON.

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Judging the NMAs allows you to keep tabs on industry leaders, validate someone’s hard work, and boost a worthy talent’s own career. It’s also an easy way to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.
Arjun Basu, senior vice president, Product at Bookmark Content and Communications, Montreal, QC.

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The NMAs focus on creators, the people who are create the work that makes everything else possible. Given all of the challenges that creators face in earning a living, participating in a process that recognizes and rewards their efforts is, I think, important and valuable work.
Kim Pittaway, former editor, Chatelaine, and journalism teacher, Dartmouth, NS.

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Serving as a judge for the National Magazine Awards, which I have done for at least ten years, is always a highlight of my reading year. It’s like receiving an engaging anthology of great writing by exciting emerging writers, masterful old pros, and hidden treasures. And you get the honour of choosing the best of a wonderful bunch! What could possibly be better?
Stephen Trumper, writer, editor, teacher, volunteer, Toronto, ON.

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 I think the NMAs themselves are a valuable measure of the accomplishments of Canadian magazine writers and editors. As to the process, we were given sufficient time and a workable structure both leading up to and in the conversation itself. My fellow judges offered interesting insights into the work considered and the process was both engaged and congenial.
Kim Jernigan, former editor, The New Quarterly, Waterloo, ON.

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Volunteering as a judge with the National Media Awards was a great experience, it really gave me a chance to see the depth and variety of voices being published in Canadian magazines right now, this flourishing of diverse perspectives and thoughts make right now a very exciting time for Canadian media. — Ossie Michelin, award-winning Inuk journalist and activist from the community of North West River, Labrador.

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Having been involved since the 1980s, as a board member, president (1991) a member of a special review committee (Strategic Speculation) and a frequent judge, I have a real investment in the event. What I like most of all is the emphasis the awards have nurtured of rewarding the effort of individual creators (rather than the publications, which get to bask in the reflected glory anyway.) Some no longer seem to value, or understand, this. But it is one of the things which makes the MagAwards special.
D.B. Scott, publisher, Canadian Magazines blog, Cambridge, ON.

The NMAF is a bilingual, not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications. Submissions will open in December for awards honouring the best in Canadian magazines and publishing in 2019.

For more information, please contact

Intern with the NMAF

The NMAF is excited to embark upon the 2019 to 2020 awards season, and we’re looking for an excellent intern to tag along on the adventure. 

We’ve crafted our internship to check all of the boxes: a flexible schedule (the majority of the work can be completed remotely), the opportunity to get an inside look at the Canadian media industry and the NMAF’s operations, and the chance to enhance your communications, publicity, and event planning skillset. 

“The NMAF internship is a great opportunity for anyone starting out in the media, publishing, or PR industry. I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to make some excellent contacts while working for the NMAF”  – Krista Robinson, 2016-17 intern 

Day-to-day, the intern will assist with administrative tasks—you’ll help us sort submissions, and prepare for one of Canada’s most esteemed cultural events—the National Magazine Awards gala. You’ll also have the opportunity to make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers, and other members of the industry, making this internship a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone interested in the field of magazine writing or publishing.

“I think the internship broke down the industry into bite-sized pieces and made it seem less daunting. Working with a small team helped me see how other small editorial and similar teams manage to produce all that they do. Overall everyone I spoke to/ emailed/ interacted with were pleasant and excited about making quality Canadian magazines. (…) Working with the NMAF introduced me to countless future editors, co-workers, and collaborators.”  – Stephanie Philp, 2017-18 intern

Applications are due September 18th, 2019*. Here is the full job posting. When submitting your application, please be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and reference letter.

For the NMAF’s most up-to-date news, follow us on Twitter and visit us on Facebook.

* Please note that the application deadline has been extended to September 23rd, 2019.

10 Years of Excellence in Canadian Magazines

Over at the National Magazine Awards, we’re celebrating the last long weekend of summer by looking back at the best of the past 10 years in Canadian magazines. We’ve rounded up the smash reels that opened each gala, and we’re inviting you to reminisce with us. Sit back—ideally with a cold, summer beverage—enjoy these short, punchy videos, and vote for your favourite over on Twitter.

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Regrettably, we are missing the smash reel from the 33rd annual NMAs.

Follow the National Magazine Awards on Twitter, and visit us on Facebook. The call for entries for the 43rd annual awards will open on December 1, 2019.

The 2019 National Magazine Awards Jury

The NMAF proudly presents the 2019 roster of judges! Each year, the Foundation relies on the expertise of over 150 volunteer judges—editors, publishers, art directors, professors, writers, artists, journalists and readers of influence—to review and evaluate the National Magazine Awards entries. To the individuals who volunteered their time and expertise to judge for the 42nd NMAs, thank you!

Special Awards / Prix spéciaux


Ava Chisling is an award-winning writer, editor and media lawyer who counsels creative-types from Academy Award winners to authors, publishers and designers. Based in Montreal, she is a recognized AI/pop culture blogger and creates ad campaigns for many well-known national brands. She has written for enRoute, the National, Time Out,, Strut and Canadian Lawyer, among many others.

Charles Lim is a creative and technical leader based in Toronto. He has worked at Spafax (now Bookmark) and Totem. He’s currently at Top Hat, an education technology company.

Donna Nebenzahl is a journalist and journalism professor at Concordia University.


Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. As publisher, Matthew has helped shape Spacing into one of Canada’s top small magazines: he was named Editor of the Year for 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and Spacing has been named Canadian Small Magazine of the Year six times. Under his leadership, Spacing has been nominated for Magazine of the Year or Magazine Brand of the Year six times at the National Magazine Awards. In 2012, Matthew received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to urban issues in Canada. 

Joyce Byrne is Group Publisher at RedPoint Media, where she oversees Avenue Calgary and other titles. Joyce has been the president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association since 2014, and has also served as president of the NMAF and as a director of Magazines Canada. Before relocating to Canada’s sunniest city she was Vice President at Venture Publishing in Edmonton, but is originally from Toronto, where she began her magazine career at This Magazine, and has served 15 years as Taddle Creek’s proofreader. (Photo credit: Jared Sych)

Curtis Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards, edits Eighteen Bridges magazine, and is director of the Environmental Writing program at the Banff Centre. He lives in Edmonton.

Best Magazine Awards / Meilleurs magazines


Arjun Basu is the Senior Vice President, Products, at Bookmark Content & Communications, and a past President of the National Media Awards Foundation.

Julie Cailliau est éditrice adjointe et rédactrice en chef du Groupe Les Affaires, qui publie le journal Les Affaires, le site, le magazine Les Affaires Plus et l’infolettre exclusive aux abonnés, le Bulletin privilège. Julie a fait ses débuts de journaliste en France, et elle poursuit cette passion au Québec depuis plus de 15 ans.

John Korpics grew up in Media, Pennsylvania, studied graphic design at Carnegie-Mellon University, and currently lives in Watertown, Massachusetts. He has led digital product and content creative strategy, both as a consultant, and on staff at media companies like ESPN, Time Inc, Conde Nast and Hearst. John is currently the Creative Director of the Harvard Business Review. You can see his work at


Laurie Jennings is Deputy Editor at Good Housekeeping Magazine.

After earning a degree in Journalism, Claudine St-Germain became a freelance writer before joining Coup de pouce magazine, occupying successively the role of feature editor, executive editor and editor in chief. She is now the executive editor at L’actualité.


Andrea Bennett is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor who currently works at Talonbooks. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Maisonneuve magazine. Her first book of essays, Like a Boy But Not a Boy, is forthcoming with Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2020; she is also the author of two guide books with Moon guides, and a book of poetry with Nightwood Editions. Her nonfiction has been published by The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, The Atlantic, and Reader’s Digest, among others. 

Ossie Michelin is an award-winning Inuk journalist and activist from the community of North West River, Labrador and contributes to Canadian Geographic, the CBC radio and online, Briarpatch Magazine, APTN National News, and many other websites and publications. His photography and reporting on the conflict between Indigenous People and resource extraction has garnered international attention. Ossie was recently the Inuit editor of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada and is currently developing a nationally touring exhibition on Newfoundland and Labrador Residential School Survivors. He reports regularly on stories about Indigenous Issues, the environment, science, and the North with a capital N.

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


Laura Denton has 20 years of experience in multi-platform and custom content creative, synergizing the vision for national breakthrough campaigns to bring a brand’s story to life. As Creative Director, she led the creative on many award-winning co-branded campaigns and brand launches at Rogers Media for nearly 15 years. She worked closely with editorial with a focus on partnerships at Transcontinental/TVA Media. Laura has worked with some of the most world’s most recognized brands including H&M, Loblaw, L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Unilever, P&G. Laura is currently Creative Director on the agency side, building brands, developing engaging brand content strategies and custom creative in Vancouver. 

Curtis Gillespie has won seven National Magazine Awards, edits Eighteen Bridges magazine, and is director of the Environmental Writing program at the Banff Centre. He lives in Edmonton.

Beth Thompson is an award-winning editor who has spent 20 years in media, specializing in women’s health and wellness. Currently editor-in-chief of Best Health magazine, Beth is a former editor-in-chief of Glow, Spree and Canadian Health and Lifestyle magazines. She’s written articles about nutrition, beauty and wellness for every major Canadian brand including Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Zoomer, Today’s Parent and More magazines. Additionally, Beth is the co-author of: Kidfluence – Why Today’s Kids Mean Business and is a sought-after on-air and keynote speaker.

Editorial Awards / Catégories éditoriales


Munie de ses deux baccalauréats respectivement en Ès Art et en Études Littéraires à l’UQAM, Hélène Mallette joint les rangs de Vidéotron Le Superclub à titre de rédactrice en chef pour le magazine de la bannière Microplay. Désirant poursuivre son rêve de travailler à son compte, Hélène a fondé sa propre entreprise de création, Limonade Rose, en 2009 : une entreprise se spécialisant en rédaction marketing, en peuplement Web, en gestion de réseaux sociaux, en montage de livres, magazines, menus et documents publicitaires et corporatifs. C’est en 2015 qu’Hélène et son conjoint ont uni leurs forces pour fonder et chapeauter le magazine Dînette. Elle y joue le rôle de rédactrice en chef, de directrice artistique et de designer graphique.

John Montgomery is the art director for Reader’s Digest Canada and Sélection. He’s previously worked on Canadian Business, MoneySense, Toronto Life, Financial Post Magazine and Taddle Creek magazines. John has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards—including a silver win in 2016 for Cover of the Year—and won two Canadian Cover awards in 2012 and 2016.

Chantal Tranchemontagne is the Chief Creative Officer of Big Catch Communications and Editor-In-Chief of Perch magazine, a small, independent magazine based in Eastern Ontario.


Eliane Cadieux met au service de l’équipe plus de 10 ans d’expérience en communication et design. Elle est responsable de la direction artistique de toutes les composantes éditoriales et marketing de BESIDE.

Audrey Lavoie est cofondatrice et coéditrice de Caribou, un magazine indépendant sur la culture culinaire québécoise. Elle compte une dizaine d’années d’expérience en journalisme, principalement dans le secteur de l’alimentation et de la gastronomie.

Alice Lawlor is an award-winning writer and editor with 18 years of international experience in print and online publishing. She began her career in her native England at Redwood, the UK’s leading custom content agency, before moving to Toronto in 2005. At Totem (formerly Redwood Custom Communications), she helped launch five new titles, becoming the Editor-in-Chief of Aeroplan Arrival — a travel magazine and website for Air Canada’s frequent fliers — and At Home with CENTURY 21, a U.S.-based shelter magazine. In 2012, Alice joined House & Home as Executive Editor, and was promoted to Editorial Director in 2015. She oversees the content management of all House & Home channels, including the print magazine, website and tablet.

Annabelle Moreau est la rédactrice en chef de Lettres québécoises. Elle collabore à plusieurs magazines et projets culturels, notamment le balado «La vie secrète des libraires» produit par la Fabrique culturelle et l’émission LIRE d’ARTV, animée par Claudia Larochelle.

Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Award-winning Art Director Jed Tallo started his career in his hometown of Auckland. Prior to settling in Toronto, Jed worked extensively in London for companies such as Condé Nast International and Hearst Magazines UK. He worked on the successful launch of Walmart Live Better magazine. Most recently he was the Deputy Art Director at Flare magazine, and currently is the Art Director at ELLE Canada.


Patrice Martel est directeur de création chez Ricardo Media.

Anna Minzhulina is an art director and design artist. For more than a decade she art directed and designed the Maisonneuve magazine. During that time, the publication has won the Magazine of the Year award twice. Many artists were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction. Minzhulina herself was nominated multiple times and National Magazine awards for Best Cover, Best Issue, and Best Art Direction.

Dominique Ritter is the editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest Canada. She has also worked at Bookmark (formerly Spafax), The Canadian Encyclopedia and Adbusters.


Sophie Banford est directrice générale et éditrice chez KO Média. Sophie a plus d’une décennie d’expérience dans le domaine. Au fil des années, elle a porté les chapeaux de rédactrice en chef, de directrice de contenus et d’éditrice pour de nombreuses publications de premier plan, dont Châtelaine, Loulou, Clin d’œil, Moi&cie et Signé M – des marques qui ont prospéré parce qu’elle a su accorder autant d’importance à leurs résultats financiers qu’à la production d’articles percutants et visuellement attrayants.

Philip Moscovitch is an award-winning Halifax-based writer who works in many different genres, including magazines, radio documentary, and comics. He is currently writing two books–one on Nova Scotia fermented foods and drinks, and another on changing understandings of psychosis and what they mean for those with the condition and their loved ones.

Stéphanie Verge is the executive editor of Reader’s Digest, the co-editor-in-chief of lstw and a National Magazine Award–winning writer. She is also the co-author of The Bar Chef: A Modern Approach to Cocktails.


Penny Caldwell is the former Publisher and VP of Cottage Life Media. She was editor of Cottage Life magazine for 15 years before moving into the Publisher’s office in 2016. Under her leadership, the magazine won hundreds of national and international magazine awards. She has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program and is past president of the International Regional Magazine Association and a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation. In 2017, she was presented with the NMA’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Recently, Penny left Cottage Life to return to freelance life, pursuing projects that stretch both her creative and her management skills.

Fredrik Carlberg is the founder of Boomerang Art & Design Inc. a 30 year old design agency based in Toronto, Canada. With an aptitude for visual arrangements, design culture, and a heart for refined typography, Fredrik brings a wealth of talent and guidance to online, editorial, print and branding projects. Fredrik directs and employs appropriate talent and skills to each project to create solutions that enhance and add personality to respective brands. Fredrik has instructed at various design schools in Canada and has juried on several international design competitions.

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, qu’elle a dirigé d’innombrables séances photo et travaillé avec les meilleurs illustrateurs et illustratrices. Elle jongle aujourd’hui avec de nouveaux projets, mais toujours dans l’édition, de la photographie et de l’illustration.

James Hewes was a Publisher and Head of International at BBC Magazines. Part of the team that sold the business to private equity in November 2011, he was then Publishing Director for Top Gear, Good Food, Easy Cook and Lonely Planet Magazine and a Director of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions. He spent four years in Dubai, running Gulf News Publishing. Responsible for more than 30 product areas, he launched the group’s first consumer title in Arabic – wheels Arabic. Appointed President & CEO of FIPP in September 2017, he joined from The Art Newspaper, having been Interim CEO since December 2016.


Raphaël Daudelin est designer graphique et associé du studio Feed avec Anouk Pennel depuis sa fondation en 1999. Aujourd’hui, le studio se concentre principalement dans l’édition et l’identité de marque. Dès leur tout débuts, ils se font remarquer pour la qualité des publications sur lesquelles ils travaillent. En 2005, ils conçoivent L’appareil, un ouvrage hybride dans lequel des chefs de restaurants montréalais sont jumelés à des bédéistes. Le livre est récompensé au Alcuin Awards. L’année suivante, il remporte une médaille de bronze au Stiftung Buchkunst à Leipzig. En plus de leur travail au studio, ils enseignent à l’UQAM et sont régulièrement invités sur des jurys et comme conférenciers. En 2013, ils participent au dixième anniversaire du concours The beauty of books (Shanghai). En 2015, Raphaël enseigne à l’Université Jian Qiao (Shanghai). Cette même année, ils sont également invités au International Design Forum (Nagoya) En 2017, ils participent à la première édition du festival Fig. (Liège). En février 2017, ils lancent un des projets qui leur tient le plus à cœur : Feedtype, leur fonderie de caractères typographiques.

As editorial director at Sid LeeJean-François Légaré manages the content creation team and works on projects for brands including Air Transat, National Bank and Hyundai. Jean-François landed at the Montreal-based agency after 15 years in media, where he made his mark as a travel and lifestyle reporter and editor. On top of working for some of Canada’s top consumer magazines, he commissioned and edited content for brands such as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Bell, Investors Group and ALDO. During his tenure as editor-in-chief of Air Canada’s renowned travel magazine, enRoute was named the world’s best inflight publication by Monocle and the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year in 2018.

Richard A. Johnson is a writer, editor and facilitator based in Victoria, B.C., whose work has been featured in The New Quarterly, The Walrus, This Magazine, Reader’s Digest and elsewhere. Judging for the NMAs is wonderful because it’s like being gifted a secret box of great storytelling!


Lianne George is the founder and Creative Director of the newly launched content studio and editorial consultancy, George&Co., created to help brands build stronger connections with women through storytelling that matters. Lianne has over 15 years of experience leading some of the country’s most iconic media brands. Before launching George&Co., Lianne was the Director of Lifestyle Content for Rogers Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine, where she led a highly successful brand and digital transformation, re-establishing Chatelaine as Canada’s #1 women’s media brand. In 2018, she won the National Magazine Awards Grand Prix Editor of the Year for her work at Chatelaine. Previously, she was founding editor of The Grid, Torstar’s locally beloved and internationally acclaimed city weekly, and held senior-level positions at Maclean’s, Canadian Business and ELLE Canada. She is co-author of The Ego Boom: Why the World Really Does Revolve Around You

Fidel Peña is a creative director and co-founder of Underline Studio. His projects at Underline have included identity and branding for the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Universities Canada and Harvard Medical School and campaigns and publications for Google, UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency, and the National Gallery of Canada. Fidel’s work has received numerous accolades from across Canada, the US and Europe, and he has lectured on design topics in Spain, Mexico and Canada. He was born in El Salvador, is the former president of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada and is currently a board member of Prefix ICA.

Terry Sellwood is the former President of Cottage Life Media.

Writing & Visual Awards / Catégories rédactionnelles et visuelles


Éric Grenier est rédacteur en chef du magazine Profession Santé, créé en 2015 de la fusion des L’Actualité médicale et de L’Actualité pharmaceutique, et le plus important média spécialisé en santé indépendant de langue française. Diplômé en science politique, il a auparavant été chef d’information numérique au Journal de Montréal et Journal de Québec de 2014 à 2017 et rédacteur en chef du Magazine Jobboom, de 2006 à 2014. Il est journaliste professionnel depuis 24 ans.

Marie Lambert-Chan est rédactrice en chef du magazine Québec Science depuis 2016. Elle travaille depuis plus de douze ans dans la presse écrite. Elle a signé des articles sur la science, la santé, l’éducation, l’économie et les tendances sociales pour La Presse, Le Devoir, Québec Science, ELLE Québec, Affaires universitaires, entre autres.

Anicka Quin is the Editorial Director of Western Living and Vancouver magazines. Under her leadership, Western Living has become a regional brand with a national reputation, winning Best Home Design and Décor magazine in Canada in 2017 at the Canadian Magazine Awards; Vancouver magazine has also thrived under her tenure, winning Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards in 2017. Before joining Western Living and Vanmag, Anicka worked with Alternatives Journal and the alt-weekly id Magazine. She sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and works with Magazines Canada for their professional development series.

Informed by her rich and varied 25 years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra Martin currently heads family communications and content strategy for WE. During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Web site category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online. Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and MoneySense, among others.

DB Scott (David) is president of Impresa Communications Limited of Cambridge, Ont., consultants to the magazine industry and the not-for-profit sector. He is the academic coordinator for magazine and web publishing at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education. For 13 years he has published Canadian Magazines, a daily blog about the industry ( ). He has been a frequent moderator and presenter at the MagNet industry conference, at Magazines Canada’s Business Media Summit, a frequent awards judge for the national and western awards as well as the International Regional Magazines Association (IRMA). He was president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 1991 and was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement — the industry’s highest individual honour — in 2010.

Lauréate du Prix Judith-Jasmin, Anne-Marie Voisard est une journaliste retraitée du quotidien Le Soleil de Québec.


Ariel Brewster has been a senior editor at Today’s Parent for the past seven years. Before that she worked on staff at The Grid, Toronto Life, and The Walrus, and as a fact-checker at New York magazine. She has two young sons.

Jenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. She is the creative-nonfiction editor and à la carte blog editor for carte blanche, where she welcomes pitches for blog posts from BIPOC, QT2S, and disabled writers, as well as writers from other marginalized communities. Border Markers, her collection of linked flash-fiction narratives, is available from NeWest Press. She lives on Osage territory and teaches at Missouri Southern State University. She also teaches at the University of British Columbia through their Optional Residency MFA program.

David Hayes is an award winning journalist and author. His articles and essays have appeared in publications such as Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times Magazine. He teaches Advanced Feature Writing at Ryerson University and is on the faculty of the University of King’s College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. These days he spends much of his time ghostwriting books. 

Jean-Nicolas Patoine est directeur de l’information au quotidien Le Soleil

Pascal Raiche-Nogue est un journaliste basé à Moncton, au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il est chef de bureau aux affaires publiques et chroniqueur au quotidien provincial l’Acadie Nouvelle et collabore à l’émission Couleurs locales (Unis TV). Il est détenteur d’un baccalauréat en information-communication de l’Université de Moncton et d’une maîtrise en communication publique de l’Université Laval.

Binh An Vu Van est journaliste à l’émission Découverte, sur les ondes d’ICI Radio-Canada Télé. Elle siège également comme membre de de la Commission de l’éthique en science et technologie du Québec.


Julian Brave NoiseCat is a correspondent at Real America with Jorge Ramos, contributing editor for Canadian Geographic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in The GuardianThe Nation, The Paris Review and many other publications. He was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, Best New Magazine Writer in 2018. A proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie, he resides in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Elawani est écrivain et journaliste indépendant. Il est l’auteur d’une biographie du romancier et cinéaste Emmanuel Cocke, C’est complet au royaume des morts, et de l’essai sur la contre-culture Les marges détachables. Il a collaboré à plusieurs ouvrages collectifs, dont Bleu nuit, Satanic Panic, L’ère-seconde et Yuletide Terror. Son essai « Les identités victimaires », paru dans Nouveau projet, lui a valu le Grand prix du journalisme indépendant 2017 dans la catégorie opinion/analyse. On peut régulièrement l’entendre à Radio-Canada et lire ses textes dans Le Devoir, 24 images, Nouveau projet et LQ, ainsi que sur Spirale Web et Vice Québec

Sara Harowitz runs content for Vitruvi, namely as the editor of its online journal Basenotes. She is the former editor of both MONTECRISTO Magazine and SAD Magazine, and has also written for publications including The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, and HuffPost Canada. Her Maisonneuve piece, “Kings, Queens and Everything In-Between” received Honourable Mention from the 2016 Awards in the Society category.

Jean-Baptiste Hervé est un journaliste indépendant vivant et travaillant à Montréal. Il a étudié le littérature et le cinéma puis s’est dirigé le plus naturellement du monde vers le monde radiophonique. Il a animé pendant dix ans Cabaret Diaspora, une émission consacrée aux musique urbaines africaines et aux origines du chant afro-américain. Son travail est fortement influencé par le field recording, les chanteurs de blues, la rumba congolaise et les écrivains voyageurs. Il s’intéresse aux notions de transculturel, les rapports de co-habitation, les cultural studies, le vivre ensemble, l’oralité, la nordicité, le post-colonialisme. Journaliste pigiste dans plusieurs médias populaires, il se spécialise surtout en musique et en cinéma documentaire.

Stéphane Lauer est éditorialiste et chroniqueur au Monde après quatre années passées à New York comme correspondant. Diplômé du Centre d’Enseignement du Journalisme de Strasbourg (CUEJ) et de l’Institut des Études Politiques de Toulouse, il a participé à la création de la radio BFM avant d’entrer au Monde en 1994. Journaliste au service économie du journal, il prend la tête de ce service en 2008 avant de devenir éditorialiste en 2011.

David Michon is the former editor of Icon magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. As an independent strategist and editor, he currently consults on a variety of creative projects, which include a number of magazines and books. He continues to write for publications such as Monocle, L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Kinfolk, PIN-UP and others.


Nathalie Collard est journaliste au quotidien La Presse depuis 2001. Auparavant, elle a collaboré à plusieurs magazines québécois. Elle est l’auteure des essais Interdit aux femmes avec Pascale Navarro (Boréal) ; Le bébé et l’eau du bain avec le Dr Jean-François Chicoine (Québec Amérique) ; De quels médias le Québec a-t-il besoin ? avec Marie-France Bazzo et René-Daniel Dubois (Leméac), et Qui s’occupe du souper? Travail-Famille: L’affaire des deux parents (Québec Amérique).

Journaliste au quotidien Le Soleil à Québec depuis 2003, Valérie Gaudreau a couvert plusieurs secteurs dont les Affaires municipales pendant six ans avant d’être nommée directrice principale, information en 2017. Elle a aussi été chargée de cours au Département d’information et de communication de l’Université Laval. Elle est depuis 2016 une collaboratrice régulière à l’émission Médium Large à la radio de Radio-Canada et actuellement membre du comité exécutif de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ).

Nicholas Hune-Brown is an award-winning magazine writer living in Toronto.

Marina Jimenez has been a journalist for 25 years, and has worked for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC TV and Vancouver Sun and freelanced for Toronto Life and other magazines. She is the recipient of an National Newspaper Award and two National Magazine Awards. From 2008-2012 she was an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Media Studies; in 2009-10 she was the St. Clair Balfour journalism fellow at U of T’s Massey College. She currently works at the U of T as a Global Media Strategist. In 2011, she was named one of Canada’s 10 most influential Hispanic-Canadians.

C’est à l’émission Entrée principale de Radio-Canada qu’on peut voir Pascale Lévesque traiter quotidiennement d’actualité parmi les collaborateurs réguliers de l’animateur André Robitaille. Elle auparavant travaillé huit années aux sections arts et spectacle du Journal de Montréal. Outre la télé, où elle cumule les expériences de chroniqueuse (Pour le plaisir à Radio-Canada, Ménage à trois à V, Débat critique à MusiquePlus, Star Système à Musimax et En route vers mon premier gala à Vox) elle s’amuse aussi au micro de la radio. Les fidèles d’Ici Première l’entendent tous les vendredis au sein du grand plateau culturel de l’émission Médium Large.

Stephen Trumper has been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism since Fall 1995. He has been a top editor at Toronto Life, Harrowsmith and Financial Post Business. He is currently on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine, for which he writes the back-page column. In June 2012 Stephen was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In June 2013 he was honoured with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.


Shashi Bhat’s stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, PRISM, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize Stories 24 & 30, Best Canadian Stories, and other publications. She won the 2018 Journey Prize and was a 2018 National Magazine fiction finalist. Her novel, The Family Took Shape (Cormorant, 2013), was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She is the editor-in-chief of EVENT Magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. 

Thierry Bissonnette est professeur de littérature à l’Université Laurentienne (Sudbury). Il a publié de nombreux articles savants, ainsi que des recensions et des entretiens dans divers périodiques. C’est sous l’hétéronyme Thierry Dimanche qu’il a signé une dizaine d’ouvrages littéraires depuis 2002.

Sue Carter is editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire, Canada’s publishing-industry magazine. Her freelance writing has appeared in The Walrus, Chatelaine, Fashion, Reader’s Digest, Toronto Life, and Canadian Art among other places, and she writes a weekly author profile for the Toronto Star.

Diplômée de l’UQAM, Mélissa Guillemette a débuté 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 chez Québec Science

Né à Montréal, Emmanuel Kattan est directeur du British Council à New York. Il a étudié la philosophie à l’Université de Montréal et à Oxford, en tant que boursier Rhodes, et obtenu son doctorat à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales à Paris. Il partage sa vie entre l’écriture et les relations culturelles. Il est l’auteur de trois romans parus aux Éditions Boréal : Nous seuls (2008), Les Lignes de désir (2012) et Le portrait de la reine (2013). Il collabore régulièrement à l’émission Plus on est de fous, plus on lit, diffusée à la Première chaîne de Radio-Canada.

Brett Popplewell is an author, editor and assistant professor of journalism at Carleton University. His articles have been recognized by the National Magazine Awards Foundation in best short feature, profiles, investigative reporting, sports and travel. As editor of The Feathertale Review, he led an editorial team to NMAs for Best Single Issue in 2012 and 2014. His work has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing, Mother Jones, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Maclean’s, The Walrus, Reader’s Digest and more.


Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River living in Brantford, Ontario. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, Globe and Mail and Hazlitt, among others. She won a National Magazine Awards in 2017, and was chosen by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018. Her short story “Unearth” has been selected by Roxane Gay to appear in Best American Short Stories 2018. A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, her debut book of essays, is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in March 2019. 

Jim Gifford is Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, at HarperCollins Canada in Toronto. He has been publishing bestselling and award-winning books since 1998, with a focus on narrative non-fiction, especially memoir. Recent titles include the number-one bestsellers Educated, by Tara Westover, and Cujo, by Curtis Joseph with Kirstie McLellan Day, and By Chance Alone, by Max Eisen, a finalist for 2019 CBC Canada Reads.

Elise Moser is a writer who has published short stories, a novel for adults (Because I Have Loved and Hidden It), a YA novel (Lily and Taylor), and a nonfiction book for kids (What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling). She is a freelance editor as well as associate editor at Linda Leith Publishing. She co-organizes the Holiday Pop-up Book Fair in Montreal, featuring Quebec English-language publishing, writing, and translation. She serves on the boards of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, PEN Canada, and the Quebec Community Groups Network.

Claudia Larochelle est auteure (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 doudou qui ne sentait pas bon, etc.) et journaliste indépendante spécialisée en culture et société. Elle a animé pendant quatre saisons l’émission LIRE sur ICI ARTV et elle reprend le flambeau en animant le webmagazine LIRE, dont le club de lecture en ligne compte plusieurs milliers d’abonnés. Elle est chroniqueuse sur ICI Radio-Canada radio et télé. On peut la suivre @clolarochelle

Sophie Pouliot est journaliste culturelle indépendante depuis plus de quinze ans. Membre du comité de rédaction de la Revue de théâtre JEU, elle participe à l’élaboration de son contenu ainsi qu’à sa conception visuelle, dirige des dossiers spéciaux et signe régulièrement chroniques, reportages et portraits d’artistes. Présidente de l’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre (AQCT), elle est aussi chroniqueuse des arts de la scène pour le magazine ELLE Québec, chroniqueuse en théâtre jeunesse pour la revue Lurelu etcollabore ponctuellement à quelques autres publications. Sa rigueur intellectuelle, combinée à son charme pimpant, font de celle qui fut critique théâtrale et littéraire pour le quotidien Le Devoir pendant plusieurs années, une panéliste recherchée (Festival TransAmériques, Festival BD de Montréal, Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre, etc.). 

Poète, écrivain, essayiste, éditeur, né à Cavaillon (Haïti), Rodney Saint-Éloi est l’auteur d’une quinzaine de livres de poésie, dont Je suis la fille du baobab brûlé (2015, finaliste au prix des Libraires, finaliste au Prix du Gouverneur général), Jacques Roche, je t’écris cette lettre (2013, finaliste au Prix du Gouverneur général). Il dirige plusieurs anthologies. Il a publié Haïti Kenbe la! en 2010 chez Michel Lafon (préface de Yasmina Khadra). Pour la scène, il a réalisé plusieurs spectacles dont Les Bruits du monde, les Cabarets Roumain, Senghor, Césaire, Frankétienne. Il est l’auteur de l’essai Passion Haïti (Septentrion, 2016). Lui a été décerné le prestigieux prix Charles-Biddle en 2012. Il a été reçu en 2015 à l’Académie des lettres du Québec. Il dirige la maison d’édition Mémoire d’encrier qu’il a fondée en 2003 à Montréal.


Robyn Doolittle is an award-winning journalist and author. She is a member of the Globe and Mail’s investigative team and is a two-time winner of Canada’s Michener Award. Recently, Robyn’s probe into the ways that Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases has prompted a national overhaul of policy, training and practices around sexual violence.​ For that work, she was awarded a National Newspaper Award for investigative journalism and was named the 2017 journalist of the year.​ 

Jude Isabella is an award-winning science journalist, concentrating on the environment, ecology, and archaeology with occasional forays into health. As a journalist she has worked for newspapers and magazines, on staff or as a freelancer. She spent a dozen years as managing editor of YES Mag, Canada’s science magazine for kids. In 2015, she launched Hakai Magazine, an online publication focused on coastal science and societies. Jude continues to write for young readers. Her sixth book for kids, about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park for Kids Can Press, is slated for publication in 2019.

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail.

Raizel Robin is a Toronto-based journalist. She won gold in the investigative category at the 2018 National Magazine Awards for her story, “The $1-billion Hellhole,” which appeared in the February 2017 issue of Toronto Life.

Journaliste depuis 2001, Marianne White a œuvré dans plusieurs médias francophones et anglophones avant de se joindre en 2012 au Journal de Québec, où elle est aujourd’hui adjointe au directeur de l’information. Durant sa carrière, elle a notamment couvert l’Assemblée nationale, l’économie, l’actualité judiciaire et la politique municipale. Elle est également l’auteure de Salut salut! Jean Lapierre, un homme du peuple, une biographie de Jean Lapierre publiée en 2018 aux Éditions du Journal.


Arnaud Granata dirige le média spécialisé Infopresse, qui couvre le monde du marketing, de la publicité et des médias au Québec. Arnaud est également auteur. Son dernier livre, Le pouvoir de l’échec a été publié en septembre 2016. Il est le concepteur et producteur au contenu de l’émission Dans les médias, diffusée sur Télé-Québec et à laquelle il participe comme collaborateur. Il est aussi le concepteur et le journaliste de la série documentaire 30 secondes pour changer le monde à Télé-Québec. Il commente aussi l’actualité des marques et des médias à l’émission Medium Large. 

Mathieu Lachapelle à tout d’abord travaillé comme coordonnateur au journal culturel Bang Bang (Voir), puis comme chargé de projet à la créativité média pour différents magazines de TVA Publications, pour ensuite se tourner vers l’entreprise familiale Dubé Loiselle, à titre de directeur marketing. Dans ces dernières fonctions, il a réalisé divers projets innovateurs dont la revitalisation de l’image de marque de l’entreprise, la création de la marque privée MAISON et la mise sur pied du magazine corporatif À votre table. Il a cofondé le magazine Dînette en 2015.

Katherine Laidlaw is a freelance writer for publications such as Outside, BuzzFeed, Marie Claire, Wired, Hazlitt and Toronto Life. She is a former senior editor of The Walrus magazine and has held masthead positions at Reader’s Digest Canada and Up Here.

Après avoir occupé les postes de chef de section beauté et de rédactrice en chef chez LOULOU, puis de rédactrice en chef chez Clin d’œil, Joanie Pietracupa a œuvré pendant deux ans à titre de journaliste à la pige pour les magazines ELLE Québec, Coup de pouce, Châtelaine, Clin d’œil, Belâge et VÉRO, ainsi que pour La Presse+. Depuis 2017, elle agit à titre de rédactrice en chef multiplateforme au magazine VÉRO. En plus de travailler de concert avec les équipes des communications, des ventes et du marketing pour développer des projets qui contribuent à faire rayonner la marque sur le marché québécois, elle supervise les contenus magazine, Web et réseaux sociaux de la marque.

Kim Pittaway is an award-winning journalist and educator. She is the executive director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, a winner of the NMA Outstanding Achievement Award and the former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine.

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. Her second collection, Just Pervs, will be released by Book*hug in Canada in Fall 2019. Recently, a short story from that collection, “Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love”, was long-listed for The Journey Prize and included in The Journey Prize Anthology 30. The title story from her first collection, Pauls (BookThug, 2015), “Paul,” received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess believes that collaboration and helping other writers is an important part of her writing practice and continues to organize events in the community. She is currently working on a novel, Play, and a continuation of her life poem, Never Stop.


Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His second book, Guillotine, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2020. He’s the recipient of Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize and the Hodder Fellowship, both from Princeton University. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Nicolas Langelier est auteur, journaliste, commentateur culturel et éditeur. Il est rédacteur en chef et éditeur du magazine Nouveau Projet.

AnnMarie MacKinnon is the publisher at Geist magazine. She has worked in both magazine and book publishing for over a decade in a number of editorial and marketing positions, and has also worked as a freelance writer and editor.

Samuel Mercier est research affiliate au département d’études anglaises de l’Université Concordia. Il a été rédacteur en chef du magazine Spirale, il est critique littéraire pour la revue Lettres Québécoises et il est également un collaborateur du magazine Nouveau Projet. Il est l’auteur d’un recueil de poésie, Les Années de guerre, publié en 2014 à l’Hexagone, et son prochain livre paraîtra chez le même éditeur en 2019.

Michael Prior‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and anthologies across North America and the UK, including Poetry, Narrative, Ambit, The Margins, Verse Daily, Global Poetry Anthology 2015, The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series. He is a past winner of Magma Poetry’s Editors’ Prize, The Walrus’s Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine’s Lit POP Award for Poetry. His first full-length book of poems, Model Disciple, was published by Véhicule Press in 2016 and was named one of the best books of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His second book, Burning Province, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2020. He currently teaches English and creative writing at Cornell University.


Violaine Charest-Sigouin écrit pour des magazines depuis 15 ans. Elle a notamment été rédactrice pour ELLE QUÉBEC et Châtelaine, en plus de collaborer à de nombreuses autres publications. Elle est l’auteure du roman La brûlure. 

Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary, a role she took on in 2006. Under her tenure the magazine has won multiple National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards and Alberta Showcase Awards. In 2011 she was recognized as the Alberta Editor of the Year by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. Lemon also worked for the Athabasca University communications studies department for several years and was a founding board member of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation.

Danielle Groen is a magazine writer and editor in Toronto. She’s won six National Magazine Awards and the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism. 

Andre Mayer is an editor and feature writer for, as well as the editor CBC’s environmental newsletter, What on Earth?

Danielle Stanton est journaliste depuis plus de 20 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). Photo © Télé-Québec

Mathilde Roy est journaliste au magazine Protégez-Vous, où elle couvre la santé et l’alimentation. Tout en s’intéressant de près aux grands enjeux de société. Auparavant, elle a œuvré à titre de journaliste au magazine L’actualité. Elle est détentrice d’une maîtrise en science politique (affaires publiques et internationales) de l’Université de Montréal et d’un baccalauréat en journalisme de l’UQAM.


Marie-Christine Blais est journaliste culturelle. Elle a travaillé plusieurs années au quotidien La Presse, soit de 1992 à 2015. Également Chroniqueuse à la radio (PM, Indicatif Présent, Montréal-Express…) et à la télévision (Génération 90, Musicographie, Six dans la cité…), elle partage désormais son temps et son énergie entre différentes émissions à titre de spécialiste en musique populaire (Culture Club, Aujourd’hui l’histoire, Deux filles le matin…). 

Directrice déléguée chez Maison & DemeureCorinne Cécilia a occupé, au cours de sa carrière dans l’édition, les fonctions de recherchiste, chroniqueuse, rédactrice, chef de rubrique et responsable éditoriale, au sein de magazines et médias canadiens et internationaux, notamment Jazz Hot Magazine, Deutsche Presse, Education Canada, Radio Toronto, TVOntario Magazine et Radio RFA

Journaliste au Journal de MontréalStéphan Dussault a travaillé depuis 20 ans autant pour des publications économiques (Les Affaires) que de consommation (Protégez-Vous).

Herb Mathisen was the editor of Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife, NWT.

Danielle Pergament is the Editor in Chief of goop and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Travel Section. Prior to goop, she was the Executive Editor of Allure Magazine and Lucky Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and two children.

Silvia Pikal is a journalist based in Calgary. She covers everything from health care to arts and culture for Alberta’s top magazines, and most recently won a 2018 Alberta Magazine Award for her feature writing. She is an associate editor for Where Calgary, and is a regular guest on CTV Morning Live, sharing her expertise on things to do and see in Calgary. Silvia is also one of the prose editors for FreeFall literary magazine.


Erin Mclaughlin is a media, custom content and publishing executive based in Toronto. 

Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, researcher, and broadcast commentator. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, This Magazine, Flare and Elle, amongst others. She is most well known for her piece “Black on Bay Street” for the Globe and Mail, which outlined her experiences as a young Black woman working in a Bay Street firm, and won the 2018 DPA for Best Personal Essay. She’s currently working on her first novel and screenplay.

Daniel Viola is a features editor at The Walrus. He was previously the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.


Britt Gallpen is a writer, curator and Editorial Director of Inuit Art Quarterly. Since 2016, she has expanded the magazine’s editorial scope, while paying particular attention to mentoring emerging Indigenous writers. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Magazines Grand Prix’s Editor of the Year, Honourable Mention in 2017. This was followed by four nominations at the National Magazine Awards in 2018 including silver for Best One-of-a-Kind Storytelling.

Kim Larson is an experienced industry-leading art director and designer whose career has been characterized by a combination of versatility and creativity. She’s currently the art director of AVENUE Edmonton, Eighteen Bridges, and LEAP (Alberta Cancer Foundation) magazines. Kim was also the art director of Alberta Venture, and Alberta Oil magazines which under her direction won numerous high-profile provincial and national magazine awards. Kim has also art directed and managed several creative, award winning art teams. 

Lauren Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator living in New York. She earned a BDes in Fashion Design at Ryerson University before attending ACAD for Visual Communications. She worked as a graphic designer/art director at Bumble and bumble, Arch & Loop and Kate Spade Saturday before focusing on illustration full time in 2015. Lauren has worked with incredible art directors at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Pentagram, Penguin, Nickelodeon, O Magazine, PLANSPONSOR and beyond! She is honored to have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, American Illustration and the National Magazine Awards. Lauren recently illustrated Caroline Paul’s book, ‘You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World’ which was published May 2018 by Bloomsbury.


Angela Gzowski is an award-winning northern photographer. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Gzowski earned a BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her photojournalism has taken her to across the three territories and her work has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Readers Digest, Maclean’s, VICE, Maisonneuve and Up Here.

Scott McLeod is a curator of contemporary art specializing in photography, media and digital art. Since 2000, he has been the director and curator of Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, where he also serves as the editor and publisher of Prefix Photo magazine, the editor of the book series Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Art, and the coprogrammer (with Janine Marchessault) of the Urban Field Speakers Series. He has also lectured and participated in panel discussions at numerous venues and he has served as a juror and nominator for numerous grants and awards, including the National Magazine Awards, the OAAG Awards, and the Prix Pictet. A member of AICA Canada and IKT International.

Molly Roberts is a photographer, curator and photography editor, currently Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine. She is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights.She recently created the organization, HumanEYES USA to use strong visual storytelling to address significant social problems in the USA.Interested in changing the gender imbalance in the media, she is a director of Women Photojournalists of Washington, DC.


Nicolas Boissy aime le design. Le design d’identité, d’emballage, de l’espace et d’édition attirent particulièrement sa curiosité. Après plus de dix années passées chez orangetango, il est maintenant designer graphique indépendant depuis deux ans. Son travail a été reconnu dans le cadre de divers concours nationaux et internationaux comme AIGA, uVU, Applied Arts, Cannes et Grafika. Son éthique de travail, sa rigueur intellectuelle et son aptitude à voir tous les détails d’un projet en font un atout précieux auprès des collègues et clients.

Julia Kramer is the deputy editor of Bon Appétit, where she has covered restaurants and food culture since 2013. Prior to that, she was a restaurant critic in Chicago for five years. Her work has appeared in the Best American Food Writing anthology, and she has been unsuccessfully nominated for a few James Beard Awards. She is a graduate of Pomona College. 

Jessica Rose is a visual journalist and Author based in London, UK and the Art Director of Wallpaper* magazine. She is currently writing a memoir ‘Just Us Kids in The Dark’ based on an article she wrote for Toronto Life magazine in Canada, and a graphic book ‘How to Sweep a Room’ for Lawrence King about design and everyday life. 

Natasha Vasiljevic is known for mixing a minimalist’s eye with a maximalist’s sense of colour and she brings a precise, sculptural approach to her work for clients like Holt Renfrew, EOS, Bite Beauty, The Hudson’s Bay, e.l.f Cosmetics. Her love of story telling and conceiving conceptual still life have won her several National Magazine Awards, and her work has been featured in various North American and European publications, like In Style, Red UK, Fashion, Elle and others.


Terence Byrnes is the former photo editor of Matrix​ magazine, associate editor of Photo Life magazine, and has published fiction, non-fiction, and photography internationally. He is the recipient of multiple NMA nominations and the winner of a National Magazine Award (Gold) in 2017.

Amélie Chamberland compte une quinzaine d’années d’expérience en design graphique magazine. Elle est directrice artistique de L’actualité depuis deux ans. Son travail lui permet de jongler avec ses passions : la typographie, l’illustration et la photographie.


Kalli Anderson is an award-winning freelance writer, audio producer and filmmaker based in Toronto. She is an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism. 

Jeremy Keehn is a features editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He was previously a news and business editor for, digital director of Harper’s, and senior editor at The Walrus.

Brian Morgan is a designer and art director based in Montreal, and is currently the art director of Maisonneuve. He’s worked as the art director of The Walrus, the deputy art director of Maclean’s, and was the secretary of the National Magazine Awards until 2015.

Our team is proud to reveal the Canadian creators who won Gold and Silver medals at this year’s National Magazine Awards. The gala was held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, and was hosted by NMA-winner Omar Mouallem. Photos from the event are up on our Facebook page.

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Announcing the Winners of the 42nd Annual National Magazine Awards

Our team is proud to reveal the Canadian creators who won Gold and Silver medals at this year’s National Magazine Awards. The gala was held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, and was hosted by NMA-winner Omar Mouallem.


Nouveau Projet took home the prestigious, 2019 Magazine Grand Prix award. A six-time consecutive finalist in this category, Nouveau Projet had also won this coveted title in 2014. The judges cited the magazine’s risk-taking spirit and impressive scope: “Consistently ambitious, Nouveau Projet brings a fresh look and stimulating content to its examination of francophone society. Their team has crafted a great system that allows for clarity and variety, and they masterfully orchestrate all the things that make magazines a pleasure to read.”


In each of the four Best Magazine Divisions, judges selected one gold winner from the three nominees. The gold winners are:

Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest

GOLD: Nouveau Projet
HONOURABLE MENTION: The Walrus, Toronto Life

Best Magazine: Special Interest

GOLD: Up Here Magazine
HONOURABLE MENTION: Fete Chinoise, U of T Medicine

Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle

GOLD: Cottage Life

Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture

GOLD: Esse arts + opinion
HONOURABLE MENTION: Canadian Art, The Site Magazine


From four talented, promising nominees, Max Binks-Collier was awarded the Best New Magazine Writer title for “Distant Relatives,” published in Maisonneuve. The jury had this to say of Max’s work:

““Distant Relatives” is a suspenseful, in-depth exploration of medical malpractice and the institutional complicity that allowed it to happen. With his thoughtful interviews and extensive historical research, Binks-Collier pulls readers in and keeps them hooked all the way through.”

Honourable Mention went to Jennifer Thornhill Verma (Maisonneuve), Anais Granofsky (Toronto Life), and Mugoli Samba (The United Church Observer).


For the second year, the Foundation presented the Editor Grand Prix award to a senior-level editor who demonstrated a high degree of excellence, making an outstanding impact on their magazine. Alison Uncles of Maclean’s was the proud recipient of this year’s award.


The Publisher Grand Prix award recognizes a publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms. From the three nominees—Canadian Geographic, Inuit Art Quarterly, and Toronto Life—Ken Hunt publisher of Toronto Life received gold. In their discussion, the jury put it thusly:  if you live in Toronto, you know Toronto Life, and as Toronto is growing, Toronto Life is growing with it.


Linda Spalding—an acclaimed writer and a longtime editor of the literary journal Brick—was presented with the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. At the gala, she was introduced by Laurie D. Graham, who remarked that “Linda provides a model of how to do this publishing work with emotion as well as intellect. She sprouted in Brick the seriousness and irreverence that has come to be the magazine’s guiding ethos.”

Top-winning magazines include:

Magazines winning one Gold Medal include: Air Canada enRoute, BESIDE, esse arts + opinions, LSTW, Prairie Fire, Québec Science, Ryerson University Magazine, Sharp, Taddle Creek, Title Magazine, and Up Here Magazine.

Magazines winning one Silver Medal include: Geist, Report on Business Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Maritime Edit, The Site Magazine, Toronto Life Stylebook, and University of Toronto Magazine.

Highlights of the 42nd annual NMAs

Mathieu Lachapelle of Dînette Magazine captured three awards for his photography work, winning Silver for Portrait Photography and winning both Gold and Silver in Lifestyle Photography.

Anthony Oliveira is a 2019 two-time Gold winner in Long Form Feature Writing and Essay, for his piece “Death in the Village” published in Hazlitt.

The Walrus swept the Illustration (including spot and photo illustration) category: “The End of an Empire” by Sébastien Thibault won silver, while “Bad Code” by Cristian Fowlie took Gold.

Writing & Visual Awards

In the 17 creator-focused categories, Gold winners received a $1000 cash prize. The gold and silver medalists are:

Long-Form Feature Writing

GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt
GOLD: Brett Popplewell, “Final Edition,” The Walrus

Feature Writing

GOLD: Omar Mouallem, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” Title Magazine
SILVER: Emily Landau, “I, Tanya,” Toronto Life Stylebook

Short Feature Writing

GOLD: Christopher DiRaddo, “Austin or Bust,” Air Canada enRoute SILVER: Matt Williams, “Jeremy Dutcher’s Gift for His People,” The Maritime Edit


GOLD: Kamal Al-Solaylee, “Points of Departure,” Sharp
SILVER: Lisa Bird-Wilson, “Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?” Geist  


GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt
SILVER: Larissa Diakiw, “Secrets Are a Captive Country,” Hazlitt

Investigative Reporting

GOLD: Alison Motluk, “Hallway Health Care,” Toronto Life  
SILVER: Martin Patriquin, “Warning Signs,” The Walrus


GOLD: RJ Edwards, “Loose Time,” Taddle Creek
SILVER: Christine Higdon, “A Prayer for Ursula in Open D,” The Malahat Review

Lifestyle Photography

GOLD: Mathieu Lachapelle, “La brume de l’Oregon,” Dînette magazine
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Au cœur des nuages,” Dînette magazine

Personal Journalism

GOLD: Gwen Benaway, “A Body Like a Home,” Hazlitt  
SILVER: Meaghan Rondeau, “Half-Thing,” The New Quarterly


GOLD: Ben Ladouceur, “The Green Carnation,” Prairie Fire  
SILVER: Terence Young, “The Bear,” The New Quarterly


GOLD: Katrina Onstad, “Mr. Robot,” Toronto Life
SILVER: Malcolm Johnston, “Born to Run,” Toronto Life  

Service Journalism

GOLD: Mélissa Guillemette, “Où vont les déchets électroniques ?,” Québec Science
SILVER: Mark Pupo, “Where to Eat 2018,” Toronto Life  

Illustration (including Spot & Photo Illustration)

GOLD: Cristian Fowlie, “Bad Code,” The Walrus
SILVER: Sébastien Thibault, “The End of an Empire,” The Walrus  

Portrait Photography

GOLD: Grant Harder, “Tremors,” Maisonneuve
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Dompter le roc,” Dînette magazine

Photo Essay & Photojournalism

GOLD: Kamil Bialous, “That Which Does Not Burn,” Cottage Life SILVER: Stephen J. Thorne, “Citizens of War,” Legion Magazine

One of a Kind Storytelling

GOLD: Michael Friscolanti, Jason Markusoff, and Kyle Edwards, “ ‘It was the last time we saw him:’ An oral history of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash,” Maclean’s
SILVER: Martin Patenaude-Monette (Martin PM), “Le bonheur en transition,” Nouveau Projet

Editorial Awards

Art Direction of a Single Article

GOLD: Studio Wyse, Keeping Memories Alive,” Ryerson University Magazine
SILVER: Carey van der Zalm,“Body, Space & Object,” The Site Magazine  

Best Editorial Package

GOLD: WWI Commemorative Issue,” Maclean’s
SILVER: “Autumn 2018: The Cities We Need,” University of Toronto Magazine

Art Direction Grand Prix

GOLD: Eliane Cadieux,Issue 05: What does our future with nature hold? | Numéro 05 : Quel avenir sommes-nous en train de bâtir ?” BESIDE
SILVER: Jean-François Proulx, Balistique, “Nouveau Projet 13,” Nouveau Projet

Editor Grand Prix

GOLD: Alison Uncles, Maclean’s

Cover Grand Prix

GOLD: “Pay equity,” Maclean’s
SILVER: “Blood in the Air,” Report on Business

Issue Grand Prix

GOLD: lstw issue #3, lstw
SILVER: Nouveau Projet 14, Nouveau Projet

Publisher Grand Prix

GOLD: Ken Hunt, Toronto Life


The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council,  Ontario Creates, Reader’s Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada, PUSH Media, RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions, TC Transcontinental Printing, The Arcadian Court, University of Alberta, Very Good Studios, and Vividata.

We also owe a huge thank you to this year’s judges, who volunteered their time and expertise, evaluating the hundreds of entries submitted to this year’s competition.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 42nd annual National Magazine awards! Follow us on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for updates on next year’s call for entries.