Don Gillmor Announced as the 2020 Recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

don gillmor outstanding achievement award

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce that the 2020 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement will be presented to Don Gillmor. 

Gillmor grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1977. He is a novelist, journalist, and children’s book author, and is the recipient of 11 National Magazine Awards medals and 41 National Magazine Awards honourable mentions. 

His collection of NMAs began in 1991, when he won a silver medal for “Dangerous Liaisons,” published in Saturday Night. Most recently, in 2016, he received a silver medal for “A Poet Self-Destructs,” published in The Walrus. In the 25 years between, Gillmor has earned honourable mentions “in categories ranging from Essays to Profiles to Personal Journalism to Arts and Entertainment to Travel to Short Feature to Politics and Public Affairs to Editorial Package to Humour to Lifestyle to Business to One of a Kind to Sports and Recreation to Social Affairs to Investigative Reporting to Fiction to Environmental Journalism,” notes Dianna Symonds, freelancer editor, former managing editor of Maclean’s, and editor of Saturday Night. She goes on to ask, “Is there any category in which he hasn’t had a nomination? Perhaps Poetry.” 

Aside from Gillmor’s remarkable NMA track record, Gillmor was involved with The Walrus as contributor and editor, and was a longtime contributing editor at Saturday Night—two of Canada’s most recognizable magazines. He has written “for Maclean’s, Legion magazine, Toronto Life, Report on Business, enRoute—and that’s leaving aside his stories for the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail” says Symonds. 

So, what is it about Gillmor’s writing and stories that resonate so widely? Perhaps it’s the “[c]alm and uncluttered prose. Sober-minded assessment of the facts without judgment. A bone-dry trace of humour. A skeptical but not cynical intelligence that generously presumes the same of the reader,” says Curtis Gillespie, author, journalist and board member of the National Media Awards Foundation. It could be “his empathy and understanding of even the reprehensible among us—his appreciation of human foibles and failings, ego and desire” says Anne Collins, Publisher at The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group. Consider, too, “the deft storytelling, the sly sense of humour, and the occasional sentence that has the reader come to a full stop in order to absorb what’s on the page or screen” adds Symonds. 

This masterful storytelling extends beyond the magazine world. Collins—impressed by Don’s “magic, on display for us in print and now online for more than 30 years”—continued to work with Gillmor after she left the field. She published two of his novels (Long Change in 2015 and Mount Pleasant in 2013) and two works of non-fiction. The most recent of which is To the River (2018); that book went on to win the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction and was a CBC Best Book of 2019. 

Gillmor has also mentored emerging writers at The Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program, and currently teaches creative writing courses at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has consulted on methods of long-form journalism for Legion Magazine, and since 2017, “has been writing the magazine’s back-page column “O Canada” says Eric Harris, Editor of Legion Magazine.

In his letter of nomination, Gillespie posed a series of questions: “Who has mentored countless other writers? Who has been part of the founding and/or editorial team of nearly every major general interest magazine in Canada? Who never, ever mails it in? Who is the gold standard in Canada? Who deserves the Outstanding Achievement award for 2020? Answer: Don Gillmor.”

The National Media Awards Foundation concurs with that answer. For Gillmor’s incredible contributions to the Canadian magazine industry, we are proud to present him with this prestigious award. Congratulations, Don!

National Magazine Awards 2020 Jury

The NMAF offers its sincere thanks to the talented individuals who generously volunteered their time and expertise to judge the 43rd National Magazine Awards. We are grateful for your dedication and commitment during these uniquely challenging times!

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Elaine Anselmi is a freelance magazine writer and regular contributor to Nunatsiaq News. She was previously the managing editor of Up Here magazine.

Reneltta Arluk is an Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree mom from the Northwest Territories. Reneltta is Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity and founder of Akpik Theatre, a professional Indigenous Theatre company in the Northwest Territories. Reneltta has taken part in or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and overseas. Reneltta has written, produced, and performed various works focusing on decolonization, climate change, and using theatre as a tool for reconciliation. This includes her latest work, Pawâkan Macbeth, a Plains Cree takeover of Macbeth. Pawâkan Macbethwas inspired by working with youth and elders on the Frog Lake reserve on Treaty 6 territory. Reneltta is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. She was the recipient of their Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of Colleen Murphy’s The Breathing Hole.

Élise Ascoet est directrice artistique, franco-canadienne, travailleuse autonome installée à Montréal. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en communication visuelle du NYIT (New York Institute of Technology) et d’un baccalauréat en design graphique de Créapole (Paris), elle évolue depuis 15 ans dans le domaine de la publicité : d’abord à Paris, à Québec, puis à Montréal, en tant qu’employée chez Camden et plus récemment chez McCann. Cependant, c’est surtout en tant qu’indépendante qu’elle travaille, en collaboration avec de nombreuses agences de publicité et de design montréalaises. Élise se passionne pour les arts visuels en général (peinture, graffiti, street art, tatouage, bande dessinée…) et adore explorer de nouveaux horizons. Son leitmotiv : « Il n’y a pas de créativité sans curiosité ».

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Andrea Bennett is a National Magazine Award–winning writer and editor whose first book of essays, Like a Boy but not a Boy, is coming out with Arsenal Pulp Press this fall.

Mike Berard is the editor of the award-winning Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, and the associate editor at sister title Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine. Berard is based on Vancouver Island, B.C. He is an avid skier, mountain biker and outdoorsman.

Mickaël Bergeron aurait aimé faire de la bande-dessinée, mais est plutôt devenu animateur, journaliste, réalisateur et chroniqueur. Depuis 2002, il a collaboré avec une vingtaine de médias, dont Le Soleil, Voir, Radio-Canada et Télé-Québec. Il a publié en 2019 «La vie en gros» (Somme toute), une analyse sur la relation entre les corps, les normes et l’exclusion sociale.

Thierry Bissonnette est professeur de littérature à l’Université Laurentienne, à Sudbury. Sous le pseudonyme Thierry Dimanche il a publié divers ouvrages poétiques et un roman.

Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. He is also an entrepreneur, graphic artist, product designer, and deeply-committed advocate for Toronto. 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 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015), and Best Canadian Magazine Blog (2011, 2012, 2013) and Best Canadian Magazine Web Site (2013, 2014, 2016). Spacing has been nominated for 20 National Magazine Awards since its inception. In 2014, Matthew led the launch of the Spacing Store, a retail extension of the magazine’s brand. The opening of the shop made Spacing the only consumer magazine in the Canada to operate a bricks-and-mortar shop.

Marie-Christine Blais est journaliste culturelle. D’abord traductrice et terminologue technique, elle a travaillé comme journaliste et critique musicale au quotidien La Presse, de 1992 à 2015, ainsi qu’à la télévision ((Génération 90, Musicographie, Six dans la cité…). Toujours chroniqueuse à la radio (Dessine-moi un dimanche, Culture Club, Aujourd’hui l’histoire) et spécialiste en musique populaire, elle a aussi terminé des études en mécanique des petits moteurs et moto, couronnées par un prix Méritas.

Rémy Bourdillon est un journaliste indépendant basé à Rimouski, dans l’Est-du-Québec. Il écrit pour plusieurs médias au Canada et en France. Il s’intéresse notamment au bédéreportage: il a reçu le Prix du magazine canadien 2015 (catégorie Paroles et images) pour La Pointe des utopies (dans Nouveau Projet), puis a publié Faire Campagne en 2018 (Atelier 10 + La Pastèque).

Rick Boychuk has worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer, is the author of two books of non-fiction and is the former editor of Canadian Geographic. He is the recipient of a gold National Magazine Award for Investigative Journalism and, during his years at Canadian Geographic, the magazine received more than 50 National Magazine Awards and was named Magazine of the Year.

Jamie Bradburn is a Toronto-based writer and historian. His work has been published by TVO, Spacing, Historica Canada, The Grid, and the Toronto Star, as well as custom publications for clients ranging from the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting to Tourism Toronto. He received a National Magazine Award in 2014 for his work on Torontoist’s “Historicist” column. 

Melissa Bull has worked as a magazine, book, and website editor, and her writing, interviews, and translations have been featured in such publications as Joyland, Event, Nouveau Projet, Subterrain, Urbania, and Lemon Hound. Melissa edits and translates Maisonneuve’s “Writing from Quebec” column. She also translated Nelly Arcan’s collection Burqa de chair (Anvil Press, 2014), and Pascale Rafie’s play, La Recette de baklawas (Centaur Theatre, 2018). Melissa is the author of a collection of poetry, Rue (2015, Anvil Press), shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Debut-litzer Award, and the Fred Kerner Award. Her collection of short stories, The Knockoff Eclipse (2018, Anvil Press) was recently translated into French by Boréal. Her translation of Marie-Sissi Labrèche’s novel, Borderline, is forthcoming. Melissa lives in Montreal.

Penny Caldwell spent more than 20 years as editor, publisher, and VP of Cottage Life Media, which won numerous awards under her leadership. She has taught in Ryerson’s Magazine and Web Publishing program and is currently doing freelance writing and contract work. A past president of the International Regional Magazine Association and former director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, Penny now devotes time volunteering outside the publishing industry. In 2019 she helped create a non-profit corporation that brings healing yoga classes to vulnerable sector communities.

Dominique Cambron-Goulet is a newspaper journalist at the Bureau d’enquête, Québecor’s investigative team. He’s centered on municipal issues, covering especially Montreal’s city hall.

Sue Carter is editor of Quill & Quire, Canada’s book-publishing magazine, and a regular arts contributor at the Toronto Star. In 2019, she was longlisted for the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism.

Directrice déléguée chez Maison & Demeure, l’édition francophone de House & HomeCorinne 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.  (Photo Credit: Alex Luckey)

Violaine Charest-Sigouin écrit pour des magazines depuis une quinzaine d’années. 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 (Leméac Éditeur).

Adam Cholewa is an art director, graphic designer and illustrator. His previous roles include art director of Air Canada’s enRoute and édition magazines, associate art director for the Grid and graphic designer for Maclean’s and Toro magazines. Adam serves as a freelance art director overseeing Pivot magazine, in addition to a varied list of clients. He specializes in editorial design, infographics and art direction of print, photography and video.

Crystelle Crépeau—Première directrice, Stratégie et contenus numériques en information, Radio-Canada.

Rob Csernyik is a journalist and writer currently based in Saint John, New Brunswick. His work has appeared at Barron’s Penta, Corporate Knights, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and The New Republic. An alumnus of Bishop’s University and the University of King’s College, Rob was selected for the 2019 investigative journalism intensive at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In his spare time, he edits Great Canadian Longform sharing his passion for longform feature writing via social media and a newsletter.

Haley Cullingham is a senior editor at Penguin Random House Canada, acquiring non-fiction and fiction for Strange Light, McClelland & Stewart, and Hazlitt. Photo by Christie Vuong.

Nathalie Cusson is a multidisciplinary Creative Director with 20 years in the Advertising and Design industries. She brings extensive hands-on experience in corporate identity, branding design, editorial design, and art direction, as well as retail environment design, motion and film making. She has done work for agencies such as TAXI, BBDO, Zulu Alpha Kilo, Rogers Publications and Bookmark Content, and has worked on many iconic Canadian brands, including; LCBO, Rethink Breast Cancer, Air Canada’s enRoute, Fairmont Hotel & Resorts and Telus. Nathalie’s work has been recognized through many awards, from organizations like Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the National Magazine Awards (14 prizes), Magnum Opus Award, Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, the AIGA and the ADCC.

Paul Dallas is an artist whose work has appeared in international publications and American network television, earning him over 150 industry awards and inclusion in the Royal Ontario Museum permanent collection. His clients include The New York Times, Time, BusinessWeek, and Polygram. Paul also served as the Chair of OCAD University’s Illustration Program from 2004 to 2019, and was named an “Alumnus of Influence,” OCADU’s highest non-academic honour, as well as “Artist-Educator of the Year” by New York’s 3×3 Magazine. Paul is presently a full professor and looks forward to updating his website,, after 15 years of neglect.

Amélie Daoust-Boisvert was a reporter at the daily newspaper Le Devoir for over a decade, covering the health beat with a political, social and scientific lens. Graduated with an MA degree in public communication from Laval University, she was a lecturer at the Département d’information et de communication from 2009 to 2018. There, she developed the first entirely online university-level science communication and journalism course in Canada. During her career, Amélie Daoust-Boisvert wrote for many news outlets and magazines about public affairs, science, education or the environment.

Carolyne De Bellefeuille : Architecte de formation, son travail repose sur la précision, l’exactitude des choix et le contrôle de l’homogénéité. En direction artistique, elle réalise des projets tel que le magazine LSTW, dont elle s’affectionne particulièrement. Dans le volet publicitaires elle travail avec 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 Lee Daniels (Precious), Roland Emmerich (Midway), Doug Liman (Bourne Identity), Chloé Robichaud (Borders). La ville de New-York, le Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal (MBAM) et la Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) font parti des nombreux clients liés à ses projets d’architecture.

Gloria Dickie is an award-winning freelance journalist, concentrating on the environment. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired Magazine, Scientific American, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, and Beside magazine, among others. In 2018, she was named a National Geographic Explorer in storytelling. She has participated in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s environmental reportage and mountain & wilderness writing residencies. Gloria’s forthcoming book on the bears of the world will be published by W.W. Norton. In 2019, she was nominated for a National Magazine Award in short feature writing for her story on China’s Giant Panda National Park, published in EnRoute magazine. She is based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Emily Donaldson is an editor, writer, and book critic whose writing and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post,The Walrus, Quill and Quire, and Maclean’s. She has been nominated for National Magazine Awards and for a Governor General’s Award. She is the current editor of Canadian Notes and Queries, to which she is also a long-time contributor, and the editor of Best Canadian Essays 2019. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Toronto with her family.

Hamutal Dotan is the senior editor of The Walrus, and has a background in reporting on politics and public policy in Canada. Previously she was the editor of Focus, the weekend long-reads section of the Globe and Mail. Once upon a time, she led an online magazine to become the very first in Canada to win a National Magazine Award without ever having issued a print edition.

RJ Edwards is a writer and librarian who lives and writes on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, BC). Their work has been featured in Taddle Creek Magazine, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers, and the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed Magazine. They are the co-host of HARK! Podcast and Book Club For Masochists: A Readers’ Advisory Podcast. Their story “Loose Time” was the Gold Winner for Fiction in the 2019 National Magazine Awards.

Ralph Elawani est journaliste, écrivain et directeur littéraire. Collaborateur au Devoir depuis 2016, il est l’auteur d’une biographie du romancier et cinéaste Emmanuel Cocke et d’un essai sur la contre-culture au Québec. Son penchant marqué pour les zones sinistrées du savoir l’a amené à signer de multiples textes dans différentes revues, ainsi que bon nombre de chapitres dans des ouvrages comme Bleu nuit. Histoire d’une cinéphilie nocturne, Satanic Panic et Yuletide Terror. Son travail a été récompensé par deux Grands Prix du journalisme indépendant, en 2017 et en 2018, ainsi que par un prix d’excellence de la SODEP, en 2019. (Photo Credit: Lou Scamble)

Sasha Emmons is the editorial director of the lifestyle titles at St. Joseph Communications, overseeing Chatelaine, Châtelaine, Today’s Parent and Flare. She was also editor-in-chief of Today’s Parent from 2013 to 2018. Sasha has more than 20 years of editorial experience at brands like Parenting, Parents and Ladies’ Home Journal, and her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, CNN, and Better Homes & Gardens, among others. She was named Editor of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors in 2015. A transplanted American, Sasha lives in Toronto with her Canadian husband and two kids.

Eugénie Emond est journaliste indépendante spécialisée en gérontologie. Elle signe la série documentaire En résidence, diffusée à MAtv, et collabore à différents médias, dont les magazines Beside et Nouveau Projet.

Christine Estima is a novelist, freelance writer, Spoken Word artist and playwright based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, New York Daily News, VICE, The Globe and Mail, Metro News Canada, CBC, Bitch Magazine, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Descant Literary Journal, Room Magazine, Grain Literary Journal, EVENT Literary Magazine, The Antigonish Review, subTerrain Literary Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine, The Puritan, Matrix Magazine, and many, many more. She was a nominated finalist for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism,  long-listed for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize, and was a finalist in 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada short-prose competition. Visit for more.

Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil and Vancouver magazines. His work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and The Walrus, among other places.

Laurie Few is a journalist with 30 years experience producing news and current affairs, digital content and investigative journalism. She currently holds the title of Managing Editor at the National Observer. Previously she was Director of Digital and Creative Content at CPAC, Canada’s Cable Public Affairs Channel. Prior to joining CPAC Laurie was Executive Producer of the award winning, multi-platform investigative and current affairs show, 16×9, airing on Global television. Laurie’s exacting standards and visual production sense created a strong brand identity that was recognized with multiple industry awards including the Canadian Screen Award for Best News and Information Series in 2016.  Prior to running 16×9Laurie was an investigative producer for CTV’s long running news and current affairs show, W5and the producer of the investigative segment Goldhawk Fights Backairing on CTV national news. Laurie also taught investigative journalism at Sheridan College. Laurie was a lawyer prior to becoming a journalist.  

Rilla Friesen has been working as an editor since 2008, most recently as managing editor of the academic history journal Canadian Journal of History. Former editor of the award-winning lit mag Grain, and currently on the editorial board for JackPine Press, which publishes beautiful, hand-made chapbooks.

Natalie Gagnon is a Vancouver-based art director, publication designer, brand strategist + design educator who brings brands, content and minds to life with strategic design, multi-platform publishing and clear communication style. With a decade of art direction and marketing experience in the magazine industry (Vancouver, Western Living, Modern Dog, Modern Cat, NUVO, and Montecriso magazines), over 6 years developing and teaching post-secondary design courses for Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and holding a Masters of Graphic Branding and Identity from the London College of Communication, she is well-equipped to solve a diverse variety of communication and learning needs. 

Entrée au Soleil  en 2003, Valérie Gaudreau a travaillé aux faits divers, au pupitre et aux arts et spectacles avant de couvrir la scène municipale de Québec de 2011 à 2017. Elle a fait cette année-là le saut à la direction comme directrice de l’information avant d’été nommée rédactrice en chef du Soleil, poste qu’elle occupe depuis juin 2018.

Sierra Skye Gemma is an award-winning writer and journalist. She won the 2012 National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer and the 2015 National Newspaper Award for Long Feature. Sierra is passionate about the magazine publishing industry, having spent four years as the Executive Editor, Finance of PRISM international and three years in various staff and volunteer positions with Room magazine and their annual Growing Room Feminist Literary Festival. Sierra lives on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples (Vancouver Island) and online at @sierraskyegemma.

Lianne George is the founder and creative director of George&Co., a content studio and editorial consultancy created to help brands build stronger connections with women through storytelling that matters. She 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.

Alain Goupil is a journalist at La Tribune.

Lia Grainger is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Toronto. Born and raised in Vancouver, she now works for magazines and newspapers in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Walrus, The Toronto Star, National Post, Chatelaine, Vancouver Magazine, Toronto Life, This Magazine, Utne Reader,  and many others. She is currently a regular feature writer for the European editions of Reader’s Digest International. 

Arnaud Granata dirige Infopresse, le centre d’expertise et de formation au Québec spécialisé en marketing, communication, numérique et leadership. Il anime débats, tables rondes et entrevues et il commente aussi les images fortes de l’actualité médiatique chaque vendredi à l’émission Tout un Matin à Ici Radio-Canada Première avec Patrick Masbourian. On le voit régulièrement à la télé pour parler image, consommation, médias et tendances et il donne des conférences et formations au sein de plusieurs organisations d’envergure au Québec. Il est le co-concepteur et le producteur au contenu de l’émission Dans les médias à Télé-Québec. Son dernier livre, Le pouvoir de l’écheca été publié en septembre 2016. Arnaud a également écrit avec Stéphane Mailhiot le livre Tout ce que les publicitaires ne vous disent pas, publié en avril 2015 aux Éditions La Presse.

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.

Diplômée de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, 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 de contenu chez Québec Science. Elle a remporté deux Prix du magazine canadien pour des reportages sur l’automatisation dans le monde du travail et sur le recyclage des déchets électroniques.

Chroniqueuse à La Presse depuis 2019, Isabelle Hachey a fait partie de l’équipe d’enquête de ce journal pendant sept ans. Spécialisée dans la couverture d’événements à l’étranger, elle a été dépêchée dans plusieurs points chauds de la planète. En 2018, elle a remporté le prix de la catégorie «International» au Concours canadien de journalisme, pour une série de reportages en Syrie. Elle est également quadruple lauréate du prix Judith-Jasmin, qui récompense les meilleures œuvres journalistiques du Québec. Mme Hachey est l’auteure du livre Déracinés: les enfants perdus d’Hato Mayor, qui a révélé l’existence d’une «machine à adoptions» québécoise en République dominicaine. 

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.

Nicola Hamilton is an independent art director and designer, whose work has been internationally recognized by the D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers, and the National Magazine Awards, among others. She was an art director at Studio Wyse, deputy art director at Chatelaine and associate art director at The Grid. She teaches editorial design at Humber College and holds a seat on the RGD’s Board of Directors.

Stevie Howell‘s second collection of poetry, I left nothing inside on purpose, won the 2019 Raymond Souster Award & was a finalist for the Pat Lowther & Trillium Awards. Her poetry & literary criticism has been published in numerous publications in Canada and abroad, & she is currently the Poet in Residence for Arc Poetry Journal. Stevie lives in Victoria, BC.

Liz Ikiriko has been immersed in the media arts community in Toronto as a photo director in publishing, a visual researcher in television and as an independent curator. She has worked on various magazines including Toronto Life, Macleans, Canadian Business and The Ethnic Aisle, as well as the CBC television show George Stroumbouloupolos Tonight. As a curator she has organized exhibitions with BAND Gallery, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Sheridan College and the National Music Centre. She’s juried and reviewed portfolios at Ryerson University, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the Flash Forward Annual Competition and the International CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. 

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.

Kim Jernigan taught English literature and writing at the University of Waterloo for many years and edited The New Quarterly, a Canadian literary, for thirty, winning the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement on her retirement.

Jesse Johnston has been a photo editor with The Canadian Press since 2013. He has worked as a photo editor for the Toronto Star and Yahoo Canada. Jesse is originally from Manitoba where he began his career as a photojournalist before relocating to Japan to focus on long term photo projects. His work has been published in Canada and around the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Amanda, dog Jake and 17-month-old doppelganger, Sam.

Liz Johnston is an editor of Brick, A Literary Journal, and a writer. Her stories have appeared in Grain, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, QWERTY, Confingo, and The Cardiff Review, among other publications. She lives in Toronto.

Ruth Jones is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and curator and co-editor in chief of The Site Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Border Crossings, C Magazine, the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Architect, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA.

Né à Montréal, Emmanuel Kattan vit actuellement à New York. Il partage sa vie entre l’écriture et les relations culturelles. Il est l’auteur de quatre romans: Nous seuls (Boréal, 2008); Les lignes de désir (Boréal, 2012); Le portrait de la reine (Boréal, 2013); et L’attrapeur d’âmes (Leméac, 2019). Emmanuel est actuellement directeur du programme Alliiance, un partenariat entre l’Université Columbia, Sciences Po, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne et l’Ecole Polytechnique. Il a été directeur du British Council à New York et directeur des communications à l’Alliance des civilisations, un programme des Nations Unies. Avant de s’établir aux États-Unis, Emmanuel a vécu près de quinze ans au Royaume-Uni, où il a d’abord dirigé plusieurs programmes d’échanges à la Délégation générale du Québec à Londres. Il a également été conseiller auprès du secrétaire général du Commonwealth. Emmanuel Kattan a étudié la philosophie à l’Université de Montréal et à Oxford, en tant que boursier Rhodes. Sa thèse de doctorat, obtenue à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales à Paris, porte sur le devoir de mémoire. Elle a été publiée aux Presses universitaires de France sous le titre Penser le devoir de mémoire en 2002.

Michelle Kelly started her career in publishing in 1998, as the receptionist at Cottage Life. Since then, she has held various positions in the editorial department at the magazine until she was named editor in chief in July 2015 and Vice President, Content, Cottage Life in September 2019. She’s a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for Centennial College in Toronto, and is also the recipient of several Canadian National Magazine Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Outside of work, Michelle sits on the board of Ready, Set, Play, a non-profit group that helps provide Toronto youth access to organized sports. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children.

Evaan Kheraj is a New York & Vancouver based photographer whose love for documenting spans decades and genres. With a background in new media, he has built a career on bringing fresh concepts and a sense of the real-world into all of his work. Whether it’s editorial, commercial, or fine art, Evaan’s adaptability, sincerity, and work ethic makes him the supreme collaborator. He’s an artist who’s always rallied against what’s common, developing a cohesive aesthetic that reflects just that. When not developing his craft and working on various projects, he’s documenting the lives of his wife and 3 children at home. Previous Commissions: Elle US, Teen Vogue, Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Warner Brothers Music, Bubly and more.

Peter Knegt is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker. He currently works for the CBC, where he produces the series The Filmmakers and Canada’s a Drag and writes the digital column Queeries, which won a 2019 Digital Publishing Award. He is also the author of the book About Canada: Queer Rights and the writer/director of several award-winning short films.

Depuis 2016, Marie Lambert-Chan est rédactrice en chef de Québec Science, le seul magazine scientifique francophone destiné au grand public au Canada. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en communication, profil journalisme de l’UQAM, elle collabore également aux émissions Moteur de recherche, sur les ondes d’ICI Première, et On va se le dire, sur ICI Télé.

Based in Montréal, Nicolas Langelier is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Nouveau Projet, named Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in 2015 and 2019.

Christian Leduc est rédacteur en chef adjoint du magazine Profession Santé. Il est également directeur adjoint de la rédaction pour la publication de formation continue Québec Pharmacie. Comme journaliste, il se spécialise à couvrir le domaine de la santé depuis 2007.

Thomas Ledwell is an innovator, communicator, and relationship builder devoted to embracing a diversity of perspectives. A Senior Director with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, he focuses on strategic development, governance, and programming. A seasoned journalist, communicator, digital expert, and collaborator, Thomas has volunteered on boards, advisory committees, and adjudication panels. Dedicated to social innovation, he is the co-creator of +Fort, a mobile application for young victims of bullying. A native of PEI, Thomas holds Bachelor’s degrees from King’s College in Halifax and a Master’s from the London School of Economics. He lives in Montreal with his wife and daughters.

Vicky Lee is the art director of Designlines magazine, as well as the associate art director of the award-winning Azure magazine.

Leata Lekushoff is an award-winning writer, editor and content creator with 15+ years experience in publishing and corporate communications. She was most recently the Senior Editor at Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession magazine. During that time, dozens of contributors were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction, both at national and international levels. Leata began her career in film and TV, and has a background in photography. She is proud to be part of the jury for the 2020 National Magazine Awards.

Benjamin Leszcz is a partner of the design studio, Whitman Emorson. After starting his career at Saturday Night magazine, where he was an editor, worked at Toro and enRoute, and contributed to Bon Appétit, Conde Nast Traveler and Monocle. He continues to contribute essays and book reviews the Globe and Mail and National Post.

Charles Lim is an award-winning creative and technical leader based in Toronto with 10+ years of content marketing agency experience building digital products, frameworks and teams. He’s passionate about the intersection of design, technology and content with extensive end-to-end experience in the travel, automotive, food, and luxury sectors. He currently runs the brand and creative services team at Top Hat, an education technology company. Read what he writes about design and technology:

Michael Lista is the author of three books, and his writing appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, The Walrus and Toronto Life, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in Toronto.

Avec 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.

Ceri Marsh is a longtime content creator who has worked as a writer, editor and publishing consultant on some of Canada’s most successful media brands, including Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail and House & Home. She was an originating editor of The Toronto Star’s fashion and beauty title, The Kit, was Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Magazine and oversaw the launches of brand extensions, Fashion18, Men’s Fashion and FashionShops. She was co-creator of Sweet Potato Chronicles, a family and food editorial brand and the best-selling co-author of two cookbooks and two etiquette books.

Informed by her rich and varied 20+ years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra E. Martin is a multiplatform content strategist, an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, and Editor-in-Chief of MoneySense. Under her leadership, in January 2020 MoneySense picked up a Silver Canadian Online Publishing Award in the Best Service Article or Series–Consumer category.

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 COPAs, 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, and a repeat NMA judge.

Stacey McLachlan is executive editor of Western Living and Vancouver magazines, editor of Real Weddings and Western Living Condo, and an award-winning writer who has been published everywhere from BC Business to Interior Design magazines. On the side, you’ll find her doing sketch and improv comedy across Vancouver.

Samuel Mercier est un chercheur postdoctoral affilié à SpokenWeb et au Centre d’histoire orale et de récits numérisés 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.

Catherine Métayer est rédactrice en chef de BESIDE, un média montréalais indépendant qui se consacre à créer des ponts entre l’humain et la nature. Elle chapeaute son magazine imprimé, publié individuellement en français et en anglais, ainsi que sa plateforme éditoriale web. Catherine est également cofondatrice de Collectif Blanc, un projet curatorial visant à faire découvrir les nouvelles formes d’édition imprimée canadiennes et internationales.

Anna Minzhulina is a freelance art director, designer and artist. For almost a decade she overlooked the design and art direction of the Maisonneuve magazine. Currently, she divides her time between art directing Experience magazine for Bookmark Content and Communications and pursuing a Masters of Design degree from Concordia University. Amongst her accomplishments are multiple National Magazine Awards, Folio Awards and Creative Quarterly Awards for art direction, design and photography.

Stéphane Monnet is the President and Creative Director of Monnet Design and the former President of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. Monnet Design is an award-winning studio based in Toronto, best known for transforming and reinvigorating cultural groups and institutions through thoughtful, dynamic and memorable design. Stéphane has guest lectured at OCAD University and sits on Humber College’s Graphic Design Advisory Committee. He has received numerous awards from Canadian and international design publications and organizations including Communication Arts, The Type Director’s Club, the AIGA, the ADCC, Graphis, Applied Arts, the National Magazine Awards, and HOW Magazine.

Annabelle Moreau est la rédactrice en chef de Lettres québécoises depuis janvier 2017. Elle travaille dans le milieu littéraire et culturel depuis une quinzaine d’années et a été tour à tour libraire, recherchiste, éditrice et journaliste. Elle poursuit actuellement un doctorat en littérature à l’Université McGill.  

Brian Morgan is a Montreal-based graphic designer and art director. Initially trained as a printmaker, he came to graphic design through letterpress. He has worked for Saturday Night, C Magazine, Maclean’s, and enRoute, and has designed books for House of Anansi. For nine years Brian was the art director of The Walrus. He is currently the art director of Maisonneuve and the co-art director, with Rachel Wine, of Precedent.

Donna Nebenzahl is a journalist, editor, professor and documentary filmmaker with more than 40 years of professional experience. Based in Montreal, Canada, she has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines in both Canada and the U.S., including The Montreal Gazette newspaper, where she was a full-time journalist for 27 years. Since 2008, she has worked as a freelance writer at the Montreal Gazette, written for Style At Home, and other publications, and is also an adjunct professor of journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Anthony Oliveira is a writer, film programmer, pop culture critic, and PhD living in Toronto.He is the host of the Revue Cinema’s Dumpster Raccoon Film Series, a recurring guest on CBC’s The National Pop Panel and host for TIFF red carpets and events, while his pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, Hazlitt, Xtra, Torontoist, Fangoria,, and others.He has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards, and won two (Best Essay and Best Long-Form Feature) for his work “Death in the Village,” chronicling the aftermath of the Bruce McArthur murders.His graphic novel work includes The Queer Guide to Comic Con for Dark Horse’s Pros and Cons anthology; “Sunlight” for the Shout Out Anthology of Queer YA anthology; “When the Light Breaks”, the story of Steven’s first Pride Parade for Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe; and  “My Drag Brunch with Loki” featuring Wiccan and Hulkling for Marvel Comics.In addition to several upcoming comics projects, he is at work on his first novel, Dayspring.He can be found on Twitter at @meakoopa, where he tweets about the arts, politics, and LGBT culture, or on his podcast, The Devil’s Party, as he reads through Milton’s Paradise Lost and its demonic twists and turns.

Laura Osborne is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Ricardo magazines, the number one magazine in Quebec and Canada’s only cooking magazine. Before joining the RICARDO team, Laura worked at Spafax — where she served as the Senior Editor of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine — among other publications including Maisonneuve magazine.

Angela Pacienza is the Executive Editor at The Globe and Mail, where she’s responsible for building a strong newsroom via culture, workflow and the professional development of journalists. She has oversight over programming across all platforms, as well as the editing and visual teams. She’s passionate about closing the gap between storytelling and audience, as well as leading and designing new approaches to digital, print and visual journalism.

Jean-Francois Parent—Senior Communications Officer at Bell Media. A geographer-cum-journalist covering the financial, securities litigation, business, natural resources and investment sectors for 15 years; Content Marketing Consultant with law firms, financial institutions, public companies, government agencies and lobby groups/think tanks for 5 years. I’m also a guest lecturer in Journalism and an upright bass player.  

Rose Pereira is an art director and graphic designer with 17 years of experience in editorial and book design. She began her career at Transcontinental Media before moving to Chatelaine Magazine, where she produced numerous special interest publications with a focus on food, health and home interiors. At Royal Ontario Museum Press, Rose oversaw the design of the institution’s magazine, annual reports, and multiple exhibition books. Now working independently, she continues to produce publications across multiple sectors for clients such as Simon & Schuster, MaRS Discovery District, Elle Magazine and Upper Canada College.

Renaud Philippe is an independent documentary photographer based in Canada.  Renaud has worked in South Sudan, Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, Tunisia, Argentina, Brasil, Canada,  often in times of crisis, on the theme of exclusion, of exile, sensitive to the drama experienced by those who have left everything, victim of war, injustice, natural disasters, climate change. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and Le Devoir. His work has also been published among others in The Guardian, National Geographic, The Atlantic, MacLean’s, Le Monde Diplomatique, Canadian Geographic, Le Figaro, Days Japan.

Joanie Pietracupa est rédactrice en chef multiplateforme (magazines imprimés, sites web et réseaux sociaux) de ELLE Québec et de 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 les marques sur le marché québécois, elle supervise les contenus des deux marques. Après avoir occupé le poste de rédactrice en chef chez LOULOU (par intérim) puis Clin d’œil, elle a œuvré pendant deux ans à titre de journaliste pigiste pour les magazines ELLE QuébecCoup de pouceChâtelaineClin d’œilBel Âge et VÉRO, ainsi que pour La Presse+.

Brett Popplewell is an assistant professor of journalism at Carleton University. A winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, his work has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing, Bloomberg Businessweek, Mother Jones, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Reader’s Digest and more. He is also an author and the founding editor of The Feathertale Review

Sophie Pouliot est journaliste culturelle. Elle est rédactrice en chef adjointe de JEU, Revue de théâtre, chroniqueuse des arts de la scène pour le magazine Elle Québec, chroniqueuse en théâtre jeunesse pour la Revue Lurelu et présidente de l’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre (AQCT).

Laura Pratt is a long-time journalist, writer and editor. She writes for Canadian magazines, and edits books. Her first memoir, The Fleeting Years, was published in 2004. Laura lives in Toronto with her kids and dogs. She’s a 2020 MFA candidate in the University of King’s College’s creative nonfiction program and is working on Heartbreak, her second book of creative non-fiction.

A passionate and dedicated arts advocate, Alysa Procida has worked closely with Inuit artists for the past 10 years. In 2015 Alysa joined the Inuit Art Foundation as Executive Director and Publisher of the award-winning Inuit Art Quarterly (IAQ), bringing a wealth of experience with Inuit art and non-profit leadership. Prior to her role with the IAF, Alysa was the Executive Director and Curator of the Museum of Inuit Art in Toronto, ON. Under her leadership the IAF successfully launched several signature programs including the Igloo Tag Trademark, which protects artists from cultural appropriation and theft; the Inuit Artist Database, a first-of-its-kind biographical resource for artists to receive support in creating online CVs and the inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award which supports an established Inuit artist in pursuing an artistic residency. As Publisher of the IAQ, Alysa oversaw a full redesign of the magazine in conjunction with the IAF’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and the magazine’s first National Magazine Award in 2018. Procida was also short listed for the NMA’s Publisher Grand Prix in 2019.

Christina Reynolds is a writer, editor, and journalist based in Calgary, Alberta. She’s been the executive editor at ELLE Canada, editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc, a television producer with CTV and Report on Business Television, and a writer and copy editor with the Calgary Herald.

After completing a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2006, Pamela Rounis went on to study design and illustration in the IDEA program at Capilano University. Pamela has spent the last 7 years working with SAD Mag, a non-profit, volunteer-run arts and culture magazine, as Designer, Creative Director, and Co-Publisher before retiring to the board of directors. Currently, Pamela is an Associate Creative Director at Rethink working with clients such as A&W, Shaw and Coast Capital. Her work has been recognized by the One Show, Clio Awards, Communication Arts, the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Marketing Awards and the National Magazine Awards.

Martine Roux est journaliste depuis près de 25 ans. Elle a travaillé au Journal de Montréal et à La Presse, puis a été rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine Jobboom ainsi que d’Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec. Jusqu’à récemment, elle était directrice des contenus et rédactrice en chef du jeune média . Lauréate de plusieurs bourses (Prix Lizette-Gervais, AJIQ, FPJQ), elle collabore aujourd’hui notamment à L’actualité.

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.  

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.

Rodney Saint-Éloi : Poète, écrivain, essayiste, éditeur, né à Cavaillon (Haïti), il est l’auteur d’une quinzaine de livres de poésie, dont Nous ne trahirons pas le poème (2019), 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), Passion Haïti, Québec, Septentrion, 2016; Paris Grandvaux, 2019. 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, promu compagnon des arts et des lettres du Conseil des Arts du Canada, en 2019. Il dirige la maison d’édition Mémoire d’encrier qu’il a fondée en 2003 à Montréal. (Photo Credit: Sylvain Lewis)

Susan Scott is a contributing editor with The New Quarterly (TNQ), where she long served as lead nonfiction editor. She has taught at Wilfrid Laurier University and St. Jerome’s University and in communities and classrooms from the Rockies to New England. Her latest book, Body & Soul, is an anthology of intimate, transgressive essays by diverse women writers and poets from across Canada.

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.

An award-winning health reporter and editor with 20 years of experience, Anna Sharratt contributes to the Globe and Mail, is a columnist for Best Health, and has written for the National Post,, Forbes, Canadian Business, Canadian Living, The Toronto Star and many other publications. She is the former health editor of Chatelaine and senior health writer for She is an active member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

Suzannah Showler is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of cultural criticism. She writes for magazines across Canada and the US.

Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and media manipulation. His journalism and books have been honored by the Mirror Awards, U.S. National Press Club, National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, and Crime Writers of Canada.

Jody Smiling is a writer of essays, interviews and reviews currently dividing her time between San Francisco and Toronto. She won a National Magazine Award in 2015 for her personal essay Through the Rockies and is working on its adaptation to film.

Robyn Smith is editor in chief of The Tyee, Canada’s pioneering independent digital news outlet.

Danielle Stanton est journaliste depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle a signé au-delà 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, Québec Science…) et ailleurs (L’Express). Elle est aussi l’auteure de l’ouvrage Nous sommes Télé-Québécois paru en 2018 pour souligner les 50 ans de Télé-Québec et la coauteure  Jean de Grandpré : l’héritage d’un géant relatant le parcours de l’ancien PDG de Bell et de BCE.

Carmine Starnino is the editor-at-large for The Walrus. 

Jim Sutherland is a seasoned, award-winning writer/editor adept at magazine writing, content creation, and copy writing. Lots of magazine writing awards and happy institutional customers. Creative, rigorous, and a quick study to boot. 

Interdisciplinary artist and poet Michelle Sylliboy (Mi’kmaq/L’nu) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised on her traditional L’nuk territory in We’koqmaq, Cape Breton. While living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Sylliboy completed a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Simon Fraser University’s Philosophy of Education program, where she is working to reclaim her original written komqwej’wikasikl language. Her collection of photography and Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajeyi—I Am Ready, was published by Rebel Mountain Press in 2019.

Gary Taxali is a Toronto-based acclaimed contemporary artist and illustrator known for his retro stylized art in the realm of pop. He was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada. Taxali graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). He has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jonathan LeVine Gallery, The Antonio Colombo Gallery, Steve Lazarides/The Outsiders, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Gary’s clients include Sony, Warner Brothers, Converse, Nintendo, Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ, Esquire, LA Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has been featured and interviewed by CBC’s The National, Maclean’s, Fashion Television, MuchMusic, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many others. A short film on his art entitled “Gary Taxali: The Art of Whimsy” premiered at the Canadian Art Film Festival in March 2015. He has also collaborated with various brands and integrated his art in various mediums including releasing collectible designer toys, writing and illustrating a children’s book titled, “This Is Silly!” published by Scholastic, and created artist-designed silk pocket squares for Canada’s major men’s retailer, Harry Rosen. He has won hundreds of illustration and design awards including American Illustration, Communication Arts, a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and a nomination for a Cannes Lion.

Beth Thompson is editor-in-chief of Best Health magazine. Her former EIC positions include Glow, Spree and Canadian Health and Lifestyle magazines. Beth has written and spoken extensively about health and wellness over the last quarter century.

Tanja-Tiziana is a Toronto photographer who specializes in Editorial, Documentary, and Arts & Culture portraiture. Past roles include Managing Editor of BlogTO, Managing Photographer of Yonge Street Magazine, and Staff Photographer at Toronto’s only independent weekly, Now Magazine. Their book, “Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America” was published in 2016.

Isa Tousignant is an experienced lifestyle writer, editor and content consultant specialized in food, culture and tourism. She is based in Montreal and spends her happiest times writing about her hyperactive city’s goings on.

Chantal Tranchemontagne has worked in Canadian magazine publishing for more than 20 years. She now pours her storytelling into Perch, an independent magazine that showcases easy living in rural Eastern Ontario.

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

Before retirement in 2018, John Vardon worked for four decades as an English instructor at Renison University College in Waterloo and as tutor at the University of Waterloo’s Writing and Communication Centre. Since 1977, he has been an editor for The New Quarterly literary magazine, where he has read countless submissions, assessed OAC Recommender Grant requests, and written a variety of non-fiction pieces, both humourous and slightly less so.

Stéphanie Verge is currently a content creator at Sid Lee. She is the former executive editor of Reader’s Digest Canada. Previously, she was the co-editor-in-chief of LSTW and an editor at Toronto Life. She is also the co-author of The Bar Chef: A Modern Approach to Cocktails.

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.

Outdoor Canada’s Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager, Patrick Walsh, began his journalism career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life. He has since worked for a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad, earning numerous writing and editing awards. Among his resumé highlights, Walsh taught journalism for four years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also edited Masthead, the Canadian magazine industry’s trade journal, from 1997 to 2000. He joined Outdoor Canada in 2000, and 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). Among his volunteer positions, Walsh has served as chair of Magazines Canada’s membership committee, and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. He also spearheaded two Magazines Canada task forces on advertising-editorial guidelines, and was named the association’s volunteer of the year in 2009. Currently, Walsh serves as a board member of the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association.

Melony Ward is a leader in the cultural media sector. She has worked with some of Canada’s best cultural multiplatform brands, working in digital communications, print, television, awards programs, exhibitions and educational extensions. Her focus is on excellence in content presentation, building audiences and developing new revenues. Her projects have been recognized by the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, National Magazine Awards, Canadian Cover Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

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.

George Whiteside currently works and resides in Toronto where he has established a successful career as a photographer/artist. Born in Hamilton, Canada. Studied at O.C.A.D. (then OCA) 1976-79. He has always had a strong interest in art, photography, fashion and design. After graduating from OCAD he immediately co-founded YYZ gallery in 1979. Starting in the early eighties he has shot for every major magazine in Canada and several internationally, as well as global ad campaigns, winning many awards along the way. During this time he has continued to exhibit regularly and since 2010 has concentrated on fine art production. Photo by Alex Strothard.

Barb Woolley oversees projects for a diverse group of clients including Harry Rosen, University of Toronto, Donald Ellis Gallery and the ROM. This OCAD University graduate has a high profile within the graphic design community as a former chair of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada and as a speaker at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, York University and many other design conferences. She has taught at OCAD University and serves on numerous design juries. Her work has been recognized with many national and international awards.

Vanessa Wyse is the founder and Creative Director of Studio Wyse. A native of Sydney, Australia now based in Toronto, Canada. Studio Wyse creates print and digital editorial visual solutions, branding and strategy for some of the worlds’ largest media brands and institutions including The University of Toronto, Chatelaine, enRoute,, and The Globe and Mail to name just a few. Previous to launching Studio Wyse, Vanessa was the founding Creative Director of the internationally recognized city weekly The Grid. Her work has received awards and accolades from the NMAF (Canada), SPD (U.S.), ADCC (Canada), Applied Arts (Canada), SND (U.S.), Type Directors Club and D&AD (UK).

Resources for Canadian freelancers during COVID-19 shutdowns

There is no doubt that the current global pandemic has taken a toll on the media and arts industry. If you’re a freelance writer or artist affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns, here are some resources that can help you during this difficult time.


Woodcock Fund Grant

This grant provides emergency funding to professional Canadian writers mid-project. The Woodcock Fund Grant is meant to provide financial assistance to writers during a crisis. Grants given typically range from $2,000 to $10,000 depending on the individual’s circumstance. Visit their website for eligibility and application requirements.

The Photographer Fund

An online portfolio platform, Format, has started a $25,000 fund for self-employed photographers who have been impacted by COVID-19. They are offering a grant of up to $500 per person. Visit their website to apply.

TOArtist COVID Response Fund

The Toronto Arts Foundation and The Toronto Arts Council are offering financial support for self-employed professional artists who are not eligible for Employee Insurance (EI). Visit their website for eligibility and application requirements. Deadline for the application is 11:59 PM on April 30, 2020.

Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund

The Writers’ Trust of Canada, The Writer’s Union of Canada and Royal Bank of Canada are providing financial assistance to writers affected by the pandemic. Successful applicants will receive $1,500. Visit the website for eligibility criteria and deadlines.


Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. They invest in artistic excellence through their grants and services aimed towards Canadian artists and arts organizations.

The Canadian Freelance Union

This community focuses on advancing the rights and working conditions for freelancers in the communications and media industries. Union members benefit from personalized contract mediation, comprehensive health insurance and more.

CMG Freelance

CMG Freelance is a branch of the Canadian Media Guild dedicated to workers in Canadian media. The Freelance Branch provides support for freelance members by providing health and insurance benefits, online training, media pass and more.


S’ATTAQ is a labour union for freelancers, run by freelancers. It is a local section of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a global cross-industry union fighting for economic democracy and end exploitation in the workplace. S’ATTAQ provides by allocating funds to members in financial need, advising on legal issues and more.

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

Though the 2020 Call for Entries has closed, we are still accepting submissions for the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award. Since 1990, this award has recognized an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.

Who’s eligible?

The award is open to nearly everyone in the industry—circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers. Please note that it cannot be given posthumously. 

What do I need to enter?

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements.
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

There is no cost to nominate someone for the OA award. Simply send your submissions to

Visit our website to view a list of previous OA winners. Recent winners include: Linda Spalding, Joyce Byrne, Penny Caldwell, Kim Pittaway, Michael Fox, and Kim Jernigan. 

Click here to download a PDF of everything you need to know about the award. 

Good luck to everyone who is nominated!

Final Call for Entries

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The early bird deadline has passed, but you still have until January 22nd at midnight ET to get your entries in for the 43rd annual National Magazine Awards. This year, there are 29 categories, recognizing the best of what Canada’s creators have to offer. Categories range from Personal Journalism to Lifestyle Photography, with discounts available to Freelancers and Small Magazines

The submission process can be completed online, and questions (if you have them) can be sent to

Ready to start the submission process? Click here!

Our sister program, the Digital Publishing Awards, is also accepting entries up until January 23rd. Individual creators who win gold receive a $500 cash prize, and submissions can be completed online.