2019 Judges

Digital Publishing Awards categories are judged by a 3-person panel of peers. The program relies on the generously donated time of volunteer judges. Judging takes place between late February and mid-April, depending on the category.

We are pleased to share with you the 2019 judging roster for the Digital Publishing Awards.

  • Sadiya Ansari is a writer, editor and digital strategist. Her work — including essays, features, books reviews and news hits — has appeared in the Guardian, Chatelaine, Flare, Maclean’s, VICE, the Globe and Mail and more. She was an associate editor at Chatelaine, and has previously reported news and original investigations for the Toronto Star, produced TV for CBC News, edited opinion for HuffPost Canada, and covered arts for the Canadian Press. She’s currently the managing editor of features at Global News.
  • James Baxter recently retired as editor and publisher of iPolitics, the news service he founded in 2010.  In more than three decades in journalism, he has been a sportswriter, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. Prior to starting iPolitics, James was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where he studied the role of a free press in democracy.  James holds degrees in international relations, journalism, and business administration. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah, three children and their very big dog.
  • Après avoir contribué à la mise sur pied de Canoë, Karim Benessaieh a fait partie de l’équipe qui a fondé cyberpresse.ca en 2000, à titre de rédacteur en chef adjoint. Comme journaliste à La Presse depuis 2002, il a couvert des campagnes électorales, des événements sportifs, la politique municipale puis, depuis août 2013, les nouvelles technologies.
  • Claire Bouchard is a content strategist at La Presse, the first in the newspaper industry to succeed a true digital turn. She leads the conception and execution of all Branded Content media campaigns, with a strong focus on strategy. She also acts as the editor-in-chief of four magazines published in La Presse+ (SUITE, Habitat, Ambiance maison, 46-64). She proactively builds opportunities for content monetization, without sacrificing its quality. Prior to her work at La Presse, she worked for Groupe TVA as a web editor-in-chief and in advertising. She is also the author of two books about Montréal.
  • Lise Boullard is a passionate lifestyle editor and writer with over a decade of experience in the print and digital space. After completing a Master’s degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University, Lise’s French roots drew her east where she served as the associate editor of Reader’s Digest in Montreal. Back in Vancouver, Lise joined Glacier Media, where she spent three years living the good life—and writing about it—as the managing editor of Vita and Vancouver Living magazines. Lise now works at the forefront of Canada’s digital publishing industry, crafting copy that appeals to both humans (and algorithms) as content manager of Glacier Media’s digital department. She also freelances regularly for the North Shore News and shares her lifestyle musings on her blog, The Editor’s Diary.
  • Genna Buck is a freelance journalist and editor in Toronto. She is a journalism instructor at Humber College and a former reporter and editor at Metro News Canada (later StarMetro). With designer Andrés Plana, she co-created Metro Science, an innovative science journalism and public-education project. She was the NMA gold winner in 2015 for Best New Writer, and nominated the same year for the NMA in Investigative Reporting.
  • Mark Burgess is the managing editor of Advisor’s Edge, a magazine for financial advisors. He was previously associate editor of strategy magazine and deputy editor of The Hill Times.
  • Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning editorial director, community builder, and digital strategist with over 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She was most recently the founding director of Your Shot—National Geographic’s photo community—which grew to nearly 900 thousand members and over eight million images under her leadership. Prior to joining National Geographic, she spent 11 years at U.S. News & World Report magazine, where she started as an intern and left as the senior photo editor for the Money & Business section.
  • Julia De Laurentiis Johnson has created podcasts for Maclean’s, Shameless and the eOne podcasting network. Having worked at Shameless magazine for more than a decade in various roles, including running the Shameless Podcast Camp for teen girls and trans youth, she currently serves as a board member.  Julia won the first DPA for Best Podcast Series for the Maclean’s culture podcast, The Thrill, which she co-produced/co-hosted.
  • Amanda De Souza is a Video Producer at HuffPost Canada where she produces videos and shows for news, politics, business and blogs. She previously worked in broadcast for CTV News Kitchener, Canada AM and for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.She has also worked in branded content and podcast production. She holds a Masters of Journalism from Ryerson University and is a member of The Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association.
  • Christian Duperron has been appointed Director of News at HuffPost Quebec last October, having first joined the team in 2013. He previously held various positions with the Montreal Metro newspaper, including Director of Interactive Platforms, Director of Information and Web Editor.
  • Daniel Ehrenworth was born in Ottawa and received his BFA in photography studies from Ryerson University.  In addition to commercial photography, Daniel also is a gallery artist, dad, video director, ex-food blogger, Muppet fan, and jube jube aficionado.  His commercial and editorial clients include Bloomberg Businessweek, Canada Goose, The Fader, Ford, Google, Hyundai, Kia, Maynard’s, Sick Kids Hospital, Sport Check, Target, Tim Horton’s and The Verge to name a few.  He has received numerous awards for his commercial work from the ADCC, American Photo, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the D&AD, Luerzer’s Archive, and the National Magazine Awards.
  • Matt Frehner leads the Visual Journalism team at The Globe and Mail. The award-winning group of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists works to make sense of a complicated and fast-moving world through high-impact visual journalism.
  • Chris Frey is a partner at No Media Company, an editorial, research and creative studio, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle magazine. A seven-time winner at the National Magazine Awards, Chris is formerly the founding editorial director of Hazlitt, and has contributed to the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, CBC Radio, Kinfolk, Maisonneuve and Azure.
  • Edwin Frondozo is an award-winning podcaster who strives to find the intersection of where people, business, and innovation meet. As the host of The Business Leadership Podcast & Live series, Edwin interviews many influential business leaders, subject matter experts and change makers in North America. Edwin is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the Chief Product Officer & cofounder at Slingshot VoIP, a telecommunications business provider specializing in cloud solutions including next-generation cognitive and machine learning services. Before his entrepreneurial career, Edwin worked at IBM Canada and Nortel Networks within the sales and marketing organizations.
  • Bruce Gillespie is an associate professor in and coordinator of the Digital Media and Journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also the author of “News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory,” published by Oxford University Press in 2018, and has edited three anthologies of personal essays: “A Family by Any Other Name,” Somebody’s Child” and “Nobody’s Father.”
  • Gillian Grace is the senior digital managing editor at Chatelaine. She was previously a digital news editor at the National Post and a senior editor at Toronto Life.
  • Melissa Greer is the digital editor of besthealthmag.ca where she manages website content, newsletter strategy and the brand’s social presence. After graduating from the post-graduate journalism program at Humber College, she began her journalism career in print before a quick pivot to digital media. She specializes in health and wellness journalism but is happy to write about beauty, parenting, and just about any other lifestyle topic. She’s also a freelance writer and brand consultant.
  • Sue Haas is the VP, Digital Media at Blue Ant Media working across several niche multi-platform brands including Cottage Life, Animalogic, ASide and Makeful. She oversees end to end success of digital content and products on web, mobile and social including strategy, content and product development, operations and delivery, marketing and revenue generation.  She strives to continually adapt and evolve digital media to appeal to the latest industry trends and audience expectations.
  • Mathew Ingram is an award-winning journalist who has spent the past two decades writing about business, technology and new media as well as advising media companies on digital strategy. He is currently the chief digital writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, and prior to that he was a senior writer with Fortune magazine. Prior to joining Fortune, Mathew spent 15 years as a reporter and columnist at the Globe. In addition to the Globe and Fortune, Mathew’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Zealand Herald, and he has advised media outlets such as the Toronto Star, Post Media and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on their digital strategy.
  • Pierre Kattar is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker. He started at The Washington Post’s website in 1999 where he produced video news stories and short documentaries. He left the Post in 2010 and now works as an independent filmmaker. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, he grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Kattar graduated from DePaul University with an International Studies degree focusing on gender, power and race. He now lives in Rome, Italy.
  • Caitlin Kenny is the digital director at The Kit, where she oversees the brand’s award-winning online platforms. After a joint degree in journalism from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, her career began in the print world with seven years in FLARE’s beauty department. As magazine brands began to embrace the web, Caitlin became increasingly enamoured by the way stories come to life online and switched over to the digital world. Her writing has also appeared in Hello! Canada, Glow, Cosmetics, Beautezine, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.
  • Independent filmmaker Helene Klodawsky is a passionate storyteller committed to portraying political and social struggles, as well as to exploring the documentary art form. Her work, spanning over thirty-five years, is screened, discussed and televised around the world in venues as diverse as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Kenyan refugee camps.  Through her films, compelling reflections on gender, justice and conflict are shared worldwide. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Klodawsky is on the board of Doc Quebec—part of the Doc Organization of Canada—and a member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada, and Réalisatrices Équitables.
  • Canadian Geographic editor-in-chief Aaron Kylie is an awarding-winning writer/editor /manager of national magazines. He was previously publications manager at the Canadian Wildlife Federation, where he oversaw Canadian Wildlife, Biosphere and Wild magazines, and prior to that, the long-time managing editor at Outdoor Canada magazine.
  • Émilie Larivée-Tourangeau is a digital content advisor for Radio-Canada’s Digital Media team. She started her career in 2008 in the public broadcaster’s newsroom, where she then served as assistant director, writer, researcher and online editor. In 2014, she became the deputy Director General for the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists, the country’s largest association devoted to the defense of press freedom. Early in 2017, she joined VICE Quebec as Associate Editor and in April 2018, she returned to Radio-Canada to share her expertise in the art of online storytelling.
  • Kim Latreille has spent the majority of her career in the bloody bowels of print publishing and media. While serving as a Director for some of Canada’s largest magazine publishers, including Rogers Publishing, Cottage Life Media, and St. Joseph Media, her teams delivered award-winning magazine content across multiple platforms, web applications, mobile devices, and in print. As a publishing consultant, she has researched digital audience development, business process solutions, and workflow integration for Magazines Canada, and clients that include Inuit Art Quarterly, Canadian Horse Journals, Canadian Art magazine, Yellow Pages NextHome, Uphere magazine, and Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop. Kim teaches magazine publishing part-time at Ryerson University, and is currently the publisher of Femke Magazine.
  • Dan Levy is a Montreal-based writer, editor and content strategist. Since earning a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, he has navigated the fascinating waters of media think tanks, global marketing agencies and fast-growing tech startups. He was the founding editor of the award-winning online magazine Sparksheet and currently serves as Editorial Director at Smooch.
  • Jason Maghanoy is a graduate of McGill University. Currently, he is the Director of Membership & Partner Success at Toronto Life and prior to Toronto Life, he was the Director of Revenue at NOW Magazine. Jason is a Mentor at Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone and Transmedia Zone, a member of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Executive Committee, and a member of the Work In Culture Board of Directors. Jason is also a playwright. He has been the playwright-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille and Young People’s Theatre, a playwriting fellowship finalist at Juilliard, and a Finalist for the 2017 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards. Most recently, he was a member of the Playwrights Retreat at Stratford.
  • Catherine Marineau-Dufresne is a video producer at the Montreal office of VICE. Her career has lead her to touch on all facets of modern journalism: from radio to digital to television. She began her career at CBC/Radio-Canada, traveling the country for 5 years first as a video-journalist, then as a journalist and a radio news anchor. She then specialized in video content production at L’Actualité magazine where she was a journalist, director and video production manager for 2 years. At VICE, she is in charge of developing and producing video content covering Quebec culture. Her work was awarded the Lizette-Gervais Award for Best Video Report, and she was nominated for both the Gémeaux Awards and the Numix Awards with VICE.
  • Eternity Martis is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor at Xtra. Her work has been featured in Vice, Salon, Hazlitt, TVO.org, The Walrus, CBC and many more. In 2017, she was a National Magazine Awards finalist for the Best New Writer. She is currently working on her memoir, “They Said This Would Be Fun” (McClelland & Stewart).
  • Adrienne Mason is the managing editor of Hakai Magazine, a digital publication that focuses on science and society in coastal ecosystems. Prior to starting at Hakai she helped launch KNOW, a science magazine for children and was its managing editor for six years. Adrienne also writes about science, nature, and history, and has published over 30 books, the most recent on Long Beach, one of western Canada’s favourite destinations.
  • For more than a decade, Josianne Massé has been in the media industry, earning the title of “slasher” with multiple talents: web editor, proven social media manager, blogger and writer. Josianne is above all a journalist passionate about education, cinema and society issues. A leading woman, she is also an entrepreneur who founded and supported for two years an extraordinary publication that redefined the notion of women’s magazine.
  • Aya McMillan is an award-winning writer and style expert with over 15 years experience in print and online publishing. Born and based in Toronto, she’s held senior editorial positions at Weddingbells, Flare, and Mode Media, and her work has appeared in a diverse range of media titles including Fashion, Elle Canada, 29Secrets, The Kit, Canadian Business, Vogue Nippon, WWD and The Globe & Mail. She currently works as a digital marketing consultant conceptualizing integrated content strategies and building social media programs for brands across the retail, luxury, and lifestyle sectors.
  • Jamie Monastyrski is an expert in the Indigenous communications and media industry serving over 25 years as an editor, journalist and communications professional. He was editor of Aboriginal Voices Magazine, a reporter with the U.S National newspaper Indian Country Today, the editor and co-founder of SPIRIT Magazine and currently publishes magazines for various Indigenous organizations such as the Chiefs of Ontario and the Assembly of First Nations.
  • A self-described geek, Susan Nerberg is an award-winning freelance journalist with a keen interest in science and the environment, design and architecture, adventure and the great outdoors. She has been a writer and editor for nearly two decades, crafting narrative stories and editorial packages for some of Canada’s leading national magazines. When she’s not out exploring (or dreaming about exploring) new terrain on skis, in hiking boots or strapped into a climbing harness, she writes for Canadian Geographic, Azure, National Geographic Traveler, Report on Business magazine, Cottage Life and enRoute, among others.
  • Jen O’Brien is an award-winning digital editor and writer with more than a decade of experience managing some of Canada’s top lifestyle websites. She is currently executive digital editor at Weddingbells.ca and prior to that she helmed the online content strategy at Chatelaine.com as senior digital editor. Jen’s work has been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and on websites across Canada including Fashionmagazine.com, Flare.com, Canadianliving.com, Outpost, glow and The Coast.
  • Laura Osborne, formerly editor-in-chief of the award-winning RICARDO magazine, is a contributing editor at RICARDO. Before joining the RICARDO team, Laura worked at Spafax where she served as the Senior Editor of Air Canada’senRoute magazine, among other publications. Her first editorial gig was an intern at Maisonneuve magazine.
  • Christian Panson, the VP Digital and Technology for Winnipeg Free Press, is fuelled by a passion to blend design, the arts, and disruptive technology. Christian led the Free Press team to a number of firsts for traditional media companies, including the first major newspaper to implement a micro-accounting and post-pay digital paid platform that also leveraged content recommendation at its core. Before joining the Free Press in 2006, Christian was a partner in Lazer-fare Media Services, a software development company, which also had a history of blazing new territory, including transitioning over 100 publishers from paste-up to desktop publishing, migrating many to full PDF publishing workflows, and in turn, leading them to digital publishing.
  • As a geographer-cum-journalist Jean-François Parent has been covering the financial, securities litigation, business, natural resources and investment sectors for 15 years as both staff and freelance feature writer. Eventually drifted into business intelligence and data journalism—generating story ideas from data analysis. Now doing contract work (editing/feature writing/content marketing) with law firms, financial institutions, public companies, government agencies and lobby groups/think tanks. He is also a guest lecturer in journalism and an upright bass player.
  • When she’s not out gallivanting in nature Katrina Pyne is a video editor and producer with the Hakai Institute and Hakai Magazine in Victoria, British Columbia, where she produces science communications and natural history content.  She comes from a background in journalism and has produced media content for a variety of publications from coast to coast.
  • Xavier Kronström Richard holds a master’s degree in scientific journalism at the Denis-Diderot University (Paris), and is an enthouasiast of R&D, innovation and creativity processes. He has 15 years of experience in the media, either in the field of digital innovation, product management and multiplatform editorial strategy. As Digital Innovation coordinator at Radio-Canada, he accompanied the prototyping of technological products, has co-founded the Radio-Canada Lab, the CBC/Radio-Canada’s digital laboratory, the Radio-Canada’s Ideas Accelerator, a prototyping process to accelerate the digital innovation of the public broadcaster, and the Radio-Canada’s Academic Incubator.
  • Mathilde Roy is a reporter at Protégez-Vous magazine, where she covers health and food. Prior to joining Protégez-Vous, she worked as a web journalist at L’actualité. Mathilde has a degree in Journalism and a masters in Political Science. She lives in Montreal.
  • Harley Rustad is a features editor and writer at The Walrus magazine whose work has appeared in publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. He is the author of Big Lonely Doug: the story of one of Canada’s last great trees.
  • Jen Schlumberger is an ideas-driven creator who works as a digital producer at CBC in their marketing and communications department. She’s also a freelance writer and has contributed to various parenting publications: Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, CBC Parents, and Parents Canada. She’s passionate about connecting with audiences, storytelling, and eating cereal. She’s also a professionally trained improviser (Second City), and proud mother of two (professional status pending).
  • Nael Shiab is a data reporter for CBC/Radio-Canada, in Montreal. His coding skills allow him to produce exclusive stories, with immersive data visualizations and web apps. His ultimate goal is to build an army of bots that would work for him, so he’ll be able to listen to podcasts and drink coffee all day.
  • Chris Skinner is a digital strategy consultant with more than 12 years in media. Chris was previously head of digital for CTV.ca, Vice President, Digital at Anthem Sports & Entertainment and held several leadership roles at St. Joseph Media. He has been fortunate to have worked with some of the best in the industry, winning several Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Online Publishing Awards along the way.
  • Deborah Stokes is an accomplished journalist and editor, who has held senior roles at some of Canada’s largest media organizations, including the National Post, Postmedia, Rogers Publishing and St. Joseph Media. She is a pioneer in the world of branded media content, leveraging editorial-quality content to help brands build awareness with audiences on digital, social and traditional media platforms. Ultimately, she is a storyteller, and now she is telling one of North America’s hottest stories, as head of communications for LiveWell Canada, in the fast-growing hemp and cannabis CBD market.
  • Hannah Sung is the Manager of Digital Video and Podcasts at TVO in Toronto. Her role is to strategically grow video and podcast content that incorporates TVO’s overall learning mandate and commitment to civic engagement. Previously, she created award-winning video and podcast content at the Globe and Mail. Hannah began her career at MuchMusic as their Pop Culture Reporter and has been a producer and columnist for the Toronto Star, CBC and Flare. She is committed to diversity and inclusion in media. She lives with her partner and two children in Toronto.
  • David Topping is the director of newsletters for all of Torstar’s editorial titles, including the Toronto Star. In his career in Canadian media, largely in digital leadership roles, he’s worked at everything from flush start-ups to poor but punchy up-and-comers, and his work has been regularly recognized as the best of its kind in the country, including at the National Magazine Awards, where he’s won five.
  • Florence Turpault-Desroches est Directrice principale de l’information à La Presse, le plus grand média francophone en Amérique du Nord, avec plus de trois millions de visiteurs uniques par mois. Elle a commencé sa carrière en 2008 comme journaliste au pupitre web pour Lapresse.ca, après avoir passé une année comme correspondante pigiste en Chine pour divers médias. En 2013, elle participe à la création de la section Pause, qui regroupe les sujets de type magazine, et au lancement de la plateforme pour tablette La Presse+, à titre de chef d’équipe. Elle devient ensuite directrice de la section Pause, puis directrice de la section Actualités, avant d’être nommée directrice principale de l’information en janvier 2018.
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  • Julia Wolfe is a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight focusing on politics and interactive graphics. Previously, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. She has won several awards, including the 2018 data journalism award for best news data app and the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award.
  • Fadi Yaacoub is currently the executive creative director, visuals and digital design of the Toronto Star. He is an experienced digital and creative leader in content creation and visual storytelling, with a track record of success in establishing design departments, building news apps, branding television networks, designing primetime newscasts and brand identities at the largest Canadian media corporations. His main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Managerial, Branding, Product and Design sectors. He also talks on digital development, visual journalism and brand design.