The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to introduce the 80+ judges that make up the 2022 Digital Publishing Awards jury. These media and digital publishing professionals volunteered their time and expertise to help us recognize excellence in Canadian digital publishing. From everyone at the NMAF, thank you!
Carine Abouseif is a features editor at The Walrus. Prior to her work at The Walrus, she edited news and features for The Globe and Mail. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, The Globe, Broadview, Maisonneuve, and elsewhere.
Luc Archambault, électron libre du monde de l’édition et des salles de presse, ayant touché au journalisme, à l’édition, à la rédaction, au Canada, aux USA, en Allemagne et en Chine. Présentement rattaché à Radio-Canada Ontario en tant que journaliste-web, il rêve de partager le restant de ses années entre Berlin et Hanoï, se la couler douce et continuer à refaçonner le monde par le truchement de sa poésie décapante…
Emily Baron Cadloff
With a decade of experience in journalism, Emily Baron Cadloff has worked across the country in television, radio, and print newsrooms. She is currently a staff writer at Modern Farmer, focusing on food and food policies, and she recently completed a senior fellowship with The Walrus. Emily has also been a freelance journalist for years, with bylines in publications across the world. Her favourite stories invariably touch on an interesting cultural phenomenon, a delicious recipe, or both.
Before landing at URBANIA, Jean-Pierre Bastien covered South American news as a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro and subsequently worked for VICE in Montreal as senior video producer. He is now the head of content of Quatre95, URBANIA‘s media dedicated to questions of money, personal finance and business.
Experienced Graphic Designer with demonstrated experience of working in the Newspaper and Magazine Industry, Print, and Digital Custom Publishing Companies. Strong arts and design professional skilled in Art Direction, UI Design, Data Design, Infographics, Typography, and Storytelling.
Johan is now working at Métro Média for Journal Metro and those 25 district newspapers in Montreal and Quebec City.
Career History: Graphic designer/journalist/DA at La Presse Plus (Montreal), magazine L’actualité (Montréal), Art Fine Teacher on The Student Refugee Program (Montreal), Reader’s Digest (Montreal), Singapore Airline (Singapore), Canadian Tourism Commission (Vancouver), Investors Group (Winnipeg), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Honors-Awards on Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA), Communication Awards, Society for News Design Awards (SND), North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), PEARL Awards (Reflecting Excellence in Custom Publishing)
Dmitry Beniaminov is a digital operations and technology consultant who works with niche publishers and media outlets to help them with various web/tech/dev/ad-ops issues.
Liann Bobechko has been working in the magazine industry since 2000, for the last 18 years at Cottage Life, where she is now Deputy Editor. In addition to developing print and digital stories and publishing a regular enewsletter, she has created numerous special interest publications, and helped make the first season of the Cottage Life podcast. She has served on the board of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, and spoken at industry events at Centennial College and the Professional Writers Association of Canada. Liann is proud to have worked with some of Canada’s finest writers on many award-winning features, packages, and departments over the years.
Journaliste et communicatrice depuis 20 ans, Marianne se passionne depuis toujours pour les sujets qui touchent la santé, l’environnement et la saine alimentation. Après avoir œuvré dans l’univers télévisuel, elle est aujourd’hui rédactrice en chef du magazine web 100°, pour l’organisation M361, où elle s’intéresse de près à l’impact social des différentes initiatives dans le domaine de la prévention en santé.
Chris Bond, Associate Creative Director at SJC Content on the Sobeys account, focuses on delivering industry-leading, innovative digital content. Chris supports high-level creative for seasonal Mid-funnel, in-store POS and Always On Social programs along with mentoring the creative team and supporting the creative director on the account. Previously, Chris worked in magazines for 20+ years on both the digital and print products for a variety of titles including Canadian Living, Style at Home, ELLE Canada and HELLO Canada.
Lindsay has 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and content strategist specializing in science, technology and innovation. She has worked as an editor for national magazines in the United States and Canada, including Seed, Green Living and Best Health, as a senior correspondent for Research Money, and as content lead for a variety of digital publications backed by science philanthropies. Lindsay lives in Toronto.
Claire Bouchard is Director, Branded Content, at La Presse. She leads the conception and execution of all Branded Content campaigns, with a strong focus on strategy. She also acts as the editor-in-chief of five magazines published in the tablet app, La Presse+ (SUITE, Habitat, Ambiance maison, 46-64 and Édition limitée). She proactively builds opportunities for content monetization, without sacrificing its quality. Annually, her team produces an impressive total of 1500 stories. She is also the author of two books about Montréal.
Sarah Boumedda est journaliste au pupitre numérique au quotidien Le Devoir, où elle œuvre depuis 2017. Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en journalisme de l’Université Concordia, elle se spécialise dans l’innovation, la déclinaison et la diffusion de contenus journalistiques sur diverses plateformes numériques, avec une attention particulière sur les réseaux sociaux. Ailleurs qu’au Devoir, elle a aussi développé une expertise en presse écrite, en photographie et en production radio dans plusieurs publications indépendantes à Montréal et en Amérique du Nord.
Magdaline Boutros est journaliste au Devoir depuis 2018. Elle se spécialise dans la couverture des enjeux sociétaux. Elle a réalisé plusieurs reportages à l’étranger, notamment en Ukraine, au Pakistan, au Liban et en Argentine. Avec en poche un baccalauréat en relations internationales de l’Université de Montréal et une maîtrise en politique comparée et relations internationales de l’Institut d’études politiques de Bordeaux, elle avait préalablement travaillé à La Presse canadienne, au Journal de Montréal et à L’Express de Toronto.
Sarah Bugden is the Ontario bureau chief at The Canadian Press. Prior to joining CP in January, she spent two years as the assistant managing editor at the Edmonton Journal/Sun and before that she was an editor at The Globe and Mail.
A documentary photographer, filmmaker and photo/video artist, Kitra Cahana has contributed to National Geographic, The New York Times and other leading publications. She’s the recipient of numerous honours, including a Peabody Award, the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award and two World Press Photo prizes. Her latest film Perfecting The Art Of Longingcan be viewed here on the Op-Docs site.
Sasha Chapman is a longform writer and editor best known for exploring food systems and their profound effect in shaping us and the world that sustains us; her work at The Walrus, Cottage Life, Hakai and Toronto Life has won numerous awards.
Jason A. Chiu is a Visual Editor at The New York Times. He works on long features and visual storytelling in special projects, specifically The NYT’s Headway team. Previously he worked as Deputy Head of Visuals at The Globe And Mail. He’s also a member of the Board of Governors of the National Newspaper Awards and a mentor with the Canadian Association of Journalists.
James Cowan is the former editor of Report on Business and Canadian Business magazines.
Alicia Cox Thomson
Alicia Cox Thomson has been working in the media industry for 20 years as a digital editor and content producer for some of Canada’s biggest lifestyle brands, including Chatelaine and HGTV Canada. Now a writer on lifestyle, design and the arts, she’s been published in Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, CBC Life, Elle Canada, Refinery29, Canadian Business and more.
Nathalie Cusson is a self-called hybrid that evolved 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 worked on many iconic Canadian brands, including; LCBO, Rethink Breast Cancer, Air Canada’s enRoute, Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, CIBC and Telus. More recently, Nathalie lead the design team of Le Parc to do a complete rebrand of Goldie Hawn’s foundation MindUp for Life. Her work has been recognized through many award shows, from organizations like Vimeo Staff Pick, NOWNESS, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the National Magazine Awards (14 prizes), Magnum Opus Award, Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards, the AIGA, the Effie Awards and the ADCC.
With a 20-year career in broadcast television, print, radio and digital, Gillian Dobias works as a producer and content strategist, combining her editorial credentials with brand experience to deliver powerful stories with a memorable message. Gillian started her career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation — first in current affairs and subsequently for the internationally syndicated lifestyle series “Fashion File”. Independent commissions for the BBC followed and in 2007 she joined the launch team of Monocle. As Executive Producer of Broadcast, Gillian set up and ran Monocle Films. In addition to editorial videos she produced branded content for the publication’s commercial clients in government, aviation, luxury and tech industries. In 2017 Gillian set up her own production company specialising in the creative industries and built environment. Clients include: Airbnb, McKinsey, Swarovski, COS, Rossinavi Super Yachts and Winkreative.
Christian Duperron has been around digital news for 15 years and is currently in charge of the digital news content for Le Devoir on its various platforms. Last year, he worked with the TV news team at the launch of Noovo Info after being a news director for HuffPost Québec, where he worked for 8 years. Previously, he worked as director of digital platforms and web editor-in-chief for the Métro Montréal newspaper.
Christian Duperron évolue dans le domaine de l’information numérique depuis 15 ans et est actuellement responsable des nouvelles en ligne pour Le Devoir sur ses différentes plateformes. L’an dernier, il a travaillé avec l’équipe de l’information télé au lancement de Noovo Info, après avoir été directeur de l’information pour le HuffPost Québec, où il a oeuvré pendant 8 ans. Il avait auparavant occupé différents postes au journal Métro Montréal, notamment à titre de directeur des plateformes interactives et de rédacteur en chef web.
Ralph Elawani est écrivain et éditeur. Il a fondé et dirige les collections NITRATE et FILMÉCRITURE aux éditions Somme route.
Eugénie Emond est journaliste indépendante. Elle collabore avec différents médias dont Beside Media et Radio-Canada. Son travail lui a valu une médaille d’or aux Prix d’excellence en publication numérique l’an dernier ainsi que deux Grands prix du journalisme indépendant. Elle termine également une maîtrise en gérontologie à l’Université de Sherbrooke.
Christine Estima has written for The New York Times, The Observer, The Walrus, New York Daily News, VICE, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Refinery29, Metro News Canada, CBC, etalk, Bitch Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine, Broadview Magazine, and many more. She was short-listed for the 2018 Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism, long-listed for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative NonFiction prize, and was a finalist in 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada short-prose competition. Visit ChristineEstima.com.
Sahar Fatima is the Digital Editor for The Boston Globe’s Metro section. Sahar was previously a reporter and a digital producer at Toronto Star, where she worked to amplify voices from underrepresented communities. She has also reported for The Globe and Mail.
Au Soleil depuis 2003, Valérie Gaudreau a travaillé dans divers secteurs avant de couvrir la scène municipale de Québec de 2011 à 2017. Elle fait cette année-là le saut à la direction comme cheffe des nouvelles avant d’été nommée rédactrice en chef du Soleil, poste qu’elle occupe depuis juin 2018. Elle collabore aussi à la radio de Radio-Canada, à la radio CKIA-FM et auprès des jeunes journalistes du magazine de rue La Quête qui vient en aide aux itinérants du centre-ville de Québec.
Jane Gerster is an award-winning independent reporter whose critical history of the RCMP, For the Good of the Force, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2022.
Hollay Ghadery is a writer living in rural Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have been published in various literary journals. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental health, was released by Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in spring 2021. Hollay’s debut collection of poetry, Rebellion Box, is due to be released in spring 2023 with Radiant Press. Hollay is also the Reviews Editor for the Minola Review—a literary journal dedicated to publishing women-identifying and non-binary writers.
Laura Godfrey is a content editor for Torstar’s daily newspapers, primarily the Toronto Star, where she recently had the pleasure of designing the front page on multiple occasions during a summer 2021 secondment. She also has three years’ worth of leadership experience, having worked as a production manager for StarMetro newspapers and Pagemasters North America, where she led teams of editors and designers through daily newspaper production and major workflow transitions.
Danielle Groen is a Toronto-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers across Canada. She’s won six National Magazine Awards and the Allan Slaight Prize for Journalism.
Isabelle Hachey est chroniqueuse à La Presse. Auparavant, elle a fait partie de l’équipe d’enquête de ce journal. Elle a également été correspondante à Londres et a couvert des zones de conflits, notamment en Ukraine, en Irak, en Libye et dans les territoires palestiniens. Lauréate du prix Judith-Jasmin à six reprises, elle a aussi remporté le prix Jules-Fournier, attribué par le Conseil supérieur de la langue française en reconnaissance de la qualité de la langue de ses écrits.
Natalie Harmsen is the assistant editor at Slice and Complex Canada. Her writing has appeared in Maisonneuve, Chatelaine, Elle Canada and more. She was a National Magazine Award nominee for Best Personal Journalism in 2020.
Jordan Heath-Rawlings has spent more than two decades at all levels of Canadian media. He began his career as a newspaper reporter and editor with various Toronto dailies. He was a founding editor of Sportsnet Magazine in 2011 and went on to revamp and lead Sportsnet.ca’s newsroom as Deputy Editor. As Director of Special Projects at Rogers Media, he worked with magazines like Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, and Chatelaine on their biggest editorial initiatives. In 2018, he moved to podcasting and launched Frequency Podcast Network, where he oversees a network of 30+ shows and hosts Frequency’s award-winning flagship daily news show, The Big Story. Jordan is also the host of the critically acclaimed narrative podcast The Gravy Train, which details the life and legacy of the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. He lives in Toronto with his wife and young daughter and enjoys sports, reading, whiskey, asking questions and getting answers.
Based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Meigan Henry is the senior video producer and a video editor for both Hakai Magazine (www.hakaimagazine.com) and the Hakai Institute (www.hakai.org). Before she moved back to Canada, she worked as an editorial producer for the Digital Studio at Smithsonian Enterprises, and as Director of Production for the Missions Media division of the National Geographic Society. Meigan is passionate about working with scientists, artists, and communicators towards the shared goal of creating engaging and accurate science media.
Kim Honey is a veteran news reporter and editor who has worked at six newspapers and two magazines during her 35-year career in Canadian journalism, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Maclean’s. She has won awards for feature writing and spot news, and edited stories nominated for Michener, National Newspaper and National Magazine awards. Honey is currently the deputy editor of Zoomer magazine, where she edits, writes and runs their Zed book club and website.
Nathara Imenes is a multidisciplinary professional. After spending 10+ years editing for TV, she shifted to film and podcast editing. She’s currently working as a producer at Yahoo Studios.
She has Film and Journalism training; the pandemic lockdowns made her reconnect with her passion for scriptwriting.
An enthusiastic at-home barista, she likely listened to the podcasts sipping some tea latte while snuggling with one of her two puppies.
Tanay Jaipuria is a product manager at Instagram where he works on creator monetization. In the past, he has worked on new ad and media formats at Facebook and as a consultant at McKinsey. He also writes a popular weekly newsletter on the business of technology and has been a contributor to TechCrunch and Huffington Post. Tanay graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Katie Jensen runs Vocal Fry Studios, a Toronto podcast production company creating original podcasts for media companies, brands & non-profits. She’s made podcasts for CBC Podcasts, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Indigo, David Suzuki Foundation, Globe and Mail, St. Joseph Media, Canada Media Fund, Polaris Music Prize, The Atkinson Foundation, and Canadaland.
Jimmy Jeong is a Korean-Canadian photojournalist based in Vancouver. His approach in his photojournalism is to respect the individuals who allows space into their lives and stories. Jimmy’s contributions include Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Getty, the United Nations, Der Spiegel, Men’s Health, and Bloomberg. Select recognition includes American Photographic Artists, Communication Arts, Online Journalism Awards and Prix de la Photographie Paris. He is a founding member of Rogue Collective and a member of DiversifyPhoto. During the start of the pandemic Jimmy became a founding mentor with Room Up Front, a mentorship for aspiring BIPOC photojournalists in Canada.
Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Her short story “Bad Cree” won the 2020 Writers’ Trust Journey Prize and her novel of the same name will be released in January 2023 with HarperCollins in Canada and Doubleday in the US.
Il s’est consacré au journalisme économique à l’hebdomadaire Les Affaires avant de commencer à faire de plus en plus d’investigations. Il est passé au Bureau d’enquête du Journal de Montréal en 2014, puis à La Presse en 2021, comme journaliste d’enquête économique. Il se penche sur la face cachée de l’immobilier, la fraude, les relations entre le crime organisé et l’économie légale. Il porte aussi un regard attentif sur les questions de cybersécurité.
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.
Kate Knibbs is a writer and editor currently living in Chicago. She is a senior staff writer at Wired magazine, and was formerly on staff at The Ringer and Gizmodo.
Darian Kovacs Indigenous Business Leader in Marketing, Communications, & PR I am an Indigenous business leader with 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations and have founded my own firm, Jelly Digital Marketing & PR.
Xavier Kronström Richard
Xavier Kronström Richard est journaliste et stratège de contenu numérique basé à Montréal. Il travaille depuis 15 ans dans les médias où il conçoit et produit des contenus innovants et engageants pour les plateformes numériques. Il a notamment piloté des programmes d’innovation numérique à CBC/Radio-Canada, et a lancé la maison de production de balados Grand public en 2019. Depuis 2022, il travaille sur les stratégies d’engagement dans l’équipe numérique du Devoir.
Marie Lambert-Chan est cheffe de contenu, Science et environnement, pour le Service de l’information de Radio-Canada. De 2016 à 2022, elle a été 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 a collaboré aux émissions Moteur de recherche et Bien entendu, sur les ondes d’ICI Première, et On va se le dire, sur ICI Télé.
Dominique is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in publishing, having held roles at some of Canada’s top media brands. Newly based in Calgary, she’s the managing editor at city lifestyle magazine Avenue. Prior to joining the team at Avenue, she was a senior editor at Air Canada enRoute and, before that, an associate editor at Chatelaine. Her work has also appeared in Best Health, Canadian Health & Lifestyle and re:porter.
Jessica Leeder is an Emmy-winning independent journalist who writes narrative nonfiction and fictional stories. Her feature work has appeared lately in The Walrus, Chatelaine and MaRS Magazine. Previously, she was Atlantic Bureau Chief at The Globe and Mail. Jessica has also reported for the Toronto Star, the Dallas Morning News, and the National Post. Her work, including assignments in Afghanistan and Haiti, has been recognized by the NNA’s, the Atlantic Journalism Awards, EPPYs, Webbys and the DPAs. She was awarded Personal Essay of the Year at the 2019 DPAs for a Globe piece detailing the difficulty of getting an abortion in Nova Scotia.
Jean-François Légaré is an editorial director at Sid Lee, one of the world’s leading creative agencies, where he collaborates with a team of content creators, designers and strategists for brands like Hyundai and the UNDP Accelerator Lab Network, Samsung, Air Transat, IGA, Ivanhoe Cambridge and more. JF landed at Sid Lee after 15 years in media, where he made his mark as a travel, fashion and lifestyle reporter and editor for some of Canada’s top magazines. During his 3-year tenure as editor-in-chief of enRoute, Air Canada’s renowned travel magazine, the publication was named the world’s best inflight magazine by Monocle. The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year in 2018.
Owen Leitch is a media executive and journalist with experience in newsrooms in Canada and abroad, specializing in live news, current affairs and content development strategy. He is the Executive Producer of Global Brands for Narcity Media and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, Owen has worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Al Jazeera English.
Journaliste multimedia au Devoir depuis 2016, Guillaume Levasseur est passionné par la représentation visuelle de l’information. Son travail en tant que vidéaste a contribué à développer l’identité video du Devoir au cours des dernières années. Il a une grande passion pour la direction photo et tout ce qui touche l’image d’une video. Geek de nature et grand fan de Star Wars, il détient un diplôme collégial en photographie, un baccalauréat en politique appliquée et un diplôme de deuxième cycle en journalisme.
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 National Magazine Award-winning blog Sparksheet and currently serves as Director, Content and Corporate Messaging, at Ada.
Shelby Lisk is an Ottawa-based Kanyen’kehá:ka photographer, filmmaker, and journalist with roots in Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in Ontario). She is currently the Indigenous Hub Reporter for TVO, based out of Carleton University.
Jacquie is a content strategy and media executive specializing in delivering multi-platform content marketing solutions and ROI for brands across social media, digital, video, print, SEO, custom research and e-commerce. With over 25 years of experience, she is a branded content solutions expert who drives engagement and results for clients, and cultivates C-level relationships. In her role as EVP Customer Innovation, she works closely with SJC’s largest clients to create innovative and compelling cross platform content solutions that deliver on company revenue goals. Most recently, Jacquie was VP & Group Publisher at SJC Media and TC Media where she oversaw portfolios of consumer media brands including FASHION, ELLE Canada, Canadian Living, and Style at Home, and held the roles of VP Content Solutions and VP Client Solutions at Rogers Media, where she launched and led Rogers award-winning Content Solutions division. A recognized leader in marketing solutions and media innovation, Jacquie is Chair of The Content Council (New York) and a frequent speaker across North America and Europe, having created award-winning multi-platform content strategies for a range of clients.
Judith Lussier est autrice, journaliste, chroniqueuse et animatrice. On lui doit plusieurs essais, dont “On peut plus rien dire: le militantisme à l’ère des réseaux sociaux”, et “Annulé(e), réflexions sur la cancel culture” (Cardinal). Elle a collaboré aux émissions ALT (VRAK) et On se fera pas d’amis (Télé-Québec), en plus de coanimer la série de capsules Les Brutes à Télé-Québec. Elle anime actuellement Les Sorcières, un balado de discussions féministes.
Samia Madwar is the managing editor at The Walrus. She was previously an editor at Up Here magazine and a new media editor at Canadian Geographic.
Tahiat Mahboob is a multimedia journalist and educator. From politics to pop-culture, her insatiable curiosity has led her to produce stories on a wide range of beats. She has worked in Bangladesh, America and Canada, reporting for The Daily Star, Asia Society, CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV News, and Global News across mediums. Her work focuses on covering underreported communities, educating storytellers from marginalized groups, and developing sustainable newsroom strategies. Tahiat has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY’s Craig Newmark School of Journalism. She’s a fellow of the Online News Association 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator and holds a master’s degree from Columbia University.
Anna McKenzie is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and a grateful guest on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. A mother of three, she is currently completing her first year of law school at the University of Victoria’s Joint Law Degree program in Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders. Prior to this, Anna worked as a reporter with IndigiNews, the Discourse Media and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) focusing on Indigenous child welfare issues. Along with her colleagues at IndigiNews, Anna was awarded Silver for Best Investigative Story by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her breakthrough story on birth alerts.
David McPherson is a Waterloo, Ontario-based author, freelance writer, and communications consultant. Ever since attending his first rock concert in 1989 (The Who) and buying his first LP (Freeze Frame by The J. Geils Band), music has become “the elixir of his life.” With more than 18,000 songs on his iPod, and an ever-growing vintage vinyl collection, it’s a joy for him to discover new music; he loves sharing these discoveries with his wife and two children. After watching his first show [The Old 97s] at the Horseshoe Tavern more than twenty years ago, he was in love with this iconic venue. David’s first book: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History was published in 2017 by Dundurn Press. His latest book – Massey Hall – was published in November 2021. A regular contributor to Words + Music, Canadian Cycling, and CSA News, over the years, his writing has appeared in countless publications including: Grammy.com, Zoomer!, Sharp, the Globe & Mail, No Depression, Paste, American Songwriter, Bluegrass Unlimited, Exclaim! and Canadian Musician. As president and chief creative officer of McPherson Communications, David helps clients get the words right. Current clients include: Westmount Golf & Country Club and Telus International.
Farhan Mohamed is the co-founder and CEO of Overstory Media Group, a media company focused on rebuilding local news. Since launching the company in May 2021, Overstory employs more than 35 people and has grown to more than 10 community publications, including Capital Daily, Burnaby Beacon, Fraser Valley Current, and Vancouver Tech Journal. Prior to Overstory, Farhan was the Editor-in-Chief and co-owner at Daily Hive, helping to grow the company from a passion project to a fully functioning newsroom across Canada. Under his direction, the publication grew from 200,000 monthly unique visitors to over 6.5 million.
Jessica Murphy has been in the news industry for over 15 years – currently with BBC News, where she works as a news editor with the Canadian and US digital teams. She has reported from Montreal. Ottawa, Washington DC and Toronto.
Sabrina Myre est une journaliste indépendante basée à Montréal, après plusieurs années à l’étranger. Depuis Jérusalem, elle a produit des reportages pour des médias de différents pays. Elle a aussi travaillé à Paris pour Radio France international et le magazine Jeune Afrique, entre 2014 et 2016. Elle est aussi lauréate d’une médaille d’argent en 2020 pour son reportage «La longue route des survivantes yézidies» en Irak, publié dans le magazine ELLE Québec. Elle a passé les huit premières années de sa carrière à Radio-Canada.
Ashitha Nagesh is a senior journalist for BBC News, where she has won awards for her original journalism looking at issues that affect Black and Asian communities in the UK. From April, she will start a new role as the BBC’s Community Affairs correspondent. Before joining the BBC Ashitha was a senior news reporter for Metro.co.uk, the website of Metro national newspaper, where she covered the news desk during the tragic terror attacks of 2017.
Samantha Nock is an apihtaw’kos’an poet, writer, and beadwork artist from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast British Columbia, the traditional lands of the Dunne-zaa, Cree, and Saulteaux peoples. Her family is originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse (Sakitawak) in Northern Saskatchewan, Treaty 10 territory. At present, Samantha is an uninvited visitor on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She has been published in Maisonneuve, This Magazine, VICE, and Prism International amongst others.
Neil Parmar is on the brand strategy and communications team at SickKids Foundation, which supports The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is also on the Board at Social Planning Toronto. His work as a journalist, editor, instructor, and marketer has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, TV news and radio programs, podcasts, and classrooms. He’s also overseen editorial teams to support TV shows as well as a festival in Central Park. In New York City, Silicon Valley, and Abu Dhabi, he helped manage global newsrooms of multimedia correspondents during tumultuous transitions such as the Arab Spring and 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Toronto, he documented Shopify’s impact and growth into Canada’s most valuable company.
Neil’s writing has been published in Entrepreneur, Inc., OZY, and HuffPost, among others. Neil also spent eight months reporting for The Wall Street Journal‘s “Waste Lands” series, which revisited the little-noticed aftermath of the U.S. nuclear-arms buildup and became a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.
Karen Pinchin is an investigative food systems journalist in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Tina Pittaway is an award-winning radio and podcast producer and show runner. Her work has been honoured with awards from Amnesty International, the Canadian Journalism Association, the New York Festivals and the Canadian Science Writers Association. She currently oversees productions in the museum sector, publishing houses, and mental health non-profits.
Détenteur d’un bac en finance et administration ainsi que d’une maîtrise en gestion de l’innovation de HEC Montréal, M. Poitras œuvre aux confins de la politique publique, de l’entreprenariat, de la stratégie, de l’innovation sociale, du marketing social et des communications depuis 30 ans.
En 2013-2014, il a l’idée de créer un média positif et grand public dédié à l’action climatique qui serait appuyé par la production de connaissances académiques sur les enjeux de communications climatiques. L’idée devient réalité en 2017 quand le Projet Unpointcinq est officiellement lancé. M. Poitras co-dirige ce projet d’impact social unique au Canada.
Dylan Reid is a co-founder of Spacing magazine and is currently its executive editor. He was also the editor of Spacing‘s pocket book series and the author of the pocket book “The Toronto Public Etiquette Guide.” In 2010, he was a co-recipient with other Spacing founders of the Jane Jacobs prize. As well as many essays and features in Spacing, he has published in NOW magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Azure magazine, and the Toronto Review of Books. He received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from King’s College in 2021. He also works as a freelance editor.
Della Rollins is a Toronto-based photojournalist, photo editor and video producer with more than 14 years of experience creating and overseeing the production of visual content for Canada’s leading clients. Della is the Photo Editor at Studio Wyse (Canadian Business, University of Toronto Magazine, Ryerson University Magazine, Voyageur, Queen’s Alumni Review and other clients). Prior to joining Studio Wyse, she was a Contributing Photo Editor and Freelance Video Producer at Maclean’s. Her photo and video work has appeared in leading newspapers and magazines and she also shoots for a large roster of some of the world’s top organizations.
Colin Schultz is the news editor of Hakai Magazine. Before joining Hakai, Colin wrote for Smithsonian Magazine’s Smart News, and was a contributing writer and editor for the American Geophysical Union’s newspaper Eos. His freelance writing has appeared online or in print for Popular Science, Discover, New Scientist, Scientific American and others.
Erin Soros is a settler writer and SFU’s Shadbolt Fellow in Public Humanities. Her honours include The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, inclusion in Best Canadian Poetry 2020, and a National Magazine Award for One-of-a-Kind-Storytelling. Her fiction received the CBC Literary Award and the Commonwealth Award for the Short Story.
Économiste de formation, Marcel Soucy possède aussi un certificat en marketing à HEC Montréal. Après avoir collaboré à plusieurs grands magazines québécois — Châtelaine, Québec Science, Sélection du Reader’s Digest —, Marcel Soucy a fondé un magazine B2B de concert avec le groupe Rona. Par la suite, il a collaboré au magazine Surface et il en est devenu le propriétaire et l’éditeur en 2002. Le magazine Surface en est à sa 38e année d’existence. Il est offert en version papier et en version numérique.
Claudine St-Germain est rédactrice en chef de L’actualité. Elle a consacré sa carrière au journalisme magazine, d’abord à titre de journaliste indépendante, puis au sein du magazine Coup de pouce, où elle a été responsable des reportages et rédactrice en chef. Elle s’est jointe à L’actualité en 2017 à titre de rédactrice en chef adjointe, avant de prendre la direction de l’équipe en janvier 2021.
Erin Sylvester is the acting managing editor at The Walrus. She has written and fact-checked for various Canadian publications.
Kat Tancock is a writer, editor and content strategist based in Toronto. She is co-founder and co-editor of nature-focused Rewilding Magazine and of Workshop, a small business magazine for makers and creators in Canada.
Nick Taylor-Vaisey is a POLITICO reporter who writes the Ottawa Playbook morning newsletter. He worked for Maclean’s magazine for more than eight years, mostly writing features and keeping the website humming. He also spent two years at OpenFile, a community news start-up.
Maryse Tessier est Montréalaise d’adoption. Elle est diplômée de l’Université de Montréal en traduction et en journalisme. Elle occupe la fonction de journaliste au pupitre web et mobile de La Presse depuis 2010. Elle a assuré pendant plusieurs années la présence du quotidien montréalais sur les réseaux sociaux. Depuis 2019, elle crée de la vidéo. Elle se passionne pour les sujets un peu champ gauche, en plus d’avoir à cœur l’expérience utilisateur.
Kathy Vey’s long run in journalism included pivotal roles at media outlets such as TVO, the Toronto Star, Queen’s Park Briefing, and OpenFile. She was the 2019 recipient of the Digital Publishing Leadership Award, which honours an individual’s career contributions to Canadian digital publishing.
Marco Vigliotti spent the past 10 years working as a journalist and editor, from covering rural communities in southern Alberta to managing the city team at Ottawa’s only daily newspapers. Marco started his career as a community newspaper reporter in southern Alberta before moving to Regina to cover city hall and the Saskatchewan legislature for a daily newspaper there. Marco then moved back to Ontario, where he worked in community newspapers before landing back home in Ottawa, where he covered Parliament Hill as a reporter for The Hill Times and one of its sister publications. Marco was then picked to manage the newsroom at competitor iPolitics, overseeing a small but mighty team that covered Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park. Marco is now serving as city editor for the Ottawa Citizen/Ottawa Sun team, overseeing all reporters for the city/local section.
Daniel Viola is a features editor at The Walrus. Previously he was editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.
Steph Wechsler is the managing editor of J-Source and co-lead on the Canada Press Freedom Project.
Kate Wells is a Digital Experience and Content Specialist at Ontario Pension Board. She has worked in digital media for the past 12 years, including roles as acting digital director at Canadian Living and senior digital editor at Air Canada enRoute.
Jayne Wilkinson is an art writer and editor from Toronto, Canada, whose writing has appeared in Artforum, C Magazine, esse art + ideas, Prefix Photo, Momus, Inuit Art Quarterly, and others. From 2019 to 2021, she was Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Art, where she brought a range of new artists and voices to the platform, expanding the role of a traditional print publication. Prior to joining Canadian Art, she served as Editor/Publisher at Prefix Photo and Director/Curator at Prefix ICA, oversaw publications and public programs as Assistant Curator at the Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga), and coordinated touring exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is currently a Lecturer in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto and in Art History at McMaster University.
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