We’re delighted to present the accomplished professionals who served on the 2023 Digital Publishing Awards jury, generously volunteering their time and expertise to recognize excellence in Canadian digital publishing. The NMAF extends its sincerest thanks to these outstanding journalists and publishing leaders.
Akin Akinwumi is the founder and principal at Willenfield Literary Agency, an independent literary agency focusing on contemporary literature and writing. His main areas of specialization are literary fiction, literary nonfiction, general nonfiction, visual narrative, and poetry. Passionate about innovative and culturally relevant writing, Akin appreciates creative daring and restlessness in writing and is particularly drawn to writers that break with convention and seek to extend the bounds of creative possibility in language. He is especially keen on themes of contemporary and cultural interest as well as fresh angles on the human experience and the world around us. His clients include writers who have won or have been nominated, longlisted, or shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize, Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and others. He lives in the Edmonton area with his family.
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
Emily Baron Cadloff is a senior writer and editor with Modern Farmer, where she focuses on the labour and policies surrounding our food supply. In addition, Emily is a freelance journalist and fact-checker with bylines in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and elsewhere. Previously, she’s worked in television newsrooms across the country as a reporter and anchor.
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)
Sheima Benembarek is a Moroccan Canadian writer and magazine publishing professional. Previously, she was an arts and culture editor at Toronto Life, an events manager for The Walrus where she focused on developing programming for The Walrus Talks series that featured underrepresented voices, in business development and brand communications at Corporate Knights, and an associate editor at Broadview. She’s currently an editor at Strategy magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Walrus, Broadview, Maisonneuve, the Literary Review of Canada, Chatelaine, and Vogue Arabia. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College, and in 2020, she was chosen as one of the five RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers of the year. She is the author of Halal Sex: The Intimate Lives of Muslim Women in North America that was released by Penguin Random House Canada this year.
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.
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.
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 Pressecanadienne, au Journal de Montréalet à L’Express de Toronto.
Jamie Bradburn is a Toronto-based writer and historian, specializing in stories about Ontario and Toronto. He is a regular contributor to TVO and Spacing, and recently finished a run as the Toronto Star’s weekly quizmaster.
Dubbed “Mr. Montreal” by CBC Arts, Richard “Bugs” Burnett is an arts and culture journalist and columnist. His pioneering column Three Dollar Bill is the only syndicated LGBTQ column in Canadian publishing history, and is now conserved in The ArQuives in Toronto. In 2019, Bugs received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chambre de Commerce LGBT du Québec at their annual Prix Phénicia Gala. Bugs has interviewed everybody from Cher to Justin Trudeau, got the last-ever sit-down interview with the late James Brown, and knows his hometown like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter. Tourisme Montréal says, “As Michael Musto is to New York City, Richard Burnett is to Montreal.”
Sue Carter is deputy editor at the Inuit Art Quarterly, and the former editor-in-chief at Quill & Quire. She is a frequent culture writer for many publications and teaches writing and editing for magazines at Centennial College.
Alicia Cox Thompson
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 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.
She is part of the film directors collective Bent Design Lab, based in Portland, Oregon. Her film work has been featured on NOWNESS, was awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and was nominated in festivals in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
Joshua is the Associate Creative Director at Made By Emblem, a studio specializing in editorial design. He’s worked on magazines for various clients such as UHN, Laurentian University, Oxford Proporties, and himself. Until 2017 Joshua ran and directed ARCHIE, a Toronto-focused, print-only arts and culture magazine that showcased some of Toronto’s most talented creatives.
Eugénie est journaliste indépendante. Elle collabore avec différents médias, dont Radio-Canada et Beside media. Son travail lui a valu deux médailles d’or aux Prix canadiens d’excellence en publication numérique en 2021 et 2022 ainsi que deux nominations aux Prix du magazine canadien. Elle est l’autrice du livre Savoir faire – Histoires, outils et sagesse de nos grands-parents paru aux Éditions Cardinal en 2022.
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.
Kathleen Goldhar has over 20 years experience telling audio stories. She is the host of the podcasts Do You Know Mordechai, True Crime Byline and The No-Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry and Sherman. Kathleen is also the co-creator and producer of the hit podcast Escaping NXIVM. Before she found her way to podcasting she was a member of the CBC Radio’s The Current for 17 + years – eventually leading the program as its Executive Producer.
Josh is the former editor in chief of SHARP magazine and a freelance journalist with work in GQ, Vogue, The Walrus, Maisonneuve, the Globe and Mail, and more.
Liz Harmer is an essayist, novelist, and poet whose work has been published widely, in places like The Walrus, Image Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, PRISM, Lit Hub, Best Canadian Stories, and elsewhere. She’s been nominated four times for National Magazine Awards, and won gold for Personal Journalism in 2014. Her first novel, The Amateurs, a speculative novel of technological rapture, was released with Knopf in 2018. After receiving starred reviews with Publisher’s Weekly and the Quill and Quire, The Amateurs was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award. Harmer’s second novel, Strange Loops, was released with Knopf in 2023. She writes about love, madness, motherhood, and religion, and is at work on a memoir and a new novel.
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.
Pamela Hensley is a Montreal-based writer whose fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and the UK. She’s a member of the board of the Quebec Writers’ Federation and Managing Editor of yolk magazine.
Nathara Imenes is a Journalist and Editor with over 15 years of Video & Podcast editing experience. She has worked across many different styles of shows, ranging from drama to well-known formats such as The Voice and Big Brother Brazil. She currently lives in Toronto, where she works as a freelancer video editor for Film and TV. Recently she has worked as a Producer at Yahoo Studios Canada, where she provided support for live and live-to-tape finance shows and edited many podcasts for various brands.
She holds a BA in Film and a Journalism Diploma. During the pandemic lockdowns, she reconnected with her passion for scriptwriting.
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.
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 was released in January 2023 with HarperCollins in Canada and Doubleday in the US.
JP Karwacki is a Montréal, Quebec-based writer and journalist on food, drink, culture and travel. His work has appeared in Time Magazine, the Montreal Gazette, Eater, National Post, Time Out, NUVO Magazine, Tastet, The Main, and more. Having called the city home for over 15 years, when he hasn’t working on the frontlines of the city’s restaurants and bars, he has spent his time thinking, reading and writing about restaurants and bars.
Pierre Kattar is a Lebanese-American video journalist and documentary filmmaker. He began his career at The Washington Post in 1998 as a multimedia web developer. He soon found a passion in online video journalism and learned to shoot, script, edit and narrate visual stories. Ten years later, Pierre began freelancing and worked with clients like The New York Times, Frontline, National Geographic, NPR and others. In 2022, he began working with NPR in Washington, DC first as a video editor for the visual newscast and then as the visuals editor with NPR’s global health and development blog, Goats and Soda. He has had the pleasure of filming many a Tiny Desk at NPR as well.
He has reported on secret migrant prisons in Libya, the election of President Barack Obama, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris, the Black Lives Matter movement in Italy, the 2005 elections in Lebanon, a Hepatitis E epidemic in Nepal and genetically modified mosquitoes. He’s a native English speaker with fluent French and Italian with intermediate Arabic.
His work has garnered numerous accolades including the James Foley Medal of Courage in 2022 for his work in Libya documenting secret migrant detention centers. Other awards include two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and the George Polk Award. He was named the 2007 Editor of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association.
I’m an established arts journalist with 15 years of experience working in the industry, including the last 10 years at CBC Music. I’ve been nominated for a DPA in arts feature writing, and I currently manage a team of six producers with an emphasis on digital video and social storytelling at the CBC. I’ve been a feature writer but have also produced video, whether it be short social videos, documentaries or hour-long TV specials. I’ve also worked at CBC q and on the Arts team at the National Post.
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.
Denis Lalonde est chef de l’information – section Investir du journal Les Affaires et du magazine Les Affaires Plus. Il est chez Les Affaires depuis 2013 après avoir occupé le poste de rédacteur en chef de la publication spécialisée Direction informatique pendant un peu plus de trois ans. Il avait fait un premier séjour chez Lesaffaires.com et au journal Les Affaires de 2004 à 2009. Journaliste accompli à l’aise sur toutes les plateformes médiatiques, Denis a également travaillé au Journal de Montréal, au portail Internet Canoë et au Réseau de l’information (RDI). Il a remporté en 2011 le Prix de l’innovation pour l’Excellence dans le journalisme scientifique et technique, médias du Québec, remis par l’Alliance Canadienne des Technologies Avancées (CATA Alliance). Il est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en communication (journalisme) et d’un certificat en français écrit de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Il a également réussi le cours sur le commerce des valeurs mobilières au Canada de l’Institut canadien des valeurs mobilières. Denis est membre du comité de révision des programmes en technologies de l’information de l’École d’éducation permanente de l’Université McGill depuis 2013.
An award-winning designer and media artist with an MA in Anthropology, Lau’s work draws from his commitment and passion for understanding people, communities, materiality, and culture. Human-centred design and art-making are at the foundation of everything he does. Lau’s work has been recognized internationally by British Design and Art Direction (D&AD), Adobe, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Lau is the current Editor of Tusaayaksat Magazine, a two-time finalist at the National Magazine Awards, where he works in collaboration with and provides support for Inuvialuit (Western Arctic Inuit) storytellers to share their life stories, culture, heritage, language, and art to the world. He is honoured to be able to live and work on the traditional lands of Gwich’in and Inuvialuit and work in service of Inuvialuit Beneficiaries in and outside of the vast Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).
Jessica Leeder is an Emmy-winning independent journalist who writes narrative nonfiction and fictional stories. Her feature work has appeared lately in ep;phany literary magazine, West Trade Review and The Walrus. 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.
Tomos Lewis is Monocle magazine’s bureau chief in Toronto, and senior correspondent for Monocle24 Radio — covering North American politics, culture, design, urban affairs, business and diplomacy. He has previously worked for BBC News in his native Wales, and in Washington DC. He is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the University of St Andrews. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism.
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 a freelancer covering Indigenous current affairs in Ontario.
Jessica MacDonald is a Toronto-based writer and editor who currently works as an Associate Editor at the Inuit Art Quarterly.
Catherine MacIntosh is Editor-in-Chief at Designlines magazine. Before that, she was at the helm of a luxury lifestyle title, senior editor at Azure magazine and House & Home magazine. Her writing has appeared in numerous international and local magazines. Passionate about art and design, she volunteered to edit artist bios for the Inuit Art Foundation as part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new Qaumajuq gallery.
Samia Madwar is a senior editor at The Walrus. She was previously the managing editor at The Walrus and, prior to that, worked at Up Here and Canadian Geographic magazines. She serves on the board of Magazines Canada. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about and searching for mushrooms.
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.
Minelle Mahtani is a Muslim woman of Indian/Iranian descent. She teaches at UBC and is the former host of the award winning radio show, “Sense of Place.” Minelle won the DPA for best personal essay in 2022. She has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and has also published in Maisonneuve, The Walrus, THIS magazine and her book, “May it Have a Happy Ending” is forthcoming with Doubleday/Penguin Random House.
Saman Malik is an award-winning journalist, director and producer. Her latest project, ‘Big News’ is an explainer documentary for CBC Gem that unpacks the role of the mainstream news media in the polarization in America. At CBC’s flagship investigative documentary program, ‘The Fifth Estate’, she’s worked on over 20 documentaries — her reporting has included investigating financialization and Canada’s rental crisis, solitary confinement in prisons, and sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Stories she has worked on have prompted inquiries and helped spark legislative change.
Saman’s work has been recognized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Canadian Screen Awards), the Governor General’s Michener Awards Foundation, Gracie Awards, Patsy Pulitzer Preston Fund, and the Canada Council for the Arts, among others. In 2020, she was selected as a fellow for CBC’s Developing Emerging Leaders program. She serves on film festival and award juries including the International Emmy Awards and has moderated for industry events such as Chelsea Film Festival in New York. Saman has a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and is an adjunct instructor at Humber College’s Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.
Anna is a storyteller with IndigiNews with a focus on Indigenous child welfare issues. Through her father, she is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Anna also has Scots Métis roots from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, through her mooshum (Grandfather) Murray McKenzie. Her mother is a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from England and Ireland. She currently resides on the Snuneymuxw First Nation with her daughter.
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.
Catherine Métayer est VP contenu chez BESIDE, une marque média à la croisée de la nature et de la culture. Elle chapeaute son magazine indépendant, imprimé et bilingue, sa plateforme éditoriale web ainsi que la stratégie de contenu de sa destination architecturale BESIDE Habitat, qui vise à préserver le territoire et y reconnecter les gens.
Catherine Métayer is the VP of Content at BESIDE, a Montreal-based media brand at the crossroads of nature and culture. She oversees its independent and bilingual print magazine, its online editorial platform as well as the content strategy for its architectural destination BESIDE Habitat, dedicated to preserving the land and connecting people to it.
Ancienne rédactrice en chef mode pour un magazine québécois, Sophie Montminy est journaliste et productrice de contenus pour différents médias et compagnies depuis plus de quinze ans. Elle a créé le podcast Femmes de Fer pour faire briller les femmes qui décident de changer les choses dans leur carrière et leur communauté. En 2022, elle publie son premier roman Imparfaite avec Québec Amérique.
Alison Motluk is a freelance journalist who specializes in health and science. Over the years, her work has appeared in Hazlitt, Maisonneuve, The Walrus, Toronto Life, The Atlantic, The Economist, New Scientist, Nature, and others. She publishes a weekly newsletter, HeyReprotech, about assisted reproduction. She has won six national magazine awards.
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.
Sasha Nagy is a veteran journalist who has led video teams at Huffington Post Canada and Yahoo Canada in addition to helping build visual journalism the Globe and Mail.
He recently founded Forty First Street media and has partnered with leading publishers and brands on live and branded content campaigns.
Jennifer O’Connor is a PhD student in the Social & Political Thought program at York University. In her research and practice, she explores feminist and queer theory, ecology, health humanities, and aesthetics. Her writing has been published in Chatelaine, Esse, the Literary Review of Canada, and C Magazine (forthcoming). She has been a resident at the Banff Centre and with the Feminist Art Collective.
Valerie Ouellet is a bilingual investigative reporter with CBC News in Toronto. Her data-driven stories often explore women’s health, social injustice and systemic inequalities. She is the winner of this year’s prestigious St. Clair Balfour Journalism Fellowship at Massey College and was nominated multiple times for the CAJ’s Data Journalism award. Valerie teaches at Toronto Metropolitan University and is a proud mentor through the CAJ program.
Photographer and videographer in Toronto.
Gilles Parent est d’abord un journaliste de formation universitaire. Il a surtout œuvré à la radio, débutant sa carrière très jeune, à 17 ans, dans la région de Québec.
Puis, il a lancé en 1985 l’une des émissions radio humoristiques des plus éclatées et des plus créatives, le Zoo du matin au FM 93 dans la Vieille Capitale, fracassant au passage des cotes d’écoute jamais égalées depuis. Il devient alors producteur exécutif des émissions de radio, en plus de les animer. Son succès constant se poursuit sans interruption jusqu’à ce qu’il change de registre pour animer des émissions d’affaires publiques, toujours à la radio, de 2001 à 2017. Son talent et sa vision l’aident à rester en tête des cotes d’écoute dans son créneau horaire de l’après-midi durant toute cette période.
Gilles est maintenant un retraité actif . Il a le temps plus que jamais de suivre l’évolution de ses trois fils, en compagnie de sa compagne des 25 dernières années, elle aussi journaliste.
Il a lancé son propre Podcast depuis près de 4 ans sur http://www.gillesparent.com afin de garder ce plaisir de faire ce qu’il a toujours aimé : parler, écouter et raconter. Il fait des entrevues de fond avec les acteurs de la communauté et les gens d’intérêt.
Neil Parmar supports the brand strategy and communications team at SickKids Foundation and Boards of Social Planning Toronto and Community Foundations of Canada. His work as a journalist, editor, instructor, and marketer has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, TV and radio programs, podcasts, a festival in Central Park, and classrooms. In New York City, Silicon Valley, Abu Dhabi, and Toronto, he helped manage multimedia creators and newsroom teams during tumultuous transitions such as the Arab Spring, 2016 U.S. presidential election, and COVID-19 pandemic.
Stephanie is the current editor of PAX International magazine.
Fan de mode, de beauté, de culture et de tendances de société, Joanie Pietracupa agit à titre de rédactrice en chef du magazine VÉRO depuis 6 ans maintenant et est la directrice littéraire du collectif Stresse pas, minou! (KO Éditions), sorti en octobre 2022, en plus d’avoir joué le rôle de rédactrice en chef des magazines ELLE Québec et ELLE Canada pendant près de 4 ans. Après avoir occupé le poste de rédactrice en chef chez LOULOU (par intérim) puis chez Clin d’œil, elle a œuvré pendant deux ans à titre de journaliste pigiste pour les magazines ELLE Québec, Coup de pouce, Châtelaine, Clin d’œil, Bel Âge et VÉRO, ainsi que pour La Presse+. Parmi ses sujets de prédilection: l’anxiété, la confiance corporelle, l’estime de soi, la diversité sous toutes ses formes et l’information au service de tou.te.s. Ses compétences en création de contenu d’actualité, tant sous la forme de mots que d’images, ainsi que ses connaissances approfondies des médias et des femmes, en font une bonne candidate pour siéger sur le conseil d’administration d’ÉquiLibre.
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.
Sophie Pouliot est journaliste culturelle depuis une vingtaine années. Elle est cheffe de pupitre pour la revue de théâtre JEU, chroniqueuse des arts de la scène pour le magazine Elle Québec, chroniqueuse présidente de l’Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre (AQCT).en théâtre jeunesse pour la revue Lurelu et on a pu la lire ou l’entendre, au fil des ans, dans divers médias (Le Devoir, Télé-Québec, etc.). Elle est aussi 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. She lives in Toronto with whatever kids and dogs she can corral. She is a 2020 graduate of the University of King’s College’s creative nonfiction MFA and Random House Canada will publish Heartbroken: Field Notes on a Constant Condition, her second book of creative non-fiction, in January 2023. She won an honourable mention in Prairie Fire’s 2020 CNF contest and was shortlisted for Fiddlehead’s 2019 CNF contest. She served as a judge at the National Magazine Awards in 2020 and 2021.
Working in the Quebec media (Radio-Canada, Quebecor, Pixcom Group, TC Media, etc.) for more than 17 years as Editor-in-Chief, journalist, director and expert in multiplatform content creation, Geneviève has a strong interest in digital as well as an excellent reputation in the field. Creative, dynamic and mastering the art of storytelling in writing, image and video, she takes real pleasure in developing innovative content strategies to increase audiences while being proactive and structured to implement them.
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, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Azure, Literary Review of Canada, 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.
Charles-Antoine Rouyer est journaliste indépendant en presse écrite et radiodiffusion, spécialisé en santé urbaine, santé/environnement, développement durable et tourisme. Charles-Antoine est aussi chargé de cours à l’Université York, campus Glendon et à l’Université de l’Ontario français. Créateur de contenu pluridisciplinaire, Charles-Antoine est diplômé en économie et psychologie (B.A., Glendon, U. York), en Études de l’environnement (M.E.S, Y. York) et a suivi des cours de journalisme en formation continue à la Toronto Metropolitan University (anciennement Ryerson). Charles-Antoine a contribué à divers organes de presse dont: Le Devoir, Elle-Québec, Libération, Ouest-France, la radio de Radio-Canada, TfO, la radio et la télévision de CBC, Canadian Architect.
Charles-Antoine Rouyer is a freelance writer and broadcaster specialized in Urban Health, Health & Environment, Sustainability and Travel. Charles-Antoine is also course director at York University, Glendon campus and at the Université de l’Ontario français. A multidisciplinary content designer, Charles-Antoine holds a B.A in Economics and Psychology (Glendon, York U.), a Master of Environmental Studies (York U.) and has received journalism training in continuing education (Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson U.) Charles-Antoine has contributed to different media outlets, including: CBC radio and television, Canadian Architect, Radio-Canada radio, TfO, Le Devoir, Elle-Québec, Libération and Ouest-France.
Depuis qu’elle a décroché son baccalauréat en journalisme et sa maîtrise en science politique, Mathilde Roy exerce sa passion en travaillant pour différents magazines, dont L’actualité, où elle a été à l’emploi de 2013 à 2017. À Protégez-Vous depuis 2018, elle est responsable de la section argent. Un poste qui l’amène à porter plusieurs chapeaux et à s’exprimer sur différentes tribunes. Mathilde est notamment derrière le balado Mes/aventures.
Taya Rtichsheva is an award-winning journalist, producer, and director of documentaries born in Kazakhstan and immigrated to Canada in 2011. She has created U Multicultural, a Canadian community-based media platform, and TV and Radio broadcaster that showcases and gives voice to ethnocultural communities. U Multicultural helps ethnic groups produce original content for broadcast on local cable television, providing a platform where people can talk about their issues, share their successes, sing their songs, and educate their children. Taya Rtichsheva is also a 2020 recipient of the William Norrie Arts and Culture Volunteer Award, a 2021 and 2022 recipient of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association award in “Innovation” and “Best video series”.
Mugoli Samba is a Toronto-based multimedia journalist and editor whose work has appeared in outlets such as The Globe and Mail, Radio-Canada/CBC, Broadview Magazine, and more. Her longform writing was nominated for the Best New Magazine Writer award at the 2019 National Magazine Awards.
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.
Jo Shackleton has been in the design industry since graduating from St Martins College, London with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design in 1992. She has worked for many of the larger agencies in London, Madrid and San Francisco. She received a D&AD Award for creative excellence for her work on the Siemens investor handbook. Jo founded Eighth Day Design in April 2002.
Ann Shortell served on The Writers’ Union of Canada’s (TWUC) 2022 indie publishing task force. She presented a 2021 TWUC seminar and was featured in a 2020 Canadian Authors Association session, both on entering the world of indie publishing. Shortell’s 2018 novel, Celtic Knot, won the Whistler Independent Book Award for Fiction, the Ontario Indie Author Project Adult Fiction Award, and the Multicultural Fiction award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. It was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Awards, the IPPYs, the Miramichi Reader’s awards, and in competitions run by Writer’s Digest and several other organizations. She has been both a winner and then a judge for awards sponsored by the Florida Writers Association, the Asia Pacific Foundation Media Fellowship, and the National Magazine Awards, and a finalist and judge for the Crime Writers of Canada Unpublished Manuscript award. She acted as a jury chair for the erstwhile SunMedia Dunlop awards. A co-winner of the National Business Book Award, for A Matter Of Trust, Shortell has been a columnist for Toronto Life, a contributing editor for Maclean’s, and columnist and section editor at the onetime Financial Times of Canada, as well as a reporter for The Windsor Star, the Whig Standard and the weekly Financial Post. She has also written for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post, the Financial Post Magazine, and the late, lamented Harrowsmith and Executive magazines and Ottawa Journal newspaper. She has been a commentator for CBC Radio’s As It Happens and City Hall reporter at CKWS Radio.
Maryam Siddiqi has almost 20 years leading teams in editorial development. Most recently she was Lifestyle Editor at the Globe and Mail, prior to that she was Toronto Weekend Editor and Deputy Arts & Life Editor at the National Post. She now freelances full time, writing regularly for the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and House and Home among other publications. Her journalism has won Digital Publishing Awards, Society for Newspaper Design awards and been nominated for National Magazine Awards and a Webby Award.
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.
Olga Stein has a PhD in contemporary Canadian literature, as well as in literary prizes, Canada’s publishing industry, and multiculturalism in Canada. Stein has worked in Canadian literary magazine publishing as an editor, writer/essayist, and publisher for over a decade. Stein teaches humanities and social science courses as Seneca College and York University. Stein is a graphic artist with a large portfolio magazine, layout, and cover designs.
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.
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.
For more than 20 years, Charles Trahan has work as a radio and podcast host and producer for Radio-Canada, Arteradio.fr and Slate.fr. While still hosting a daily podcast at QUB.radio in Montreal, he also manages a web storytelling production unit at Le Journal de Montreal. His entire work is dedicated to media creation and original way to tell stories.
Hannah Trumper is the Director, Audience Development at Newcom Media with 10+ years experience in marketing, circulation and audience development (previous stints include TC Media and AZURE). Focussed primarily on digital acquisition and retention, it’s her job to find and keep readers. When she’s not executing a marketing plan or fighting with an excel spreadsheet, she enjoys competitive baking shows and meandering local neighbourhoods.
Mary Vallis Cowan
Mary Vallis Cowan is a professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto, where she guides post-graduate and undergraduate students as they explore multimedia storytelling and journalism. She also works at CBC on the digital news desk as a writer and editor. Mary was previously a senior reporter at the National Post, as well as a senior editor at the Toronto Star. Mary also taught journalism at Rwanda’s national university through the Rwanda Initiative in 2007 and was a founding member of the National NewsMedia Council.
Jennifer Varkonyi is the publisher of Maisonneuve, an award-winning quarterly of arts, opinion and ideas. She served as Chair of the board of Magazines Canada from 2019-2021. She lives in Montreal.
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.
Daniel Viola is a senior editor at The Walrus. Previously he was editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.
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.
Rick is TSN’s senior correspondent and a contributor to CTV National News and W5. He is a former Toronto Star foreign correspondent and contributor to The New York Times.
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.
Fadi Yaacoub is currently the executive creative director, visuals and digital design of the Toronto Star. He joined the Star in 2015 after a career of 13 years in broadcast design at Radio-Canada Television in Montreal. Fadi is adept at leading diverse and multicultural operational teams, as well as building a creative workplace culture through effective leadership style. His main area of expertise is on the intersection between Visual Storytelling, Product Design, Branding, and Design Management. His interests include the effectiveness of VR and AR in visual journalism and creative content. He holds a T.S. in IT Management, B.A. in Graphic Design and a Master in Management.
Editor-in-Chef of FAJO Magazine and an award-winning journalist and communications specialist with 19 years of industry experience, Hannah has interviewed and photographed countless fashion and entertainment icons, including Dean and Dan Caten, Kenzo Takada, Al Pacino, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Mariah Carey, Rebecca Minkoff, Enrique Iglesias, Deepak Chopra, Catherine Malandrino, Arlene Dickinson and Bryan Adams.
A graduate of Carleton University‘s renowned school of journalism, Hannah speaks 4 languages and has lived in 6 different countries. Prior to FAJO, her career highlights included working for the National Post, Canwest/Postmedia newspaper network, Estée Lauder and OK! Magazine (Dubai edition).
Over the years, Hannah has served as an on-air personality, presenter / instructor / guest judge at Carleton University, Centennial College, Seneca College and RCC Institute of Technology (Yorkville University). She has also partnered in influencer capacities with hundreds of brands, including LG, Dove, Ford, Tourism Toronto, Los Angeles Tourism, Rogers, Holt Renfrew, L’Occitane en Provence, Quaker Oats, Kérastase, Delissio, Redken, Nespresso, Kleenex, Thompson Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, W Hotels and many, many more.
Ellie (Xinrui) Zhu
Ellie (Xinrui) Zhu is an award winning editor for innovative storytelling. With more than eight years of experience in digital journalism, she has designed and built numerous immersive magazine experiences for world renowned media organizations. For example, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Crain Communications, which is one of the largest privately held B2B magazine publishers in the world. Currently, Ellie is a Data Scientist at The New York Times, aiming to combine artificial intelligence potential with journalism practice.