2021 Digital Publishing Awards Jury

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to introduce the roster of judges for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Every year, more than 70 volunteers from the media and digital publishing industries lend their time and expertise to help us recognize excellence in Canadian digital publishing. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the judging process this year!

Leslie Andrachuk is a global digital publishing and marketing executive, having spearheaded digital media and marketing at the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Global Television and a number of global brands such as Vodafone and McCann Erickson Worldwide. She recently launched AlphaWomanCo, a media company with the mission to help women optimize their lives physically, mentally and professionally so they are prepared to step into leadership roles in both corporate and government positions. The company includes a digital publication, a podcast and events. She is also co-founder of the recently launched Eve’s Collective.

Leslie is happiest when connecting with inspiring womxn and telling their stories to encourage others. She is passionate about changing biases that hold all womxn back from realizing their true power and is grateful that at this point in her career she has the skills to drive real change. Leslie is an avid skier and mother to her amazing 16 year old son.

Emily Baron Cadloff is a freelance writer and reporter with over a decade of experience. With a background in television journalism, Emily has worked for all three major networks in Canada, in newsrooms across the country. Now, as a freelance reporter, Emily writes for many outlets including Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and Vice, with a focus on culture, news, and education. She was nominated for a 2020 DPA in the category of Best Personal Essay, and now shares her thoughts in a weekly newsletter examining Canadian culture, Up Here, which is found at uphere.substack.com

Arjun Basu is a writer and editor living in Montreal. He is a past President of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Oscar Beardmore-Gray is a freelance producer, videographer and podcaster based in Vancouver, BC. His recent work includes producing a documentary on medicinal cannabis for Telus and working on VII Foundation’s multimedia project Imagine: Reflections on Peace. He won Best Digital Editorial Package at last year’s Digital Publishing Awards for The Fish You (Don’t Know You) Eat, produced while enrolled in the Global Reporting Program.

Sheima Benembarek is a Moroccan Canadian freelance writer and publishing professional. She is a graduate of the Centennial College book, magazine, and electronic publishing program and has held various positions within the magazine sector. Currently, she works as an events manager at The Walrus.

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

Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours is an independent journalist and a co-founder and editor of Ricochet media. She worked and published in almost all Québec media as a journalist and did research for several TV and radio shows around Québec. She teaches journalism at Concordia University and is the president of the Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec.

Anne Burke — I have prior experience in being an award judge, with the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, as well as the Manitoba Book Awards, the Robert Kroetch City of Edmonton Prize, the Canadian Authors Association, and many others. I was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the Province of Alberta and to Canada.

I am a publisher and literary editor of an arts, literary, and cultural magazine (we will not be entering the awards this year). I read in English and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I was President of the Writers Guild of Alberta, founding and pro tem President of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, and Vice President of the Alberta Cultural Industries Association (representing the Magazine sector). I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Magazines Canada. As a voting member of Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, I serve on the blue box committee as well as the arts, literary, and cultural task force.

I am a Full Member of the League of Canadian Poets and was Membership Chair for eight years, in addition to being Chair of the Feminist Caucus and series editor for the Living Archive chapbook series.I remain an active member of the Writers Guild of Alberta.

I completed studies for a Ph.D. in Contemporary and Canadian Literature at the University of Ottawa and U.B.C. with a B.Ed in Elementary and Secondary Education from Queen’s University. I earned an M.A. magna cum laude in Canadian Literature from York University and a B.A. with Honours in English from Concordia University in Montreal.

John Carson is the former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily, the fifth editorship in his career, and is now the Content Director at Motum B2B. He brings 25 years of journalism, online content and digital communications experience to the role as an editor and reporter in the U.K. and Canada, specializing in technology and business. He also runs a digital consultancy called Herb Communications.

Erin D. Cauchi is an investigative journalist covering people and institutions in power with a focus on global security, civil liberties & human rights. She has reported for NBC News, National Geographic, BBC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, and Newsweek among others, producing everything from breaking news to investigative features and international documentaries. She recently co-wrote a nonfiction book that serves as a fact-check on post-9/11 U.S. warfare, published by Simon & Schuster in April 2021. Her work creating an original Netflix documentary series was recognized in 2020 with the James Beard Broadcast Media Award for Visual Reporting as well as an Emmy nomination. Cauchi has also been a judge for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards since 2015. She holds a Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BA(Hons) in world history from the University of Toronto.

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui is the Manager of Women Founders Programs at the DMZ, Ryerson University. In her role, she advises and supports women entrepreneurs, as well as builds programs to help the startups grow. Nouhaila is especially passionate about supporting underestimated entrepreneurs. Outside the DMZ and Ryerson, Nouhaila is the founder of a social venture called Scale Without Borders helping self-identifying immigrants and newcomers in tech and entrepreneurship.

Jason A. Chiu is the UX and Design lead at Export Development Canada where he’s leading an overhaul of digital experiences and how government financial support reaches Canadian business coast to coast. Prior to joining EDC in 2019 he was at The Globe and Mail where he led photo, design, graphics, interactive, video and magazine teams as the Deputy Head of Visuals. He was at The Globe for a decade as an Art Director, UX lead, and creative on some of The Globe‘s most ambitious editorial and product endeavours. His work has received accolades from the NNAs, SNDs, DPAs, POYi, IMMA, and EPPYs.

With nearly 10 years’ digital development experience in the media industry, Caroline Choinière is a Product Owner with Rad, Radio-Canada’s journalism laboratory. She holds a graduate diploma in entrepreneurial management and a master’s degree in e-commerce. Her role at Rad is to leverage the power of digital to develop innovative new ways of covering the news.

Jean-François Cloutier est journaliste financier depuis plus de dix ans. Il a commencé sa carrière en France comme stagiaire dans un hebdomadaire économique régional avant de faire le saut au Québec à La Presse en 2006. En 2008, il s’est joint à temps plein au journal Les Affaires. En 2010, il a été engagé chez Québecor, tout d’abord à la chaîne financière Argent et ensuite au Journal de Montréal. Depuis 2013, il est membre du Bureau d’enquête de Québecor. En 2019, il s’est mérité avec d’autres collègues le prix Judith-Jasmin, catégorie enquête, de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ), pour une série de reportages sur des problèmes d’éthique au sein de la filiale immobilière de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Féru de littérature et d’enquêtes financières, il possède une maîtrise en Études françaises et un MBA de HEC Montréal. Il est l’auteur de deux livres, dont un essai remarqué sur les paradis fiscaux en 2017 (La Grande Dérive), et un essai sur le phénomène de la radio parlée à Québec en 2008 (Jeff Fillion et le malaise québécois). Il a aussi collaboré à d’autres ouvrages, dont PLQ inc., sur le financement au Parti libéral à l’époque de Jean Charest.

Ian Cockfield is Managing Editor of EVENT magazine and runs its Reading Service for Writers. He is a past fiction editor of PRISM international. He has been a juror for the Alberta Magazine Awards (Fiction category, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020); National Magazine Awards (Essays category, 2018); Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (USA, Personal Essay & Memoir category, 2019, 2020); and an assessor for the Manitoba Arts Council. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, was a past president of the Magazine Association of BC, and has been a freelance editor since 2003. His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian journals. He has been on publishing panels at Word on the Street Vancouver, MagNet (Toronto), BC Book and Magazine Week, the Magazine Writers’ Craft Fair (Vancouver) and SFU’s The Writer’s Studio.    

Francine Compton is the Assignment Producer for CBC Indigenous. She is the president of the Native American Journalists Association and a director for World Press Freedom Canada.

Julia De Laurentiis Johnston has been involved with Canadian media for over fifteen years and has won national and international awards for podcast creation. She’s worked at Maclean’s, The Walrus and Azure but has spent the bulk of her time with Shameless magazine. She’s held various roles at the publication, including running the Shameless Podcast Camp for teen girls and trans youth, and she currently sits on the board. Julia won the first DPA for Best Podcast Series for the Maclean’s culture podcast, The Thrill, which she co-produced/co-hosted.

Matthew DiMera is an award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the Founder of The Resolve, a new digital publication centring Black, Indigenous and racialized people in Canada. 

Most recently he was the Acting Editor-in-Chief at rabble.ca where he was leading strategy for an editorial refocusing and relaunch, and the Managing Editor at Xtra where he drove new and innovative digital-only editorial and engagement strategies.

He is a long-time advocate for the importance and power of social justice and community reporting.

Aileen Donnelly is deputy news editor, digital at the National Post. She has also worked as a copy editor, web producer and reporter at the Post.

Christian Duperron is news director for HuffPost Québec, a team that he joined 8 years ago. Previously, he worked as director of digital platforms and web editor-in-chief for the Métro Montréal newspaper.

After a successful 15 year career in PR and Marketing, Risa Feldman decided to pivot her career and try her hand in the travel and culinary niche. She quickly climbed that ladder, with immediate national travel features and being recognized as host of the top radio show, LA Eats

Risa’s career has included positions as Vice President at Integrated Sports International,  President of New Leaf Events and Marketing, Producer/Celebrity Interviewer for the 2002 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games amongst many other impressive titles.

Over the last 10 years she has created a name for herself in the travel/culinary world, appearing on numerous TV shows as the Epicurean Explorer.

Currently, Risa is Editor of Journey Beyond Aspen magazine and Host of Epicurean Exploring (a show on Healthy Life Network). 

When she is not traveling for work, she calls home Southern California, Aspen, and where she is originally is from, East Brunswick, New Jersey. Risa is a graduate of the University of Miami. 

Laurie Few is a journalist with 32 years’ experience producing news and current affairs, digital content and investigative journalism.

Laurie is currently the Executive Producer, Digital at TVO. Prior to joining TVO Laurie was the Managing Editor at Canada’s National Observer and before that she held the title of Director of Digital and Creative Content at CPAC, Canada’s Cable Public Affairs Channel.

Laurie started her journalism career at CTV, first as the producer of the investigative segment Goldhawk Fights Back airing on CTV national news for 10 years and then as an investigative producer for CTV’s long running news and current affairs show, W5 for nine years. Laurie was then hired as the Executive Producer of the award winning investigative and current affairs show, 16×9, on Global Television from 2009 – 2016. Laurie’s exacting standards and visual production sense created a strong brand identity that was recognized with multiple industry awards.

Laurie has taught various courses in investigative journalism. Laurie was a lawyer prior to becoming a journalist.

Despite completing a degree in Film Studies at Concordia University, Élodie Gagnon fell in love with radio as she made her debut behind the microphone at the university radio station CISM. Getting picked up by Radio-Canada, she joined the institution and learned the basics of radio production by crafting longform reportage on social and cultural matters. This journey became 12 years of experimentation with all aspects of radio: from ideation to hosting, reporting, producing and directing. After more than a decade in public service, she switched to the private sector as the Producer of The Aquarium, a live-broadcast radio space for C2 Montréal’s world-class conference on commerce and creativity, as well as producing the C2 Podcast, a series that tackled big issues with the most forward-thinking leaders in the world. Élodie is now the head of RECreation, a podcast production studio headquartered in Montreal and which is behind the hit podcast Pourquoi Julie?.

Cody Gault is the director of digital products for Toronto LifeOttawaFashionWeddingbellsQuill & Quire and Strategic Content Labs. Before that he was the director of digital for The Walrus and The Walrus Talks, and before that the manager of digital products for the National Post and the Financial Post. He has a BA and an MA in English literature and began his career as a writer and an editor, but crossed the proverbial aisle with the ambition of helping to ensure the ongoing financial viability of Canadian journalism.

Lianne George is the director of strategic communications for the Brookfield Institute of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University. She is the founder of George&Co., a Toronto-based editorial consultancy. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Chatelaine and director of lifestyle content for Rogers Digital Content & Publishing. She was the founding editor of Torstar’s The Grid and has held senior-level positions at Maclean’s and Canadian Business. Her feature writing has appeared in publications including Maclean’s, Report on Business and New York magazine. She was awarded the Grand Prix Editor of the Year award at the 2018 National Magazine Awards.

Emma Gilchrist is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Narwhal, an online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative reporting about Canada’s natural world. When she’s not tethered to her computer, Emma is happiest reading a book or surfing the waves of Vancouver Island (not simultaneously).

Peter Goddard, a freelance music and visual arts critic for the Toronto Star, Canadian ArtThe WholeNote Magazine and The Globe and Mail, is an award-winning journalist and writer/producer for radio and television. He is the first Canadian critic of pop culture to win a National Newspaper Award, the Canadian equivalent of a Pulitzer.

Stéphan Guénette acquired superb people skills after 15 years in the hospitality industry, along with project management experience working within the creative agency world executing integrated marketing campaigns and premier events. Today, as PUSH Media Inc. bilingual (French/English) Studio Director and Sr Project Manager, Stephan enables teams to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients by identifying risks and outlining the tasks required to complete every project on-time and on-budget.

Alison Hall is a multimedia journalist based in New York City, currently serving as a Correspondent & Producer at America’s longest-running national news magazine, Inside Edition. Alison is the host of a popular podcast, Between Headlines, which she launched in Fall 2020, interviewing story subjects and the people behind today’s biggest news stories. Alison’s first independent documentary-short ‘Ken’s Story’ was published online by Canada’s largest national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, to much critical acclaim.

With Inside Edition, Alison has traveled across the United States, telling the stories that people talk about and share. She has covered the biggest stories of the last decade, from the Black Lives Matter protests of 2014 and 2020, to how America is adjusting to the new reality of Covid-19 to serving as a court reporter for the landmark #MeToo cases of both the Weinstein and Cosby trials. Alison is equally versed in legalese as entertainment jargon, having covered award shows, red carpets and the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in England in 2018. Alison frequently appears on the Inside Edition YouTube channel which is the #1 news and politics channel with 8.1 million subscribers.

Alison has put her passion to work in both the United States, Canada in online, television and documentary mediums, always striving to understand the people behind the headlines. Alison is the co-founder of a charity event, The Challenge for Life, that has raised over $8 million dollars for cancer research in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Alison was once named Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 and carried the Olympic torch over the Esplanade Riel Bridge helping to kick off the 2010 Winter Olympics

Tory Healy is the editor-in-chief of Designlines magazine, a Toronto quarterly that shines the spotlight on the city’s stalwart and rising design talents, most fascinating architectural projects and very best modern products, made here and abroad. A journalist with over two decades of professional experience in magazine publishing, this position at Designlines is one that Healy has held for 12 years. Reporting on Toronto’s ever-evolving design landscape and multitude of creatives is a true passion for her and one that inspires her daily. (Photo credit: Elena Zaralieva)

Jessica Hotson started her career designing for some of Canada’s leading Fashion and Beauty magazines such as Flare and Glow. In 2013 she joined The Kit as Creative Director, overseeing all design and art direction for the brand as well as co-branded and white label content for brands such as Shoppers Drug Mart, HBC and L’Oréal Beauty. In 2019 Jessica moved in-house as Director of Brand Creative at jewelry brand Jenny Bird. In this role she directed all e-commerce and marketing creative for the brand. Jessica is currently the Director of Content, Creative and Social at Loblaws, overseeing a team of creatives that produce all marketing collateral for the Market division.

Greg Hudson was born and raised in Alberta. After studying journalism at Ryerson University, he wrote pieces for Alberta Oil, Canadian Business, Elle Canada, Flare, Toronto Life, and The Globe and Mail, among others. In 2010 he moved to Sharp, Canada’s largest magazine for men, and was named Sharp‘s Editor-in-Chief a few years later. Most recently, Greg was the Features Editor at FASHION magazine. Despite the fact that he’s writing this bio, in real life he rarely speaks in the third person.

Katie Jensen is the principal of Vocal Fry Studios, a Toronto podcast company creating original podcasts. She’s spoken about media at Hot Docs Podcast Festival, Atlantic Podcast Summit & World Radio Day. She’s made podcasts for CBC Podcasts, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, The Globe and Mail, Polaris Music Prize, St. Joseph Media, Canada Media Fund, The Atkinson Foundation, George Brown College, StarMetro, and Canadaland.

Hugo Joncas est journaliste d’enquête.

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 et il vient tout juste de se joindre à La Presse, 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 et de piratage informatique.

Avec ses collègues Philippe Langlois, Jean-François Coutier, Andrea Valeria, Félix Séguin et Jean-Louis Fortin, Hugo a remporté en 2020 le CAJ Award 2020 dans la catégorie «Open Media», pour une enquête sur des manquements éthiques et des liens mafieux à la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

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.

Amorina Kingdon is the staff writer and researcher for Hakai Magazine. She has won multiple awards including Best New Magazine Writer from the National Magazine Awards in 2017. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays 2020 (Biblioasis), and she also writes creative nonfiction and has forthcoming fiction in Speculative North. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Xavier Kronström Richard is a digital content strategist based in Montreal. Throughout his 15 years career in the media, he designed and produced innovative and engaging content for digital platforms. At CBC/Radio-Canada, he managed major engagement strategies and programs to promote digital innovation. In 2019, he founded the podcast production studio Grand public where he acts as creative director.

Robin Levinson King is an audience engagement producer and writer at the BBC, where she is part of the team that launched the broadcaster’s first bureau in Canada. Recently, she took the lead for the BBC’s coverage of North American news on social media, including editorial planning for events such as the Capitol riots and Joe Biden’s inauguration. Prior to joining the BBC, she was a reporter at the Toronto Star, where she covered breaking news and worked closely with the data-visual team on multi-media storytelling. She earned her Master’s of Journalism from Carleton University in 2013. 

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 Editorial Director at Zendesk.

Carly Lewis is a writer living in Toronto. 

Her work has appeared at The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vulture, The Cut, The Atlantic, Elle, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The GuardianInterview Magazine, The Fader, the Toronto Star, Hazlitt, Spin, Maisonneuve and Maclean’s

She is a course instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism.

Anita Li is a media strategist, consultant and commentator with a decade of full-time experience as a multi-platform journalist at outlets across North America. She is also a journalism instructor at Ryerson University, the City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and Centennial College. Her areas of expertise include community-driven journalism, audience engagement, journalism entrepreneurship, consumer revenue business models, newsroom diversity, media ethics and journalism innovation. Anita co-founded Canadian Journalists of Colour in 2018, and is also a member of the 2020-21 Online News Association board of directors. To keep up with Anita, subscribe to The Other Wave, her newsletter about challenging the status quo in journalism.

Markian Lozowchuk is an award winning freelance photographer. You’d have to circumvent the globe to trace his career path. He’s encountered hunter-gatherer tribes in East Africa & the Amazon, studied at ACAD, and assisted famed photographer, Martin Schoeller. Now Markian splits his work and family life between Toronto and New York City. Staring down his lens into the fierce gazes of today’s most talked-about personalities, Markian has a knack for capturing people without pretension. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, ESPN, Stern, GQ, Report on Business, Maclean’s and Toronto Life, among numerous other publications.

Valerian Mazataud is a Montreal-based documentary photographer, born in
France in 1978.

He is part of the team of photographers at daily newspaper Le Devoir in
Montreal since 2018. He has published photos essays with a a number of
Canadian and International publications (The Globe and Mail, Le Temps,
The Walrus, Le Courrier International, Le Monde, der Spiegel…)
He has shown his work during numerous exhibitions and art installations
in artist-run centres, galeries and festivals: The ends of the earth
(2014-2020, Rencontres internationales de la photo en Gaspésie, Canada),
Great Nordth (2012-2020, Voies Off Arles, France), We are no more
(2011-2015, Festival Art souterrain, Montreal, Canada).

A self-taught photographer since 2009, he owns a Msc in agronomy with a
specialty in marine biology. His projects led him to travel in more than
fifty countries around the globe.

He has won various photography awards, including grants from the
Canadian council for the arts (CAC) and the Quebec council for the arts
(CALQ). He was invited as an artist in residency by the Aberystwyth Arts
Centre in Wales as well as at artist-run centres DAÏMÔN, in Gatineau,
and Centre VU, in Quebec, Canada. His book liwa mairin was shortlisted
for the 2019 Burtynsky Grant.

Since 2015 he shares his time between Canada and Central-America
(Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua) where he works on various documentary

He also cycled 21000 km around the world and along the five continents
between 2002 and 2004.

Rob McLaughlin is a Canadian journalist, producer and currently the head of the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio where he leads in the development of the institution’s digital-first programming and strategy, including interactive and immersive projects.

From 2011 to 2015, Rob was a senior executive, editor and publisher at Canada’s largest newspaper chain, responsible for leading newsroom staff through a time of radical transformation in the newspaper industry.

Rob also worked for a decade as a producer and executive at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation developing online audio-visual content designed to attract new audiences for public broadcasting, including the pioneering interactive radio service CBC Radio 3. He also served as Director of Digital Programming and Business Development at CBC responsible for the growth of digital platforms in the areas of documentaries, TV arts and entertainment and national radio programming.

Neal McLennan is the Vancouver-based Food & Travel Editor at sister publications Western Living and Vancouver Magazine. He’s a frequent contributor to magazines in Canada and the Untied States and his wine writing has twice been recognized by the National Magazine Awards.

Greg McLeod is Director of the Cottage Life Consumer Shows at Blue Ant Media. The Cottage Life consumer show portfolio includes the Spring and Fall Cottage Life Shows in Toronto, the Edmonton Cottage Life Cabin & Outdoor Show, the Ottawa Cottage Life & Backyard Show, and the Seasons Christmas Show in Toronto. Collectively these shows attract 80,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies each (non-COVID) year. Prompted by pandemic event restrictions, Greg led Cottage Life’s foray into virtual events with the 2020 Virtual Fall Cottage Life Show, and the upcoming 2021 Virtual Cottage Life & Outdoor Living Show.

Journalist and digital content strategist Megan McPhaden has spent the past eight years managing the production and strategy of editorial content from end-to-end for major market news organizations and nonprofits including 660 NEWS, MaRS Discovery District, and CBC. She specializes in leveraging data to inform the development of cross-platform strategies for social media, video, print, and audio content.

Stephen Meurice is a former journalist who spent time at the Sherbrooke Record, Ottawa Citizen, National Post and The Canadian Press. He was EIC at the last two. He now toils happily at Scotiabank.

Sofia Misenheimer is a multimedia journalist based in Montreal. She works as a morning news anchor at CJAD 800 news/talk radio station. She’s the award-winning founder and editor-in-chief of Art/iculation magazine and is currently working on a #SofiaStaycations project to share hidden local gems, encourage safe city exploration, and support of local businesses amid the pandemic. Sofia has an MA in communication studies from McGill University and a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University.

John Montgomery is an experienced graphic designer + art director. Currently art director for Reader’s Digest Canada and Sélection, he’s previously worked on Canadian Business, MoneySense, Toronto Life, Financial Post Magazine and Taddle Creek magazines. He’s been nominated for several National Magazine Awards—including winning silver for cover of the year in 2016—and has won two Canadian Cover awards in 2012 and 2016. A part of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association’s Pros On The Road series, he has spoken numerous times on cover design, as well as done consultations with publications on what they can do to help improve their design. John has been a judge for the National Magazine Awards numerous times, and was an editorial category judge for the Society of Illustrators’ 62nd annual in 2019. He’s also a PAC member for Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Illustration program and Centennial College’s graphic design program.

Ancienne rédactrice en chef mode et web du magazine Clin d’oeil, Sophie Montminy est fascinée par la passion et le feu sacré des femmes qui l’entourent. Elle crée le podcast de Femmes de Fer pour faire briller les femmes qui décident de changer les choses dans leur carrière et leur communauté. Elle est également journaliste et productrice de contenus pour différents médias et compagnies depuis plus de quinze ans.


Susan Nerberg is a freelance journalist and writer of nonfiction narratives on science, nature, culture and place. Based in Montreal, she contributes to Azure, Broadview, Canadian Geographic, explore, enRoute and Hakai Magazine, among others.

Mary Nersessian is currently the senior producer for CTVNews.ca where she leads the national digital team. Before joining CTV News in 2004, Mary worked at the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and certificate in Book Publishing from Toronto’s Ryerson University.

Amil Niazi is an award-winning writer and producer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New York Magazine and Maclean’s amongst others. She has worked in the commissioning departments at BBC and The Guardian and was an associate editor at VICE Canada. She is currently a freelance writer and the showrunner of CBC’s weekly pop culture podcast, Pop Chat.

Olamide Olaniyan is the associate editor at The Tyee, an online news magazine based in British Columbia. He is interested in investigating power and telling underreported stories in new and interesting ways. Olaniyan led the work on The Tyee’s federal election newsletter which won gold at the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards.

Luke Ottenhof is a freelance writer based in Kingston, Ontario.

Ed Ou is a visual journalist and documentary filmmaker.

He started his career early as a teenager, covering the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and the fall of the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu, Somalia while he was studying in the Middle East. He first worked for Reuters and the Associated Press, covering a wide range of news stories in the region. He then worked for the New York Times covering East Africa and the Middle East during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Since then has covered the lasting trauma of colonialism in indigenous communities in Canada, the drug war in the Philippines, and the rise of extremism in the United States for NBC News.

He just completed a feature documentary looking at the intersection of American policing and those living with mental illness and has been covering the ongoing social justice protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.

His documentaries have been awarded a Peabody, an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, an International Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club, a Canadian Screen Award, and a team Edward. R Murrow award, among others.

His photojournalism has been recognised by multiple World Press Photo Awards, a Global Vision Award, World Understanding Award, Documentary Journalism Awards, and Photographer of the Year Award from POYi.

He has been selected for a Getty Images Editorial Grant, PDN 30 Under 30, and took part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. He was also awarded the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award at Visa Pour L’Image and the Young Reporter Prize from the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents.

He is a TED Senior Fellow.

He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.

Shree Paradkar is a Toronto Star columnist who writes on anti-oppression and social justice issues. She is also the Star’s first internal ombud, a position created to create an anti-racist newsroom. She is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy and winner of two Amnesty Awards for Human Rights reporting. Shree recently won the Racial Justice in Media award by the Urban Alliance of Race Relations. The author of Betrayed: My cousin’s wrongful conviction for the murder of her daughter, Aarushi, Shree has been a journalist in Bangalore, Mumbai, Singapore and Toronto.

When she’s not out gallivanting in nature, Katrina Pyne is a video editor and producer with the Hakai Institute and Hakai Magazine, telling stories about coastal science and societies from Victoria, BC. She comes from a background in journalism and has created media content for a variety of publications from coast to coast.

For more than a decade, National Magazine Award-winning journalist Bonny Reichert honed her skills at Today’s Parent and Chatelaine, two of Canada’s biggest consumer magazines. Ready for a change, Reichert packed up her knives and headed to chef school. In the years since, she has focused almost exclusively on food writing and communications. Reichert has been a Globe and Mail columnist and a frequent contributor to the Style, Life and Travel sections. She’s written for publications like Best Health, Style Advisor, Report on Business and the Toronto Star. A writer, editor, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer, Reichert creates a range of content for print, web, video and social media. This year, she also joined the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies as an instructor in creative writing.

Sébastien Rodrigue est journaliste et directeur des plateformes web et mobile à La Presse. Son travail a été reconnu en 2005 avec une mention d’honneur aux Prix Michener. Il oeuvre depuis plus de 10 ans à la transformation numérique de La Presse. Il a été l’un des architectes principaux de la création de La Presse +. Son travail a permis de transformer un quotidien imprimé en salle de rédaction entièrement numérique. Il a participé à de multiples projets innovants autant sur le web que le mobile. Il a aussi dirigé plusieurs équipes de journalistes comme directeur de contenus. Depuis plusieurs années, il mène de nombreuses initiatives pour favoriser la diversité à La Presse, un sujet qui lui tient particulièrement à coeur. Il vit à Montréal.

Jessica Rose is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who has written for publications across Canada. She is the current book reviews editor for THIS Magazine, an assistant editor at MarQuee Magazine, a senior editor at the Hamilton Review of Books, and a founding editor of The Inlet, a digital arts and culture publication. Her book reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Room, rabble.ca, Herizons, THIS, the Children’s Book News, and the Humber Literary Review. She was also a longtime contributor to Hamilton Magazine before the publication ceased in 2019 and is the former Editor in Chief of Brainspace Magazine. Jessica has almost 15 years of experience in educational publishing, writing and editing resources for children, and she is the current Marketing Manager at gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers and Writers Festival. She also works in the field of digital storytelling, working with many local and national not-for-profits.

Danielle Stanton est journaliste depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle a signé au-delà
d’une centaine d’articles (reportages, portraits, dossiers…) touchant aussi
bien la culture que les tendances sociales émergentes ou la science dans de
nombreux magazines au Québec (L’actualité, Elle Québec, La Gazette des
femmes, Sélection du Reader’s Digest, Québec Science…) et ailleurs
(L’Express). Elle est aussi l’auteure de l’ouvrage Nous sommes
Télé-Québécois paru en 2018 pour souligner les 50 ans de Télé-Québec et la coauteure  Jean de Grandpré : l’héritage d’un géant relatant le parcours de l’ancien PDG de Bell et de BCE. Quand elle n’écrit pas, cette marathonienne court!

Carmine Starnino is an editor-at-large with The Walrus. His most recent book is Dirty Words: Selected Poems 1997-2016. He lives in Montreal.

Fatima Syed is a Mississauga-based freelance journalist who has reported for The Logic, National Observer, and the Toronto Star. She is a Digital Publishing Award winner and National Magazine Award finalist.

Nick Taylor-Vaisey is an associate editor at Maclean’s, where he writes the daily Politics Insider newsletter and works on the magazine’s digital team. He served a two-year stint as the city editor of OpenFile Ottawa, a collaborative local news platform. He lives in Ottawa.

Jennifer Varkonyi is the Publisher of Maisonneuve, an award-winning quarterly of arts, opinion and ideas. She is currently Chair of Magazines Canada. Originally from Saskatoon, she lives in Montreal with her husband and three children. 

Outdoor Canada editor-in-chief and brand manager Patrick Walsh began his journalism career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life. Among his resumé highlights, he taught journalism for four years in Tanzania and edited Masthead, the magazine industry trade journal. He joined Outdoor Canada in 2000, and in 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (medium circulation). Among his volunteer positions, Walsh has served as chair of Magazines Canada’s membership committee, and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. He also spearheaded two Magazines Canada task forces on advertising-editorial guidelines, and was named the association’s volunteer of the year in 2009.

H.G. Watson is a freelance journalist based in Toronto, Ontario. She’s currently a senior editor at Indiegraf, and an instructor at the Ryerson School of Journalism. She has written for Chatelaine, Flare, National Observer, Maisonneuve, TVO and many others.

Kate Wells is the Digital Experience and Content Specialist at OPB (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.

Patrick White is professor of journalism at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and director of the Journalism program at UQAM. Prior to that, he founded and managed HuffPost Quebec from 2012 to late 2018. Born in Quebec City, he worked as field producer for CTV National News at the Quebec legislature (1990-1997), correspondent for Reuters in Canada, Britain and France (1997-2004); deputy managing editor of La Presse Canadienne (CP’s French service) from 2004-2006; chief news editor at Le Journal de Québec daily (2006-2009) and editor in chief at Canoe.ca from 2010 to late 2011.

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.

We’ll be announcing the nominees for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards very soon, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the details!

Call for Judges: 6th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is now welcoming applications for judges for the Digital Publishing Awards,  National Magazine Awards, and National Magazine Awards: B2B.

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

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

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

Judging will take place during February and March 2021. For more information, or to nominate a peer to the jury, contact us at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca

Applicants, please include in your email: a short biography of yourself, a headshot, your preferred category (if any), what languages you are comfortable judging in (English, French or both), your contact information, and whether or not you are currently on the masthead of a publication.

Call for Judges: 4th Digital Publishing Awards


#dpa19 (1)At the National Media Awards Foundation, we’re getting ready to honour the best in journalism, at the 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards and the 42nd National Magazine Awards. We’re currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries, and join the great tradition of recognizing achievement by the creators of Canadian magazines and digital publications.

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

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

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

Judging will take place during February and March 2019. Contact us at info@digitalpublishingawards.ca for more information or to nominate someone to the jury.

The NMAF is a bilingual, not-for-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications. Submissions will open in January for awards honouring the best in digital publishing in 2018. The 4th annual Digital Publishing Awards soiree will be held in the spring of 2019.


Thank you! From the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards

From all of us at the National Media Awards Foundation, thank you to everyone who helped make the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards a great success.

Special thanks to Kenny Yum—last year’s Digital Publishing Leadership Award winner—for starting off the night by congratulating the nominees and thanking the 78 volunteer judges; Adrian Lee for hosting the event and keeping the audience laughing throughout the night; and Irene Thomaidis, for introducing this year’s Digital Publishing Leadership Award winner, Brodie Fenlon.

Thanks also to Mathieu Baril (managing director of DDI Canada) who presented the winner of the Best Podcast or Audio Storytelling category! 

We are enormously grateful for our 78 judges, who are the crux of the award program. You can read more about the 2018 roster of judges here.

Many thanks to those who attended the event (and to those who followed along via the live-stream and on Twitter), and to the participants, nominees, and winners of this year’s awards. We hope you enjoyed celebrating the best of Canada’s digital talent, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019 for the 4th annual DPAs!

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Visit live.digitalpublishingawards.ca to view all the winners of the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards. The 2019 Call for Entries will open on January 1st, 2019. Follow us on Twitter (@DPAwards) for updates.

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The 2018 Digital Publishing Awards Jury

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The NMAF is proud to present the roster of judges for the 2018 Digital Publishing Awards. Each year, the Foundation relies on the expertise of over 75 volunteer judges—writers, editors, publishers, designers and other digital creators—to evaluate the entries, debate their merits, and decide on the nominees and winners. Our sincerest thanks to all of the judges who volunteered their time and shared their expertise!

Aaron KylieCanadian 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.

Alex BaldingerAlex Baldinger is a senior editor at Toronto Life, where he oversees the magazine’s food coverage. He previously worked at The Washington Post, where he was a James Beard Award-nominated food writer and the digital editor for the newspaper’s Food section. He lives in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood.



Alicia Cox

Alicia Cox Thomson has worked in media for 15 years for some of Canada’s biggest lifestyle brands including Chatelaine, HGTV Canada and Flare. When not taking care of her two kids, she freelance writes and consults on digital and social media projects. Visit Thomson on Twitter @aliciahcox



Andree LauAndree Lau is the editor-in-chief of HuffPost Canada after serving as managing editor of news. She helped launch HuffPost B.C. in 2012 and later also managed HuffPost Alberta. Lau previously worked for CBC News as a TV reporter, videojournalist, writer/producer, and online editor in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Regina, and New Brunswick.


Angela Misri - Eugene ChoiAngela Misri is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the CBC, The Banff Centre, The Globe and Mail, and now as the Digital Director for The Walrus. Angela also teaches journalism and brand journalism courses at Ryerson University and at the University of Toronto in addition to authoring the Portia Adams Adventures.



Anita LiAnita Li is the director of communities at Discourse Media and founder of The Other Wave, a website dedicated to covering media from a multicultural perspective. Prior to that, she served as senior editor of Fusion’s flagship Justice vertical and as news director at Complex. Anita has also held reporting and editing positions at media outlets across North America, including Mashable, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC and CTV. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk on the importance of diversity in newsrooms. Anita frequently provides commentary on journalistic innovation and the future of media.

Anna Minzhulina 1Anna Minzhulina is an art director and design artist. For more than a decade she art directed and designed Maisonneuve magazine. During that time, the publication has won the Magazine of the Year award twice. Many artists were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction. Minzhulina herself was nominated multiple times and National Magazine awards for Best Cover, Best Issue, and Best Art Direction. She previously served as a judge for Still Life Photography category and Best Editorial Package.



Antoine BordeleauAfter studying classical and jazz music in college, Antoine Bordeleau started shooting photos and videos pretty naturally. Combining his musical experience to his newfound love of moving images, he rapidly grew as a music video artist amongst the Québec and Montréal underground scenes. After directing many music videos and 43 episodes of a gonzo documentary video series, he was recruited by VOIR in Montreal, entering the world of cultural journalism and bringing into it his attraction to the lesser-known strata of Québécois music. He now heads the MishMash Media audiovisual creation department, producing podcasts, videos, photos and articles for both VOIR Magazine and L’actualité.

Aphrodite SalasAphrodite Salas is a broadcast journalist and academic based in Montreal. She is currently Assignment Editor and Video Journalist at CTV Montreal. She is also an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Concordia University for the 2017-2018 academic year. Prior to her work at CTV Montreal, Aphrodite was senior anchor for Global Quebec. Prior to that, she covered national politics on Parliament Hill for CityTV’s Toronto and Vancouver stations. Aphrodite has also worked as a national correspondent for CTV News in Montreal, and was the network’s transportation reporter in Toronto. As an anchor, Aphrodite has been on the desks of CTV’s Newsnet, CityTV’s CP24 and for two CTV affiliates – CKCO Kitchener and CFQC Saskatoon. Aphrodite holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MA in Public Administration from Concordia University and a Certificate of Proficiency in French from McGill University.

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






Britt GallpenBritt Gallpen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and curator. Since 2015, she has been Editor of the Inuit Art Quarterly. Britt has written catalogue texts for the Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery and grunt gallery, in addition to contributions to numerous publications including Canadian Art, esse art + opinions and Prefix Photo.




Bruce GillespieBruce Gillespie is an associate professor in the digital media and journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of “News Writing and Reporting: An Introduction to Skills and Theory” (Oxford University Press) and was the editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca from 2013-16.



Bruno Boutot.jpgBruno Boutot is a digital media consultant, based in Montreal. He is a former journalist and editor-in-chief. He is the author of Media Machina, an essay on business models for digital media. He runs @PlateauCom, an experiment on hyperlocal news.



ckennyCaitlin Kenny is a beauty and style editor with a knack for digital storytelling. 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. In her current role as The Kit’s digital director, she develops content for thekit.ca and its social media channels. From 140-character hits to engaging videos, the mix of formats keeps her job exciting. She has also written for Hello! Canada, Glow, Cosmetics and Beautezine.


Cameron Williamson 2An experienced editor and creative director, Cameron Williamson is the Editor-in-Chief of FLARE and the Director of Entertainment, Digital Content & Publishing for Rogers Media. Prior to joining FLARE in 2014, Williamson launched Globe Style Advisor, the lifestyle quarterly published by The Globe and Mail. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Art Director at Chatelaine and earlier in his career, he was Fashion Editor at Saturday Night and the National Post and Creative Director at Toro Magazine. Since FLARE became digital-only in early 2017, the brand has experienced exponential growth, hitting an all-time high of 1.1 million Canadian unique views in comScore in January 2018—making it the second largest digital-only fashion and beauty brand in the country.

Chantal BraganzaChantal Braganza is a digital editor at TVO.org, where she writes and produces stories about politics, policy and social justice. Her writing has appeared in Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, New York Times Magazine, Chatelaine, and FASHION, among others.



Chris FreyChris Frey is a partner in No Media Company, a multimedia creative studio, and the Toronto correspondent for Monocle. He is a six-time National Magazine Award winner and the founding editor of Hazlitt and Toronto Standard. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Kinfolk, Maisonneuve, Azure, enRoute and the Alpine Review.




Christa MorrisonChrista Morrison specializes in the science and art of digital teaching and learning, storytelling, and strategic content management. She keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging media, educational and marketing technologies & trends. Christa taught in Journalism and Business programs in Canada and offers boot camps in South Africa. She loves poetry, the presence of trees, young adults, and the wrinkles around her knees.


Christian DuperronChristian Duperron is the deputy editor-in-chief and audience development manager for HuffPost Québec, a team that he joined 5 years ago. Previously, he worked as director of digital platforms and web editor-in-chief for the Métro Montréal newspaper.



Christian PansonFuelled by a passion to blend design, the arts, and disruptive technology, Christian Panson led the Free Press team to a number of firsts for traditional media companies. The Free Press made history in North America as the first major newspaper to implement a micro-accounting and post-pay digital paid platform that also allowed content recommendation to be at the core of its publishing effort. Before joining the Free Press in 2006. Christian was a partner in Lazer-fare Media Services, a software development and consulting 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. A self-described early adopter junky, Christian is also a father and grandfather.

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






Conan Tobias.jpgConan Tobias is a print- and digital-media editor, writer, publisher, and consultant, and the editor-in-chief and publisher of Taddle Creek, a general-interest arts magazine.




Corina MilicCorina Milic is an editor at the literary humour magazine, The Feathertale Review. She has over a decade’s worth of digital experience as an award-winning journalist, news editor and currently, as a digital communications manager.




craigsailaCraig Salia is a leader in digital experience design, guiding businesses in the creation and development of innovative and engaging products on a range of connected platforms. He is currently leading the product and design teams for CBC’s digital offerings.




Crystal ChanCrystal Chan is a journalist, writer, and editor. Currently, she is the developmental editor at UBC Press of a new interactive platform and digital publication series for Indigenous and collaborative authorship. Previously she was an artist-in-residence in the Banff Centre’s Digital Narratives program. Based in Montreal, she was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver.




Dan LytwynDan Lytwyn is a video journalist at BBC News in Toronto. He previously worked as a video producer and studio lead at HuffPost Canada.




David ToppingDavid Topping is the Senior Manager of Product at St. Joseph Media, which publishes Toronto Life and FASHION, among other titles, where he leads digital product development and management for all of the company’s editorial brands, as well as the clients of its custom content wing, Strategic Content Labs. In his career in Canadian media, largely in digital leadership roles, he’s launched successful products, built fledgling outlets into powerhouses, and turned decades-old legacy brands towards their digital futures. 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.

Dawn Calleja.jpgDawn Calleja has held writer and editor positions at Canadian Business, Financial Post Magazine and Report on Business magazine, where she has been a senior editor for more than a decade and has won numerous National Magazine Awards. When she’s not chasing after her two young kids, she leads the Canadian chapter of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and writes for publications including enRoute, Azure and Today’s Parent.


Elaine AnselmiElaine Anselmi is the managing editor of Up Here magazine, based in Yellowknife. She got here by way of Dawson Creek, B.C., and before that Toronto. It was an internship and a music festival that sold her on the North.




unnamed.jpgElamin Abdelmahmoud is a social media editor for BuzzFeed Canada and editor, news curation with BuzzFeed News. He is a panelist and columnist for CBC News, and he writes a monthly column for Chatelaine. Elamin teaches journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto.


Fadi YaacoubFadi Yaacoub is the executive creative director, digital, of the Toronto Star, the largest newspaper in Canada. He is a hands-on media design expert with a track record of success at the largest Canadian media corporations. His achievements include establishing design departments, building tablet and mobile news apps, branding television networks, designing prime time newscasts, crafting brand identities, developing go-to-market strategies, creating advertising campaigns, winning awards and hitting numbers. He speaks French, English and Arabic, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

Genna BuckGenna Buck is a lifestyle and science reporter at Metro Canada and a frequent contributor to the Toronto Star. With Andrés Plana, she is the co-creator of Metro Science, an innovative and visual science journalism initiative that appears weekly in Metro newspapers across the country. She received the 2015 National Magazine Award for Best New Writer for her piece Autistic and Searching For a Home, an investigative feature in Maisonneuve Magazine about New Brunswick’s institutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities.

George BrowneAs Director, News Content for Globalnews.ca, George Browne is responsible for the daily editorial, development and workflow for Global News digital properties, leading a team of national digital producers in both Toronto, Ottawa and across the country. George has almost a quarter century’s worth of experience working with Global News at the local, national, and digital level. George is also the founding Executive Producer of Global National, helping develop Global’s nightly national newscast into a premier destination for Canadians from coast to coast. George is also a passionate documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalism instructor at Centennial College. He has won more than a dozen national and international awards for his news and documentary work, and has earned five Gemini nominations.

Giorgina BigoniGiorgina Bigoni started her career in beauty on the marketing team for Clinique, way back. She serendipitously made her way into fashion and beauty publishing, first at FLARE magazine. Eventually, she became the publisher of FASHION magazine. She started The Kit in 2010, and soon after sold it to the Star Media Group. She continues to lead The Kit team today. Giorgina oversees the business side of The Kit, and focuses on long-term growth, strategy and making sure that the team is happy.

Haley CullinghamHaley Cullingham is a senior editor at Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada.








Harley Rustad is an editor at The Walrus magazine. He has written for publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. His first book, Big Lonely Doug, based off a silver National Magazine Award-winning feature in The Walrus, is out September 2018.



Jaclyn LawJaclyn Law is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto. Formerly copy chief at Chatelaine and managing editor of Abilities, Jaclyn works with magazines, companies, agencies, non-profit organizations and websites. She is a past-president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Toronto Chapter.




Jacqueline LochJacqueline Loch is a communications and media executive specializing in delivering multi-platform content marketing solutions and ROI for audiences and advertisers across print, digital, broadcast and social media. With over 25 years of experience gained at some of Canada’s largest media companies, she works closely with St. Joseph’s largest clients to create innovative and compelling cross-platform content solutions. A recognized leader in content strategy and innovation, Jacquie is Chair of the board of The Content Council in New York and a frequent speaker on branded content solutions across Canada and internationally.

James BaxterJames Baxter is the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics and in his previous life has been an award-winning sportswriter, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. A third-generation public affairs journalist, James’s work covering politics, first in Ottawa and then in Alberta, earned him a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2008, where his studies focused on the future of media businesses and the role of the press in democracy. That led him back to Ottawa, where he conceived of and launched iPolitics in late 2010. James holds degrees in international relations, journalism, and media administration. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah, three children and a very big dog. When he’s not chasing stories, he coaches football, plays tennis and golf and is an exuberant skier.

0Jason Chiu is the creative director of internationally recognized and award-winning projects in editorial, marketing, and broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Head of Visual Journalism at The Globe And Mail.




JF L.jpgJean-François Légaré is the Editor-in-Chief at SID LEE, where he oversees content initiatives for a variety of clients. Previously, Jean-François was the Editor-in-Chief of Air Canada enRoute, where he won numerous editorial awards, including Best inflight magazine in the world from Monocle magazine. He lives in Montreal.


Jean-Philippe Cipriani

Jean-Philippe Cipriani is a journalist and director of digital content at L’actualité magazine. He can be heard regularly as a columnist on various TV and radio shows in Quebec. He has been a reporter for the Radio-Canada newsroom, the head of digital news at La Presse Canadienne and the head of news at the HuffPost Quebec.


Jennifer DitchburnJennifer Ditchburn is the Ottawa-based Editor-in-Chief of Policy Options magazine, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). She was previously a parliamentary correspondent with The Canadian Press and CBC National Television.





Joe Castaldo.Joe Castaldo is a reporter at Maclean’s. Previously, he spent ten years as a writer and editor for Canadian Business magazine. He has won both a Gold and Silver National Magazine Award in Investigative Reporting.




Jordan TimmJordan Timm has been the National Post’s executive producer, news since 2015, overseeing the Post’s newsgathering efforts, coordinating with other Postmedia properties on national stories and playing a key role in the reinvention of the Post’s digital newsroom. He has previously worked as city editor at the Ottawa Citizen and as managing editor at Canadian Business.


Joshua HatchJoshua Hatch is a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT on leave from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy where he works as assistant managing editor for data and interactives. He served on the board of the Online News Association since 2011 and as president since 2016. Previously interactives director at USA Today, Josh teaches online and data journalism in the graduate journalism program at American University.




Jude Isabella 2Jude Isabella is editor in chief of Hakai Magazine, an online publication that explores coastal science and societies. She writes about science and environment for readers big and small, with sojourns into videography. Next year, Kids Can Press will publish her latest book for kids, which is about the predators and ecology in Yellowstone National Park.



Julia WolfeJulie Wolfe works FiveThirtyEight as a visual journalist where she has covered elections, economics and natural disasters — all through data visualizations. She is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before FiveThirtyEight, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. She has won several awards, including the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award and a 2015 SND award of excellence for digital design. You can follow her on twitter at @juruwolfe.



Karen Pinchin 2Born in Toronto and based in Fredericton, Karen Pinchin writes about the economics, science, history, and culture of food systems and producers for magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States. A trained cook and longtime freelance journalist, she is currently working on a book about Atlantic seafood.




Katie EngelhartKatie Engelhart is a journalist based in New York City. She works as a Reporter and Producer for NBC Left Field: a new documentary film unit at NBC News. She is also a Fellow at New America in Washington D.C, and is writing a non-fiction book for Saint Martin’s Press, Macmillan (2019). She was formerly a London-based Correspondent for VICE News and a writer for Maclean’s. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New Republic, BBC History and other publications. Katie is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the Canada National Magazine Award. @katieengelhart

Kirstine StewartKirstine Stewart is TribalScale’s President and CRO. She is a top-tier executive responsible for TribalScale’s continued growth and international expansion. She leads TribalScale’s revenue and sales strategies, and operations, while actively fostering collaboration and innovation amongst the Tribe, and its partners in mobile, AI, and voice tech. Kirstine brings revolutionary and diverse ideas to TribalScale, contributes to our leadership thinking, and inspires at all levels of the organization. Kirstine earned her BA from the University of Toronto, graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership in the 21st Century Program, as well as the University of Oxford’s Transformational Leadership Program. She sits on the board of Kognitiv, the Score, and WOW Entertainment, she is also a member of the DMZ Advisory Council, and a mentor for theBIGPush, #MoveTheDial, and TechStars. Kirstine’s book Our Turn, published by Random House in 2015, is a best-seller geared towards women in leadership in today’s world.

Kunal GuptaKunal Gupta is the Founder & CEO of Polar, a technology platform provider whose mission is to enable a business model for premium content. Polar’s partners include major global publishers and the business is headquartered in Toronto with offices in New York, London and Sydney. Kunal is passionate about finding calm and focus in a modern era. Kunal is on the board for CAMH, Canada’s leading mental health hospital and research organization. He writes regularly on the topics of leadership, mindfulness and technology culture on his blog at findfocus.today. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Laura Osborne 2Laura Osborne is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Ricardo magazines, the number one magazine in Quebec and Canada’s only cooking magazine. Before joining the RICARDO team, Laura worked at Spafax — where she served as the Senior Editor of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine — among other publications including Maisonneuve magazine.




Lauren ChealLauren Cheal is the Audience Development Manager at ECHO Storytelling, and co-founder of The Pop Culture Reference. She previously served as Circulation Manager and Digital Marketing Director for Modern Dog and Modern Cat magazines. With an MA in Mass Communication and a Masters of Publishing (MPUB), Lauren has extensive experience in evaluating storytelling through popular media. She has produced 3 podcasts of her own about popular culture, including an upcoming series on the NBC TV show Frasier called Café Nervosa.

Lauren McKeonLauren McKeon is a national award-winning editor and writer. She is the current digital editor at The Walrus and the former editor of This Magazine, as well as a contributing editor at Toronto Life. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the Walrus, Hazlitt, Flare, Reader’s Digest, and Best Canadian Essays 2017. Her first book, F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, is out now. In addition to writing and editing, she has also taught long-form journalism at Humber College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of King’s College.

Laurie FewLaurie Few is a journalist with 28 years experience producing news and current affairs. She currently holds the title of Director of Digital and Creative Content at Cable and Public Affairs channel, CPAC. Before joining CPAC she was the Executive Producer of the award-winning, multi-platform national news and current affairs show, 16×9, airing on Global television. Laurie’s exacting standards and visual production sense created a strong brand identity that was recognized with multiple industry awards including the Canadian Screen Award for Best News and Information Series in 2016. Prior to 16×9 Laurie was an investigative producer for CTV’s long-running news and current affairs show, W5 and the producer of the investigative segment Goldhawk Fights Back airing on CTV national news. Laurie taught investigative journalism at Sheridan College. Laurie was a lawyer prior to becoming a journalist.

LeataLeata Lekushoff is the senior editor at the award-winning Professionally Speaking magazine. She brings more than 10 years of experience in publishing, as well as a background in film, video and photography.






download.jpgOriginally intent on a career in interior design, Line Atallah fell in love with the web and brought her creative eye to the digital world, first as a designer and creative director, then as a marketing strategist. From driving force for technology startups to subject matter expert for major lifestyle brands, Line has influenced and guided digital marketing success across a broad range of industries and media. With her extensive experience in digital publishing, Line has both a high-level strategic view and a detailed appreciation of production. Today, she is Vice-President, Marketing for Montreal AI technology provider Keatext.

Liz HarmerLiz Harmer’s essays, stories, and reviews have been published widely, in journals like The New Quarterly, Hazlitt, The Malahat Review and elsewhere. She has been three times nominated for National Magazine Awards and won gold for Personal Essay in 2014. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, is soon to be published with Knopf.





Matt FrehnerAs Head of Visual Journalism at The Globe and Mail, Matt Frehner leads a cross-disciplinary team of editors, designers, developers, photographers, videographers and graphic artists. His team tells stories across all platforms – from breaking news to in-depth features and investigations.



Matthew McKinnonMatthew McKinnon is an award-winning editor, writer, developer, and designer based in Toronto. He was recently the editorial director of Passport 2017, a sesquicentennial project produced by St. Joseph Media, and is currently doing similar work for SJM’s Strategic Content Labs.





Monica CorcoranMonica 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.

Navneet AlangNavneet Alang is a technology and culture writer based in Toronto. He is currently the technology columnist for The Week, a Contributing Editor at both Hazlitt and Real Life Magazine, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, New Republic, Macleans and more.



Noémi Mercier.jpgReporter au magazine L’actualité depuis 2010, Noémi Mercier se spécialise dans les grands reportages et les portraits. Son enquête sur les crimes sexuels dans les Forces armées canadiennes a provoqué d’importantes réformes au sein de l’organisation et lui a valu plusieurs distinctions. Elle s’intéresse de près aux enjeux liés au genre et aux inégalités entre les hommes et les femmes, qu’elle décortique tous les mois dans sa chronique « Des gars, des filles ». Elle est régulièrement de passage à la télé et à la radio, notamment à l’émission Dans les médias, à Télé-Québec, où elle pose son regard aiguisé sur le monde de l’information, et à Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! à ICI Radio-Canada Première. Noémi Mercier a récolté de nombreux prix de journalisme, dont cinq médailles d’or aux Prix du magazine canadien, trois prix Judith-Jasmin et des nominations aux Prix Michener et Albert-Londres.

Pary BellPary Bell has been a digital leader in Canada helping traditional media companies navigate digital transformations to embrace new audience platforms and business plans. Most recently, as the head of Digital for Rogers Media, he established and drove the digital strategy for the large Canadian media company. He oversaw the creation of hundreds of innovative digital products and generated net-new revenue streams and business models. As President of Digital Media for CanWest Broadcasting, he was responsible for the digital growth of high profile brands including Global Television, the Food Network, HGTV, History Television, E!, Showcase and Slice. He also served as Vice President of Digital Content for Alliance Atlantis Communications, and, prior to that, he led the Children’s and Youth Interactive Division at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Bell studied at Queen’s University, UBC, and has a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

Philip PrevillePhilip Preville is a freelance writer based in Peterborough. His work appears regularly in Toronto Life, Cottage Life and other publications. He is a winner of two National Magazine Awards, including the 2016 award in the Science, Technology and the Environment.


Philippe GohierPhilippe Gohier is the editor-in-chief of VICE Québec, which was launched in Montreal in the summer of 2016. Prior to joining VICE, Philippe served as a digital editor at L’actualité and Maclean’s. His first-ever journalism gig was writing Maisonneuve’s dearly-missed Mediascout newsletter.





Pierre Kattar 3Pierre 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.

Rachelle McDuffRachelle McDuff has been working for the Journal de Montréal as Assistant Director of Information for two months. Before that, she worked for eight years at the Montreal Metro newspaper where she has been a web journalist, news director and until recently editor-in-chief. She also worked for almost two years at the radio of Radio-Canada.



Rebecca EcklerRebecca Eckler is the Executive Editor of Savvymom.ca. She was a columnist at the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and a contributing editor at Maclean’s Magazine. She is the author of nine books and her work has been published on numerous websites across North America, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She is presently working on her tenth book about Blended families. She won best blogger in 2017 for the Canadian on-line publishing Awards. She lives with her two children in Toronto.


Roger LemoyneRoger LeMoyne studied film and Music at Concordia University in Montreal, toured Canada with a band and worked in film and music before turning to photography. Since the 1990’s, he has been documenting the human condition, conflict, human rights issues and international aid in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. His images have garnered more than 50 awards internationally, including a National Magazine Award in 2014, the Michener-Deacon Fellowship in 2013, A Canada Council for the Arts Grant in 2013, a Quebec Arts Council grant in 2009, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize (Duke University)  in 2007, and the “World Understanding Award” from POYi (Missouri School of Journalism) in 2006. His work has been nominated for 15 National Magazine Awards and has appeared in Communication Arts Photography Annual 7 times. A freelancer his entire career, his pictures are distributed by Getty Images and Redux Pictures of New York. He lives in Montreal with his wife, a physician, and their two children.

Saleem KhanSaleem Khan is a digital news pioneer, journalist, media trainer and consultant with diverse management experience, and a passion for the public interest.




ShirazShiraz Janjua is a writer and producer based in Toronto. His recent work includes an interactive documentary with the National Film Board of Canada. He previously won a Peabody Award with the public-radio program Speaking of Faith.



steve-ladurantaye.jpgSteve Ladurantaye is a managing editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where he’s responsible for restructuring and leading the country’s No. 1 source of online news and helping to increase the reach of the broadcaster’s news programs. While at Twitter, he worked with newsrooms around the world on content strategy in his role as global chair for news and helped heads of state all over the world utilize the platform to reach constituents. He’s the winner of two National Newspaper Awards (and one-time loser) for his reporting and writing, and his CBC digital news team built and won the Top News Website in Canada in 2018.

Susan NerbergSusan Nerberg is a journalist based in Montreal. After an eight-year stint as the deputy editor of enRoute magazine and, prior to that, working as senior editor at Azure, she’s now a freelance writer (and sometime-editor, because there are bills to pay), switching gears from producing travel and lifestyle content to reporting on the environment, human rights, nature, and architecture and urban issues. When she’s not too comfy reading a good book or magazine, you can find her outdoors — hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, or poking around in her tiny Montreal backyard garden.

Taylor Shute.jpgTaylor Shute is a Toronto based Art Director with almost a decade of experience creating and presenting content for a number of acclaimed publications and brands such as Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Cottage Life and Eye Weekly.


Tom HenhefferTom Henheffer is a consultant with expertise in digital media, government relations, team-building and strategic development, as well as a human rights advocate, former journalist and entrepreneur. Tom was formerly Director of News and Digital at VICE Canada and Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, an organization that’s been protecting the right to free expression in Canada and around the world for more than 30 years. As a journalist, Tom worked on everything from reporting on serial killers, to resource extraction and the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s also launched numerous digital and print products including Canada’s first national Web TV program, Macleans.TV and the Toronto Star’s Small Business Section and Star Business Club. A former videographer and small business owner, Tom has also designed, patented and licensed innovative products for shooting video with digital SLRs. Tom is a board member at Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression, a member of the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate’s subcommittee on Anti-Semitism, a Juror at the Canadian Screen Awards, and a judge for the Digital Publishing Awards, Ali Mustapha Memorial Award, and Grace-Pepin Access to Information Award.

unnamed-1Vanessa Milne is a writer who specializes in evidence-based health articles and parenting pieces. Before becoming a writer, she was an editor at Healthy Debate, The Toronto Star and Chatelaine.







Xavier.jpgXavier Kronström Richard works at CBC/Radio-Canada as the coordinator of digital innovation. He holds a master’s degree in scientific journalism at the Denis-Diderot University (Paris), and is particularly interested in R&D, innovation and creativity processes of the media industry. (Credits: Cindy Boyce.)



Finalists & Winners

The 2018 nominees will be announced on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10am EST. Follow us on Twitter (@DPAwards) or at digitalpublishing.blog for the most up-to-date news.

The Digital Publishing Awards soirée will celebrate the winners on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Toronto. Details to follow.