Call for Judges

The National Media Awards Foundation is now welcoming applications for judges for the 2022 National Magazine Awards: B2BDigital Publishing Awards, and National Magazine Awards.

Since 1977, the NMAF has promoted and honoured excellence in journalism, writing, and visual creation in the Canadian magazine industry. In 2021, almost 2,000 entries across all three of our awards programs were evaluated by a dedicated roster of more than 230 volunteer judges from all areas of the magazine and digital media industries.

We welcome applications from people who bring different perspectives to the judging process—from established industry leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We are also committed to addressing systemic racism and structural biases in Canadian media by ensuring that our judging panels are reflective of Canada’s cultural diversity.

Judging will take place in February and March, 2022. To volunteer as a judge, please apply using the form on our website. If you have any questions about how to apply or the rest of the judging process, please email us at

Why Volunteer?

We’re proud to have had some of the finest Canadian journalists, writers, and industry experts serve on our past juries.

The National Magazine Awards have been a major component in the growth of my writing career, and I am inestimably grateful not just for their financial support, but for the recognition from my peers and idols which they represent. Adjudicating the Best Personal Journalism category in 2020 was a deep dive into the breadth and depth of Canada’s masters of the form at the absolute state of the art of contemporary writing, for which I am immensely grateful. It made me a sharper reader, and a sharper writer. 
— Anthony Oliveirawriter and culture critic, and PhD with the University of TorontoToronto, ON.

It was such an enriching experience to be a judge for the NMAs. Being able to appreciate the work of my peers, and discuss their work with the other judges, made me feel like even more a part of the literary community that has supported and nourished me.
— Alicia Elliottaward-winning Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, ON.

Getting your hands on a B2B magazine can be tricky if you don’t belong to a particular profession. As an NMA: B2B judge, I had the pleasure of reading new publications and discovering the rich journalistic and artistic talent behind them.
— Luc Rinaldi, freelance journalist and former editor, Pivot magazine, Toronto, ON.

I enjoy the process because it gives me the opportunity to contribute both individually and collectively. Entering my own scores for each entry validates the time I spend reviewing and assessing each submission; discussing my assessments with the other judges during our conference call provides the opportunity to weigh the value of those assessments against the opinions of other industry experts and (on occasion) to argue in favour of work which I feel may have been undervalued.
Dawn Chafe, executive editor, Atlantic Business Magazine, St. John’s, NL.

It’s a great honour to judge the NMAs and see some of the best magazine work happening in Canada. I love editorial design and it’s wonderful when some of the winning entries are small, independent publications that understand great design is integral to their success.
— Fidel Peñacreative director and co-founder of Underline Studio, Toronto, ON.

Judging the NMAs allows you to keep tabs on industry leaders, validate someone’s hard work, and boost a worthy talent’s own career. It’s also an easy way to give back to a community that has given all of us so much.
Arjun Basu, senior vice president, Product at Bookmark Content and Communications, Montreal, QC.

The NMAs focus on creators, the people who are create the work that makes everything else possible. Given all of the challenges that creators face in earning a living, participating in a process that recognizes and rewards their efforts is, I think, important and valuable work.
Kim Pittaway, former editor, Chatelaine, and journalism teacher, Dartmouth, NS.

Serving as a judge for the National Magazine Awards, which I have done for at least ten years, is always a highlight of my reading year. It’s like receiving an engaging anthology of great writing by exciting emerging writers, masterful old pros, and hidden treasures. And you get the honour of choosing the best of a wonderful bunch! What could possibly be better?
Stephen Trumper, writer, editor, teacher, volunteer, Toronto, ON.

I think the NMAs themselves are a valuable measure of the accomplishments of Canadian magazine writers and editors. As to the process, we were given sufficient time and a workable structure both leading up to and in the conversation itself. My fellow judges offered interesting insights into the work considered and the process was both engaged and congenial.
Kim Jernigan, former editor, The New Quarterly, Waterloo, ON.

Volunteering as a judge with the National Magazine Awards was a great experience, it really gave me a chance to see the depth and variety of voices being published in Canadian magazines right now, this flourishing of diverse perspectives and thoughts make right now a very exciting time for Canadian media.
— Ossie Michelinaward-winning Inuk journalist and activist from the community of North West River, Labrador.

Having been involved since the 1980s, as a board member, president (1991) a member of a special review committee (Strategic Speculation) and a frequent judge, I have a real investment in the event. What I like most of all is the emphasis the awards have nurtured of rewarding the effort of individual creators (rather than the publications, which get to bask in the reflected glory anyway). Some no longer seem to value, or understand, this. But it is one of the things which makes the Magazine Awards special.
D.B. Scott, publisher, Canadian Magazines blog, Cambridge, ON.

Call for Judges: 3rd Annual National Magazine Awards: B2B

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

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

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.

The NMAF Announces the 2020 NMA: B2B Categories

National Magazine Awards: B2B Category Lineup for 2020.

We’re excited to reveal the 19 categories that make up the 2020 NMA: B2B program. The lineup honours top-notch Canadian B2B content, recognizing everything from the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate, to the best illustration that accompanies a B2B article. Here’s the list:

  1. Best Column or Regularly Featured Department
  2. Best Profile of a Company
  3. Best Profile of a Person
  4. Best Feature Article: Trade
  5. Best Feature Article: Professional
  6. Best News Coverage 
  7. Best How-to Article or Series of Articles
  8. Best Series of Articles
  9. Best Photograph
  10. Best Illustration
  11. Best Editorial
  12. Best Newsletter
  13. Best Art Direction: Single Article or Opening Spread
  14. Best Cover
  15. Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue
  16. Best Issue
  17. Best Publisher
  18. Best Magazine
  19. B2B Leadership Award

Awards presented to the creator (1-10) come with a $500 cash prize. All award winners will be presented at the NMA: B2B awards ceremony, in the spring of 2020. 

The call for entries opens on December 3, 2019 and closes January 17, 2020. If this is your first year entering, the Rules & Eligibility and Submission Requirements pages of our website provide a great primer! 

Call for Judges

National Magazine Awards: B2B Call for Judges.

Want to judge for the NMA: B2B program? Read up on How to be a Juror, and then send an email to We look forward to hearing from you!

October 2019

Email us to volunteer!

As the 2020 awards season gears up, the NMAF is now welcoming applications for judges for the  National Magazine Awards: B2B, the National Magazine Awards, and the Digital Publishing Awards.

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 2020. For more information, or to nominate a peer to the jury, contact us at

The 2019 National Magazine Awards: B2B Jury

The National Media Awards Foundation is proud to present the 2019 roster of National Magazine Awards: B2B judges. These individuals volunteered their time and expertise, collaboratively evaluating hundreds of entries. From the NMAF, and from those who submitted their work for consideration, thank you!

Ryan Bergen joined CIM Magazine, the flagship publication of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, in 2009. He has a background in the Humanities, training as a journalist and – prior to immersing himself in all things mining – experience reporting in Canada and the United States, covering topics from self-dealing small-town Kansas mayors to Kingston prison breaks to Montreal’s famously crumbling infrastructure. He has been the editor-in-chief of the magazine since 2012. During his tenure, CIM Magazine has been recognized multiple times for the editorial quality of its coverage of the mining industry.

Christian Blais is a professional photographer with more than 10 years of experience in advertising. Citizen of the world, he uses space as a creative laboratory and with a perfect combination of passion and technique. With a keen eye for details, he specializes in portraits, advertising, corporate and industrial. Christian show empathy and a certain sensitivity that are essential to capture the strength and personality of the subjects who sits in front of his camera. He has received numerous awards for the quality and the creativity of his work such as a 2017 and 2016 Communication Arts award, Applied Arts and Lux Photography Award.

Diplômé en rédaction-communications de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Steve Bouchard écrit sur le camionnage depuis plus de 20 ans. Il est le rédacteur en chef du magazine Transport Routier depuis sa création en 2000. Il est aussi le rédacteur en chef du site web, il agit comme rédacteur conseil du magazine L’automobile et il contribue aux magazines Today’s Trucking et Truck News. Il a remporté divers prix de journalisme spécialisé au Canada et aux États-Unis et il a reçu le prestigieux prix «Amélioration de l’image de l’industrie» remis par l’Association du camionnage du Québec.

Christine Brousseau is the National Editor at The Globe and Mail. Previously, she was the Executive Producer of News at the Ottawa Citizen.

Currently Writer and Editor with industry blog Chemical Matters, Leslie Burt has been writer, editor and publisher of a variety of business publications in Canada and Asia. Titles include Lab Product News, Adweek Asia, Asian Advertising & Marketing, Asian Venture Capital Journal, and Process Industries Canada, among others.

Tom Button is editor of Country Guide, where he has led its transformation into a national business magazine for farmers. Country Guide articles are frequent winners of national and international awards. In addition to journalism, Tom worked extensively in public and corporate relations, advising senior corporate and government clients across Canada on agricultural marketing and communications.

Rosanna Caira is the editor and publisher of Kostuch Media overseeing its varied portfolio of print, digital and events products. In her capacity as editor of Canada’s two leading hospitality publications, Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier magazines, Rosanna directs the editorial and graphic content of both publications, and is responsible for the editorial vision of the magazines and its many digital products. In addition to her editorial duties, Rosanna also serves as publisher, directing the strategic development of the Sales and Marketing, Production and Circulation departments. In September 2006, the Italian Chamber of Commerce named Rosanna one of the 32 most successful business women in Canada of Italian Origin. And, in 2016, Rosanna was bestowed with an Honorary degree – the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality — from Toronto’s George Brown College.

John Carson is a seasoned professional of 24 years in journalism, editing, communications, digital and social media content management. Also a published author, digital consultancy founder and non-profit co-founder. Currently the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily.

For the past 21 years, Dawn Chafe has been executive editor of Atlantic Canada’s most award-winning and largest circulation business magazines: Atlantic Business Magazine and Natural Resources Magazine. Her tenure has been dedicated to the continuous improvement of the publication and the publishing industry, particularly with regards to an uncompromising editorial standard. Under her leadership, the magazines have won 39 Atlantic Journalism Awards, 14 TABBIE international business press awards, and 4 KRW national business press awards; it has also been a finalist for multiple National Magazine awards.

Nadia Chegrinec is senior marketing manager with 20 years of experience who has successfully implemented leading edge marketing and competitive intelligence strategies by interpreting market trends and activities. Nadia has taken this approach and her keen ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to meet key business objectives throughout her career at Bell, Nortel, and Open Text. At Canada Post for more than 15 years, Nadia has successfully executed integrated marketing campaigns that get results – in both B2C and B2B environments.

Adam Cholewa is a freelance editorial designer and art director of print, photography and video for a variety of projects. In addition to his freelance clients, he is currently the art director of Pivot, a business magazine launched in 2018 on behalf of CPA Canada by Strategic Content Labs, the custom content division of St. Joseph Communications. Adam’s work has been internationally recognized by the Canadian National Magazine Awards, the Society of Publication Designers and the Society for News Design. His previous roles include art director of Air Canada’s enRoute and édition magazines; associate art director for the Grid magazine; and graphic designer for Canada’s pre-eminent news magazine, Maclean’s. He is also an accomplished illustrator and, in his spare time, is perfecting his work with motion graphics.

Marco Cibola is a freelance graphic artist working out of Dundas, Ontario, a small town about an hour outside of Toronto. His clients include Time magazine, Financial Times London, New York Times, Washington Post, Outside magazine, ESPN, Burton Snowboards, Element Skateboards, Livestrong, Random House and many others. Marco is also a professor at Sheridan College in the Illustration Program.

An award-winning journalist in daily and business news for more than 25 years, Gail Cohen has spent the last two decades covering all aspects of the legal profession in Canada. She was the editor in chief of the most comprehensive group of publications and digital products covering the law in Canada, which includes Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, InHouse, and 4Students as well as the daily Legal Feeds blog and She was recently the first journalist in residence at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Gail is currently working on a book about LGBTQ equality rights in Canada.

Claire Cooper is the managing editor of CAA Magazine, a travel and automotive- based quarterly that goes out to 1.7 million members of the Canadian Automobile Association. Claire first started in custom/branded content when she worked on Inspired, a food magazine published for Sobeys. Before that, she worked at Toronto Life magazine for six years. In her spare time, Claire likes to putter in the kitchen and try out new recipes. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

A graphic designer and creative director, Claire Dawson co-founded the design firm Underline Studio over ten years ago. Claire’s work has been widely published and honoured with awards from the most distinguished national and international competitions, among them the ADCC, D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers (NY) and the Art Director’s Club (NY). Claire’s writing on design has been published by Applied Arts and she has curated panels for Canada’s largest design conference, Design Thinkers. She has given numerous lectures on design topics, including for the speakers series CreativeMornings. She has served as a judge for the One Show, as well as many other national and international creative awards competitions.

Charles Desgroseilliers est directeur artistique dans le milieu éditorial depuis plus de 10 ans. Il a commencé par le magazine Commerce en 2007, avant de se voir confier la responsabilité de créer la grille ainsi qu’assumer la direction artistique des magazines Premium (2009), Les Affaires Plus (2010) et finalement le journal Les Affaires (2014). À travers les années, sa passion pour le design imprimé l’a amené à avoir à développer une expertise en vidéo, en illustration et en publicité.

Kristin Doucet is a seasoned communications professional with over 20 years’ experience editing professional magazines. She is the managing editor of Professionally Speaking, published by the Ontario College of Teachers, which has a circulation of 250,000 readers. Prior to this position, Kristin worked in editing and communications roles in financial services for 15 years. She is the former editor of CMA Magazine (now Pivot magazine, published by CPA Canada) and FORUM magazine, published by Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada, where she was also the Director of Communications.

Jacinthe Dupuis is a senior editor at Air Canada enRoute magazine and is based in Montreal.

Daniel Fish is the senior editor at Precedent and PrecedentJD. He graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program and has a master’s in English from the University of Guelph. Daniel won Gold at the National Magazine Media Awards for his profile of Michael Bryant.

Shellee Fitzgerald been on the Canadian Grocer team for more than 16 years and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. Read coast to coast, Canadian Grocer has been serving the grocery industry for more than 130 years. A graduate of Queen’s University, Shellee has previously worked in communications at the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (now Restaurants Canada) and was an associate editor at Chapters Online.

Renée Francoeur is the editor of Blue Line, Canada’s only independent magazine for law enforcement. She previously worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Alberta and community weekly in the Northwest Territories. She has also worked on the Electrical Business and Canadian Security brands at Annex Business Media.

Olga Gabrieleva is a multi-award-winning designer. Branding specialist with more then 25 years of experience. She is currently working as Senior Graphic and Web Designer at the RNAO.

Raj Grainger (R.G.D.) is a UK-born multidisciplinary graphic designer who lives and works in Toronto. He has worked as a Senior Graphic Designer for Underline Studio and the University of Toronto. He is a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) member and specializes in editorial and digital design, as well as art direction. He studied conceptual art and media design and has a BA in studio art from the University of Guelph. raj worked for several years on the west coast at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver as an in-house designer before returning home to Toronto. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts magazine, the RGD and nominated for National Magazine Awards. He volunteers for the RGD as an awards juror and mentor. @rgrainger

John Greig is editor of Farmtario, which covers Ontario agriculture in a daily newsletter and biweekly newspaper. It launched a year ago. He’s spent his career in business to business journalism, most of it covering agriculture and food. John is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program. He works mostly from home near Lucan, Ontario when he’s not traveling the province gathering stories.

Rebecca Harris is an award-winning writer with nearly 20 years of experience in business publishing. She was a long-time writer and editor at Marketing magazine before going freelance in 2012. Rebecca is currently a regular contributor to Canadian Grocer, Food in Canada, Foodservice & Hospitality and Hotelier. Her work has also been published in Canadian Business, Women of Influence and YouAreUnltd. Throughout her career, Rebecca has won four Canadian Business Media Awards (formerly KRW awards) and has been nominated for 14 awards.

Niel Hiscox is the president of Universus Media Group, a publisher and custom media company.

Miriam Ho is a founding co-editor-in-chief of The Site Magazine. Since its inception in 2016, she and her team has won two gold awards: Best Magazine (2018), Best Art and Literary (2018) and a silver: Best Editorial Package (2018) at the National Magazine Awards, and Best Art Direction (2017) at the Mags Grand Prix. Miriam is also an architect, artist and fiction writer based in Toronto.

Jessica Hotson is the Creative Director of The Kit. Her career has covered the Canadian publishing landscape, including positions at FLARE, Glow, Style at Home and Maclean’s. As The Kit’s creative director, she oversees the look and feel of the brand’s print, web and social platforms. She and her team conceptualize, plan and oversee endless photo shoots, as well as design countless pages for the brand’s paper editions. Jessica’s daily goal is to bring beauty and excitement to every aspect of The Kit, translating that joy to its readers, however they may interact with The Kit brand.

Brian Jackson is the editorial director at ITWC; the publisher of,, and Over 11 years of working with Canada’s largest B2B IT publisher, Brian has lead many editorial initiatives including custom-content programs, the launch and scale-up of a Youtube channel, daily podcasts, and encouraged deep and useful storytelling for a professional audience. During Brian’s time at ITWC, the company has been recognized more than any other B2B publication at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Outside of work, Brian is an outdoors enthusiast, canoe camping whenever Canada’s weather allows alongside his wife.

Deborah Jaremko leads oilsands editorial content for JWN. She was editor of Oilsands Review magazine from its founding in 2006 to its closure in 2017, and continues to guide JWN’s coverage of this key market space in the Daily Oil Bulletin. She is also responsible for writing and managing daily oil and gas news as editor of Deborah joined JWN in 2003 following graduation from the Bachelor of Applied Communications in Journalism program at Mount Royal College.

Brenda Jane Johnstone is the owner and publisher of Convenience & Carwash Canada magazine, a national, bi-monthly trade magazine targeted to the owners and operators of convenience stores, retail petroleum and carwash sites and is launching the first-ever Women in Carwash™ conference being held April 29 – May 1, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and will host the 9 th annual Western Convenience Stores golf tournament June 28 th in Cochrane, AB. When Brenda isn’t working on the next big issue, she can be found either on the golf course or in her kayak at the lake.

Meagan Kashty is an award-winning editor and writer. She currently works as alumni editor with Sheridan College. Previously, she worked as an associate editor with realscreen magazine, an international trade magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. You can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty.

Christine Lanthier est la rédactrice en chef du magazine Esquisses, publié par l’Ordre des architectes du Québec. Elle assure également la présence de l’organisme sur les réseaux sociaux. Auparavant, elle a coordonné de nombreux projets d’édition chez Jobboom, pour l’imprimé, le Web et les tablettes.

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

Colin Leslie is an award-winning journalist in Toronto who has worked at the Medical Post for the 20 years including the last 10 as editor-in-chief.

Brian MacLeod is the editor at the Western Producer, the largest newspaper in Canada serving the agricultural industry. He has worked at seven newspapers and has been nominated three times for editorial, opinion and analysis writing at the Ontario Newspaper Awards, winning in 2014. He has judged the National Newspaper Awards and is a former member of the board of directors of the Ontario Newspaper Awards. He lives near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hélène Matteau exerce depuis toujours dans le domaine des communications, et plus particulièrement du journalisme, à la télé, à la radio et l’écrit. Elle a travaillé 25 ans à la direction de magazines.

Nicolas Mesly est reporter-photographe pigiste spécialisé dans les enjeux agroalimentaires et écologiques. Agroéconomiste (BSc Université McGill), il  a amorcé sa carrière comme journaliste et photographe au Bulletin des agriculteurs avant d’être attaché de presse du ministre de l’Agriculture du Canada, E. Whelan. Par la suite, il a été responsable du développement commercial du secteur agroalimentaire canadien avec la Chine et l’Amérique latine pour Agriculture et agroalimentaire Canada; puis il a occupé le poste de secrétaire commercial et vice-consul à l’ambassade canadienne à Caracas, au Venezuela.

Dushan Milic is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary illustrator, designer and educator whose evocative, conceptually driven imagery appears in some of today’s most influential publications. Winner of over 40 awards from Applied Arts, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3×3, Society of Illustrators, the Society of Newspaper Designers, the National Magazine Awards, and a Bronze Lion at Cannes, Dushan also teaches illustration and graphic design at Ryerson University and OCADU and holds an MFA in Digital Futures from OCADU, researching alternative forms of data visualization using the aesthetics of the sublime. See his work at

John Milne is president of Breakwell & Company, a national business communications and publishing consulting firm whose clients include both national and regional publishers, associations and media services suppliers. Over a 35-year career in business publishing, John earned national writing awards as well as launching award-winning publications for both Maclean Hunter Limited and Rogers Publishing while effectively managing the transition from print to multiple platforms. An active contributor to Magazines Canada’s Travelling Consultants Program, John has organized each of the association’s Business Media Leadership Summits since their inception. He is the co-author of a series of Magazines Canada White Papers on the history and evolution of the country’s Business Publishing industry. He is a respected and sought-after public speaker with well-established Canadian and U.S. professional networks.

Cathy Mullaly spent the first eight years of her career working as a junior artist at Western Living magazine and then as the associate art director at Vancouver magazine. After taking a few years off to start her family, she returned to the publishing world at Canada Wide Media as the senior art director for seven different pubications before taking on their flagship magazine, BCBusiness. More than 20 years later, Cathy has had her hand in over 13 different publications at Canada Wide Media and still remains the creative director for BCBusiness. As of June 2018 things came full circle when Canada Wide Media purchased Vancouver magazine and she became the creative director for that publication as well. Over the last eight years, Cathy has also taught design in the School of Communications at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

Philippe Orfali est reporter économique au sein de la section Argent du Journal de Montréal et du Journal de Québec. Auparavant, il a œuvré pendant une dizaine d’années à titre de journaliste généraliste et politique, d’abord au Droit d’Ottawa puis au Devoir. Il a également collaboré au magazine Les Affaires et à La Presse. Il est détenteur d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires (MBA) de l’Université d’Ottawa et d’un baccalauréat en journalisme de l’UQAM.

Greg Paliouras has decades of experience in the B2B publishing industry. Currently, the publisher of Shop Metalworking Technology magazine. Shop Metalworking Technology is the top publication covering the Canadian metalworking industry. As well, Greg has served as the publisher of Canadian Plastics magazine and the publisher of Plastiques et Moules. Both publications focused on the plastics manufacturing sector in Canada with Plastiques et Moules targeting Quebec and the Maritimes. As well as manufacturing, Greg has spent over a decade in the construction, architecture and design sector. Serving as the Associate Publisher of the award-winning Canadian Architect magazine and Building magazine! As well, Greg has spent a few years in the DIY retail industry, most notably as the publisher of Hardware & Home Centre magazine.

Spécialiste en communication, Fabienne Papin est coordonnatrice des communications à l’Association médicale du Québec. Au cours d’une carrière de plus de 20 ans dans les médias, elle a entre autres été journaliste à l’Actualité médicale et Profession Santé, directrice de production pour Loulou et rédactrice en chef du magazine Guide Internet.

Sandra Parente is a business development executive who started her career in advertising sales at Rogers Media (formerly Maclean Hunter). In her 25+ years at Rogers, Sandra held leadership roles from Ad Director of Canadian Business, PROFIT and MoneySense magazines, GM of Corporate Sales for b2b publishing, and Group Publisher of MoneySense, Maclean’s and Sportsnet magazines until 2016. In 2017, Sandra joined Newcom Media as their Director of Business Development and has recently been appointed to the Managing Director role responsible for the Insurance Media brands including Canadian Underwriter and Claims Canada. Sandra’s media experience spans across several b2b industries including healthcare, financial services and retail/grocery. She is passionate about developing new revenue streams and helping advertisers reach their marketing goals through a consultative sales approach.

Jennifer Paterson has spent the majority of her career at B2B magazines, with a focus on employee benefits, pensions and HR over the past eight years, first at Employee Benefits in the U.K. and now as the editor of Benefits Canada.

Craig Patterson is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s most-read retail industry publication, Retail Insider. He’s also a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada, and the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

Luc Rinaldi is the senior editor of Pivot magazine. He has written for Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maclean’s and Maisonneuve.

Guillaume Roy est journaliste indépendant basé à Saint-Félicien au Lac-Saint-Jean. Diplômé en sciences de l’environnement et passionné de grandes aventures, il couvre l’actualité en lien avec les ressources naturelles, l’entrepreneuriat et le plein air. Il collabore entre autres avec L’Actualité, Québec Sciences, Espaces, Planète F, Beside et La Terre de chez nous. Il est également rédacteur en chef du magazine Opérations forestières.

Tamar Satov is an award-winning freelance writer and editor specializing in business, parenting and personal finance. Her work has appeared in many B2B and consumer magazines, including CPA Magazine (and its predecessor, CAmagazine), FORUM, Precedent, Pharmacy Practice, Canadian Living, Today’s Parent, Canadian House & Home, Report on Business Magazine, Canadian Business and Vancouver magazine. She is the former Managing Editor of CPA Magazine, where she won multiple Kenneth R. Wilson awards, including Gold for Best How-To Feature in 2016. Tamar also wrote a popular blog for CPA Canada on raising money-smart kids and is a strong proponent of financial literacy for all Canadians.

Shane Schick tells stories that help people innovate, and to manage the change innovation brings. He is the Editor-in-Chief of B2B News Network, which is read by CIOs, CMOs and other senior executives. He is a regular contributor Marketing Dive, Mobile Marketer and other publications covering the branding and advertising sectors. He writes news stories about cyber-threats and data protection for Security Intelligence. He is also covers fashion and lifestyle for Swagger magazine, a B2C title aimed at affluent men. Shane is the former Editor-in-Chief of Marketing magazine and has also been Vice-President, Content & Community (Editor-in-Chief), at IT World Canada, a technology columnist with the Globe and Mail and Yahoo Canada and was the founding editor of Shane has been recognized for journalistic excellence by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, where he has also served as a judge.

Anqi Shen is a journalist living in Ottawa. She covers higher education news and works on audience engagement at University Affairs magazine. Her writing has appeared elsewhere in The Globe and Mail, Briarpatch, This, National Gallery of Canada Magazine, among others. She was selected in 2017 to participate in the DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator for emerging filmmakers. With an abiding interest in the non-profit sector, Anqi has volunteered and worked with organizations including Carty House, Ottawa Art Gallery, Synapcity, Canadian Women’s Foundation, and what was formerly known as the St. Joseph’s Women’s Immigrant Centre in Hamilton.

Alina Skyson is a senior designer at The Office of Gilbert Li in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys focusing her conceptual eye on editorial and book design, identity projects as well as art direction for photography and illustration. Having begun her career at McCann Toronto, Alina has had extensive experience developing campaigns for some of the largest brands in the country. Her work has been recognized by the National Magazine Awards, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, Applied Arts, and the Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCCs), among others.

Peter Sobchak has been discussing topics related to design, architecture and real estate development in Canada through various mediums for over 15 years. He is the editor of Canadian Interiors magazine and Building magazine, his writing has appeared in publications in England, Germany, the Netherlands, China and elsewhere, and his work has won several awards for business writing. He was also the host and producer of Building Toronto, which aired on Rogers TV.

Caroline Tapp-McDougall is the Editor In Chief and Publisher of a collection national magazines and a multi-platform content developer at the BCS Media Group. She is a sought after speaker, a strategic marketing professional and her energetic, results-oriented approach generates solid reader engagement and industry relationships. Caroline is a volunteer on the Board Canadian Abilities Foundation and is committed to advocating for a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

Diplômée d’une maîtrise en Management de la culture et des médias de Sciences po Paris, Marine Thomas a travaillé comme journaliste pour la presse écrite et la télévision. En 2011, elle pilote la refonte du magazine Premières en affaires et participe en 2013 à la création d’Inspiro, avant d’assurer la supervision éditoriale de ces deux magazines. Elle est rédactrice en chef de la revue Gestion de HEC Montréal jusqu’en décembre 2016 avant d’entrer au journal Les Affaires à titre de directrice de contenu, journal et Bulletin privilège. Engagée dans la communauté, Marine est vice-présidente du conseil d’administration du Y des femmes, présidente de Génération W, et administratrice de Lire et faire lire. Elle fait également partie du comité Jeunes Premiers du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

Joe Thompson has been covering the Canadian manufacturing sector for nearly two decades. He is responsible for the day-to-day editorial direction of the magazine, providing a uniquely Canadian look at the world of metal manufacturing. An award-winning author and graduate of the Sheridan College journalism program, Joe has published articles worldwide in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, civil infrastructure, pharmaceutical, medical, and entertainment.

Based in Toronto, Michael Tong serves as the art director for the Luxury & Lifestyle Group at Bookmark Content and Communication, a global content marketing agency. He has worked on multimedia projects for clients including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Birks, Lindt, Air Canada and Related Companies, bringing his interests in food, travel, design and culture to life for editorial and digital platforms through creative direction and graphic design.

Gestionnaire chevronnée spécialisée en stratégie de marque et de contenu, Caroline Trudeau possède près de 12 ans d’expérience dans les médias. Elle a été rédactrice en chef des magazines Cool!, Star Système et Femmes etc., et est aujourd’hui Directrice de contenu chez Edikom, un groupe médiatique qui publie les magazines LE must et L’actualité ALIMENTAIRE. Forte de sa maîtrise en journalisme de Syracuse University et de son MBA des HEC, Caroline est une communicatrice hors pair, reconnue pour ses qualités de leader et sa créativité.

Martine Turenne est rédactrice en chef de La Conversation Canada, un site de journalisme académique qui fait partie du réseau global The Conversation. Elle était auparavant rédactrice en chef de Droit-inc, un site d’actualités juridiques, et d’Espresso-jobs, un site spécialisé en TI.  Elle a auparavant occupé les fonctions de journaliste et de rédactrice en chef au sein de plusieurs médias québécois, notamment TC Média (Les Affaires et Commerce), Québecor (TVA et Le Journal de Montréal), L’actualité et Radio-Canada. Elle a aussi publié plusieurs ouvrages, reçu plusieurs prix en journalisme et une bourse de la Fondation Michener.

Carey van der Zalm is the national award winning creative director for The Site Magazine, the leading independent Canadian architecture magazine and the National Magazine Awards 2018 Magazine of the Year. In addition to her work in print design, exhibition design, and publishing, Carey is an architect who practices with a focus in healing architecture.

Tim Wilbur is a senior editor and licensed lawyer with over thirteen years of experience in the publishing industry. He is the managing editor Canadian Lawyer, the leading magazine for lawyers in Canada published by Thomson Reuters. Previously, he was managing editor of Lexpert magazine and The Lawyers Weekly. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 2003 and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 National Magazine Awards: B2B! For the full results, please visit our blog post.

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Call for Judges: Inaugural National Magazine Awards: B2B


The National Media Awards Foundation is currently accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the juries for the inaugural National Magazine Awards: B2B, and the 2019 National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards.

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;
  • Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian B2B 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 an award yourself);
  • Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA, DPA, or NMA: B2B categories;
  • 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 for more information or to nominate someone to the jury. 

Join the great tradition of recognizing achievement by the creators of Canadian magazines, business-to-business publishing, and digital publishing! 

Announcing the NMA: B2B Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to announce its newest awards program: the National Magazine Awards: B2B, honouring excellence in business-to-business publishing. The call for entries for the inaugural NMA: B2B awards will open on January 3, 2019.


B2B publications will be recognized across 19 awards categories, including recognition for achievement in personal and company profiles, trade and professional feature articles, overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B industry, and more. Awards will include a $500 cash prize in creator-focused categories, awarded to the individual Gold winner.

To craft the 2019 NMA: B2B awards program, including the categories, rules and judging guidelines, and to ensure that the program reflects the industry, the NMAF collaborated with leaders in Canadian B2B publishing. Many thanks to our steering committee for their invaluable help and guidance:

  • Kristin Doucet, Managing Editor, Professionally Speaking
  • Colin Leslie, Editor-in-Chief, The Medical Post
  • Charles DesGroseilliers, Art Director, Les Affaires
  • Ryan Bergen, Editor-in-Chief, CIM Magazine

The NMA: B2B awards are open to all editorial publications that self-describe as a professional, association, alumni, or trade magazine with a permanent editorial staff in Canada. Print and digital magazines are both welcome to apply, whether published in English, French, or both languages.

Call for Judges

We’re currently looking for individuals interested in serving on the juries for the NMA: B2B awards. Information about the judging process can be found here, or get in touch with us at