B2B Leadership Award—Final Call for Nominations!

Our thanks to everyone who entered the 3rd annual National Magazine Awards: B2B! We’ll be announcing finalists this spring, but until then, consider nominating a colleague for the B2B Leadership Award!

This prestigious designation is a recognition of outstanding career achievement, contributions to the industry, and overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B media industry. Anyone working in the B2B publishing industry is eligible: journalists, writers, creators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing managers, sales and promotion professionals, and production managers. The 2020 winner was Karen Lorimer—read up on her incredible, 40-year career in Canadian media and publishing.  

Here’s what to include in the nomination package: 

  • A cover letter indicating the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work.
  • At least two supporting letters from other individuals. 

Email the entire nomination package as a single PDF file (10 pages max.) to by March 2, 2021 and pay the $25 entry fee by e-transfer or PayPal. 

March 2, 2021 is also the deadline for the NMA’s Outstanding Achievement award and the DPA’s special awards, the Digital Publishing Leadership Award and the Emerging Excellence Award

Nominees will be announced this spring, over on Twitter

Call for Entries for the 3rd Annual National Magazine Awards: B2B

Submissions for the 3rd annual National Magazine Awards: B2B are now open! This year, we’re celebrating and recognizing the best business-to-business publishing across 18 categories, with Gold winners in individual categories receiving a $500 cash prize.

New for 2021, there are seven additional categories that are part of a cross-programming initiative. The National Media Awards Foundation encourages NMA: B2B participants, alongside National Magazine Awards and Digital Publishing Awards participants to submit to their work to the following categories:

  • Best Virtual Event
  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Podcast: News and Politics
  • Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini Doc

How to Submit

  1. Review the Categories and Rules
  2. Register online at
  3. Enter the details of each submission, following our submission requirements
  4. Pay the required entry fees

Please note that, in response to the challenges of this COVID-19 era, no hard copies are required this year. All entry materials can be uploaded to our online portal.


To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 15, 2021. The final deadline for submissions is January 25, 2021 at midnight EST.

Need help?

If you’ve got questions about the program or the submissions process, we’ve got answers. Drop us a line at or direct message us on Twitter.

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Categories Announced for the 3rd Annual National Magazine Awards: B2B

National Magazine Awards: B2B Category Lineup for 2021.

We’re pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 National Magazine Awards: B2B! Our program for 2021 features 18 categories, including the B2B Leadership Award, plus additional categories that are part of a new, cross-programming initiative.

Here’s the full lineup:

  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 Art Direction: Single Article or Opening Spread
  13. Best Cover
  14. Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue
  15. Best Issue
  16. Best Publisher
  17. Best Magazine
  18. B2B Leadership Award

Additional Categories

New for 2021, we encourage National Magazine Awards: B2B participants to submit their work to the following categories, which will compete among those submitted to the Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards programs. For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.

  • Best Editorial Newsletter
  • Best Virtual Event
  • Best Podcast: News and Politics
  • Best Podcast: Arts and Culture
  • Best Online Video: Short
  • Best Online Video: Feature
  • Best Online Video: Mini-Doc

We will present the winners of the 3rd National Magazine Awards: B2B in the spring of 2021. If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 National Magazine Awards: B2B, please note that the call for entries opens on December 22, 2020 and closes on January 25, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 15, 2021.

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.

An Inside Look at the Creative Process with National Award Magazine Winners Studio 141


With the nominees announced for the 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B, we are sharing a sneak peek into the creative development of this year’s program. We are grateful and honoured that the talented team at Studio 141 Inc. partnered with us to create the visuals that will help define our celebration of Canadian B2B magazines and creators.

We recently spoke with Dave Curcio, President and Creative Director at Studio 141 Inc., about the compelling artwork for the 2020 NMA: B2B Awards and the creative process behind delivering concepts that help bring messages and meaning to life.

NMAF: Studio 141 Inc. won two Silver National Magazine Awards in 2019. What did it mean to the team to receive those awards?

Dave Curcio: It’s always fantastic to get recognition for work our team has produced. At Studio 141 we take a collaborative approach to our projects and consider ourselves to be only one part of the equation to success. Our clients are the most knowledgeable when it comes to their brands so we take time to learn from them before we offer solutions. Whether it’s a photographer or illustrator we’d like to commission for a magazine or a new approach to a branding project, we involve our clients every step of the way.

As an outside agency, feeling like we’re part of a magazine team can be more difficult than for an internal art department, so we’re grateful to our clients who choose us as a part of their team. Satisfaction from receiving these awards is shared because the ownership of the work is shared; we work as a team and we share the rewards as a team.

NMAF: How does the team feel about now working with the National Media Awards Foundation?

DC: Our team was both flattered and excited to be asked to work with the NMAB2B to create their first brand identity since joining forces with the National Magazine Awards in 2019. Our team has been accumulating Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) for nearly 25 years for our work on several publications. To be part of the evolution from the KRWs to the NMAB2Bs is being part of Canadian Publishing industry history. It’s a true honour.

2020 creative in use, concept designed by Studio 141 Inc.

NMAF: Can you tell us about the work Studio 141 is doing for this year’s awards?

DC: For the 2020 NMAB2Bs we wanted to take things back to basics. We created a look that is fresh and modern and draws a distinct connection to the magazine industry. Using a tactile ripped paper motif along with text as texture felt right. Text, colour, texture and balance — the fundamentals of design for a physical magazine in a digital space.

NMAF: What are some upcoming projects for Studio 141?

DC: The Ontario College of Teachers, The College of Nurses of Ontario, The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation along with several smaller organizations are keeping our team busy with a wide variety of projects.

While magazine art direction, design and production is a considerable aspect of the services we offer, we have seen an increasing demand for motion graphics and video production. We have adapted for this demand and transferred our editorial sensibility and aesthetic and applied it to a wide variety of corporate communications beyond the printed page. Our clients love this fresh, elevated approach to their projects.

NMAF: What’s in the near future for Studio 141?

DC: Covid-19 has changed the way we all work. In the short term we are focused on how to continue to produce effective communications with the challenges that physical distancing poses. Our team has worked on a variety of projects with some art and design budgets as low as zero. While this does present a challenge, creating great work with little-to-no resources is not new to our team. In the long term we are optimistic that this challenging time will pass and we will have gained insight into new and exciting solutions we can bring forward.

We at the NMAF graciously thank Studio 141 for their incredible contributions and talents in developing the creative for the 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B. You can learn more about Studio 141 on their website

Nominees Announced for 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B

b2b nominations announced

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees of the 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B.

In its second year, our dedicated roster of 58 judges rigorously assessed hundreds of entries from 64 B2B publications in 19 categories. These 82 outstanding finalists emerged, made possible by the B2B industry experts who generously volunteered their time and expertise.

See the complete list of nominees here.



The National Media Awards Foundation proudly congratulates Karen Lorimer, winner of the 2020 B2B Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding career achievement, contributions to the field, and overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B media industry. Learn more about Karen’s impressive and illustrious career here.

There’s no shortage of praise for Lorimer’s leadership and contributions to the B2B media industry: “Karen always stood out as a leading voice for the industry,” says Alison Janzen, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Torkin Manes LLP. “Not just a leader of people, she also took a leading role in shaping the Canadian legal magazine industry.”

In recognition of Lorimer’s 40 plus years of experience in the field of Canadian media and publishing, her commitment as a mentor, and her incredible leadership qualities, the National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to recognize Lorimer with our most prestigious individual award, the B2B Leadership Award. Congratulations, Karen!


Pivot, CPA Canada leads with an impressive 18 nominations across various categories this year. Tied for second are University Affairs and Professionally Speaking, who each earned seven nominations. Precedent, Profession Santé, Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine and Canadian Architect tied for third place with four nominations respectively.


  • Hi, I’m Mike” from Pivot, CPA Canada leads with three nominations: Best Cover, Best Issue and Best Art Direction: Single Article or Opening Spread
  • Meet Michael” from Pivot, CPA Canada received two nominations: Best Photograph and Best Profile of a Person
  • Auditing in the Drone Age” Pivot, CPA Canada was also twice nominated, in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Cover
  • Receiving two nominations in the notable categories of Best Cover and Best Issue is Bombardier Experience Magazine’s “Spring/Summer 2019” issue
  • The “November 2019” issue from University Affairs also received two nominations: Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Issue
  • The Precedent Innovation Awards” published in Precedent, is nominated for Best Art Direction: Single Article or Opening Spread and Best Illustration
  • The King of Chefs” published in Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine received two nominations: Best Photograph and Best Profile of a Person
  • Professionally Speaking’s “December 2019” issue received nominations for Best Issue and Best Photograph


There are three nominees for the prestigious Best Magazine award: EsquissesPivot, CPA Canada and University Affairs.

Pivot, CPA Canada won Best Magazine in 2019 and University Affairs earns its second straight nod in this category.

Canadian Architect, published by IQ Business Media has been selected to win Best Publisher.

See the complete list of categories and nominees here.

Top B2B magazine nominees:

Pivot, CPA Canada18
University Affairs7
Professionally Speaking7
Profession Santé4
Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine4
Canadian Architect4
The Medical Post3
Bombardier Experience Magazine3
Advisor’s Edge3

CREDIT CHANGES: If you would like to make any credit changes, please send details to before Monday, May 4, 2020.


The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council and Ontario Creates. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision and Magazines Canada.

A special thanks to Studio 141 for creating this year’s visual elements.
This year’s NMA: B2B judges volunteered their time and industry knowledge, reading and evaluating hundreds of entries; our sincerest thanks!

Karen Lorimer to receive the National Media Awards Foundation’s 2020 B2B Leadership Award

The National Media Awards Foundation proudly congratulates Karen Lorimer, winner of the 2020 B2B Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding career achievement, contributions to the field, and overall leadership of a member of the Canadian B2B media industry.


Lorimer’s 40-year career in Canadian media and publishing started in a five-person publishing house as an advertising sales representative. Shortly after, she moved on to Southam Communications, where Lorimer not only participated in all steps of the publishing process (advertising sales, market research, editorial, circulation, and more), but worked on a wide-range of publications (from Process Industries Canada to Verve).

Gail J. Cohen, former Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Lawyer , Law Times and, says “the job of publisher was made for [Karen].”

This experience “set the stage for the rest of her career that included Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at custom publisher Dovetail Communications, President of her own consulting company 4-Plus Communications Inc., as well as an instructor at Humber College,” recalls Cohen.

In 2005, Lorimer was hired as a Director and Group Publisher at CLB Media Inc., tasked with growing the company’s professional publications and launching magazines for in-house counsel and law students. “[T]here was finally someone in the driver’s seat who could look after all aspects of the publications,” says Cohen.

Niel Hiscox, President of Universus Media Group Inc. and former VP of CLB Media Inc., watched Lorimer “mentor staff both young and old. Under Karen’s leadership we launched new print magazines and innovative digital products. Karen improved our revenues and drove new editorial ideas, always with a view to delivering the highest possible quality in everything we did.”

CLB Media Inc. was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2010. Lorimer spent nine years there as the Director and Group Publisher of the Media Solutions Division, working on publications that included Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Canadian Lawyer InHouse, Canadian HR Reporter, Lexpert, Canadian Occupational Safety, and FindLaw Canada.

“Karen’s ability to motivate people was extraordinary… She would adjust her approach to each individual to meet his/her needs and adapt to their learning style,” says Ivan Ivanovitch, Director, Business Development & Operations, McCarthy Tetrault, on Lorimer’s leadership approach while at Thomson Reuters. “Karen would encourage a healthy degree of disagreement to challenge the team’s assumptions and beliefs to drive innovation.”

Indeed, there’s no shortage of praise for Lorimer’s leadership: “Karen always stood out as a leading voice for the industry,” says Alison Janzen, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Torkin Manes LLP. “Not just a leader of people, she also took a leading role in shaping the Canadian legal magazine industry.”

Lorimer was also instrumental as one of the original instructors in launching Humber College’s Media Advertising Sales diploma program, and continued to mentor young professionals through teaching at Humber College.
In recognition of Lorimer’s 40 plus years of experience in the field of Canadian media and publishing, her commitment as a mentor, and her incredible leadership qualities, the National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to recognize Lorimer with our most prestigious individual award, the B2B Leadership Award. Congratulations, Karen!

2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B Jury

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to present the 2020 NMA: B2B roster of judges. Our thanks to everyone who generously volunteered their time and expertise, particularly during this year with its unique challenges and circumstances!

La Fondation est heureuse de présenter son jury pour les Prix du magazine canadien : B2B 2020. Nous remercions sincèrement tous les professionnels de grand talent qui ont généreusement offert leur temps et leur expertise pour évaluer les candidatures, en particulier au cours de cette année avec ses défis et circonstances uniques !

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.

Diplômé en rédaction-communications de l’Université de Sherbrooke, Steve Bouchard écrit sur le camionnage depuis 25 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 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.

Lise Boullard is a passionate lifestyle editor and writer with over a decade of experience. After completing a master’s degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University, Lise’s French roots drew her east where she served as associate editor of Reader’s Digest in Montreal. Back in Vancouver, Lise joined Glacier Media, where she spent three years living the good life—and writing about it—as managing editor of Vita and Vancouver Living magazines. Lise now works at the forefront of Canada’s digital publishing industry, crafting copy that appeals to both humans (and algorithms) as content manager of Glacier Media’s digital department. She also shares her lifestyle musings on her blog, The Editor’s Diary at

Mark Burgess is the managing editor of Advisor’s Edge, a magazine for financial advisors. He was previously associate editor of strategy magazine and deputy editor of The Hill Times.

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.

Joyce Byrne is a publisher and magazine consultant with 20 years experience in consumer, business, trade, custom and cultural magazines. She was most recently the group publisher at RedPoint Media in Calgary and prior to that was Vice President at Venture Publishing in Edmonton. She began her career at This Magazine in Toronto. Joyce is the President of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, consulting publisher to Eighteen Bridges, and the proofreader for Taddle Creek. In 2018 she received the National Magazine Awards Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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. She is also responsible for the company’s many events, ranging from the Icons & Innovators, to the Pinnacle Awards and the newly launched Women in Tourism & Hospitality conference. Rosanna is well known in industry circles across Canada, representing the magazines at industry functions and serving on various Boards and committees. These include the Canadian Hospitality Foundation, the Ontario Hostelry Institute, and the Canadian Business Press. Rosanna is a recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Gold Award in the media category, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American-based International Food Editors’ Council. 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 the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily, the fifth editorship in his career. 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.

Dawn Chafe—Editor of Atlantic Canada’s leading business magazine.

Maria Church is the editor of Canadian Forest Industries and Canadian Biomass magazines, two of more than 65 media brands published by Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest B2B magazine publisher. A graduate of Carleton University’s bachelor of journalism program in Ottawa, she began her career as a reporter and photographer for community newspapers in Alberta and the Northwest Territories before making the switch to trade media with Annex. Now living in Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast, Maria frequently travels to sawmills, wood pellet plants and logging sites across the country to hear from the people shaping the future of the forest industry and bioeconomy.

An award-winning journalist for more than 25 years, Gail Cohen spent two decades covering all aspects of the legal profession in Canada. She is currently working on a book about LGBTQ equality rights in Canada, editing Sage magazine, and honing her entrepreneurial skills and spirit. Gail was previously the editor in chief of the most comprehensive group of publications and digital products covering the law in Canada, where she launched a number of publications and digital products. She was recently the first journalist in residence at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Claire Cooper is the managing editor of CAA Magazine, which goes out to 1.7 million members of the Canadian Automobile Association in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Claire has worked in custom content for 11 years and before that, spent six years at Toronto Life magazine.

Dave Donald is currently art director of Ryerson Review of Journalism, Point of View Magazine and Education Canada. He has been in publication design for over 28 years, working on magazines such as This Magazine, Chatelaine and Masthead. He is also a freelance design consultant and lecturer specializing in publication design.

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.

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 has been on the Canadian Grocer team for more than 17 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 is also the host of Blue Line, The Podcast and one of the organizers behind the brand’s annual Blue Line Expo.

PhotoED Magazine Editor/ Publisher, Rita Godlevskis has extensive experience in publishing and creative media work in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. From Toronto Life to Australian Women’s Weekly, she has worked across multiple editorial platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio.  Rita holds a master’s in Creative Media from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and has exhibited her own photographic work in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Photo by Ryan Parker

Raj Grainger is a UK-born multidisciplinary graphic designer and creative director who lives and works in Toronto. He studied conceptual art and media design and focuses primarily on editorial, print- and identity-based projects. He likes to collaborate with cultural and educational institutions, non-profits and other creatives. His work has been recognized by Applied Arts magazine, the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD) and nominated National Magazine Awards. In addition to starting his own studio practice, he volunteers for the RGD as an awards juror and mentor.

John Greig is editor of Farmtario, a digital and print publication that serves the agriculture sector. He’s spent his career in business to business journalism and communications. He is a graduate of Carleton University’s Journalism program and lives with his family on their small farm near Lucan, Ontario.

Jeff Hannaford is an award-winning art director with over 20 years of experience. He has art directed Zoomer, Canadian Family, Salon, and Hamilton Magazine, and spent five years as the Associate Art Director of FLARE. He has previously judged for the KRW Awards, Applied Arts Magazine Design Awards, and has sat on the Les Usherwood Award committee.

Tara Hardy has been working as a collage artist for the last 15 years. Her biggest love is her pug, Winston. Her deep love for animals and the natural world are present in most of her work and her passion for love, justice and freedom is what fuels her. Her work has recently been in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Politico and in an episode of HBO’s Succession.

Rebecca Harris is an award-winning writer with 20 years’ experience in business publishing. She was a writer and editor at Toronto-based Marketing magazine for 12 years, and held the managing editor post from 2009-2012. Rebecca is currently a regular contributor to Canadian Grocer, Foodservice & Hospitality and Hotelier. Her work has also appeared in Canadian Business, Food in Canada, Profit Guide, and Women of Influence. Throughout her career, Rebecca has won four Canadian Business Media Awards (formerly KRW awards) and has been nominated for 14 awards.

Andy Holloway—Editor/writer who has worked for a variety of publications in a variety of positions over the past 25+ years. Currently editor of Financial Post Magazine and features editor of Financial Post.

Lauren Huneault is the Senior Content Producer, Content & Audience Development at the Canadian Franchise Association. In this role, Lauren manages the content production for Franchise Canada properties, including Franchise Canada Magazine and all corresponding digital properties such as the website, e-newsletter, video channel, and podcast.  With a background in journalism and publishing, Lauren has previously worked as the editor of trade magazines, including Your Convenience Manager (YCM) and Octane.

Erica Kirkland has spent over 20 years in Canada’s B2B publishing industry. In 2014 she launched InStore, The Definitive Resource for Independent Lifestyle Retailers in Canada for which she serves as publisher and editor. In 2018, she purchased Giftbeat, a paid-circulation B2B publication launched in 1992 which provides market intelligence and data to U.S.-based retailers. Prior to launching InStore, Kirkland served as the Editor of Retail News for 15 years, a magazine which was recognized in 2013 as the Trade Magazine of the Year by the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. Kirkland started her career in 1998 at Annex Publishing.

Jacqueline Kovacs has worked in magazines for more than 25 years—in both consumer and B2B titles. Whether crafting an editorial package for Today’s Parent, working with writers and designers at Professionally Speaking or writing for Canadian Living, Best Health or Chatelaine, she brings a love of story with a sharp sense of structure, style and audience to all content she’s involved with. She is currently the magazine specialist at CAA South Central Ontario.

Benoîte Labrosse est une journaliste indépendante basée à Montréal. Elle collabore avec de nombreux médias, dont Finance et InvestissementProtégez-Vous,Esquisses et Continuité, tout en étant chargée de projets aux cahiers spéciaux du journal Les Affaires et rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine de solidarité internationale Sans Frontières. Spécialiste de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, elle a vécu plusieurs mois au Cameroun, au Ghana au Sénégal et au Burkina Faso, où elle a entre autres couvert l’élection présidentielle de 2015. Mme Labrosse est administratrice de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ), dont elle a aussi été secrétaire-trésorière de 2011 à 2016.

Christine Lanthier a travaillé pendant 18 ans à la rédaction en chef de plusieurs publications spécialisées : guides des éditions Jobboom, Magazine Jobboom et magazine Esquisses, de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ). Actuellement conseillère en communications pour l’OAQ, elle supervise ou accompagne la publication des contenus de l’organisme sur différentes plateformes.

Leata Lekushoff is an award-winning writer, editor and content creator with 15+ years experience in publishing and corporate communications. She was most recently the Senior Editor at Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession magazine. During that time, dozens of contributors were nominated as well as rewarded for their work under her direction, both at national and international levels. Leata began her career in film and TV, and has a background in photography. She is proud to be part of the jury for the 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B.

Colin Leslie is a journalist in Toronto who has worked at the Medical Post for 22 years including the last 10 as editor-in-chief. He’s won gold and silver National Magazine Awards:B2B and before that a number of Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. He’s supervised editorial teams of different sizes over the years. The Medical Post is a six-times a year magazine and a daily newsletter for Canada’s doctors and is a magazine with a 55-year history. 

Marie-Sophie L’Heureux has been a magazine editor for the past 10 years. Starting her career as a registered nurse at age 21, she next became a radio freelance culture journalist at CKAC Montreal, and was then offered editor-in-chief position in a food magazine associated to a TV channel, Zeste (Quebec food network). In 2011, she was recruited by Canadian Medical Association to be editor-in-chief of Santé inc., a French-written magazine belonging to Canadian Medical Association/Joule that is still distributed to all 23,000 Quebec physicians and recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. Marie-Sophie has also been a Radio CBC/SRC health columnist on numerous CBC French radio stations across Canada and as a restaurant critic for Communications Voir/Guide Resto Voir. Today, she additionally contributes to various magazines and newspapers. She received her nursing degree at Université de Montréal in 2003 before graduating with a journalism diploma and a management master’s degree (M.Sc.) in 2010, with a specialty diploma in Health and Society. In 2016, Marie-Sophie was selected among 40 exceptional women that had studied at Université de Montréal to be part of a special campus photography exhibition about women that have an inspiring career.

Brian MacLeod is editor of the Western Producer, the largest newspaper in Canada serving the agriculture industry. He has worked at seven newspapers and spent several years in communications at a major mining company. He has been recognized for opinion and analysis writing by the Ontario Newspaper Awards, the Canadian Farm Writers Federation and the North American Agricultural Journalists association. 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.

Gil Martinez has more than two decades of design experience and has worked for publishers throughout North America. He has been a member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers since 2004, where he has reviewed portfolios for junior designers and prospective members, and participated in its Education and Ethics committees. He has received accolades from the HOW International Design Awards, the SoGood Design Awards, the Canadian Business Media Awards and others. In addition to his work as art director for Newcom Media Inc.’s Financial Group, Gil writes about branding and design for the financial industry, has written a book about calligraphy and typography, and teaches editorial design at Centennial College.

Hélène Matteau—Outre mon expérience à la direction de magazines, j’ai aussi été enseignante au secondaire (français, méthodologie du travail intellectuel, arts plastiques) et bibliothécaire scolaire. Puis réviseure dans diverses maisons d’édition de livres et de magazines, directrice de la production chez Sogides. Enfin, journaliste à la recherche, chroniqueure, intervieweuse, animatrice télé et radio à Radio-Canada Montréal et Chicoutimi, recherchiste et journaliste à TVA et Via le monde. 

Dushan Milic—I am a Toronto-based interdisciplinary visual communicator whose 20 years of experience as an illustrator and designer, and decade as an educator, is driven by endless curiosity, deep love of creative facilitation, knowledge-sharing, and conceptualization. My evocative, conceptually driven imagery appears in some of today’s most influential publications and has received over 40 awards. I also teach studio courses that focus on creative processes in illustration and design at Ryerson and OCAD Universities and hold an MFA in Digital Futures that explored the use of the aesthetics of the sublime to express and represent data.

Colleen Nicholson is an art director, producer and story creator with an ambitious coffee habit. Sometimes her work wins awards. (This has not benefited her personality).

Matt O’Grady is an award-winning communications professional who has held senior leadership positions at both regional and national media companies. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of BCBusiness magazine twice—from Mar. 2008 to May 2011, and Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2016—during which time the magazine was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, as well as a Jack Webster Award for excellence in journalism. He has also worked for The Globe and Mail in both Toronto and Vancouver, mostly recently running its West Coast operations as British Columbia Bureau Chief.  Matt has deep ties within the Vancouver media community, having served as an editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living, worked as an online editor for CBC British Columbia, and taught non-fiction writing, editing and magazine production courses at Langara, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University. He currently represents the publishing industry as board director for Creative BC.

Philippe Orfali est reporter économique au Journal de Montréal, où il couvre le monde des affaires, les sociétés québécoises cotées en bourse et Hydro-Québec. Il a auparavant œuvré au quotidien Le Devoir ainsi qu’au journal Le Droit d’Ottawa, où il fut notamment correspondant parlementaire. Il est détenteur d’un 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. In addition to 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. Greg has additionally spent several years in the DIY retail industry, most notably as the publisher of Hardware & Home Centre magazine.

Sandra Parente is a publishing 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, Claims Canada and the Top Broker Summit.

In a 15-year journalism career, Jennifer Paterson has largely worked in editorial roles at business-to-business magazines, including her current role as editor of Benefits Canada. She was introduced to the world of pensions, investments and health benefits during five years as a senior reporter at Employee Benefits magazine in London, U.K. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts (English/History) from Queen’s University.

Ian Portsmouth—I’m an experienced business operator and award-winning former journalist specializing in best management practices and B2B marketing strategy. Deep background in print and online media. Fifteen years of public speaking experience, focused on the tactics and strategies of high-growth companies. (Formerly represented by Speakers’ Spotlight and the National Speakers Bureau.) 

Mark Pupo is the Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest Canada and a contributing editor to Toronto Life.

Carlo Ricci is a Los Angeles & Vancouver-based commercial photographer/director. He specializes in editorial portraiture, motion and advertising. Clients include American Express, Gillette, Mazda, Johnson & Johnson, Slack, Emirates, Canadian Tourism, Conde Nast and Mastercard.

Luc Rinaldi is the editor of Pivot magazine. His work has appeared in Maclean’s, Toronto Life and The Walrus.

Theresa Rogers—Experienced editor with an award-winning publishing portfolio. Skilled in web and social media content writing, feature writing, and copy editing. Strong media and communications professional providing strategic direction for dozens of associations. 

Peter Saltsman is the editor-in-chief of Sharp magazine. He has also held editorial positions at Toronto Life, enRoute, CBC and the National Post.

Melissa Shin, editorial director, Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive, Newcom Media Inc. As an award-winning journalist and the editorial director of four national financial services publications, Melissa turns technical subject matter into accessible content for sophisticated audiences. Her reporting has been cited in university syllabi, in textbooks and to national regulators. She is also an experienced moderator and speaker. Melissa started at Advisor’s Edge in 2011. Prior to that, she was managing editor of Corporate Knights, a North American magazine focused on clean capitalism. From 2013 to 2017, Melissa chaired the board of Point of View magazine, Canada’s magazine about documentary culture. She is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Alina Skyson is a design director 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.

Diplômée d’une maîtrise en Management de la culture et des médias de Sciences Po Paris, Marine Thomas est spécialisée dans la presse d’affaires. En 2011, elle pilote la refonte du magazine Premières en affaires, un bimestrielsur les grands enjeux économiques au féminin. Deux ans plus tard, elle participe à la création d’Inspiro, un magazine trimestriel destiné aux jeunes professionnels et entrepreneurs. Elle assure la supervision du contenu de ces deux publications jusqu’en 2015, puis devient rédactrice en chef de la revue Gestion de HEC Montréal. En décembre 2016, elle entre au journal Les Affairesà titre de directrice de contenu, Journal et Bulletin privilège avant d’en devenir la rédactrice en chef en juillet 2019. Engagée dans la communauté, Marine est vice-présidente du conseil d’administration du Y des femmes, présidente-fondatrice du comité philanthropique Génération W, et administratrice de Lire et faire lire.

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 Lindt, Nobis, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Tourism Toronto, Air Canada and Hudson Yards. Through creative direction and graphic design Michael brings his interests in food, travel, design and culture to life across editorial, digital and experiential platforms.

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 leading independent Canadian architecture magazine, The Site Magazine, named by the National Magazine Awards, as ‘2018 Magazine of the Year’. In addition to her work in print design and publishing, Carey is an Architect, who practices with a focus in healing architecture.

Thomas Watson (Twitter: @NotSocrates) is a management consultant and award-winning journalist with unique experience in the corporate world, where he is known for blowing the whistle on an international stock manipulation scheme while heading investor relations at a high-profile global venture capital outfit during the dot-com boom. As the Big Picture columnist for Financial Post Magazine, Watson explores the real story behind hyped business trends and current events. He also covers industry disruption and other management issues as Editor of Ivey Business Journal, one of Canada’s oldest business publications. In 2013, following a long career as an investigative journalist and columnist at Canadian Business magazine, Watson was recruited by the Ivey Business School at Western University to use his unique combination of experience in journalism and the corporate world to transform IBJ into a digital hub for management-related thought leadership. At Ivey, Watson also regularly works with the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership to promote best practices in management and governance, and consults on select executive education programs and MBA case writing projects. As a guest lecturer, Watson shares his experience as a financial-sector whistle blower, which led to his investigative work covering white-collar crime and governance issues at Canadian Business, where he served on the editorial board credited with garnering the publication’s Magazine of the Year nomination in 2009. Watson’s investigative work at Canadian Business was also recognized for excellence by the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Watson holds undergrad degrees in history and political philosophy. As a graduate student, he studied journalism, political theory, international politics, public finance, and macroeconomics. Post-graduate studies included securities and market regulation.

Tim Wilbur is Editor-In-Chief of Key Media’s print and digital law publications including Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer, InHouse, and Law Times and a licensed lawyer. He has over 14 years of publishing experience, starting as the Focus Editor on The Lawyers Weekly publication at LexisNexis after completing his articles at Lerners in Toronto. He also managed editorial content for various legal publications at Thomson Reuters for over 7 years.

Alison Wood’s media career began as the editor of a professional beauty publication. Over the years, she journeyed from editor, to freelance writer, to custom content leader to group publisher of award-winning B2C and B2B platforms, spanning everything from parenting to financial services to marketing. She now focuses her energy on helping companies define and share their story as the founder of a content strategy consultancy, believing strongly that a good narrative helps change attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Alison is passionate about learning and evolving and recently completed a master’s in Technology Management to further her skills in design thinking, strategy and innovation. Her thesis focuses on the impact of networking on women who have founded technology businesses. She hopes to publish this paper in a leading entrepreneurial journal in the near future.

2020 B2B Leadership Award

Members of the Canadian B2B media industry: Is there a member of your team who has made outstanding career achievements and contributions to the industry? Someone who has demonstrated incredible leadership? Consider nominating them for the 2020 B2B Leadership Award

This award is open to journalists, writers, creators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, and production managers.

Applications for the NMA: B2B’s Leadership Award are open until March 2, 2020, and the entry fee is only $25. Click here to download a PDF with everything you need to know about the award. 

How to Enter

Submissions should include:

  • A cover letter that indicates the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work
  • Two supporting letters from other individuals

Note that the entries submission package should consist of a single PDF (with a maximum of 10 pages). 

No hard copies are required. Simply email the PDF to

Good luck!

Last Call for Entries

Final Call Reminder - National Magazine Awards: B2B

January 17th is your very last opportunity to take part in the second annual National Magazine Awards: B2B! Through 19 distinct categories, the program recognizes the best of Canada’s B2B publishing industry, rewarding individual creators with a $500 cash prize.

The submission process is easy: simply visit our online portal, enter the details of your submission(s), and pay the fee. 

If you have questions along the way, email us at Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (we’re @NMA_B2B), where we’ll be announcing the nominees this spring. 

Lastly, though the final call for entries is January 17th, you may nominate someone for the B2B Leadership Award up until March 2, 2020