The year’s esteem panel judge for the COPAs are some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines and web design. We are honoured to have these people as judges this year from across Canada. We thank them for their time and support.
With over 20 years under her belt in marketing and digital business, Sandra has held several positions in the media industry including Director of Licensing at TC Media and Publisher of ELLE Quebec. She has extensive experience on both agency and client side, working with brands such as Lancôme, IKEA, Yves Saint Laurent, Suzuki, Dior, Reader’s Digest and GM Motors. She is now Managing Director of Happyfication, a New York based data intelligence company. Sandra holds an MBA from McGill, a Degree in Communications and French Literature from York University. She also holds certificates in Digital Disruption from INSEAD and Prosci Change Management.
Melissa considers herself a brand growth strategist committed to building systems and strategies that have positive impact. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing of NBC Universal's only North American SVOD (Streaming video on demand). Some of you might know from Roger’s as a group publisher for their Fashion & Beauty brands. She also had stint working for Toronto Fashion Week by driving all revenue and marketing partnerships for the fall '17 and spring '18 events.
Manuel Angelini is the Chief Product Owner for the French language entertainment and lifestyle brands at Bell Media. He leads the digital product delivery teams to ensure that new digital initiatives help solidify Bell Media's position in the Quebec Market. Manuel is an expert in video over IP technologies and cross-platform video distribution. Until recently, he was responsible for the mobile product development team at Nuglif, a subsidiary of La Presse.
Fawn Annan is the President, Chief Marketing Officer and Group Publisher of IT World Canada/ IDG Canada. She is also partner and CMO for Amazing! Agency, a content agency. Ms. Annan has operated her own business and held senior positions in marketing and strategy with a variety of firms. In 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to the IT industry. Ms Annan believes in life-long education, recently having finished her MBA in Media Leadership and Sustainability from Cumbria University in Northern England.
Garth spent his first 20 years as a creative leader, building campaigns for some of the world’s most beloved brands including Disney, Pepsi, Campbell Soup Company, Duracell, Labatt, Kelloggs, Effem, and Kraft. Rising up through the ranks, he built his reputation doing creative differently and strategically – building campaigns that delivered measurable business results. Over the last few years Garth was the Canadian marketing consultant for VisitOrlando, home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, propelling Canada to the number one international market position for the destination. Garth is now an Executive Recruiter; a tireless promoter of smart, talented marketing service professionals.
Quebec native Jean-Francois is an energetic and creative integrated media professional and experienced freelance producer. Over the years, he has built a versatile creative arsenal that has resulted in award-winning branded content, beginning in advertising before moving to media vendor and production work. With both strategic marketing expertise and production proficiency, JF has cultivated creative branded entertainment innovations, first with the CBC, and now with Postmedia.
His creative experience includes production and film content across both the U.S. and Canada with clients such as Ford, Lincoln, Budweiser, Mini, RBC Avion, Bioré, Honda, and many more brands.
Saffiyya is a Product Manager with over decade of experience. She manages 26 international websites and leads a cross functional team of developers, quality assurance specialists, and editors for Morningstar Research Inc. She previously managed REALTOR.ca, Canada’s most visited real estate website. Additionally, Saffiyya also spends her time coaching and creating content to motivate post secondary students and young professional in their academics pursuits and careers. Saffiyya holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the Telfer School of Management. When she's not in the office, Saffiyya can be found switching her sparkly flats to her running shoes and chasing after her next travel adventure.
Shanna Baker is the senior editor at Hakai Magazine, an online publication based in Victoria, British Columbia, that explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. Her primary focus at the magazine is on editing long-form features and photo-driven stories. In her own writing, she gravitates to stories about lesser-loved wildlife and conservation issues. Recent projects have taken her to Australia, Cuba, India, and British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest region. Shanna is also an experienced photojournalist and travel photographer whose work is represented by several leading stock photography agencies.
Michele Beaulieu is the Canadian Media Manager for Subway. Prior to joining Subway's marketing team, Michele was on the executive at media agencies, Mindshare and Starcom, leading client teams and developing strategies to effectively communicate with her clients’ target consumers. She thoroughly understands the fundamentals of all media and their role within the communications plan. In 2015, Michele also taught Marketing for Advertising at Mohawk College in their Business program.
As co-founder of Mystique Brand Communications, Paul helps brands find their voice – and works closely with them to ensure that their voice is heard. By combining left brain strategy with compelling right brain creative, Paul enjoys helping his clients achieve their goals and objectives using “outside of the box” solutions based on sound business principles and proven marketing strategies. Paul works with companies of all sizes however as a small business owner, he's passionate about helping other small businesses get real value back from their marketing investment.
Gunnar is a communications technician based in Edmonton, Alberta. He’s been involved in conventional and digital media since flatbed scanners were considered bleeding edge technology. Presently he’s exploring landscape and wildlife photography while producing weekly e-newsletters and updating various websites. He’s pleased to be back with the COPA awards.
Scott has 10+ years building digital products that people use every day. As Co-Founder and Client Services Director of Playground Inc. he’s responsible for delivering flagship, award-winning apps and websites for Canada’s largest brands. His ambition to make the web a better place is evident in everything he touches. It’s very likely you’ve used something he’s had a hand in designing.
Bruno Boutot is a consultant on digital media, based in Montreal. He is a former journalist and editor in chief. He is the author of Media Machina, an essay on business models for digital media. He runs the hyperlocal media @PlateauCom. Bruno Boutot on Twitter: @boutotcom
As brand ambassador for Prism Publishers, in Toronto, Michael has personally overseen the publication and marketing of scores of books across four genres. He manages day-to-day content strategies and content writing, communications and audience development, and provides leadership to team members spread over three continents. Ryerson University has awarded him with the "Wallace A Matheson Award for Innovation & Creativity in Publishing." Michael has also lectured on communications at Oxford University. He is currently studying Digital Media at Yale University (on full scholarship) with hopes of merging best practices in data leveraging and digital strategy with traditional book marketing.
With more than 45 years of news experience, most of it leading major market newsrooms, Dave is Vice President of News & Information at Rogers Sports & Media. His teams in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto have won numerous national and international journalism awards. At Global, CBC and Citytv, he has overseen many multi-platform integrations and helped move traditional news operations into a digital space. Dave is proud to have earned a reputation for innovation and disruption, and to have used both to invigorate newsrooms in order to produce powerful content and grow audience.
Florence Butihen is the Director of Digital Investments at Hearts & Science, as well, sits on Omnicom Media Group’s Trading team. Her early years were focused within the research sector, with a shift that lasted more than 10 years planning traditional media campaigns across major clients including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and L'Oreal Paris. Her interests in the world of digital media found herself switching her traditional media focus to a deeper dive within the digital space, a space that she finds very interesting. She has done Stand-Up and Improv and you can find her as an advertisement on the TTC in Toronto reminding everyone of backpack etiquette.
Jay is an award-winning marketing communications professional. He is currently a Marketing Manager at CPA Canada responsible for developing and managing marketing strategies for the organization’s professional development products. He manages integrated marketing campaigns for conferences and courses, which include digital and print advertising, social media, email marketing, search marketing, content marketing and direct mail. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interactive Multimedia from Algonquin College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Roland-Yves Carignan had a long and successful career in newsrooms and he is now a visiting professor of journalism at the École des medias of Université du Québec à Montréal. He was managing editor at Le Devoir, where he worked for more than 10 years, and previously assistant managing editor for visuals at the Montreal Gazette, the National Post in Toronto, and Libération in Paris. He is currently finalizing a master’s thesis looking into the changing role of journalism through social media.
Julie Carl, Senior Editor, Toronto Star, is an industry veteran and has travelled Canada during her career with stints as City Editor at the London Free Press, Content Editor of the Now Network in Ontario and then off to Nova Scotia to work as the managing editor of Valley Today. Her next stop was in New Brunswick as the editorial page editor of the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton before landing as deputy editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. Along the way she has garnered a slew of awards and is especially proud of being on the winning team of the fourth annual Brant County Literacy Council Spelling Bee, for which she was awarded a very nice bath sponge with a loofah on one side.
Toronto writer/ editor/ one-time magazine owner and publisher---35 years experience in Canadian magazines; currently Analysis Editor at The Lawyers's Daily; an online daily news source for Canadian lawyers; Winner of Best Business Blog at COPAs 2014 for Pete's Blog&Grille; National Magazine Awards finalist; accordion player and motorbike enthusiast.
Simone Castello is a Toronto-based content strategist and storyteller, with over 12 years of experience in the field of lifestyle journalism. She has worked for some of Canada's leading lifestyle magazines (Zoomer Magazine, Canadian Living, MORE and Homemakers), and has won multiple awards (including COPAs) with her digital teams along the way. She currently works at the Law Society of Ontario as a communications advisor, focusing on digital content strategy and web management, but also freelances as a writer. Twitter: @SimoneCastello
James Chevrette started his career from the ground up. Although he is a territory manager for over 8 years with Trends Electronics, Canada’s largest Electronics Distributor, he never forgets his roots. Through his dealing with National accounts, regional chain stores, and relationships with brick and mortar independent retailers, he offers a unique perspective about business growth opportunities. He started a non-profit blog in 2015 to educate people within and outside his industry, it has since reached across North America and into Europe with over million posts read. James started on the tools in an installation bay, worked in R&D in manufacturing, and personally trained thousands of people across Canada.
Isaac has a master's in communication, for which he created a short documentary on social movements resisting large scale sports and economic events. He is Co-founder of Solid State youth co-op and an educator within the Post secondary system.
"Giles is chief strategy officer and CIO at Ekspansiv, a digital and strategic advisory firm for publishers. He is also co-founder of the Ice Awards for creative in advertising in Atlantic Canada. He brings over 25 years global experience in the digital world. He is also CSO at Optimyz, Canada’s leading women’s wellness magazine. He was the interim CIO for SaltWire for the integration of the TC media systems for 32 publications. Giles works mostly with magazines and newspapers on digital transformations and raising capital for growth.”
Rob is a partner at Csek Creative, a full-service agency in the BC Interior providing creative design and media services. He brings more than a decade of strategic advertising planning and development for crown corporations, the tourism industry and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. His passion is to help clients build their businesses and always look outside of the traditional approach for clients to ensure every marketing dollar spent gets a return. It’s not about pretty ads, it’s about ads that work.
Julia De Laurentiis Johnston
Julia De Laurentiis Johnston has been involved with Canadian media for over fifteen years and has won national and international awards for podcast creation. She’s worked at Maclean’s, The Walrus and Azure but has spent the bulk of her time with Shameless magazine. She’s held various roles at the publication, including running the Shameless Podcast Camp for teen girls and trans youth, and she currently sits on the board.
For over a decade, Sam has carved out a niche in the Canadian CPG industry. With a Bachelor's Degree in English, she began her career at agency and then moved to an in-house role at MAC Cosmetics, handling the Canadian PR and Sr. Artists (spokespeople). Sam also pioneered the brand’s blogger program before founding ROI Relations with Delphine Nicholls. Spearheading projects for clients at International Fashion Weeks and the Olympics are amongst some of her favourite and most successful industry memories.
Matthew DiMera is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist and editor with a passion for social justice and community reporting. He started his career freelancing for Xtra, before becoming its managing editor. He is currently interim editor at rabble.ca.
Over his 30-year career in the publishing industry, Camile has been involved in many aspects of publishing both from the publisher’s side and from the supplier’s side. Camile is now a consultant specialized in subscription Marketing and database Fulfillment. Prior to this Camile, has been Director of Client Services in the fulfillment industries. In this role, he has worked over the years with publishers to help them develop and built their digital offerings. He also worked for publishers like Avid Media, TC Media and Gesca as Circulation Managers. This is the third time he is judging the COPA Awards.
Melody is one of our East coast judges this year and is the President + Creative Director of Fresh Media that she founded in in 2003. Her industry awards include the 2005 PEI BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2006 Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Award of Excellence, 2010 Growing Business Award from the PEI Business Women’s Association and the 2012 Best Social Media Campaign at the Atlantic Interactive Marketing Conference. We welcome her wisdom to this year’s panel.
Matt Durst is a Digital Media Product Manager specializing in mobile apps, OTT video streaming products, and connected TV apps. Matt is currently a Senior Product Manager at Rogers Sports & Media, leading product initiatives such as the Sportsnet app and Sportsnet NOW. Matt has 10+ years experience leading digital and technology initiatives for some of Canada’s largest brands. Matt is passionate about technology, user design, mobile apps, digital entertainment and how they meet to create amazing experiences for users.
Graham F. Scott
Graham F. Scott works today as a Senior Product Content Strategist at Shopify. Previously, he served as a managing editor at Maclean’s, deputy editor of Canadian Business, and editor of This Magazine. As a freelance writer, his work appeared in The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Precedent, and University of Toronto Magazine.
Amy Fitzpatrick is a writer, creative director, graphic designer, and photographer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her work experience has been primarily based in the marketing and news media sectors. Amy sees the world in CMYK/RGB colour mixes and has a true appreciation for innovation and blue-sky approaches to design, marketing, and communication. She is a two-time Atlantic Journalism Award winner for design and has worked in newsrooms for print and radio, as well as magazine publishing.
Amy has 20+ years of experience in the Canadian digital media industry. Based in Toronto, she specializes in editorial leadership and product management and is passionate about storytelling, content strategy and improving user experiences. Currently, Senior Manager of Digital Product for St. Joseph’s Communications (Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, Flare etc.). Prior to SJC, she was the Managing Editor of Blogs at HuffPost Canada and in 2016, won Silver in the Best Blog or Column category at the COPAs. Previously, Amy was at AOL, Yahoo! and thestar.com. Her byline has appeared on todaysparent.com/ and huffingtonpost.ca/
Kathryn is the Senior Instructor/Journalist at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (UBC). She is a journalist who teaches and trains journalism practice and spent two decades doing daily radio at CBC Radio in Vancouver. At UBC, Kathryn leads the Integrated Journalism/Journalism Standards and Practices courses, teaches an Audio Module and contributes to the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course and Global Reporting program.
Paul is a seasoned B2B professional, with over 20 years of experience in media, working for both leading B2B companies and launching his own media company and media brands prior to being acquired by Annex Business Media in 2011. A member of Annex’s executive team, he is also a leader at Annex in online branded and sponsored content, and using podcasts, videos and other multi-media platforms to reach Annex’ audience of business decisions makers in Canada. He is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism.
Jenn Gruden is an insatiably curious digital storyteller and strategist. Since 1999, she’s been privileged to connect with Canadians online, leading web content teams for 50Plus (now EverythingZoomer), More Magazine, and Canadian Living, as well as serving as the web manager for The Royal Conservatory. She and her teams have received multiple awards including two COPAs. Most recently, she headed up operations for a two-location Martial Arts academy. She’s currently pursuing a certificate in UX/UI design at OCAD, and at work on her first novel. Twitter: @jenngruden
Rebecca is the Publisher and Chief Operating Officer at Longwoods Publishing, publisher of academic, scientific and professional journals in the field of healthcare management. She brought her experience in marketing and communications from the education industry to publishing. Although publishing is the main focus, she is a producer of lecture series and workshops in healthcare and manages a portfolio of strategies including digital dissemination, education, social media, awards and recruitment. All in an effort to distribute knowledge for the benefit of better care and better health.
Kris Hodgson-Bright. is an instructor in the Digital Communications and Media program and has been a writer and photographer for various publications across western Canada for the last 16 years. The completion of work on his master’s degree in Virtual Reality/360-degree journalism (2017) from the University of Alberta in the Communication and Technology program (MACT) kick-started applied research opportunities at Lethbridge College in the fall of 2017. This exciting research applies to the ever-evolving world of journalism and its adjustments to a new medium.
Anohar John is a leading expert in Personal Branding & Training. He has written more than 20 publications for major magazines and online resources and has been featured in Vikaspedia. He had authored 3 books which had got many appreciations from the readers. He had created a new standard for development and counseling. He had redefined the terms by various collaborations. He holds a Under graduate degree and multiple advanced degrees in Management and Social Sciences with various other International certifications
Brenda Jane Johnstone is the owner and publisher of Convenience & Carwash Canada magazine, a national, bi-monthly trade publication targeted to the owners and operators of convenience stores, retail petroleum and carwash sites in Canada. She recently launched the first-ever, Women in Carwash™ conference, an event that offers women (and men) working within the Carwashing industry across North America to meet, learn and collaborate on industry trends and ideas to enable women in or wishing to enter into the Carwashing industry. Brenda is also an avid golfer and outdoors person who loves nothing better than to jump in her kayak on Lake of the Woods at her cottage for a trip around the bay.
Mark Keast is a long-time Canadian journalist and publisher, mainly working as a copy editor, reporter and columnist in the Sun Media newspaper chain, and as an editor at Torstar. He was the editor-in-chief of several national Sun Media magazines. In 2005 he founded Lush Magazine, a quarterly fashion and luxury lifestyle print magazine, with a national circulation. That publication evolved into Lush Luxury Magazine. Mark is now the publisher of Regarding Luxury (www.regardingluxury.com), a Toronto-based men's "digi-mag" that focuses on real estate investment, wealth management and luxury lifestyle.
Dennis Kelly is President of First Impressions Media. A Canadian, independent media planning and buying ad agency celebrating 24 years in 2019. He is a seasoned media planner/buyer/director/strategist, consultant, speaker, and sometimes golfer. Versatile at wearing many industry hats, his forte has been as a trusted steward for dozens of clients with advertising budgets from hundreds to millions. His skills have been tempered in the multi-media furnaces of Television and Radio and On-Line and Outdoor and Magazines and Newspapers, while crafting smart, efficient, creative plans for entities in multiple industries. Dennis is a graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, an active member (and Past President) of Ajax Pickering Toastmasters, and the Author of : 57 Media Spikes- Uncorking The Media Genie – and Nine Secrets of How to Improve Your Advertising
Mike Kierstead is a Senior Consultant with Treeline Associates. He brings more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of technology and journalism. As the Executive Director of Atlantic Canada’s largest media industry association, Mike has collaborated with a diverse spectrum of stakeholders throughout his career, including local, national, and international marketing and media organizations. With the proven ability to manage change and transition, Mike is motivated by finding creative solutions to complex problems that help organizations build capacity and support growth. Based in Halifax, Mike enjoys playing hockey and being a volunteer roadie for his teenage son’s drumming and musical endeavours.
Jason Kirby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist who writes mostly about business, investing and economics. He is a regular contributor to Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine and the Financial Times, among other publications. Kirby got his start in business journalism in 2000 and over the years has worked in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver wearing many different hats—from general assignment reporter, feature writer and business columnist to editor, digital producer and chart nerd. (JasonKirby.ca)
Trudy Lancelyn, ABC, has been editing and writing professionally for nearly 40 years, mainly for controlled-circulation periodicals. During the 1980s she was assistant editor, then editor, of a community magazine for five years, then freelanced for three years, followed by two years as managing editor of a weekly business tabloid in Vancouver. In the 1990s she started what turned into a 30-year stretch as communications lead in business associations, managing their in-house publications. She also taught editing and copywriting in Simon Fraser University’s non-credit writing program. Now semi-retired, Trudy writes and edits part-time from a home office.
Ronnie Lebow has worked as a creative director, senior art director, senior copywriter, and senior designer for numerous advertising agencies over the last 25 years on many of the world’s biggest brands. Ronnie has a wide range of creative experience covering every medium and just about every product and service category. If you live in Canada, it’s safe to say you’ve probably seen Ronnie’s work. In 2018, Ronnie was the COPAS Master of Ceremonies.
Charles Lim is a designer, developer and digital director in Toronto with ten years in publishing and media. He’s passionate about the intersection of design, technology and content, and is the Director, Digital Platforms at Totem. You can learn more about him at http://charleslim.net
Andrea Miller is the author of Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life (Pottersfield Press) and the picture books My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing) and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). She’s the deputy editor of Lion’s Roar magazine and the editor of three anthologies for Shambhala Publications, including Right Here with You: Bringing Mindful Awareness into Our Relationships. Miller has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and her writing has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, BirdWatching, Saltscapes, Mindful, and Prairie Fire.
Natalie is the Vice President of Content for Maple Media Ltd., where she oversees all editorial and branded content development for the SavvyMom Group and 29Secrets Style Collection, which includes US partner sites Scary Mommy, WhoWhatWear, SheKnows and Complex Canada, as well as management of Maple Media's influencer network. Prior to joining Maple Media, Natalie led the growth and advancement of some of Canada's largest lifestyle websites,
Eric is Senior Advisor in Innovation, Startup in Residence (SeR) Program Lead and Open Banking Expert at Desjardins, the largest federation of credit unions in North America. He is also Vice-President and Partner at Flinks, a data company that empowers businesses to provide better financial services to consumers, by connecting users’ bank accounts, providing financial insights and credit risk intelligence. Eric lives in Montreal, Canada, and currently serves on the board of the François-Michelle Foundation, which educates young people, aged between four and twenty-one, with a mild degree of intellectual impairment.
Alice Namu is a media and communications specialist with a unique multi-sector background in corporate, academic, not-for-profit and faith-based organizations. Versatile in strategic branding and content management, Alice helps clients develop a voice, and through this, drive increased awareness and support for their mission and leadership. She is also a dedicated community builder, with more than a decade’s worth of involvement in various community outreach and stakeholder engagement initiatives. Alice currently sits on the 2020 – 2021 board of the Toronto Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC -Toronto).
Joshua Ostroff is a West Coast-raised, Toronto-based writer, editor and video producer. He has worked at HuffPost, CBC and Vice while contributing news, politics, culture and science features and op-eds to the Globe & Mail, Walrus, Maclean’s, Sharp, Broadview among other print and online publications. He is currently senior editorial specialist at World Wildlife Fund Canada.
As Publisher of the Burlington Gazette I am driven by this statement. “Informed people can make informed decisions.” Media is the only sector that can deliver the information. The politicians don’t – they issue statements that project the story they want to tell. I have been a journalist from the day my first picture and story appeared on the front page of the Montreal Gazette. I have published books, magazines and newspapers. I was the founding editor of the Toronto Ward 9 News in about 1972. The Burlington Gazette started publishing as an on-line newspaper in 2010.
With over 20 years experience in journalism, communications and marketing, Kali brings a wealth of expertise to her current role in the experience consulting practice at Cossette. Driven by curiosity and a love of story-telling, she worked as an editor, writer and producer and for leading print, broadcast and digital outlets including BBC, The Toronto Star and Chatelaine, before moving into marketing and communications in 2014. She has spent the past six years as a communications professional, building and elevating the reputation of organizations and brands through traditional and digital marketing and PR.
Tim Peel is the Operational head for BPA’s operations in Canada. CCAB, Division of BPA Worldwide provides third-party audits of media. Tim bring an outside perspective to the judging panel this year with his eye for detail with his experience with media audits. Tim graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1997 with a Bachelors of Economics and Commerce.
Cory is owner/founder of CORE Communications and Marketing. He has held senior positions in Media, Creative, Innovation, Digital/Technology roles with some of Canada’s best agencies. Over the past 15+ years, he has brought award winning innovative strategies, solutions and creative executions to clients. A holistic thinker, he is constantly pushing and blurring the boundaries between consumer, media, technology and brands. Cory brings a distinct and future oriented viewpoint needed for success in a hyper-connected yet fragmented communications landscape. He has worked on esteemed clients such as Google, Tim Horton’s, Molson/Modello, Diageo, Bell, Kraft, Telus/Koodo, Audi, and many other brands.
Carl is the leader and creative mastermind of Cayenne Creative, Ottawa’s spiciest Brand & Advertising Boutique. He specializes in corporate strategic communications, which includes branding, print advertising, web interface, navigation, architecture and social media strategy. Carl received the prestigious PROFIT HOT 50 in 2007 as #17 in the list of Canada’s Top Emerging Growth Companies. He has also been nominated by La Cité collégiale for the prestigious Premier’s Award for outstanding career achievement and community contributions in Ontario. Carl has been a guest instructor in the graphic design program at Algonquin College and also plays an active role on the graphic design advisory committee for both Algonquin College and La Cité. www.cayennecreative.ca
Lauren Reyes-Grange is a Toronto-based Digital Strategist, specializing in accessible web design and content strategy, who has worked in Canadian media (ELLE Canada, Style at Home, The Hockey News, Canadian Living), as well as the public sector (Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Renal Network). A children’s book author, her best-selling book series “Myrtle the Purple Turtle” focuses on inclusion, kindness, self-esteem and friendship.
Graduating from the Sheridan College Print Media Program, Greg went on to work at newspapers, city magazines, trade publications and international specialty publications. He’s led teams to win over a dozen national magazine awards for design and content in print and online and built media products across many platforms, including tablet, interactive, customer facing, audio, video, podcast and on social platforms. Greg has a diverse set of skills ranging from editorial, photography, production, coding, event production, design, audience development and sales. He currently lives in North Vancouver and enjoys the mountain culture
Managing editor of the Standard-Freeholder in Cornwall, Ont. Past-president of the Canadian Association of Journalists, where I remain involved as the administrator of the annual CAJ Awards program. Past board member of the National Newspaper Awards board of governors. I've also judged AJAs, CCNAs, Johnnies (CUP) and COPAs. An admirer of journalism awards programs. A frequent participant in the ones I'm eligible to compete in, where I occasionally am honoured to be named as a finalist but more often left the bridesmaid than the recipient.
Rosemary Sadlier is a social justice advocate, researcher, writer, consultant, and international speaker on Black History, anti-racism and women’s issues. She is the past President of the Ontario Black History Society as was the driving force of the secured commemoration of February as Black History Month at all levels of government. An author, Sadlier has written 7 books on African Canadian history. Sadlier is dedicated to social justice and using the frame of Black History, seeks to educate and empower others.
Rakhee Sapra is the director of Marketing and Communications at Dark Slope, a Toronto based immersive learning company. She has over ten experience in the media and entertainment industry having previously worked as the Director of Communications at Universal Music Canada and VICE Canada. In addition, Rakhee is an equity advocate passionate about creating inclusive and accessible spaces and has sat on the board of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), Universal Music Canada Women’s Committee and VICE Media’s diversity and Inclusivity Committee in support of this mission.
Wendy Schroder is a graphic designer with 20+ years in the Canadian publishing industry. She began freelancing in 2009 (Creativity2.ca
), and is an admitted typophile whose work can currently be seen on the pages of Ryerson University Magazine, among others. She has previously served as a panel judge for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, the Sign Association of Canada and the Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario.
Eric Scott is a Digital Media Creator with more than 12 years of experience working in marketing communications. Through his career, he has worked with hundreds of brands primarily through agencies with vast client relations as well as in-house creative teams. He has created end to end digital executions across a wide range of industries and well recognized Canadian leaders such as TD Canada Trust, Toronto Star and CBC-Radio Canada, just to name a few.
Kyle hails from the creative side of town. Years of lessons learned and successes earned in dot-coms, boutique ad agencies and Canada’s largest B2B media company has shaped his innovative approach to building effective digital strategies. As Director of Digital Media, and with the help of a tremendous team, Kyle has combined digital content, web, email marketing, video, podcasts, social media and educational webinars to facilitate well thought out, engaging products for a variety of industries and audiences that Annex serves with its 65+ B2B brands.
Anqi Shen's reporting on higher education, current affairs, art and social justice has appeared in University Affairs, The Globe and Mail, National Gallery of Canada Magazine, Briarpatch, This magazine, among others. She is the community manager for the Canadian Legal Information Institute.
As Head of New Client Experience at Trendline Interactive, Taina launched & leads a new department focused on optimizing agency client experience from initial contact through to delivery of the first engagement. Taina is helping to grow and scale the specialized services that have been the foundation for Trendline’s growth into the world’s largest agency focused on email marketing. Taina is a client-focused business leader with a true passion for data-driven marketing. As a Chartered Marketer with over 20 years of marketing experience,Taina offers a broad range of cross-channel experience in acquisition, CRM and growth marketing.
As VP of Creative & Strategy at iGotcha Media, Marcos delivers integrated brand experiences. He is a highly experienced strategist, artist, creative director, designer & digital visionary with 25 years of international, award-winning experience creating ground-breaking digital experiences for Fortune 500 clients. He oversees the integration of strategy, creative and brand experience that converge with technology & innovation. Prior to joining iGotcha Marcos launched and led Digital Experience at Shikatani Lacroix (SLD) a leading brand and design agency. He was also CCO of Spot Digital a boutique digital agency and created and led Alchemy, the digital agency of St. Joseph Communications. Marcos has established many best practices in content creation. Marcos sits on the DSE Content advisory board and the DSF Toronto Council where he provides thought leadership, frequent speaking appearances and education in the industry.
Haig Tossounian, President of Kooklo, has over 30 years of expertise in strategic branding and marketing for the B2B marketplace. Focused on global business development and sales in Technology, Telecom and Professional Services, Haig promotes branding and marketing initiatives consistent with corporate business goals and objectives. He continues to develop and implement marketing campaigns that drive sales and build brand loyalty through cross-media platforms
Stephen Trumper has been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism since Fall 1995. He has been an editor at Toronto Life, Harrowsmith and Financial Post Business. He is currently on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishes Abilities magazine, for which he writes the back-page column. In June 2012 Stephen was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. In June 2013 he was honoured with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Chloe Tse is a journalist and digital content strategist in Toronto with more than a decade spent in publishing and media. With a strong background in magazines and other print and digital editorial, she's also spearheaded a number of campaigns in the marketing space for brands such as NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. Passionate about quality content, this co-founder of The Feminism Project is currently the Editor for Slice.ca
Helen Wang is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Manitoba Chinese Tribune, with over 18 years of experiences in ethnic media and publication. In addition to working with hundreds of volunteers to produce the award-winning community publication, she has also written about 200 editorials in local community papers. Helen has also coordinated many social and cultural community events which promote multiculturalism and encourage people from diverse cultural background to get connected and involved.
Zahra is the director of marketing for BCA Research. She is responsible for the global marketing strategy, branding and communications. Previously, she was the director of digital marketing for Reader's Digest Canada for all their brands that included Reader's Digest, Best Health and Our Canada. She is a marketing pro with 20+ years experience in consumer marketing with the last 10 years in digital marketing/strategy and business development. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal.
Agnes Zalewski is the principal of Blunt Strategic, a full-service marketing and communications agency based in BC’s beautiful interior. A seasoned marketing, communications and publishing specialist, Agnes launched Blunt in 2012, venturing on her own after a successful corporate career. Blunt is an award-winning agency—it is the recipient of two IABC Gold Quill Awards along with a Stevies Award for Women in Business. Prior to starting Blunt, Agnes served as the group publisher of JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, the inaugural editor-in-chief for Alberta Oil magazine and was the president of the board of the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association, respectively. Agnes has an MBA in Marketing from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. This is her third time as a judge for the COPAs.
James Zammit is a 20-year circulation/media veteran. James currently serves as the President of CircLink Group, an audience development organization, which he launched in 2008. In addition, James also serves as the co-CEO of Digitality Works Ltd., a digital media/online publishing provider, which he co-launched in 2009. Previously, James held the position of Director of Circulation with one of Canada’s largest publishing companies. James is also an elected leader with a global non-profit organization with nearly two-million members.
Michael Zimmermann has been bringing creative visions to life in the print and digital industry for two decades. He has built and led design and digital execution teams to launch scores of campaigns
with brands such as IBM, Unilever, P&G, RBC, TD, CIBC, and House & Home Magazine. He spends much of his free time hiking and canoeing in the Canadian backcountry, and occasionally writes about his love of the outdoors. Always looking for a new creative challenge, Michael recently started a line of handcrafted leather goods under his brand A Word in the Woods