The Who’s Who’s of the Digital Publishing Industry in Canada
The COPA judging panel over a decade has become the Who’s Who’s of the digital publishing industry in Canada with representation from across Canada, The panel has over 90 judges and is a collection content, creative, digital, web, tech marketing, media and publishing experts. We are honoured to have these people as judges this year as they are our brand ambassadors and we thank them for their time and support as they are all volunteers.
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.
Sharon Aschaiek is principal of Higher Ed Communications, which provides communications strategy, writing, editing and project management services to the higher education sector. Working as a consultant since 2004, she helps universities and colleges develop a broad range of digital and print communication projects for a variety of target audiences. Sharon also writes about higher education trends and issues for media publications. To help advance the profession, she has volunteered for communication associations IABC/Toronto and PWAC Toronto, and currently serves on program advisory committees for two communication/writing programs at Humber College.
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.
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.
Quebec native Jean-Francois is an energetic and creative integrated media professional and experienced 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, with the CBC and Postmedia, and now with Valnet. 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.
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
William is the General Manager, Canada at Travelzoo, a global media company with more than 30 million members worldwide. Over the last 10+ years, he has held various roles in the organization, including a leadership position overseeing all content production. William also spent time as a Publisher, ensuring consistency and quality in member communications as well as planning distribution and product mix. His contributions and expertise resulted in the Travelzoo team winning two COPAs in 2019.
Anne Burke serves on the Magazines Canada Board of Directors. Since 1983, Anne has been the Literary Editor of The Prairie Journal. She was President of the Writers Guild of Alberta and is a Full Member of the League of Canadian Poets, Feminist Caucus Archivist and Past Chair. She was a co-founder of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and Pro Tem President. Representing Alberta Magazine Publishers, she was the Vice President of the Alberta Cultural Industries Association. For her contributions, she has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.
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.
Anthony Capkun is a business communicator, networker and bridge-builder with 20+ years of experience in traditional and new media platforms for B2B audiences. He currently serves as the editor-publisher of Electrical Business Magazine and Energy Manager Canada, members of the Annex Business Media family of brands.
Roland-Yves Carignan had a long and successful career in newsrooms and he is now teaching journalism and social medias 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 recently completed a master’s thesis looking into the changing role of journalism in a society where social relationships become increasingly digital.
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.
John Carson is the former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily, the fifth editorship in his career. He brings 26 years of journalism, online content and digital communications experience 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.
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.
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.
Lucinda is Senior vice-president, content, for Postmedia and editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette for the past 7 years, one the leading English Language news outlets in Quebec. She was also the Editor in Chief of the Edmonton Journal and the Victoria Times that are part of the Post Media network. She has western Canada roots as she is a graduate of the University of Alberta.
Olivia Collette is Director of Content Programming at Empower Social, an AI-based digital marketing firm in Montreal. Most recently, she was the Executive Producer of Content Works, Postmedia's commercial content division, leading a team of sponsored content producers in Ontario and Quebec. Her campaigns have won several awards, including a COPA in February 2021 and an INMA in 2016. Her communications career spans over 20 years, and she's done everything from journalism to advertising, public relations and content marketing. In her free time, she enjoys writing the occasional movie essay for RogerEbert.com, falling into a TikTok rabbit hole, and taking photos with her lo-fi 35mm camera.
Alicia Cox Thomson
Alicia Cox Thomson has been in the media industry for 20 years, working as a digital and social media editor for Chatelaine, Flare and HGTV Canada. She has been published in Chatelaine, Flare, Today's Parent, CBC Life, Elle Canada, Refinery29, Canadian Business and more. Alicia is currently working on a dream first novel and raising two great kids with her husband in Hamilton.
Giles Crouch is Group Publisher & Chief Strategy Officer at HUM@nmedia, publisher of Optimyz & Silver magazines. He is co-founder of the Ice Awards for advertising creative. His other life is as a digital anthropologist at sapient.d helping organisations navigate the digital world. Giles has helped a number of magazines and newspapers become more digitally oriented in their business models.
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.
Amanda Cupido is the founder of Lead Podcasting. She's an award-winning podcast producer, university instructor and author of Let's Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right. She has been creating journalistic and branded podcasts for more than a decade. Amanda is commonly featured as a podcast expert in the media and has spoken at some of the largest podcast conferences in the world. Her expertise is built upon her background in corporate communications and radio journalism.
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.
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 sixth time he is judging the COPA Awards.
Kristin Doucet is a seasoned communications professional with over 25 years’ experience editing professional magazines. She is the senior communications officer, publications, at the Ontario College of Teachers, and the managing editor of award-winning Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession magazine, which has a circulation of 250,000 readers. In 2020 and 2021, Kristin served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards: B2B. Prior to working at the College, 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.
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.
Kim Elliott has been Publisher of the independent media site rabble.ca
since 2006. Founded in 2001 as a national site for news and opinion, rabble.ca
is a now a non-profit site that reaches more than 400,000 unique visitors month.
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, Director 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.
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
Katherine is a senior executive with over 20 years experience in all aspects of digital and traditional media including newspapers, magazines, digital journalism and new media management. Katherine has worked with a variety of clients including Quebecor, Alberta and Ontario Newspaper Associations, and Toronto Star and currently serves on the international board of the Press Association of the Americas. She currently owns a Digital Agency in London Ontario. www.citymedia.ca
As Founder and Managing Director of Devon Consulting & Public Relations Ltd, Katherine brings almost three decades of experience in public relations and marketing. Her past experience includes senior roles at both The Estee Lauder Companies and LVMH/Givenchy. An astute leader and forward thinker, Katherine has a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Nicola Hamilton is an independent creative based in Toronto, Canada. She began her career at the beloved, city-weekly The Grid (2011-2014.) She’s spent time as Chatelaine’s Deputy Art Director (2015-2017) where she helped lead the team through a redesign of both their print and digital properties and as Studio Wyse's Art Director (2017-2020) where she helped redesign, reposition and produce publications for clients such as Xtra, The University of Toronto Magazine, and Ryerson University Magazine. Today, Nicola is the Art Director at Best Health, a part-time design educator, and President of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).
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.
Brenda Jane Johnstone
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 also co-owns the 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.
Arvin Joaquin is an award-winning journalist and editor. His work has appeared in Xtra Magazine, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and more. His writing received nods from Digital Publishing Awards, National Magazine Awards, Canadian Online Publishing Awards, Canadian Association of Journalists, and others.
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
Brent Jolly is an independent journalist, who resides in Toronto. He currently serves as the president of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and is the managing director of the National NewsMedia Council (NNC).
Elaine Kapogines has been working in media for nearly two decades. After earning a post-graduate diploma in Print and Broadcast Journalism from Humber College, she began her career as a reporter and photographer for a small-town newspaper before specializing in Business and Law, working in senior editorial roles for Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis, before becoming the associate publisher of a custom content firm. In 2014, Elaine launched The Holistic Parent, a natural health and wellness magazine. Five successful years later, Elaine shifted her focus to become a PR strategist, media educator and speaker. She currently owns Wiltshire Media and Pitch Class.
Romy Katherine Hahn
Romy is a publishing expert that will offer a fresh perspective to the panel as she is a sales and marketing person with a production background in print and and online. Recently, she launched Fresh Perspective, a magazine that was used as a fundraising tool for a local hospital, sharing pandemic stories by and for medical professionals. Her continued enthusiasm for magazine production – both print and online, is a testimony to her dedication to this evolving, ever changing industry.
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 26 years in 2021. 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. 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 reporter with the Globe and Mail who writes about business, investing and economics. Before that he was a freelance writer and regular contributor to Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and the Financial Times, among others and before that spent more than a decade at Maclean’s as an editor, writer and columnist. 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)
Lera Kotsyuba is an art and architecture critic, historian, and editor working in Toronto. Working across disciplines in architectural history and craft, Lera’s practice explores unexpected and surprising connections. She has written for craft and art publications, edited a book on architectural glass, and co-convened a session on Craft and Public Art at the Canadian Craft Biennale. Lera is currently the Managing Editor of Studio Magazine. www.lerakotsyuba.com
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
Sunith has spent a lifetime in the world of Advertising and Marketing working with Agencies and Clients both in Canada and globally. His tour de force has helped clients like P&G, Audi, GM, GSK, Corby Distilleries to name a few. Sunith is currently focusing his efforts through his own sweatshop - Tier 1 Communications, on helping clients close the loop between conversions, sales and business results.
Andrew is a versatile content creator and professional communicator. Currently, he’s the manager of the Content & Creative team at CAPP, where his day ranges from developing copy for websites and social media, managing the production of videos, infographics and podcasts and overseeing content marketing initiatives. His team won the 2019 COPA Gold Awards for Best Association Website and Best Brand Packaging B2C. They also received IABC Gold Quill Merit Awards in 2019 and 2015. Prior to getting into corporate and digital communications, Andrew worked as a magazine editor and a freelance writer.
Tahiat Mahboob is a multimedia journalist. Her work is shaped by an insatiable curiosity and a penchant for taking deep dives down interesting rabbit holes. She's currently in the Online News Association 2021 Women's Leadership Accelerator and reporting for a documentary. Tahiat has reported for The Daily Star, Asia Society, CBC, CTV, and Global News. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the International Legal Foundation, Julliard, Lincoln Center and more. She taught multimedia production at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Tahiat holds an MS from Columbia and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
One of our Digital publishing experts. Since 2003, Nikolay has led the expansion of the world’s largest all-you-can-consume global digital content platform (www.pressreader.com) - providing mobile access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines to consumers and travel. His strategic vision and insightful commentary has made him a popular speaker at industry events. Nikolay is the Editor-in-Chief of The Insider magazine, Industry Partner of World Travel & Tourism Council (http://wttc.org), and also serves on the Management Board of FIPP (http://fipp.com), the network for global media.
Ildiko Marshall is an icon in the magazine industry. She is now retired, but held senior positions at Chatelaine and Today’s Parent magazines. As VP and Group Publisher of Today’s Parents Group of magazines and websites her team won many accolades and awards from both the Canadian and US magazine industry, including four Eddies at the Folio Show in New York. Ildiko, is a past Director of Ontario Creates and was honoured to serve for nine years on the OC board representing Canadian magazines. She continues to have a deep commitment, interest and passion for the Canadian magazine industry as a Traveling Publishing Consultant and is always willing to share her knowledge and experience.
Adrienne Mason is the managing editor of Hakai Magazine and the author of more than 30 non-fiction books for adults and children.
Kate McCaffery is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, journalist and editor working in insurance and financial services. Running her own business since 2009, Kate specializes in translating business information (finance, regulation and tax law) into accessible English for professional, technical and lay person audiences.
Aaron McKenzie Fraser is an editorial & commercial photographer specializing in location based environmental portraits with a solid & diverse portfolio of national & international magazine & advertising clients based here in Nova Scotia. Aaron grew up on the East Coast & studied/worked in Upper Canada for nearly a decade before realizing that he missed his family, the salty fog air, and the sense of humour of the Maritimes & moved back to Nova Scotia 14 years ago. He now calls his 180 year old Nova Scotian fishing house in Ketch Harbour (just outside of Halifax NS) home. Portfolio: www.amfraser.com
Andrea Miller is 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. She is also the author of three books: Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life (Pottersfield Press), My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing), and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). 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,
Angela Misri is an award-winning digital journalist, novelist, and instructor with more than twenty years of experience, fourteen of them with the CBC and now as the Digital Director for The Walrus. She is also the author of six books, and teaches journalism and brand journalism courses at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
Eric is one of our Quebec based judges and he has roots in publishing with Transcontinental. Today, Eric wears many hats as he is a Senior Advisor at Open Innovation and head of Startup in Residence, Desjardin Financial's Accelerator. He is also the Regional Manager - North America for Efma and Senior Advisor for the Efma Business Academy & Advisory (EBA). Efma is an international non-profit organization that provides insights to help banks and insurance companies make the right decisions to foster innovation and drive their transformation. Eric is a very busy person as he is also a partner at Flinks, a technology-focused data aggregation company and advisory board member for a few high-profile Canadian startups.
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).
Bruce has been recognized as an innovative and dynamic leader in the Media agency business for over 30 years. He has always championed collaboration, creativity and strategy, focused on the deep understanding of people. Past President of mec, CEO @ Starcom MediaVest and now President of True Media, Bruce has actively contributed to the industry as a CMDC board member, Numeris and PMB Executive, co-chair of the Media Innovation Awards. He is excited by the impact of new technology and the power of media-data-creative working together to provide business building solutions.
Linda is an award-winning French Canadian senior level designer and published author who has spent more than 15 years within the multimedia design industry in a variety of roles; however, her specialties are in the areas of User Centered Design, and providing WCAG / ADA Compliance Solutions. Based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, her experience encompasses a wide variety of industries such as farming technology, heavy machinery, BC tourism, law firms, dentistry, and the hotel sector to name a few. Some of her most recent endeavours include the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree, the launch of a new brand later this year, progressing towards a black belt in Taekwon-Do, and participant in the 52 Hikes Challenge.
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.
Neil Parmar has worked as a journalist, editor, instructor, and creative marketing lead at organizations including The Wall Street Journal, OZY Media, and Shopify. His writing has appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur, Inc., and HuffPost. Currently, Neil works on the brand strategy and communications team at SickKids Foundation as well as on the board of Social Planning Toronto, which challenges inequity to spark social and policy change.
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.
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.
Combining a career in media sales with her love of mindfulness meditation, Victoria Petrolo is currently working in business development with www.healthing.ca (Postmedia), Canada’s newest and best resource for healthcare information. Victoria is a 25+ year veteran in the publishing industry, she has worked with some of the leading publications in Canada including Flare, The Financial Post, Canadian Business and Today’s Parent. Her love of learning has led her to a recent degree in English and Religion as well as a certificate in the Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she loves travelling – her latest adventures leading her to the temples of India as well as the monasteries in Nepal.
Carl has played a leadership role in the graphic design field since the mid-1990s. He specializes in strategic communications which include branding, print, advertising, web UX & UI, navigation, architecture, large format display, out-of-home and social media strategies. His expertise lies in applying, planning, and creating brand identity development programs; from developing visual concepts, design elements, to educating clients on visual communication. Completely bilingual in both official languages, Carl is the creative mastermind at Cayenne Creative and he directs all creative & strategic services as the lead senior graphic designer.
Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North. Her work has been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast. Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."
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.
Sheena Rossiter is an award-winning journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. Currently, she is the senior digital producer at The Walrus. From 2013 to 2017, she was the Rio de Janeiro correspondent for Monocle magazine and a senior video journalist at DAZN. Before that, she was based in São Paulo, London, and Barcelona. Her audio and video work has been broadcast by the CBC, the BBC, and the New York Times, among others. She has produced various podcasts and documentaries, including "3 Siblings" (2018) and "1000 Brazils of Truth" (2021).
Ruth Saldanha, is an Editorial Manager, for Morningstar Research Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. She manages the Morningstar Canada and Asia Pacific websites. Before joining Morningstar in 2018, Saldanha worked as a broadcast and online journalist, and has experience as a financial analyst. She has worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong. In her ‘off-work’ life, Saldanha spends her time mentoring young professionals, especially new immigrants to Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the Gujarat University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication (Journalism) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (Bombay University).
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 has been designing and directing the style of Canadian publications for 25 years, with over a decade as an independent consultant. She got her first taste of magazine design in 1996 and never looked back, winning awards and gaining priceless industry experience along the way. Today she directs the design of a diverse list of client publications — managing deadlines, client relationships and content style with equal focus. Her work can be found at GraphicPages.ca.
Art Seto, an award winning professor at Ryerson University, has taught courses in premedia, web design, business planning, cost estimating, bindery, letterpress printing and the art of the book. He has taught marketing at BCIT and computer and web design courses. Art has worked in print and publishing and after serving in a bindery and a premedia apprenticeship he worked in management and ownership. Art has completed a certificate in Internet Publishing from UBC and an MBA in Information Technology Management. He has been a print awards judge for several years and serves on the board of the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum.
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.
Taina a Chartered Marketer with over 20 years of marketing experience. Taina spent the better part of the last two decades working for digital agencies before launching her own consulting firm. She held senior leadership roles at several digital agencies, working with clients like Walmart, American Express and Aeroplan. In 2020, Taina launched Leslieville Digital. Taina is a respected thought leader on topics ranging from fundamentals of digital marketing and acquisition strategy, to email best practices and journey messaging strategy. Taina has taught seminars for the Canadian Marketing Association, and speaks at industry conferences regularly.
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. 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.
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 Chief Marketing Officer for Skymount Global, a technology company. She is responsible for their marketing, branding, communications and customer experience. Previously, she was the VP Marketing for BCA Research, the leading independent provider of global investment research, responsible for the global marketing strategy and communications. Zahra has also worked in the publishing/media sector for Reader's Digest Canada as Director of Digital Marketing for all their brands. 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, 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 and was the president of the board of the Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association. 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 25-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