2018-19 Awards Judges

Isabel Abdai spent five years as senior associate art director for Martha Stewart Living after graduating from ACAD. She is currently the design director at Woman’s Day.

Trevor J. Adams is the editor of Halifax Magazine and senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing, where he oversees an editorial department that creates some 15 different titles. In 2012, he published Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played For the Stanley Cup (Nimbus Publishing), his first solo book. In 2014, he was short-listed for the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. He won silver Atlantic Journalism Awards for Editorial Commentary in 2015 and 2016. 

John Barton has published eleven books of poetry, including For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems and Polari. In January 2018, after fourteen years, he steps down as the editor of The Malahat Review. He lives in Victoria.

Peter Bishop has over 20 years of experience in Digital Marketing and Strategy. He works to discover and optimize the numbers that truly matter to his clients. His job is to essentially grease the wheel from touch-point to touch-point along the customer path to purchase. Peter is currently a Partner and Director of Conversion at ZGM (Alberta’s largest independent marketing agency), Past President and board member of Digital Alberta, co-founder of eCommerce Canada, and has his hands in multiple start-ups and products. He consults with the local universities on their digital curriculum, mentors students and is a regular judge and speaker with various organizations including Applied Arts, Adobe, Social West and the Digital Marketing Association.

Chris Bond has 20+ years experience in multi-platform art direction, design and digital product management, and has had the pleasure of designing and managing a variety of digital platforms for some of Canada’s top consumer magazine brands. In addition, Chris has also designed numerous national best-selling cookbooks and award-winning digital publications.

Alice Cho’s design experience spans magazines, marketing, UI, apparel, and branding. After working in Vancouver, New York and San Francisco, she returned to Canada to make Vancouver her home, where she is a freelance art director.

Faith Cochran has had a passion for the creative fusion of words and pictures within a story since discovering Dr. Seuss at age four. This led her to media communications, first as a writer and editor, then as art and design director for notable brands like Maclean’s, House & Home, Cottage Life and Owlkids. Her work as a visual communicator has been recognized by The New York Society of Illustrators, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, The National Magazine Awards Foundation and The Parents’ Choice Awards.

Ian Cockfield is Managing Editor of EVENT magazine and runs its Reading Service for Writers; and was a fiction editor of PRISM international. He has been a juror for the National Magazine Awards, the Alberta Magazine Awards and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, was president of the MABC, and has been a freelance editor since 2003.

Jim Cunningham spent 28 years editing and writing about politics and other subjects for daily newspapers in Alberta and has been a journalism instructor at SAIT Polytechnic since 2001.

Claire Dawson is a designer and creative director who co-founded the design firm Underline Studio. Claire’s work has been widely published and honoured with awards from the D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers (NY) and the Art Director’s Club (NY). She has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and is currently a board member of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

Patti Edgar is an award-winning journalist and writer. She has been published in periodicals across Canada and in the anthology Waiting (University of Alberta Press, 2018). She worked as a multimedia editor at CBC and teaches in Mount Royal University’s journalism department.

Max Fawcett is an occasional freelance writer, the former editor of Vancouver magazine and Alberta Oil magazine and the former managing editor of Alberta Venture magazine. He still misses Ruth. 

Greg Fulmes is a former freelance photographer and picture editor who created images for clients such as the National Post, the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, A&E Biography, The Sporting News, Maclean’s magazine, and more Greg is currently a documentary portraiture instructor at SAIT in Calgary. In 2014 he created a program where he takes his students to countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, with future plans for Peru, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to create documentaries of the work of NGO’s. He will also be taking students to Norway and Scotland this spring to work with students studying energy projects in the North Sea. He is currently working on a number of documentary portrait projects.

Paul Gessell, a Saskatchewan native, has worked for The Canadian Press, Maclean’s and The Ottawa Citizen, spending 20 years on Parliament Hill and later covering visual arts. Gessell has twice been part of teams that won National Newspaper Awards and now freelances for various publications.

Joy Gugeler has taught editing and publishing at Ryerson, SFU, and VIU since 1996, has relaunched and managed 3 online magazines, and been on the editorial boards of ARC, Quarry, and Room literary journals.

Angela Gzowski is an award-winning northern photographer. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Gzowski earned a BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her photojournalism has taken her to across the three territories and her work has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Readers Digest, Maclean’s, VICE, Maisonneuve and Up Here.

Liz Harmer is the author of the debut novel The Amateurs, and the winner of a gold National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism category. Her fiction was recently anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and shortlisted for the Journey Prize. Her stories, essays, and reviews have been published widely. 

Dave Harrison worked in publishing for more than 40 years before he retired in December 2017. He had most recently worked as a magazine editor with Annex Business Media with a pair of national farm publications after previously working in the newspaper field in southwestern Ontario. He and his wife Mary Jane have four children and four grandchildren.

Steven P. Hughes is an award winning Canadian illustrator. He has been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts and awarded a Silver Medal at the National Magazine Awards, and has worked with clients such as, ESPN, Reader’s Digest and The Walrus.

Mikka Jacobsen is a Calgary-based writer, editor, and post-secondary instructor. Her writing received subTerrain’s 2017 Lush Triumphant Literary Award for creative non-fiction. She is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. 

Michelle Kelly started working in publishing 20 years ago, as the receptionist at Cottage Life. Since then, she has held various positions in the editorial department at the magazine until she was named editor in chief in July 2015. She is the recipient of several National Magazine Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Michelle lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children.

Mitch Kern is an Associate Professor of Photography at the Alberta College of Art + Design whose work includes commercial, editorial and fine art work. He has received numerous grants and awards and been featured in 150+ international and national magazines and exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

Mike Kerr illustrates, teaches, animates, sketches, collaborates, curates and sometimes writes. He has illustrated for 20 years and also taught illustration for nearly that long at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  He has recently written a book titled Crafty Llama which will be published by Bloomsbury when the illustrator, his wife, finishes the artwork … get cracking Renata!

Robert Lemermeyer has viewed the world through his camera lens and his heart for more than two decades, recording everything from prisons to palaces in words and pictures, light and colour, pixels and ink. As an applied artist, he collaborates frequently with creative-class businesses to create narratives and brands that resonate with their audiences and customers. He shares knowledge passionately, tackles problem-solving with intensity and climbs mountains to recharge.

Naomi K. Lewis is a fiction and non-fiction writer and editor based in Calgary. She was formerly an associate editor at Alberta Views magazine, and her journalism has been nominated for provincial and national magazine awards. She has served as writer in residence at the Calgary Public Library and the University of New Brunswick. She is the author or co-author of several books, and co-edited the anthology Shy with Rona Altrows. Her memoir Tiny Lights For Travellers will be published this spring by the University of Alberta Press.

Markian Lozowchuk’s early career began by assisting famed photographer Martin Schoeller. Today the award-winning photographer stares down his lens into the fierce gazes of today’s most talked-about personalities. His work has been seen in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Stern, EW, GC and Toronto Life. 

Brad Mackay is an award-winning writer and journalist, and co-editor and author of the upcoming Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s Master Cartoonist Vol. 2 (Drawn and Quarterly). He has worked at the National Post and CBC, and has been published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canada’s History, Toronto Life, among others. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three kids.

Domenic Macri has designed and art directed for Toronto Life, FASHION magazine, Flare, What’s Cooking and GUSTO!, and is best known as art director for The Globe and Mail’s much-lauded Report on Business (ROB) magazine. Over the past decade, Macri has led ROB through several redesigns and earned recognition from the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards.

Brad Mackay is an award-winning writer, journalist and author of The Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s Master Cartoonist Vol. 1He has worked at the National Post and CBC, and has been published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canada’s History, Toronto Life, among others. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and three kids.

Tara McCarthy is an award-winning freelance radio and print journalist based in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is currently relocating to Edmonton. She is the former editor of Yukon, North of Ordinary, and works for CBC Radio One and as a columnist for CBC Syndication.

Neal McLennan is the Travel Editor at Western Living Magazine and the Food Editor at Vancouver Magazine. He’s also a frequent contributor to such outlets as Travel + Leisure, EnRoute, Cooking Light, the Globe & Mail and Seattle Magazine writing on topics ranging from first growth Bordeaux to the glass ceilings at corporate law firms.

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

Robert Newman is the creative director of This Old House magazine. He has previously been the creative director of Real Simple and Reader ‘s Digest, and the design director of Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Details, New York, and Vibe.

Colleen Nicholson is a Toronto-based book and magazine art director with an alarmingly ambitious coffee habit and a penchant for pithy bios.

Ronit Novak is an award-winning Art Director with expertise in photography, video, and design. She’s elevated the visual language of Canadian Business, MoneySense, Shopify Media, Rogers Media, Bookmark Content, and Winkreative. She’s a Graphis Award winner and won multiple National Magazine Awards including Gold for Best Cross-platform Initiative. Ronit is a multimedia juror for the News Photographers Association of Canada and the Alberta Magazine Awards. Her work can be seen at www.ronitnovak.comRonit Novak is an award-winning Art Director with expertise in photography, video, and design. She’s elevated the visual language of Canadian Business, MoneySense, Shopify Media, Rogers Media, Bookmark Content, and Winkreative. She’s a Graphis Award winner and won multiple National Magazine Awards including Gold for Best Cross-platform Initiative. Ronit is a multimedia juror for the News Photographers Association of Canada and the Alberta Magazine Awards. Her work can be seen at www.ronitnovak.com

Jen Osborne (1984) is a Canadian photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. She recently relocated to Pacific Canada, after freelancing from Germany and Italy for nearly a decade. Her career started in 2007 with a yearlong work contract at Fabrica’s COLORS Magazine. Jen has an interest in “hardship linked to escapism” and has produced various independent projects around that theme. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Rory Peck bursary for hostile environments training to assist her in staying safe in risky environments. Jen has an extensive exhibition record in addition to publishing editorial work and has shown at various venues including: Visa pour l’Image 2016, Aperture Gallery, The Museum de l’Elysée, the Denver Biennial, The Old Church, Arles 2010 and Studio La Citta. Outside of photography, Jen is passionate about horseback riding, avant-garde piano and martial arts.

Pierre-Paul Pariseau is an illustrator working for a wide range of international clients. He exhibits his personal work regularly, internationally. His work was chosen for the next “100 Best Illustrators Worldwide” to be published by TASCHEN in 2019. pierrepaulpariseau.com

Janice Paskey is an associate professor of journalism at Mount Royal University and past editor of Avenue and McGill News magazines.

Mary Pinkoski is an Edmonton-based poet. She is the 2019 Edmonton Public Library Regional Writer in Residence. Mary was the 5th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton. She is currently pursuing a Ph D in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Carey Polis is the digital director for Bon Appétit. She’s spent more than a decade working at the intersection of food and digital media, including at the James Beard Foundation and the Huffington Post. Carey has a master’s degree in food culture and communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and a bachelor’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Thomas Porostocky the principal at TOM, a creative agency with a focus on information-rich design and visual storytelling. Previously the art director of I.D. and Seed, his current clients include Wired, Google and National Geographic.

Christina Reynolds is a Calgary-based writer and editor. She’s been the executive editor of ELLE Canada and the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc. She has also worked at the Calgary Herald, BNN and CTV.

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

Sheena Rossiter is a Canadian filmmaker and journalist. She was a foreign correspondent in Brazil for nearly seven, and has also reported from Spain, Germany, Cuba, Chile, and Mexico, among other countries. Sheena is the co-founder of Dona Ana Films & Multimedia, she’s a producer and reporter at CBC Edmonton, and she is a contributing editor at Monocle. 

Harley Rustad is a features editor and writer at The Walrus magazine whose work has appeared in publications including Outside, the Globe and Mail, and Geographical. He is a faculty editor of the Banff Centre’s mountain and wilderness writing residency and originally from Salt Spring Island, BC. Big Lonely Doug: the story of one of Canada’s last great trees, based off a silver National Magazine Award-winning feature in The Walrus, is his first book. 

Ina Saltz is a consulting art director, author and professor of Digital Design at the City College of New York. Her seven online courses on typography and editorial design for LinkedIn Learning have garnered millions of views. For over 22 years, she was an editorial design director at Time (International Editions), Worth, Golf Magazine and others. Saltz served on the design faculty of the Stanford Professional Publishing course and is a two-time board member of The Type Directors Club and of The Society of Publication Designers.

Graham F. Scott is a Technical Content Strategist at Shopify and a former editor at Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and This Magazine. He teaches The Online Publishing Toolkit in the Magazine and Web Publishing program at Ryerson University’s Chang School for Continuing Education.

David Swick is associate director of journalism at the University of King’s College. His journalism includes CBC Radio Ideas programs, dozens of magazine articles and one nonfiction book. In 2016 he co-edited an anthology, The Funniest Pages — International Perspectives on Humor in Journalism. Previous judging includes CBC’s Canada Reads, the Atlantic Journalism Awards, and the National Magazine Awards.

Kat Tancock is contributing editor at Food & Drink magazine, co-founder of custom content agency Tavanberg and a freelance writer for many Canadian publications. Previously an instructor of web editorial at Ryerson University and a web editor at Canadian Living, Best Health and Reader’s Digest, she has consulted with numerous Canadian magazines on their digital strategies.

Leslie Vermeer is a professor of communication studies at MacEwan University in Edmonton, and has been writing and editing professionally for almost 30 years. Alberta’s political economy and publishing history are two of her academic interests.

Chandra Vermeulen is a Calgary-based Graphic / Communication Designer and Sessional Instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Chandra’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Coupe Magazine and The Mohawk Show.

Janice Van Eck, R.G.D., is a freelance designer specializing in magazine and book design. She is passionate about typography, dynamic photography and visualizing data. Her clients include Faith Today, Annex Business Media and the University of Guelph.

Lisa Whittington-Hill is publisher of This Magazine, Canada’s leading progressive magazine of politics, arts and culture. She also works as a circulation and marketing consultant for small magazines and consults in the area of fundraising as part of Magazine Canada’s Travelling Consultants program. She serves on the board of the National Magazine Awards and teaches magazine marketing at Centennial College.

Cait Wills is a strategic communications professional with more than a decade of experience in engaging readers through evocative and entertaining campaigns. Her editorial background has focused on roles in business, agriculture and consumer publications over the last decade and a half.  

Harry Wilson is editor of Canadian Geographic Travel and deputy editor of Canadian Geographic. A former Calgary Herald journalist, he has also worked in the United Kingdom as the editor of CPQ, a quarterly news magazine that was published by the Commonwealth Press Union, and as an editor with Rough Guides.  

Vanessa Wyse is the founder and Creative Director of Studio Wyse. She has launched, redesigned and repositioned editorial products for many of Canada’s largest media brands and institutions including The University of Toronto, The Grid, Chatelaine, enRoute, and The Globe and Mail. Her work has received awards and accolades from the SND, Canadian Magazine Awards, SPD, ADCC, Applied Arts and D&AD.

Achievement Award judges

Joyce Byrne is Avenue magazine Calgary’s publisher and serves as AMPA’s president, director of the International Regional Magazine Association, and recently served as president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. She was a director of Magazines Canada from 2002-2012 chairing their professional development committee as well as serving on numerous others. She has been a juror for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Ministry of Culture. In addition to industry volunteer work, Joyce has been involved with the boards or steering committees of Webgirls and Digital Eve (Toronto), the Word on the Street (Toronto), Theatre Network (Edmonton) and helped raise money for NABS during her four years as chair of the Edmonton Cannes Reel Committee.

Lisa Cook is associate director of communications, Office of Advancement Strategic Communications and editor in chief at the award-winning New Trail magazine. Lisa was the Alberta Magazine Awards 2017 the Editor of the Year recipient.

Katharina Doyle is the owner of Canadian Scrapbooker Inc. and co-founder and publisher of Creative Scrapbooker magazine. Creative Scrapbooker has been publishing quarterly since 2005, and offers inspirational paper crafting ideas and techniques to readers around the world. With a strong background in business, dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, and a passion for scrapbooking, it was the perfect way for Katharina to leave her 12-year corporate career and work from home. Katharina obtained her business degree at the University of Alberta and was awarded the AMPA 2017 Achievement in Publishing award.

Curtis Gillespie is the author of five books, including the novel Crown Shyness and the memoirs Playing Through and Almost There, which have won or been nominated for various literary awards. In 2014 he won a record-tying four National Magazine awards and has won seven in total for his writing on the arts, politics, society, travel and sports. In 2010 he co-founded the narrative journalism magazine Eighteen Bridges, which he edits and which has won eight National Magazine Awards. He was a recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in 2014, the Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award in 2016 and the Alberta Magazines Editor of the Year award in 2016.

Rosetta Heckhausen loves magazines. For 25+ years she has built her career working on some of Canada’s most iconic magazine brands including Canadian Business, Marketing Magazine and Applied Arts. Considered by her peers as a thoughtful leader and innovative thinker, she continues to support Canada’s media and publishing industry. She was recently appointed as Director – Canada for FIPP, a global media association with a mandate to help strengthen the magazine industry through education and collaboration. She considers being a supportive mentor who empowers staff and peers to strive for excellence as her greatest achievement. Rosetta has enjoyed volunteering for various industry associations including Magazines Canada, CAPIC and the GDC.  In 2017, she was elected a director for Nabs Canada’s national board. 

Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary, a role she took on in 2006. Under her tenure the magazine has won multiple National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards and Alberta Showcase Awards. In 2011 she was recognized as the Alberta Editor of the Year by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. Lemon also worked for the Athabasca University communications studies department for several years and was a founding board member of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation.    

Domenic Macri has designed and art directed for Toronto Life, FASHION magazine, Flare, What’s Cooking and GUSTO!, and is best known as art director for The Globe and Mail’s much-lauded Report on Business (ROB) magazine. Over the past decade, Macri has led ROB through several redesigns and earned recognition from the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. 

Jaelyn Molyneux is the executive editor of digital content at RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions. She’s spent a decade working in magazines switching her focus about halfway through from print to digital content. She currently leads the digital content for Avenue Calgary magazine, which she led through a redesign and content overhaul to help compliment the print magazine. She oversees its social media as well as the city magazine’s three weekly e-newsletters. In her time at Avenue, the online audience has tripled through a combination of slow and steady changes and bigger content campaigns. She also works on WestJetMagazine.com and has developed content for organizations including Tsuu T’ina Nation, Drumheller Chamber of Commerce, University of Calgary and Calgary Culture, among others. 

Evan Osenton is the Editor-in-Chief of Alberta Views magazine.

Silvia Pikal is a journalist based in Calgary where she covers everything from health care to arts and culture for Alberta’s top magazines, and won a 2018 Alberta Magazine Award for her feature writing.As an editor, she works for Where Calgary, and is a regular guest on CTV Morning Live, sharing her expertise on things to do and see in Calgary. Silvia is also one of the prose editors for FreeFallliterary magazine. In her time with FreeFall, stories selected by the prose collective were finalists in the fiction category in both the 2017 and 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards. Her own fiction has been published in Room magazine. She has a degree in journalism from Mount Royal University, where she won the C.A. MacLean Journalism Bursary for her health care reporting, and directed a documentary that was screened in the Fairy Tales Film Festival. 

Charlene Rooke is a Vancouver-based journalist who has been at the frontier of branded content since 2002, when she joined Air Canada’s enRoute. Currently, she is a Contributing Editor to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s Food & Drink. She has won more than 25 awards for her editing and travel writing and has taught magazine writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Steven Sandor is an award-winning magazine editor and author. He edits Avenue Magazine in Edmonton. He has written two books on sports history and his sixth young-adult novel, Called Up, was released this past autumn by Lorimer.

Thomas Tait is owner and publisher of Galleries West Digital magazine, which last year replaced a print version launched in 2002. He was a founding partner and publisher of WHERE Calgary magazine from 1981 to 2001. A native Albertan with a B.A. (Economics/History ’63) from the University of Alberta, Mr. Tait is fluently bilingual and served in the Canadian Foreign Service at Canadian Embassies in Paris and Kinshasa.  He has also lived in Ottawa and Zurich while responsible for commercial projects in Algeria and Morocco as a Managing Partner of a Canadian international trading company in the 1970s.  Through his efforts and expertise, WHERE Calgary and now Galleries West have been in the forefront of wide-ranging computer applications appropriate to a small publishing company.

Rob Tanner is president and group publisher at Tanner Young Publishing Group, a former AMPA director and the 2011 Alberta Magazine Achievement in Publishing award recipient.