Awards Judges

Showcase and Achievement categories are adjudicated by a panel of three industry professionals. Judges do not adjudicate categories in which they had any involvement with the submission (as author, creator, editor, publisher, etc.), nor do they adjudicate entries in which their name appears on the masthead.

Isabel Abdai is a graphic designer and art director, who followed her dream to NYC three years after graduating from ACAD in Calgary. She spent five years as Senior Associate Art Director for Martha Stewart Living magazine, and is currently the Design Director for Woman’s Day magazine at Hearst Corporation.

Trevor  J. Adams is senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing. He leads the editorial team for several publications, including East Coast Living and Halifax Magazine. In 2014, he was short-listed for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence from the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Tammy Armstrong has published two novels and five books of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, Bogman’s Music, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Recent work has won the iYeats International Poetry Prize, Prairie Fire’s Bliss Carman Poetry Prize, and the Cafe Writers Poetry Competition.  In 2018 she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her new collection is The Year of the Metal Rabbit (Gaspereau Press, 2019).  She lives in Nova Scotia.

John Barton‘s twenty-six books include eleven collections of poetry, including Polari. In 2020, he will publish his twelfth, Lost Family.  He was appointed to a four-year term as the City of Victoria Poet Laureate in 2019.

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.

Donna Braggins is associate dean at Sheridan College, former president of the National Magazine awards and previously held positions as art director at Maclean’s and Canadian Business Magazines.

Penny Caldwell was editor of Cottage Life magazine for 15 years before moving into the publisher’s office in 2016. Under her leadership, Cottage Life has won hundreds of magazine awards. Penny was also a member of the original Magazines Canada task force that developed advertising-editorial guidelines adopted nationally by the magazine industry. She is past president of the International Regional Magazine Association, a former director of Canada’s National Magazine Awards Foundation, and has taught in Ryerson University’s Magazine and Web Publishing program in Toronto. In 2018, Penny left Cottage Life to start a new chapter pursuing projects that stretch both her creative and her management skills.

Chelsea Cardinal is a freelance designer and illustrator of book covers, branding and editorial and the former art director of GQ magazine. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts magazine and Graphis.

Alice Cho is an award-winning designer and art director whose 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 creative.

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.

Morgan Curley is a designer and partner at Banff. Since graduating from the Alberta University of the Arts, she now works on branding, digital and editorial projects. She has been awarded by Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the GDC, Graphex, Graphis, and The Mohawk Show.

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. 

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.

Anne Georg is a writer and photographer based in Calgary. She is an avid fan of good writing and a good story.

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.

Angela Gzowski is an award-winning northern photographer. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Angela earned a BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Equally at home doing portraits in her Yellowknife studio as she is bouncing in the back of a snowmobile at -40 in Canada’s Far North, her photojournalism has taken her all across the NWT, Nunavut and Yukon. Her stunning landscapes and evocative people photos have appeared in Canadian Geographic, Readers Digest, Maclean’s, VICE, Maisonneuve, Up Here, MoneySense, Photolife, and The Coast. An accomplished commercial photographer with clients that include Netflix, Parks Canada, Telus, Health Canada, CBC, Verge Communications, Superior Industries, Futurpreneur Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories. She’s also photographed well-known figures such as David Suzuki and Justin Trudeau.

Sally Haney teaches journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Formerly a journalist with CBC, she transitioned into teaching where she focused on videography, the role of social media, and best practices in online journalism. She’s excited by her program’s unflinching commitment to journalistic rigour, evidence-based reporting, and cross-platform storytelling. During her time at MRU, she has vetted thousands of stories. Sally considers working side-by-side with student journalists to be exciting, challenging and a great honour.

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.

Paddy Harrington is the founder of Frontier, a company that focuses on creative exploration. He has more than 10 years’ experience in branding, strategy and design, he’s a veteran of a range of creative industries including architecture, research, advertising and design—and he’s also an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Paddy has worked with The New York Jets and Giants, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Unilever, the Holy City of Mecca, Li-Ning and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He was formerly the SVP Design Innovation and digital creative director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, executive creative director at Bruce Mau Design.

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.

Michelle Kelly started her career in publishing in 1998, 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 and Vice President, Content, Cottage Life in September 2019. She sits on the Professional Advisory Committee for Centennial College in Toronto, and is also the recipient of several Canadian National Magazine Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Outside of work, Michelle sits on the board of Ready, Set, Play, a non-profit group that helps provide Toronto youth access to organized sports. She 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.

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, journalist, and author of The Collected Doug Wright: Canada’s Master Cartoonist Vol. 1.  Over the course of his 20-year career he has worked at the National Post and the CBC, and has written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canada’s History, Toronto Life, among others. In 2004 he co-founded The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning, for which he served as the Executive Director for 15 years. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, three kids, two cats, and an unreasonable number of books and comics.

AnnMarie MacKinnon is the publisher and editor in chief of Geist magazine. She has worked in both magazine and book publishing for over fifteen years in a number of editorial and marketing positions, including for Edible Vancouver and Douglas & McIntyre. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor.

Wayne MacPhail has been creating content online since the ‘80s. He was the founder of Southam InfoLab and the creator of the Rabble Podcast Network for He’s helped numerous clients tell their great stories in new ways using emerging media. He’s also been a magazine and newspaper editor and has taught online journalism at a variety of colleges and universities.

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.

Jason Markusoff is a western correspondent for Maclean’s magazine, and previously wrote about mad cows and politicians for the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald. His work has also appeared in Avenue Calgary and Alberta Views.

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.

Robert Newman is the creative director of This Old House Ventures. He has previously been the creative director of Real Simple, and the design director of Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Details, New York, Vibe, and The Village Voice.

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

Jen Osborne is a Canadian photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. Her career started in 2007 with a yearlong work contract at Fabrica’s COLORS Magazine. She now frequently works with Maclean’s Magazine and has graced the pages of Stern, Vice, The Sunday Times, GQ, Mother Jones, Esquire, Vanity Fair Italy and IoDonna to name a few. She 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.

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

Christopher Patton is the author of three books, among them Ox, whose first section won the Paris Review’s long poem prize, and Curious Masonry: Three Translations from the Anglo-Saxon. His poems have recently appeared in New American Writing, Colorado Review, CV2, and Canadian Literature. He teaches at Western Washington University.

Thomas Porostocky the principal at The TOM Agency, 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, ROBTV 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.

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.

Sheena Rossiter is a Canadian filmmaker and journalist. She was a foreign correspondent in Brazil for nearly seven years, 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. 

Ina Saltz is a consulting art director, author and professor emeritus 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.

Kim Shiffman is the Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Parent (print and digital) where she’s held progressively senior roles since joining the team in 2015. Prior to Today’s Parent, Shiffman worked on custom content for Rogers Media and online travel-deal publisher Travelzoo, and held senior editorial roles at Profit, the magazine for entrepreneurs, Allergic Living, and Chatelaine. Shiffman once co-owned and edited City Dog, a free quarterly publication for urban dog owners. Shiffman’s byline has appeared in more than a dozen publication, including The Globe & Mail, MoneySense, Canadian Business and Flare. Shiffman is married with two sons, and lives in Toronto.

David Swick teaches writing 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.

Kat Tancock is co-founder of custom content agency Tavanberg, whose clients include Sobeys/Safeway, The Beer Store, United Way and M&M Food Market. Previously an instructor of web editorial at Ryerson University and an editor at Canadian Living, Best Health, Reader’s Digest and Food & Drink, she has written on travel, health, food and business for publications including the Globe and Mail, the San Francisco Chronicle, Western Living and Canadian Business.

Martin Tessler is an award-winning Vancouver-based photographer whose clients include Azure magazine, Canadian House and Home, New York Times, Chanel, Bing Thom Architects, Tom Ford and Urban Barn among others.

Leslie Vermeer is a professor of communication studies at MacEwan University in Edmonton and has been writing and editing professionally for 30 years. Alberta’s political economy and Alberta’s 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.

Michael Wilson has worked in publishing for over 15 years. His work has been recognized by SPD and CRMA. He now runs an independent design studio focusing on branding, packaging, and editorial design.

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

Terry Bullick is a writer, editor, publisher, photographer, brand director and occasional creative director, who has worked in the world of publications and communications for so long, she’s embarrassed to admit it. Suffice to say her career began when big hair and big shoulder pads were all the rage.

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.

Gary Davies is President of e=mc2 event management inc., Managing Director of Kelly Brother Productions, and Founder and President of Best of Calgary. He formerly served as President of Canada Wide Media in Vancouver and as Executive Vice-President of RedPoint Media Group in Calgary. In a volunteer capacity, Davies was President of the B.C. Association of Magazine Publishers and for 15 years served on the board of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and in the capacity of President and three different occasions.

Beth Ed worked at Alberta Views for 13 years, the last eight of them as Publisher. She’s an avid skier, a novice, but eager artist and passionate about stories that explore issues of public life.

Mike Ganley was an editor at Yellowknife’s Up Here Publishing from 2005-2011 and the editor of Alberta Venture magazine from May 2011 until March 2017. He is now a freelance writer and the communications and marketing manager for Edmonton-based Ketek Group.

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.

Logan Johnson has been art directing magazines for more than 10 years, with over 50 issues under his belt from publications in Canada and the United States. As a designer with a passion for branding and communication design, he provides the proven ability to help brands find their voice to speak clearly and effectively to their markets.

Kim Larson is an industry-leading art director whose 15-year career has been marked by a combination of versatility and creativity through out the province. As the Art Director at Venture Publishing, she’s guided Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines to numerous high-profile provincial and national magazine awards.

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.

Jack Newton was Publisher, President and a shareholder of RMV Publications Ltd for most of his 1981 to 2018 tenure with the company. Working in the Rocky Mountains, he published travel magazines (including Where Canadian Rockies), maps and dining guides, operated a contract publishing division, and assisted with RMV‘s IMPACT! Brochure Systems distribution business. Jack has long been an enthusiastic AMPA supporter.

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

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo and the co-founder of Edmonton’s newest bookstore, Glass Bookshop. He is a co-author of the collaborative novel, Project Compass(Monto Books, 2017), and the author of Relying on that Body (Glass Buffalo Publishing, 2018), a poetry chapbook about RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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.