Achievement Awards

Achievement in Publishing

The individual has demonstrated a history of creating excellent magazine content and/or products; achieved long-term success in the magazine industry; and made significant contributions to the Alberta magazine industry, including volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and collaboration.

2019 Achievement in Publishing Recipient


Ever since Jackie Flanagan founded Alberta Views in 1997, the magazine has been an essential read for people who want to engage thoughtfully with the critical issues of our time—from politics and the environment to arts and culture. Throughout, Flanagan has acted as a visionary, a steward and a champion for new writers and fresh points of view. Flanagan has always invested deeply in the editorial side of the magazine, drawing out unique perspectives and expert voices. Thanks to her efforts, Alberta Views has showcased not only notable Canadian magazine writers, but up-and-coming journalists and academic writers, whose thought-provoking work Flanagan has recruited and developed for a popular audience. Alberta Views is a key piece of Flanagan’s larger vision to celebrate and nurture local writing talent. Flanagan also endowed and created the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary in 1993, which supports literary talent through two annual residency programs. Like the magazine, this program is credited with advancing the careers of Canadian writers and invigorating the local writing community. Over the years, Flanagan’s unwavering commitment to her vision has withstood its share of naysayers. Shortly after Alberta Views launched, Flanagan was told that she’d never find 500 people interested in subscribing. Today, that number is rounding 6,000, with 1,500 newsstand sales per issue. Alberta Views was named Magazine of the Year at the 2009 National Magazine Award and has received countless honours for its consistently outstanding content. Despite her pursuit of excellence, Flanagan runs an exceptionally low-stress publishing operation. Her respect for work-life balance, combined with a talent for organization and scheduling, has made it possible to maintain high standards and predictable timelines without all-nighters and last-minute scrambles. No wonder Alberta Views staff and volunteers—not to mention the province’s entire magazine industry—continue to be inspired by Flanagan, and no wonder readers are as excited as ever by this insightful publication.  


Best New Magazine

The magazine demonstrates excellence in editorial and design, fulfills a niche within the industry, and has strong potential for long-term sustainability.


Archive magazine began as an idea between two friends and has evolved into an independent quarterly magazine managed by Shari Johnston, editor and Heather Smith, creative director. The magazine features unique stories from across Canada with the goal of inspiring people to enjoy the simple things in life – from food and crafts to arts and travel.

Editor of the Year

The individual has achieved standards of excellence in the creation of an Alberta magazine or magazines, demonstrating that they: fulfill the stated mandate or vision of the magazine through editorial content that is engaging and relevant to its target audience; and maintain high standards of editorial quality throughout the magazine. The individual also demonstrates strong qualities of resourcefulness, collaboration and vision, as demonstrated by the nominee’s ability to: bring out excellence in writers; maximize economic and people resources in the creation of superior content; and engage stakeholders in venues beyond the magazine in ways that strengthen the magazine’s brand and sustainability.


Most people are amazed to learn that LINK, SAIT’s much-lauded alumni magazine, has only one full-time staff member. Since 2014, that lone staffer has been Nancy Cope, and her hard work, enthusiasm and high standards have earned the magazine its stellar reputation. Cope sets the theme and storyboard for each issue, assigns content, writes (she has no staff writers), edits (without the support of assistant editors), coordinates copy editing, and proofs. She creates flat plans, collaborates with Ivy Design to set creative direction, handles coordination and art direction for multiple photo shoots, serves as production manager, and oversees mailing lists and distribution. She does all this while staying true to the magazine’s mandate. In addition to managing… well, everything, Cope found the energy to lead a complete magazine redesign in 2017, elevating everything from photography and design to editorial tone. Meanwhile, she has expanded and enriched the LINK freelancing pool, matching talented writers with the right feature stories and assignments, and working with photographers, illustrators and consultants with respect, enthusiasm and generosity. As a result of Cope’s efforts, LINK has an invested creative community that fills the magazine with intriguing voices and points of view. Cope has always been determined to take the most interesting, most challenging road for LINK, and the results speak for themselves: Successive reader surveys show that LINK is a highly anticipated publication that succeeds in strengthening the connection between SAIT and its alumni. With her resourcefulness and commitment to excellence, Cope has crafted an alumni magazine that consistently punches above its weight, going head-to-head with highly resourced and funded magazines for major publishing awards. Sponsored by Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts.    

Magazine of the Year

This award recognizes efforts on the part of the entire team and is awarded to the magazine that most consistently engages and serves the needs of its readers.

      2019 WINNER                                           2019 FINALISTS

                                                Sponsored by Mitchell Press.        

Volunteer of the Year

The individual can be anyone who has worked with an AMPA member magazine, has demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement, and has inspired others to take part in the industry.


Breanna Mroczek began offering her volunteer services to Glass Buffalo in 2014, where her enthusiasm for publishing and her eagerness to share knowledge has made her indispensable. She doesn’t just help Glass Buffalo get work done—she elevates the magazine to new levels of excellence. As a volunteer editorial assistant, Mroczek’s incisive copyediting and proof reading is meticulous. She’s also become an invaluable business advisor for Glass Buffalo, helping to direct its future, finding new audiences for its literary content and initiating key sponsorships and partnerships. Mroczek also helps to run launch events for Glass Buffalo, as well as spearheading a sold-out event in Canmore in partnership with Wild Life Distillery. When she’s not devoting her time to Glass Buffalo, Mroczek shares her talent and enthusiasm with aspiring magazine writers, helping them craft pitches and find venues for their work. For two years, she sat on the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Conference Committee, shaping professional development opportunities for the province’s magazine makers. Mroczek’s volunteerism isn’t limited to the publishing industry. She’s also the volunteer social media coordinator at The Local Good, an organization that helps Edmontonians support their local economy, creating a thriving online community for more than 14,000 followers. Sponsored by Magazines Canada.  

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