Achievement in Publishing

Achievement in Publishing

Each year, a recipient is honoured who 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.

Katharina Doyle

Creative Scrapbooker

Many people aspire to share their passion with the masses by creating a magazine; few find long-term success. Katharina Doyle is one of the few.

The co-founder and publisher of Creative Scrapbooker (formerly Canadian Scrapbooker) has been a passionate scrapbooker since the birth of her children. Yet the idea of expanding that love to the pages of a magazine never crossed her mind until her now-business partner Jackie Ludlage proposed the idea.

Despite originally knowing very little about the publishing industry, Doyle jumped at the opportunity and left her long-time job as a senior manager at a tech company. She immersed herself in learning everything she could about magazines, from mastheads to media kits; six months later, the two women unveiled their first issue of Canada’s first magazine dedicated to scrapbooking. That was in 2005 with a starting circulation of 1,500.

Today, Creative Scrapbooker has a circulation of nearly 26,000, including a large and growing market in the United States. Ten years after the first issue was released under the title Canadian Scrapbooker, the magazine was re-branded as Creative Scrapbooker to meet North American and global demand. Since 2015, circulation of Creative Scrapbooker in the United States has skyrocketed to 22% of all issues from 2%. This includes individual subscriptions and newsstand sales. Doyle has been pivotal in extending the brand beyond the magazine by amassing a loyal social media following and helping to develop the annual Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival.

According to Ludlage, Creative Scrapbooker has flourished because of Doyle’s business acumen, entrepreneurial vision, and passion for the magazine and scrapbooking trades. Doyle also brings the same enthusiasm and energy to her volunteer position as director at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Editor of the Year

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.

Lisa Cook

New Trail

Since Lisa Cook started as editor-in-chief at New Trail just over four years ago, the magazine has won more than 20 awards, including four National Magazine Awards and was named the Alberta Magazine Awards’ 2016 Magazine of the Year.

Cook’s colleagues credit her vision, creativity, mentorship and journalistic passion for transforming the 96-year-old University of Alberta alumni magazine into a popular general-interest magazine whose readership reaches well beyond that of the typical institutional alumni periodical. That said, she has never lost sight of the magazine’s mandate to “entertain, illuminate and engage” U of A graduates around the world. Cook has broken down silos and fostered strong relationships across departments and faculties to ensure New Trail is not only an educational and entertaining read, but also a viable tool that helps to achieve the university’s strategic goals.

Cook has built a high-performing team, which has grown from two in-house staff to six, and has created an environment in which collaboration and risk taking are highly valued. Under her leadership the New Trail team has been galvanized to create increasingly innovative and compelling content.

Kate Black, a former New Trail intern, perhaps summarizes best why Cook is so deserving of the 2017 Editor of the Year award: “Lisa honed my skills, from copy-editing to feature-writing, and took risks in my story ideas as a young writer – all while busy with her own radicalizing of what an alumni magazine can achieve.”

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement, and has inspired others to take part.

Joyce Byrne

Avenue Calgary

There’s an old adage that goes: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Joyce Byrne’s heart is full of love for magazines – ink runs through her veins.

Byrne, a respected industry leader and generous mentor, is known and celebrated for her commitment to advancing the magazine industry as a whole – not just the publications for which she is on the payroll. She has earned a reputation as one of the most tireless champions, promoting magazines as vital and essential cultural industry products, as well as the publishers, staff, freelancers and industry partners who contribute to them.

Byrne’s volunteer roles are numerous: she’s board president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and serves on the Conference Committee, where she plays a key role in securing some of the most influential and sought-after speakers for the annual event; she serves on the Board of the Directors of the International Regional Magazine Association; is past president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation; and served as a director with Magazines Canada for 10 years.

“Joyce’s contributions are far reaching – as an industry publisher, volunteer, leader, champion and mentor, she has done much to advance the Alberta magazine ecosystem,” says Suzanne Trudel, AMPA’s executive director.

Byrne is an innovative and talented publisher who is keen to share her insights and knowledge and promote the work of magazine creatives in the province.

Prior to her role as publisher at Avenue Calgary, Byrne was associate publisher at Venture Publishing, consulting publisher to Eighteen Bridges and publisher at Toronto-based This Magazine. She’s also been the proofreader at Taddle Creek for more than 10 years.

Magazine of the Year

Magazine of the Year Finalists

Awarded annually to the magazine that consistently engages and serves the needs of its readers.

Avenue Edmonton

Avenue showcases each city’s architecture, personalities, arts, fashion, food and design. Avenue Edmonton has developed an excellent reputation and strong following of loyal readers for its award-winning, intelligent and thought-provoking perspectives on the people, culture and lifestyles that define our city.

New Trail

New Trail is the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta. This member magazine maintains and nurtures the connection between the school and its alumni, associate members, donors, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. New Trail’s mandate is to entertain, illuminate and engage our university-educated readers around the world.

WestJet Magazine

Offering a fresh perspective on the joy of travel and discovery, WestJet Magazine is the official inflight publication of WestJet Airlines. The magazine’s content is smart, not stuffy. Professional, with a sense of humour. Passionate, with a healthy dose of common sense.

Best New Magazine

Best New Magazine Finalists

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

Canadian Rockies Annual

Published by Crowfoot Media, the Canadian Rockies Annual is an archival-quality mountain culture magazine that combines captivating storytelling with striking visuals and beautiful design. Each issue takes the reader on a journey through the Canadian Rockies’ cultural landscape, and delves into the dynamic forces that impact our lives in the mountains.


Dote Magazine is the handbook for a well-styled and meaningful life. We are committed to sharing the stories of Calgarians that are doing cool new things and helping add to the cultural landscape of the city and our province.

The Yards

The Yards is a seasonal magazine that makes sense of downtown Edmonton’s transformation and growth. Published on behalf of the Oliver and Downtown Edmonton Community Leagues, it tells insightful stories about urban planning, development, social justice, lifestyle and culture, that should change the way people see and participate in the urban core.

2016-17 Achievement Judges

2016-17 Achievement Judges

Terry Bullick is the publisher and editor of Apple, Alberta’s health and wellness magazine, the editor of Frontline, a health and safety magazine for Canada’s oil and gas industry, and a communications consultant.

Matthew Blackett is the publisher, editor and one of the founders of Spacing magazine. He is also the creative force behind the magazine’s retail shop in downtown Toronto. Blackett was named Editor of the Year for 2007 by CSME and Spacing was has been named Canadian Small Magazine of the Year five times.

Katharina Doyle is co-founder and publisher of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  Creative Scrapbooker has been publishing quarterly since 2005, and has a loyal following in Canada and the U.S. through subscriptions, newsstand and social media alike.

Beth Ed is the publisher of Alberta Views since 2011 and has worked for the magazine since 2007. She previously held positions as AV’s circulation manager, departments editor and advertising sales manager. Ed holds an honours degree in Communications from the University of Calgary.

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

Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary and has worked in magazines for almost two decades. She was honoured with the AMPA Editor of the Year award in 2011.

Nicola Hamilton is an internationally recognized editorial designer based in Toronto. She is currently the Deputy Art Director at Chatelaine, previous to that she was the Associate Art Director at acclaimed city-weekly The Grid.

Breanna Mroczek is the editor of Where Calgary magazine, editorial assistant of Glass Buffalo magazine, and a freelance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she earned an MA in English.

Kim Pittawayis a magazine consultant and educator and former editor-in-chief of Chatelaine magazine. She is a past president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and a past chair of the NMAF Judging Committee. She was the recipient of the Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award at in 2016.

Anicka Quin is an award-winning editor and writer with a passion for building community while creating nimble, successful and dynamic media brands. She holds the position of editorial director at Vancouver and Western Living magazines.

Dan Rubinstein is an Ottawa-based writer and editor who contributes to publications such as The Walrus and enRoute, and is a former editor at Canadian Geographic, Alberta Venture and Alberta Views magazine. He is the author of Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act (ECW Press,

Jenn Schmidt Rempel is publisher/editor for Lethbridge living and serves as board president of Lethbridge’s Allied Arts Council, and as a director for AMPA and Economic Development Lethbridge and the Curriculum Advisory Committee, Digital Communications Media program, Lethbridge College.

Matthew Stepanic is the editor of Glass Buffalo, the assistant editor of WHERE Edmonton, and the submissions editor for Eighteen Bridges. On an ideal Friday night, he is unwinding with a good book and a better bottle of wine.

Thomas Tait is owner and publisher of Galleries West Digital magazine, which this year replaced a print version launched in 2002. He was a founding partner and publisher of WHERE Calgary magazine from 1981 to 2001.

Chris Welner is editor of IMPACT Magazine and the recipient of AMPA’s 2012 Editor of the Year Award. Chris has traced a career through major newsrooms that include the Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald. Chris has been a member of the AMPA board since 2014 and currently serves as vice-president.