Digital Presence Website

Digital Presence Website Finalists

This category includes entries from a magazine website, website redesign or microsite. Judging will emphasize high editorial standards and effective use of the digital medium to reach and engage the intended audience; and best practices in navigation and architecture; interactivity; excellent content and outstanding design.

Avenue Calgary

Jaelyn Molyneux, executive editor, digital, Karin Olafson, assistant web editor

Canadian Rockies Annual

Meghan Ward, editor; Dee Larosa, designer/art director; Tera Swanson, assistant editor

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Plastic Pitch

Steven Sandor, editor, Charles Sandor, web designer

Summit Online


Michal Waissmann, designer and art director; Leslie Blondhal, designer; Deb Abramson, studio and production supervisor, Dave McLean – manager, marketing and communications

2016-17 Showcase Judges

2016-17 Showcase Judges

Isabel Abdai is an ACAD graduate who holds the position of design director at Womans Day. She previously worked as senior associate art director for Martha Stewart Living.

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from B.C. He is the author of Injun, Un/inhabited, and The Place of Scraps, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry prize and a Gerald Lampert Memorial Award finalist.

Sandra Abi-Rashed is group publisher at TVA Publications for ELLE QUEBEC, Clin d’oeil and Cool! She has experience in publishing and digital marketing on both the client and agency side with major retail and lifestyle brands. Abi-Rashed holds an MBA from McGill University and a Mass Communication Degree from York University.

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 Adams was short-listed for the EAC’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence and in 2015 won an Atlantic Journalism Award (silver) for Commentary.

Theresa Agnew is an Edmonton-based freelance writer and editor and the in-house web writer/editor at MacEwan University. Two of her favourite activities are reading Alberta magazines and riding her bike—but not at the same time.

Derek Beaulieu is an award-winning author of eight collections of poetry and four collections of conceptual fiction. He is the author of two collections of essays, the publisher of the acclaimed no press, the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb and was the 2014–2016 Calgary Poet Laureate.

Andrea Bennett is a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work has been published by The Globe and Mail, The Atlantic and The Walrus, among others. Bennett is the senior editor of Maisonneuve.

Chris Bond is the creative director, digital editions, for TVA Publications. With more than 18 years’ experience in multiplatform editorial art direction and design, he oversees the look, feel and interactivity of all TVA’s monthly digital editions, including Canadian Living, Style at Home, The Hockey News and ELLE Canada.

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.

Bill Bunn is a writer who teaches writing at Mount Royal University. His work has appeared in many publications from to The Globe and Mail.

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

Alice Cho’s art direction and design experience spans magazines, user experience, apparel and branding. Previously an art director for Seed, Print and Wired magazines, Alice is currently a freelance art director in Vancouver.

Trevor Cole is the author of four acclaimed novels, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2011 and has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Ian Cockfield is the managing editor of EVENT magazine, and runs its Reading Service for Writers. He’s a past fiction editor of PRISM international, has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and has been a freelance editor for over 15 years.

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 creative director and co-founder of Toronto-based design agency, Underline Studio. Underline’s client list is consciously diverse, ranging from corporate and retail enterprises, to media and publishing organizations, to educational and cultural institutions.

Patti Edgar is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer. Her writing has been published in periodicals across Canada. She works as a multimedia writer and editor at CBC and teaches in Mount Royal University’s journalism department.

Moira Farr is an award winning journalist and author whose essays, reviews and features articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Walrus, Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Ottawa, The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Canadian Geographic, More, Chatelaine, This Magazine, and several anthologies. She teaches magazine writing at Carleton University and Algonquin College.

Kathleen Freimond is a publishing and communications consultant and the former SVP of custom publishing at Canada Wide Media Ltd. She now works with publishers and corporate clients to develop custom content that supports strategic priorities.

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

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 & Up Here.

Paddy Harrington is the founder of Frontier, a creative exploration company made up of a magazine, design studio, and ventures group. He is an award winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Dave Harrison has worked in publishing for more than 40 years. He is currently a magazine editor with Annex Business Media, and is a Kenneth R. Wilson Award judge.

Valerie Howes writes about culinary travel for The Globe and Mail, enRoute, Toronto Life and Best Health. Her blog won Gold at the CSME and COPA awards and a National Magazine Award nomination.

Michelle Kelly is the editor of Cottage Life and the recipient of several National Magazine Awards and Editors’ Choice Awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

Mitch Kern is an associate professor of photography at the Alberta College of Art + Design whose career spans commercial, editorial and contemporary art practice. Kern has received numerous grants and awards and been featured in over a dozen solo shows and 75+ international and national exhibitions in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

Ben Kunz is the chair of the Information Design Program in Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Communication Studies. He has over 25 years of industry-based experience in visual identity design, information design and editorial design. He is the Founder and Design Director of Kunz + Associates Limited.

Naomi Lakritz is a former columnist at the Calgary Herald and the Winnipeg Sun who has spent more than 30 years working at daily newspapers. She now devotes her time to her freelance business, Naomi Lakritz Editing Services.

Mark Laurie specializes in experiential portraits. He is an international photography judge, holds four  Photographer of the Year awards, a Master of Photography degree, Master of Photographic Arts, and two Fellowship awards.

Marc Lauriault is a multidisciplinary, award-winning designer. Currently with Rogers Media, Marc has worked on a variety of publications including Sportsnet magazine, Walmart’s Live Better, MLSE (Leafs, Raptors, TFC) and the NHL. Previously, Marc worked at Bruce Mau Design.

Robert Lemermeyer is a visual raconteur who has shared his fascination with people, places and spaces through photography for 20 years. His editorial work for Canada’s premier magazines has taken him to Kyoto on 48 hours’ notice, to St. Petersburg without a translator, and on a three-island-hop to shoot hockey legend Mark Messier in the Bahamas.

Domenic Macri has designed and art directed for Toronto Life, FASHION magazine, Flare, Whats Cooking, and GUSTO!, and is best known as art director for The Globe and Mails 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

John Maxwell is associate professor and director of the publishing program at SFU. His research and teaching is on the impact of digital technologies in the Canadian book and magazine industries.

Trevor McConnell’s career has spanned three decades. He worked as a creative director and copywriter in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, occasionally winning prizes for his efforts. He now writes for amusement.

Matthew McKinnon is an editor, writer, and coder based in Toronto. He is currently a senior digital editor for Passport 2017, and previously worked for The Walrus, CBC, Shift, and more.

Susan Meingast, an award winning art director and designer, is art director at The Shopping Channel. She has worked in magazines (Flare; Elm Street; explore; and Avenue Edmonton) as well as in custom publishing (everything from special inserts and publications to cookbooks) for a variety of national brands.

John Montgomery is the former art director for Canadian Business and MoneySense magazines, as well as the contributing designer for Taddle Creek magazine. He previously worked at Toronto Life magazine. He’s been nominated for several National Magazine awards—including Tablet Magazine of the Year—and won a Canadian Cover award in 2012.

Troy Moth’s photographic work has exhibited in galleries from New York to Milan and is currently held in the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Victoria. He has worked on International advertising campaigns and followed a man to his death for an intimate documentary piece. Troy resides on Vancouver Island and can be found wandering the bush with his dog.

Noël Nanton has two decades of experience as a senior designer working with a diverse list of clients and projects. His award-winning graphic design and typography are recognized in international design anthologies including Asia-Pacific Design, Los Logos Compass, Playful Type, Los Logos, Dos Logos,Tres Logos and New Typographics 2.

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

Matt O’Grady, a former editor-in-chief for BCBusiness and B.C. Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail, lives in Vancouver, where he teaches journalism at Langara College and serves as principal of The OAK Agency.

Pierre-Paul Pariseau is a Montreal illustrator who works for wide range of national and international clients including Penguin Books, Random House, the Wall Street Journal, Hohe Luft, Profit, Sojourners and the London Sunday Time Magazine among others. His personal work is regularly on exhibit.

Janice Paskey is a professor of journalism at Mount Royal University. She produced curriculum project for the Western Magazine Awards Foundation. She is past editor of Avenue magazine, the McGill University and Brock University alumni magazines, What’s Up Niagara magazine and has freelanced extensively.

Thomas Porostocky is the principal at TOM, a creative agency with a focus on data visualization and branding. Previously the art director of I.D. and Seed, his current clients include Wired, Google and National Geographic.

Mifi Purvis has worked in magazine publishing as a writer and editor for 20 years. She loves a great story that delivers on its promise with fresh, clear prose.

Christina Reynolds is an award-winning writer and editor. She was formerly the executive editor of ELLE Canada and the editor-in-chief of city magazine CalgaryInc. She has also worked at the  Calgary Herald and BNN.

Carlo Ricci is a commercial photographer and director who works between LA and Vancouver. He specializes in editorial portraiture, motion and advertising. Clients include Mazda, Slack, Emirates, Canadian Tourism, Forbes, Conde Nast and Mastercard.

Ina Saltz is a consulting art director, author and Professor of Electronic Design at The City College of New York.  Her areas of expertise are typography and editorial design. For over 22 years, she was an editorial design director at Time (International Editions), Worth, Golf Magazine and others. Saltz has 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.

Alyssa Schwartz is an award-winning writer and digital consultant who has helped editorial and consumer brands connect with audiences and achieve business goals. She led the launches of and the Best Health Magazine website and is also the founder of the startup Articycle, a self-serve digital platform where editorial and brand publishers will be able to cost effectively relicense top quality articles on a wide range of subjects directly from writers.

Graham F. Scott is deputy editor at Canadian Business magazine and teaches “he Online Publishing Toolkit at Ryerson University’s Chang School for Continuing Education.

Rita Sirignano‘s writing has appeared in publications across Canada, including Avenue Magazine, Western Living, and Swerve. She is also the Adult Programming Associate for Calgary’s Wordfest. 

David Swick is associate director of journalism at the University of King’s College. His journalism includes CBC Radio Ideas programs, one nonfiction book, in addition to magazine writing and 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 Readers Digest, she has consulted with numerous Canadian magazines on their digital strategies.

Robin van Eck is a Calgary writer and program director for the Alexandra Writers Centre. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies in Canada and internationally.

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, Canadian Business and the University of Guelph.

Chandra Vermeulen is is a Calgary-based graphic designer and sessional instructor at ACAD. Vermeulen’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Coupe Magazine and The Mohawk Show.

Christopher Wahl is an award winning photographer based in Toronto, Canada. His work has been recognized by American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN, The Annual Report 100 and The Magenta Foundation. Christopher’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

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 magazinemarketing at Centennial College.

Harry Wilson is the senior editor at Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel magazines. A former Calgary Herald journalist, he’s also worked in the United Kingdom as a magazine and travel guidebook editor.

Michael Wilson is currently putting his humble stamp as Art Director on the 115-year-old Popular Mechanics. Previously he held positions at Guitar World, and Philadelphia magazine.

Martin Zibauer, the former editor of Cottage Life’s award-winning food and DIY sections, specializes in service journalism and editorial packaging.

Daniel Zomparelli is the founder of Poetry Is Dead magazine. His books are Davie Street Translations and a collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia, Rom Com and forthcoming Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person.