Chris Frey

Chris Frey

Toronto correspondent, Monocle. Founding EIC, Hazlitt

Speaking Events:KN1: Q&A with John Bennet – Hosted by Chris Frey
Emcee: Alberta Magazines Awards Gala

Chris Frey is the Toronto correspondent for Monocle and the founding editor-in-chief of Hazlitt magazine and the Toronto Standard.

A six-time National Magazine Award-winner for writing, design and video making, he has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, CBC Radio, Azure Magazine, The Alpine Review and Maisonneuve.

Broken Atlas, a book of international reportage on the past decade of globalization, will be published by Random House.

John Bennet

John Bennet

The New Yorker

Speaking Events:
MC2: Masterclass: Becoming a Better Editor
K1: Keynote: Q&A with John Bennet

John Bennet grew up in a small town in East Texas—his mother ran the local Trailways/Greyhound bus station, which was their house—and took a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas.

He subsequently moved to New York, studied creative writing at Columbia’s School of the Arts, and became the founding editor of Backpacker magazine.

In 1975, he joined the staff of The New Yorker as a copy editor. In 1980, he became a senior editor. He retired in 2016.

He currently teaches profile writing and magazine writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The writers he has worked with most closely over the years include Pauline Kael, Elizabeth Drew, William Finnegan, Ben McGrath, James B. Stewart, Seymour M. Hersh, Oliver Sacks, John McPhee, Michael Specter, Jeffrey Toobin, Lauren Collins, Sasha Frere-Jones, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Eric Schlosser.

Bridget Williams

Bridget Williams

COO at Food52

Speaking Events:3D: Making Effective (and delightful) Newsletters

Bridget Williams is chief operating officer at Food52 a kitchen and home company that combines community, content and commerce.

Her career has taken her to the first digital department of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as well as the digital team for The New York Times. She has been involved with tech startups and ran business development and international expansion for Business Insider.

Paul Reulbach

Paul Reulbach

Publisher of San Francisco and Silicon Valley magazine

Speaking Events:MC3 Masterclass: Increasing Revenue Steams
1B: Uncovering Opportunities in Sponsorship Sales

Paul Reulbach is the publisher of San Francisco and Silicon Valley magazine, and has developed and expanded some of the largest and most successful city and regional brands in the U.S.

Throughout his long career in publishing, Paul has spearheaded successful redesigns, product launches, sponsorship programs, strategic partnerships and events.

Kathleen Fleury

Kathleen Fleury

Editor in Chief, Down East magazine

Speaking Events:
3B: Managing a High-Performance Creative Team

Kathleen Fleury began her publishing career at Random House before moving home to Maine to be the assistant editor at Down East Magazine.

She is now the youngest and the first woman editor-in-chief in the magazine’s 63-year history.
Kathleen also oversees the editorial teams for Fly Rod & Reel, Shooting Sportsman, and Dispatch.

Carey Polis

Carey Polis

Digital editor for Bon Appétit

Speaking Events:2A: Content Strategy for a Multi-Platform World

Carey Polis is the digital editor for Bon Appétit. She’s spent over 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.

Haley Overland

Haley Overland

Chatelaine Senior Editor, Social Media

Speaking Events:
2D: What Social Media Can Do for Magazines

Haley Overland oversees the social platforms at Chatelaine magazine as senior editor, social media.

Formerly, she worked in the same role at Today’s Parent, increasing that brand’s Twitter audience to more than one million followers.

Haley has collaborated with top-calibre brands, delivering rapidly growing numbers and engagement for online communities across platforms. She’s also partnered with major social media companies like Twitter and Facebook, gaining first-hand knowledge of best practices and producing joint campaigns, including a headline-earning Twitter chat with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Haley is a regular guest lecturer and speaker.


Poetry Finalists

Articles in this category include any work of poetry first published by the magazine. A collection of up to three poems by the same author, all published in the same issue, may also be entered in this category.

Bear Skin Rug

filling Station

Margo LaPierre

cancer grows like a nest


Beth Everest



Ellie Sawatzky

small bird, black paint

Glass Buffalo

Kevin Holowack

Three Poems

filling Station

Sean Howard


Fiction Finalists

Articles in this category include any work of fiction first published by the magazine. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact.

Mark IV

Glass Buffalo

Shawn Ohler

No Small Thing

Alberta Views

Tom McMillan



Kim Murray

The Dying Game

Glass Buffalo

Kate Black

The Sandbox

Alberta Views

Jennifer Williamson

Welcome to Khyber Agency


Annum Shah

Alberta Story

Alberta Story Finalists

Articles in this category showcase a distinctly Alberta subject, flavour and flair. Though subject to broad interpretation, examples include non-fiction work about Alberta’s cultural and economic scene; stories about interesting Albertans; or stories told from a distinctly Albertan perspective. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact.

Sponsored by  

Are We There Yet?

Avenue Edmonton

Steven Sandor

Coming Through Slaughter


Taylor Lambert

Greetings From the Fourth Dimension


Michael Hingston

In Praise of Protest

Alberta Views

Sid Marty

Is It Too Late for the Heritage Trust Fund?

Alberta Views

Max Fawcett

Len Perry

Canadian Cowboy Country

Dawn McCoy

Our Vital Forests

Alberta Views

Tadzio Richards

Patterns of the Past

Canadian Rockies Annual

Tera Swanson

The Art of Reconciliation

Avenue Edmonton

Samantha Power

The Fight of His Life

Avenue Calgary

Omar Mouallem


Profile Finalists

Articles in this category focus on a person or a group.

Canada’s Top Judge

Alberta Views

Katherine Ashenburg

From Seeds, Come Trees

New Trail

Scot Morison

Inside the Animated Mind of Joel Cohen

New Trail

Curtis Gillespie

Passing The Smell Test


Elizabeth Withey

Still Number One

Avenue Edmonton

Breanna Mroczek

The Annotated Rudy Wiebe

New Trail

Scot Morison

The Real Marni Panas


Scott Messenger

Wrestling Erica


Marcello Di Cintio

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.


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.