We have brought together some of the best industry minds in advertising, art direction, broadcast, digital, newspapers, magazines and web design to be on the judging panels this year. We are honoured to have these people as judges this year for COPA 2016. We thank them for their time and support.
Alanna Glicksman is the digital marketing manager for MasterCard Canada. She is responsible for social strategy and implementation, CRM and a variety of Priceless campaigns. Alanna spends a lot of time creating content and engaging Canadians across MasterCard's social media properties.
Previously, Alanna was a consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, an international public relations agency. She holds a BA (honours) from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in public relations from Humber College.
Amanpreet Dhami (amanpreetdhami.com) is a Toronto-based writer, editor and producer bringing five plus years of consumer and trade editorial experience from the print and digital media world. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Elevate Magazine, Canada's anti-aging, beauty, wellness and cosmetic enhancement authority. Her work has also appeared on TheKit.ca, 29secrets.com and Anokhi Media among others. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as @PreetsD.
Andrew brings more than two decades of experience as a reporter, editor, manager and leader in both conventional and digital journalism. He is currently VP, Digital at The Canadian Press. During his career Andrew has been the Director of Globalnews.ca, Editor in Chief at MSN Canada, Producer for CBCSports.ca and a newspaper reporter at the Financial Post. He has a MA in Journalism from Western University.
Andrew is the content director for Cineplex Entertainment. He is responsible for strategy on all owned content channels, including cinema Pre-Show, Web and Social, and the TimePlay app. Prior to Cineplex, he led Social Media, UGC and digital engagement strategies for CBC national news. Andrew has been working in digital and cross-platform news, content and communications for more than 15 years.
Annelise Dekker is an Art Director with 18 years experience in the design and publishing industries. Her collaborations have included branding, marketing collateral, packaging, as well as with award-winning custom and consumer publications (Fairmont magazine, Review, Pure Canada, HomeSpa, Mercedez-Benz, Reader’s Digest). Reader’s Digest titles have been awarded silver for Best Tablet at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (2012) and the CSME Editors’ Choice Awards (2014). Reader’s Digest was also a finalist for Best Tablet at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (2014).
Having started out in the tourism industry and moved over to new media, Bettie has cumulated over 20 years of experience. From her beginnings in market analysis and marketing strategy in the cultural industry, she was at the editorial helm of various websites under the Canadaplus network, including montrealplus.ca, as well as other Canadian cities. When it comes to her B2B and B2C online communications experience, the work of her team at Yellow Pages Group was recognized by her peers with a Boomerang award for the updated version of yellowpages.ca.
At Ricardo Media, Bettie presently oversees the digital department, defining the marketing and operation strategies of Ricardo Media’s digital properties, which includes ricardocuisine.com (comscore 1.6M UV desktop + mobile). She also supervises all communications aimed at Ricardo’s very active community of fans online and on social media, in both English and French.
Brandon has 10 years of Product Management experience and currently leads the strategic direction, planning, and digital marketing of the financial media website Morningstar.ca
. As Product Manager he oversees the teams responsible for content creation, redistribution, video production, social presence, and site development. Additionally, Brandon consults with Online Brokers, Media Companies, and Asset Managers to help define and execute their digital strategy in the Financial Services market. He holds a Masters of Information Technology from the University of Sydney.
Brenda Jane Johnstone is the owner and publisher of Convenience & Carwash Canada magazine, a national, bi-monthly trade publication targeted to the owners and operators of convenience stores, retail petroleum and carwash sites in Canada. She is the President of the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association and a partner with the Western Convenience Stores Association organizing their industry trade event and charity golf tournament. Brenda is an avid golfer and outdoors person who loves nothing better than to jump in her kayak on Lake of the Woods at her cottage for a trip around the bay while photographing the wildlife to include in her yearly calendars.
Brian is the editorial director of IT World Canada, where he's been working for eight years. Since 2009, Brian and the ITWC team have enjoyed success as the most-award winning company in the B2B category at the COPA awards. Brian is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program and previously worked with Discovery Channel Interactive. When he's not covering the tech industry, Brian likes to get out on the water in a canoe. He lives in Toronto and has two cats.
Bruno Boutot is consultant on Web Strategy, Media, eCommerce and Online Communities. He is a former award-winning journalist, co-founder of infopresse and BlogExperts. www.boutotcom.com
Over his 25-year career in the publishing Industry, Camile has been involved in many aspects of publishing both from the Publisher’s side and from the supplier’s side. Camile is now a consultant specialized in subscription Marketing and database Fulfillment. Prior to this Camile, has been Director of Client Services in the fulfillment industries. In this role, he has worked over the years with publishers to help them develop and built their digital offerings. He also worked for publishers like Avid Media, TC Media and Gesca as Circulation Managers.
Carl is the leader and creative mastermind of Cayenne Creative, Ottawa’s spiciest Brand & Advertising Boutique. He specializes in corporate strategic communications, which includes branding, print advertising, web interface, navigation, architecture and social media strategy. Carl received the prestigious PROFIT HOT 50 in 2007 as #17 in the list of Canada’s Top Emerging Growth Companies. He has also been nominated by La Cité collégiale for the prestigious Premier’s Award for outstanding career achievement and community contributions in Ontario. Carl has been a guest instructor in the graphic design program at Algonquin College and also plays an active role on the graphic design advisory committee for both Algonquin College and La Cité. www.cayennecreative.ca
Catharine a judge from Saskatchewan is president of Bradbury Branding & Design with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. She is the winner of over 300 international and national design awards. Her work has appeared in numerous international design publications and has been profiled in prestigious magazines and books such as Communication Arts, Applied Arts, How and Graphis. Catharine studied graphic design and fine art in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia at the prestigious Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Charlene Rooke is the chief content office at Canada Wide Media in the Vancouver area, Western Canada’s largest independent content studio and consumer/custom publisher. She is a former editorial director of the custom content group at The Globe and Mail, and former executive editor of the luxury brands group at Spafax Canada. She is a contributing editor to the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine and a former editor of custom magazines for Air Canada, Mercedes-Benz, Bombardier and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and consumer magazines including Western Living and Avenue Calgary. She has also been at editor at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary.
Chris Skinner is a digital media executive with more than 15 years experience, currently serving as Vice President, Digital Media at Anthem Media Group. Previously, Chris was the head of digital for CTV.ca at Bell Media, overseeing the digital strategy for some of Canada’s top TV programs including The Amazing Race Canada (CSA winner 2014) and MasterChef Canada. Prior to joining CTV, Chris held several senior digital positions at St. Joseph Media, publisher of award-winning magazines such as Toronto Life, Fashion, Canadian Family, and Weddingbells.
Chris McDonald is a new judge this year and has spent time on the agency and media side of the business and is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for EiEi Home a home renovation website. Chris brings an all world view to the judging panel this year as he was a judge at the prestigious Cannes Advertising International Awards in 2003.
Coni is a Partner and Creative Director of L.A. Inc. has worked on a wide range of creative assignments from financial to fashion, from fast food to fast cars. Since joining L.A. Inc. she has produced award-winning creative for many of the firm’s clients and has been invited to judge several prestigious award competitions. Among Coni’s creative credits are graphic design and advertising awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Applied Arts Magazine, The Advertising+ Design Club of Canada, The Canadian Daily Newspaper Association and others. She has also been honoured by The National Home Builders Association in Washington, The Canadian Home Builders Association and both the Ontario and Greater Toronto Home Builders Association for her real estate work. Coni was an honours graduate of the Graphic Design program at George Brown College in Toronto.
Cory is owner/founder of CORE Communications and Marketing. He has held senior positions in Media, Creative, Innovation, Digital/Technology roles with some of Canada’s best agencies.
Over the past 15+ years, he has brought award winning innovative strategies, solutions and creative executions to clients. A holistic thinker, he is constantly pushing and blurring the boundaries between consumer, media, technology and brands.
Cory brings a distinct and future oriented viewpoint needed for success in a hyper-connected yet fragmented communications landscape. He has worked on esteemed clients such as Google, Tim Horton’s, Molson/Modello, Diageo, Bell, Kraft, Telus/Koodo, Audi, and many other brands.
Dennis Kelly is President of First Impressions Media. A Canadian, independent media planning and buying ad agency celebrating 21 years in 2016. He is a seasoned media planner/buyer/director/strategist, consultant, speaker, and sometimes golfer. Versatile at wearing many industry hats, his forte has been as a trusted steward for dozens of clients with advertising budgets from hundreds to millions.
His skills have been tempered in the multi-media furnaces of Television and Radio and On-Line and Outdoor and Magazines and Newspapers, while crafting smart, efficient, creative plans for entities in multiple industries.
Dennis is a graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, an active member (and Past President) of Ajax Pickering Toastmasters, and the Author of : 57 Media Spikes- Uncorking The Media Genie – and Nine Secrets of How to Improve Your Advertising
Derek Chezzi is Director of Content Works Engagement Services, overseeing Postmedia's industry-recognized community projects Gastropost, Capital Ideas and Everywear. A digital media veteran, Derek has more than 15 years of experience working with brands and institutions including Yahoo Canada, Maclean's, Ryerson University, and George Brown College.
Doug is a former global CMO with B2C and B2B experience. Doug began his career at P&G before making Canadians fall in love with Mott's Clamato and Ocean Spray. Next - Rogers as VP New Products, on route to Motorola, where he launched the StarTAC, and was Director of Marketing for the Americas. In 2000, Doug became Global VP Marketing, PMC-Sierra, a S&P 500 semiconductor company where he help gain traction in Asia. Next up, SVP Marketing for Intrawest, then Global VP ACL analytics software. Today, he serves on Corporate Boards, consults and operates Canada's favourite matchmaking company, It's Just Lunch!
Fernando Carneiro is the Executive Editor at Metro Canada. He oversees all digital content and strives to champion the work done by the team of reporters and editors in Metro¹s seven newsrooms. He also works closely with the audience development team to promote original content and engage readers. Fernando brings more than 15 years of experience working in cities across Canada, primarily in Toronto and Vancouver. When not at theoffice, he is usually out for a run or taking a karate class.
Florence Butihen has been in the advertising industry for over 13 years with an early start working within the research sector. Her early years were focused within planning traditional media campaigns across major clients including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and L'Oreal Paris. Her interests in the world of digital media found herself shifting her traditional media focus to a deeper dive within the digital space and touched new clients such as Kia, Hasbro and Microsoft Canada . She is currently at Omnicom Media Group’s newest agency, Hearts & Science, as the Director of Digital Investments on the Procter & Gamble business.
Francine is a marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience, currently serving as the Executive Director of Protégez-Vous, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to consumer information and education through unbiased product testing and rating, advices, buying guides etc. available on traditional and digital platforms.
She worked within different sectors such as telecoms, retail banking, tourism and gaming industries. Prior to joining Protégez-Vous, Francine was VP of marketing communications as well as VP of credit card department at the Laurentian Bank of Canada.
Franks Feckes is a web designer, programmer and digital marketer and is the owner of Trigarium. Franks has built and managed websites since 1999 and brings a wealth of web design expertise to this year’s judging panel. He is also the owner of Wood Stove Pools Inc. where they sells pool heaters and pizza ovens using wood burning technology.
With almost 30 years in client side marketing and advertising, Gord’s expertise shifted early as consumers began embracing all things digital. He led the ‘Client First’ advertising evolution at RBC before turning his attention to online lead generation, content development and most recently, the corporate use of social media to drive business results. Follow Gord on Twitter at @gordkerr1
Graduating from the Sheridan College Print Media Program, Greg went on to work at newspapers, city magazines, trade publications and international specialty publications. He’s led teams to win over a dozen national magazine awards for design and content in print and online and built media products across many platforms, including tablet, interactive, customer facing, audio, video, podcast and on social platforms. Greg has a diverse set of skills ranging from editorial, photography, production, coding, event production, design, audience development and sales. He currently lives in North Vancouver and enjoys the mountain culture.
A previous COPA and National Magazine Award winner, Gunnar Blodgett has been creating web applications since before the dot com crash. As the Web Architect at Venture Publishing for the past seven years, he's had the opportunity to develop a range of online properties with a resourceful and dynamic team of content creators.
With more than 20 years of experience in the magazine and photography industry, Guy Langevin has had the opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the business. This, combined with his background as a designer, led him to become the editor-in-chief and art director of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines. He has had the chance to collaborate with and befriend some of the best photographers in the country, and you’ll rarely see him without either his running shoes or camera.
Haig Tossounian, Vice President of Access Strategic Design & Communications Inc., has over 30 years of expertise in strategic branding and marketing for the B2B marketplace. Focused on global business development and sales in Technology, Telecom and Professional Services, Haig promotes branding and marketing initiatives consistent with corporate business goals and objectives. He continues to develop and implement marketing campaigns that drive sales and build brand loyalty through cross-media platforms.
Ian has spent all of his professional career in the Marketing Communications field: first at advertising agencies and most recently as the General Manager, Corporate Brand Management at Panasonic Canada. His newest venture is called Get SET, a MarCom consultancy specializing in Sports, Entertainment and Technology sponsorships.
Irene Fu is a digital professional with almost 20 years of experience since the earliest days of the Web, when PINE was the email client of choice. Currently, Irene is the Web Architect for the Toronto District School Board, leading and supporting digital projects and social media strategy. In her previous position, Irene was Web Development Manager for Business Information Group, the largest trade publisher in Canada. She was key in developing and executing digital strategies encompassing all business areas and social media, and oversaw dozens of digital properties and initiatives.
Jacqueline Murdoch is the Director of Strategic Planning at Gaggi Media and one of the media experts on the judging panel. An ad agency veteran she has had stops at Zenith Optimedia, Genesis Media, Palmer Jarvis and Ogilvy and Mather. She even had her own shingle when she had her own company Murdoch Media Management for 7 years.
James Zammit is a 20-year circulation/media veteran. James currently serves as the President of CircLink Group, an audience development organization, which he launched in 2008. In addition, James also serves as the co-CEO of Digitality Works Ltd., a digital media/online publishing provider, which he co-launched in 2009. Previously, James held the position of Director of Circulation with one of Canada’s largest publishing companies. James is also an elected leader with a global non-profit organization with nearly two-million members.
Jennifer Reynolds is a creative and strategic thinker that’s constantly looking for ways to leverage her clients’ brands and provide strategic communications. With over 12 years’ experience in marketing communications, Jennifer helps a variety of local, national and international clients in areas of branding, digital, paid, influencer marketing and social media.
At Edelman, Jennifer works with clients on developing and running social media strategies and managing an internal team of community managers. Jennifer leads several social media programs which regularly work with influencers, from Snapchat stars with over a million followers to local business owners, to help promote her clients’ brands through authentic voices.
Jennifer Villamere is a COPA award winner who has worked in online journalism for 16 years. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of Villamere: The Lowbrow Magazine of High-End CanLit, which is available online and also in print (ahh, how retro and quaint it is to be in print). She’s also an online entertainment writer for Entertainment Tonight Canada and an author whose debut novel is represented by the Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency. Villamere is a former Senior Web Editor at Canadian Living who has won two National Magazine Awards for her online content and lectured on online journalism at Ryerson University.
Jessica Ross is Multiplatform Content Director at TVA Group, responsible for driving the success of digital magazines, special issues and books. Jess has worked in a variety of management and editorial roles, including as Executive Editor and Acting Editor in Chief of Homemakers magazine; managing editor at Canadian Home Workshop and Associate Editor and Web Editor of IE:Money magazine. Jess enjoys volunteering for Magazines Canada and teaching Magazine Packaging at Ryerson University.
JP Fozo is the Senior Editor, Digital Projects, at the Toronto Star, where he gets very excited about innovative storytelling across multiple platforms. Prior to that, he worked at Rogers as a GM & Director, Digital, for MoneySense, Maclean's and Canadian Business magazines. JP has a BA from McGill and an MBA from Ryerson.
Julia provides strategic direction, planning and execution for a full range of integrated marketing programs. She leads a team of mobile, social, digital marketing and project management professionals to market Ontario as a preferred travel destination to attract Canadian and international tourists.
Julie Carl, the Deputy City Editor at the Toronto Star is an industry veteran and has travelled Canada during her career with stints as City Editor at the London Free Press, Content Editor of the Now Network in southern Ontario and then off to Nova Scotia to work as the managing editor of Valley Today. Her next stop was in New Brunswick as the editorial page editor of the Daily Gleaner in New Brunswick before landing as deputy editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. Along the way she has garnered a slew of journalism awards including a spot on the winning team of the fourth annual Brant County Literacy Council Spelling Bee, for which she was awarded a very nice bath sponge with a loofah on one side.
Karen Hounjet is a sales and marketing strategist from western Canada with over 25 years of media experience. In her past roles as VP of Sales for Vancouver’s Canada Wide Media, and VP of Sales & Marketing for Calgary’s RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions, Karen has successfully developed new multi-platform advertising concepts, including special content-based promotions such as native advertising and integrated print, digital, video, and sponsored social media. Karen now operates FIO Consulting Inc., advising businesses on sales, media and marketing strategy. She also runs a unique sales outsourcing service for select clientele across the west and into Toronto. Past contributions include driving revenue for CTV, serving as a member of the Advertising Services Committee for Magazines Canada, and speaking at various Magazines Canada webinars and events, including the Business Media Leadership Summit.
Kerry recently brought her digital zeal to TV, as managing editor of Global Edmonton. She was previously director of digital content at the Edmonton Journal, where she helped lead the revolution from the print past to the multimedia, multi-platform future.
As the Head of Digital, Editorial, at The Globe and Mail, Kevin Siu oversees digital news strategy and programming across all platforms. During his decade at The Globe, he has been the deputy executive editor (audience), the executive editor of features and the editor of the Life section. He started his career in media as the general manager, then associate publisher, of the digital culture magazine Shift.
Kim Elliott has been Publisher of the independent media site rabble.ca
since 2006. Founded in 2001 as a national site for news and opinion, rabble.ca
is a now a non-profit site that reaches more than 400,000 unique visitors month.
A 15-year veteran of the Canadian magazine industry, Kim Shiffman has been managing editor of Today¹s Parent and todaysparent.com since March 2015. Previously, Kim served as managing editor at Connected Rogers (connectedrogers.ca) and Allergic Living (allergicliving.ca). Prior to that, she was senior online editor at Travelzoo (travelzoo.ca) and senior editor at Profit (profitguide.com). Kim graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto and received a post-graduate diploma from Centennial College. She¹s married and the mom of two boys.
Leslie Woods is the Founder and Creative Director of WRG Communications a boutique creative agency specializing in digital communications targeting millennial audiences. The agency also produces and independent hybrid digital lifestyle publication, What’s Really Good Magazine. Leslie has lead the magazine’s creative direction working with global culture icons from Drake to Azealia Banks, Atrak to chef Chuck Hughes. Leslie’s deeply ingrained understanding of millennial culture has been called upon by industry leaders such as Nike, Volkswagen, Veuve Clicquot, Playboy, Lacoste, Red Bull, Absolut, Subaru and more.
Linda Sibbald is a Toronto based Senior Web Designer and Accessibility/UI Specialist with a background in Behavioural Psychology and now resides in British Columbia. With 10 years’ experience in the digital design community; she has been a Team Leader for Hack-A-Thons hosted by user group HTML5 Toronto and Blackberry, a 5 year Stage Manager for FITC Toronto, a published writer for Computer Arts Magazine, a published photographer for Tourism in BC, and design winner recipient for one of the largest online fitness communities. Her passions are in digital arts, and the Web Accessibility Movement.
Mara Gulens is an award-winning editor, writer and content strategist who has more than 25 years’ experience. She is an editor at CPA Canada where she manages the members’ enewsletter and a section of CPA Magazine. Mara was editor of CMA Magazine, which received the 2013 KRW Award for best issue, the online publication Microsoft Home Magazine and Canada Computes. Mara has a BA in English and art history from the University of Toronto, and an MA in Baltic languages from Stockholm University. She tweets @maragulens.
Marcos Terenzio is a strategic creative director, designer and digital visionary with over 20 years’ experience in creative advertising. He is the Director of Digital Experience at Shikatani Lacroix where he oversees the integration of digital creative solutions that converge with technology, innovation, brand, strategy and design experiences. He has led his own boutique agency Spot Digital and created and launched Alchemy the digital agency for St. Joseph Communications. He specialises in integrated omni-channel approaches centred around digital mediums to effectively engage, communicate, captivate and deliver results on business objectives.
Maureen Halushak is the deputy editor of FLARE, where a typical day might see her conducting a Facebook Live interview, publishing FLARE’s daily app and live-tweeting the latest episode of The Bachelor—alongside editing long-form features and print columnists such as Elaine Lui and Ashley Callingbull. She is a graduate of Queen’s and Ryerson universities, and has also worked at Glow and Chatelaine. Follow her on Twitter at @maureenhalushak.
Meagan Perry designs and produces podcasts for non-profit and media clients across Canada. Meagan was executive producer of Canada's first podcast network at rabble.ca, later serving as editor-in-chief for the site. In 2015 she taught podcasting in the journalism program at the University of Western Ontario. She began work in public media in radio at the CBC, directing As It Happens, then producing for the DNTO Content Factory. Her audio work has been broadcast on CBC, BBC, and Irish Public Radio.
Melody is one of our East coast judges this year and is the President + Creative Director of Fresh Media that she founded in in 2003. Her industry awards include the 2005 PEI BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2006 Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Award of Excellence, 2010 Growing Business Award from the PEI Business Women’s Association and the 2012 Best Social Media Campaign at the Atlantic Interactive Marketing Conference. We welcome her wisdom to this year’s panel.
Michael Zimmermann has been bringing creative visions to life in the print and digital industry for two decades. He has built and led design and digital execution teams to launch scores of campaigns with brands such as IBM, Unilever, P&G, RBC, TD, CIBC, and House & Home Magazine.
He spends much of his free time hiking and canoeing in the Canadian backcountry, and occasionally writes about his love of the outdoors.
Always looking for a new creative challenge, Michael recently started a line of handcrafted leather goods under his brand A Word in the Woods.
Nadine is Manager, Media and Audience Relations for CNW Group. In her role she connects journalists and influencers to the tools CNW offers this community to help them find reliable sources and story ideas. CNW Group is a PRNewswire Company and a global news wire service and the first place the media look for news releases from Canadian organizations. She and her team are responsible for the updating of CNW’s media database of 30,000 contacts and media outlets. Twitter @TousNadine and @CNWGroup
Neil Parmar is a deputy editor at OZY.com, where he oversees its Fast Forward section and efforts to cover the U.S. presidential election. He completed his MA in journalism at New York University before reporting for The Wall Street Journal and SmartMoney, and becoming managing editor of WSJ.Money magazine.
Curious about life abroad, he took a newspaper gig in the U.A.E. just as the Arab Spring began. From Toronto, Neil has taught journalism at Ryerson University and Humber College, and written for Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Money and The Huffington Post.
Since 2003, Nikolay Malyarov has lead the expansion of PressReader’s worldwide community of publishing partners, helping them grow their audience and increase revenues, while meeting their unique business objectives. At the forefront of pioneering publishing solutions, Nikolay was instrumental in establishing PressReader as the only global all-you-can-read digital content platform with a growing list of over 4,000 newspapers and magazines and a reach of 250+ million. An authority on digital publishing he has authored numerous articles in prominent global industry publications on topics such as monetization strategies, HTML5 and distribution in non-traditional markets.
Noel Hulsman is the managing editor, features for Yahoo Canada. Prior to joining Yahoo, he spent five years as an editor with the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. He was previously the editor of BCBusiness Magazine in Vancouver. He started his career in the property development industry in Malaysia, before switching to business journalism in 1997. Noel has an M.A. in urban planning from the University of Waterloo and a B.A. in political science from McGill University.
Norm is Creative Director and founder of K9 Design Co. With 25 years of experience directing, strategizing and designing publications for such clients as Rogers, Ski Canada Magazine, Alternatives Journal, Homes & Cottages, Metro News, Norm is truly a “publication expert.” Over the years, Norm has also assisted TELUS, Bell, Sirius, BMO Nesbitt Burns, American Express and countless entrepreneurial, professional and non-profit clients with their design and communications opportunities.
Patricia Gray, Managing Director, Digital Solutions Media Experts was among the first media professionals to specialize in Digital Media in Canada playing a seminal role in launching the Digital Solutions Department at Media Experts in 2001. With more than 15 years in the business, and a graduate of McGill in Communications, Patricia also studied Fine Art and Film which inform the creative flair she brings to her planning and strategy.
Over his 30-year career, Outdoor Canada Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager Patrick Walsh has worked in a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad. The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors has named him Editor of the Year three times, along with Outdoor Canada as Magazine of the Year (medium circulation). He enjoys Tweeting, Pinning, Vining and blogging.
Paul is a principal of Mystique Brand Communications – a brand marketing firm focused on helping small to medium sized businesses position themselves, build brand awareness, and create thought leadership. Paul thrives on helping his clients meet their business goals and objectives through unique branding solutions and marketing strategies that engage consumers on multiple levels.
Peter Gilboy one of the creative gurus on this this years judging panel brings a track record of creative excellence and over 25+ years experience on some major national brands. He is currently the Creative Director of the The Idea Lab in Toronto. Some of the highlights from his career include being V.P. Associate Creative Director on the Ford Motors of Canada business at Young & Rubicam with Y&R winning the Ford Global Marketing Excellence award in 2006. Prior to that he worked at Bates as their Creative Director, where he worked on the Hyundai account and helped launch Foster's Light beer in Canada, with the "It's What's Inside That Counts" campaign, and to this day, receives royalties from the single that grew out of the award winning jingle.
Renée Dykeman is the executive editor of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal, one of Canada’s oldest periodicals, and is based in Ottawa. She has many years of experience as a health editor, both in Canada and internationally, and started her career in book publishing in Toronto.
Ronnie Lebow has worked as a creative director, senior art director, senior copywriter, and senior designer - conceptualizing, creating, and directing promotions (across all mediums) for some of the world's largest brands.
He currently holds the position of Marketing Director at Publicitas, the leading international media representation company in Canada, which provides advertisers simplified and centralized access to over 500 publishers worldwide.
Sandra is Canadian Living’s multi-platform editorial director and is a magazine publishing industry veteran. Prior to joining Canadian Living she helped launch Walmart Live Better at Rogers. During her tenure at Rogers, she was the editor of Today’s Parent for 7 years. Prior to Today’s Parent she worked for Global TV as a personal finance correspondent and as a reporter at the National Post. Sandra has a journalism degree from Ryerson University.
Scott Boniface is a content strategist, project manager, artist and entrepreneur from Toronto. in 2009, Scott graduated Seneca College with a diploma in Creative Advertising specializing in Copywriting. He quickly landed a position with Cossette Communications as a writer working on clients such as Mcdonalds and BMO.
Scott moved from the traditional advertising world into the digital space by co-founding creative agency Playground Inc. Scotts showcased a proven ability to manage large, complex projects with diverse and cross-functional teams. He combines big picture thinking with a pin point focus while always maintaining a cool head and an analytical mindset to foresee possible pitfalls effectively. With Playground, Scott has helped plan, organize and manage over 50 digital experiences; winning awards and surpassing ambitious business goals along the way. Scott is an energetic team leader with a focus on creating ambitious lasting experiences that have never been done before.
Shane Schick is a writer, editor and speaker to helps people create value with information technology. He is a technology columnist with Yahoo Canada
, an editor-at-large with IT World Canada
, the editor of Allstream’s expertIP
online community and the editor of a U.S. magazine about mobile apps called FierceDeveloper
. Shane was previously IT World Canada’s Vice-President, Content & Community (Editor-in-Chief), leading a digital-first strategy that included a transition from print publications to online portals and magazines.
Shannon Emmerson is a digital media professional with 16 years experience in publishing and brand journalism. Throughout her career, Shannon has explored the potential of digital media to amplify the power and reach of great stories. Her accomplishments include building a knowledge portal and team for interactive publisher Electronic Arts, and growing an award-winning digital division within Canada Wide Media to support cross-channel brand publishing for seven magazines. As the founder and director of Forge & Spark Media, Shannon currently helps brands and businesses become more visible, valuable and connected to their audiences using publishing and content marketing strategies.
Shawn is the Creative Director of Touchwood Design with 20+ years of agency and corporate experience. Shawn has worked across all design fields, from catalogues to product design to organizational branding — not to mention advertising, video and interactive media. His work has received over fifty national and international awards as well as prominence in annuals and esteemed design textbooks.
Sonny is president and creative director of Hamazaki Wong Marketing Group, an award-winning marketing-communications agency based in Vancouver. with expertise in multicultural marketing. Sonny co-founded and is producer of the annual Leo Awards, BC’s awards program for the film and television industry. Sonny was general manager of the annual Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, the largest and most celebrated dragon boat event in North America.
Sonya Fatah is a journalist and filmmaker with over 15 years of traditional and new media experience. She was based in New Delhi, India for eight years and covered the South Asian region for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and GlobalPost.com She is currently News Editor at Media in Canada, a B2B pub that covers the business of media spend on traditional and new media platforms. She is a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism.
Tara Tucker is the VP, Global Marketing Communications for Spin Master Ltd., a consumer toy company based in Toronto. Prior to Spin Master, Tara was the publisher of Chatelaine magazine. Tara has been active in the media and advertising communities as a speaker for MagNet, judge for the COPAs, chair of Magazine Day and former Board Member of the Ad Club of Toronto. Tara, a native New Yorker, launched her career at Estée Lauder New York and worked in sales and marketing at Liz Claiborne and Condé Nast. EndFragment
Tim Peel is the Operational head for BPA’s operations in Canada. CCAB, Division of BPA Worldwide provides third-party audits of media. Tim bring an outside perspective to the judging panel this year with his eye for detail with his experience with media audits. Tim graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1997 with a Bachelors of Economics and Commerce.
UB Hawthorn edits and writes for various magazines and websites on a freelance basis. He enjoys writing about sustainability, health, spirituality and travel. Check out his latest book, Journeybook, or read some of his articles on The Mindful Word.
Val Maloney is the associate editor of Media in Canada and a contributor to sister publications Strategy and Playback. She has over five years experience in the Canadian digital and print magazine world, notably working as editor of Masthead Online.
Wendy Schroder is a graphic designer with 20+ years in the Canadian publishing industry. She began freelancing in 2009 (Creativity2.ca), and is an admitted typophile whose work can currently be seen on the pages of Ryerson University Magazine, among others. She has previously served as a panel judge for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, the Sign Association of Canada and the Economic Developers’ Council of Ontario.
Zahra is the director of marketing for BCA Research. She is responsible for the global marketing strategy, branding and communications. Previously, she was the director of digital marketing for Reader's Digest Canada for all their brands that included Reader's Digest, Best Health and Our Canada. She is a marketing pro with 20+ years experience in consumer marketing with the last 10 years in digital marketing/strategy and business development. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal.