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Hakai Magazine is the Big Winner of the 2019 COPA Awards

The winners of the COPAs for 2019 were awarded last night over a 10 course dinner party event at Dim Sum King in Toronto that saw Hakai Magazine win 6 Gold and 3 silver. Hakai Magazine is based in Victoria, BC and explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. HuffPost Canada won 6 medals with 3 Gold and 3 Silvers. Bell Media won 5 with 2 Gold and 3 Silver. The event was broadcast live on Twiiter through the #mastheadmag and #COPAwards hashtags

Who was the Best of the Best?


The best of of the best competition from all the entries saw the following results for the Best of CanadaGold was won by Hakai Magazine for Best Digital Content for their investigative article on Human Smuggling and Silver went to Local Love /United Way.

The Gold for Best Publication was awarded to a surprise winner Fête Chinoise an entry in the new Ethnic Media Division, an upscale lifestyle publication for the Chinese community. Silver was won by Vancouver Magazine.

The Best Digital Solution Gold went to Top Hat for their cloud based teaching resources website for the post secondary market and silver was won by Hakai Magazine. The Independent publisher of the year Gold award went to Hakai Magazine with the Local Love/United Way winning silver.

Entries in French saw Roast Battle Le Grand Duel a comedy website win Gold that is produced by Comediha and HuffPost Quebec winning Gold on the use use of IUDs for Best Service Article. RDS won two silver for their coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline ( Best News Coverage) and the Raptors (Best Sports Feature).

The COPA Awards through its partnership with News Canada and their members saw two community news publications win Silver. Soo Today, part of the Village Media network won silver for its article on Steel Mills for Best Continuing coverage of News story and Grand and Gorgeous a publication produced by the Wellington Advertiser win silver for Best Print and Digital Publication that came in a very close second with Vancouver Magazine that won Gold.

 Ryerson University won Gold in the Best Interactive/Inforgraphic category on Hong Kong  (Students from Ryerson)

The Academic division saw Carleton University win 3 Golds in one of the most competitive competitions to date with entries from 9 schools that included BCIT Students Association, McGill, Queens, Ryerson, Sheridan College, UBC, University of King’s College and York University.  

University Affairs was the big winner in the B2B Division with 4 mdeals with 3 Gold and 1 silver, followed by a bunch of winners with two medals each Annex Media (2 Gold), CPA Canada (Gold and Silver), Laywers Weely 
(Gold and Silver), Remi Network (2 Silver) 

For a compete list winners click here

The 11th Annual COPA 2019 Award Winners will be announced on January 9

The 2019 COPA Awards Winners will be announced this Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Toronto at the Dim Sum King Restaurant. The entries this year came from all corners of Canada with finalists this year from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. This year the COPAs introduced an Ethnic Media division as part of the awards festivities in addition to the Academic, B2B, B2C, News division. This year they had the most schools participating in the Academic division with entries from Sheridan College, Carleton, UBC, York, University of King’s College, BCIT Students Association, Ryerson and Queens University. The event will be broadcast on twitter #COPAwards starting at 7:30pm. The COPAs have become a national competition that is open to all publishers in any language to enter. COPA Event Ticket Information

COPA Call for Entries Begins May 13

The 2019 COPA Awards program this year has been tweaked to reflect the needs and trends of the industry. This is no easy task as we are sometimes ahead of the curve in the categories and industry adoption. After consultation with key members of the judging panel and publishers, this year will put a stronger focus on the various channels content is published on and we will have awards for print and digital; email; digital editions; mobile apps and website. These channel categories will allow publishers to demonstrate some of their digital wizardry and design skills. The Social Media and Brand Content categories been tweaked to accommodate the growing use of influencer campaigns.

There is a new division this year for Ethnic Media as part of our mandate of industry inclusiveness and to reflect a multi-cultural society. The COPA Awards program is open to any company and is not affiliated with any trade organization or government agency and is 100% industry funded with over 80 volunteer judges. This is the 11th year of the COPAs in Canada.

The 2019 COPA Rules and Eligibility Requirements are available at this link

The 2019 COPA Program

The process for the 2019 COPA awards is now under way as we will begin with the Call for Judges on April 8 . We will announce the 2019 COPA Awards Rules on May 1 with the Call for Entries on May 13. This year  will include a new division to reflect Canada’s multi-cultural mosaic with an Ethnic Media Division and we have and reached out to some of the leaders in this segment to fine tune the categories. The following are the key dates for this year’s awards. Your feedback is always welcomed at


COPA 2019 Dates

Call for Judges April 8
Call for Entries May 13
Early Bird Entry Deadline June 14
2019 Entry Deadline July15
Finalists Announcement Sep 18
COPA Awards - November TBA



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Apr 8, 2019 >> Call for Judges
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June 14, 2019 >> Early Bird Deadline
June 18, 2019 >> Early Bird Extended
July 15, 2019 >> Entry Deadline
July 26, 2019 >> Entry Extended Deadline
Oct 1, 2019 >> Finalist Announcement
January 9, 2020 >> COPA Awards
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