Judges for 2015 (awarded May 27, 2016)

Arts and Entertainment

Florent Daudens is news editor specializing in new digital formats at Radio-Canada, where he has worked for eight years . He worked previously for La Presse, the Fédération des journalistes du Québec, and other media.

Hilary MacLeod has been a news director for CHUM in Montreal, a writer-broadcaster and host for CBC in the Maritimes, a national radio columnist and a media studies professor. She now writes mystery novels.

Janice Neil is associate chair of the School of Journalism, Ryerson University, and a former editor-in-chief of J-Source. She worked as a reporter with CBC Radio and TV in London, Toronto and Regina, and was Ottawa bureau chief and senior editor of TVOntario’s Studio 2.

Beat Reporting

Dr. Sara Diamond is president and vice-chancellor of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination.” She holds a PhD in computing, information technology and engineering from the University of East London, and is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Daniel Marsolais was a journalist at La Presse for 39 years. He covered education, justice and social affairs. He was later named news editor, a position he held for 10 years before his retirement in 2007.

Shannon Miller has been a journalist for 20-plus years in B.C., including working in small, medium and large daily newsrooms. She held roles as copy editor, letters editor and assignment editor at the Vancouver Province. She was the Province city editor for several years, and the managing editor/senior news editor until 2015.

Breaking News

Laura Bobak spent 17 years in journalism as a reporter-photographer and editor. She started at Thomson and Irving-owned papers, and later worked for Sun Media, the Canadian Press and Transcontinental. She was part of a team nominated for an NNA in the 1996 Special Project category.

Anne Dawson was chief political correspondent for the National Post and Canwest News Service, as well as co-host of Global TV’s Ottawa Inside Out. She was the first female bureau chief for Sun Media Corp. at both Queen’s Park in Toronto and Parliament Hill in Ottawa. As well, she served two terms as president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Serge Gosselin worked for 35 years as a journalist. He started as a reporter for Sherbrooke’s La Tribune, and held management positions at the Journal de Québec, Le Devoir and the Winnipeg Sun. He also served as vice-president, news, for Sun Media and managing editor for the French service of the Canadian Press.


Michael Benedict, now a freelance editor and writer, spent three decades in journalism, including five years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He was also part of the senior editorial team at Maclean’s, serving as assistant managing editor, editorial director of new ventures and executive editor.

Fran Halter has been a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist for the past 25 years. Her multi-faceted media background includes radio broadcasting with CKO and CFCF in Montreal, news agency reporting with United Press Canada, and business journalism with the Montreal Gazette.

Athana Mentzelopolous has worked for the federal and provincial governments in senior roles on fisheries policy, environmental policy and protection, consumer product safety, intergovernmental relations, and was Deputy Minister for Government Communications and Public Engagement in British Columbia. She is presently B.C.’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board.


Bryan Demchinsky worked for 29 years at the Montreal Gazette as business editor, books editor and features editor, and as a reporter and editor at five other Canadian newspapers.

Rosa Harris got her start as a reporter at the Sherbrooke Record and has had articles published in Fortune, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Equinox, Canadian Geographic, the Ottawa Citizen and the Victoria Times Colonist. She has taught journalism at Royal Roads, Carleton and Concordia universities.

Suanne Kelman taught at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, where she served as director of broadcast and associate chair. She worked previously at CBC in both radio and television, and at the Globe and Mail.

Editorial Cartooning

Kelly Haggart is senior writer at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she worked for the International Development Research Centre, the Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette, as well as newspapers, news agencies and development NGOs in Europe and Asia.

Jennifer Lanthier is editor of online news for the University of Toronto and the award-winning author of The Stamp Collector and other children’s books. She is a former reporter for United Press International and the Financial Post.

Mark Reid is the editor-in-chief of Canada’s History magazine, which was a finalist for Magazine of the Year at the 2011 National Magazine Awards. A former assistant news editor at Canwest News Service, Reid also worked as a reporter for newspapers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta.


Moira Dann started her career at the Montreal Gazette and has worked in print and broadcast all across Canada for many years, notably as a writer and editor for CBC’s News Network (when it was called Newsworld) in Halifax and Toronto, and as Facts&Arguments editor at the Globe and Mail.

Sophie Gaulin was born in France. After studying Canadian history in high school, she moved to Winnipeg in 2003 to teach at the University of Manitoba. In 2007, she started to work for the French language newspaper La Liberté where, in 2009, she became editor-in-chief.

Linda Williamson worked as a reporter, city editor, columnist and editorial page editor in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto for more than 20 years, garnering NNA nominations for special project and editorial writing. She has been director of communications for the Ombudsman of Ontario since 2006.

Explanatory Work

Jack Aubry worked as a reporter at the Ottawa Citizen for 27 years, mostly as a national writer on Parliament Hill, after serving as the Outaouais bureau chief and covering Ottawa city hall for the paper. He won a National Newspaper Award for Investigations in 1990.

Michel Héroux was a reporter covering Quebec’s National Assembly before being named vice-president, news and public affairs, for the TVA television network. He later went on to become director of communications and government relations for the Université de Laval.

Stewart Muir is based in Vancouver where he is founding director of the Resource Works Society, which seeks to build an informed and open conversation about natural resources in British Columbia. He is an award-winning author, former deputy managing editor of the Vancouver Sun, and a former managing director of a Canadian Press business unit.

Feature Photo

Barbara Davidson is a Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning photojournalist and a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. She has also worked at the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Times and the Waterloo Region Record.

Jon Murray spent 20 years as a staff photographer at the Vancouver Province before retiring in 2010. He also worked as staff photographer at the Edmonton Journal, freelanced for the Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Press and United Press Canada, and various international newspapers and magazines. He is the winner of several awards.

Kevin Udahl began his newspaper career working part-time as a reporter/photographer at several weekly newspapers in the rural areas surrounding Calgary while still in college. His first daily newspaper job was at the Moose Jaw Times-Herald in 1993. He eventually returned to Calgary in 1995 where he worked on contract with the Calgary Sun for several years before taking a staff position between 2000 and 2007. He is presently a photojournalism instructor at SAIT Polytechnic.


Colin MacKenzie teaches at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the journalism fellowship program. In his career he was managing editor of the Globe and Mail, editor of the Report on Business, a Washington bureau chief, and held senior positions at the Toronto Star and Maclean’s Magazine.

Shaun Poulter was a television journalist for 12 years, including stints with CTV’s CJOH and on Parliament Hill with ISN. He is currently executive director of public affairs at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Marie-Hélène Proulx of Chatelaine magazine began her career as a writer/editor at the Quebec news channel LCN and was later hired as a reporter at the magazine Jobboom. She won the Jean Paré prize for journalist of the year at the Quebec Magazine Awards in 2007 and 2009.


Normand Grondin has been a journalist for over 25 years in both print and television. He has been with Radio-Canada since 1998, where he has worked as a news reporter, as well as on consumer, science and investigative productions. He has won a variety of prizes for his work.

Rod Macdonell won Quebec’s highest journalism award three times with the Montreal Gazette’s investigative team. He was twice an NNA finalist. Macdonell trained journalists in investigative journalism in 35 countries for the World Bank. He was research associate for Stevie Cameron in two best sellers on Brian Mulroney and taught Press and the Law for 10 years at Concordia University. He is an Ottawa based writer-editor.

Rod Mickleburgh was a journalist for more than 40 years, 23 of them at the Globe and Mail. He was co-winner of the Michener Award for coverage of Canada’s tainted blood scandal, and the Globe’s Beijing bureau chief during the 1990s. Rod left the Globe in 2013 and is currently investigating time management, without regular deadlines.

Local Reporting

Dale Bass spent 25 years at the London Free Press. She is associate editor of Kamloops This Week, owned by Aberdeen Publications. She is the BC/Yukon representative to the Canadian Association of Journalists and its board chair.

Karen Macdonald is the station manager and news director at Global News Montreal. A graduate of Concordia University’s Communication Studies department, she worked as a newspaper and television reporter and has served as news director for Global in both Quebec City and Montreal. For 15 years she and her husband, François Vézina, co-owned and co-published the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, North America’s oldest newspaper.

Leslie Shepherd has been a reporter, editor and manager for more than 30 years in Canada, the United States and Europe, working for the Canadian Press, the Associated Press, the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail. She is manager, media strategy, at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

Long Feature

Paul Knox is professor emeritus at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, where he served as chair from 2005 to 2010. He worked for the Vancouver Sun and the Belfast News Letter before spending 27 years with the Globe and Mail as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and editor.

Christopher Neal has been a reporter and feature writer at the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen, a freelance correspondent in Latin America, and a senior communications manager at Global Affairs Canada and the World Bank Group. He lives in Montreal.

Brenda Thompson is senior lecturer and chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and New Media at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. She is also chair & co-ordinating secretary of the National Journalism Educators Association.

News Feature Photo

Mike Blake started out as a darkroom technician for the Vancouver Sun before working as a staff photographer for the Kamloops News, United Press Canada, Canadian Press and Reuters. Based in Toronto, Vancouver and now southern California, Mike continues to cover a larger variety of assignments for Reuters in the U.S and abroad.

Alain Pierre Hovasse began his journalism career as a photographer and photo editor with Reuters Europe in 1986. He has worked for AFP, the Associated Press, the National Post, La Presse, and was director of photography for QMI and the Sun newspaper chain.

Len Wagg has been photographing people and events for 20 years in and around Nova Scotia. He has worked for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald and as a freelancer, and edited two books: The Chronicle of Our Time and On Assignment in Afghanistan: Maritimers at War for the Chronicle-Herald.

News Photo

Bob Carroll spent most of his photography career with United Press International and United Press Canada, which he helped found. He also worked at five Canadian dailies, and retired from the Windsor Star in 2008.

Barry Gray, a graduate of Ryerson’s journalism program, began his career at the Toronto Telegram and has worked as a photographer and assistant photo editor at the Toronto Sun, photo editor of the Montreal Gazette and photo editor for Canwest and Postmedia News services.

Chris Schwarz has worked as a news photographer in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, including stints as associate photo editor at Maclean’s and senior staff photographer at the Edmonton Journal. He now works as a staff photographer in the Office of the Alberta Premier.


Paul Cantin worked as a journalist for 15 years at Sun newspapers in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto. He also served as a senior writer with Canoe.ca and has worked in communications with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

Christopher Dornan is associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  He is the co-editor (with Jon Pammett) of The Canadian Federal Election of 2015 (Dundurn Press), along with five previous volumes in this series.

Solveig Miller has worked as a journalist with Radio-Canada for 30 years, currently based in Montreal. She has also worked as a regional reporter in Quebec and a national reporter in Halifax. Miller currently works for Tout le monde en parlait, a program that revisits historical events.


Roland-Yves Carignan worked as managing editor at Montréal’s Le Devoir, where he spent a total of more than 10 years. He also worked as assistant managing editor for visuals at the National Post, Libération (Paris) and the Montreal Gazette. He is now doing consulting work in multimedia communication as well as pursuing a master’s degree in social media journalism.

Donna Dasko is a pollster and former senior vice-president of Environics Research Group Ltd. She was a leader in developing media-sponsored polling, including the Globe-Environics Poll and the CBC- Environics polling program, from 1993 to 2008. She appeared regularly on CBC television and radio broadcasts, and led polling assignments for the Toronto Star, CTV, Le Devoir and La Presse.

Janet Matiisen is the former design editor of the Calgary Herald, where she and her team of designers won multiple national and international awards. Currently, she’s working as a freelance designer in Calgary and travelling as much as possible.

Project of the Year

Marc Braibant has been director of Agence France-Presse in Canada since 2013. Other positions he has held with AFP include business editor for North America based in Washington D.C. and chief of the business section out of Paris. Marc holds a doctorate in economics and is in charge of development and deployment of AFP’s new editorial system.

Mark Bulgutch spent more than 35 years with CBC News, beginning as a reporter and retiring as the senior executive producer of CBC TV News and CBC Newsworld, now CBC News Network. He has been teaching journalism at Ryerson University since 1987.

Catherine Cano is President and General Manager of the Cable Public Affairs Channel – CPAC. Prior to this role, Catherine was senior director of news gathering, news programs and special events at Radio-Canada.  In her 25 years in journalism she also held the jobs of news director of Radio Canada and head of all-news channel RDI (Réseau de l’information), the first woman to occupy both positions. She was deputy news director at Al Jazeera English in Qatar, and later director of program development for CBC News.  Her many awards include two Geminis and the prestigious Michener-Deacon Fellowship.

Short Feature

Janet Bagnall, a two-time NNA nominee, worked 35 years at the Montreal Gazette as a reporter, lifestyle editor, editorial writer, and columnist with special emphasis on children’s and women’s rights.

Ros Guggi was deputy editor of The Province for ten years before retiring in 2014. During a 40-year career, she worked as a reporter, editor and leader in seven newsrooms across Canada. Projects she led were nominated for a Michener Award and four National Newspaper Awards in five years, winning twice. They also won three Jack Webster Awards.

Bill Walker has reported for Canada’s largest newspaper and worked as a senior communications counsel to both public- and private-sector organizations. For more than two decades at the Toronto Star, he served as bureau chief at the Ontario legislature, Ottawa and Washington.


Claude Beauregard is director of web, social media and external publications for Desjardins. He worked previously as editor of Les Affaires, vice-president of French services for La Presse Canadienne, director of special projects for Transcontinental and news director for Le Devoir.

Derek Ferguson is co-founder of Dawson Ferguson Strategies, an Ottawa-based communications company that specializes in customized strategic communications, public relations and advocacy for the public and private sector. He has more than a decade’s experience as an award-winning leader in the federal public service and 20 years as a provincial and national political journalist with the Toronto Star.

Anne Kothawala is a public affairs and communications consultant and served as president and CEO of the Canadian Newspaper Association from 1997 to 2008. She has also worked as senior vice-president, public affairs, for the Retail Council of Canada and as a vice-president for Hill and Knowlton Strategies. She currently heads up a national trade association for food distributors, based in Toronto.

Sports Photo

Glenn Baglo joined the Vancouver Sun photo department in 1970 and worked as a photographer, assistant graphics editor and design editor for 42 years. He won two National Newspaper Awards for feature photography.

Lynn Farrell is a former photographer and photo editor who has worked for a number of newspapers, including the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Her last post was as photo editor at the Montreal Gazette.

Ken Faught worked as a photojournalist at the Toronto Star. After winning a National Newspaper Award and a Michener Award for his work, he managed the Star’s photography department and created the paper’s award winning multimedia group before retiring in 2010.