Judges for 2016 (awarded May 5, 2017)

Arts and Entertainment
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.
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, and is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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.
Beat Reporting
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. He won a National Newspaper Award for Investigations in 1990.
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.
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.
Breaking News
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.
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.
Bill Turpin worked as a reporter and editor in Montreal and Halifax for 25 years. For 16 of them, he was the managing editor and then editor-in-chief at the Halifax Daily News, which won many regional awards and the Michener Award for pubic service in journalism during his tenure. He is currently working on his second novel.
Business
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.
Fran Halter was a Montreal-based journalist with diversified media experience, including radio broadcasting with CKO and CFCF, news agency reporting with United Press Canada, and business journalism with the Montreal Gazette. For the past 30 years, she has worked as a freelance writer, editor and writing coach, and communications specialist.
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 and retailers, based in Toronto.
Columns
Sophie Gaulin was born in France. After post-secondary studies in Canadian history, 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.
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. She is the author of Boomerville, a collection of columns on her generation, published in 2015 by Manor House Press.
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.
Editorial Cartooning
Maryse Cardin is a public relations practitioner and teaches at Capilano University’s school of communication. She was co-founder of the award-winning agency Turtle and Hare Creative and is the co-author of Canadian PR for the Real World, published in 2014.
Marc Doré spent 33 years at La Presse as a reporter, columnist  and editor. He held the positions of news editor, cultural editor and oversaw production of special sections and publications. He retired in 2009.
Duncan McMonagle has retired after teaching journalism for 16 years at Red River College in Winnipeg. He now lives in Toronto, where he works casual shifts as an editor at cbcnews.ca. He is the former editor of the Winnipeg Free Press and a former editor and writer at the Globe and Mail in Toronto and Halifax.
Editorials
Moira Dann started her career at the Montreal Gazette and worked in print and broadcast all across Canada, 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. She recently earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax and wrote a book about The Mothers of Confederation.
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. He is presently retired.
Mary Janigan is a journalist and an historian. She has worked at the Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Maclean’s Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Janigan won a National Newspaper Award in enterprise reporting while at the Gazette in 1981. She also won the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism in 2004, and the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for history in 2013.
Explanatory Work
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.
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.
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.
Feature Photo
Mike Blake is a senior staff photographer for Thomson Reuters based in Los Angeles. He began his career at the Vancouver Sun working as a darkroom technician, spent a year at the Kamloops News and worked for United Press Canada, Canadian Press and Reuters while  based in Toronto for 12 years. As a wire photographer, Blake the globe from Olympic Games to election campaigns, riots to natural disasters, Hollywood to the Arctic.
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.
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.
International
Richard Inwood worked in private radio in Quebec City and Montreal, then joined the CBC in 1970 as a regional radio reporter. From 1972 to 1982, he served as a radio and television reporter at the Quebec National Assembly. In 1978, he was elected president of the Legislative Press Gallery. From 1982 until his retirement in 1995, he served as senior Parliament Hill reporter for Radio Canada International.
Asmaa Malik is an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she teaches digital and entrepreneurial journalism. She has previously been deputy managing editor of the Montreal Gazette and weekend features editor at the Toronto Star.
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.
Investigations
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.
Colin MacKenzie is a senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs where he teaches in the fellowship in global journalism. 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.
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
Alan Allnutt worked in the newspaper business from 1972 until even senior editors started calling news “content.” He worked as a reporter and city editor at the Montreal Star, then moved briefly to the Ottawa Journal. He was editor-in-chief and publisher of the Montreal Gazette, as well as publisher of the Times Colonist in Victoria, where he now resides.
Sabrina Fabian is a network reporter for RDI, Radio-Canada’s 24-hour television news network. She is based in Halifax and covers issues in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the broader Maritime region. She has previously worked in broadcast and print in Alberta.
Katherine Sedgwick is a professor of journalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON. She was previously deputy editor, assistant managing editor and city editor for the Montreal Gazette. While at the Port Hope (ON) Evening Guide, Sedgwick won the first NNA for local reporting, in 1997.
Long Feature
Peter Haggert is the director of Haggert Media Group. Former editor-in-chief of Metroland Media Toronto, he has been editor of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner, the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal and the Vernon Daily News. He is a former board member of the Local Media Association Foundation and the Ontario Press Council.
Suanne Kelman taught at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, where she served as director of broadcast, associate chair and interim chair. She worked previously at CBC in both radio and television, and at the Globe and Mail.
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.
News Feature Photo
Shane Kelley is a freelance photographer in the Vancouver area. Her 25-year career as a photojournalist included stints at the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette. She also wrote and photographed a weekly Style column for the Gazette for 15 years, and has been published in Town & Country, Time, People, and Newsweek.
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 with the Government of Alberta.
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.
News 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.
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.
NNA winning photographer Peter Martin spent 30 years on staff at newspapers in Oakville, Edmonton and Montreal. Since 2004, he has continued to freelance, pursuing personal projects, giving lectures and seminars in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Two years ago he opened his own gallery in England.
Politics
Laura Bobak spent 17 years as a reporter-photographer and editor at Thomson and Irving-owned papers, Sun Media, the Canadian Press, and Transcontinental. She was part of a Sun team nominated for an NNA in the 1996 Special Project category. She is now research and communications manager at Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada).
Margo Goodhand is the former editor of the Edmonton Journal and the Winnipeg Free Press. Her first book, Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists, the Origins of the Women’s Shelter Movement in Canada, will be released this September.
Raymond Tardif was a journalist for 41 years at six different Quebec daily newspapers. He was a news ediror at La Presse, editor-in-chief of the Journal de Montréal and Le Soleil in Quebec City, and publisher at Sherbrooke’s La Tribune and Le Nouvelliste in Trois-Rivières.
Presentation
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 is a leader in developing media-sponsored polling, including the Globe-Environics Poll and the CBC- Environics polling program, and has also led polling assignments for The Toronto Star, CTV, Le Devoir and La Presse. She has frequently appeared as a polling analyst on CBC television and radio broadcasts and in other media. She currently teaches in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
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
Claude Beauregard is consultant for strategy and public relations at Desjardins Group. He worked previously as editor of Les Affaires, vice-president of French services for La Presse Canadienne, director of special projects for Transcontinental and managing editor at Le Devoir.
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.
Brenda Thompson is the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at Thompson Rivers University, former chair of the Department of Journalism, Communication and New Media at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and former chair & co-ordinating secretary of the National Journalism Educators Association.
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.
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.
Lucie McNeill was a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio in British Columbia from 1980 to 1993, later freelancing from China until 1996, and worked in international development assistance work until 2008. More recently, she headed the University of British Columbia’s Public Affairs Department before resuming China-focused work at Simon Fraser University.
Sports
Heather Bird was a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist for more than 20 years at the Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun and the Toronto Star. She is presently a federal prosecutor in the Hamilton area.
Thomas Ledwell was a journalist and editor for 12 years, working with the CBC, the BBC and the Montreal Gazette. He is currently the Director of Communications for the NewCities Foundation, an innovation think tank based in Montreal.
Brian MacLeod is the editor at the Western Producer, the largest newspaper in Canada serving the agricultural community. He has worked at seven different newspapers and was nominated three times for editorial, opinion and analysis writing at the Ontario Newspaper Awards, winning in 2014.
Sports Photo
Erin Combs worked for 28 years at the Toronto Star as the paper’s first female photographer and visuals editor. She now lives in San Diego, CA, where she continues to keep busy with freelance work.
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.
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