Winners of the 62nd Annual Canadian Business Media Awards

Members of the Canadian B2B publishing industry gathered on Tuesday for the 62nd Annual Canadian Business Media Awards in memory of Kenneth R. Wilson at the beautiful Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 21 written, visual, integrated and special categories to numerous B2B magazines to recognize their publishing excellence over the previous year.

New this year, the gala served as a unique professional development opportunity to the industry professionals in attendance. Guests were offered an enhanced perspective of the process it takes to create award-winning editorial content. Throughout the evening, winners in various categories answered questions about their work and how they realized it, to help attendees understand what it takes to create award-winning content in business media. Moreover, feedback from the jury about the award-winning work was shown on screen during the gala.

With the goal of sharing this knowledge and as an effort to strengthen the business-to-business publishing community, a webinar and a guide will subsequently be made available at no cost. Canadian Business Media acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada for this project.



Harvey Southam Leadership Award

The Harvey Southam Leadership Award was presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist at Profession Santé. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois received this prestigious honour at the CBM Awards ceremony.




The most prestigious award of the evening was for Magazine of the Year.

The winner of the 2015 CBM Award for Magazine of the Year is Marketing, published by Rogers Media: Alison Wood (publisher); David Thomas (editor) and Glenn Taylor (art director).

“Trade magazines today need to be indispensable brands in the lives of audiences. Marketing, with its twice-daily e-newsletter bulletins, more than a dozen events and award shows and a considered, dense and meticulously crafted print product is a vital piece of the Canadian marketer’s arsenal.”

“Marketing is the master of its craft. With non-stop, jam-packed and on-trend graphics jumping off literally every page, coupled with industry-leading, hard-to-put-down articles, Marketing is the complete package.”

– the CBM jury


Marketing also won silver in Best Regularly Featured Department, Column or Blog. They also received 4 honourable mentions in Best Issue, Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread, Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue and Best Merchandising/Marketing Article.

The two other publications that were finalists in the Magazine of the Year category were BCBusiness and The Medical PostCongratulations on earning a nomination in our most prestigious category.



The CBM Awards added a new category to this year’s program: Best Media Brand.

The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Best Media Brand is Precedent, published by Law & Style Media Inc.: Melissa Kluger (editor & publisher); Gilbert Li (art director); Daniel Fish and Lauren Parrott (contributors).

“Precedent takes an insider’s stance and targets a younger audience hungry for more accessible content. They serve it up through multiple channels in a really consistent way. Its cheeky tone, voice and visual expression challenge conventional legal media.”

– the CBM judges


Precedent also won gold in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, and two silver in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Feature. They also received three honourable mentions in Best Feature Article – Professional, Best How-To Article of Series of How-To Articles and Best One-Of-A-Kind.

The two other publications that were finalists in the Best Media Brand category were Lexpert and University AffairsCongratulations on earning nominations in this new, special category.


Top Winning Magazines at the 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards:

Magazine Gold Silver Honourable Mention
University Affairs 4 0 4
CPA Magazine 3 3 19
Professionally Speaking/Pour parler profession 2 4 10
Precedent 2 2 3
The Medical Post 1 1 5
Marketing 1 1 4
Canadian Grocer 1 2 2
Advisor’s Edge 1 1 2
Canadian Lawyer 1 0 3
Conseiller 1 0 2
Canadian HR Reporter 1 0 1
Le Coopérateur agricole 1 0 0
Le Médecin du Québec 1 0 0
OPC Register 1 0 0

Also winning a Silver award are D&A Magazine, BC Business, FranchiseCanada, Lexpert, Canadian Architect, Better Farming, Les Affaires and Listed.

Winners in other categories include:


Best Editorial – Sponsored by Canada Post

Gold: Todd Humber

Editor’s Notes

Canadian HR Reporter

Silver: Elsa Lam

Memorial to the Victims of Communism

Canadian Architect


Best Photograph

Gold: Michael Crichton

The Campus Food Revolution

University Affairs


Silver: Markian Lozowchuk

Great Teaching: Man and the Machine

Professionally Speaking



Best Professional Article

Gold: Didier Bert

Quand les objectifs de vente virent au cauchemar


Silver: Suzanne Sharma

Single, Elderly, in Need of Help

Advisor’s Edge


Best How-To Article or Series of How-To Articles

Gold: Tamar Satov

Leaders Who Follow

CPA Magazine

Silver: Jane Langille

Workplace – The Multitasking Myth

CPA Magazine


Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Complete Feature

Gold: Underline Studio, Art Direction

Judith Lacerte, Contributor

Mad Studies

University Affairs

Silver: Gilbert Li, Art Director

Alina Skyson, Contributor

On top of their game: The 2015 Precedent Setter Awards



Best Profile of a Company

Gold: Kathryn Leger

Simon Says Shop

CPA Magazine

Silver: Paul Brent

He’s Got Mail

CPA Magazine


Best Illustration

Gold: Jessica Fortner

Coping With Clash

OPC Register


Silver: Glenn Harvey

Analyze This

Canadian Grocer



Best Regularly Featured Department or Column – Sponsored by Impresa Communications

Gold: Richard Ouzounian, Russell Smith

Remarkable Teacher

Professionally Speaking

Silver: Rebecca Harris

Consumer Insights


Silver: Trish Snyder

Great Teaching

Professionally Speaking


Best Issue

Gold: Léo Charbonneau, Editor

Underline Studio, Art Director

February 2015: Porn Studies

University Affairs


Silver: William Powell, Kristin Doucet, Leata Lekushoff, Editors

Studio 141 Inc., Art Direction

Shifting Gears

Professionally Speaking



Best One-of-a-Kind Article

Gold: Colin Leslie, Jacob Rutka, Andrew Skelly, Mark Cardwell, Kate Cottrell, Abigail Cukier

Power List 50 – Canada’s most important doctors

The Medical Post

Silver: Steve Brearton

Innovation Nation

CPA Magazine 

Silver: Matthieu Charest

Des Y parlent à cœur ouvert

Les Affaires


Best Resource/Infrastructure Article

Gold: Robert G. Parker

Home, James

CPA Magazine

Silver: Kerry Banks

Ripples on the Land



Best Merchandising or Marketing Article

Gold: Maegan Kashty

Cracking the Whole Foods Code

Canadian Grocer

Silver: Matthew McClearn

Analyze This

Canadian Grocer


Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue – Sponsored by Brainmetal

Gold: Gilbert Li, Art Director

Alina Skyson, Contributor

Summer 2015: The 2015 Precedent Setter Awards



Silver: Gilbert Li, Art Director

Alina Skyson, Contributor

Winter 2015: How Aboriginal lawyers are fixing the mess Canada made




Best Profile of a Person

Gold: Hélène Matteau

Pratiques Exemplaires : Les couleurs d’Abdi Bileh Dirir (Abdi Bileh Diri)

Pour parler profession

Silver: Colin Ellis

Turnaround Artist

D&A Magazine

Silver: Trish Snyder

Great Teaching: Force of Nature (Petra Eperjesi)

Professionally Speaking


Best News Coverage – Sponsored by CNW Group

Gold: Mark Cardwell

The Bâtonnière Who Fell From Grace

Canadian Lawyer

Silver: Tristan Bronca

The High Cost of Care

The Medical Post


Best Feature Article – Professional

Gold: Emmanuèle Garnier

L’épigénétique : le mécanisme derrière d’importantes maladies

Le Médecin du Québec

Silver: Anthony Davis

A Whopper of a Deal



Best Feature Article – Trade

Gold: Nicolas Mesly

OGM : ils séduisent ou ils dérangent

Le Coopérateur agricole

Silver: Don Stoneman

Precision Technology: Who owns the data on the new cloud servers?

Better Farming


Best Cover

Gold: Léo Charbonneau, Editor

Underline Studio, Art Direction

April 2015: The Campus Food Revolution

University Affairs


Silver: Matt O’Grady, Editor

Catherine Mullaly, Art Director

Bye-Bye Alberta




Best In-House Cover

Gold: Melissa Shin, Editor

Gil Martinez, Art Director

Suzanne Sharma, Deputy Editor

Advisor’s Edge April 2015

Advisor’s Edge


Silver: Lauren d’Entremont, Editor

Andrea Lee, Art Director

Smoke’s World Domination



Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and thank you to all of the Canadian B2B magazines who submitted work to this year’s awards program. We need to thank our 75-member judging panel for volunteering their time to evaluate this year’s entries.

To view all of this year’s winners as well as the sponsors, partners and judges of this year’s Canadian Business Awards, visit

The 62nd annual CBM Awards in memory of Kenneth R. Wilson Awards were produced by the Canadian Business Media Association. We thank our generous sponsors: Brainmetal, Canada Post, Canadian Business Media, CNW Group and Impresa Communications Limited.


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