About Us

The Digital Publishing Awards are produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, a not-for-profit, registered charity that has administered Canada’s annual National Magazine Awards since 1977. With a reputation for facilitating a rigorous, fair and transparent awards program in which content creators are recognized and rewarded for outstanding achievement in magazine journalism, the NMAF is proud to present the Digital Publishing Awards in consultation with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing.


The Digital Publishing Awards recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.


This year’s Digital Publishing Awards Advisory Committee members, who provided invaluable guidance to crafting the 2017 program, include:


  • Kathy Vey, Executive Producer, Digital, TVO.org
  • Craig Silverman, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed Canada
  • Haley Cullingham, Senior Editor, Digital, Hazlitt and Penguin Random House Canada
  • Laura de Carufel, Editor-in-Chief, The Kit
  • Kenny Yum, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Canada


2016-2017 Board of Directors & Staff 


Executive Committee / Comité de direction 


President / Président

       Nino Di Cara

       Executive Vice President, Content Marketing / Vice-président directeur, marketing de contenu

       Bookmark (formerly, Spafax)


Executive At-Large / Administrateur général

Terry Sellwood

Retired, formerly President / Ancien président 

Cottage Life Media 


Treasurer / Trésorière

Liana Bell, CA, CPA

Partner / Associée

Clark Henning LLP


Past-President / Président sortant

Joyce Byrne

Publisher / Éditrice

Avenue Magazine 


Directors / Administrateurs 


     Julie Cailliau 

     Editor-in-Chief / Rédactrice en chef

     Les Affaires


     JoAnne Caza 

     Director, Communications & PR / Directrice des communications et des relations publiques

     Mercedes-Benz Canada


     Derek Finkle 

     Founder / Fondateur

     Canadian Writers Group


Christopher Frey

Founding editor, Hazlitt, and Toronto correspondent, Monocle / Fondateur de Hazlitt; correspondant à Toronto, Monocle

Monocle Magazine


      Tom Gierasimczuk

      Media Executive / Exécutif de médias


Curtis Gillespie

Editor / Rédacteur en chef

Eighteen Bridges

David Hayes

Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste


      Raf Katigbak

      Creative Lead / Chef de création

      Virtue - VICE Media


      Peter McNeil 

      National Director / Directeur national

      KPMG Enterprise


Dan McPhee

Head of Media Platforms / Directeur de la division des plateformes médiatiques

Google Canada


Erin Millar

Co-founder and CEO / Co-fondatrice et directrice générale

Discourse Media


Judith Pereira

Managing Editor / Direction de rédaction

Report on Business


Marnie Peters

Associate Vice-President, Public Relations & Publications / Vice-présidente adjointe, relations publiques et publications 

Royal Ontario Museum


Paul Roelofs

Creative Director, Publication Designer / Designer et directeur de création

Vancouver Magazine, Western Living Magazine 


Melony Ward

Publisher / Éditrice

Canada's History and Kayak


Lisa Whittington-Hill

Publisher / Éditrice 

This Magazine


Our Team / Notre équipe 


Barbara Gould, Managing Director / Directrice générale

Richard A. Johnson, Media Liaison and Special Projects Manager / Liaison avec les médias et des projets spéciaux


Émilie Pontbriand, Bilingual Communications Manager / Directrice des communications


Leah Jensen, Production Coordinator / Coordonnatrice de production


Krista Robinson, Intern / Stagiaire