OMDC Newsletter
Summer 2016

Mark Jamison

OMDC congratulates Mark Jamison on a job well done as he departs as CEO of Magazines Canada after 16 years. Under Mark’s focused stewardship, and gentle but effective leadership, Magazines Canada has become one of the most active, engaged and effective industry trade associations in Canada, and he did it during the most turbulent period of transformation and evolution in the history of magazine media.

Mark forged a strong partnership between Magazines Canada and OMDC during his tenure. OMDC has, and continues to be, a proud supporter of Magazines Canada and we thank him for his tremendous contribution to the industry and to the agency. While we will miss Mark’s energy, intelligence, focus and wit, we wish him all the best in his new adventures and with his new project management venture, Envericom, and look forward to our paths crossing again soon!

39th National Magazine Awards Foundation: Celebrating Canadian Creators

The 39th annual National Magazine Awards (NMAs) took place on June 10 in a fast, fun and colourful gala at the Arcadian Court, Toronto. The Awards were hosted by author, public speaker and nine-time National Magazine Award winner Chris Turner. The National Magazine Awards Foundation presents Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards in 39 categories celebrating Canadian creators.

Special guests included Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly delivering a tribute via video to the evening’s nominees and winners, acknowledging the important role of Canadian magazine creators in nurturing Canadian culture. Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan of Toronto delivered a welcome message to the guests, celebrating the nominees in attendance.


Congratulations to all the Ontario and OMDC-supported magazines who collected awards. Maclean’s won a Gold Medal for Best Magazine Cover, alongside two other Gold awards; The Walrus topped the leader board with four Gold and three Silver Medals, and Toronto Life earned three Gold and one Silver.

Adrian Forrow My Prescribed Life The Walrus
Illustration & Photo Illustration – Gold Medal

Other highlights included writer Desmond Cole as the top individual winner of the evening (three medals), winning a Gold Medal for Best New Magazine Writer and Silver Medals in Essays and in Personal Journalism for his stirring essay "The Skin I'm In," about police discrimination against black men, published in Toronto Life. The piece also won an Honourable Mention in Politics & Public Interest. Illustrator Jillian Tamaki won her fifth National Magazine Award with a Gold Medal in Words & Pictures, for "Our Ever-Changing Moods", The Walrus. Astronaut Chris Hadfield won a National Magazine Award in an honourary fashion: Chris Hadfield was the guest editor of Maclean's "Space Issue," which won the NMA Gold Medal for Editorial Package.

Desmond Cole The Skin I’m In Toronto Life

For a full list of winners click here.

OMDC Proud to Sponsor MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference

MagNet is one of North America’s largest gatherings of magazine media stakeholders. The 2016 event took place in the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Toronto, with 30+ sessions and keynotes, plenaries, awards and networking receptions attracting over 1000 people.

Keynote: Jay Lauf, SVP of Atlantic Media and President/publisher of Quartz   Session: Ryan Dohm, CEO, Brain Swell Media

Busy, upbeat and information-packed, the conference included an inspiring Marquee keynote from Jay Lauf, SVP of Atlantic Media and President/Publisher of Quartz, an interview with Luc Marchand, Director of the Canada Periodical Fund, and an array of focused, fact-filled sessions offering best practices and key solutions.

OMDC’s Booth at MagNet   MagNet’s Social Media Doctors on-hand to answer questions

Thanks to Magazines Canada for another great year. Special thanks and farewell to Mark Jamison for all his service to the magazine industry.

Winners of the 62nd Annual Canadian Business Media Awards

The CBM Awards recognize the outstanding editorial efforts of business-to-business media content. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 21 written, visual, integrated and special categories during the gala at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, hosted by D.B. Scott, president of Impresa Communications.

Congratulations to OMDC-supported Precedent magazine for winning Best Media Brand. The CBM Jury had this to say: “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.”

Precedent also picked up a Gold and Silver for Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, and a Silver for Art Direction of an Opening Spread/Complete Feature. Advisor’s Edge, published by Rogers and also OMDC-supported, picked up a Gold for Best In-House Cover and Silver for Best Professional Article.

Congratulations to Ontario Poet Liz Howard Winner of the 2016 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize

Griffin Poetry Prize 2016 - Canadian Winner
Liz Howard -Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
Click here to read an excerpt.