OMDC Newsletter
Spring 2017

OMDC Attendance at the Digital Innovators’ Summit, Berlin

Celebrating its 10th year, DIS brings together senior executives from media businesses, technology innovators and solution providers to share ideas,  discuss emerging trends and showcase future products. The conference attracts over 600 senior executives from over 35 countries and presents cutting edge topics from over 40 thought leaders and top international speakers. 

For the second year, OMDC supported nine Ontario publishing professionals to attend this world-class conference. With a focus on advancing business strategies, expanding knowledge of new trends and emerging technology, and establishing international business networks, the trip provided additional value to attending the conference itself. OMDC organized a networking walking tour of Berlin with handpicked conference delegates, and a VIP dinner with guests from the local Berlin media industry, coordinated in partnership with Magazines Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.

OMDC’s support is part of an ongoing emphasis on International Business Development initiatives to encourage magazine media professionals to explore business opportunities around the world. The OMDC-supported delegates were from Annex Business Media, TEACH Magazine, The Walrus, Gripped Magazine, Universus Media, Maple Media, The Bay St. Bull and Magazines Canada. Overall, The Ontario delegation expressed that attendance at this international Summit provided a valuable opportunity.

“Thank you again for organizing this trip. The Walrus has already begun to implement ideas that came out of the conference.” ~ Cody Gault, Digital Director, The Walrus

(L to R): Wili Liberman, TEACH Magazine; Kyle Shay, Annex Business Media; Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada; David Smart, Gripped Magazine; Matt Hilliard-Forde, OMDC.

Ontario produces award-winning magazines!


The nominations for the 40th National Magazine Awards were announced on April 20. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 26, at the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.

A big congratulations to Cottage Life for its nomination as Magazine of the Year.

Other OMDC-supported nominees include Maclean’s, The Walrus, United Church Observer, Canadian Art, Sharp, Toronto Life, Literary Review of Canada, THIS Magazine, Listed, Precedent, and NOW Magazine.

At an awards dinner and fête at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on April 27, 2017, the Canadian Magazine Awards |Grands prix du magazine announced the winners of the inaugural Magazine Grands Prix. The awards fête was held in conjunction with MagNet: Canada’s Magazine Conference, and hosted by journalist Sophie Durocher, with opening remarks from Candy Palmater, broadcaster, writer, comedian and film and TV producer.

Twenty-two Canadian magazines were honoured as finalists in eight award categories for Best Magazine, honouring “excellence in class” for Canadian creative and editorial teams in content, design and reader experience.

OMDC proudly congratulates the OMDC-supported winners:


The Grand Prix for Best Multi-Platform Magazine Brand was awarded to Cottage Life for the magazine’s use of technology to enhance its identity; its commitment to engaging and expanding its relationship with readers through multiple platforms; and how effectively it infuses its content with a recognizable brand. @cottagelife

Other awards included:


Best General Interest Story: John Hofsess, “By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead,” Toronto Life  @torontolife


Best Service and Lifestyle Story: Jean Grant, Malcolm Johnston, Rebecca Philps, Mark Pupo, Caroline Youdan, “The Big Smoke,” Toronto Life  @torontolife


Best Science, Business and Politics Story: Nancy Macdonald, “Justice is Not Blind,” Maclean’s @MacleansMag


Best Feature Photography or Videography: Matt Barnes, “Laces of Death,” Sharp: The Book for Men  @sharpmagazine


Best Multi-Platform Story Treatment: Michael Friscolanti, Saving Family No. 417, Maclean’s @MacleansMag

CMC Awards | Canadian Woodworking Magazine of The Year 2017

In other news, OMDC-supported Canadian Woodworking was named Magazine of the Year 2017 at the CMC Awards for magazine circulators. The awards was presented at the CDS Global Circulator cocktail reception, during the MagNet industry conference in Toronto. @CWWmagazine

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