Bob Lewis, the former editor-in-chief of Maclean's magazine, has been named the chair of the board of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, succeeding John Macfarlane, editor and co-publisher of The Walrus, who completes a three-year term.
In announcing the appointment of Lewis the CJF also named three new board members: Dr. Christopher Waddell, former journalist and director of the journalism program at Carleton University; Sharon Mathers, senior vice-president, communications and public affairs at CIBC; and Denis Couture, executive vice-president, public affairs at the Caisse.
Lewis was with Maclean's for 25 years, as Ottawa bureau chief, managing editor and editor-in-chief from 1993-2000. He retired from Rogers Media in 2005 after five years launching and running the content development department. Prior to Maclean's, he was a correspondent for the Time-Life News Service in Canada and the U.S. after starting in the business with the Montreal Star.The Canadian Journalism Foundation is a not-for-profit organization promoting outstanding journalistic achievement through its annual awards program (presented June 7 at its annual gala), operating the J-Source.ca and ProjetJ.ca websites, and working with leading journalism schools and the Media Management Education Program in collaboration with the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.