Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joyce Byrne named president of National Magazine Awards Foundation

Joyce Byrne, the publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary, has been elected as the new president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation for 2014-15. She has served on the board of directors since 2010 and as its vice-president from 2012-2014. She is also a silver medal NMA winner. 

Three new members announced and elected to the board were:
  • Christopher Frey is the editor-in-chief of Hazlitt and director of digital publishing at Random House Canada. As a journalist he has twice been a gold medal winner.
  • Terry Sellwood is the president of Cottage Life Media, a division of Blue Ant Media and publisher of Cottage Life, Canada’s magazine of the year. Previously he served on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, including as president from 2001-2003.
  • Melony Ward is the Publisher of Canada’s History magazine and Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids. She serves on the magazine advisory committee for Ontario Media Development Corporation and previously served on the board of Magazines Canada. 
Byrne succeeds Douglas Thomson, the editor of ROM Magazine who has been president for the past two years and will serve as past president on the 2014-15 executive. Vice-president will be Terry Sellwood, secretary will be  Brian Morgan, the art director of The Walrus, treasurer will be Liana Bell, a partner in the Clark Henning Group. 

Other directors of the foundation:
  • Theresa Ebden, director, marketing & communications, Accenture
  • Curtis Gillespie, Editor, Eighteen Bridges
  • Graeme Harris, vice-president, CEO communications & media Relations, Manulife Financial
  • David Hayes, freelance journalist
  • Angela Jones, integrated advertising consultant 
  • Steve Maich,  senior vice president, general manager, Rogers Publishing
  • Dominique Ritter, managing editor, Reader's Digest
  • Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher, This Magazine

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