TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Robert (Bob) Lewis, editor of Maclean's magazine from 1993 to 2000, has been named Chair of the Board of
Directors for the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF). He succeeds
John Macfarlane, editor of The Walrus magazine, who completed a three-year term on May 24 at the termination
of the CJF's annual general meeting.
"I'm honoured to be taking the baton from John," Lewis says. "Thanks to
him and the Board, the CJF is on the march as an organization where the
important conversations about journalism and citizenship take place."
Macfarlane will remain on the Board to help nurture the relationships
the CJF has developed under his leadership and ensure a successful
transition. "Over the last three years we've built some important and
meaningful alliances with others who value excellence in journalism,"
he says, noting the launch of a media management education program in
collaboration with the Rotman School of Management and the sellout of
this year's Annual Awards Gala.
"I'm excited to follow Bob's progress as he grows the foundation even
more and explores new territory in pursuit of our mission. He is more
than capable of doing so."
Lewis will be recognized as the incoming chair at the Canadian
Journalism Foundation 14th Annual Awards Gala on June 7 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in
The CJF is also pleased to welcome three new members to the Board: 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. The CJF thanks outgoing
Board members François Taschereau and Stephen Forbes for their service.
ABOUT BOB LEWIS
Bob Lewis enjoyed a 36-year-journalistic career during which he covered
key events in politics, business and the arts in Canada and around the
world. After stints in Montreal and Ottawa with The Montreal Star, he served for eight years as a correspondent for the Time-Life News
Service in Canada and the U.S. He spent the next 25 years at Maclean's, first as Ottawa Bureau Chief, then Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief
from 1993-2000. In 2001 he launched the Content Development department
for Rogers Media. He retired after 33 years with Rogers in 2005 and is
now a freelance editor and media consultant. He has been a member of
the Board of Governors of York University since 2003 and currently is
chair of the Board Community Affairs Committee. He was also a founding
member of the CJF.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN JOURNALISM FOUNDATION
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit
organization that promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating
outstanding journalistic achievement through an annual awards program;
by operating journalism websites, J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca
(French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
through the Media Management Executive Education Program in
collaboration with the Rotman School of Management at the University of
Toronto; and by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among
journalists, business people, politicians, government officials and
academics about the role of the media in Canadian society.
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