Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada Announce Winners of the 56th
annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Hundreds of guests gathered at the Carlu in Toronto to celebrate the country's best in business press journalism at the 56th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRW Awards) gala. This year's formal event, co-produced by Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada, saw Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards in 21 categories handed out from a field of 180 nominations from 68 Canadian business-to-business magazines. For a complete list of winners, visit the KRW Awards website at www.krwawards.com.

Among the new categories making their debut in the KRW Awards lineup was the most prestigious Magazine of the Year, given to the publication that displays overall excellence in content and design, and that most consistently mirrors its mandate/mission, and most effectively engages and serves the needs of its readers. The first-ever winner of this coveted honour was Alberta Oil, edging out nominees Precedent and Salon Magazine.

About the winning magazine, the judges noted: "A magazine appealing to the senior executives of the energy sector in Alberta and the rest of Canada, Alberta Oil combines high-quality photography, illustration and graphics, and in-depth coverage on 'the business of energy.' Its attention to detail makes for a strong visual and editorial statement, offering a look at every aspect of this vital industry.

Another highlight was the Website of the Year award-given to the website that most successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes use of the web and represents the highest journalistic standards - which saw Advisor.Ca taking the Gold and Salon Magazine (salon52.ca) the Silver.

There were also several sweeps at the 56th annual KRW Awards gala, where magazines and individuals received both Gold and Silver in a particular category: Marketing (Peter Zaver, art director, Ally Tripkovic, associate art director) for Best Cover; illustrator Gérard Dubois for his artwork in CAmagazine ("The Business of Climate Change," and "Containing Financial Contagion"); and photographer Jeff Kirk for Best Photograph (subjects Steve Nash and Paul Lavoie, both featured in Marketing).

Garnering the most Gold awards was CAmagazine, with 5, and adding 2 Silver before the night was over. Following closely behind with 4 Gold and 4 Silver was nomination leader Marketing, which had 20 coming into the evening. The Gold awards were widely spread among the field, with Quebec-based Conseiller being the only other magazine to receive multiple top honours with 2 Gold. Canadian Lawyer and Professionally Speaking, meanwhile, earned 2 Silver apiece.

Among the Gold winners of individual magazine awards was again CAmagazine (The Heat Is On; Christian Bellavance, editor-in-chief; Bernadette Gillen, art director) for Best Single Issue, while Precedent (Fall; Melissa Kluger, editor; Underline Studio) received the Silver. In what could then be called a "reversal of fortunes," Precedent (Fall; Underline Studio) walked away with the Gold and CAmagazine (The Heat Is On; Bernadette Gillen) the Silver for Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue.

ABOUT THE 56th ANNUAL KENNETH R. WILSON AWARDS GALA

The 56th Annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala recognized bilingual excellence in Canadian business press journalism for the year 2009. More than 600 individual entries from 68 magazines from across the country were received, with 77 volunteer judges narrowing the field to 180 nominations and choosing the winners. For more information about the judging process and this year's juries, please visit www.krwawards.com.

Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada graciously acknowledge their sponsors, partners and donors who contributed to making this year's Kenneth R. Wilson Awards celebration a success. To find out more information about our generous sponsors and donors, please visit www.krwawards.com.

The submissions process for the 2011 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards will commence on January 1, 2011. For information about rules and eligibility, please visit www.krwawards.com.

ABOUT THE KENNETH R. WILSON AWARDS

Regarded as one of Canada's top business writers, Kenneth R. Wilson wrote with clarity and authority. His opinions were widely sought and respected. A tragic airplane crash ended his distinguished career in January 1952; he was 47 years old. It is the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, his example and his achievements in business press journalism that the KRW Governing Board honour each year with these awards. The governing board acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

ABOUT CANADIAN BUSINESS PRESS (CBP) AND MAGAZINES CANADA

A not-for-profit association, CBP represents the interests of the Canadian business, professional and farm press. Its mandate is to "foster better communication among members of the business publishing industry in Canada, encourage fair practices and co-operation between government and the private sector, and utilize the unique talents of its committee members to promote the success and visibility of the business press in Canada." For more information about CBP, visit www.cbp.ca.

Magazines Canada is a non-profit national trade association that represents consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines that are Canadian-owned and have Canadian content. Member-driven, the association "works to foster an environment where new magazines are nurtured, established magazines are supported and skills are developed. Its originating and continuing purpose is to promote the value of the sector." For more information on Magazines Canada, visit www.magazinescanada.ca.

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For further information: For further information: about the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, please contact: Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, Communications Manager, (416) 422-1358, staff@krwawards.ca

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