First prize: Maxime Bergeron from La Presse
Second prize: Jonathan Trudel from L'actualité
Third prize: Stéphanie Grammond from La Presse
MONTRÉAL, Jan. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Association des économistes québécois announced the names of the winners of the 18th Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec – Bank of America Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial Journalism Awards of Excellence during an official ceremony held yesterday evening at the Centre CDP Capital. This prestigious competition aims to publicly recognize journalists who cover business and financial news for their role in providing information and analysis and making it understandable. Three grants totaling $17,500 were handed out during the award ceremony.
The first prize, along with a $10,000 grant, went to Maxime Bergeron from La Presse for his story La Chine fantôme published on the La Presse + platform. The winner of the second prize, earning a $5,000 grant, was Jonathan Trudel from L'actualité for his story Mal pris, les jeunes?. Finally, the third prize and $2,500 was presented to Stéphanie Grammond from La Presse for her stories En Cadillac avec des lunettes roses, Déficit fantôme de 57 milliards and Liberté 46 : autopsie du régime de retraite des pompiers.
Close to 50 applications from more than 15 media outlets were submitted for this 18th instalment of the awards competition. The jury was chaired by Sylvie Dillard, former President of both the Association des économistes québécois (2010) and the Conseil de la science et de la technologie, and comprised Claude Beauchamp, journalist and former host of Capital Action (broadcast on RDI), Alain Guilbert, journalist and former President of Transcontinental Publications Inc., and Marie-Agnès Thellier, former President and CEO of the Cercle des présidents du Québec and former Business Editor of Le Journal de Montréal.
"We are proud to celebrate again this year the excellence in economic and financial journalism in Quebec," said Deep Khosla, Managing Director and Head of Quebec operations at Merrill Lynch Canada. "Market transparency is essential to the health of an economy, and these journalists fulfil an important role in conveying financial information that helps the marketplace make well-informed decisions. "
"I would like to thank all the winners and candidates this evening for the curiosity, knowledge and talent they have invested throughout the year to provide excellent business and financial journalism," said Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of la Caisse. "Their reporting broadens our perspectives and allows organizations and citizens alike to better understand the challenges and choices available to us."
"We are always delighted, year after year, of the quality of the reports submitted to us, which reflects the strength and depth of economic and financial journalism in Quebec. Our jury had the difficult task of selecting the finalists and winners, and I commend them for their work as well as all those who participated and submitted a report for these Awards," concludes Denis Durand, President of the Association des économistes québécois.
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The Association des économistes québécois is the main organization linking economists in Québec and is dedicated to the professional advancement of its 700 members. Its primary objective is to foster the development and dissemination of economic knowledge, to enlighten public debate and to provide support for the role of economists. In keeping with its slogan, "Pour des choix éclairés" (For enlightened choices), the Association is recognized as a credible and impartial opinion leader in economic debates. Founded in 1975, it is a dynamic association open not only to economists but to anyone interested in economic and financial issues. www.economistesquebecois.com
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