Former Maclean's editor Robert Lewis named new Canadian Journalism Foundation chair

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 Toronto.

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.

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.

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, (English) and (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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SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information:

Heather McCall
Program Manager, CJF

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