Many thanks to our 2020 Judges who collectively reviewed more than 400 submissions for 14 Award categories. Winners were announced during TMAC's 2021 Virtual Conference on June 3, 2021. View the winners here.
Magalie Boutin has pursued a highly rewarding career in communications for more than 20 years. She represented Quebec and Canada in the tourism industry for over 15 years, using her expertise and her passion for communication and travel to promote her corner of the country in media around the world. The industry she works in is extremely dynamic and outward looking. A perfect balance of gratifying work, creativity, self-fulfillment and drive has made her into a motivated communications professional who exemplifies leadership, teamwork and a commitment to excellence. As Head of Media Relations at the National Film Board of Canada for the past three years, Magalie has employed know-how, sophisticated engagement strategies and a knack for identifying opportunities for reporting, telling stories and raising issues to help bring Canadian creativity and content to the world.
Benoit Legault teaches Tourism Management at Champlain College (near Montreal) since 2010. His key courses are about exotic destinations, strategic communication and sustainable tourism. Benoit wrote hundreds of travel stories published in dozens of publications since his own college days, chiefly in French in Le Devoir, but also in English in The Toronto Star and elsewhere. And he wrote in numerous travel guidebooks, including the Michelin Green Guide for Quebec (in English). Benoit’s list of travel writing awards is notable. It includes a 2nd place at the prestigious Northern Lights Awards for an article on Toronto in 2007, and awards and nominations for stories on Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Brantford. Unsurprisingly then, Benoit considers Ontario as its main inspiration. He worked as a policy analyst for the Ontario ministry of Tourism and Recreation in the 1990s, and he is a regular travel contributor to L’Express de Toronto since 1996. Benoit Legault as served on the board of directors of TMAC in 2001-2002 (when Hamilton’s Sam Ion was president) – he then led the committee that produced TMAC’s code of ethics (for media and industry), which is still largely in use today. He has more recently been president of the Quebec/Ontario youth hostels association. Benoit holds a bachelor in Communication Arts (UQAM in Montreal), and a graduate diploma in Leisure, Culture and Tourism from UQTR in Trois-Rivières.
Snyder was born in Montreal, raised in St. John’s, and schooled in Montreal (Concordia, BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance) and Toronto (Ryerson, BFA in Journalism). He began his career at The Globe and Mail in 1995 as a copy editor and editor for foreign and local news. Over the next five years he worked in the travel, news, arts and lifestyle departments. He edited the fashion and style sections and oversaw the National Magazine Award-winning Fashion + Design Quarterly, while also writing a weekly travel technology column. He was creative director for Redwood (later renamed Totem), a Toronto marketing communications company, where he launched and oversaw publications and media for clients such as Aeroplan, CAA, Acura, General Motors and Air Miles. He launched the Toronto Star’s branded content division in 2012, creating communications strategies for the JUNOS, Genworth and the Greenbelt Foundation.
These days, Snyder writes about food, drinks, guitars, music, travel and other fun stuff for publications such as Zoomer, Canada’s 100 Best, The Toronto Star and Harry. He has been writing about Toronto’s food and drink scene for 20 years, and was the founder of CityBites Magazine (2005 – 2015). Inspired by some great food tours he took in San Sebastian, Scottsdale and Puerto Vallarta, he co-founded the walking tour company Drink Toronto (drinktoronto.ca) in 2017. Snyder has his Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET, and has judged wines for the Ontario Wine Awards, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and VinItaly.
I am a photographer, a dreamer, and a documenter. I am a writer, an explorer, and a purveyor of beauty and light. I am on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of existence- whether it's the most extreme and pristine environments in our world, or the beauty of humanity. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of my life - an area of Canada that I have worked hard to document and share with audiences, I – along with my beautiful wife, Erin, and our three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of our native country and numerous countries abroad. I now live proudly on Prince Edward Island on Canada’s East Coast and am a child of the sea. I am proudly a Sigma Pro Photographer, a StrobePro professional, and a regular contributor to Photo Life Magazine and to Outdoor Photography Canada.
Bruce Kemp is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, writer and photographer. He has covered everything from fine dining in Europe to the America’s Cup and voyages through the Northwest Passage. His work appears world wide. In 1986 he was honoured by the America’s Cup organizing committee when he was asked to write the Canadian portion of the official America’s Cup Challenger’s Program. He has also been the editor of Travel A La Carte, Sailing Canada and SailOntario. His previous books include: The Complete Travel Writer; Gifts of the Okanagan (with wife Laurie Carter); the Ports Cruising Guide to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair; the 2006 update to the Ports Cruising Guide to the Rideau Canal; Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes; and the novel Letters From A Fugitive’s Son. He has just finished his second novel – Free Wireless Social Networking. Bruce created Canada’s first college-level travel writing course (The Complete Travel Writer) in 1988 for George Brown College and has taught his craft for more than twenty years at colleges across the country: Lambton College, George Brown Collage, Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology (Okanagan). He has also work in Canada’s major newsrooms as a newspaper reporter and columnist.
Over the span of more than thirty years, Bruce’s writing and photography have earned him numerous awards from his peers. His first national nomination came in 1987 when he was nominated as Nabisco Food Writer of the Year (Humour). In 1991 he was awarded the Lake Ontario Racing Council’s top honour for Best Colour and Composition in a sailing photo, as well as the Best Sailing Photo. In 2003 he won the Travel Media Association of Canada/Starwood Hotel’s Best Travel (People Photo – national). 2005 saw him win the Metroland In-House Design and Layout Award. Then 2006 was a very good year for him as he won the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Best People Photo once again plus the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Award for Best Travel Journalism and he capped the year off by taking home the prestigious international accolade of Caribbean Travel Photographer of the Year for his photos of Trinidad’s annual Carnival. In 2011 he was once again on the podium to accept the Travel Media Association’s national award for Best Travel Photo (People), a feat he repeated in 2014 along with a second place in Family Feature Writing, and an Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Story About Travel In Canada.
Bruce just turned 68 and currently lives and works with his wife Laurie in Merrickville, Ontario, on the Rideau Canal. His photographic work was recently shown in a one-man show staged at Vistek Ottawa and called “Sweetwater Dreams.” It portrayed the lives of the sailors and ships of the Great Lakes merchant marine.
Mishell Raedeke has many years of experience as an illustrator, infographic artist, graphic designer and creative director. Her work includes marketing and advertising materials for print media and the internet, and editorial work for newspapers, magazines, educational children’s books and travel guides. Her latest discovered passion is to create UI and UX designs for product development.
Born in Guatemala City, Central America, she revealed her talent for painting at a very young age and was recognized with awards from local schools. Practical work-targeted high school system and entered the bilingual secretary program. She soon realized this was not the career path for her, but the English language skills she acquired opened many doors in international markets for her talents as an artist and graphic designer.
At age 16 Mishell was already working for her father, Miguel Angel Chang, a well-know fine art painter and marketer, who introduced her to the world of advertising and greeting cards. Three years later, her ability to recognize design trends and her natural capacity for colour composition led to her first professional contract as an art director for the marketing company Atlántida Publicidad were she was awarded as art director. Mishell moved on to Servicios OM, one of the largest printing companies in Central America, which produces magazines, greeting cards, brochures and posters. OM also awarded her with the leading role as digital art manager.
Her third job was with the largest newspaper in Guatemala City: Prensa Libre. She became one of the newspaper’s seven leading infographic artists. Her work was recognized with Prensa Libre’s Best Artist of the Year awards (2002 & 2005); and the national Huun Award, presented by the Popol Vuh Museum at Francisco Marroquín University (2003).
In her search for global opportunities, Mishell spent ten months in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as a marketing assistant for a beauty salon enterprise Lebelle, designing their website, catalogues and print media. Back in Guatemala, she returned to Prensa Libre and also became design instructor at one of the most prestigious universities named Francisco Marroquín University.
Mishell met Marvin Raedeke, a Canadian journeyman carpenter, who she married in Guatemala in 2007. Then moved to Canada in 2009 and became citizen in 2015. In September of 2009 Okanagan Life magazine contracted her to join their team as Creative Director where she interacted with several photographers, writers and graphic designers to create each publication.
Mishell is also was nominated to be the best Graphic Artist/Designer of the Okanagan Valley by the Okanagan Arts Awards:
Currently, she is focusing on her company called OmniDesign as a designer-consultant all across the Okanagan and in other provinces and is holding the title of Creative Director/Product Development for Enrich & Co. US managing their creative team in Vietnam and the US.