Meet your 2021 TMAC Awards Judges!

The Awards Committee has again undertaken a significant level of work behind the scene, meeting year round, to review and develop the annual awards program. In 2020 more than 400 submissions were received, and reviewed/evaluated by a panel of qualified, accomplished judges. 

The Awards Committee is pleased to introduce you to the 2021 Judges:


Magalie Boutin

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

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.

Dick Snyder

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 ( 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.



Bruce Kemp

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

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.


Erica Hargreave

Erica Hargreave, the Founder and Creative Head of Ahimsa Media, Roamancing and, specializes in creating cross-platform media and immersive storyworlds. In fact, she's been doing this before there were terms for this form of storytelling, which led her to create of one of the earlier digital / immersive storytelling companies.

Over the years, Erica has written for TV, magazines, books, the web, and the education sector. She's worked as a creative producer for TV and theatre, directed, and starred in her own TV Show. Ultimately the adventures she's had telling stories and speaking around the world, lead her to create the digital travel and culture magazine, Roamancing. Her goal with Roamancing is to uncover the beauty around this world of ours and increase cultural understanding. In this bent, Erica and her team have been developing cross platform storytelling campaigns and web series to do just that. This work has won her and her team both storytelling and educational awards.  Current web series they've been developing involve the natural and cultural history exploration (taking Erica back to her roots as a biologist and parks naturalist), a light hearted exploration of cultures through learning a culture's language of love and wooing, and healing adventures (post a couple of accidents that left Erica on a journey of recovery and navigating the way forward with new disabilities).

The pandemic got Erica podcasting with friends from across the globe, and she can be regularly heard on Ralph Talmont's The Creative Farm and The Social Cooking Club, and her own team's Culture Travels, Encounters in EdTech, and the Sustainable Funding Series. She even created an impromptu new podcast at MozFest for the Interledger Foundation, entitled Web Monetized at MozFest.

Through Erica's Master of Educational Technology (with a storytelling focus), Erica and her team have begun to develop AR storytelling solutions for natural and cultural history projects, initially crafted as a solution to a storytelling problem presented to her by a Juno Beach Centre board member to bring stories from World War II to life for young people - lest we forget. That research has had Erica explore story solutions in Ireland, France, and Switzerland, as well as here at home in Canada with colleagues in film, experiential media, and natural and cultural history education.

Erica loves the storytelling she does, across different platforms of media, and always experimenting with the possibilities. She also loves helping others to craft their storyworlds, and build and engage niche communities around their stories. This is something she teaches in her online courses at BCIT in Social Media Storytelling and Building & Engaging Digital Communities, as well as crafting and facilitating fun, story focused summer camps for both kids and adults through BCIT.  Finally, with this and support from Grant for the Web, BCIT, and the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, she and her team are also exploring and sharing sustainable funding pathways for creatives, including through the Web Monetization Standard and NFTs.