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AMPA Announces 2017 Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards

2017 Alberta Magazines Awards

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) has announced the recipients and finalists for the 2017 Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards.  These awards recognize publications and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Alberta’s magazine industry.

Achievement in Publishing

Katharina Doyle, Creative Scrapbooker
From AMPA: “Many people aspire to share their passion with the masses by creating a magazine; few find long-term success. Katharina Doyle is one of the few. The co-founder and publisher of Creative Scrapbooker (formerly Canadian Scrapbooker) has been a passionate scrapbooker since the birth of her children. Yet the idea of expanding that love to the pages of a magazine never crossed her mind until her now-business partner Jackie Ludlage proposed the idea. Today, Creative Scrapbooker has a circulation of nearly 26,000, including a large and growing market in the United States. Ten years after the first issue was released under the title Canadian Scrapbooker, the magazine was re-branded as Creative Scrapbooker to meet North American and global demand.” Read more about Katharina.

Volunteer of the Year

Joyce Byrne, Avenue Calgary
From AMPA: “There’s an old adage that goes: ‘Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.’ It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Joyce Byrne’s heart is full of love for magazines—ink runs through her veins. Byrne, a respected industry leader and generous mentor, is known and celebrated for her commitment to advancing the magazine industry as a whole—not just the publications for which she is on the payroll. She has earned a reputation of one of the most tireless champions, promoting magazines as vital and essential cultural industry products, as well as the publishers, staff, freelancers and industry partners who contribute to them.” Read more about Joyce. 

Editor of the Year

Lisa Cook, New Trail
From AMPA: “Since Lisa Cook started as editor-in-chief at New Trail just over four years ago, the magazine has won more than 20 awards, including four National Magazine Awards and was named the Alberta Magazine Awards’ 2016 Magazine of the Year. Cook’s colleagues credit her vision, creativity, mentorship and journalistic passion for transforming the 96-year-old University of Alberta alumni magazine into a popular general-interest magazine whose readership reaches well beyond that of the typical institutional alumni periodical. That said, she has never lost sight of the magazine’s mandate to ‘entertain, illuminate and engage’ U of A graduates around the world. Cook has broken down silos and fostered strong relationships across departments and faculties to ensure New Trail is not only an educational and entertaining read, but also a viable tool that helps to achieve the university’s strategic goals.” Read more about Lisa.

Best New Magazine (Finalists)

Canadian Rockies Annual: “An archival-quality mountain culture magazine that combines captivating storytelling with striking visuals and beautiful design. Each issue takes the reader on a journey through the Canadian Rockies’ cultural landscape, and delves into the dynamic forces that impact our lives in the mountains.”

Dote: “The handbook for a well-styled and meaningful life. We are committed to sharing the stories of Calgarians that are doing cool new things and helping add to the cultural landscape of the city and our province.”

The Yards: “A seasonal magazine that makes sense of downtown Edmonton’s transformation and growth. It tells insightful stories about urban planning, development, social justice, lifestyle and culture, that should change the way people see and participate in the urban core.”

Read more about the finalists.

Magazine of the Year (Finalists)

Avenue Edmonton:Avenue Edmonton has developed an excellent reputation and strong following of loyal readers for its award-winning, intelligent and thought-provoking perspectives on the people, culture and lifestyles that define our city.”

New Trail:New Trail is the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, maintaining and nurturing the connection between the school and its alumni, associate members, donors, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. New Trail‘s mandate is to entertain, illuminate and engage our university-educated readers around the world.”

WestJet Magazine: “Offering a fresh perspective on the joy of travel and discovery, WestJet Magazine is the official inflight publication of WestJet Airlines. The magazine’s content is smart, not stuffy. Professional, with a sense of humour. Passionate, with a healthy dose of common sense.”

Read more about the finalists.

All winners will be announced and celebrated at the Alberta Magazine Awards Gala on March 16, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary. For details and to purchase tickets by March 9 (early bird deadline today, February 23), visit

AMPA has negotiated special room rates at the Hyatt Regency. To take advantage of this pricing, book by March 4.


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