2015 PMAC Excellence in Investment Journalism Award Winners Announced

Repeat Success by Two Talented Journalists Reflect Growing Prestige of Competition

TORONTO, ON, June 2, 2015 – For the first time since its launch in 2012, the PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism is going to a previous winner, while another financial journalist is being recognized for the third time.

Bryan Borzykowski is this year’s first prize winner for his article, “Are your Investments at Risk?” in the December 2014 edition of MoneySense. Borzykowski received first prize last year for Canadian Business Investor’s Guide 2014. At the same time, David Aston becomes the first journalist to receive recognition in three competitions: Aston received an honourable mention this year (details below), second prize last year and an honourable mention in the inaugural year (previous articles are available from pmac.org).

PMAC (The Portfolio Management Association of Canada) hosts the annual competition to acknowledge journalistic excellence that fosters better understanding of the investment industry and improves Canadians’ financial literacy.

The other 2015 winners and honourable mention are:

Second Prize:
Jade Hemeon, for “The Decade of the ETF” and “Making Sense of the Market” in Investment Executive’s ETF Guide 2014 (May 2014).

Third Prize:
Craig Sebastiano, for “Jet-Lagged” in Benefits Canada (April 2014) .

Honourable Mentions:
Garry Marr, for his TFSA series (October 2014 to February 2015) in the National Post: “Investors look to PM to keep TFSA promise” (October), “How one man got TFSA balance up over $275K” (November), “Fat TFSAs in taxman’s crosshairs” (December), “Investors locked out of TFSAs under audit; Dealers fear getting stuck with tax bills” (December), “Let’s be braver with our TFSA thinking” (December), “Should you give TFSA money to adult kids?” (January), “Tax-free savings account friend or foe? Men who wrote the book on TFSA disagree on its use” (February ).

David Aston, for three articles in MoneySense: “A Goldilocks Strategy” (June 2014), “It’s All in the Timing” (Summer 2014), “How the Tortoise Beats the Hare” (February/March 2015).

“The increased number of submissions this year and repeat examples of insightful journalism by Bryan and David reflect growing appreciation for Canada’s top accolade for high-calibre investment reporting,” says PMAC President Katie Walmsley. “We congratulate the winners and honourable mentions, thank everyone who made submissions and encourage more participation next year. The important work being done by these financial journalists to inform and educate Canadian investors deserves our respect and celebration.”

The members of the judging panel for the PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism are among the most experienced investment and media professionals in Canada, notes Walmsley. Their decision criteria are exacting and their choices reflect a tough-minded but fair assessment of excellence in investment reporting.

The first prize winner in the competition receives $5,000; second prize, $3,000 and third prize, $2,000. The presentation of the prizes will be held at PMAC’s CEO Dinner on June 10 in Toronto.

To be eligible for the competition, an article must have been published between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015 by a Canadian newspaper or magazine in print or online in English or French. Each applicant was permitted to make one submission consisting of one article or one series of related articles. Complete details about the application process and judging criteria are available from a dedicated section of the PMAC website, which also provides information for the 2016 competition.

About PMAC:
Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) represents more than 200 investment management firms that manage more than $1.4 trillion in assets. Members manage portfolios for private individuals, foundations, universities and pension plans. As one of the largest investment industry associations in Canada, PMAC operates coast-to-coast in English- and French-language markets. PMAC employs a collaborative information-sharing business model and advocates on behalf of its members to securities regulators and government agencies. PMAC represents investment management firms registered to do business in Canada as portfolio managers. The Association’s mission is to advocate the highest standards of unbiased portfolio management in the interest of investors served by members.


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