Canada’s Investment Journalists to be Recognized for Insightful Editorial Coverage – Canadian Print and Online Journalists Invited to Submit Published Content by NEW DEADLINE April 7, 2015
TORONTO, ON, March 31, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Canada’s portfolio management firms, representing combined assets under management of more than $1.2 trillion, are seeking to honour Canada’s best print and online journalists for their excellence in investment writing.
The PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism is presented by the Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC), which has more than 200 member companies throughout the country. Over the last three years, it has been awarded to seven journalists coast to and coast. In 2014, it was presented to:
- Bryan Borzykowski, first prize, for his work on Canadian Business Investor’s Guide, a comprehensive resource covering a range of topics useful to both novice and savvy investors
- David Aston, second prize, for his Globe and Mail series “How to Invest your First $100,000”; “Got $400,000 to Invest, it’s Time to Consider a Broker” and “What to Look for When Investing $1 Million”
- Fiona Collie, third prize, for her article “Planning for Special Needs” in Investment Executive
Topics covered by winners in previous years include securities regulation gaps, understanding investment performance reports, less commonly understood RESP tax rules and investor protection.
PMAC began the annual competition in 2012 and encourages financial editors, reporters, freelancers and bloggers to submit their best pieces. It was developed to foster a better understanding of the investment industry, its products and services, with the ultimate goal of improving financial literacy. The award is also intended to support Canadian investors and the broader public by encouraging excellent coverage of the economy, the markets and other investment-related topics.
The deadline for submissions for the 2015 competition is March 31. *The deadline for the 2015 competition has been extended to April 7.* The winner will receive $5,000, with second and third prizes of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Journalists may submit their own thoughtful and substantive work in English or French or be nominated by an editor, regulator, financial services professional or any Canadian investor. Submissions may consist of a single article or series of related articles published in print publications or online media and must have been available to the Canadian public between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. Entries can range from investigative journalism to personal finance, business writing to investment news. Complete details, including eligibility requirements and exclusions, the nomination process and other related information are available at www.portfoliomanagement.org.
“Our members – who manage much of Canadians’ retirement savings – want to celebrate the merits of journalists who make investing meaningful to all investors,” says PMAC President Katie Walmsley. “Their editorial contribution to a better grasp by Canadians of investing and financial services deserves our recognition.”
Winners of the 2015 PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism will be announced the week of May 11, 2015.
The six judges for the 2015 competition represent a top-tier group of investment and financial experts whose accomplishments are well-established within the journalism and financial communities:
- David Baines, securities columnist for The Vancouver Sun for 25 years and winner of the first PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism himself in 2012 (for a work produced in 2011)
- Bruce Cohen, who has had a 40-year career in print and broadcast journalism in Canada and the U.S.
- René Delsanne, professor of actuarial science at the University of Quebec at Montreal, a former executive at a national investment firm and consulting actuarial firm
- Keith Sjögren, Senior Consultant and Managing Director, Consulting at Investor Economics
- Glorianne Stromberg, a securities lawyer and long-time regulatory advisor on the investment industry and financial services sectors
- Tessa Wilmott, former editor-in-chief of Investment Executive for almost two decades
Complete biographies for each judge are available at the PMAC website.
After reviewing the criteria and submission process on the PMAC website, applicants or nominees should send their submission by April 7, 2015 by either letter or email: PMAC, 155 University Avenue, Suite 1210, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3B7 or PMACinfo@pmac.org. Specify “PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism” in the subject line of the email or on the envelope.
Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) represents an influential membership of more than 200 investment management firms that manage more than $1.2 trillion in assets for more than one million institutional and high-net-worth clients. 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. The Association increases the awareness of investment counselling benefits, provides a forum for member networking and keeps members up to date on regulatory and compliance issues. 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. For further information on PMAC, visit www.portfoliomanagement.org.
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