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PMAC Award for Excellence in Investment Journalism

Prix D’Excellence en Journalisme Économique et Financier de L’AGPC

The 2019 competition is closed. Read the winners announcement here

About the Award

The purpose of the award is to promote and reward excellence in Canadian newspaper, magazine and online journalism that fosters a better understanding of the investment industry, its products and services and, ultimately, helps to improve Canadian financial literacy. The secondary purpose is to meet the needs of Canadian investors and the public at large in their search for up-to date information on the economy, and domestic and international financial markets.

The winning journalists will be awarded:

  • $5,000 First prize
  • $3,000 Second prize
  • $2,000 Third prize


  • To be eligible for the 2019 Award, an article must have been published between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 by a Canadian newspaper or magazine, whether in print or on-line, in English or French.
  • Each Award applicant is permitted to make one submission consisting of:
    • One (1) to three (3) different/unrelated articles each of which must be 1,000 words or less; OR
    • One article containing 1,000 words or more; OR
    • One series of related articles
  • Submissions must have appeared in print publications or on-line media available to the Canadian public.
  • Any article that is written by an employee, director, or officer of a financial services or investment firm is not eligible.


  • Nominations can be made by the author(s) of the submitted article, editor or other employee of the publication, or by the general public at large.
  • Nominations must be received by March 31 each year.
  • The award will be presented at an event held within three months of the application closing date.

Selection Process

Each qualifying entry will be considered in competition with all others by an independent panel of judges / jury de prix that will be appointed annually.

The panel will comprise of an appropriate balance of experienced and knowledgeable professionals with expertise in either the field of journalism or investment/financial services:

  • At least one judge will be fluent in French and English.
  • All potential judges will be screened for any actual or perceived conflict of interest.

In evaluating the merit of an entry, judges shall consider:

  • The article’s content meeting the stated purposes of the Award;
  • Professional journalistic ethics and commonly accepted standards;
  • The constraint of the article length given the complexity of the topic covered; and
  • Journalists that go “above and beyond” to write thoughtful and substantive articles that provide a perspective on topical issues pertinent to the Canadian investing public.

Application Download & Resources

2019 competition is now closed.
Download the application.  |  Télécharger l’application.

2019 Call For Entries news release

2019 Recipients

First Prize: Janet McFarland The Globe and Mail
Second Prize: David Aston,
Third Prize: Tim Shufelt, The Globe and Mail

The judging panel gave honourable mentions to the following writers:
Natalie Obiko-Pearson and Matthew Campbell,
Niall McGee, The Globe and Mail

Read about the 2019 winners of this award.

Previous Recipients

Read about the 2018 winners of this award.
Read about the 2017 winners of this award.
Read about the 2016 winners of this award.
Read about the 2015 winners of this award.
Read about the 2014 winners of this award.
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Read about the 2013 winners of this award.
Read about the 2012 (inaugural) winner of this award.