2014 PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism Winners Announced

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PMAC’s third annual awards celebrate the best in investment journalism

Diverse writings covering economics, capital markets, education and investment planning for various ages and stages



TORONTO, ON, May 22, 2014 – The Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) announced the winners of its third annual PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism (the PMAC Awards) today.

Launched in 2011, the PMAC Awards promote and reward the best in Canadian newspaper, magazine and online journalism; foster a better understanding of the investment industry, its products and services and, ultimately, aim to improve financial literacy in Canada.

This year, selected works touched on a wide variety of topics and displayed an understanding of their complexity and nuances. The winners were selected from 31 French and English entries from 13 unique publications. The independent judges’ panel includes a balance of experienced and knowledgeable professionals from both the field of journalism and investment/financial services.

The prizes, including the $5,000 first prize, will be presented at an investment industry event in Toronto on June 16, 2014.

The respective winners and prizes are:


First Prize: Bryan Borzykowski, a freelance reporter, for the Canadian Business Investor’s Guide 2014, a comprehensive resource covering a range of topics useful for novice and savvy investors.

Second Prize: David Aston, CFA, for “What’s your magic number” and “Slaying the inflation dragon” in MoneySense, and “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 a $1 million” in the Globe and Mail. The articles provide readers wrestling with common retirement and investment questions with practical advice.


Third Prize: Fiona Collie, “Planning for Special Needs,” in Investment Executive, offering advisors planning tips for investors with special needs family members, an important but infrequently covered topic.


Honourable Mention: Kristin Kent, “Modern Money,” a series of helpful articles to empower parents to raise financially confident kids, in the Toronto Star.

“The winning works all go above and beyond to provide thoughtful and substantive articles on topical issues of interest to investors at different stages of life,” says PMAC President Katie Walmsley. “PMAC is pleased to salute Bryan Borzykowski, David Aston, Fiona Collie and Kristin Kent. Their work contributes to better investor knowledge and behaviour by helping novice and experienced investors navigate various aspects of the industry. That is exactly what the PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism celebrate.

“These talented journalists help us each take a critical look at our investments and our role as stewards of our investments. They prompt us to ask important questions, not only about our investments, but about our money and what we need to do with it,” adds Walmsley.

About PMAC:
Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) represents an influential membership of 180 investment management firms that manage more than $800 billion 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. 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.