SABEW Canada announces the winners of the
8th Annual Best in Business Awards

 

The Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is excited to announce the winners of the 8th Annual Best in Business Awards competition, recognizing outstanding business published and produced in 2021.


Audio or Visual Storytelling

Gold: “Stress Test, Seasons 3 and 4” by Rob Carrick, Roma Luciw, Kiran Rana, Hannah Sung, Latifa Abdin, Kyle Fulton, Carlay Ream-Neal, Amy Chyan and Zahra Khozema (Globe and Mail)

Silver: “Down to Business” by Gabe Friedman (Financial Post)

Honorable Mention: “Why it Costs so Much to Build a Home” by Marcy Nicholson, Dave Merrill, Cedric Sam  (Bloomberg)


Beat Reporting

Gold: Alex Posadzki on telecom (Globe and Mail)

Silver: Richard Warnica on business and politics (Toronto Star)

Honorable Mention: Sean Silcoff on technology (Globe and Mail)


Breaking News Coverage

Gold: “Bridging Finance Placed into Receivership as OSC Investigates” by Tim Kiladze and Greg McArthur (Globe and Mail)

 Silver: “Rogers Strikes Deal to Buy Shaw in a Deal that Would Transform Canada’s telecom Sector” by Andrew Willis, Alexandra Posadzki, Jeffrey Jones (Globe and Mail)

Honorable Mention: Gamestop by Pete Evans (CBC News)


Commentary

Gold: Rita Trichur (Globe and Mail)

Silver: Rob Carrick (Globe and Mail)

Honorable Mention: Martin Patriquin (The Logic)


Editorial Newsletter

Gold: The Logic briefing (The Logic)

Silver: FP Investor by Andy Holloway (Financial Post)

Honorable Mention: Investor Newsletter by Scott Barlow, Rob Carrick, Darcy Keith (Globe and Mail)


Feature (long-form)

Gold: “Vancouver’s Racism Problem” by Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg)

Silver: “Stacked” by Joe Castaldo (Report on Business magazine)

Honorable Mention: “The Show Will Go On” by Jason Kirby (Report on Business magazine)


Feature (short-form)

Gold: “Out of Breath: Inside Breather’s Rise and Fall” by Martin Patriquin (The Logic)

Silver: “Defund this Pipeline” by Alastair Marsh and Danielle Bochove (Bloomberg)

Honorable Mention: “Restaurant Woes” by Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Chris Hannay, Irene Galea (Globe and Mail)


Investigative

Gold: “The Secret Bondfield Files: Records Outline Alleged Kickbacks Between Former Executives Over St. Michael’s Hospital bid” by Greg McArthur and Karen Howlett (Globe and Mail)

Silver: “Several of Doug Ford’s Key Pandemic Decisions Swayed by Business Interests” by Richard Warnica, Andrew Bailey (Toronto Star)

Honorable Mention: “Dye & Durham Hikes Software Prices” by Sean Silcoff and Jaren Kerr (Globe and Mail)


Package

Gold: “Canada’s $110.6-billion Wage Subsidy Program is Shrouded in Secrecy” by Patrick Brethour, Tom Cardoso, David Milstead, Vanmala Subramaniam (Globe and Mail)

Silver: “Uncharitable” by Claire Brownell, with reporting from Murad Hemmadi, Martin Patriquin, David Reevely and Lu Xu and research assistance from Hanna Lee and Allan Tong (The Logic)

Honorable Mention: “What Will it Take for Us to Get the Message” by Adria Vasil, David Suzuki, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Annamie Paul, Richard Curtin (Corporate Knights)


Personal Finance and Investing

Gold: “Banks Halt Sales of Third-Party Mutual Funds” by Clare O’Hara (Globe and Mail)

Silver: “TikTok and TFSAs: How Gen Z and Millennials are Finding Personal Finance Salvation in an Unexpected place,” by Bianca Bharti (Financial Post)

Honorable Mention: “Millennial Money,” by Evelyn Kwong (Toronto Star)


Profile

Gold: “BDC and Isabelle Hudon” by Catherine McIntyre (The Logic)

Silver: “About Time” by Joanna Pachner (Report on Business magazine)

Honorable Mention: “The Bay Street Whiz Kid Who Wasn’t: Searching for the Real Gary Ng” by Greg McArthur, Mark Rendell, Clare O’Hara, Tim Kiladze (Globe and Mail)


Scoop

Gold: “Rogers” by Alexandra Posadzki, Andrew Willis (Globe and Mail)

Silver: “Canada Pension Boss Jumps Vaccine Queue” by Jenny Strasburg, Summer Said, and Jacquie McNish (Wall Street Journal)

Honorable Mention: “Rogers Board Struggle” by Scott Deveau and Derek DeCloet (Bloomberg)


Trade Article

Gold: “Ask me Anything” by Daniel Fish (Precedent)

Silver: “Return-to-Work Programs Can Smooth Over Career Gaps” by Leah Golob (Investment Executive)

Honorable Mention: “Canadian Shoppers Grab Rare Chance to Descend on US Border Towns” by Garry Marr (CoStar News)


Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist Award

Our fourth annual Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist Award goes to Jacob Lorinc of The Toronto Star.

Jacob graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 and joined the Star’s business section as a reporter in January 2021, at the height of COVID-19’s second wave. As Star business editor Duncan Hood said in his nomination letter: “It’s not often a young journalist jumps almost directly from graduation to being a key member of the business team at one of the largest papers in the country. It’s even less common to see such a journalist pen cover story after cover story, with several pulling in almost 100,000 page views as readers discover his articulate coverage of some of the most interesting and complex issues facing business in Canada today.”

Since joining the Star, Jacob has embarked on a number of enterprise projects, including a feature on how some of Canada’s highest-paid CEOs earned multimillion-dollar wage hikes while tens of thousands of Canadian workers were laid off; how an Ontario city councillor capitalized on house-flipping while the real estate market surged; the impact on first-time home buyers of changes to mortgage rules; and an exclusive on how Air Canada changed course on its ticket refund policy to help secure a government bailout.

(The Best Young Journalist Award is named after Financial Post and Canadian Business journalist Jeff Sanford, who died in 2018. The award is generously supported by Jeff’s family.)