2022 Canada Best in Business Awards

The Canadian chapter of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) announced the winners of the ninth annual Best In Business Awards at an event in Toronto.

The Globe and Mail led all outlets, winning five gold medals and four silvers. Bloomberg News was honoured with three golds and one silver, while the Toronto Star earned two gold medals, the Financial Post earned one gold and one silver medal and The Logic earned five silver medals.

Other winners included The Canadian Press, CBC News, CoStar News, Canadian Business and MoneySense.

The Globe and Mail’s David Milstead won gold twice—in the Commentary category for his columns and as part of a group entry in the Breaking News category for reporting on Scotiabank’s succession drama. Bloomberg News’ Natalie Obiko Pearson was honoured with a gold medal for her investigation into racism at international schools and a silver as part of a group entry in the Feature (Long-Form) category for a look at what happens to recycled clothing. Jake Edmiston of the Financial Post earned gold for his short feature charting a green grape’s journey through the global supply chain, and silver in the Beat Reporting category for his coverage of the business of food.

Rosa Saba of The Canadian Press was named Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist. The award is named after Financial Post and Canadian Business journalist Jeff Sanford, who died in 2018. It is generously supported by Jeff’s family.

Garry Marr earned the Outstanding Achievement award, recognizing his long career as an influential figure in Canadian financial journalism, which continues in his role as chief Canada correspondent for CoStar News, published by the world’s biggest provider of commercial real estate data.

SABEW Canada’s Best in Business Awards are the only Canadian journalism awards dedicated exclusively to recognizing exemplary works of business journalism. The ninth annual edition honoured work published in the 2022 calendar year.

The awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of Fidelity Investments Canada and Ivey Publishing.

The complete list of winners:

Audio or Visual Storytelling
Gold: “Stress Test seasons 5 and 6” — Rob Carrick, Roma Luciw, Kyle Fulton, Kiran Rana, Emily Jackson and Zahra Khozema, The Globe and Mail
Silver: “Flipping the switch: Why it’s so difficult for remote communities to end their reliance on diesel power” — Kyle Bakx, CBC News
Honourable Mention: “The cost of living: Why nonsense brand names actually make a lot of sense” — Danielle Nerman and Jennifer Keene, CBC News

Beat Reporting
Gold: “Small business,” Chris Hannay, The Globe and Mail
Silver: “The business of food,” Jake Edmiston, Financial Post
Honourable Mention: “Telecom,” Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail

Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist
Rosa Saba, The Canadian Press

Breaking News Coverage
Gold: “Inside Scotiabank’s succession drama that stunned Bay Street,” James Bradshaw, Tim Kiladze and David Milstead, The Globe and Mail
Silver: “Ottawa’s crackdown on the Freedom Convoy’s finances,” David Reevely and Claire Brownell, The Logic
Honourable Mention: “CannTrust trial vaporizes in latest failure of Canada’s white-collar crime regime,” Barbara Shecter and Joe Hood, Financial Post

Gold: David Milstead, The Globe and Mail
Silver: “Quebec Ink,” Martin Patriquin, The Logic
Honourable Mention: David Parkinson, The Globe and Mail

Editorial Newsletter
Gold: “The Evolution,” Sarah Laing, Andrew Cruickshank and Srivindhya Kolluru, Canadian Business
Silver: The Logic Briefing, The Logic Newsroom, The Logic
Honourable Mention: MoneySmart Bootcamp, Erica Alini, The Globe and Mail

Feature (Long-Form)
Gold: “Toronto’s airport is now worst in the world for delays,” Richard Warnica, Toronto Star
Silver: “What happens to your recycled clothing,” Natalie Obiko Pearson, Ekow Dontoh and Dhwani Pandya, Bloomberg News
Honourable Mention: “Donald Sobey’s victim tells his story,” Stephen Kimber and Joe Castaldo, The Globe and Mail

Feature (Short-Form)
Gold: “A grape’s journey,” Jake Edmiston, Financial Post
Silver: “Toronto’s housing crisis of 1922 was rooted in policies that still make homes unaffordable in 2022,” Irene Galea, The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention: “Equifruit: the small startup taking on Big Banana,” Deborah Aarts, Report on Business Magazine

Gold: “International schools have a racism problem,” Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg News
Silver: “Ford government’s appointment of Heather Zordel as OSC chair prompts resignations,” Greg McArthur and Andrew Willis, The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention: “Amazon,” Josh O’Kane and Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail

Outstanding Achievement
Garry Marr, CoStar News

Gold: “Risky Business,” Christine Dobby, Toronto Star
Silver: “Broken Links: Inside Canada’s supply chain crisis,” David Reevely, Anita Balakrishnan, Jesse Snyder and Catherine McIntyre, The Logic
Honourable Mention: “Inflation Series,” Adena Ali, Ian Bickis, Brett Bundale, Tara Deschamps, Christopher Reynolds and Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

Personal Finance and Investing
Gold: “Starting out as a young adult is incredibly expensive in 2022. We crunched the numbers,” Erica Alini, The Globe and Mail
Silver: “Ask a Planner,” Jason Heath, MoneySense
Honourable Mention: “Banks block online sale of cash ETFs that compete with bank savings products,” Claire O’Hara, The Globe and Mail

Gold: “Frank Gehry’s condo quest,” Ari Altstedter, Bloomberg News
Silver: “The Wheat King,” Jason Kirby, The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention: “I will revive,” Jason Kirby, Report on Business Magazine

Gold: “Germany’s pipeline problem,” Brian Platt and Arne Delfs, Bloomberg News
Silver: “Caught on tape: Amazon exec threatened Marketplace shutdown in Canada if competition reforms go ahead,” Martin Patriquin, The Logic
Honourable Mention: “Critical minerals in Canada,” Niall McGee, The Globe and Mail

Trade Article
Gold: “Quebec’s treasured sugar shacks face a sticky future,” Hélène Bigras-Dutrisac, CoStar News
Silver: “What a declining number of advisors means for the investment industry and clients,” Jameson Berkow, The Globe and Mail
Honourable Mention: “Retirement boom raises concerns over advisor compensation,” Jameson Berkow, The Globe and Mail

SABEW Canada extends its thanks to our panel of esteemed judges:
Deborah Aarts, Amran Abocar, James Bagnall, Divya Balji, Laura Bobak, Bryan Borzykowski, Mark Brown, Trevor Cole, Rob Csernyik, Henry Dubroff, Chelsey Emery, Darrell Ehterington, April Fong, Lisa Hannam, Drew Hasselback, Laura Hensley, Karen K. Ho, Kate Hopwood, Nicholas Hune-Brown, Yadullah Hussain, Jeremy Keehn, Peter Kuitenbrouwer, Amanda Lang, Nicole MacAdam, Arshy Mann, Ken McGuffin, Alex Mlynek, Vipal Monga, Claire Neary, Rod Nickel, Naomi Powell, Kristene Quan, Nick Rockel, Tamar Satov, David Scanlan, Caleb Silver, Marina Strauss, Renée Sylvestre-Williams, Alison Uncles, Andrew Wahl, Tom Watson, Noah Zivitz

About SABEW and SABEW Canada

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is a more than 50-year-old organization with more than 3,000 members across the globe, including journalists from The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNN and others. SABEW’s mission as an independent, non-profit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favouritism and to increase members’ skills and knowledge through continuing education.

A group of Canadian journalists launched SABEW Canada, SABEW’s first international chapter, in 2014. It now has more than 250 members, among them reporters and editors from The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, Financial Post, The Canadian Press, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Logic and more. SABEW Canada’s mission is to define and inspire excellence in business journalism, including by hosting educational events, training sessions and networking events where business journalists can make new connections and be part of a community of colleagues and friends.

For more information: Jordan Timm, SABEW Canada board member, jordan.timm@gmail.com or 416-312-2476 | sabew.org

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