CALM Awards

2024 Awards Judges

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English writing categories

Rod Mickleburgh
Rod Mickleburgh was a journalist for more than 40 years, including 23 with the Globe and Mail. A co-winner of the Michener Award for coverage of Canada’s tainted blood scandal, he was the Globe’s Beijing Bureau Chief from 1994-1998. With Geoff Meggs, he co-authored The Art of the Impossible, an entertaining account of B.C.’s first NDP government under Dave Barrett, which won the B.C. Book Prize for non-fiction. Before joining the Globe, Rod was a labour reporter in Vancouver for 15 years, and labour remains dear to his heart. On the Line, his definitive history of the BC labour movement, won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. He continues to work closely with the BC Labour Heritage Centre, hosting a regular podcast on the province’s rich labour past.

French categories

Paige Galette
Paige Galette (elle) est consultante et éducatrice communautaire œuvrant à l'échelle nationale. Elle cumule de nombreuses années d'expérience en gouvernance, en analyse de politiques et en relations de travail. Paige anime des ateliers sur l'antiracisme et l'anti-oppression, en plus d'avoir été chroniqueuse pour l'émission Panorama à Radio-Canada (Colombie-Britannique- Yukon). Paige a été publiée dans le Toronto Star, le livre Until We Are Free; Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada, The Monitor, Francopresse et Briarpatch. Paige Galette travaille pour l'Alliance de la fonction publique en tant qu'organisatrice régionale du Nord. paigegalette.com

Online categories

Amy McQuaid-England
Amy McQuaid-England a seasoned communications expert and accomplished business owner, specializing in grassroots campaign strategy and political communication. With a knack for crafting compelling narratives, Amy's strategic approach and dedication to community and online engagement have driven impactful change at local and national levels

Design categories

Jason Alward
Originally from New Brunswick, Jason Alward developed an interest in visual communication early on. To advance his knowledge he attended the Visual Communications course at Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Taking this base education in graphic design, he expanded it beyond print to include web, multimedia, video and audio production. In his early career, he worked with both small and large advertising agencies including BBDO and Grey Advertising. It was in 2011 Jason entered the world of social and labour rights activism. From 2011 to 2016, he was the graphic artist for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union providing print, web, and social media services for its 140,000 members. A three time CALM award winner, he brings that community-based, social-activism spirit and experience forward as the core mandate of Verge Communications. Since launching, Verge has worked with clients such as CUPE, TEIBAS, NDP PEI and most recently BIPOC USHR.

Broadcast categories

Abdul Malik

Abdul Malik is a Canadian-Pakistani screenwriter based out of Toronto and Edmonton. He dropped out of film school in his 20s to pursue politics, working first in organized labour across Canada for a decade, primarily at the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, alongside an immense body of freelance work as a photojournalist and journalist. He returned to the film industry as co-writer of the Telefilm-funded PEACE BY CHOCOLATE, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, Abdul’s written on series such as CTV’s TRANSPLANT, the recently released feature QUEEN TUT, and was an executive producer on the Super Channel digital series STREAMS FLOW FROM A RIVER. He was recently a Supervising Producer on CBC's ALLEGIANCE, and currently showrunning season two of STREAMS. His work is deeply concerned with questions of labour and how to build a better world within the systems that challenge and oppress us. Abdul's work as a journalist and photojournalist has been carried and commissioned by the CBC, the Narwhal, Greenpeace, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and Jacobin Magazine. He is a proud member of the Writers Guild of Canada.