2017 IRMA Conference Judges

Conor Mihell

Conor Mihell is a freelance magazine writer and outdoor educator based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He writes environmental, adventure travel, lifestyle, and service stories for Cottage Life, explore, ON Nature, Sierra, The Walrus, and other Canadian and U.S. magazines. Mihell has been a finalist for numerous Canadian National Magazine Awards, claiming Gold in the Sports and Recreation category in 2012. He is also a two-time winner in the Northern Lights Awards for travel writing excellence.

Suzanne Trudel

director@albertamagazines.comSuzanne Trudel has been promoting the province's periodical industry since 2011 as the executive director of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association  She’s a veteran of the media industry, with nearly three decades’ experience working with journalism students as a college media advisor, weekly newspaper publications manager and publisher. She volunteered as a judge for the Western Magazine Awards for numerous years, serves on SAIT’s Journalism Advisory Committee, chairs the Reflector Publications Society board at Mount Royal University and sits as a director for the Amber Webb Bowerman Memorial Foundation, a grassroots organization that has raised more than $100,000 in awards and scholarships for emerging artists and writers.

Dawn Chafe


Dawn Chafe, Executive Editor, Atlantic Business Magazine

Dawn Chafe is an award-winning writer, accomplished interviewer, sharp editor and dedicated researcher with experience working in a range of subject areas: general business issues; oil and gas; emerging technologies; economic development; and, social policy. For the past 19 years, Dawn has been Executive Editor of Atlantic Canada’s most award-winning and largest circulation business magazine: Atlantic Business Magazine. Her tenure has been dedicated to the continuous improvement of the publication and the publishing industry, particularly with regards to an uncompromising editorial standard. “The pursuit of excellence,” notes Chafe, “should be a never-ending process. My responsibility as Editor is to engage our readers and never betray their trust in our journalistic integrity. It is a responsibility I take very seriously.”

Larry Blieberg

Larry Bleiberg is a freelance journalist with magazine, newspaper, book, and web experience. He served on a Pulitzer Prize team, is a seven-time Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner, and was honored for producing the nation’s best newspaper travel section. A regular contributor to USA Today and Better Homes and Gardens, he’s also the co-author of several National Geographic travel books, and the creator of CivilRightsTravel.com. Previously, Larry was a senior editor with Time Inc.’s Coastal Living and Travel Editor of The Dallas Morning News. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. To learn more, visit LarryBleiberg.com or facebook.com/larry.bleiberg

Ingrid Randoja

ingridrandoja@gmail.com Ingrid Randoja began her movie-reviewing career in 1990 working as a freelance writer for Toronto’s NOW Magazine. From 1995 to 2001 she served as NOW’s film editor, and since 2003 she’s held the position of deputy editor at Cineplex Magazine, Canada’s most read entertainment magazine.

Nathan Duel

nathan@nathandeuel.comNathan Deuel is the author of Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East. He is a lecturer in the Writing Programs at UCLA and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, and The Paris Review, among others. He lives in Venice, California.

Hal Niedzviecki

hal@brokenpencil.comHal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction and the publisher/founder of Broken Pencil: The magazine of zine culture and the independent arts. Links: Home page and blog: http://www.alongcametomorrow Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HalNiedzvieckiwriter Twitter: http://twitter.com/halpen Magazine: http://www.brokenpencil.com

Brett MartinFreelance Illustrator


Brett Martin is an internationally exhibiting artist and illustrator.

Brett specializes in detailed line work, character design and hand lettering. He is an avid consumer of fantasy, sci-fi, the occasional crime drama and nature programs. One can usually find him filling sketchbooks, travelling, expanding his personal library, petting cats or waiting tables.

Contact Brett [for contract work and commissions]: hello@bybrett.ca

This summer Brett will be featured on a Collective Arts beer can label as part of Series 13 and appear in a group exhibition (Mergeculture Gallery, Tampa, FL) to celebrate the new release!

Website: https://www.bybrett.ca/

Collective Arts: https://collectiveartsbrewing.com/art-submission/animated-armour/

Mergeculture Gallery: https://mergeculture.com/2019/07/15/art-and-beer-exhibit-collective-arts-brewing-tampa/

Honorarium:I had no hesitation in taking my honorarium on a spree at one of Toronto's best independent shops for comics and books, The Beguiling!

Jim Sutherland

sutherland.jh@gmail.comJim Sutherland lives in Vancouver and writes whatever people will pay him for, most recently the best-selling Earls Restaurants cookbook and more, Eat a Little, Eat a Lot.