2023 IRMA Awards Judges

Adrian Doran

www.adriandoran.comAdrian Doran is an award-winning art director with over 20 years of experience in art direction, design, prepress and printing. He has an extensive background in arts marketing and publication design. Awards Gold, 1999 National Magazine Awards, for Cottage Life Merit Winner (Illustration Cover), SPD 57 (2022), for Quill and Quire SPD Members Choice Gold Medal Cover of the Year Nominee, SPD 56 (2021), for Quill and Quire

Taryn Dufault

Taryn Dufault is an experienced creative director with over two decades worth of experience in design and marketing. She is passionate about editorial design, having worked in the industry with city and regional titles including Vancouver Magazine and Western Living, and national titles including Canadian Business and Moneysense. She is currently in freelance mode, living and working out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Robert Newman

Robert Newman has been the lead visual and design creative for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, Details, New York, Vibe, Real Simple, Fortune, Reader's Digest, Cottage Living, AARP the Magazine, and Fortune. He has also been a consultant, working with print, digital, and web teams for Newsweek, O, Fast Company, Inc., TV Guide, and more. Most recently he was creative director for This Old House Ventures. Robert has been based in Washington, DC, Seattle, Birmingham, and Stamford, Connecticut, and is currently living and working on the Upper West Side in New York City. He grew up outside of Buffalo, and has previously worked as a printer, paste-up artist, political organizer, and magazine editor.

Paige Weir

Paige Weir has multiple creative disciplines -- from room set, product and wardrobe styling, to event decorating, home staging, graphic design and art direction. Paige’s styling career saw her working for clients like Holt Renfrew, Loblaws, Rexall, HBC, Canadian Tire, Fashion Magazine, Chatelaine, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, and more. Paige has 20+ years experience in design and has been art director on numerous publications including Avenue Edmonton and Alberta Oil magazine and has created new publications for clients like Canadian Blood Services and the University of Alberta among others. Her clients include Afexa Life Sciences, Sears Canada, Wind Mobile, and her design projects include corporate publications, annual reports, websites, and marketing materials. She has won awards for art direction and honourable mentions as a contributor on numerous team projects. Paige paints, draws and does macrame, has a kid, two dogs and a loving husband, is currently studying for her real estate license and is a location scout for the film industry in Northern Ontario. IG: paigeweir_creative

Anthony Licata

Anthony Licata is an editor, writer, and communication consultant based out of Bozeman, Montana. Over a 20-plus career in media, Anthony has served as Editorial Director or Editor-in-Chief for a variety of lifestyle and enthusiast publications, both print and digital, including: Field & Stream, Popular Science, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Meateater, Wide Open Roads, and CycleWorld. As Editor-in-Chief of Field & Stream, he twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Jessica Giles

Jessica Giles is a lifestyle writer and editor living in the Sunshine State. She currently serves as the deputy editor of Flamingo magazine, where she writes stories about Florida and its people, manages the website and edits content from a collection of talented freelancers. Her work has appeared in Garden & Gun, Runner's World, Dance Magazine and more.

Kat Tancock

Kat Tancock is a writer, editor and content strategist based in British Columbia. She is co-founder and co-editor of nature-focused Rewilding Magazine and of Workshop, a small business magazine for makers and creators in Canada. Kat’s magazine-world work history includes editorial jobs at Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Food & Drink and Canadian Living. A specialist in digital content, she’s created award-winning social media accounts, newsletters that deliver clicks (and revenue) and websites that keep readers coming back for more. As a freelance writer she's covered travel, food, business, health and environmental topics (among others) for publications including Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, Westjet Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. And as co-founder of content marketing agency Tavanberg, she developed print and digital magazines, social posts and other kinds of creative content for clients such as Sobeys, RBC Ventures and United Way Greater Toronto.

Nikki Simpson

www.internationalmagazinecentre.com Passionate about magazines and publishing, Nikki Simpson has worked in the industry since 2006 and founded the International Magazine Centre in Edinburgh in 2018. The International Magazine Centre connects publishers, shares expertise, supports internationalisation, nurtures new talent, promotes magazine innovation, inspires consumers and celebrates the wonderful world of magazines.