Leslie Anthony’s survey of Whistler Blackcomb, 50 Years of Going Beyond, wins ski history award

00_WB50_Cover_02-(2)-1This month, the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) presented its 2016 Skade Award to CWG’s Leslie Anthony for 50 Years of Going Beyond—an illustrated book about Blackcomb Whistler’s history—in addition to Mike Douglas of Switchback Entertainment for the accompanying film of the same name. The annual Skade Award recognizes an outstanding works on regional ski history.

Anthony, who moved from Toronto to Whistler in the late 1990s, was commissioned last summer to write the book that would go along with the film. He describes his research in an article published in the area’s Pique Magazine, telling of how he dove into the archives of the Whistler Museum and brought in voices from the 25 hours of on-camera footage from the film’s raw material. In the article, he expressed the story’s throughline: “Whistler, it seemed, was a place where anything was possible—the same mindset, I would discover, of the pioneers who’d started a ski hill and shepherded it through infancy to become a driving force in the ski industry after only a couple decades.”

The Skade award will be presented at the 24th annual ISHA Awards on April 7, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. “We are extremely grateful to be recognized by the ISHA during our 50th anniversary season,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “We are so proud of Mike and Leslie and we are grateful to them for using their talents to help us tell our story to the world. This award is truly theirs and is well deserved.”


CWG Author Profiled in EnRoute Magazine

Hamish McKenzie in EnRouteHamish McKenzie, CWG author and founder of McKenzie Pitch Partners, is featured in the most recent issue of EnRoute Magazine. In the article, McKenzie describes his three-step approach to pitching. This business-winning system is also detailed in his recent book, Pitch: What You’re Not Doing Makes All the Difference.

McKenzie’s pitching system involves three important steps to winning business: strategy, story and presentation. It was this system that led an American Express sales team to improve its win rate from one out of every four opportunities to nearly eight of every 10. “To sell what you do,” [McKenzie] says, “customers need to know what’s in it for them.”

To find out McKenzie’s most memorable detour, his travel advice, and the person he would most like to sit next to on a flight, you can read the full article in the October issue of EnRoute Magazine. Hamish McKenzie’s Pitch is available for purchase on Kobo and iTunes. A print version for business teams can also be purchased through the McKenzie Pitch Partners website.


CWG Writers Pick Up Eleven National Magazine Award Nominations

National Magazine Award nominations were announced on May 4th for the 2014 awards. Congratulations to the CWG writers who received nominations in this year’s awards.

Nominees included Andrew Braithwaite and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall who led the pack with three nominations and two nominations respectively. Braithwaite was nominated under the Service: Lifestyle and Travel categories for his work with enRoute magazine. Bishop-Stall was nominated under the Columns and Humour categories for his work in Sharp magazine.

Other CWG writers each received a nomination in the following categories: Lynn Coady for Arts & Entertainment, Sara Angel for Arts & Entertainment, Alec Scott for Business, and Chris Turner for Science, Techonology and the Environment.

For their story “Fire and Ice,” Zoomer magazine had approached CWG looking for a writer. Through CWG, Zoomer commissioned Alex Roslin for the now NMA nominated story about a tragic fire at a seniors’ home in Quebec. Similarly, in 2012, Sharp magazine approached CWG in search of a new columnist. Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall was a perfect fit to pen the magazine’s new fatherhood column, and now both are nominated in this year’s awards.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

The winners will be announced at an awards gala in Toronto on June 5, 2015.

Ghostwriter Wendy Dennis Celebrates the Publication of Hamish McKenzie’s Pitch

PitchCWG writer Wendy Dennis and pitch consultant Hamish McKenzie have collaborated on the newly released book, Pitch — an engaging pitching manual designed to help companies gain business and win pitches.

Hamish McKenzie is consultant with over 14 years of experience. He specializes in pitch consulting for multi-million dollar contracts and high stakes propositions through his company McKenzie Pitch Partners.

Pitch is filled with tactical tips, worksheets, case studies, and stories drawn from experience consulting on high-stakes pitches around the globe. Pitch describes Hamish’s step-by-step Pitch SSP process. He demonstrates how to create a strategy, story, and presentation that targets the client’s needs, identifies what you’re not doing when you pitch that’s costing you time and money, and shows you how to focus on what matters so you can win more.

Work on Pitch began in January 2014, with Wendy Dennis being brought on board through CWG to offer her editorial services. Soon — through Dennis’ guidance — the book was taken to a whole new level. Dennis conducted between seven and eight multi-hour interviews with McKenzie to understand his pitching process and to take the book from basic instruction manual to a more reader-friendly, narrative-driven book.

Dennis’ work on Pitch was invaluable to the project. McKenzie echoes this sentiment in the acknowledgement section of his book, saying, “This book would not exist in its present form if Wendy Dennis at CWG hadn’t believed I had a story worth telling, encouraged me to tell it, and helped draw it out of me. Her enthusiasm for the project inspired me to share what I’ve learned about pitching with a wider audience.”

To celebraHamish_Wendy_NYCte the launch of Pitch, a pitch competition was held by McKenzie Pitch Partners in New York City on April 16th for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Accelerator members. Business owners were invited to submit a video of their best pitch and two finalists were chosen to pitch in front of a panel of judges at the event. The winner received a pitch consulting package from McKenzie Pitch Partners.

Pitch, designed by Parcel and published by CWG, is now available for purchase on Kobo and iTunes. A print version for business teams can also be purchased through the McKenzie Pitch Partners website.







Larry Krotz Writes Trinity College School’s 150th Anniversary Book in Partnership With Echo Memoirs

Hearts & MindsCWG writer Larry Krotz is the author behind the soon-to-be-released Hearts & Minds: 150 Years of Trinity College School, a historical book celebrating the school’s 150th anniversary.

For this project, Krotz worked tirelessly for over two years to gather historical documents, conduct interviews, and create a narrative that highlights the glorious 150-year history of this independent, co-educational school in Port Hope, Ontario.

For Hearts & Minds, Krotz spoke to over 50 people, including current students and employees, as well as alumni from across North America. Krotz also featured pictures, exclusive archival material, and even sat in on classes at TCS to better understand the school for its 250-page anniversary volume. Krotz also collaborated with a committee at TCS to ensure the school’s legacy was accurately represented.

To make this book come to life, Krotz worked in partnership with the team at Echo Memoirs (soon to be re-named Echo Storytelling Agency), who offered editorial guidance and support during the project.

Echo Memoirs President Samantha Reynolds was thrilled with Krotz’s work on the book, saying, “Larry was a delight to work with on the TCS book. He forged an immediate bond with the client and everyone he interviewed. He delivered on time and put tremendous heart into getting it right. TCS is thrilled with their 150th anniversary book and much of the credit goes to Larry for helping to capture so many engaging, original stories.”

Hearts & Minds: 150 Years of Trinity College School is currently available for pre-order on the school’s website. A short excerpt is also available. The book will be officially launched during on-campus events on May 1st, as well as at the 150th Anniversary Gala on May 2nd at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Trevor Cole Nominated in Inaugural SABEW Canada Best in Business Awards

Screen shot 2015-04-07 at 4.47.07 PMCWG’s own Trevor Cole has received two nominations in The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Canada’s inaugural Best In Business competition, which recognizes outstanding business reporting in 2014.

“There’s no other awards contest like this in Canada,” said Bryan Borzykowski, chair of SABEW Canada and a member of SABEW’s board of governors. “This is a chance for business journalists to showcase their work and have it judged by their peers.”

The 26 nominees represent some of Canada’s best writers and journalists, who were selected from nearly one hundred applicants from publications across the country. The award’s nine categories include: investigative, commentary, investing and personal finance, features, multimedia, beat reporting, package, and profile.

Cole received two nominations in both the long-form feature and profile categories for his story “CEO of the Year” forReport on Business Magazine.

The winners for this year’s awards will be announced at the Best In Business awards reception on April 15th in Toronto. To see the full list of nominees and for more information about SABEW and this year’s awards, please click here.

Robert Hercz Explores OLEDs for Impact Magazine

Impact MagazineEngineer and CWG writer Robert Hercz is featured in the 2015 issue of Impact Magazine, an annual publication from the University of Toronto’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

In his article, Hercz discusses the potential of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and the young entrepreneur who hopes to bring this technology to the masses.

Michael Helander, the engineering grad behind the startup OTI Lumionics is leading the charge behind these brighter and more efficient LEDs.

Hercz writes, “Like any entrepreneur, Michael Helander sounds more confident than he has any right to be. For the foreseeable future, OTI will live amongst threats: an untested market, ever-mutating technology, giants ready to grind him to paste, uncertain financial backing. To defend himself, Helander has little more than a small pool of talents, patents and ambitions. Of course, in his case, that might just be enough.”

To read more of Hercz’s article you can visit the U of T Engineering News website here. The entire 2015 Impact Magazine issue, including Hercz’s article, is also available for download.


Leslie Anthony Talks Ice Loss And Climate Change for Arctic Circle Magazine

Arctic Circle MagazineCWG writer Leslie Anthony ‘s article “Open Water: The Arctic’s New Normal” appears in the Winter 2014/2015 issue of Arctic Circle magazine, a new publication from Canada Goose.

In his article, which is published in both English and French, Anthony details adventurer Kevin Vallely’s trip to the Arctic and the devastating effects of climate change that he saw there. Most noticeably, the substantial loss of Arctic sea ice that made Vallely’s trip to the Northern Passage possible. Not long ago, the ice in this region would have made the expedition impossible.

Anthony’s article continues by exploring the effects of climate change around the world, noting that extreme weather events and global warming are becoming more common in the face of global climate change.

To highlight his research, Anthony writes a startling comparison: “This September, National Geographic released the 10th edition of its venerable world atlas, with one major revision: the Arctic ice sheet is now significantly smaller. It’s the biggest edit to the atlas since the breakup of the Soviet Union—and one that will hopefully usher in a new era of awareness about climate change.”

To read more of Anthony’s article, you can find Arctic Circle magazine in select Canada Goose retail locations. You can also read past issues on the Canada Goose website.

Robert Hercz Writes Scripts for Innovative Online Learning Start-Up, E-Worx

E-WorxE-Worx contacted the agency last spring with a unique and interesting project. Dr. Wallas Khella had developed and delivered the power industry’s “gold standard” training program to over four thousand students over the past forty years. But when Dr. Khella decided he was ready to retire, Nick Iozzo, president of DPM Energy Inc, worked together with him to turn his program into an innovative e-learning platform, E-Worx. Before the video cameras were set up, and the actors and instructional designers were put to work, the first step was to turn voluminous transcripts of Dr. Khella’s lectures into twenty digestible module scripts.

When we first met with Mr. Iozzo, an engineer, he said, “What we really need is an engineer who can write, but I don’t think such a thing exists.” He seemed to be only half-joking. We caught him off guard, then, when we told Mr. Iozzo CWG represents an electrical engineer who can write exquisitely – Robert Hercz. Problem solved. “Robert’s technical background and concise writing skill was the perfect match for our needs,” says Mr. Iozzo. “His ability to understand the content and translate the words into an easy-to-follow script will be a large factor in the success of E-Worx.”

We wish E-Worx much success as they launch this exciting new product this month.

Andrew Braithwaite E-Book Release and EnRoute Announcement

An Inconvenient Fruit_Cover_Large 2CWG writer Andrew Braithwaite has published a new e-book titled An Inconvenient Fruit, published by CWG. The e-book explores “one wine-making family’s pursuit of an intoxicating, doomed grape.”

From An Inconvenient Fruit: “This is a story about old wines and new wines. Mostly, though, it’s a tale about a unique fellowship of wines, linked across centuries and continents by an exceptional story of biological survival …  let me assure you that this is also, at its roots, a love story. It’s a story about how we can love things, and people, even with the knowledge that the objects of our love will one day cease to be. Wine dies, and people die. But before they can die, they must live.”

Hot on the heels of Brathwaite’s e-book release comes another exciting announcement. Today, October 23, Ilana Weitzman, editor of EnRoute magazine, announced it’s list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants for 2014. This is the second year in a row that Braithwaite has authored the annual series.

Just as he did last year, Braithwaite will detail his experiences at some of Canada’s finest new restaurants and detail his top ten list as part of EnRoute‘s Food Issue.

CWG would like to congratulate Andrew on the release of An Inconvenient Fruit and we are excited to see his restaurant rankings, which can be found here. Take a look at the EnRoute site to find a “dream menu” with Braithwaite’s favourite items from each restaurant, and take a quiz to find out which top ten restaurant you should visit first.

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