Announcement of the winners of the 16th Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec - Bank of America Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial Journalism
Awards of Excellence
First prize: Suzanne Dansereau, Les Affaires
Second prize: Stéphanie Grammond, La Presse
Third prize: Hélène Baril, La Presse
MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - At an official ceremony held yesterday
evening at the Centre CDP Capital, the Association des économistes
québécois announced the names of the winners of the 16th Caisse de dépôt
et placement du Québec - Bank of America Merrill Lynch Economic and Financial
Journalism Awards of Excellence. Three grants totalling $17,500 were handed
out. This prestigious competition aims to publicly recognize journalists who
cover business and financial news for their role in providing information and
analysis and making it understandable.
The first prize, along with a $10,000 grant, went to Suzanne Dansereau from
Les Affaires for her series of stories "Comprendre le Plan Nord." The winner
of the second prize, earning a $5,000 grant, was Stéphanie Grammond of La
Presse for her story "Des hausses d'impôt salées pour les plus riches."
Finally the third prize and $2,500 was presented to Hélène Baril of La
Presse for her story "Japon: l'autre tsunami."
Close to 60 applications from some 15 media outlets were submitted for this
16th instalment of the awards competition. The jury was chaired by Bernard
Barrucco, General Manager of the Association des économistes québécois, and
comprised Claude Beauchamp, journalist and former host of Capital Action
(broadcast on RDI), Alain Guilbert, journalist and former President of
Transcontinental Publications Inc., and Marie-Agnès Thellier, President and
CEO of the Cercle des présidents du Québec and former Business Editor of Le
Journal de Montréal.
"It's been 16 years since we created these awards. We are proud to see how
their reputation and credibility have grown over time, and how important
they've become to the journalism and business communities," said Deep Khosla,
Managing Director and Head of Québec Regional Operations at BofA Merrill
Lynch in Canada. "The past year saw a particularly abundant range of financial
and economic news stories, which resulted in exceptional reporting. Every day,
journalists play a vital role in the economic life of Québec, and we are
honoured to be celebrating their contributions this evening."
For his part, Michael Sabia, President and CEO of the Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec, said: "Journalists specializing in financial and
economic reporting play an essential role and have a responsibility to
simplify complex issues. This becomes even more crucial in an increasingly
volatile, turbulent and interconnected world like ours." Mr. Sabia continued:
"Although it is true that institutions in the financial sector and the various
economic players must change to better adapt to this new environment, the
challenge for journalists becomes even greater: explaining the fundamental
trends that will profoundly alter our way of comprehending the economy and the
world. It is through these thorough analyses and by encouraging the diversity
of opinions that the best journalists stand out and influence the fundamental
debates. The Caisse is proud to partner with these awards, which help
encourage journalistic excellence."
And Mario Gosselin, President of the Association des économistes québécois,
said: "I would like to thank the members of the jury, who once again had their
work cut out for them, given the extremely high standard of the stories
submitted this year. These awards are not only a way to publicly acknowledge
journalistic excellence; they also serve to promote economic knowledge in
Québec, which is perfectly in keeping with the mission of our Association."
About the Awards partners
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is a financial institution that
manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans. At
December 31, 2011, it held $159 billion in net assets. As one of the leading
institutional fund managers in Canada, the Caisse invests in the main
financial markets as well as in private equity and real estate.
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions. Bank of
America Merrill Lynch focuses on middle-market and large corporations,
institutional investors, financial institutions and government entities. It
provides innovative services in M&A, equity and debt capital raising, lending,
trading, risk management, research, and liquidity and payments management.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch serves clients in more than 150 countries, and
has had a major presence in Québec for over 50 years. www.bankofamerica.com
The Association des économistes québécois is the main organization linking
economists in Québec and is dedicated to the professional advancement of its
700 members. Its primary objective is to foster the development and
dissemination of economic knowledge, to enlighten public debate and to provide
support for the role of economists. In keeping with its slogan, "Pour des
choix éclairés" (For enlightened choices), the Association is recognized
increasingly as a credible and impartial opinion leader in economic debates.
Founded in 1975, it is a dynamic association open not only to economists but
to anyone interested in economic and financial issues.
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