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Bryan Cantley – ‘he had an enormous impact’

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from the NNA official announcement
posted by Pat Perkel

Today brings sad news of the death of Bryan Cantley, former Executive Director of the CJA.

Bryan, 67, died on the evening of June 25, 2013, with family by his side.

Bryan was Executive Director of the Commonwealth Journalists Association for several years, helping to promote journalism training in the neediest countries of the Commonwealth. He also organized successful conferences in Kuching (2008) and Malta (2012) before retiring in April of 2012.

Earlier this month, Bryan received one of Canada’s highest awards for service to journalism, the Michener-Baxter Special Award, for “continued commitment and outstanding service to Canadian journalism and the newspaper industry.” The award was presented by Governor-General David Johnston in Ottawa.

A native of Montreal who grew up in Red Rock on the north shore of Lake Superior, Bryan worked in Toronto-area newspapers for 10 years, primarily as a Managing Editor. He joined the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association (now Newspapers Canada) in 1981 as Director of Editorial Services. When the CDNA and an association of weekly and community papers merged, Bryan was given added responsibilities as Vice-President in charge of all services to members – editorial, circulation and advertising.

He had an enormous impact on Canadian journalism through training sessions he led and organized as well as his role as Executive Secretary of the National Newspaper Awards. Among his initiatives was the establishment in 1999 of the Canadian Association of Newspaper Editors, with an expanded mandate to include editors at all levels.

After retirement, Bryan remained at the helm of the NNAs, which he had served as Executive Secretary since the early 1980s. He helped oversee a number of important changes that opened the competition to online publications as well as newspapers.
He also worked with the Canadian sector of the International Press Institute and as administrator for the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Awards for Young Journalists.

Bryan was diagnosed in May with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his parents and siblings.

Read more: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3858777-bryan-cantley-was-key-figure-in-canada-s-national-newspaper-awards/

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