Convenience Store News Canada a finalist for a 2022 Jesse H. Neal Award

Publication honoured in the Best Overall Art Direction and Design Category.

Convenience Store News Canada and OCTANE is being heralded among the best of business content creators, having been named a finalist in the Best Overall Art Direction and Design Category in the 2022 Jesse H. Neal Awards.

Published by EnsembleIQ, Convenience Store News Canada is the leading Canadian multichannel source for industry insights, original business intelligence, product and category reports, trends, expert columns and best practices for convenience retailers, gas bars, and car wash operators.

“Convenience Store News Canada is tremendously honoured to have been selected as a finalist for the 2022 Jesse H. Neal Awards," Michelle Warren, editor and associate publisher, Convenience Store News Canada, said in a release. "Our goal is to deliver engaging, comprehensive and valuable content that helps our readers — retail leaders, operators, distributors and suppliers — grow their businesses, while highlighting their successes. This nomination demonstrates that we are achieving that goal, and we’re grateful for this opportunity to showcase our work among our most accomplished peers.”

Art director Jackie Shipley joined the team in June 2021, bringing her unique vision to the magazine's overall look and feel.

The designs featured in the award nomination showcase three independent convenience operators with innovative and inspiring stories. Runner Market was founded by upstart Jake MacDougall, who delivers a contemporary convenience experience; Hanamaru Market & Bento is a food-centric c-store that celebrates Korean and Japanese flavours; while Veronique Chiasson is a successful business leader, who, tired of big city life, returned to her home in small town Quebec to take over and grow the family business.

Jackie Shipley, art director, Ontario
Art director Jackie Shipley

Commenting on the designs, Shipley said: "We updated our design to provide a cohesive look, while introducing new Adobe display fonts, strong portrait and still life photography, thoughtful illustration and a new colour palette — delivering a more engaging, lively and easy to read experience for our audience."

Since 1955, the Jesse H. Neal Awards have been a prestigious editorial honour in the field of business journalism. Named after Jesse H. Neal, the first managing director of American Business Media, the Jesse H. Neal Awards were established to recognize and reward editorial excellence.

“The Neal Awards have long recognized the best of the best in B2B journalism,” said SIIA president Jeff Joseph. “We are particularly proud of this year’s honourees who produced reliable data, content, and services during a period of global upheaval and uncertainty – an era in which producing trusted, accurate information that provides critical business intelligence took on increased importance, perhaps more so than any time ever before. Our thanks and congratulations go to these outstanding finalists.”

For a full list of the Neal Award finalists, visit: The 2022 Jesse H. Neal Awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 26, in New York.  


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