CFA’s FranchiseCanada Magazine won Silver for Best In-House Cover and received Honourable Mention for Best Profile of a Company in the 2016 Canadian Business Media (CBM) Awards.

The CBM Awards (formerly the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards) recognize the outstanding efforts of Canadian business magazine content. The 2016 awards were presented in Toronto on June 7, 2016.

FranchiseCanada‘s September/October 2015 issue cover featuring Smoke’s Poutinerie won Silver for Best In-House Cover. Newly created for the 2016 awards program, the Best In-House Cover category honours single publication covers produced in-house by the editorial team to recognize publishers that maximize the impact of magazine covers on a limited budget. As a new awards category, CFA is the first recipient of this award.


Ryan Smolkin, Founder & CEO of Smoke’s Poutinerie, who was featured on the winning cover, showed his support of the CFA team by attending the awards presentation.

FranchiseCanada‘s accompanying cover story on Smoke’s Poutinerie in the September/October 2015 received Honourable Mention for Best Profile of a Company. The article was written by freelance journalist Georgie Binks.


(left to right) Kenny Chan, CFA VP of Marketing & Communications; Ryan Smolkin, Founder & CEO of Smoke’s Poutinerie; Andrea Lee, CFA Graphic Designer; Lorraine McLachlan, CFA President & CEO.

“CFA is thrilled to win an award for Best In-House Cover and to be recognized for Best Profile of a Company in the Canadian Business Media Awards,” says Kenny Chan, CFA Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “It’s an honour to be recognized for the quality and excellence of our work in promoting the power and opportunity of franchising through FranchiseCanada Magazine.”

FranchiseCanada Magazine is the only franchise magazine to ever be recognized by the CBM Awards.  FranchiseCanada received Honourable Mentions from the CBM for our past editorial in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015. The magazine has also received three awards for newsstand sales performance through the Canadian Newsstand Awards from 2008 to 2010.

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