The Ticker Club dedicated this annual award to the memory of one of its founding members, Floyd Chalmers, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Financial Post. The prize is available to students in clear academic standing who are enrolled in the bachelor of journalism program in the School of Journalism, and who meet the criteria as detailed below.

All applications for the prize shall be submitted to the School of Journalism. All submissions for the prize will be held in confidence and the privacy of individuals shall be respected. Along with members of the awards committee for the School of Journalism, representatives from the Ticker Club may be involved in the process leading up to the selection of the winning candidate. The final selection of a winner of a Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism resides with the hair of the School of Journalism.

This award celebrates the life and career of Floyd Chalmers and is presented by the Ticker Club. Chalmers became a reporter at the Toronto News when he was only 17. By the time he was 27, he was editor-in-chief of the Financial Post. He became president of Maclean Hunter, which published the Post and Maclean’s,  in 1952, and chairman in 1969. He and his wife Jean helped set up the Canadian Opera Company and the Stratford Festival, commissioned Harry Somers’ opera Louis Riel and set up the Floyd S. Chalmers Foundation in support of the arts.

Criteria

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  • Enrolled in any year of either the undergraduate or graduate journalism program;
  • in clear academic standing;
  • submit a business journalism piece that demonstrates deep research, creative presentation and quality of reporting. It can be in different forms, including, but not limited to, online, broadcast, print, or magazine;
  • submit a 250-500 word personal reflection about how you were inspired by the idea of your story, the challenges you faced and what you might do differently next time.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter stating only the award you are applying for, your name, your student number, your year of study and your CGPA;
  • a business journalism piece that demonstrates deep research, creative presentation and quality of reporting. It can be in different forms, including, but not limited to, online, broadcast, print, or magazine;
  • a 250-500 word personal reflection about how you were inspired by the idea of your story, the challenges you faced and what you might do differently next time.

The recipient(s) will be expected to attend a Ticker Club meeting where they will be presented as the winner of the Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism.

2016 Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism
2016 Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism

2016 winner Stefeanie Philips with Alex Graham, Ticker Club representative.

2016 winner Stefeanie Philips with Alex Graham, Ticker Club representative.

2015 Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism
2015 Floyd Chalmers Prize for Excellence in Business Journalism

2015 winner Sara Cunningham-Scharf with presenter Roger R. Poirier, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Cormark Securities Inc.

2015 winner Sara Cunningham-Scharf with presenter Roger R. Poirier, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Cormark Securities Inc.

Past Winners

2017    Robert Mackenzie

2016    Stefanie Phillips

2015    Sarah Cunningham-Scharf

2014    Cormac McGee

2013    Yasmin Jaswal 

2012    Shanelle Kaul

2011    Melissa Kim

2011    Stephanie Lowe

2010    Julie Ryland

2009     Russ Martin