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ANICKA QUIN

Editor. Writer. Content Strategist. 
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ABOUT ME

I’m an award-winning editor, writer and content strategist with a passion for building community while creating nimble, successful and dynamic media brands. A great media brand establishes an environment that readers want to be a part of, building connection and community both between the brand and the readers, and for the readers with each other. I work for brands that understand that we’re not just pumping out content to bolster the bottom line: we’re creating community—through our stories, our events and our social environments—and that helps people feel connected to something bigger.
 
As Editorial Director of Western Living magazine, I have led my team to create a brand with a national reputation on a regional scale, securing its status as the most important design brand in Western Canada and winning Best Home Design and Décor magazine in Canada in 2017 at the Canadian Magazine Awards. Vancouver magazine has also thrived under my tenure, winning Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019. I take seriously the work that we do to foster the local design community and in the city of Vancouver, while creating stories that excite readers and connect them to life in the West.
 
I share my passion for media and communications with students at Capilano University, where I’m an instructor, and I’m regularly called upon as a guest lecturer at higher-learning institutions and at national conferences.

In 2018, I was invited to deliver a TEDx talk by TEDxVancouver. 

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EDITORIAL DIRECTION

I'm the Editorial Director for the award-winning Vancouver and Western Living magazines, where I've steered innovative editorial packages and awards programs.

THE MAGAZINES

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Western Living informs and entertains a sophisticated, active and engaged urban reader. Our distinct Western Canadian focus is centred on three pillars: home design and decor, food and wine, and travel. Stunning photography and curated content captivates our readers as they relax and enjoy the authority and inspiration of the West’s best design source.

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Vancouver magazine is the indispensable playbook to Canada’s most exciting city. For over 50 years, this city’s influencers have turned to our iconic brand for insightful, informative coverage of the issues, the people, the places and the events that shape Vancouver. From in-depth reporting and analysis of the issues that matter most, to expert fashion and travel guides, reviews of the buzziest new restaurants and the best in wine and spirits, VanMag uncovers what matters now.

EDITORIAL PACKAGES & AWARDS PROGRAMS

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Design

Western Living's Designers of the Year Awards has become the most important awards program in Canada for Western Canadian designers.

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Makers

I developed this successful awards program for Vancouver magazine to shine a spotlight on local makers in the city.

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The City

Under my leadership, the legacy of VanMag's annual Power 50 list became more inclusive, and shone a spotlight on power in Vancouver's many diverse communities.

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Homes

This online program was our first reader-generated awards program, and was a runaway success from year one, with over 120,000 online votes for the winning home.

WRITING

With over 20 years of experience, I'm an award-winning writer with a broad range of knowledge and writing styles. You'll most often find me writing about design, architecture, travel and skiing, and I love interviewing people. You'll find a sample of my work below, or click the link for a deeper dive into my extensive portfolio.

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Travel

Discovering my powder legs on Park City's epic slopes.

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Business

David Jones’s once tip-free restaurant on Vancouver Island has shone a spotlight on a business model that many of us take for granted

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And interview with the Norway-based Canadian architect best known for Fogo Island.

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Design

A Vancouver home by Measured Architecture is a gorgeous study of materials, from its confetti-like exterior to its boldly beautiful interiors.

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Architecture

I travelled to Yasodhara Ashram for the architecture, but a welcome dose of wellness found me there too

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Profiles

You’ll find his imprint on restaurants, retail shops and even beer labels, but modern home design remains the driving passion for Evoke International’s David Nicolay.

MEDIA APPEARANCES
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TEDxVancouver 2018: How Magazines Tell Us Who We Are

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Breakfast Television Interview

Interview with Karin Bohn

Interview with designer Karin Bohn for her YouTube channel

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WL Design Talks Series

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Crate and Barrel x Western Living partnership event

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Western Living's Designers of the Year Awards Event

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AWARDS

A few highlights of the awards we've won during my time steering Western Living and Vancouver magazines.

WESTERN LIVING

2019 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS, CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS

Best Small Circulation Magazine

Best Art Integration

 

2019 CANADIAN ONLINE PUBLISHING AWARDS

Silver: Best Newsletter Design

Bronze: Best Print and Digital Publication

 

2018 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS, CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS

Best Medium Circulation Magazine

Best Front of Book [tied with Canadian Living magazine]

 

2017 ALBERTA MAGAZINE AWARDS

Gold: Best Feature Writing

2017 CANADIAN MAGAZINE AWARDS

Best Home Design and Décor Magazine

 

2014 WESTERN MAGAZINE AWARDS 

Magazine of the Year, BC/Yukon

VANCOUVER MAGAZINE

2020 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Gold: Service Journalism

 

2019 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS, CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS

Best eNewsletter

 

2019 CANADIAN ONLINE PUBLISHING AWARDS

Best Print and Digital Publication

Silver: Best Newsletter Design

 

2018 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Silver: Best Portrait

2018 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS, CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS

Best Small Circulation Magazine

Best Web Editorial

 

2018 CANADIAN ONLINE PUBLISHING AWARDS

Best eNewsletter

Silver: Best Website

 

2017 CANADIAN MAGAZINE AWARDS

Gold: Best Illustration

2017 WESTENDER READERS' CHOICE AWARDS

Best Local Magazine

 

2017 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARDS, CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE EDITORS

Best Magazine, Small Circulation

2017 CANADIAN ONLINE PUBLISHING AWARDS

Best Service Article or Series

Best Photo Journalism

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PODCASTING

As host for the podcast Good Money, I help to bring local stories on finance in the time of COVID-19 to a broad audience with a warm, engaging and approachable interview style.

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