Ross Munro Media Award


Call for Nominations

The Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) and the CDA Institute invite nominations for the 2017 Ross Munro Media Award (RMMA).

Initiated in 2002 to recognize Canadian journalists who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution to increasing public understanding of security and defence issues of importance to Canada and Canadians, the RMMA commemorates Ross Munro, the celebrated Canadian war correspondent who reported on the Second World War in Europe.

Recipients of the award will have produced outstanding work regarding security and defence and the role of the Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad. The award consists of a statuette in the likeness of Ross Munro and $2,000. Previous recipients of the award are Stephen Thorne, Garth Pritchard, Sharon Hobson, Bruce Campion-Smith, Christie Blatchford, Matthew Fisher, Alec Castonguay, Brian Stewart, Murray Brewster, Rosie Di Manno, Adam Day, Louie Palu, Chris MacLean and Richard Maddan.

The nominees’ body of work must be considered as having had a key role in educating Canadians on matters of national and/or international security and defence and on the role of the Canadian Armed Forces. The work will have been widely acclaimed as significant, be distinguished by its style and clarity, show clear evidence of research, and be considered noteworthy for its objective analysis. The entries may be selected from print and electronic media. Work produced collaboratively may be considered only if the individual who contributed the most to it is identified and merits individual credit and recognition for the work.

Past winners of the RMMA may be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award. The nomination process is the same – however, the work and materials cited in the nomination must date from the time following the previous award, which may be referenced. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be considered and then awarded in addition to the Annual Award.

Nominations may be made by individuals who are not members of the Selection Committee, or by organizations, and must be submitted in either of Canada’s official languages.  All nominations must consist of a clear summary of the reasons for the nomination, at least two letters of support and include examples of their work. Electronic submissions are preferred.

Nominations must be received by 1 December 2017, and addressed to:


Ross Munro Media Award Selection Committee
Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute
151 Slater Street, Suite 412A
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5H3, Canada


The Award will be presented on 22 February 2018, the first day of the CDA and CDA Institute Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence. Registration for this Conference will be up on the CDA Institute website shortly. One can also register by emailing Jennifer Giguere at

Please direct any questions regarding the Ross Munro Media Award to Louise Côté at

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