Cross-Canada Shortlist Announced for Tuned-In Canada: The CCSA Awards

QUISPAMSIS (NB), April 18, 2019 – The CCSA is pleased to announce the shortlisted nominees for three of its five contest categories for Tuned-In Canada 2019, a nationwide, annual competition that highlights the great work performed by CCSA members - independent, local providers of internet, television and telephone services across Canada.

Judges Matt Polka (President and CEO of ACA Connects - America’s Communications Association), Suzanne Lamarre (Lawyer at Therrien Couture and former CRTC Commissioner), Greg O’Brien (President of FindTV, and editor/publisher of CARTT.CA), and newcomer judge Joely Collins (Award-winning producer, director and founder of Vancouver-based Million Faces Productions) have completed the scoring process for the three ‘Public Voting’ contest categories.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Best people: on-camera community channel personality

CCAP (QC) – Mélissa Paquet

Wightman Telecom (ON) – Jenn Olivero

Novus Entertainment (BC) – Jordan Wade

Burgeo Broadcasting (NL) – Steve Hiscock

Best story: giving back


Cable Cable (ON) – Boys and Girls Club

Seaside Communications (NS) – Glace Bay Food Bank

Pic River Development Corporation (ON) – Education complex

Tbaytel (ON) – George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Northwestel (YT) – Help Line

Best photo: connecting Canadians

CityWest (BC) – Seafest selfie

CCAP (QC) – K-Blo in the snow

Westman Communications Group (MB) – Keystone Centre free WIFI

New North Networks (NT) – Unique office

Shortlisted nominees will be published on the Tuned-In Canada website for nationwide voting (from May 6– 17) and winners will be determined by popular vote.

Nominations received for the following ‘Juried Categories’ will be sent to the Tuned-in Canada judging panel on May 6:

  • Best story: game changer  
  • Best content: community channel programming   

The winners of these ‘Juried Categories’ will be determined by the judges, who will be asked to evaluate the nominations using specific criteria, and provide a mark out of 100.  

“The CCSA would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for this year’s campaign,” said Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA. “We are constantly impressed, moved and amazed by the entries we receive. Each nomination tells a story about the wonderful things our members make happen for their customers and their communities through their hard work, partnerships and commitment.” 

Winners in all five categories will be announced on Wednesday, May 29th and celebrated at the annual CCSA Connect conference in Kelowna on Monday, September 16th.  Winners will receive $1,000 to donate to a community charity of their choice.



The Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA) represents more than 110 Independent companies providing internet, TV & telephone services across Canada. Those companies serve hundreds of thousands of customers in communities generally outside urban markets, from coast to coast to coast. They include community cooperatives, family businesses, municipalities and companies owned by Indigenous Peoples. They connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians who otherwise might not have access to these critical communications services.  For more information, visit

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Cheryl Mangusso
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