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Lloyd Robertson is the 2016 CJF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Trina McQueen, who was recognized with the same award in 2002, presented the honour at the annual CJF Awards on June 16. Watch the video tribute and the acceptance speech.

In recognition of his distinguished broadcast journalism career, Lloyd Robertson, the longtime anchor of CTV National News, was honoured with The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto.

"Broadcaster, journalist, storyteller and great Canadian," says Jane Taber, a member of the selection jury and senior political writer for The Globe and Mail. "For decades, Lloyd Robertson was our trusted source for news, covering every significant event in the country from election campaigns, the Olympic Games, political leadership battles and royal visits. He did it all with a mix of authority, professionalism and a common touch. This is a well-deserved reward for a remarkable career."

Robertson's broadcasting career spans more than five decades. Currently host and chief correspondent for W5, CTV's investigative news program, Robertson joined CTV in 1976. He held the title of chief anchor and senior editor with CTV National News for 35 years, where he was known for his distinctive baritone delivery and his iconic signoff line, "And that's the kind of day it's been."

"What a great honour to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian Journalism Foundation," says Robertson. "As a long-time supporter of CJF's efforts to bring understanding of the critical role journalism plays in our lives, it's especially gratifying to gain this recognition from my peers."

Robertson's broadcast career began in radio in 1952, in his hometown of Stratford, Ont., before moving nearby to a job in Guelph. He then shifted to television, working at CBC in Windsor, Winnipeg, Ottawa and eventually Toronto, where he anchored CBC's national news. The recipient of numerous awards, Robertson is a Member of the Order of Canada, and was the first journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

About the Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada.

Individuals who have worked in any type of media (print, broadcast, digital) and in any journalism category (news, business, politics, cartoon, arts, etc.) are eligible for consideration. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others.

Criteria for the Lifetime Achievement Award:
Among the items to be considered are:

  • Body of journalistic work during career
  • Contribution to society through outstanding journalism
  • Recognition and respect from peers and community

The winner will be selected by a jury and presented at the annual CJF Awards on June 16, 2016.

Past Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award

2015 Michel Auger
2014 Peter Bregg
2013 Michael Maclear
2012 Jack Sigvaldason
2011 Patrick Brown
2010 Lise Bissonnette
2009 Joe Schlesinger
2008 Sally Armstrong
2007 Norman Webster
2006 Knowlton Nash

2005 Pierre Berton (posthumous)
June Callwood
2003 Doris Anderson
2002 Trina McQueen
2001 Doug Creighton
2000 Mark Starowicz
1999 Bernard Derome
1998 Peter C. Newman
1997 Peter Gzowski
1996 Robert Fulford


The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Michel Auger, longtime crime reporter with Le Journal de Montréal,  accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 CJF Awards. View the video tribute and his acceptance speech (below). View the Salut Bonjour interview with Auger.


The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Peter Bregg, a photojournalist who has captured some of journalism’s most compelling images, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards on June 4 in Toronto. View the video tribute:

Promoted by The Canadian Press from copy boy to photographer when he turned 19, Bregg has—over the past five decades­—travelled to more than 70 countries covering stories both large and small. View samples from his recent work and his archives. View his acceptance speech:

“Peter's body of work has been an extraordinary composite sketch of Canada in the last nearly-half-century,” says Kirk LaPointe, a jury member who is also adjunct professor and executive-in-residence at The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. “He has been one of the most generous, consummately professional journalists in my experience, a mentor to newer photojournalists and a trusted source of advice and leadership in how great journalism is generated. He has remained true to the principles of high-calibre journalism while being an early adopter of modern, digital methods to tell visual stories. He exemplifies what a lifetime of journalism should be: constant renewal, consistent excellence, high integrity and a commitment to community.”

Bregg was chief photographer at Maclean’s for 17 years; has worked as a photographer and photo editor with The Canadian Press and the Associated Press in Ottawa, Boston, London, New York and Washington, DC; and was the official photographer to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984-85. His assignments have included eight Olympic Games, Stanley Cups, World Series, Presidential trips, Vietnam in 1973, the Iran hostage crisis in 1979-80, the imposition of martial law on the Solidarity movement in Poland in 1981, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.

Bregg is a member of PhotoSensitive, a photo collective that uses photography to support charitable causes, and he continues to take freelance commissions while teaching photojournalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University Journalism School.

Bregg joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Past recipients include: Michael Maclear, Jack Sigvaldason, Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, Pierre Berton (posthumous), June Callwood, Doris Anderson, Trina McQueen, Doug Creighton, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford.  View our video gallery of past recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair – Valerie Pringle, Long-time program host and television journalist, CBC and CTV (Canada AM)
Catherine Cano, Executive Director, News Programs, CBC/Radio-Canada
William Fox, Consultant, Government and Public Relations, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Chantal Hébert, Political Columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Jamie Irving, Publisher, The Telegraph Journal
Sarah Jennings, Journalist and author of Art and Politics
Kirk LaPointe, Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, The University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Jane Taber, Senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO, Historica Canada

For more information about the CJF Awards, please visit our CJF Awards page.