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To judge work from the city's best makers, we turned to Vancouver experts. We're thrilled to announce our judging panel for our first annual Made in Vancouver awards.

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Joanne Sasvari, Head Food Judge

Joanne is a Vancouver-based food, drink, travel and lifestyle writer. She is editor of Vitis, The Alchemist and Westcoast Homes and Design magazines, and contributes to publications including Vancouver Sun, Salut! and Destination BC. Joanne is also the author of The Wickaninnish Cookbook, Vancouver Eats and the website PlumandPepper.ca.

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Jody Phillips, Head Home Judge

Former product designer and long-time art, design and culture devourer, Jody Phillips is the director of IDS Vancouver. Creating visual narratives, championing design in the Pacific Northwest and connecting international and regional happenings, Jody is equally motivated by the business of design as she is by the huge amount of talent and inspiration born and flourishing on the west coast.

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Ana Allen, Head Beauty Judge

After more than a decade of working in the beauty industry, the thing Ana Allen loves most is helping her clients discover and enhance their natural beauty. Ana worked as a makeup artist in the TV and film industry and as a beauty consultant for many years, and launched her own company, AnaV Beauty, in 2013. Since then, her makeup classes and proprietary line of cosmetics have helped thousands of women look their best. In 2018, Ana joined Evalina Beauty cosmetics as beauty director. She designs and creates products that will give you the confidence to be your authentic self—no matter where life takes you. In addition to beauty, she is passionate about causes that help women and children in need. When she’s not working, Ana enjoys spending time outdoors with her newlywed husband and two dogs.

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Shiva Reddy, Head Drink Judge

Shiva Reddy is a local Wine Boss at the brand new Spanish tapas bar, Como Taperia, Her previous endeavors include Boulevard, Royal Dinette, Hawksworth, Juniper and the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. When she is not eating and drinking, she is most likely reading Harry Potter, playing with dogs or playing hockey. 

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David Webb, Head Fitness Judge

As the editor of explore magazine—Canada's most-read outdoor adventure publication—David Webb is firmly entrenched in the outdoor industry. David has been editing and writing for recreation and lifestyle publications for more than 15 years. He has hundreds of published articles to his credit, as well as numerous appearances in the National Magazine Awards and Explore Canada Awards of Excellence. Look for him hiking on the North Shore or skiing Whistler's powdery bowls, often while evaluating the newest gear and apparel (or just enjoying the fresh air). @davidebwebb

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Kristina Matisic, Head Wildcard Judge

Kristina Matisic is a local media personality and lifestyle contributor with over 20 years experience reviewing, testing, and writing about products. One of the hosts of the popular consumer show, The Shopping Bags, and of Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, Kristina is now a public relations consultant working with clients in the food, fashion, travel, and lifestyle sectors. She is also a published author, long-time blogger, and an avid animal advocate for the BC SPCA.

 

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Michelle Rizzardo, Head Style Judge

Michelle Rizzardo is a mother of three and founder and Creative Director of one of Vancouver’s leading boutiques: One of a Few. After more than a decade in the fashion industry  in a variety of positions Michelle launched her now well known shop in 2005. One of a Few is filled with curated brands from around the world, offering clients unique and highly sought after designers who are focused on slow fashion. In 2011, she introduced her in house label, One of a Few, which sits beside other talented local designers. One of a few is celebrated for providing new and upcoming designers that sit beside well known collections. It’s a hub for creativity and community.