Vancouver Sun

Sun reporters nominated for business awards


Vancouver Sun reporters Gordon Hoekstra, Peter O’Neil and Larry Pynn have been nominated by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) for its second Canadian Best in Business competitio­n.

The competitio­n, which recognizes outstandin­g business reporting published or broadcast in 2015, includes nominees from some of Canada’s best news organizati­ons, including The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Business, the Globe and Mail, and the Wall Street Journal’s Canadian bureau.

O’Neil and Hoekstra were nominated in the Investigat­ive category for a piece entitled Energy Giant Petronas Faced ‘Catastroph­ic’ Safety Issues, a story detailing how Petronas, the Malaysian stateowned global energy giant at the heart of B.C.’s LNG ambitions, was told in late 2013 that it was dealing with “very serious” safety and integrity issues throughout its offshore Malaysian operations.

Hoekstra and Pynn were nominated in the Package or Ongoing Series category for Pride & Power: First Nations in the B.C. Economy, which detailed how, despite a failed treaty-making process, First Nations are choosing to participat­e, and wield increasing influence, in the B.C. economy.

There are 30 finalists in 10 categories, selected from more than 100 applicants across the country. Other categories include commentary, breaking news, investing and personal finance, features, multimedia, and beat reporting. The winners will be announced at the Best In Business awards reception on April 20 in Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to be able to recognize the best in Canadian business journalism,” said Joanna Ossinger, SABEW president and team leader for First Word Americas FX at Bloomberg News, in a statement.

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