Candidates for the following board of director position are now campaigning for votes in their region until Oct 16. The campaign period will run for two weeks, after week electronic ballots will be send to all eligible voters in the region for a one week period. The successful candidate will be announced on Oct 24:

  • CAJ Manitoba-NW Ontario Regional Director (see below for candidates’ information)

As per CAJ bylaws, nominations are open to all regular (Class A) members in good standing for the positions outlined above. Nominees for regional or chapter director positions must live in the region or chapter they would be representing. National directors can be working anywhere in Canada.

Please email questions or nominations to with the subject line “CAJ board of directors election.”

Annable, Kristin
Annable, KristinCandidate

I have spent the last decade in Manitoba, working for the Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg Free Press and most recently, CBC News, where I am a reporter with the investigative unit. My main focuses are on politics, criminal justice and access to information. I have a beautiful Bernese mountain dog named Bernie and two cats. I have a BA in history from Wilfrid Laurier and a post-grad diploma in journalism from Centennial College. I spent two years as a teacher in South Korea and studied abroad in Durban, South Africa. I also got engaged at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. I hate onions, but love French onion soup and onion rings.

I believe wholeheartedly in the power that journalism has to effect change — and that’s not hyperbole. Everything we do as journalists, every story we write or subject we cover — gets noticed by people in power and influences policy and decision making. The CAJ stands up for these ideals, along with championing the rights of journalists, the right for journalists to access information and the right for journalists to hold power to account. I want to be a part of this organization and make sure what is important to Manitoba journalists is communicated on a national level.

Clarke, Kristina
Clarke, KristinaCandidate

I am an investigative reporter who joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 2022. My work at the paper has been recognized for a number of awards, including a CAJ finalist recognition last year. I was born in Winnipeg but grew up in southern Ontario. Previously, I worked at the Hamilton Spectator, the Toronto Star and the Daily Gleaner in New Brunswick. In my spare time, I enjoy skijoring (cross country skiing + dog), playing volleyball and trying to grow a vegetable garden.

I am seeking the position of CAJ Manitoba/NW Ontario Regional Director because I want to strengthen ties between journalists in the Manitoba/NWO community. I believe strongly in the value of mentor/mentee relationships and I plan to organize more events that allow journalists to connect. I’d especially like to bring more student journalists and young journalists into the CAJ community. When I worked in New Brunswick I organized a series of informal “Fredericton press club” gatherings and I know how important these settings are for networking and just shooting the breeze. I hope to replicate this in Manitoba! I would also like to organize free online events (such as lunch and learn events hosted by other journalists) to benefit CAJ members who live in more remote areas. Thank you for considering me for this important role.

Leedham, Emily
Leedham, EmilyCandidate

I am a journalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I currently work for the independent online news outlet PressProgress covering labour, the far right, and big money in politics. I run a weekly national labour newsletter called Shift Work which tracks strikes and lockouts across Canada. I also coordinate PressProgress’ annual summer labour reporting internship. I previously worked as an editor for the independent labour news site Rank and File, and hosted a weekly labour news radio show and podcast on CKUW 95.9 FM called Rank and File Radio. My work has also been published in Vice, Briarpatch, and Canadian Dimension.

I am passionate about education, knowledge sharing, and professional development within the media industry. As a journalist who works for an independent digital outlet and who coordinates an internship program, I would bring a unique and valuable perspective to the role. I also have a background in advocacy, campaigns, and events organizing that would be an asset in working with the rest of the CAJ team on various issues facing the industry. I also would value the opportunity to learn from my peers to expand my own professional development, industry knowledge, and leadership skills.