Autofile journalist wins special AJAC award

Richard Russell receives prestigious Tony Sloga Award

Published: October 30, 2015, 11:15 AM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 2:40 PM

Richard Russell - Tony Sloga Award - Autofile Asociate Editor and co-founder Richard Russell receives prestigious Tony Sloga Award from outgoing AJAC president Charles Renny (left) and incoming AJAC president Michel DesLauiers (right)

Each year, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) holds a Journalism Awards banquet to honour the outstanding achievements of its members during the past year.

In addition to awards for accomplishments in individual categories, such as technical, environmental or feature writing, photography and video production, occasionally a very special award is presented – to quote the official terminology – "In recognition of distinguished and meritorious service in support of the aims and objectives of automobile journalism in Canada."

It's called the Tony Sloga Award, in honour of one of the pioneers of the automotive journalism profession in Canada, and winners are chosen only infrequently by the AJAC Board of Directors, based on truly outstanding service to the profession.

This year, the Tony Sloga Award was presented to Richard Russell, associate editor and one of the founding principals of

It was a particularly poignant presentation as Richard is one of very few current AJAC members to have been a colleague of Tony Sloga. As just the second actual journalist to win the award – most other winners were from the corporate or AJAC staff sectors – he is an especially deserving recipient.

Richard was a charter member of AJAC in 1981 and has held one office or another in the organization almost every year since then, until he retired as chairman of the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) Awards in 2013.

Over that period he spent several terms and five years as president of AJAC, along with 15 years in other positions. He also spent 20 years on the board of the Canadian Car of the Year Awards, including four years as chairman – several of those years on both the AJAC and CCOTY boards.

While he has now retired from board activity, Richard is still active as a full-time automotive journalist, as you can tell from his prolific work on our pages.

Congratulations, Richard, on a well-earned and well-deserved award! And thank you for your ongoing contribution to our profession. We're proud to be associated with you.