Zane is an award-winning investigative journalist and the founder of the IJF. He was on staff at the National Post, Maclean’s, The Logic, and the Calgary Herald before starting the IJF.
Zane was the 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow in Journalism, where he built a searchable database of five million political donations, revealing the biggest donors in every province and territory for the first time in Canadian history. He won a Data Journalism Award from the Global Editors Network in 2018 for that project. In both 2017 and 2018 he won a Goff Penny Award, which is given to the best young newspaper journalist in Canada. In 2019, he won the Project of the Year award from the National Newspaper Awards and was named the Best Young Journalist by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Canadian chapter.
Zane volunteers as the National Chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists. He founded and leads the CAJ’s annual diversity survey, co-leads its mentorship program, and contributes to fights on press freedom issues like freeing jailed journalists.