EMERGING LEADERS IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT 2020 – Data: Writ Large and Small
MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 10-14, 2020
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Fee: $725 CDN (includes all course materials)
Max. 20 participants (in addition to 15 graduate students in publishing)
Whether it is informing print runs or underpinning marketing strategies, data has long played a role in publishing houses. Increasingly, data is becoming a key part of day-to-day operations. In the 2020 Emerging Leaders in Publishing Summit we will look at each step in the publishing process from the perspective of the information and statistics gathered through online activity and from publishing analytics services such as BookNet Canada.
As innovative technologies have evolved, publishing has become more global and interconnected , which means to stay competitive and to grow audiences of readers, Canadian publishers need to be agile and able to quickly navigate markets. Successfully capturing and exploiting data is a key part of this. Canada has been at the forefront of many International initiatives and has carved out space in leading companies worldwide.
This unique week featuring authors, publishers and academics, delves deep into the use of data writ large and small.
Last year we looked at how have Canadian publishing professionals helped build Canada’s place in media companies around the world.
Last The year before that we looked at how the explosion of podcasts and increased production of audio books were impacting publishing practices including acquisitions.
This year, panel discussions, lectures, and conversations will flow from the broader theme of Data: Writ Large and Small in the world of publishing, in Canada and Internationally. Each day opens with lectures led by top industry professionals followed by afternoon break out brainstorming sessions and one-on-one mentoring opportunities.
This immersive workshop will set the stage for future collaborations between industry and academic instructors and both credit students and industry participants.
Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and executive vice president of Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry. He has been in the publishing business for more than 25 years, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships. Over the span of his career, he has worked on many publications, including Boating Industry and Waterway Guides, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Variety, Modern Bride, American Baby and others.
Noah Genner is CEO & President at BookNet Canada. Noah has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives to the Canadian publishing and book retail sectors.
Kevin Hanson is President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Canada. He is responsible for all of the sales, marketing, financial, and operations activities of Simon & Schuster Canada, the exclusive distributor in Canada of the book and audio products of both Simon & Schuster and Simon & Schuster U.K., as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of U.S. distribution clients. Kevin came to Simon & Schuster from HarperCollins Publishers of Canada, where he had held the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2002. Prior to that, he had been Chief Operating Officer of Madison Press Books. Kevin has also served in executive sales and marketing positions at Penguin Books Canada Limited, Quantum Book Group, Macmillan Canada, and Key Porter Books. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alberta and he holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is the current Chair of the Cultural Human Resources Council and was past Chair of the Canadian Publishers Council. Kevin is an adjunct professor in the publishing program at Simon Fraser University.
Rania Husseini is Senior Vice President of Print at Indigo Books & Music. Rania creates and implements the vision, strategy and direction for the overall Print business within Indigo stores and online. She is responsible for finding creative and innovative ways to grow and support overall brand objectives for the Print business and acts as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all assortment and curation decisions. Rania has an extensive background in bookselling and most recently was the Vice President of Retail Customer Experience and Operations at Indigo Books & Music.
Ruth Linka worked for various publishers in Western Canada, including Raincoast Books and NeWest Press before co-founding Brindle & Glass in Alberta in 2001. She now works at Orca Book Publishers in Victoria. Ruth currently serves on the Victoria Book Prize board and has served on the board of the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the Literary Press Group of Canada, the Book Publishers of Alberta, and various community theatres and projects.
Ryan McMahon is a professional funny person. He talks, yells , writes & makes digital media art for a living. When not doing comedy, Ryan is probably recording Red Man Laughing, planning for Stories From The Land, building Indian & Cowboy or setting the ground work for the Makoons Media Group. Ryan started Makoons Media Group to telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences, including Indian & Cowboy, the world’s only listener-supported Indigenous podcast media network. His podcasting work with Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land, as well as his role in Canadaland Commons has made Ryan a major voice in Canada and beyond.
Judith Pereira joined The Globe and Mail in 2001 while doing her Masters in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Aside from a stint working as a features editor for globeandmail.com, she has worked at Report on Business magazine first as a researcher/writer and eventually as their managing editor. She won one gold and three silver National Magazine Awards, plus several honourable mentions with the magazine. She started as the Globe’s books editor in January, 2019.
Nita Pronovost joined Simon & Schuster Canada as Editorial Director in February 2015. Before that, she worked for six years as a senior editor at Penguin Random House Canada. Under the Doubleday Canada imprint, she acquired and edited a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and celebrity-driven titles, including eight #1 national bestsellers in three years. She was nominated for Canadian Booksellers’ Association’s Editor of the Year Award in 2013. Nita actively acquires women’s upmarket commercial novels, suspense/psychological thrillers, literary-commercial crossover, historical fiction, memoirs, and notable debuts.
Felicia Quon is Vice President Marketing & Publicity, Simon & Schuster Canada. She provides strategic leadership and vision in the development & execution of multi-tiered marketing campaigns for adult & children’s fiction and non-fiction titles for multiple channels. Her expertise is in building creative big picture projects with innovative digital marketing and social media components.
Pieter Swinkels is the Chief Content Officer at Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading. Pieter is responsible for the growth of Kobo’s worldwide content catalog and driving business relationships with publishers, agents and authors. In addition, his responsibilities include expanding the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, expanding the Kobo Plus subscriptions service, and continuing to build out the Kobo Originals program of new and exclusive eBooks, audiobooks and podcast content. Pieter formerly held the role of Executive Vice President of Publisher Relations and Content. Prior to joining Rakuten Kobo in 2011, Pieter worked in the international publishing industry, most notably as Publisher at De Bezige Bij in Amsterdam.