MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 10-14, 2020
PUB 900
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Room 2270
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 Canadian publishing professionals have helped build Canada’s place in media companies around the world. 

The year before that we looked at how the explosion of podcasts and increased production of audiobooks 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.


Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a news curation editor with BuzzFeed News, and writer of Incoming, the BuzzFeed News daily morning newsletter. He is also a co-host of Party Lines with CBC Podcasts, a columnist for CBC Radio and a frequent culture and politics commentator for CBC News. His work has appeared in the Globe and MailMaclean’s Magazine and Chatelaine. His debut collection of essays, Son of Elsewhere, will be available spring 2021.

Hilary Atleo is the co-owner of Iron Dog Books, metro Vancouver’s only bookshop on wheels and now an immobile storefront located in Hastings-Sunrise.  Hilary is Anishinaabe from Curve Lake, Ontario but now spends more time in her husband Cliff Atleo’s Nuu Chah Nulth territories on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  After working for several years at Russell Books in Victoria Hilary moved to Vancouver for her husband’s work and to pursue her dream of owning her own bookshop. Hilary’s business model is a direct response to Vancouver’s affordability crisis and her desire to keep books present in our communities – she believes books should be available and accessible and that bookshops are fundamentally place-making.

Carleigh Baker is an nêhiyaw âpihtawikosisân /Icelandic writer who lives ­­­as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwəta peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays, The Short Story Advent Calendar, and The Journey Prize Stories. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail and the Literary Review of Canada. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) won the City of Vancouver Book Award and was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Emerging Indigenous Voices Award for fiction, and the BC Book Prize Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. She is the 2019/20 writer in residence and a 2020 Shadbolt fellow in the humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Jared Bland is Publisher of McClelland & Stewart. He joined Penguin Random House Canada in 2016 from The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, where he served first as Books Editor and then Arts Editor. His recent acquisitions include Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts, Megha Majumdar’s A Burning, and Kawai Strong Washburn’s Sharks in the Time of Saviors. He edits many key M&S authors, including Marilynne Robinson, Tommy Orange, Colm Tóibín, Omar El Akkad, Dionne Brand, Ben Lerner, and the estate of Leonard Cohen.

Tanya Boteju is an English teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her writing life has mostly consisted of teaching writing for the past eighteen years to teenagers, and she is continually inspired by the brilliant young people in her midst. Her novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, debuted in 2019 with Simon & Schuster and was named a Top 10 Children’s Book by the American Booksellers Association. Her next YA novel is slated for Spring 2021, also with Simon & Schuster. Tanya is grateful for her patient wife, supportive family and friends, committed educators, sassy students, and hot mugs of tea. She hopes to continue contributing to the ever-growing, positive representation of diverse characters in literature.

Jamie Broadhurst is the VP of Marketing for Raincoast Books, the Canadian distribution partner for some leading publishers from around the world. Broadhurst was educated at the University of Toronto and is an Adjunct and Visiting Professor for the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University.

Simon Collinson is Senior Manager, Business Reporting at Rakuten Kobo, where he is responsible for analysis, presentation, and forecasting of the company’s performance and usage data. He also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University and is a digital producer at Tilted Axis Press, a nonprofit publisher of translated literature. Before moving to Canada in 2017, he freelanced as an ebook developer and worked at Canelo, a London-based ebook publisher, as a digital editor.

Cherie Dimaline‘s young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017, and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favourite in the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It was also a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Vancouver. Her most recent novel for adults, Empire of Wild, was published by PRHC in Canada in 2019, was named as Indigo’s #1 Fiction Pick of the Year, and is forthcoming in April in the US through HarperCollins.

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 at Simon Fraser University.

Robyn Harding is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. Her latest novel, The Swap will be out in late June.

Leslie Hurtig was born into a house of books and has made her career from various points within Canada’s book industry. She has worked for some of Canada’s best bookstores, acted as a sales representative and publicist for some of North America’s great publishers, and worked as a foreign rights and contracts manager at Raincoast Books. Leslie sat on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Writers Fest before taking on this role as Artistic Director; a role which she says is her dream job come true.

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.

Daniel Kalla is the international bestselling author of We All Fall DownPandemicResistanceRage TherapyBlood LiesCold Plague, and Of Flesh and Blood. His newest novel, The Last High will be published in May 2020. His books have been translated into eleven languages, and two novels have been optioned for film. Kalla practises emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit Daniel at DanielKalla.com or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla.

Roanie Levy serves as CEO and President of Access Copyright, a collective that distributes millions of dollars annually in licensing royalties to creator and publisher affiliates. She also leads Prescient, Access Copyright’s creator-focused innovation lab, dedicated to exploring the future of rights management and content monetization through Blockchain and other technologies. Prior to joining Access Copyright, she held key positions on major policy files at Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada and served as a private sector management consultant for Fortune 500 companies. An Intellectual Property lawyer by vocation, Roanie has been called to the bar in Ontario and Quebec. She is fluently bilingual.

Kelly McKinnon is the co-owner of Kidsbooks. Kidsbooks is one of the largest Independent children’s booksellers in North America. 

Shannon Ozirny has worked in public libraries since 2007 and is currently the Head of Youth Services at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. She has taught a children’s materials course as an adjunct at the UBC iSchool, reviewed young adult books for The Globe and Mail and contributes regularly to Quill & Quire as a feature reviewer of picture books. She has served on the BC Book Prize, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books and Odyssey award juries and moderates kidlit events for the Vancouver Writers Festival and Kidsbooks. In 2019 she branched out and read eight adult books; they weren’t bad.

Lindsay Paterson is the Publishing Manager of Appetite, based in Vancouver. She has been with Appetite since its inception in 2011, and has edited many of the imprint’s bestselling and award-winning titles, including Set for the Holidays with Anna OlsonOn Boards by Lisa Dawn Bolton, and Let Me Feed You and Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin. Lindsay leads the imprint’s work with lifestyle brands, companies, and organizations, and is thrilled to be working with Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe and Meredith Erickson on Mandy’s Gourmet Salads, Chef Andrea Carlson on Burdock & Co, and Chef David Hawksworth on Hawksworth. Lindsay is also the Canadian editor for Older, but Better, but Older by Caroline de Maigret, and the forthcoming Interior Design Handbook by renowned Swedish interior desi

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.

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and keynote speaker from British Columbia. In 2018, Sterritt won multiple awards for her CBC column, Reconcile This which explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in British Columbia. Sterritt’s feature on missing and murdered Indigenous, women, girls and two-spirit people was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists Award. She is now writing a book on the topic.