EMERGING LEADERS IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT 2019
MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 4-8, 2019
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Fee: $725 CDN (includes all course materials)
Max. 20 participants
Just as emerging technologies are shaping the publishing landscape, so too are the emerging leaders in this diverse and fluid industry. This unique week, featuring authors, publishers and academics, delves deep into this period of transformative change.
Panel discussions, lectures, and conversations will follow the author’s role in the pre-publication and publication processes, and in the shape of emerging publishing models. What is the impact on staffing structures and agendas, on the appropriate strategies for managing career development, in-house training, operational roles, staff growth, and the roles that freelancers and service providers properly play?
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.
Dave Anderson is the Executive Vice President, Content Sales at Rakuten Kobo. Managing a global network of local merchandising and sales teams in almost 20 countries, he is responsible for growing revenue and margin of the eBook business worldwide. He oversees merchandising, promotions and pricing as well as content analytics, and works closely with the CRM and Big Data teams to optimize the Rakuten Kobo offering, ensuring every customer finds the right book at the right price. Dave joined Rakuten Kobo in 2011 and was formerly the Vice President, Publisher Relations and Merchandising for English territories. Before joining the company, Dave was a management consultant with Accenture where he focused on retail operations and international market expansion. Prior to Accenture, he spent seven years with Indigo Books & Music Inc. working in the areas of supply chain, inventory management and assortment planning.
Kristin Cochrane is the President and Publisher of Penguin Random House Canada. She oversees Penguin Random House’s Canadian publishing, including Penguin, Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Doubleday, Knopf, Bond Street Books, Hamish Hamilton, Appetite, Viking, and Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers. A graduate of Queen’s University, Kristin has served as an adjunct professor of the SFU Summer Publishing Workshops and as its program coordinator. She currently sits on SFU’s Publishing Program’s advisory board.
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.
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.
Gregory Younging is a Member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation. He has a Masters of Arts Degree from The Institute of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and a Master of Publishing Degree from Simon Fraser University, and has a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at University of British Columbia. He has worked for The Assembly of First Nations and The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. From 1990-2004 was the Managing Editor of Theytus Books. He is a former Member of the Canada Council Aboriginal Peoples Committee on the Arts (June 1997-June 2001) and the British Columbia Arts Council (July 1999-July 2001). He is the former Assistant Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and is on Faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at University of British Columbia Okanagan.