MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 5-9, 2018
PUB 900
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Room 2270
Fee: $725 CDN (includes all course materials)
Max. 30 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.

Within the framework of The Author and Key Publishing Transitions and Implications some of the major themes to be explored include:

  • Pre-publication: authors, publishers, processes
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Publishing – in and out of house
  • The Author’s Place in Marketing and Sales
  • Emergent and Innovative Publishing Considerations
  • Publisher Responsibilities: to culture, to truth, to society, to the future

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.

A special evening featuring Ryan McMahon on Indigenizing the Media takes place on Wednesday, Feb 7.


daveandersonDave 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.


David Chariandy is a professor of English literature at Simon Fraser University. His first novel, Soucouyant (2007), received the attention of prestigious awards committees and enthusiastic critical reviews. Most notably, Soucouyant was longlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His second novel, Brother, is forthcoming. Chariandy’s academic research and creative pursuits have made him one of the most prominent voices in discussions of contemporary black Canadian literature. As a scholar of black diasporic and black Canadian literature, Chariandy has been an important contributor to the growing but still-neglected field of Black Studies in Canada.

kristin-1Kristin 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.

Will Ferguson is the author of four novels, including 419, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, he has been nominated for both a Commonwealth Prize and an IMPAC Dublin Award. The Shoe on the Roof is his most recent novel. Will Ferguson lives in Calgary. Visit him at WillFerguson.ca.


noah-gennerNoah 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-hansonKevin 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.

Robyn Harding is the author of several books, including internationally bestselling The Party and Her Pretty Face (releasing in Summer 2018)  and has written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two children.  robynharding.com



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.

joninaheadshotJónína Kirton is a prairie born Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator who currently lives in Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Salish people. She graduated from the Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio in 2007. She is currently a member of their Advisory Board, the liaison for their Indigenous Advisory Board and a member of the Room Magazine Editorial board. She received the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist under the Literary Arts category. Nominated for this award by her mentor Betsy Warland, she is excited to be Betsy’s apprentice at the 2017 SFU Writer’s Studio. Her work has been featured in a number of anthologies and literary journals including, the Humber Literary Review, Ricepaper’s Asian/Aboriginal Issue, V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out, Pagan Edge, First Nations Drum, Toronto Quarterly and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, released in April 2015 by Talonbooks, has been described as “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” Her next collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, is scheduled for release in the Spring 2017 again with Talonbooks.

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. 

 Janice Lynn Mather is a Bahamian author living and writing in BC.  She holds a BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and has been shortlisted for awards including the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction (2015), the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2012 and 2013) and the Small Axe Poetry Prize (2011).  Her first book, Learning to Breathe, is a contemporary YA novel being released in June 2018, with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.  Find out more about Janice Lynn at janicelynnmather.com.

Robert McCullough is the Publisher of Appetite by Random House, the Vancouver-based food and lifestyle imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Robert was previously the Publisher of Whitecap Books, where he published books such as Quinoa 365 to great success. He launched the Appetite imprint in 2011 and has built a list of almost 100 titles, spanning authors of regional, national, and international appeal. Robert has carefully curated a diverse list of bestselling and award-winning food, drink, health, design, and lifestyle titles, with authors such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson, Deb Perelman, Sarah Britton, Rosie Daykin, Lidia Bastianich, Anna Olson, Mimi Thorisson, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller, Jackie Kai Ellis, and Meredith Erickson, Frederic Morin, and David McMillan. Robert has been a guest lecturer for many of the SFU publishing programs for over ten years.

Ryan McMahon is a professional funny person. He talksyells 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 GroupRyan 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.

Hazel Millar is the Co-publisher at Book*hug, an award-winning independent literary press based in Toronto. An avid reader, Hazel is rarely without a book. She is also the current Vice Chair of the Board of the Literary Press Group of Canada and sits on several other literary boards and advisory committees. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Jay MillAR, aka, the other half of Book*hug, and their two sons, and a very cool calico cat named Tess.


Lindsay Paterson is the Publishing Manager of Appetite, working closely with Robert McCullough in Vancouver. She has been with Appetite since its inception in 2011, and has edited many of the imprint’s titles, including bestseller Butter Baked Goods, the award-winning Bake with Anna Olson and The Sobo Cookbook, and books with a variety of lifestyle brands, companies, and organizations (such as Mott’s, Earls, and Soup Sisters), which is the area she leads for the imprint. Previous to Appetite, Lindsay worked in publicity and marketing for Granta and Portobello Books in the UK, and got her start in book publishing with Bloomsbury, also in the UK. She is currently working with the prestigious Wickanninish Inn on their forthcoming cookbook, as well as with Rosie Daykin on her third cookbook, Charles MacPherson on The Pocket Butler series, and Carson Arthur on Appetite’s first gardening book.


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.