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, exclusive to industry and SFU faculty and students, delves into some main areas of transformative change.

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

  • The Globalization of Publishing
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Publishing – In and Out of House
  • Judging a Book By its Cover & Trends in Reading
  • Drilling into Data
  • Marketing and Emerging Strategies

Panel discussions, lectures, and conversations will focus on the impact of these shifts 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, and how management and leadership can be approached in a small industry in which there is little opportunity for lateral moves.

Each day opens with lectures led by top industry professionals followed by afternoon break out brainstorming sessions and one-on-one mentoring opportunities.

This inaugural workshop will set the stage for future collaborations between industry and academic instructors and both credit students and industry participants.

FACULTY: (More to come)

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

michael-tamblynMichael Tamblyn is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Additionally, he oversees Rakuten’s other eReading businesses including OverDrive, the world leader in ebook services for libraries, and Aquafadas, a world leader in interactive publishing. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer. Prior to joining Kobo, Michael was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency, BookNet Canada and co-founded Canada’s first online bookstore, Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998 to create Indigo.ca, where he served as VP of Online Operations. Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.