EMERGING LEADERS IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT 2019: Canadian Publishers in the World

MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 11-15, 2019
PUB 900
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Room 2270
Fee: $725 CDN (includes all course materials)
Max. 20 participants

NOTE: If you are interested in attending on specific days only, please see our schedule breakdown and registration options here.

As innovative technologies have evolved, publishing has become more global and interconnected.  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 this period of transformative change. How have Canadian publishing professionals helped build Canada’s place in media companies around the world? How have Indigenous publishers helped to recalibrate publishing priorities world wide? 2019 is being commemorated as the year of Indigenous languages in Canada – in what ways will publishing lists be more representative?

Last year saw the explosion of podcasts and increased production of audio books. Who are leading the way in this sector? And how are they fostering the publication of emerging voices in other countries?

Panel discussions, lectures, and conversations will flow from the broader idea of Canada’s role in the world of publishing, 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.

kristin-1Kristin Cochrane is the President and CEO 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 serves as an adjunct professor of the SFU Publishing Program and sits on SFU’s Publishing Program’s advisory board.


Page Two co-founder and principal Jesse Finkelstein is known for crafting creative, thoughtful solutions to even the most challenging publishing problems. She brings to the company an extensive knowledge of publishing operations, sales strategy, and digital publishing.

Jesse ran D&M Publishers’ day-to-day operations as Chief Operating Officer, leading the company’s digital and international sales strategies, licensing content in multiple formats and in global markets, and developing one of Canada’s first enhanced eBook apps. Prior to working at D&M, Jesse was associate publisher at Raincoast Books, where she managed the publishing department and oversaw acquisitions. She holds a master of publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and is on the board of Creative BC.

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.

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 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.


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.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Sharyn Rosart left “The Hammer” for Neuchâtel Junior College and then Queen’s University before landing her first publishing job as an editor at Prentice Hall Canada. From there, she moved to New York City to work as an editor at an illustrated book packager and publisher, Friedman/Fairfax. From there she went to Barnes & Noble Publishing as editorial director. Taking an entrepreneurial turn in 2002, she co-founded Quirk Packaging, which for a decade produced illustrated children’s, adult, and gift books for a variety of publishers including Chronicle, S&S, Penguin, Random House, and Andrews McMeel, and for proprietary programs at B&N and Readerlink. After selling Quirk Packaging, Sharyn became the founding publisher of POW!, the children’s imprint at powerHouse Books. She joined the client team at Penguin Random House as Imprint Sales Director in 2016, working with a range of publishers on kids’ and adult titles.

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.

Connie Walker is an award-winning investigative reporter and host of the CBC News podcast, MISSING & MURDERED. In 2017, Missing & Murdered: Who killed Alberta Williams? won the RTDNA’s Adrienne Clarkson Award and was nominated for a Webby Award. Walker and colleagues at the CBC’s Indigenous Unit, won multiple awards including the 2016 Canadian Association of Journalists’ Don McGillivray investigative award, a Canadian Screen Award and the prestigious Hillman Award for its “Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls” interactive website. Walker is from the Okanese First Nation, in Saskatchewan. She currently lives with her family in Toronto.