ebookcraft Steering Committee

Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Principal, Brady Type

Laura Brady is an ebook developer, the principal of Brady Type, and the editor-in-chief of EPUB Secrets. She consults on workflow, tools, specifications, and production best practices. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.

Twitter: @LauraB7


Joshua Tallent

Director of Outreach and Education, Firebrand Technologies

Joshua Tallent is dedicated to helping publishers around the world create better books. In addition to heading up training and outreach efforts within Firebrand, Joshua serves on multiple industry committees and working groups and teaches at publishing conferences year-round. He also leads the development of FlightDeck, the most robust EPUB quality assurance tool available.

Website: firebrandtech.com

Twitter: @jtallent, @firebrandtech


Teresa Elsey

Senior Managing Editor (Digital), Trade Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Teresa Elsey is senior managing editor (digital) in the Trade division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She directs a group that produces and updates more than a thousand ebooks yearly, including adult fiction and nonfiction, culinary and lifestyle, YA titles, picture books, and e-only projects. She began her career in print publishing (though she likes ebooks better!) and has also worked at O’Reilly Media, Let’s Go, and Cengage. Find her asking #eprdctn questions on Twitter as @teresaelsey.


Monique Mongeon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada

Monique Mongeon has always been fascinated with the intersection of books and technology – from her start making fansites for her favourite books, to her current role as Project Manager at BookNet Canada. Monique also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University’s Chang School. Prior to joining BookNet, Monique worked in ebook production for Penguin Random House Canada.


Shannon Culver

Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada

Shannon Culver is in the business of selling ebooks. She is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization enabling Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital marketplace. Prior to eBOUND, Shannon was Manager of Publisher Operations at Kobo, Inc. She wrote her MA thesis in the Communication & Culture program at Ryerson & York Universities on the transformation of the Canadian publishing industry in the digital era.


Lauren Stewart

Conferences & Operations Manager, BookNet Canada

Lauren Stewart likes to organize people, places, and things. As BookNet Canada’s manager of conferences and operations, she has the perfect outlet to direct her energy, programming BookNet’s annual Tech Forum conference and securing the logistics for it and ebookcraft. Before joining her BookNet family, Lauren was the associate director at a national arts service organization, an indie bookseller, and onetime graduate in the field of forensic anthropology, so she knows nothing ever truly goes off according to even the best laid plans.

Twitter: @laurenstewartTO


Elizabeth Barker

Marketing & Sales Coordinator, eBOUND Canada

Elizabeth Barker is living the metadata dream. Currently the Marketing & Sales Coordinator at eBOUND Canada, she spends her days assisting independent Canadian publishers and getting ebooks to market. When not serving on publishing committees, Elizabeth can be found wherever absurd amounts of pop culture knowledge is needed.


Ainsley Sparkes

Marketing Associate, BookNet Canada

Ainsley Sparkes is the Marketing Associate at BookNet Canada. She spends her work days tweeting and blogging. And, as an avid reader of ebooks, she appreciates all the hard work that e-production professionals put into their craft.


Zalina Alvi

Marketing & Communications Manager, BookNet Canada

As a member of the BookNet team, Zalina uses the power of marketing to help the book industry publish, sell, and envision the future of books, whether they be in print, digital, or directly transmitted into the brain via biblio-lasers (patent pending).

Twitter: @zalina

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