Author: Tech Forum 2020

Eulalee Lumsden

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Eulalee Lumsden is a Business Operations Analyst at Rakuten Kobo where she is responsible for the quality assurance of Kobo’s digital content and provides publisher support. Before joining Kobo, Eulalee was the Data Associate at House of Anansi Press where she took care of all things metadata.   Session Takin’ care of data: Every day… Read more »

Marian Jans

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An Information Technology professional with more than 21 years of experience. Proven track record for excellence in the management of resources, projects, and people aligning technology with business needs. Specializes in: System and technology implementations Management, support, and maintenance of ERP and other corporate solutions Liaison between business and technical stakeholders. Session Takin’ care of… Read more »

Nick Hilton

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Nick Hilton manages ebook production, metadata systems, and the distribution of print and digital formats for Coach House Books. In a nutshell, he makes sure books get to where they need to go, and that the internet knows everything about them. He is CPACC certified (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) with the International Association… Read more »

Sarah Lawrence

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Sarah Lawrence, Metadata Manager at Macmillan Publishers, began her career in scholarly editorial at Palgrave Macmillan, where she quickly took an interest in improving the quality of information sent to libraries and scholarly databases. She moved to Macmillan’s Central Digital Marketing department to work with metadata full-time in 2017, and earned her Masters of Library… Read more »

Jamie Broadhurst

Jamie Broadhurst is Vice-President of Marketing for Raincoast Books, Canada’s largest book distributor. Jamie has taught in Simon Fraser University’s Publishing Department for the over a decade and is also a Director on the Vancouver Public Library Foundation Board. Session If we knew then what we know now: COVID-driven initiatives with staying power April 7,… Read more »

Dave Reynolds

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Dave Reynolds has been the Associate Category Manager, Local Authors – Western Canada for Indigo/Chapters/Coles since January 2016. Dave started with Chapters as a bookseller in 1997 and has held various positions in the stores and Home Office since that time. Before becoming a bookseller, Dave received a Diploma (Hons.) in Film & Video from… Read more »

Doug Minett

Doug Minett entered the book industry in 1973 when he co-founded The Bookshelf in Guelph, Ontario. In the late 1990’s, The Bookshelf launched Canada’s first full service book website (subsequently sold to Indigo Books & Music). From 2002 to 2005, Doug served as a member of the ISO working group revising the ISBN standard and… Read more »

Nicole Duguay

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Nicole Duguay is the Digital Marketer and Sales Coordinator at James Lorimer & Company and the chair of BookNet’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Metadata Working Group. After spending some time in the world of scientific publishing, Nicole is now focused on getting books into the hands of readers who want to see their own… Read more »

Jean-Benoît Dumais

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Jean-Benoît Dumais (LLB, MBA) has 20 years of experience in arts management and marketing, with 15 years in the performing arts. He entered the book field in 2014 (ebooks/De Marque) and has been the General Manager at Les libraires since February 2018. Session Moving pieces: Industry initiatives you don’t want to miss March 31, 1-2… Read more »

Catherine Ellsmere

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Catherine Ellsmere, along with Nicki Breuer, co-founded Odin Books in Vancouver 30 years ago, in response to a need to find a way to normalize the discussion of mental health and why it is important. Over the years they have grown and adapted to support the changing community and the increasing need to continue the… Read more »

Shelley Macbeth

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Shelley Macbeth is the owner of Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. Two-time winner of The Libris Award (Best Bookstore in Canada) and named as a favourite by the legendary Stuart McLean, Blue Heron Books values its location in a 200-year-old building located in the busy and popular shopping area once frequented by former resident… Read more »

Laura Ash

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Laura Ash is the Co-owner of Another Story Bookshop in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood in Toronto. Drawn to Another Story for its commitment to making a social impact through books, Laura is determined to ensure Sheila Koffman’s legacy lives on and Another Story continues to bring alternative titles to new generations of readers. Session Serving communities… Read more »

Pam Estabrook

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In her role at Indigo, Pam Estabrook places books by Local Authors in their stores in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario. Pam started out working in their stores 23+ years ago and she’s been working with Local books for the last 15 years. She is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Session If we knew then… Read more »

Léonicka Valcius

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Léonicka Valcius is a Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the former Chair of The Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour is a key part of her mandate. Léonicka previously worked on the Online and Digital Sales team… Read more »

Chelene Knight

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Chelene Knight is the author of Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and the Toronto Star…. Read more »

Annahid Dashtgard

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Annahid Dashtgard is a renowned author, changemaker and co-founder of Anima Leadership, a boutique consulting company specializing in issues of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Previously she was a leader in the economic globalization movement, responsible for several national political campaigns and frequently referred to as one of the top activists to watch. Her published writing… Read more »

Keni Dominguez

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Keni Dominguez is a workplace culture strategist and career coach for Black womxn and other womxn of colour introverts, focused on work law and social justice, including the regulation of work and the problems of inequity, insecurity, and discrimination WOC face in the workplace. She also provides services in organizational culture design and strategy for… Read more »

Karina Urquhart

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Karina Urquhart is the Executive Director of BIC ( and has held this position since February 2012. She has been instrumental in the restructure and re-invigoration of BIC which has seen the creation of an agile members organisation focused on driving and delivering meaningful change and education across all sectors of the UK book industry…. Read more »

Elizabeth Kraler

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Elizabeth Kraler has been part of the eBOUND Canada team for a year, where she first joined as a Project Specialist. During this role, Elizabeth provided support in the research and readiness phase of an accessibility project. From there, Elizabeth moved into the Technology group where she addresses all questions technology related and oversees multiple… Read more »

Deborah Nelson

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Deborah Nelson has over 25 years of experience in Canadian publishing, having held senior positions at Prentice Hall, Ginn, and Pearson Canada. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and the implementation of digital solutions. Her passion for reading and education has taken her to both Eastern and Western Africa to help develop educational infrastructure…. Read more »

Athmika Punja

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Athmika Punja works closely with sales, fulfillment, and customer service on projects to improve the supply chain. Her team at Penguin Random House Canada covers customer operations, sales assistance, publisher operations, as well as co-op processes. Prior to her four years there, she was in operations at ECW Press for four years. Session If we… Read more »

Mark Schrutt

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Mark Schrutt (Toronto, ON) is a 30-year veteran of the information technology industry. His work as vice president at the leading tech research firm IDC established Mark as one of the foremost analysts and consultants on digital transformation. He is the author of over 200 IDC industry reports. Session Data-driven decisions: Forecasting emerging trends that… Read more »

Rachel Comerford

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As the Director of Content Standards at Macmillan Learning, Rachel Comerford helps to implement and maintain industry and internal standards in content, platforms, and processes. Her work includes establishing internal accessibility, metadata, and epub implementation guides that align with best practices. She co-chairs the w3c Publishing Community Group and participates in working groups at IMS… Read more »

Jeanne LeSage

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Jeanne LeSage is an arts consultant with a 30+ year career starting as a theatre stage manager, working for 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Theatre Operations and Human Resources; six years in international arts projects including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the… Read more »

Melissa Mack

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Melissa Mack is a corporate crisis preparedness consultant, specializing in establishing, training, and exercising corporate crisis management teams. Her passion is developing and conducting training and tabletop exercises for teams of all maturity levels. Melissa uses her strong attention to detail and deep understanding of team dynamics to create exercises that push crisis management, incident… Read more »

Monique Mongeon

Monique Mongeon

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… Read more »

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson is BookNet Canada’s Bibliographic Manager and friend to all ONIX producers and users. Sessions Takin’ care of data: Every day trials of the modern metadata manager Panel | October 7, 2-3 p.m. ET | Free Join metadata professionals from across publishing as they discuss all things metadata. Listen in as they talk about… Read more »

Hannah Johnston

Hannah Johnston

Hannah Johnston is a Product Coordinator at BookNet Canada, where she works on the SalesData and LibraryData projects. Prior to joining the BookNet team, Hannah worked in various environments including public libraries, academic archives, and local museums. Books are her first love, and she has reached the maximum number of loans and holds at her… Read more »

Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love. Sessions Serving communities in crisis: The bookseller’s role April 6, 1-2 p.m. ET… Read more »

Carol Gordon

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Carol Gordon manages BookNet Canada’s CataList project. Having previously worked on both sides of the sales and purchasing relationship, she is excited to work with Canadian publishers, sales reps, retailers and librarians to develop new and efficient ways to share information about forthcoming books using online catalogues. Her reading list continues to grow at an… Read more »

Graham Bell

Graham Bell

Graham Bell is Executive Director of EDItEUR, responsible for the overall development of EDItEUR’s standards and the management services it provides on behalf of other standards agencies (including the International ISNI agency and the International DOI Foundation). He joined EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect in 2010, focussed on the continuing development and application of… Read more »

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