Léonicka Valcius

Founder, DiverseCanLit

Léonicka Valcius is a Toronto-based publishing professional who advocates for equity and inclusion in Canadian publishing and literature. She is the Chair of the Festival of Literary Diversity’s Board of Directors and is the founder of #DiverseCanLit. She previously worked at Scholastic Book Fairs as a book buyer and marketer and at Penguin Random House Canada as part of the Online and Digital Sales team. She is currently an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency. Follow her work at leonicka.com and on Twitter at @leonicka.

Léonicka's Sessions

Fireside Chat: Ritu Bhasin in Conversation

Léonicka Valcius, Tech Forum speaker extraordinaire, sits down with this year’s keynote speaker, Ritu Bhasin, to discuss the current landscape for diversity and inclusion efforts in the publishing industry and what can be done to drive further innovation and change.

Best Practices for Equity-Driven Acquisitions: Shifting from Gatekeeping to Spacemaking

The “gatekeeping” framework of our industry is a major structural hurdle to diversity and inclusion in publishing. It is not enough to recognize our biases and stop doing harm (though that’s a key first step). We need to brainstorm ways to repair the historical damage done to our cultural institutions and artists. How do we […]