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Professional Profile

Versatile leader, publisher, editor, author, and writer dedicated to building and working in teams of committed professionals. A creative, analytical, and strategic thinker accustomed to an open communications style. Professional, flexible, system-oriented and process-driven, but goal-focused.


Relevent Professional History

  • Executive Editor, ARP Books (Arbeiter Ring Publishing Ltd.), Current
  • Owner/Arts & Culture Consultant, The Cultural Attaché, 2011 – 2016
  • Program Consultant, Artspace Arts Management, 2012 – 2013
  • General Manager, Virtuosi Concerts Inc., 2009 – 2011
  • Managing Editor, Turnstone Press Ltd., 2001 – 2009
  • Executive Director/Co-director, Assoc. of Manitoba Book Publishers, 1998 – 2001
  • Editor/Editor, Prairie Books NOW, 1995 – 1999

Publications and Awards


Education and Specialized Professional Development

  • Business for the Arts, ArtsVest Sponsorship Training Workshops
  • University of Winnipeg, Professional Studies, Manitoba Arts and Cultural Management Certificate
  • Cultural Human Resources Council, Cultural Human Resource Management
  • Erhard Associates, Managing and Leading in the Not-for-Profit Sector
  • Lesley Ellen Harris’s E-course, Canadian Copyright Law
  • Simon Fraser University, SFU Summer Book Publishing Immersion Workshop
  • Red River College, Honours Diploma (Journalism), Creative Communications

Selected Volunteer, Community, and Professional Engagement

Board Leadership
  • Board of Directors, eBound Canada, June 2022– Current
  • Board of Directors, Secretary, Association of Canadian Publishers, 2019 – Current
    • Executive Committee
    • Executive Director Hiring Committee
    • Nominating & Governance Committee
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, 2018 – 2021
  • HR Committee, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, 2018 – 2020
  • Executive Committee, Prairie Book Now , 2018 – 2020
  • Chair, Literary Distribution Co. (LitDistCo), 2018 – 2019
  • Chair, Communications sub-committee, Manitobans for the Arts, 2013
  • Chair, Literary Press Group, 2007 – 2009
  • Founding Treasurer, Literary Distribution Co. (LitDistCo), 2006 – 2007
  • Treasurer, Literary Press Group, 2005 – 2007
  • Vice-President, Association of Canadian Publishers, 2005 – 2006
  • Council Member, Association of Canadian Publishers, 2003 – 2006
  • Advisory Board, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, 2001 – 2003
  • Board Director, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, 1999 – 2001
  • Treasurer, Artspace Inc., 2000 – 2001
  • President, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, 1998 – 2000
  • Board Director, Artspace Inc., 1997 – 1999
  • Committee Member, Manitoba Book Awards, 1995 – 2000
  • Board Director, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, 1995 – 1998

Peer Juries

  • Juror, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Publisher Category, 2022
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts Sector Innovation & Development, 2019
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts Literary Publishing Projects, 2019
  • Juror, Manitoba Arts Council Individual Support/Strengthen Program, 2018
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts Sector Innovation & Development, 2018
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts Literary Publishing Projects, 2018
  • Juror, Manitoba Arts Council Individual Artist’s Travel Grant, 2017
  • Peer Assessor, Canada Council for the Arts Literary Support Organizations, 2017
  • Juror, Manitoba Arts Council Individual Artist’s Travel Grant, 2016
  • Juror, Winnipeg Arts Council Project Grant, 2011
  • Consultant, Canada Council for the Arts Block Grant Review Committee, 2006
  • Juror, Canada Council for the Arts Cooperative Projects, 2003
  • Juror, Alberta Book Awards, Trade Non-fiction Book of the Year, 2000
  • Juror, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Book of the Year, 1999
  • Juror, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Best First Book, 1999

Presentations, Facilitations & Interviews

  • Panellist, Literary Press Group, Demystifying Grant Writing, March 2021
  • Interviewer, Thin Air (WIWF) An Afternoon with Elaine Dewer, September 2017
  • Presenter, Creative Manitoba, Basic Grant Writing for Writers, August 2014
  • Presenter, Creative Manitoba, Basic Grant Writing for Writers, August 2013
  • Presenter, Creative Manitoba, “With a Little Help from Your Friends” [Crowdfunding], February 2013
  • Presenter, Creative Manitoba, “Digital Strategies for Analog Artists,” January 2013
  • Facilitator, Creative Manitoba Advanced Grant Writing Summer Intensive, August 2012
  • Presenter, Creative Manitoba Basic Grant Writing for Writers, February 2012
  • Facilitator, Creative Manitoba Advanced Grant Writing Summer Intensive, August 2011
  • Speaker, McNally Robinson Booksellers, “An Evening to Celebrate Author Michael Van Rooy,” March 2011
  • Featured Reader, Aqua Books Anthology Reading Series, March 2010
  • Reader, Prairie Fire: A Winnipeg Fiction Extravaganza, November 2009
  • Panellist, Manitoba Writers Guild, “Making it as a Professional Writer,” AGM 2009
  • Roundtable Participant, Literary Press Group Publishing, Stabilization Program, 2009
  • Presenter, Literary Press Group, Competition Policy Review Panel, Formal Consultations, 2008
  • Panellist, Writers’ Union of Canada, “The Editor’s View,” 2008
  • Interviewee, Master Thesis, The Neoliberal Market & Contemporary Literary…, June 2008
  • Panellist, Manitoba Editors’ Association, “Editing Books: A Panel with the Pros,” AGM 2006
  • Interviewee, Mystery Ink Television, April 2005
  • Facilitator, Manitoba Book Awards Juries (AMBP), 1998 ­– 2001
  • Interviewee, Winnipeg Free Press, Various
  • Interviewee, Quill & Quire, Various

Other

  • Grant Writing Mentor, Literary Press Group, 2021
  • Canadian Delegate, IV Programme/International Festival of Authors, 2017
  • Mentor, Creative Manitoba Youth Mentorship Program in the Arts, 2009

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Todd Besant is a publisher, editor, reader, writer, occasional author, introvert, secret blogger, stargazer, freethinker, powerlifter, kitchen dancer, podcast enthusiast, and car singer.

He is overly fond of fine pencils, cool notebooks, pocket knives, waxed canvas shoulder bags, Moscot eyeglasses, coffee, bourbon, flat caps, clothing for shorter men, manipedis, and men’s grooming products–especially pomades, face balms, and under eye treatments. Todd is of average vanity, that is, very.

Todd is taller online, inordinately puzzled, comprehensively skeptical, increasingly alarmed, and as analogue as possible under the circumstances. His creativity is informed and driven by an avalanche of failure. Todd’s favourite words are louche, bare, frowsy, oubliette, chemise, thicket, snug, bristle, mound, abandon, frisson, and restraint.

He is the descendant of colonialist settlers and lives on Turtle Island on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene Peoples, and on the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation, in Winnipeg, MB, an inflexible colonial city mired in the still damp clay bed of a proglacial lake created during the Holocene Glacial Retreat.

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