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<strong>Professional Profile</strong>
Professional Profile

Versatile 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.


Relevant 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, Secretary, Association of Canadian Publishers, Current
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, 2018 – Current
  • 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

  • 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
  • Panellist, Association of Canadian Publishers
  • Interviewer, Thin Air (WIWF) An Afternoon with Elaine Dewar, 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, Current
  • Canadian Delegate, IV Programme/International Festival of Authors, 2017
  • Mentor, Creative Manitoba Youth Mentorship Program in the Arts, 2009

Worth Mentioning

  • Significant Contributor to the creation of:
    • the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
    • the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
    • the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
    • Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault
    • the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais
    • the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book
    • and The Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition.
  • These prizes are presented at the Manitoba Book Awards.

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