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Wednesday, March 25 • 11:05am - 12:45pm
Moving from diversity to inclusion in the Canadian publishing workforce

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While there have been conversations about the need to diversify the publishing workforce, less attention has been paid to the question of how the industry can ensure that talented publishing professionals from traditionally under-represented communities will choose to stay. In this double-length session, a panel of industry peers will discuss the distinctions between diversity and inclusion, the everyday barriers to inclusivity in the workplace, and how a career in Canadian publishing is navigated by BIPOC. Through illustrative first-person stories that have been gathered from the larger BIPOC community in publishing, this uniquely personal panel will provide points for audience reflection and discussion during a table-breakout session, and empower participants to work towards creating a more sustainable industry for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Max Arambulo

Max Arambulo

Bookseller, TYPE Books
Max Arambulo worked in book publishing as a publicist for 10 years, during which he collaborated with authors such as David Chariandy, Sally Rooney, and Marilynne Robinson. In 2019, he left the industry to make a career change. Currently, he works as a bookseller at TYPE Books, organizes... Read More →
avatar for Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson

Artistic Director, Festival of Literary Diversity
Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture... Read More →
avatar for Jazz Cook

Jazz Cook

Administrative Assistant, Association of Canadian Publishers
Jazz Cook is a member of the Mohawk Nation of Ahkwesáhsne, and the Administrative Assistant at the Association of Canadian Publishers, the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. They are also a member of the newly organized Indigenous Editors Association... Read More →
avatar for Anita Chong

Anita Chong

Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada
Anita Chong is a Senior Editor at McClelland & Stewart, where she acquires and edits literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, and memoir. Recent publications include Michael Christie’s Greenwood, Sharon Bala’s The Boat People, Richard Wagamese’s Starlight, and the graphic... Read More →
avatar for Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari

Literary Assistant, CookeMcDermid
Aeman Ansari is a BIPOC of Publishing in Canada co-founder and a Toronto-based literary assistant. At CookeMcDermid, she reviews manuscripts, is a one-woman marketing department, and provides administrative support to all of the agents. She is also a freelance writer with a focus... Read More →
avatar for Hana El Niwairi

Hana El Niwairi

Senior Subsidiary Rights Associate, Cooke International
Hana El Niwairi (she/her) is Subsidiary Rights Associate at Cooke International. Hana’s background prior to joining Cooke International in 2017 is rooted in arts administration, where she worked with organizations such as the Book and Periodical Council, Culture Days, Paprika Festival... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Spence

Bianca Spence

Program Consultant, Ontario Creates
As Program Consultant for Book Publishing at Ontario Creates, Bianca Spence administers the Trillium Book Awards and other programs that support the economic development of Ontario's publishing industry. She has previously worked at the Canada Council for the Arts, Livres Canada Books... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2020 11:05am - 12:45pm EDT
CR3 (ground floor)

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