Through all of its activities, the ACP is committed to supporting and strengthening the Canadian-owned publishing industry. By becoming involved in the committees, projects, meetings and lobbying efforts facilitated by the ACP, members have the opportunity to help shape the policy climate for Canadian publishers. Please see the following list for some of our current projects and activities:
ACP maintains an active government relations program, serving as the voice of Canadian publishers in Ottawa. With the support of Sean Casey, Global Public Affairs, our consultant in Ottawa, the ACP lobbies government to ensure the maintenance and stability of federal funding programs for publishers, and represents publishers’ interests with respect to cultural policy, copyright, and other key issues. This includes regular communication with the Minister of Canadian Heritage, key MPs in the House of Commons, and our network of civil servants. The ACP also works with its regional affiliates to lobby provincial governments on issues relevant to the ACP membership.
ACP members have access at preferred rates to the services of eBOUND Canada, the digital arm of the ACP. eBOUND Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Canadian publishers’ engagement in the digital marketplace, regardless of their size or level of expertise, and serves as ACP members’ collective digital services department. Its growing number of programs includes ebook distribution, digital asset management, conversion services, and professional development. For more information, visit www.eboundcanada.org.
The ACP presents professional development sessions for members, at its Annual General Meeting and Mid-Winter Meeting, and throughout the year. As a member-driven organization, we design seminars to address members’ specific needs and interests, and to reflect the current trends of the publishing industry.
One of the ACP’s most popular programs, the Mentorship Program, pairs members with experienced publishers and consultants to receive guidance in a particular area of the publishing business. The program pays mentors an honorarium, and covers their travel and accommodation expenses for sessions, with a modest fee charged to participants.
Through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the ACP offers a subsidy to Canadian publishers to attend publishing workshops, seminars, conferences and courses related to book publishing, including BookNet Canada’s TechForum, SFU Summer Publishing Workshops, eBOUND Canada workshops, Book Summit, Digital Book World, and many more.
The ACP conducts industry-specific research on behalf of its members, who have access to a wide-range of studies and reports commissioned by the association over the years.
ACP members receive timely and relevant information through the association’s bi-weekly e- newsletter, ACP Update, and through the ACP website. ACP representatives sit on boards across the industry. They keep members informed of the activities of other industry organizations, and represent Canadian publishers’ views to other sectors of the book industry.
On behalf of its members, the ACP pursues collective marketing initiatives with the goal of increasing the market share of Canadian-owned publishers and Canadian authors. These initiatives showcase books published by ACP members, and highlight the quality and value of Canadian books to the public. Core marketing projects include 49th Shelf, Top Grade, and a regular program of collective displays at higher education conferences. ACP members also enjoy discounted rates for BookNet Canada’s SalesData and CataList programs.
ACP’s work is overseen by a volunteer board of directors that is drawn from the membership. ACP’s standing committees inform the activities of the association: Children’s Publishing, Educational Publishing (K-12), Export, Higher Education, Library, Professional Development, Special Events, and Trade. Committee membership is open to all full and associate members, with regular meetings by teleconference to exchange information and ideas, discuss developments of shared concern, and strategize on issues facing the industry.
Publishers who belong to ACP are part of a community of companies who share common challenges and characteristics. The programs of the association bring Canadian publishers together, and provide a forum for networking, peer-to-peer learning, and information sharing.
For more information on the benefits of membership with the ACP, contact Inna Shepelska at [email protected]. or at 416-487-6116, ext. 2310.