May 25, 2022

ACP announces 2022 award recipients, and plans for celebration of 2020 honorees

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is delighted to announce that Glenn Rollans, President and Publisher of Brush Education, and President of Freehand Books, is the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award. ACP is also pleased to report that Caroline Fortin, President of Québec Amérique, will be presented with an honorary lifetime membership in the association, in recognition of her leadership of Canada FBM2020.

This year’s awards are being presented in conjunction with ACP’s 2022 Annual General Meeting, which will be held in a hybrid format, in Calgary and online, from June 7 –9, 2022. After a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACP is also excited for in-person celebration of the association’s 2020 honorees, Margie Wolfe, publisher, Second Story Press (President’s Award); and Sharon Budnarchuk, veteran bookseller, Audreys Books (Honorary Lifetime Membership), as part of the awards program.

Glenn Rollans is a Canadian publishing veteran, with a long and varied career that started as a freelance writer and editor, and then included time as Editor-in-Chief at Lone Pine, Director of the University of Alberta Press, partner in Les Éditions Duval/Duval House Publishing, and General Manager at Thomson Duval. He became co-owner of Edmonton-based Brush Education in 2011, and later owner in 2020. In 2021, he purchased Calgary-based Freehand Books. Glenn is a dedicated industry volunteer, having served on the boards of Access Copyright, the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and ACP, including a term as president from 2017–2019. He has mentored countless publishers, taught in numerous publishing courses and workshops, and is a trusted colleague and friend to many across the industry. In particular, ACP wishes to recognize Glenn’s dedication to copyright advocacy and volunteer work, which has now spanned decades. He continues to represent ACP’s interests in Ottawa, at the World Intellectual Property Organization as a representative of the Canadian Copyright Institute, and in the media.

With 30 years of experience in the publishing business, Caroline Fortin served as President of Canada FBM2020, the organization that delivered the publishing industry’s presence as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020 and 2021. Almost a decade in the making, Caroline’s leadership and tenacity ensured a successful presentation in Germany, while raising the profile of the book industry within Canada. Her commitment to uniting the French- and English-language industries will have a lasting impact, and shows what we can achieve together.

“We are excited to be able to recognize the many contributions of Glenn and Caroline at this year’s AGM, and to finally be able to present Margie and Sharon with their awards, which are long overdue,” said Ruth Linka, ACP President. “We look forward to celebrating this accomplished group in Calgary, and to reconnecting with colleagues from across the country.”

The President’s Award is awarded to ACP members who have made a significant contribution to the Canadian publishing industry and to the ACP. Honorary lifetime membership in ACP is presented to an individual or group who is not a member of ACP, but has made a significant contribution to the association and to the Canadian publishing industry.

For more information, contact:
Kate Edwards, Executive Director