The Association of Canadian Publishers is the voice of Canadian independent book publishers. Our diverse membership consists of approximately 115 Canadian-owned and controlled book publishers from across the country, and range both in company size and editorial mandate.
ACP focuses its resources on four distinct areas:
The Association of Canadian Publishers contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies, professionally managed, and owned and controlled in Canada, in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.
ACP represents approximately 115 Canadian-owned and controlled book publishers from across the country. The membership is diverse and includes publishers from a variety of genres. Over 80% of Canadian-authored titles are published by the Canadian-owned sector. This means a strong Canadian-owned sector is vital to the development of new Canadian authors and writers.
Government and Public Relations, including advocacy for Canadian books and writing to elected officials and the general public.
Collaborative Marketing initiatives, which extend the competitive capacity of Canadian publishers.
Research and Communications, including information-sharing across the book industry and the broader cultural sector.
Professional Development activities that foster the evolution of a more dynamic cultural industry.
Learn more about the Association of Canadian Publishers
A rich and diverse body of Canadian writing strengthens Canada and enriches the lives of Canadians.
A healthy Canadian-owned and -controlled publishing industry is essential for broad public access to Canadian writing.
Freedom of expression, freedom to publish, and freedom to read are cornerstones of a democratic society.
Canadian students at all levels are entitled to an education that reflects Canadian perspectives and values, presented through the works of Canadian authors.
The international dissemination of Canadian writing benefits Canada culturally and politically.
Technology and innovation support the creation and delivery of Canadian books in all formats—print, digital, audio, or other; all are vital components of the cultural landscape.
Board & Governance
A volunteer board of directors directs the work of ACP. It is carefully balanced to include representation from all genres of publishing, geographic diversity, all genders, and younger and veteran publishers. An effective system of standing committees and ad hoc task forces ensures that the association addresses the full range of members’ priorities and concerns.
Committees provide the foundations of ACP’s work on behalf of its members. They offer all ACP members direct opportunities to propose, develop, and review ACP policies and programs. Committees are also tasked with identifying emergent or continuing issues in their areas of focus for thorough discussion from all points of view held within the membership, and, if possible, recommending courses of action.
Board of Directors, 2021-22
President: Ruth Linka, Associate Publisher (Orca Book Publishers; Victoria, BC)
Vice-President: Karen Boersma, Publisher (Owlkids Books; Toronto, ON)
Treasurer: Brian Lam, President & Publisher (Arsenal Pulp Press; Victoria, BC)
Secretary: Todd Besant, Executive Editor (ARP Books; Winnipeg, MB)
Members at Large
Semareh Al-Hillal, President (House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books; Toronto, ON)
Graham Angus, Manager (Theytus Books; Penticton, BC)
Lily Bergh, Vice-President & Publisher (Canadian Scholars’ Press; Toronto, ON)
David Caron, Co-Publisher & President (ECW Press; Toronto, ON) and Co-Publisher (Annick Press; Toronto, ON)
Amanda Crocker, Editorial Coordinator (Between the Lines; Toronto, ON)
Donna Francis, Operations Manager (Breakwater Books, St. John’s, NL)
Lara Mainville, Director (University of Ottawa Press; Ottawa, ON)
Brendan Ouellette, Digital Project Manager (Annick Press; Toronto, ON)
Melissa Pitts, Director (UBC Press; Vancouver, BC; serving as Past President)
Committees & Task Forces, 2021-22
Children’s and Education Committee
Co-chairs: Leslie Bootle, Orca Book Publishers; Rick Wilks, Annick Press
Board Liaison: Ruth Linka, Orca Book Publishers
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Co-chairs: Amanda Crocker, Between the Lines; Annie Gibson, Playwrights Canada Press; Sheeza Sarfraz, ROM Press
Co-chairs: Judy Brunsek, Owlkids Books; Alana Wilcox, Coach House Books
Board Liaison: Semareh Al-Hillal, House of Anansi Press / Groundwood Books
Higher Education Committee
Co-chairs: Lily Bergh, Canadian Scholars’ Press; Leslie Dema, Broadview Press
Co-chairs: Donna Francis, Breakwater Books; Lisa Quinn, Wilfrid-Laurier University Press
Board Liaison: David Caron, ECW Press
Nominating and Governance Committee
Chair: Melissa Pitts, UBC Press
Professional Development Committee
Co-chairs: Lorene Shyba, Durvile & UpRoute Books; Matt Williams, House of Anansi Press / Groundwood Books
Board Liaison: Todd Besant, ARP Books
Trade Publishing Committee
Co-Chairs: Karen Boersma, Owlkids Books; David Caron, ECW Press
The 49th Shelf Advisory Group
Chair: David Caron, ECW Press
Terms of reference for ACP committees, task forces, and advisory groups are available here.
ACP encourages all of its members to participate in committees to ensure members are well informed, fully consulted on issues and policy development, and fully involved in the ACP’s work. Please note: all staff of ACP member firms are welcome to attend any committee meeting or its respective email notification lists. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
Membership Services Coordinator
Research & Communications Manager
Geoff da Silva
Read more about our Advocacy Efforts
Read more about our Programs & Projects
Discover ACP's latest news and events
The ACP Supporter designation is available to individuals or firms whose primary business is not book publishing, but who support the core goals of ACP.
Benefits of Supporter designation
Subscription to ACP Update, the biweekly newsletter distributed via email to all ACP members.
Attendance by invitation to selected ACP events.
Priority opportunities for sponsorship of ACP member events.
Reduced rates for participation in the ACP’s ebook initiative, eBOUND Canada.
ACP member rates for advertising on 49th Shelf, our online discoverability platform, which showcases more than 100,000 Canadian books and has become the destination for Canadian book lovers.
Company information on the ACP website.
For more information, contact Jazz Cook, Membership Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
213-321 Carlaw Avenue
Toronto, ON M4M 2S1
2440 Viking Way
Richmond, BC V6V 1N2
For over 60 years, Ampersand Canada’s Book & Gift Agency Inc. has represented a wide variety of book and gift lines. The ampersand symbol is a connector, and that is what we do – connect our clients with their retail partners.
Beyond Print - CNIB
Beyond print is a CNIB social enterprise offering production and consulting services to writers, publishers and others interested in making their works accessible to print-disabled readers.
From it’s founding in 1908 as the Toronto Library for the Blind, first transcribing books into braille before moving into the creation of Talking Books on vinyl and cassette tape and, more recently, fully accessible ePubs, CNIB has remained a leading producer of alternate-format material for Canadian libraries.
Beyond Print now offers CNIB’s decades of experience and expertise to more Producers, Creators and Publishers with the goal of accelerating the mainstreaming of accessibility and overcoming the book famine by increasing the number of alternate-format works available to print-disabled readers.
Bookmobile is short run digital printer, with a great reputation for excellent quality at competitive prices, and we work with many independent and literary presses, university presses, museums, galleries, and artists. They offer many services and options, from short run printing with color inserts, hardcovers, French flaps, etc. to website, warehouse fulfillment, and print distribution to the US trade. They also offer design and typesetting, offset print management, and eBook services.
Canadian Manda Group
60 Creditview Road
Vaughan, Ontario L4L 9N4
With over 30 years of serving the printing & graphic arts industry in Canada, Copywell is excited about digital inkjet technology, and they are ready to produce your next job on time, and under budget.
Editors/Réviseurs Canada is the largest member-run, not-for-profit association of editorial professionals in Canada. The association promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communications and publications. Our members are salaried and freelance, working with individuals and organizations in the publishing, corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit, and academic sectors across the country and around the world in English and French. Many of our members offer a wealth of editing-related services to their clients and employers. To learn more about our association, please visit https://www.editors.ca/ or https://www.reviseurs.ca/
Friesens Corporation is North America’s premier book, yearbook and packaging manufacturer, providing publishers, self-publishers, institutions, businesses and schools with quality, in-house services at our 250,000 sq. ft. state of the-art production facility.
Established in 1978 as the publishing sales agency Hornblower Books, Hornblower Group evolved and expanded to become an association of independent sales agents (co-owners) in 2007. We continue to be one of Canada’s most respected book publishing and gift sales groups.
Hume Media Inc.
66/70 Crockford Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-296-6813
Hume Media Inc. was founded in March 1988, starting out as a small two-person copy shop. Hume has since evolved into one of Canada’s largest producers of digital and Ink Jet colour and black & white print. All our book and other bindery and mailing facilities are on site in our plant, resulting in great flexibility and capacity to produce large runs very quickly. Many of our customers have been with us for over 30 years, demonstrating Hume’s ability to build and maintain a loyal, dedicated, expanding base of clients. Our depth of resources establishes us as a “one-stop source” for our clients’ communications needs, from design to print Mail and distribution.
Marquis Book Printing Inc.
Marquis’ mission is to be the preferred partner to book and bound publication publishers by offering innovative and integrated technology solutions for graphic production and printing. By continuously investing in technology and people, Marquis plays a prominent role in the transformation of the North American industry.
Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC)
The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a provincial association of BC owned and controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia.
Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ)
The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (Association des editeurs de langue anglaise du Quebec) represents a wide-ranging community of publishers. Members include publishers of scholarly and historical works, poetry, fiction, graphic novels and comics, language instruction, travel guides, and children’s literature.
We support and promote the broad spectrum of books published in English in Quebec through a variety of initiatives and projects, including professional development seminars, advocacy, and the Montreal Review of Books. The mRb is published three times a year, showcasing a variety of books written and/or published in Quebec through intelligent, in-depth reviews, features, and interviews.
Association of Manitoba Book Publishers (AMBP)
The Association of Manitoba Book Publishers represents a diverse group of Manitoba publishing houses. The AMBP strives to raise the profile of Manitoba publishers and create awareness by drawing attention to one of the province’s most culturally dynamic industries. In doing so, the AMBP works with people central to the business of publishing: publishers, writers, editors, designers, booksellers, distributors, librarians, sales personnel and many others.
Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association (APMA)
1888 Brunswick Street, Suite 710
Halifax, NS B3J 3J8
(902) 420-0711 (Tel)
(902) 423-4302 (Fax)
The APMA works to maintain and grow a strong book industry owned and controlled in Atlantic Canada. The APMA also provides a common forum for our publisher members and the exchange of ideas and information related to publishing in the Atlantic region. The Association coordinates promotional projects such as Books for the Summer, Books for the Holidays, the Best Atlantic Published Book Award and Pitch the Publisher, in addition to organizing professional development sessions and industry growth projects for its members. The Association publishes the magazine Atlantic Books Today, 3 times a year, which brings readers across the region the latest news about books, writers and cultural life in Atlantic Canada.
Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA)
The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) was founded in 1975 to support the development of a thriving provincial publishing industry, away from Canada’s traditional book publishing centres.
Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG)
The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG) is a not-for-profit association of Canadian literary book publishers. With a current membership of sixty Canadian-owned and -operated publishing houses, the LPG’s mandate is to support the growth of Canadian literary culture.
The LPG helps member publishers sell, distribute, and market their books to booksellers, libraries, institutions, as well as directly to readers.
Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario (OBPO)
Since 1990, the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario has encouraged the writing, publishing, distribution and promotion of books written by Canadian authors. The OBPO acts as a representative of member publishers in lobbying the provincial government and agencies about issues directly of concern to Canadian-owned Ontario-based book publishers.
How do I apply for membership?
Applications for membership are considered by the ACP board at each of its meetings. Payment of fees is not required until a publisher’s application has been approved.
If you have any further questions, please contact ACP.