ACP 2021 Annual General Meeting and Related Sessions

Registration has now closed. To confirm your registration, please contact Jazz Cook ([email protected]).

Once again, ACP’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held online via Zoom Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021 starting at 12:00 pm EDT and ending no later than 4:00 pm EDT daily. All staff of ACP Full and Associate member firms and affiliates are welcome to participate in the related sessions.

Full members in good standing (i.e. 2020 membership dues paid in full) are eligible to vote and will be asked to identify one voting delegate for the meeting during registration. For Full members unable to attend our 2021 AGM, please contact Jazz Cook ([email protected]) for a proxy voting form.

The meeting can be accessed by phone or online. To facilitate voting, members are encouraged to access the platform online if possible. A tip sheet with instructions about how discussion and voting will be managed will be distributed as part of the AGM package.

Please see below more information regarding the ACP AGM. We look forward to seeing you online in the coming weeks.

Session Dates

Monday, June 7
1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
Funder Update Session, with Canada Book Fund and Canada Council for the Arts staff
Tuesday, June 22
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Association Updates Session, including presentation of strategic plan
Government Relations Session, with participation of Global Public Affairs

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Annual General Meeting (Plenary Session)
Please note: ACP’s Code of Conduct applies to all membership meetings and events. Visit our website for further reference.

Funder Update Session

As part of our AGM programming, ACP members were invited to join a funder update session with Julie Fairweather (Director, Book Publishing Policy and Programs, Canadian Heritage), Marilyn Desrosiers (Director, Supporting Artistic Practice, CCA), and their colleagues on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT.

Members are welcome to request a transcript from this session. Please contact Jazz Cook at [email protected] for the record.

2021 Annual General Meeting Preparation

Members who wish to bring items forward for discussion at the plenary session should do so through the relevant committee. Committees have been meeting regularly through the year and will be meeting in the weeks leading up to the AGM. Any resolutions members wish to bring forward to the plenary for voting should first be discussed in committee. Please see below the upcoming committee meetings between now and the AGM and contact ACP staff if you would like to be added to a particular committee’s distribution list.

Written resolutions and any supporting material should be submitted to Executive Director Kate Edwards ([email protected]) by June 14, 2021. Due to the limitations of online meetings and limited meeting time, this advance notice allows members time to consider resolutions being brought forward for voting and share questions in advance as needed.

A delegate kit, including a list of resolutions for voting, will be distributed to all registrants the week before the plenary.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the 2021 Annual General Meeting or would like to confirm your registration, please contact Jazz Cook at [email protected].

Note: members are advised not to purchase Annual General Meeting registration lists or other information from third parties. ACP manages all aspects of meeting registration and logistics internally and does not make the registration list available to outside organizations.


We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.

Funded by the government of Canada. Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.

ACP Discovery Series: Summer School Edition, US Distribution

Summer school is in session! Here is your chance to improve your knowledge of US distribution with this weekly series running from July 15th to August 26th.

Developed by an Export Committee working group, this series is the first installment of ACP’s new Discovery Series, professional development seminars programmed by ACP committees in response to member priorities. The seven-part US distribution series is intended to be an introduction for those who have a basic understanding of export distribution, or as a refresher for those who are more experienced. We will be addressing timelines, inventory management, advice for working with US sales reps and so much more. Sessions will take place on Zoom and will include time for Q&A and discussion.

Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund, there is no cost to ACP members to participate in these sessions, and no limit to how many employees can register. We do ask that all participants register individually; please feel free to share with your colleagues.

We encourage registrants to attend all sessions for the value of content, live discussions with your peers, and to build on knowledge shared in each session, but will offer recordings for those unable to attend all seven.

Date Session Title Session Lead(s) Content
July 15/21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 101. Distribution


Margaret Bryant, Orca Book Publishers A basic introduction to export distribution.
July 22/21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 201. Timelines


Jen Gauthier, Greystone A look at the ever-changing realities of U.S. timelines including their effects on metadata and covers, ARCs, marketing plans, release schedules, etc.
July 29/21  at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 202. Designing Your Export Distribution Network Leigh Nash, Invisible Press A look at U.S. options and their international components versus overseas options.
August 5/21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 301. U.S. Managing Inventory


Matt Williams, House of Anansi/Groundwood


Karen Brochu, Owlkids Books

Examining warehouses and stock, printing consideration, and mailing options.


August 12/21  at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 302. Working with U.S. Sales Reps


Alana Wilcox, Coach House Books


Emily Cook, Cursor Literary

An overview of marketing with US sales reps in mind, sales events and discussing sales gap analysis.
August 19/21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 303. Distributing Digital Books 


Anita Ragunathan, ECW Press


Jessica Albert, ECW Press

Examining options for digital distribution including topics such as timelines, additional metadata, merchandising, sales gap analysis, market segmentation.


August 26/21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT 304. Marketing for the U.S.


TBD A discussion on developing and executing a marketing strategy for the US market.


Detailed information on the program curriculum, the final line-up of speakers, and information on how to join the sessions will be provided by early July along with your confirmation of registration.

If you have questions about the program, feel free  to contact Madeline McCaffrey, Program Manager ([email protected]).

Register here by Friday July 9, 2021.