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, both men and women, 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.

Board of Directors, 2020-21

Executive Members

President: Melissa Pitts, Director (UBC Press; Vancouver, BC)
Vice-President: Ruth Linka, Associate Publisher (Orca Book Publishers; Victoria, BC)
Treasurer: Karen Boersma, Publisher (Owlkids Books; Toronto, ON)
Secretary: Todd Besant, Executive Editor (ARP Books; Winnipeg, MB)

Members at Large

Lily Bergh, Vice-President and Publisher (Canadian Scholars’ Press; Toronto, ON)
Terrilee Bulger, General Manager (Nimbus Publishing; Halifax, NS) and Publisher (Acorn Press; Charlottetown, PE)
David Caron, Co-Publisher (ECW Press; Toronto, ON)
Amanda Crocker, Editorial Coordinator (Between the Lines; Toronto, ON)

Brian Lam, President & Publisher (Arsenal Pulp Press; Vancouver, BC)
Lara Mainville, Director (University of Ottawa Press; Ottawa, ON)

Brendan Ouellette, Digital Project Manager (Annick Press; Toronto, ON)
Glenn Rollans, Partner (Brush Education Inc.; Edmonton, AB; serving as Past President)


ACP Committees & Task Forces, 2020-21

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. ACP encourages 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 protected] for further details.

Committees are tasked with identifying emergent or continuing issues in their areas of focus, and then hosting thorough discussions of those issues to bring to the surface all points of view held within the membership, and to arrive if possible at recommended courses of action.

ACP Committee Chairs

Children’s and Education Committee Co-Chairs:
Ruth Linka, Orca Book Publishers
Rick Wilks, Annick Press
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Coordinators:
Taryn Boyd, TouchWood Editions
Amanda Crocker, Between the Lines
Export Committee Chair: Judy Brunsek, Owlkids Books
Board Liaison: Melissa Pitts, UBC Press
Higher Education Committee Co-Chairs:
Lily Bergh, Canadian Scholars’ Press
Leslie Dema, Broadview Press
Library Committee Chair: Leigh Nash, Invisible Publishing
Board Liaison: David Caron, ECW Press
Nominating and Governance Committee Chair: Glenn Rollans, Brush Education
Professional Development Committee Chair: Jen Gauthier, Greystone Books
Special Events Committee Chair: Michaela Cornell, Kids Can Press
Board Liaison: Lara Mainville, University of Ottawa Press
Trade Publishing Committee Co-Chairs:
Karen Brochu, House of Anansi Press
Karen Boersma, Owlkids Books
The 49th Shelf Advisory Group Chair: David Caron, ECW Press


Terms of reference for ACP committees, task forces, and advisory groups are available here.