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Wednesday, March 20 • 1:45pm - 3:20pm
Best Practices for Equity-Driven Acquisitions: Shifting from Gatekeeping to Spacemaking

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The "gatekeeping" framework of our industry is a major structural hurdle to diversity and inclusion in publishing. It is not enough to recognize our biases and stop doing harm (though that's a key first step). We need to brainstorm ways to repair the historical damage done to our cultural institutions and artists. How do we shift from "gatekeeping" and towards what attendees of SFU's 2018 Publishing Unbound conference called "spacemaking": a process that solicits, supports, and develops the work of marginalized writers and professionals? In this dynamic, action-focused session, a team of industry professionals will lead attendees in a collaborative, generative process to develop "Best Practices" guidelines for industry adoption.

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Léonicka Valcius

Chair, Festival of Literary Diversity
Léonicka Valcius is an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of The Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour... Read More →
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Annie Gibson

Publisher, Playwrights Canada Press
Annie Gibson is the publisher at Playwrights Canada Press. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Annie followed her love of theatre and books to its logical conclusion: publishing plays.
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Scaachi Koul

Senior Writer, Buzzfeed
Scaachi Koul is a senior writer at Buzzfeed. Born and raised in Calgary, she attended the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. Before joining Buzzfeed in 2015, she worked for The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean's, Hazlitt and freelanced for various publications including Toronto... Read More →
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Bhavna Chauhan

Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada
Bhavna Chauhan is a Senior Editor at Doubleday Canada and Appetite. Her focuses are psychological thrillers, commercial fiction, celebrity books, issue-driven narrative non-fiction, and personal memoir. She is the Canadian editor of the internationally bestselling The Couple Next... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 1:45pm - 3:20pm EDT
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS)