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Wednesday, March 20
 

10:10am

Fireside Chat: Ritu Bhasin in Conversation
Léonicka Valcius, Tech Forum speaker extraordinaire, sits down with this year's keynote speaker, Ritu Bhasin, to discuss the current landscape for diversity and inclusion efforts in the publishing industry and what can be done to drive further innovation and change.

Speakers
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Ritu Bhasin

President, bhasin consulting inc.
Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, President of bhasin consulting inc., is an award-winning speaker, author, and expert in diversity and inclusion, women’s advancement, and authentic leadership. Her Amazon bestselling book, The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences... Read More →
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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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11:10am

Live Podcast Recording: Minorities in Publishing
Jennifer Baker of the Minorities in Publishing podcast will conduct a live interview with author, columnist, and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) Jael Richardson on craft, publishing, and formulating equity within the literary community.

Speakers
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Jennifer Baker

Production Editor, Teachers College Press & Creator/Host, Minorities in Publishing
Jennifer Baker  is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay... Read More →
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Jael Richardson

Artistic Director, The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Jael (jay-ell) Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

How Publishing is Attacking the Diversity Problem: A Data-Driven Approach
In this session, Ashleigh Gardner, Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, will explore how new technologies — such as machine learning — are creating new opportunities to discover and publish marginalized voices. Looking at Wattpad’s own Story DNA machine learning technology, this session will highlight the opportunities for publishers to diversify their slates while uncovering exciting new writers. The session will examine real-life case studies from Wattpad, showcasing recently-discovered voices that the company has identified among the millions on the platform.

Speakers
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Ashleigh Gardner

Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing
As Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, Ashleigh Gardner works with Wattpad writers and publishers around the world to turn Wattpad stories into books. Leveraging the data and insights from more the more than 500 million story uploads on Wattpad, Ashleigh creates meaningful... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

Best Practices for Equity-Driven Acquisitions: Shifting from Gatekeeping to Spacemaking
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.

Speakers
avatar for Léonicka Valcius

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.
avatar for Scaachi Koul

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 →

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3:35pm

Diversity in Canadian Book Publishing: Findings from the ACP's 2018 Baseline Survey
Over the summer of 2018, the Association of Canadian Publishers conducted a baseline survey to measure the diversity of the Canadian book publishing workforce. This session will share highlights of the survey's findings, identify existing initiatives that are building inclusive workplaces, and explore possibilities for future efforts in this area.

You can find the full report here.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards

Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers
Kate Edwards is Executive Director at the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. Kate leads ACP’s government relations and advocacy program, and oversees the association’s communications, professional... Read More →