Event

5

March 2020

Writing the Next Chapter: Investing in Canada’s Creative Economy

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front St. W, Toronto

How are Canadian investments and public policy impacting the culture sector? Join the Economic Club of Canada and industry experts to celebrate Canada’s culture sector, which contributes roughly $60 billion to our country’s GDP- more than agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting combined. Arts and culture is big business, and the creative industries are essential to the growth of Canada’s knowledge economy. With the potential to build audiences around the world, Canadian content creators and creative industries need effective domestic policies and infrastructure to make this happen.

On March 5, Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, will introduce a panel discussion moderated by Tara Henley, a producer at CBC’s Metro Morning, that will focus on the economic uncertainties that our creators face. Bestselling authors and innovative leaders in publishing will discuss how we can support the growth of Canada’s creative global brand, particularly in the lead-up to Canada’s Guest of Honour presence at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Important:
- For information about accessibility, please email jacqui@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted jacqui@economicclub.ca.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

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Writing the Next Chapter: Investing in Canada’s Creative Economy

Amy Stuart

Author

Amy Stuart

Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, "Still Mine", "Still Water", and the upcoming "Still Here" (publishing June 2020). Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada. In 2012, Amy completed her MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons. Connect with her on her website AmyStuart.ca and on twitter @AmyFStuart.

John Degen

Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), and Chair of the International Authors Forum (IAF)

John Degen

John Degen is Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), and Chair of the International Authors Forum (IAF) in the UK – serving and representing over 700,000 authors worldwide. He is a poet and novelist with three published books. His debut novel, "The Uninvited Guest", (Nightwood Editions) was shortlisted for the 2006 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. John has worked for many years as an arts administrator, arts funder and policy advocate on cultural issues. He is the previous Literature Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, where he administered funding for Ontario’s writers, publishers and literary presenters, and was active in expanding the granting reach for that office into Ontario’s northern and indigenous communities. His essays and opinions have been published widely throughout Canada, including in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, THIS Magazine, The Hill Times, Canadian Notes and Queries, and the Literary Review of Canada. He has served on many boards and advisory bodies in the literary and arts sector including terms as Chair of the Book & Periodical Council, THIS Magazine, and the Canadian Creators’ Coalition.

Julie Dabrusin

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth

Julie Dabrusin

Julie Dabrusin is the Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth and has been a resident of the east-end community for over 20 years. Julie currently serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, where she advocates for those working within Canada’s creative and cultural industries. She is a past-chair of the Heritage Committee, where she tabled the “Shifting Paradigms” report that looked at models of remuneration for artists and creative industries in the context of the copyright review. Julie has previously served on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, the Public Safety Committee, and the Food Policy working group. A vocal proponent of municipal investment and active transportation, Julie is a founding member of the All-Party Bike Caucus and a proud advocate for active and public transportation funding. In 2013, her extensive volunteer efforts earned her the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service.

Roanie Levy

CEO and President
Access Copyright

Roanie Levy

Roanie Levy is an outspoken champion of creator rights, in Canada and abroad. An Intellectual Property lawyer by vocation, she currently serves Access Copyright, a collective that distributes millions of dollars annually in licensing royalties to creator and publisher affiliates, as President and CEO. Roanie has also held key positions on major policy files at Canadian Heritage and Industry Canada and has equally earned distinction in service to the private sector as a management consultant. She has been called to the bar in Ontario and Quebec. She is fluently bilingual.

Sarah MacLachlan

President
House of Anansi Press

Sarah MacLachlan

Sarah MacLachlan has worked in publishing for over 30 years. She began her career in 1986 running the publicity department for Oxford University Press in Toronto. Subsequently she worked for Little, Brown Canada as VP Publicity and Marketing, and in 1998 was hired by the American distributor, Publishers Group West, to run their Toronto operation as President. In December 2003 she was hired to become the President of the literary publisher, House of Anansi Press. In 2005 Anansi acquired the children’s publisher, Groundwood Books and Sarah oversees both companies.

Sylvia McNicoll

Author

Sylvia McNicoll

Winner of the 2019 Hamilton Arts Fiction Award for her novel "Body Swap" (Dundurn Press), Sylvia McNicoll has written over 35 young adult novels. She is the past president of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors and Performers (CANSCAIP) and a past member of the board of directors for Access Copyright as well as the former features editor for Today’s Parent, Toronto. For her historical fiction novel "Revenge on the Fly", she spoke in South Korea at the Seoul International Book Fair and toured Colombian libraries and schools. Sylvia’s middle grade "Great Mistake Mysteries" will soon be translated into Russian. Recently, Sylvia orchestrated the videotaping of over 40 authors and illustrators for I Read Canadian Day.

Tara Henley

Writer and broadcaster

Tara Henley

Tara Henley is a Canadian writer and broadcaster. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on CBC Radio and CBC Television, and in The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, as well as dozens of other publications across the country and around the world. She currently works as a producer at CBC Radio and has a books column in the Toronto Star.

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