Vi Hughes (B.A., M.Ed.) is a former Vancouver elementary school principal, sessional instructor in reading at UBC, and Faculty Associate in Education at SFU. She has written several children’s books and is Past President of CWILL BC Society. She advocates for initiatives that support early literacy development.
Kathryn Shoemaker (Ph.D.) is the illustrator/author of over forty children’s books and an adjunct professor at UBC. She was President of The Endeavour Society and The Canadian Mental Health Association, served on a range of non-profit boards including The Vancouver Writers Festival, and is the co-chair of the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.
Grant T. Smith has been a CPA for 15 years and is currently a Partner at Clearline Chartered Professional Accountants. He focuses mainly on building plans and implementing strategies for his clients so they can focus on things that matter most to them. However, before his CPA years, Grant earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University and worked as a production manager revitalizing theatre through-out Alberta and Ontario.
Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Metis/Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays and The Journey Prize Anthology. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Roberto Dosil is a practising book designer and a partner in Stanton Atkins & Dosil Publishers (SA&D), a publishing partnership formed in 2000. SA&D publishing program is focused on Canadian history. In 2015 Roberto retired from Simon Fraser University, Master of Publishing program, where he taught courses in editorial design and publishing history.
Digby R. Leigh is a 32 year call lawyer whose firm (Digby Leigh & Company) is situated in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver. His practice is focused around helping people in business, a passion he extends to his work with the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. Digby previously spent 10 years serving as the VP of Canada Basketball and currently sits on the board of the Thunderbird Football Association.
Noreen Ma is a librarian and a Branch Head at the Vancouver Public Library. She has served on the Red Cedar Book Awards board and is also the BC representative for the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Awards. Noreen is a great supporter of local authors and Canadian publishing.
Jo-Anne Naslund is a newly retired academic librarian from the University of British Columbia. Her education career involved working as a teacher and teacher-librarian in schools in Alberta, British Columbia, and Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include inquiry, information literacy, teacher education, school libraries, Canadian children’s literature, and adolescent reading. She has authored library publications and taught courses in teacher-librarianship at the Universities of Melbourne, Alberta, and British Columbia. Her previous board experiences have been with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Society for Excellence in Education, Big Sisters Education Advisory Board, and Moving Images Distribution.
Editor-writer Frances Peck (MA, CPE Hon.) is a partner in the BC firm West Coast Editorial Associates. A long-time member and volunteer with Editors Canada, she teaches editing at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College and gives workshops across Canada. She’s a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and author of Peck’s English Pointers.
Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collections Oh Not So Great: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press, 2017), The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016) and The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). A past poetry editor at PRISM international, in 2015 Rob received the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts, as an emerging artist. Rob is one of the coordinators of Vancouver’s Dead Poets Reading Series. Find him online at roblucastaylor.com.