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Spring 2017

OMDC will be releasing its new five-year Strategic Plan online at the end of this month! Stay tuned.

Finalists for 30th Trillium Book Award

Ontario Authors shortlisted for Prestigious Literary Prize
Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2017 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in the English language and the award for Children’s Literature in the French language. For detailed information on all the 2017 Trillium Book Award finalists click here

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:
André Alexis, The Hidden Keys, Coach House Books
Kamal Al-Solaylee, BrownHarperCollins Publishers
Danila Botha, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known, Tightrope Books
Leesa Dean, Waiting for the Cyclone, Brindle & Glass Publishing
Susan Holbrook, Throaty WipesCoach House Books
Melanie Mah, The Sweetest OneCormorant Books

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:
Jean Boisjoli, La mesure du temps, Éditions Prise de parole
Louis L’Allier, Nikolaos, le copiste, Éditions David
Éric Mathieu, Les suicidés d’Eau-Claire, Éditeur La Mèche
Paul-François Sylvestre, Cinquante ans de « p’tits bonheurs » au Théâtre français de Toronto, Éditions du Gref
Michèle Vinet, L’enfant-feu, Éditions Prise de parole

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:
Laurie D. Graham, Settler Education: Poems, McClelland & Stewart
Meaghan Strimas, Yes or NopeMansfield Press
Dane Swan, A Mingus Lullaby, Guernica Editions

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language:
Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Ski, Blanche et avalanche, Éditions David
Gilles Dubois, Nanuktalva, Éditions David
Daniel Marchildon, Zazette, la chatte des Ouendats, Soulières Éditeur

“I am proud to recognize the talented authors shortlisted for this year’s Trillium Book Award. Ontario’s literature is a window into our province’s unique experience, which is all the more relevant in Ontario’s 150th anniversary year. Through their work, these authors are helping us embrace the culture of inclusion, innovation and opportunity that defines Ontario - and they are proof that some of the greatest literature is penned right here at home.”
- Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 

“Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.23 billion. OMDC is proud to celebrate Ontario’s talented writers and our thriving publishing industry, through the Trillium Book Award.” 
- Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

Come celebrate our Trillium Book Award finalists. Please join us the evening of June 19, 2017 at a Public Authors Reading Event taking place at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.  Several of the shortlisted authors for the Trillium Book Award will read from their nominated titles. There is no admission fee – it is first come, first seated. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 pm, and the readings will commence at 7:00 pm. To register click here.

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017.

Congratulations & Welcome to the OMDC Board

We extend our huge congratulations and thanks to OMDC Board Member, Marguerite Pigott, who has recently been named Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

And as we kick off our 2017-2018 fiscal year, we also offer a warm welcome to four new BOD members who were appointed in October 2016 and April 2017. (Click here for the full OMDC Board list)

In alpha order, here is a short brief on OMDC’s newest Board of Directors’ members!

John Barrack is an entrepreneur and lawyer who brings experience as a strategic thinker, chief negotiator, dealmaker and trouble-shooter to a wide variety of clients.

John is a Co-Founder and shareholder in Don Carmody Television. John is also founder & Managing Partner of Amazement Parks Canada Inc., which is developing an indoor/outdoor waterpark in the GTA. 

As a private lawyer, John serves a wide variety of individual, corporate and not-for-profit clients, as a trusted business advisor, both in and outside of the entertainment industries.

From 1999 to 2012, John served the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) for over twelve years in a variety of capacities, acting as its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer.  John is also the Chair of Women’s Shelters Canada “Leading Men” initiative.


Lisa Lyons Johnston is President, Kids Can Press, Canada’s leading, globally recognized children’s book publisher, part of the Corus Entertainment (TSX: CJR.B) family. Since 2003, Lisa has held senior leadership positions at Corus Entertainment, first joining the company’s television group as Vice President and General Manager of Content Distribution and of Max Trax Digital Music.

In her current role, Lisa is responsible for all publishing programs and operations, including the stewardship of signature characters and brands such as Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and CitizenKid, the award-winning global issues collection for young readers.  Recently Lisa spearheaded the launch of KCP Loft, a new Young Adult imprint aimed at young women ages 14 to 24.

Lisa has led the company’s diversification beyond traditional publishing into new revenue streams, developing a robust ebook program, cultivating content partnerships with blue-chip brands, and working closely with her Corus colleagues on the development of content from page to screen. 

Lisa served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre and was the Chair of the Development Committee. Currently she is a member of the Emmy Noether Council at the Perimeter Institute, the Get Lit Advisory Committee in support of First Book Canada, and is active with Corus Women in Leadership and Corus Feeds Kids. Lisa is also a SheEO Activator investing in female-led ventures.

In 2015 Lisa was honored with a Leadership Award by Women in Communications and Technology, recognizing her efforts in advancing women's representation and achievement in Canada's information, communications and technology sector. Kids Can Press was awarded the 2017 Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher, North America at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.


Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech Corporation.  He has overall responsibility for all operations of this award winning organization including regional, provincial and national mandates (thru Communitech’s national arm – the CDMN).

Before joining Communitech in 2004, Iain’s career spanned leadership roles in the private and public sectors, including Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, Executive Director of Communications with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CEO of Ontario Tourism (provincial crown corporation), and roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada.  Over the past 30 years, Iain has been involved as Board Member or Chair of 27 different organizations including national & regional, social & business organizations.  Currently he serves as a special advisor to the President of the National Research Council, the Digital Government Board of the Province of Ontario, Volta Labs, Mitacs, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and is a Senior Fellow with the Brookfield Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Iain has been recognized with many awards; for 2017, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life; in 2016 he was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful business people in Canada; and in 2015 was awarded Startup Canada’s national award for Entrepreneur Support and Promotion.   Iain holds an MBA from Laurier University, an MPA from Dalhousie University, a BA from Laurentian University, and has completed executive education programs at the University of Toronto. 


Gave Lindo is the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival and Foundation. He is a former Deputy Director and Manager of Business and Rights with CBC and media lawyer with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. His community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair of Laidlaw Foundation, and an advisor to the Centre for Social Innovation’s Solutions Media Accelerator and the MaRS Studio [Y] program. Previously, he served as a member of CBC’s I&D National Steering Committee, the Obsidian Theatre Company Board, ArtsSmarts National Board and as a Fellow in the Civic Action DiverseCity Fellows Program. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor in Law degrees from the University of Toronto.

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