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The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and Canadian writing. Each September, we host hundreds of author readings for visitors of all ages and a vibrant marketplace featuring the best selection of books and magazines in Canada. Join us (for free!) as we share vital stories about where we live.
Sarah Dunn, President
Sr. Manager, Marketing and Sales, Attila Glatz Concert Productions
Sarah Dunn is the Senior Manager of Marketing and Sales for Attila Glatz Concert Productions, which produces, promotes, and manages classical, jazz, folk, country, film, and video game music performances throughout the world. She previously spent 15 years as a book publicist, most recently at ECW Press, where worked for over ten years, eventually becoming their Publicity Director.
Meredith Tutching, Vice President
Director, Forest of Reading, Ontario Library Association
Barbara Howson, Past President
Principal, Howson Consulting
Barbara Howson is a sales, licensing, and business strategist with a strong background in publishing and other media sectors. She’s worked with small to mid-size companies in Canada and the United Kingdom. After ten wonderful years at House of Anansi and Groundwood Books, as VP of Sales and Licensing, she left in 2018 to start her consulting business, Howson Consulting.
Masood Abid, Treasurer
Director of Business Development, Magazines Canada
Senior Director of 6 Degrees, Institute for Canadian Citizenship
David Leonard is the Senior Director of 6 Degrees, a global movement for inclusion, hosted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He was formerly the Director of Events for the Walrus Foundation, and the founding producer of the Walrus Talks, which has become one of the most-respected ideas-based events in Canada. Prior to that, he did communications and campaign work for a number of national environmental charities, and before that spent almost a decade as a publicist for some of the most well-known authors and publishers in Canada and around the world. He lives in Toronto.
Former Executive Director, Writers’ Trust of Canada
A graduate of the University of Guelph, Don began his career in the arts community in the marketing department of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In 1989 Don bought a home and pursued business opportunities on Montserrat. After Hurricane Hugo, Don returned to Toronto where he purchased and operated The Fare Exchange Cafe before returning to the Toronto Symphony where he managed the customer service centre and telemarketing operations. Don was the first full-time Director of Development for Tafelmusik. He has worked for the Writers’ Trust of Canada for nine years, the last seven years as Executive Director. Don currently serves on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. Don and his husband Jim Harper divide their time between Toronto and Fort Lauderdale.
Director, Operations, Penguin Random House Canada
VP Outreach, JUMP Math
Mary Sadleir is VP Outreach at JUMP Math, a social enterprise committed to closing the achievement gap and unlocking the math potential in all K-8 students and teachers across Canada. Mary has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years in progressive sales and senior management positions at Prentice-Hall Ginn, Scholastic Canada Inc. and McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Her extensive travel across all provinces and territories has provided Mary with a deep understanding of the education system and the unique and diverse learning communities that define Canada. Her volunteer and board service includes Alzheimer Society Toronto (2 years as Walk Chair), Elections Canada (Senior Supervising Officer), Elections Ontario (Supervising Officer), United Way (Fundraising) and The Lambton Golf & Country Club (Membership).
Co-founder, Queen Books
Alex Snider is a Toronto-based bookseller and the co-founder and co-owner of Queen Books, an inclusive community bookshop located in Toronto’s east end neighbourhood of Leslieville.
Associate, Gowling WLG Canada LLP