Board of Directors

Livres Canada Books is governed by a Board of Directors. Members volunteer their time and expertise to lead the strategic planning and approval of policies and operations.

The Board is composed of seasoned business professionals of organizations and enterprises representing all sectors of the Canadian publishing industry.

Equally divided between English and French-language publishers, Board members are affiliated with the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL), the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) and the Canadian Publishers’ Council (CPC). Two professional advisors who are not publishers but are familiar with the Canadian publishing industry also sit on the Board.

The Board oversees three committees responsible for specific areas of service: Executive and Finance, Export Expertise, and Nominating and Governance.



Frédéric Gauthier, Éditions de la Pastèque (ANEL)


Semareh Al-Hillal, Kids Can Press (ACP)


Simon Payette, Éditions Chouette (ANEL)


John Yates, (University of Toronto Press/ ACUP)

Executive Director

François Charette


Semareh Al-Hillal, Kids Can Press (ACP)

Philip Cercone, McGill-Queen’s University Press (ACP)

Martine Des Rochers, Presses de l’université du Québec (ACUP)

Bianca Drapeau, Marquis (Professional Advisor)

Frédéric Gauthier, Éditions de la Pastèque (ANEL)

Noah Genner, BookNet Canada (Professionnal Advisor)

Sandra Gonthier, Éditions du Boréal (ANEL)

Simon Payette, Éditions Chouette (ANEL)

Antoine Tanguay, Éditions Alto (ANEL)

Margie Wolfe, Second Story Press (ACP)

Andrew Wooldrigde, Orca Book Publishers (ACP)

John Yates, University of Toronto Press (ACUP)