On Stage at the IdeaHUB

Don’t forget to check out the IdeaHUB on Thursday

10:30 AM – 11:25 AM

CANSCAIP ­– Forest of Reading®

Thinking about bringing an author to your school? The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) proudly presents Members nominated for the Forest of Reading® Awards. Join us for a lively session as some of today’s best children’s authors share a glimpse into the story behind the story.

Blue Spruce Award™

  • Deborah Kerbel, Sun Dogs, Pajama Press
  • Suzanne Del Rizzo, Sun Dogs, Pajama Press

Le Prix Peuplier Award™

  • Mireille Messier, Moi aussi! Moi aussi!, Éditions de la Bagnole

Silver Birch Award® (Express)

  • Michelle Kadarusman, The Theory of Hummingbirds, Pajama Press

Silver Birch Award® (Fiction)

  • Heather Smith, Ebb & Flow, Kids Can Press

Silver Birch Award® (Non-Fiction)

  • Catherine Rondina, Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender, James Lorimer & Company Ltd

Red Maple Award™ (Fiction)

  • Jean Mills, Skating Over Thin Ice, Red Deer Press
  • Colleen Nelson, Sadia, Dundurn Press
  • Lorna Schultz Nicholson, A Time to Run: Stuart and Sam, Clockwise Press

Red Maple Award™ (Non-Fiction)

  • James Bow, Canadian Structures and Sustainability, Beech Street Books

White Pine Award™

  • Vicki Grant, 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You, Running Press Teens
  • Heather Smith, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Penguin Teen Canada

List of participating authors & their books


11:30 AM – 11:55 AM

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Improve your Relationships with Faculty and Instructors Through Smooth Management of Course Materials

Laura Nederhoff, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris a ProQuest Company

Does your library struggle to get instructors to communicate with you about their course materials? Do you wish they could easily see which resources you already have? Is your school trying to cut down on the cost of course materials for students? Learn how the Leganto course resource list solution from Ex Libris streamlines the management of course materials, highlights the library collection and expertise, and improves communication around course materials, helping libraries build stronger relationships with instructors and saving students and schools money on course materials.


12:00 PM – 12:25 PM

Homework Help from ProQuest: Now Easier for Students to Use

Larry Wilkner, Product Manager Lead, ProQuest

If you haven’t looked at ProQuest’s K-12 student products in a while, don’t miss this opportunity to see our recent updates. Using cutting-edge analytics, customer interviews and student observational studies, ProQuest’s user experience team is redesigning and upgrading K-12 research solutions to meet the shifting demands of the dynamic classroom environment. Join us to learn about the recent redesign of eLibrary, upcoming changes to SIRS and the roadmap for CultureGrams.


12:30 pm – 12:55 pm

Hoopla Analytics

Rudy Orta, Business Analyst, CVS Midwest Tape

Hoopla analytics to help you make the best decision for your library.


1:00 PM – 1:55 PM

Meet the Crime Writers of Canada

The members of the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC), ranging from long-established favourites to up and coming first-timers, give you a fast-paced introduction to their newest mystery, suspense and true crime titles, and tell you why they should be in your library.

CWC is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

  • Ginger Bolton, Goodbye Cruller World, Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Hilary Davidson, One Small Sacrifice, Thomas & Mercer
  • Lisa de Nikolits, Rotten Peaches, Inanna Publications
  • Mary Lou Dickinson, The White Ribbon Man, Inanna
  • Sara Driscoll, Storm Rising, Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • K.J. Howe, Skyjack, Quercus
  • Michael Kent, Tainted Evidence, Mezzo Publications
  • Mike Martin, Darkest Before the Dawn, Ottawa Press and Publishing
  • Lynn McPherson, The Girls Whispered Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery, Black Opal Books
  • Rick Mofina, Missing Daughter, MIRA – Harlequin – Harper Collins
  • Kim Moritsugu, The Showrunner, Dundurn
  • A.G. Pasquella, Yard Dog, Dundurn
  • Judy Penz Sheluk, Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery #2, Superior Shores Press
  • Katherine Prairie, Blue Fire, Stonedrift Press Ltd.
  • Bill Prentice, Why Was Rachel Murdered?, Echo Road
  • Desmond P. Ryan, 10-33 Assist PC, Self-published

List of participating authors & books