Registration Open for 2018 BPAA Conference and Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Book Publishers Association of Alberta Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held September 14 and 15 2018 at the Hotel Arts in Calgary, Alberta.

The conference provides an opportunity for Alberta book publishers to meet, network, and develop their professional skills. Registration is now open through Eventbrite.

Conference registration includes:

  • access to all conference sessions
  • meals and snacks during the conference
  • opening reception on Thursday September 13
  • single admission to the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards on the evening of September 14

Conference Highlights

Publishers as Power Brokers (keynote) by Chelsea Vowel (

Chelsea Vowel is a Métis writer and lawyer from near Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta whose work focuses on language, gender identity, and resurgence. She has been published in the Huffington Post, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. Vowel is well known for her work promoting the protection and preservation of Indigenous languages in Canada. In 2016, she released her first book, Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, a collection of essays aimed at explaining indigenous Canadian issues to non-indigenous people.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, Gillian Fizet, Director FBM2020

Updates on programs and services to prepare publishers for FBM2020.

United Library Services (ULS) information session with Robin Hoogwerf, General Manager ULS

What you need to know about listing services and how publishers benefit from being listed.

eBound Canada Update, Shannon Culver, Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada

Update on programs and services provided by eBound Canada.

Booksellers Panel, Audreys Books, Shelf Life Books, more to be announced,

Examining trends, consumer wants and needs and the future of bookselling in Alberta.

Advocacy for Book Publishers, Sean Casey, Vice-President Cultural Industries Global Public Affairs

How book publishers can be more effective in lobbying governments for support for the book publishing industry.

The Story of My Press facilitated by Don Gorman from Rocky Mountain Books

How do presses identify (style, genre, branding)? What is their role in the industry, in the arts, in society?

Alberta Book Publishers Fund Primer with Glenn Rollans, Brush Education Inc.

A discussion on the foundation of the ABPF proposal to inform the advocacy discussion that will follow.

Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala.

The awards program honours excellence and innovation throughout Alberta’s book publishing industry. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Complete Schedule (download as .pdf)

Thursday September 13, 2018

1600-1800 BPAA Board Meeting (Hotel Arts Galleria)
1800-1830 BPAA AGM Registration (Hotel Arts Galleria)
1800-2000 BPAA Annual General Meeting (Hotel Arts Galleria)
1900-2300 Welcome Reception (Hotel Arts Upper Raw Bar)

Friday, September 14, 2018
All sessions take place in Spectrum 1,2,3 at the Hotel Arts

0730-0900 Breakfast
0900-0945 Frankfurt 2020 Update – Gillian Fizet
0945-1015 Canada Council for the Arts Translation Project – Joanne Gerber
1015-1030 Break
1030-1115 eBOUND Canada – Shannon Culver & Deborah Nelson
1115-1145 United Library Services – Robin Hoogwerf
1145-1215 Canada Council for the Arts Program Update – Chris Toner
1215-1315 Lunch
1315-1400 Publishers as Powerbrokers (Keynote) – Chelsea Vowel
1400-1500 Booksellers Panel – Kelly Dyer (Audrey’s Books), JoAnn McCaig (Shelf Life Books)
1500-1515 Break
1515-1600 The Story of My Press (Facilitated Discussion) – Don Gorman (Rocky Mountain Books)
1900-2200 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala (Tickets available on Eventbrite)

Saturday, September 15, 2018
All sessions take place in Spectrum 1,2,3 at the Hotel Arts

0800-0900 Breakfast
0900-0930 Alberta Book Publishers Fund Primer – Glenn Rollans (Brush Education)
0930-1030 Alberta Book Publishers Fund Visioning – Don Gorman (Rocky Mountain Books)
1030-1045 Break
1045-1145 Advocacy for Book Publishers – Sean Casey (Global Public Affairs)
1145-1215 Alberta in Books – Matt Bowes (NeWest Press) & Kieran Leblanc (BPAA)
1215-1230 Closing Address – Alexander Finbow (Renegade Arts)


Single and double occupancy room rates are available at the Hotel Arts from Thursday to Saturday as follows:

Luxury Rooms: $ 149.00
Luxury Suites: $ 209.00
Additional Guest (18 or older): $ 30.00

Rates listed are exclusive of applicable federal, provincial and local taxes (which currently include a 3% Destination Marketing Fee, 4% Tourism Levy and 5% GST).


Conference attendees travelling from outside of Calgary may be eligible for a subsidy for travel to and accommodation at the conference.

Beverages (alcoholic and non-) are not included with conference registration.

Google map of the venue and Calgary Attractions

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