Commission Members

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Daniel Poliquin


Daniel Poliquin

Novelist, Literary Translator Ottawa , ON

Daniel Poliquin, O.C., Ph.D., LL.D. is a distinguished novelist and literary translator. He has translated works by W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler, Thomas King and Doug Saunders. In 1994 his novel L’Écureuil noir was shortlisted for 11 literary prizes, including a Governor General’s Literary Award (GGLA). His translation of Douglas Glover’s A Guide to Animal Behaviour was also shortlisted for a GGLA. In 1998, his historical novel L’Homme de paille won the Trillium Prize.

In 2000 he published Le Roman colonial. In 2002, the English translation (In the Name of the Father) won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for best Canadian political writing. In 2007, his novel La Kermesse won the Radio-Canada Reader’s Choice award, and its English translation, A Secret Between Us, was shortlisted for the 2007 Giller Prize.

Daniel Poliquin has an M.A. in German, an M.A. in comparative literature and a Ph.D. He is a Chevalier in the Ordre de la Pléiade, a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier in the Ordre des arts et lettres de la République française. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

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Genni Gunn

Writer, Translator, Creative writing Teacher, Musician Vancouver , BC

Genni Gunn is a writer, translator, creative writing teacher and musician. She has published ten books, including three novels (Solitaria, nominated for the 2011 Giller Prize, Tracing Iris, made into a film called The Riverbank, and Thrice Upon a Time, a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize), two story collections (On the Road and Hungers), two poetry collections (Mating in Captivity, finalist for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award, and Faceless) and two collections of poetry in translation (Dacia Maraini’s Devour Me Too, finalist for the John Glassco Prize, and Travelling in the Gait of a Fox, finalist for the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri). She has also written the libretto for the opera Alternate Visions, produced in Montreal in 2007. She is an inveterate traveler, and her experiences are reflected in her most recent book, Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place.

She is the founder of the creative writing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and has been active on numerous university councils, as well as on the boards of the Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust.

Voting Members

Melikah Abdelmoumen

Voting Member

Mélikah Abdelmoumen

Writer Montréal , QC

Mélikah Abdelmoumen was born in 1972 in Saguenay, to a Quebec mother and a Tunisian father. She holds a Ph.D. in literature from the Université de Montréal. She has written numerous articles, short stories and novels, including Chair d’assaut (1999, Prix de la première œuvre du Salon du livre du Saguenay), Alia (2006, shortlisted for the Prix littéraire des collégiens), Les désastrées (VLB, 2013), and is the author of the essay, L’école des lectrices :Doubrovsky et la dialectique de l’écrivain (Lyon University Press, 2011).

She recounted for several years on what she witnessed in 2009 after she formed ties with Roma families living in slums and squats in the Lyon region, where she lived for a dozen years. During her long stay in France, she participated in seminars and round tables on immigration and marginalization issues, collaborated on the organization of the Festival de la revue de Lyon (including its "Quebec focus" in 2016), co-founded the association Cousins de personne (for the promotion of Quebec literature in France) and lectured on the subject of Quebec literature.

Since her return home, she has been involved with UNEQ as a board member and a member of its Gender Equality Committee. She is also a lecturer at UQAM and literary director at Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature. She is currently working on a book about immigration and engagement, Twelve Years in France, which will be published by VLB Publisher at the end of March 2018.

Semareh Al-Hillal

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Semareh Al-Hillal

Associate Publisher Kids Can Press Toronto , ON

Semareh Al-Hillal is Associate Publisher at Kids Can Press, the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher. She has over 25 years’ experience in the publishing industry, including children’s trade publishing, educational publishing and professional publishing, and has also worked with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Semareh is the treasurer of the Association of Canadian Publishers, which represents over 135 Canadian-owned publishers across the country.

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Marc-André Audet

CEO and Founder Éditions les Malins Montréal , QC

Marc-André Audet is the CEO and founder of Éditions les Malins, one of Quebec’s major publishers of literature for young people.

He has more than 15 years of experience in publishing. He was a member of the board of the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres for many years, and has chaired several professional committees.

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Voting Member

Karoline Georges

Writer, Multidisciplinary Artist Saint-Hyacinthe , QC

Karoline Georges is a writer and multidisciplinary artist.

Her works include La Mue de l’hermaphrodite, Ataraxie, Sous béton (finalist for the Prix des libraires du Québec 2012), L’itinérante qui venait du Nord, (l’individualiste) and Variations endogènes. Under the Stone, the English translation of Sous béton, was published in 2016.

Her multimedia artwork has been presented numerous times in North America and Europe. She has received several awards, including the FutureFest Art Prize (United Kingdom, 2016) for her work Our Profiles Kiss, an Official Selection at the 4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition (Ireland, 2016) for Répères, and a Jury Selection at the Prix Poésie Média (France, 2009) for Programme d’entrainement à l’usage d’une conscience hygiénique. She has had two solo exhibitions, one at Bande Vidéo in Quebec City (2015), and one at Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe (2016).

From 2006 to 2013, she was a member of the Commission de la littérature at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She also works with the Canada Research Chair on Digital Arts and Literature.

In 2006, she was awarded the Prix Relève from the Conseil Montérégien de la Culture et des Communications. In 2012, she received the prize for artistic creation from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Voting Member

Laurie D. Graham

Poet, Editor, Publisher Kitchener , ON

Laurie D. Graham comes from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario). She is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick magazine, and a member of the advisory board for the University of Regina Press’s Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. Her first book, Rove, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Her second book, Settler Education, came out in 2016 and was nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry. Poems from that book were also shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, won the Thomas Morton Poetry Prize, and appeared in the Best Canadian Poetry anthology. Laurie holds degrees in English and creative writing from the universities of Alberta, Victoria, and Guelph. She has taught writing at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, and at Humber and Fanshawe colleges. As publisher and editor of Brick, she has worked with writers from all over Turtle Island, including Madeleine Thien, Sheila Heti, Sharon Olds, Yasuko Thanh, Paul Seesequasis, Don DeLillo and Jan Zwicky.

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Philippe Sauvageau

Librarian Québec , QC

Philippe Sauvageau has devoted his life to cultural development, especially in literature. From 1962 to 1989, he held administrative positions at several libraries in Quebec.

In 1989, he became the first president and CEO of the new Crown corporation governing the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. He has held management positions at the Université du Québec à Montréal library network and the Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. He has also been president of the Salon international du livre de Québec since 1998. He has helped develop more than 300 libraries in Quebec and in 18 French-speaking countries. Philippe is on the boards of directors of several cultural and professional organizations.

In 2000, the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication appointed him an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006, he received the Ordre de la Pléiade, awarded by Francophone parliaments, and the Médaille de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec. The Government of Quebec named him a Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec in 2007. In 2008, the Université de Montréal awarded him the Médaille de la Faculté des Arts et des Lettres.

Sandra Singh

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Sandra Singh

Chief Librarian Vancouver Public Library Vancouver , BC

Sandra Singh is the Chief Librarian of the Vancouver Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in Canada. She has received the Association of British Columbia Library Directors Award of Excellence (2013) and was named in Vancouver Magazine’s 2014 Power 50.

She was the president of the Canadian Library Association in 2015-2016 and has led several national library initiatives, including the creation of the national nonprofit Centre for Equitable Library Access (2013-2015) and the national Working Together Project (2004-2008), the first Canadian public library initiative to promote community leadership in the development of library services.

Madeleine Stratford

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Madeleine Stratford

Poet, Literary Translator, Professor of translation Gatineau , QC

Madeleine Stratford is a poet, literary translator and professor of translation at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (Gatineau). She holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from Bishop’s University, an M.A. in German Literature from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Université Laval. Her literary translations and scholarly articles have been published in journals around the world. Her first poetry book, Des mots dans la neige, was published in 2009 and won the Orpheus Prize. Her French translation of Ce qu’il faut dire a des fissures / Lo que hay que decir tiene grietas by Uruguayan poet Tatiana Oroño, was awarded the 2013 John Glassco Prize by the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada. In 2014, she was selected for the Banff International Literary Translation Centre residency program.

Russell Wangersky

Voting Member, Executive Committee

Russell Wangersky

Writer, Columnist St. John’s , N.L.

Russell Wangersky is a writer and columnist. His latest book, the short story collection The Path of Most Resistance, was released in Fall 2016.

His five books also include the memoir Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a memoir of his eight years as a volunteer firefighter, two novels (The Glass Harmonica and Walt), and two short story collections, Whirl Away and The Hour of Bad Decisions. He is currently TC Media’s Atlantic regional columnist, based at the St. John’s Telegram. He is a six-time National Newspaper Awards finalist. He sits on the board of directors of PEN Canada.

Ex Officio Members

Ex Officio Member

Mélanie Dumas

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec Montréal , QC

Mélanie Dumas (ex officio member, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) has a master’s degree in library and information sciences from the Université de Montréal. She began working at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec in 2001. Between 2008 and 2010, she helped to establish the Service québécois de traitement documentaire. She has been director of access to the Collection universelle of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2013.

Ex Officio Member

Monica Fuijkschot

Director General of Published Heritage Library and Archives Canada Gatineau , QC

Monica Fuijkschot (ex officio member, Library and Archives Canada) is the Director General of Published Heritage at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). As director general of public heritage, she is responsible for acquiring published historical documents and describing them for the public. Monica graduated from Syracuse University in 2000, and held various positions in federal libraries before joining LAC. She has managed several different sectors of the library system, including library transformation, access to information and privacy, information management, identity management and security, and web and IT.

Ex Officio Member

Lise Laneville

Canadian Heritage

Lise Laneville is the representative of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ex Officio Member (Vacant)

Canada Council for the Arts