Access Copyright Foundation awards $50,000 in Professional Development Grant funding

Monday, July 12, 2021

TORONTO: July 12, 2021 – Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce the members of Canada’s creative community receiving Professional Development Grants this year.

Please join us in congratulating the following 27 talented creators, publishers and creative organizations:

  • Cooper Lee Bombardier; Halifax, NS
  • Moni Brar; Calgary, AB
  • Canadian Artists' Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens; Ottawa, ON
  • Jessica Cole; Smithers, BC
  • Eschia Books Inc.; Stony Plain, AB
  • Christine Fischer Guy; Toronto, ON
  • Kathleen (Kathy) Fisher; Edmonton, AB
  • Samantha Fitzpatrick; St. John’s, NL
  • Stacey May Fowles; Toronto, ON
  • Freehand Books; Calgary, AB
  • Terrie Hamazaki; Vancouver, BC
  • Wiley Wei-Chiun Ho; North Vancouver, BC
  • Yolande House; Toronto, ON
  • Susan Hughes; Toronto, ON
  • Margaret Macpherson; Edmonton, AB
  • Karen McMullin; Halifax, NS
  • Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail; Whites Lake, NS
  • Maria Sabaye Moghaddam; Kanata, ON
  • Jessica Moore; Toronto, ON
  • Partners Publishing Ltd; Vancouver, BC
  • Zarmina Rafi; Mississauga, ON
  • Royal BC Museum; Victoria, BC
  • SaskBooks (Saskatchewan Publishers Group); Regina, SK
  • Danielle Taschereau Mamers; Toronto, ON
  • Shoshanna Wingate; Sackville, NB
  • Jack Wong; Halifax, NS
  • Julia Zarankin; Toronto, ON

The funding provided by the ACF will help to facilitate opportunities for recipients to attend, either in-person or virtually, workshops, conferences and book fairs, pursue mentorship and training as well as broaden outreach to underserved communities.

“In a profession where most work in isolation, the Professional Development Grants awarded by Access Copyright Foundation help bring Canada’s creative community together for opportunities to network, learn from each other and grow new skills and expertise,” said ACF Chair Margaret Reynolds. “The grants awarded will be instrumental in the creation of new Canadian published works.”

ACF grants are awarded through a peer adjudication process administered on behalf of the Foundation by SK Arts. Jurors for the 2021 Professional Development Grant program were Lauren Carter, author (This Has Nothing To Do With You) and writing instructor; Jazz Cook, membership services coordinator for the Association of Canadian Publishers; and Jason Lee Norman, author (Americas).

About the Professional Development Grant

Access Copyright Foundation Professional Development Grants provide access to specialized training and continuing education for writers and visual artists; arts professionals employed by or working freelance for Canadian publishers and publishing, writing, and visual arts organizations.

About Access Copyright Foundation

Access Copyright Foundation provides support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts. We are an arm’s length foundation of Access Copyright, the collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada.

To learn more about Access Copyright Foundation and SK Arts, please visit:


For media inquiries:
Margaret Reynolds, Chair, ACF

For information on Access Copyright Foundation Grants Programs:
Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant
SK Arts