Social and Economic Responsibility in the Book Industry

Save the Date!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Harbourfront Centre

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College
in association with IFOA

While Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly visible, the book publishing industry has long been aware of the inherent importance of books, reading and writing to the world’s well-being. But as Markus Dohle of PRH said to employees, “We ought to do more … to drive positive social, environmental, and cultural change …”

Building on last year’s successful “Books Can Change the World,” panel, Publish Well and Prosper will explore the ways our business can do just that: be socially aware and thrive economically. Join us for a day of stimulating and practical discussion about economic and social responsibility in the book business.

Stay tuned for more information including sessions ans registration.

Announcing the 2017 Keynote Speaker


We are pleased to introduce our keynote speaker for Book Summit 2017! Join us for an insightful morning as philosopher Joseph Heath, author of Enlightenment 2.0 and Filthy Lucre, delves into the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of our day’s discussions. He will explore the politics, economics and psychology of Corporate Social Responsibility, while drawing connections to the current book industry.

Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Book Summit 2017 Welcomes Candy Palmater

From student council President in a small rural high school, to valedictorian of her law school class, to a Masters in Education and a national TV show, Candy Palmater’s life experiences are at once unique and universal. Her varied career has included public service at both the federal and provincial levels. This activist and comedian will, through sharing her lived experience, impart her passionate perspective on leadership, social responsibility and inclusion. Candy will also offer a few words about the exhilarating and frustrating experience of writing a book.
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