Jennifer Carlson is the visionary behind Baby Gourmet, an organic baby food company specializing in nutritious and delicious packaged food for babies and toddlers. Inspired by her 6-month-old daughter, she and her sister launched the brand in 2006 at the Calgary Farmers Market and has since built a successful company with product distributed in major retailers across North America. She is the mother of two well-fed children and has a passion for all things culinary. Jen is an inspirational and motivating speaker to women, entrepreneurs and busy moms. GROWING UP GOURMET, a children’s food cookbook, will release in spring 2016 with Atria Books.
Recognized in 2013 and 2014 as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women™, Debby Carreau is a proven leader, helping businesses deliver superior results by making better decisions about human capital. As CEO and Founder of Inspired HR, she uses her experience as a senior leader in Operations and Human Resource Management to advise businesses on optimizing the workplace experience and becoming an employer of choice. She helps businesses implement strategies to get the most out of their most valuable resource: people. Debby’s recent coverage includes Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, MSNBC, and BBC. She consults CEOs globally about the importance of human capital for business results and is a master moderator and platform partner for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. She holds an MBA and a professional designation in Human Resources. Her first book THE MENTOR MYTH will be out in early 2016.
Allison Day, nutritionist and creator of the whole foods, vegetarian recipe blog Yummy Beet, has contributed to various food, health, and news publications such as the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Kitchn, developing vegetable-focused recipes that appeal to vegetarians and omnivores alike. Allison grew up in a small, country town–the place where she first developed her love of seasonal, local foods. She resides in Southern Ontario, Canada. WHOLE BOWLS and PUMPKIN, her first two cookbooks will be released with Skyhorse in 2016.
Andrea Dunlop lives in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, where she works as the social media and marketing director of Girl Friday Productions. LOSING THE LIGHT (Atria 2016) is her first novel.
Karen Katchur is a full-time fiction writer. She is an active member in both the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America and has held various board positions in the local chapter, Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers. When she’s not reading or writing, she instructs fitness classes and holds a M. Ed in Health and Physical Education as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD, starred review from Library Journal, was her 2015 debut from St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne.
Paulette Lambert is the Director of Nutrition for the California Health & Longevity Institute and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition expert. As the Director of Nutrition, she develops nutrition programs for her clients as well as leads workshops for individuals and corporate groups. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and is cited frequently for her expertise in the Wall Street Journal,Shape magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Her first cookbook THE WELLNESS KITCHEN was released in 2014.
Colin Mochrie was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and has lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He is best known for his roles in Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and as host of Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? A regular for nine years on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Mochrie also starred for eight seasons in the hit ABC version for 22 million American viewers a night at its peak, and it became a worldwide sensation in syndication. He performs more than fifty tour dates a year at sold-out venues all over North America. Mochrie lives in Toronto with his wife, actress Debra McGrath, and their son, Luke. His first book NOT QUITE THE CLASSICS was published in 2013 with Penguin Canada.
Jay Onrait is a North American television personality, author, sports anchor, and most importantly your friend. Jay and Dan taped their final episode of SportsCentre in June 2013-upsetting Canadian sports fans from coast to coast-and joined the launch of the new Fox Sports 1 network in Los Angeles as hosts of their flagship show, Fox Sports Live. Somewhere along the way, Jay found time to write the bestselling memoir ANCHORBOY and co-create the wildly successful Jay & Dan Podcast, which continues to make people laugh to this day. Jay is married and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he tries to limit his In-N-Out Burger trips to once a week. His second book NUMBER TWO is out Fall 2015.
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, FOREVER, INTERRUPTED has been optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. Her second book, AFTER I DO, was called a “must read” by Kirkus. Her most recent novel, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE has been featured in People, US Weekly, Cosmo, and more. In addition to her novels, Taylor’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. ONE TRUE LOVES is out Summer 2016.
Jael Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, THE STONE THROWER came out in 2012. In 2013, the book received a CBC Bookie Award. Richardson received a Brampton Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award that same year, recognizing her as a new and up-and-coming writer. Excerpts from her first play my upside down black face are also published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. She is currently the artistic director of THE FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity).
Larry Smith is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo. He is a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award. During his longstanding tenure, Smith has taught more than 23,000 students, representing more than 10 percent of UW’s alumni. And, of course, many millions from all over the world have viewed his provocative TEDx talk, and the numbers continue to grow on a daily basis. Professor Smith is also president of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients. The firm specializes in forecasting and in the economics of innovation and development. He also advises UW students who start their own ventures. Smith has now worked with more than 450 teams of student entrepreneurs. Many have gone on to create companies of significant size and success. His first book NO FEARS, NO EXCUSES, based on his TED TALK “Why you will fail to have a great career” will release in early 2016.
@Stats_Canada Twitter Parody account has over 500,000 followers. Their first book STATS CANADA: SATIRE ON A NATIONAL SCALE was a Chapters/Indigo online bestseller. Known as Canada’s largest and funniest parody account, Stats Canada has been posting wildly inaccurate data about Canadians since mid-2012.