SaskBooks’ Board of Directors draws on expertise in the publishing industry, and consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Past President, and Members-at-Large. Our officers are elected for one year terms by a majority vote of our members at our AGM. SaskBooks’ board members are volunteers for our organisation.
Belinda Riehl-Fitzimmons – Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (“The Archies”)
Belinda Riehl-Fitzsimmons has been interested in books since childhood. In fact, reading was a preferred activity to sports. She began her journey of book creation with being the editor of her small-town school yearbook for 4 years. Following earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in archaeology and anthropology, she worked off and on in the archaeological consulting field, often writing and researching materials for client reports. She became the Business Administrator for the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society in the fall of 2006. Her skills in proofreading and basic editing soon led to taking on the role of editor of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society’s Newsletter (now the Quarterly) in 2007, which she continues. Other titles she has helped create are Sifting Through Time – A History of the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, and Occasional Papers in Archaeology Number 2 – Contributions to Northern Plains Archaeology and Number 3 – The Cypress Hills Massacre. Belinda is married with three adult children, and lives in Saskatoon.
Edward Willett – Shadowpaw Press
Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. Over a professional writing career now spanning more than three decades, he’s worked with publishers of all types and all sizes, from the very small to the major publishers like McGraw-Hill and DAW Books, and in 2018 founded his own publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, named after his black Siberian cat. Ed is also a professional editor. He began his career at the Weyburn Review, becoming news editor after four years as a reporter/photographer/columnist, and has also edited numerous magazines (including serving as a guest editor twice for the venerable literary magazine Grain) and numerous book manuscripts on a freelance basis. Ed has served as writer-in-residence at both the Regina and Saskatoon Public Libraries. He is a past president of SF Canada, the professional association of Canadian science fiction and fantasy writers, and over the years has also served on the boards of Crocus 80 Theatre in Weyburn, Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, Golden Apple Theatre, the Canadian Chamber Choir, and Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre.
Frédéric Dupré – Les Éditions de la nouvelle plume
Karon Shmon – Gabriel Dumont Institute Press
Elsa Johnston – University of Regina Press
Elsa started in the publishing industry in 2002 as program manager for the Association of Canadian Publishers. She has worked for the University of Regina since 2006 and was instrumental in the development of the university’s Open Textbook publishing program, which she ran for four years. In addition to her work experience, Elsa earned a Masters in Publishing from Simon Fraser University in 2002 and a BA Honours in English from University of Saskatchewan in 1999. Elsa was hired as the University of Regina Press’ Interim Director in 2021.
Miguel Fenrich – Supernova Press
Miguel Fenrich began his writing career when he was 6, after finishing his first story (a handwritten, 15-page rip-off of Narnia), and since then, he’s been hooked. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he wrote his first real story, Blue: A Novel. In March 2022, he founded Battlefords newest publishing company, Supernova Press. With many more novels to be written and published, Miguel anticipates a long career in the creative industries in Saskatchewan and is determined to elevate creative voices in the province. He is currently serving on the board of Battlefords Trade and Education Centre, as a member at large for Saskbooks (obviously) and in his spare time, he does freelance reporting for the Battlefords News Optimist.
John Kennedy – Radiant Press
John looks after administration and operations of Radiant Press, one of Saskatchewan’s newest publishers. John has over 30 years of non-profit arts management and film industry experience, and is a keen and enthusiastic publishing explorer.