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
Tim Stobbs – Flatland Publishing
Tim Stobbs is a chemical engineer with experience in clean coal technology, environmental policy analysis and regulatory cost modelling. He established Flatland publishing in 2010 to self-publish a personal finance book on early retirement in 2011. Tim has also been active in his community, serving on the Regina Public School Board from 2009 until 2012, and he served on the board of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Tim is a freelance writer with experience in technical writing, non-fiction (personal finance), blogging, and report writing, and he enjoys his works with the Regina Public Library.
Karen Clark – University of Regina Press
Karen Clark is the Scholarly Acquisitions Editor for the University of Regina Press. She completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Regina, receiving honours and the President’s Medal. She pursued her graduate work at the University of Alberta, then taught in the English Department at Texas Tech University for nine years. Her areas of teaching and research were primarily in Aboriginal literatures, autobiography studies, and environmental literature. Karen is not only thrilled to be back in Saskatchewan and at the U of R again, but to be involved with Astonished!—a program in which her nephew, Duncan Rice, participated. In serving as the new Secretary for Astonished!, Karen hopes to honour Duncan and his family by helping others, and to give back in some small way to all those who cared for and loved Duncan. Karen also enjoys cooking, gardening, knitting, hiking, running and travelling, and is a certified yoga teacher and a student of ashtanga.
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.