The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) announced that it will honour Margaret Reynolds, Executive Director of the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC), with its President's Award. The President’s Award is presented annually to an individual who was or is employed by an ACP member firm, who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian publishing industry and to the ACP.
ACP President Matt Williams said: “The contribution Margaret has made to the publishing industry in British Columbia resonates across the country, and we’re looking forward to celebrating her achievements when we gather in Winnipeg next month. Margaret has a great many well-wishers in our group.”
Margaret Reynolds has worked in trade and literary publishing houses in British Columbia for almost forty years. She is currently the executive director of the ABPBC, a trade association that represents the interests of BC owned and controlled publishing companies, where she has worked since 1988. Prior to taking the position at the ABPBC, Margaret was General Manager for Sono Nis Press, then located in Victoria, and was the marketing manager for Douglas & McIntyre, which became the largest English-language publishing company in Canada until it was sold in 2013. Margaret has served on many book-related and arts boards including the BC BookWorld Society, the Alliance for Arts and Culture, City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Space subcommittee, and The Word On The Street (now WORD Vancouver), where she was the organization’s first president. Margaret received a Distinguished Service Award from the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association in 1999 and in 2002 the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the publishing industry in British Columbia. In 2008, she received the Association of Canadian Publishers Honorary Lifetime Membership in the association. In 2016 she is nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Metro Vancouver, and will receive the Association of Canadian Publishers President’s Award for her support of Canadian publishers. Margaret has a BA in English Literature from Carleton University and a Masters degree in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University. She is the mother of two girls and “Nana” to Dylan, Mackenzie, Hunter, Taggart and Parker.
The awards will be presented on June 9 in Winnipeg, at the ACP’s annual banquet. ACP also announced that Paul McNally and Holly McNally, independent booksellers and founders of McNally Robinson, will be granted Honorary Lifetime Membership in the association.