About BookNet Canada


BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry. Founded in 2002 to address systemic challenges in the industry, BookNet Canada supports publishing companies, booksellers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents, and libraries across the country.

BookNet Canada’s services and research help companies promote and sell books, streamline workflows, and analyze and adapt to a rapidly changing market. BookNet Canada sets technology standards and educates organizations about how to apply them, performs market research, and tracks 85% of all English-language Canadian print book sales through BNC SalesData.

Industry-led and partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, BookNet Canada has become, as The Globe and Mail puts it, “the book industry’s supply-chain nerve centre.”

Here’s what we do:

1. Supply Chain Technology

We create technology services to increase accuracy and efficiency in the Canadian supply chain.

The BiblioShare suite of services, including metadata aggregation, metadata maintenance and web services (APIs). 

  • BiblioShare
  • BiblioShare Webform
  • BiblioShare Web Services
CataList — A powerful online tool for marketing, selling and ordering books.
EDI — Makes sharing orders, shipment notices and invoices fast and easy. 
SalesData, our national sales tracking service, and Prospector, the retailer tool.  

2. Standards & Certification

Standards are the linchpin of the supply chain. We develop and maintain them so industry technology can run smoothly and benefit everyone.
We actively work on the standards in these four areas:
  • Metadata (ONIX)
  • Identifiers
  • Subject & Classification Schemes
  • EDI

3. Research & Education

BookNet provides the industry with actionable research and forward-thinking professional development.
  • Technology Forum
  • The Canadian Book Market
  • The Canadian Book Consumer
  • PubFight
  • White papers & Reports

Board of Directors

The BookNet Canada Board of Directors is comprised of a cross-section of representatives from firms across the publishing supply chain and the industry’s professional associations.

Karen Boersma
Publisher, Owlkids Books
Association of Canadian Publishers

Moe Hosseini-Ara
Director, Service Excellence, Markham Public Library
Canadian Urban Libraries Council


Hamish Cameron
VP Management Information Systems, University of Toronto Press Distribution
Association of Canadian Publishers

Barry Gallant
Chief Operating Officer, Penguin Canada
Canadian Publishers’ Council

Andrew P. Hughson
Assortment and Allocations Manager, Indigo Books & Music
Indigo Books & Music Inc. 

Robin Hoogwerf
General Manager, United Library Services
United Library Services

Stephen Osgoode
VP, Digital Products, HarperCollins Canada
Canadian Publishers’ Council

Chris Szego
Manager, Bakka-Phoenix Books
Retail Council of Canada

Jessica Walker
Manager, Munro’s Books
Retail Council of Canada 

Lesley Fletcher
Manager of Member Services, Book Industry, Retail Council of Canada

Jefferson Gilbert
Executive Director, Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Jackie Hushion
Executive Director, Canadian Publishers’ Council

Carolyn Wood
Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers

Should you have any questions pertaining to the Board of Directors, please send inquiries to info@booknetcanada.ca.