About BookNet Canada

Read our Year in Review report (PDF)

Read our Year in Review report (PDF)

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, industry associations, literary agents, media, 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 creation and maintenance, and bibliographic data distribution (APIs):

  • BiblioShare

  • Bibliographic Data Distribution

  • Webform for ONIX creation

CataList: A powerful digital catalogue tool for marketing, selling, and ordering books.

EDI: Makes sharing orders, shipment notices, and invoices fast and easy. 

SalesData: The national tracking service and analysis tool for print sales in the Canadian English-language trade book market.

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.

  • Tech Forum and ebookcraft

  • The Canadian Book Market annual report

  • The Canadian Book Consumer research reports

  • PubFight

  • Custom research reports

  • Webinars, tutorials, and training

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. If you have any questions pertaining to the Board of Directors, please get in touch.


Moe Hosseini-Ara
Director, Branch Operations & Customer Experience
Toronto Public Library

Kate Edwards
Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers

Jefferson Gilbert
Executive Director, Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Sonny Brar
Vice President, Member Relations and Education,
Retail Council of Canada

David Swail
Executive Director, Canadian Publishers' Council


David Millar
VP, Sales and Marketing, Simon & Schuster Canada
Canadian Publishers' Council


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


Hamish Cameron
VP Distribution & Management Information Systems, 
UTP Distribution, Association of Canadian Publishers


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

Chris Hall
Co-owner, McNally Robinson Booksellers
Retail Council of Canada

Robin Hoogwerf
General Manager, United Library Services
Association of Canadian Wholesalers

Lindsey Hunnewell
Production Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Mike Hurley
VP Proprietary Products & Print Finance, Indigo Books & Music
Indigo Books & Music Inc.