Meet the Creative Team at Owlkids

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Jennifer Canham

Group Publisher, Owlkids

As a former chickaDEE and OWL reader, Jennifer was thrilled to find her dream job at Owlkids. And after more than 10 years leading the Owlkids team, she still finds that each day brings a new and exciting challenge – along with some pretty inspiring love letters from Owlkids readers. Plus, she gets to combine her interest in education, reading, journalism, the environment, and, of course, birds – all while working with an amazing creative team. When she’s not working, Jennifer likes watching her husband cook dinner, listening to music, and discovering new (and old) books to read with her six-year-old daughter, Alice.

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Angela Keenlyside

Associate Publisher, Owlkids

Angela has worked in children’s publishing at Owlkids for over 14 years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Culture, and Society from Queen’s University. She loves to spend her days reading comics and tries to see at least 50 movies at the theatre each year.

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Karen Boersma

Publisher, Owlkids Books

Having spent over 20 years working with books, and more than 15 years working with children’s books, Karen was thrilled to join the Owlkids family in 2012. When not figuring out how to get kids excited about reading, Karen likes to do as little as possible but when pressed will admit to a fondness for reading books meant for adults as well as spending time at her family’s cottage.

 

Faith Cochran

Faith Cochran

Creative Director, Owlkids

Since discovering Dr. Seuss at age four, Faith has loved the fusion of words and pictures within a story. This led her to media communications, as a writer, digital content producer, and art director for Cottage Life, Flare, and House & Home. Her editorial storytelling is recognized by The New York Society of Illustrators, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, and The National Magazine Awards Foundation. While a PR creative director, she translated client goals into strategic creative for web, social media, and marketing activations. As Owlkids’ creative director, she’s honoured to contribute to literacy and learning in children.

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Kim Cooper

Editor, OWL Magazine

Before joining Owlkids, Kim was a writer, digital producer, and online editor in the youth media industry. She’s a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Pacific and Asian Studies program, where she majored in Japanese. When she’s not practising karaoke, she’s actively involved in a number of diabetes-awareness initiatives for kids and youth.

 

 

Karen Li

Karen Li

Editorial Director, Owlkids Books

Karen was excited to join the Owlkids Books team in 2014. She considers herself very fortunate to have spent over ten years creating award-winning children’s books—after all, what could be better than engaging with art, literature, and fellow book lovers every day? Karen also enjoys running, sewing, and yoga. But most of all she loves snuggling up on the couch to read a good book with her young son.

 

 

Mandy Ng

Mandy Ng

Editor, chickaDEE Magazine

Mandy has a B.A. in English Cultural Studies from McGill University and a post-graduate diploma in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College. In 2006, she began her career at Owlkids as an editorial assistant for OWL Magazine and moved to editor of chickaDEE Magazine in 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, visiting farmer’s markets, and spending time with her family.

Jackie Farquhar

Jackie Farquhar

Editor, Chirp Magazine

Before joining Owlkids in 2001, Jackie completed the Magazine Publishing program at Ryerson University. When she’s not writing, editing, researching, or trying to get kids she meets excited to read Chirp, she enjoys making crafts and hanging out at the park with her family and pets.

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Caroline Versteeg

Associate Art Director, OWL Magazine

Since graduating from the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program, Caroline has worked as a designer and art director in the packaging, branding, and publishing world of design. With an interest in children’s publishing, Caroline joined OWL Magazine as Designer in 2009 and has been creating fun, vibrant content-driven layouts ever since! In her spare time, Caroline paints and has shown her artwork at events such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and galleries around Toronto.

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