Meet the Creative Team at Owlkids




Angela Keenlyside

Publisher, Owlkids

Angela has worked in children’s publishing at Owlkids for over 17 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 likes to alternate her time between reading to her young son and prepping him for a future in the NBA.


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.

Melissa Owens

Editor, OWL Magazine

Melissa has worked in children’s publishing for over 10 years. Her passion is providing quality content for the magazine, eMag and website that inspires, educates, and entertains. As the editor of OWL, Melissa is constantly immersing herself in youth trends, connecting with readers, and feeling gratitude towards the amazing team she works with. When she’s not at her desk, you can find Melissa walking the neighborhood with family, hitting the yoga mat, and eating anything with cheese on it.


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.

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.


Caroline Versteeg

Associate Art Director

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 Owlkids 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 and galleries around Toronto.

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