Staff Bios

André Bovee-Begun, Copywriter & Analyst
André has a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and a background in journalism. Before joining Dundurn, he was a digital projects intern at Master Point Press and an assistant editor at Representative Poetry Online. He divides his time and brain between writing things to sell books and writing reports on why books are selling so well. In no way is this a conflict of interest, and frankly, we’re a little surprised at you for asking.

Laura Boyle, Senior Designer
Laura, originally from the East Coast, moved to Toronto in 2009 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Montreal and France. In her spare time she is a visual artist and a musician in an electronic duo.

Kate Condon-Moriarty, Marketing Manager
Kate holds a BA from Concordia University and an MA from Simmons College in Boston. She has worked in marketing, sales, and editorial roles at Thomas Allen & Son, Charlesbridge Publishing, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In her spare time, Kate enjoys traveling to cities where she used to live and exploring Toronto with her pug, Vinnie. 

Sheila Douglas, Executive Assistant & Manager, Contracts & Admin Services
Sheila left the corporate business world over twenty years ago to find a home in publishing, looking after contracts, rights and human resources. Her passion in her spare time is animal portraiture.

Scott Fraser, Acquisitions Editor
Scott graduated from the University of Toronto in 2010 following a short and unremarkable stint in the Canadian Armed Forces. When he's not reading manuscripts he can usually be found watching baseball games, listening to baseball games, thinking about baseball, and managing his two adult softball teams. Most remaining time is dedicated to Kodiak, his loving Newfoundland-Chow Chow dog.

Carmen Giraudy, Manager, Ebooks and IT
Carmen is a designer who enjoys photo and video editing in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. A former expatriate who has travelled extensively, in her spare time she enjoys tinkering with building projects around the house.

Lorena Gonzalez Guillen, Production Assistant
Lorena moved to Toronto in 2015 to complete a post-graduate certificate in Publishing from Centennial College. Prior to this, she lived and worked in Mexico as a production editor, film editor, and journalist. She was once described as a "colourful" person in reference to her clothing, but also her taste in books, film, and TV shows. She loves photography and cinema, and reading in the subway. She's also an expert in joking-when-nervous and all-day-long sarcasm.

Kirk Howard, President and Publisher
Kirk Howard is the founder and Publisher of Dundurn Press, a company he started in 1972 to address the lack of books dedicated to Canadian history. Kirk named the company after Dundurn Castle, near which he grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2012, Kirk was presented the President’s Award by the Ontario Historical Society for his contributions to preserving the province’s heritage.

Kendra Martin, Publicist & Marketing Administrator
Kendra graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University and Centennial’s publishing program. She has worked in marketing and production for McArthur & Company and James Lorimer & Company. Other than reading the latest CanLit and mysteries, for fun Kendra bikes, bakes, and explores Toronto’s food and culture.

Michelle Melski, Senior Publicist
Michelle Melski graduated from Ryerson University's Arts & Contemporary Studies program with a major in English. She has worked at Second Story Press, ECW Press, and Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishers. When she's not reading or discussing books with her book club, Michelle likes to hang out with her dog Tucker, travel, and eat sour candy.

Jenny McWha, Assistant Project Editor
Armed with a love of books, a BA in English Literature, and a proclivity for correcting grammar (much to the exasperation of those around her), she entered the only field available to her: publishing. When she’s not helping the editorial department with proofreading, copyediting, submissions, and anything else they could need, Jenny likes to fit in some non-work-related reading, binge-watch television shows, and blog about her dog, Xena Warrior Princess.

Synora Van Drine, Sales Manager
Synora holds post-graduate diplomas in Journalism and Publishing, a BA, and an M.Sc. She has lived and worked in Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, and Toronto. Prior to coming to Dundurn, she worked as a journalist, public relations consultant, and marketing specialist. She is vague and intriguing.

C. Dick Yu, Director of Finance
Dick oversees Dundurn’s accounting and finance functions. He is a chartered accountant and holds an MBA degree from University of Michigan. His publishing connections go back to more than a decade ago, when he was the General Manager for Canadian Scholars’ Press and Women’s Press. He and Publisher Kirk Howard were both part of the trade mission to China organized by the ACP in 2005. Dick is an avid player of many sports and enjoys reading, photography, and travelling.