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2018 Writers' Trust Gala Save the Date: November 13

The Writers’ Trust Gala brings the business and arts communities together in support of Canadian literature. With a talented Canadian writer seated at each table, the gala boasts a lively, literary energy unlike any other fundraiser in the city. Past guest authors include literary luminaries Margaret Atwood, Cherie Dimaline, Thomas King, Miriam Toews, Emma Donoghue, Anne Michaels, Adrienne Clarkson, Noah Richler, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Lawrence Hill. 

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the $50,000 Writers' Trust Fellowship, honouring one of the leading Canadian writers of our time.

2018 Writers' Trust Gala
Tuesday, November 13
Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
Chaired by Mark Sakamoto
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Mark Sakamoto is the Executive Vice President for Think Research, a leading digital health company. A lawyer by training, Mark has enjoyed a rich and varied career, having worked at a national law firm, a national broadcaster, and served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health and digital media and has been instrumental in driving the growth of Think Research. In 2014, he authored his first book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, which went on to be a national best seller and was selected as the one Canadian book to read by CBC Canada Reads in 2018. Mark is currently the Chairman of the Ontario Media Development Corporation Board.

Host: Steve Patterson

Committee: Janet Eger, Peter Kahnert, Marla Lehberg, Ana P. Lopes, and Mary Osborne.

For more information and sponsorship inquiries, please contact:
Kayla Calder, Development Manager or 416-504-8222 x243

2017 Event Photos



2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
  • BMO
Authors Sponsor                                                   Reception Sponsor
  • Raymond James
  • Reception Sponsor_Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation

First Edition Sponsors
  • Bonnie Brooks and Lynda Reeves
  • Globe and Mail
  • Rogers
  • RBC
  • Transcontinental
Hardcover Sponsors
  • Aird & Berlis
  • Anonymous
  •  Hardcover_BordenLadnerGervais
  • CIBC
  •  Hardcover_Crowe-Soberman
  • Hardcover_Diamond-Schmitt-Architects
  • Hardcover_Friends-of-Susan-Doherty-Hannafor
  • Hardcover_Greey,-Lorraine---Stephen-LeDrew
  • House & Home Media
  •  Humber
  • Latner Family Foundation  
  • Marla and David Lehberg 
  • National Bank 
  • Penguin Random House Canada
  • Don Tapscott and Ana P Lopes
  • TD Bank
  •  Hardcover_Toronto Writers' Centre
Paperback Sponsors
  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
  • CBC
  • Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
  • Kari Cullen
  • Janet Eger
  • Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
  • Alex Graham & Karen Madorsky
  • Grant Crawford & Watson LLP
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • iBooks Canada
  • Douglas Knight
  • Longview Asset Management
  • Nexus Investment Management Inc.
  • Simon & Schuster Canada
    2017 Attending Writers
  • Jen Agg
  • S.K. Ali
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Kim Bozak
  • Claire Cameron
  • Nicole Chin
  • Trevor Cole
  • Karen Connelly
  • Cherie Dimaline
  • Farzana Doctor
  • Susan Doherty Hannaford
  • Denise Donlon
  • Rita Field-Marsham
  • Stacey May Fowles
  • Kevin Hardcastle
  • Kate Hilton
  • Emily Kellogg
  • Allison LaSorda
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Linden MacIntyre
  • Kyo Maclear
  • Lee Maracle
  • Stephen Marche
  • Sandra Martin
  • James Maskalyk
  • Ken McGoogan
  • Anne Michaels
  • Sean Minogue
  • Nick Mount
  • Grace O'Connell
  • Carol Off
  • Katrina Onstad
  • Steve Patterson
  • Anna Porter
  • Julian Porter
  • Andrew Pyper
  • Nino Ricci
  • Eden Robinson
  • Antanas Sileika
  • Merilyn Simonds
  • Adam Sol
  • Karen Solie
  • Tabatha Southey
  • Linda Spalding
  • Kirstine Stewart
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Don Tapscott
  • Karen von Hahn
  • Mary Walsh
  • Jessica Westhead
  • Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
  • Jan Wong
  • Chuqiao Yang

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