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Our Team

Learn about the members who make up the Simon & Schuster publishing team.

Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher

Kevin Hanson is the President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. He joined the company as President in 2005 and in 2013 also named the company’s first Canadian publisher. He is responsible for all of the publishing, sales, marketing, financial, and operations activities of Simon & Schuster Canada, which is also the exclusive distributor in Canada of the book and audio products of both Simon & Schuster and Simon & Schuster UK, as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of US distribution clients.

Nita Pronovost, Vice President and Editorial Director

Nita Pronovost is Vice President, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Canada. She oversees the publication of many bestselling international and domestic fiction authors, including Ruth Ware, Kate Morton, Beverley McLachlin, Santa Montefiore, Liz Nugent, Amy Stuart, and Iain Reid. Her nonfiction list includes New York Times bestselling authors Rupi Kaur, Tegan and Sara, and Neil Pasricha. She specializes in thrillers, upmarket commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, celebrity biographies, and hard-hitting memoirs.

Sarah St. Pierre, Senior Editor

Sarah St. Pierre joined Simon & Schuster Canada in 2014 and became Senior Editor in 2019. She has worked with bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction including Beverley McLachlin, Peter Mansbridge, Genevieve Graham, Roz Nay, Leslie Howard, Bob McKenzie, Jay Ingram, and Robert Bateman. She is looking for commercial novels, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, upmarket romance, memoirs, and books that bring new research to a wide audience, celebrate new voices and perspectives, and add a twist to traditional narratives. Follow her on Twitter @SarahJaneStP.

Laurie Grassi, Senior Editor

Laurie Grassi is a senior editor at Simon & Schuster Canada. She is drawn to diverse voices, is delighted by a fresh hook and unconventional structures, and wants to fall for characters—miscreant and otherwise. Current authors include Kobo Emerging Writer winner and Canada Reads finalist Jesse Thistle, New York Times bestsellers Fredrik Backman and Kathy Reichs, and bestselling authors Daniel Kalla, Catherine McKenzie, Andrew Pyper, Nathan Ripley, Robert Rotenberg, and HGTV host and designer Sarah Richardson. Laurie actively acquires upmarket commercial novels, literary/commercial crossover, and nonfiction, with a focus on memoir and lifestyle.

Justin Stoller, Senior Editor

Justin Stoller is a senior editor at Simon & Schuster Canada where he acquires a wide range of nonfiction with a special interest in sports, current affairs, personal stories of humour and heart, and tales of extraordinary lives. Justin’s authors include NHL pro hockey player Max Domi and the internationally bestselling Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. He is looking forward to publishing psychiatrist and medical advisor Dr. David Goldbloom and journalist Omar Mouallam. Justin joined Simon & Schuster Canada in July 2019. Before that, he worked for ten years at Penguin Random House Canada, where he acquired and edited bestselling and award-winning books in memoir, sports, humour, and culture. Justin would be happy to tell you about everything he’s reading for fun, if you want to know.

Jasmine Elliot, Assistant Managing Editor

Jasmine Elliott joined Simon & Schuster in 2019. Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a freelance editor of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Jasmine is proud to assist in ushering all Simon & Schuster Canada titles with care and passion from acquisition to print.