First Book Canada Leadership

Tom Best

Executive Director

Favourite Book: The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler

Heather Farquharson

Deputy Executive Director

Favourite Book: The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

Gurdeep Dhaliwal

Strategic Alliances Manager

Favourite Book: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Rebeca Delgado

Programs Coordinator

Favourite Book: What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Tessa Eisenberg

National Engagement Coordinator

Favourite Book: When Spring Comes by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Calyssa Erb

Communications Coordinator Favourite Book: Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman

Board of Directors

Tim Pinnington


Tanis Feasby

Vice President, Brand & Marketing, RBC Wealth Management

Leah Garrad-Cole

Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Sproos 

Claudette McGowan

Vice President, Technology Service Engagement; BMO

Alec Morley

CEO, UGO Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust

Tori Newall

Heather Partridge

President, Newbairn Inc.

Ryan Peterson

Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

Jane Robinson

CFO, First Book USA

Kyle Zimmer

President & CEO, First Book USA