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

Amy Smithers

Programs Coordinator

Favourite Book: What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Tessa Eisenberg

National Engagement Manager

Favourite Book: When Spring Comes by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Keanna Dal Bello

Communications Coordinator Favourite Book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Board of Directors

Heather Jessiman

President, Newbairn Inc.

Tanis Feasby

Vice President, Brand & Marketing, RBC Wealth Management
Vice Chairperson

Leah Garrad-Cole

Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Sproos 

Claudette McGowan

Global Executive Officer, Cyber Security, TD Bank

Tori Newall

Nancy Mills

Vice President, Client Management & Data Analytics at RBC Capital Markets

Heather Partridge

President, Newbairn Inc.

Ryan Peterson

Chartered Professional Accountant. RKP

Jane Robinson

CFO, First Book USA

Kyle Zimmer

President & CEO, First Book USA