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TD National Reading Summit II (Toward a Nation of Readers – Montréal, QC) touched on the importance of developing a reading culture in Canada, and the steps we can take to foster that. In 2011, we looked at programs that will inspire and challenge us, and the issues we must address moving forward. The purpose is changing Canada and building a society of readers

Master of Ceremonies: Stanley Péan, Québec Union of Writers (UNEQ)
Summit Facilitator: Renaud Houzeau de Lehaie


Dr. Guy Berthiaume
Patricia Aldana
Craig Alexander
Jean François Bouchard
Antonine Maillet
Françoise Armand
John Kim Bell
Marie Josée Berger
Clara N. Bohrer
Marie Désilets
France Desmarais
Lucie Dion
Jacqueline Kerguéno
Annie Kidder
Jean-Yves Levesque
Félix Maltais
Harvey McCue
Body Ngoy
Shane Peacock
Li Qingming
Heather Robertson
Rodney Saint-Éloi
John Ralston Saul
Jon Scieszka
Chantal Vaillancourt
Mélanie Valcin
Rick Wilks
CEO, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
National Reading Campaign Steering Committee
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank
National Reading Campaign Steering Committee
Department of Education, Université de Montréal
Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs, Brookfield Renewable Power
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
Director, West Bloomfield Township (MI) Public Library
Executive Advisor — Libraries, Montréal
Asst. Director, Research & Development, Communication-Jeunesse
Table jeunesse des bibliothèques publiques du Québec
Promotes writing and publishing for youth in developing countries
Executive Director and Founder of People for Education
Department of Education, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Founder, Les Débrouillards Youth Science-Education Movement
Consultant, Aboriginal Topics, Ottawa
Deputy Assistant, Office of Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger, 2006
Principal, Nanshan School
Customer Services Manager, Calgary Public Library
Vice-President, Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL).
President, International PEN
Advisor, publishing and reading
Frontier College
National Reading Campaign Steering Committee


  • High School
  • Babies and Young Children
  • New Canadians
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Babies and Preschool
  • Equity and Access
  • Boys and Reading
  • New Technologies and Reading
  • Adult and Lifelong Learning

Working Groups

Babies and Young Children

According to the National Strategy for Early Literacy Summary Report 2009, one in four children entering grade 1 are poorly prepared to learn and are already significantly behind their peers. To become lifelong readers, babies need the care of loving adults who communicate their own love of reading, and who provide regular, frequent, and joyful exposure to books.

School Age Children

Libraries have traditionally offered programs to attract audiences, encourage a love of reading and in turn to nurture a lifelong reading and library habit. However, less traditional programs are presented as a hook to encourage perhaps more reluctant users to the library.

High School/Post-Secondary

We aim to foster positive reading environments in high schools, colleges, universities, libraries and in communities and individual homes; that recognizes and celebrates new forms and formats of reading; that provides strategies and programming for teenagers and adults; that aims to reduce access barriers to reading materials and reading forums; a nation where all forms of literature are read, discussed, and incorporated into daily life.

New Canadians

Those new to Canada need the opportunity join in our literary conversation if they are to participate fully in our country’s life. There are language acquisition programs in place across the country: are they empowering or effective?

Aboriginal Canadians

Aboriginal people are an important part of a nation-wide reading strategy. Many programs
already exist, but everyone agrees that there is still much to be done. We need to build on a foundation in which storytelling is highly valued. Challenges of distance, access, and sometimes poverty can make a reading strategy difficult to implement.

Adult and Lifelong Reading

Elements of our vision for the future include a strong policy and funding framework in place to support the Canadian book industry, authors and the library sector in fostering a reading culture; a sustained and vibrant Canadian book industry which has made a successful transition to the digital age; a successful launch of a national reading promotion campaign.

Equity and Access

Communities across Canada have recognized the need for fair and equal access to reading. We were interested in programs that allowed people to connect with reading material as a part of their daily life.

Resources From the 2011 Summit