Chris Casuccio has worked with Westwood Creative Artists, in various capacities, since May 2006. He is currently Jackie Kaiser’s assistant, WCA’s Permissions Manager, and is representing clients alone and in conjunction with various agents. His current client list includes Jeannie Marshall, Victor Malarek, Scott Thornley, Harriet Alida Lye, d leonard freeston, Michael Blouin, Moez Surani, Bryce Wylde, Katja Rudolph, Avi Silberstein, James McWilliams, Tyler Stiem, Manda Gillespie and Alexandra Shimo. He has also represented projects for George Jonas and Richard Wagamese.
Lien De Nil
Lien De Nil is Bruce Westwood’s assistant. She graduated with a B.A. Hons in History and French Literature from the University of Toronto before completing an M.A. in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, in Oxford, England. During her studies abroad, she completed internships at Wiley-Blackwell publishers, Penguin Group UK, and the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency. After completing an internship with WCA, Lien joined the agency as the Administrative Assistant in October of 2011 where she worked for ten months on domestic and foreign contracts in collaboration with the agents before assuming her current role in August of 2012.
Carolyn Forde has been with WCA since 2005. She represents over thirty authors including but not limited to; Trevor Cole, Lynn Crosbie, Sonia Day, Sylvia Fraser, Bill Gaston, Joel Thomas Hynes, Mark Richardson, Manjushree Thapa, and the blogging duo Fiona Stevenson and Lyranda Martin-Evans. She also represents some authors jointly with Bruce Westwood, including but not limited to, Ian Hamilton, Robert Herjavec and Padma Viswanathan. Carolyn travels to New York regularly to further the interests of Westwood authors and has attended both the London Bookfair and the Frankfurt Bookfair. In recent years Carolyn has been a speaker at the Muskoka Literary Festival, The DarkLit Literary Festival, The Writers Group of Durham, a mentor at the Ontario Writers Conference and a jury member for Diaspora Dialogues 2012 mentorship selection process. She became a shareholder in the agency in 2010 and has a BA Hons in English Literature and History from Trent University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Publishing Sciences from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland and has attended the Simon Fraser University Publishing Intensive course in Vancouver. She has lived and worked in Japan, Mexico and the Czech Republic. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the U K (EU). She has wide-ranging tastes – from literary to commercial fiction, from serious narrative non-fiction to pop-culture and humour. Carolyn is on Twitter at @cforde_litagent.
Jackie Kaiser represents a wide range of fiction and nonfiction writers including Caroline Adderson, David Bergen, David Chariandy, Denise Chong, Karen Connelly, Zsuzsi Gartner, Barbara Gowdy, Robert Hough, Frances Itani, Thomas King, Alice Kuipers, Yann Martel, Stephanie Nolen, Katrina Onstad, Jaspreet Singh, Graeme Smith, Rosemary Sullivan, and Robert Paul Weston. Prior to becoming an agent in October 2000, she was executive editor at Penguin Canada. She has spent more than 25 years working in book publishing and has spoken about editing, agenting and publishing to audiences at the Humber School for Writers, Wilfrid Laurier University, Concordia University, University of Prince Edward Island, and the Adelaide Festival of Writers. Born and raised in New Jersey, she is a dual citizen of the US and Canada, and travels frequently to meet with publishers in New York, Frankfurt and London. Jackie is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd. Please note that Jackie’s client list is full, and that she considers new submissions by referral only; she is regrettably unable to respond to unsolicited queries.
Michael A. Levine
Michael A. Levine is Chairman of Westwood Creative Artists; former partner of Goodmans, LLP; Executive Producer of various fiction and non-fiction films and television properties; President of The Historica-Dominion Institute; Director of Roy Thomson Hall-Massey Hall; Director of the Institute of Canadian Citizenship; Chairman of Bravo!FACT; and Director of the National Screen Institute.
Linda McKnight is a director, shareholder and Vice President of Westwood Creative Artists. Previously, she was the Managing Editor, Director of Publishing, Vice President of Publishing, and the President and Publisher of McClelland and Stewart. She was also the Publisher for Macmillan of Canada, President of MGA Inc., and the Vice President of Sterling Lord Associates. Currently she also teaches the agenting specialization in the Humber Book Publishing Program.
Hilary McMahon represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Lewis DeSoto, Charlotte Gray, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,) Richard Gwyn, Pauline Holdstock, Malalai Joya, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Thomas Trofimuk, Michael Turner and Lucy Waverman. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry, but jumped at the opportunity to join Westwood, and has been at the company for more than 15 years. She represents the company on trips to American publishers, and the Frankfurt and London book fairs. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.
John Pearce represents a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction authors from WCA’s new western office in Victoria, B.C. His active Canadian clients include Jonathan Garfinkel, Chrystia Freeland, Randall Hansen, Gen. Rick Hillier, Jack Hodgins, John Ibbitson, D.R.Macdonald, Dan Needles, Craig Oliver, Cathy Ostlere, Anna Porter, Doug Saunders, Julian Sher, Sylvia Tyson, Richard Wagamese and Jan Wong. He also represents British and American clients in Canada, including Philipp Blom, Glenn Cooper, Curt Stager and Alison Weir. Prior to becoming an agent in 2004, he was executive editor at large with Random House of Canada, and previously editor-in-chief and associate publisher at Doubleday Canada. Born and raised in the UK, and with an M.A. From Cambridge University, he has dual Canadian and European citizenship and is often in London and New York to meet with publishers. John is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.
Bruce Westwood is the Founder, President and CEO of Westwood Creative Artists, Ltd, Chairman of the International Festival of Authors, President of the Canadian Chapter of Words Without Borders, Chairman of Irwin Law Publishers, Past Chairman of the Toronto French School, Past Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Global Security, Past Director of Ontario Media Development Corporation and past Chairman, University of Toronto Culture Technology Program, McLuhan Center.