Who We Are

Jake Babad

Jake Babad is Jackie Kaiser’s assistant and supports Michael Levine in the film and television department. He joined the agency in 2012 after completing Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program and Correspondence Program in Creative Writing. He holds a B.A. Hons in English and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. Before joining Westwood Creative Artists, Jake worked in the advertising and publicity department at Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada.

Chris Casuccio

Chris Casuccio has worked with Westwood Creative Artists, in various capacities, since May 2006. He currently assists John Pearce and Hilary McMahon and is WCA’s Permissions Manager. His current shared-client list includes Jeannie Marshall, Victor Malarek, Scott Thornley, Harriet Alida Lye, d leonard freeston, Bryce Wylde, Katja Rudolph, Avi Silberstein, James McWilliams, Manda Gillespie and Alexandra Shimo. He has also co-represented projects for George Jonas and Richard Wagamese.

Lien De Nil

Lien De Nil is the International Rights Executive for WCA and Bruce Westwood’s assistant. She joined the agency in 2011 and worked on foreign and domestic contracts in collaboration with the agents before assuming her current role. Lien 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 time abroad, she spent time at Wiley-Blackwell, Penguin Group UK, and the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the EU and is also fluent in French and Dutch.

Carolyn Forde

Carolyn Forde has been with WCA since 2005. She represents over thirty authors including but not limited to; Karma Brown, Kristi Charish, Trevor Cole, Lynn Crosbie, Sylvia Fraser, Bill Gaston, Clifford Jackman,Vincent Marcone, Mark Richardson, Barb Stegemann and Manjushree Thapa. 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 Surrey International Writers Conference, 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 (womens/literary crossover and thrillers in particular) from serious narrative non-fiction to pop-culture and humour. Carolyn is on Twitter at @cforde_litagent.


Jackie Kaiser

Jackie Kaiser is WCA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, having joined the agency in October 2000 following a decade at Penguin Books where she was Executive Editor.  Her writers have topped bestseller lists, been published in dozens of countries around the world, and won numerous awards including The Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Prize, the Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Non-fiction, the RBC Taylor Prize, the Edna Staebler Award, the Marian Engel Award, and the BC National Prize for Nonfiction. She has spoken about editing, agenting and book publishing  at George Brown College, the Humber School for Writers, Wilfrid Laurier University, Concordia University, University of Prince Edward Island, and the Adelaide Festival of Writers. Jackie is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

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

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

Hilary McMahon is WCA’s Executive Vice President.  She represents a diverse list of fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,)  Pauline Holdstock, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder 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 WCA on trips to American publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs, and speaks about the industry at events across the country. Hilary is a shareholder in Westwood Creative Artists Ltd.

John Pearce

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

Bruce Westwood is the Founder, Managing Director and CEO of Westwood Creative Artists, Ltd, Chairman of the International Festival of Authors, President of the Canadian Chapter of Words Without Borders,  Past 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.

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