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.
Liz Culotti manages WCA’s foreign contracts and permissions, assists Michael Levine with book contracts, and runs our social media. She’s also our office manager. Liz joined the agency in 2014 as an intern after completing Ryerson University’s publishing program. She holds a B.A. Hons in English from Western University and previously worked as a law clerk at a firm in Toronto.
Carolyn Forde has been with WCA since 2005. She is both an agent with her own list of authors, and WCA’s International Rights Director. Carolyn travels to the Frankfurt Bookfair, the London Bookfair and to meet publishers in New York regularly to further the interests of Westwood authors. In recent years Carolyn has been a speaker or mentor at the Surrey International Writers Conference, Muskoka Literary Festival, DarkLit Literary Festival, Writers Group of Durham, Ontario Writers Conference, Diaspora Dialogues and the Canadian Authors Association. A shareholder in the agency since 2010, she has a B.A. 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. Carolyn is on Twitter at @cforde_litagent.
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 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 is WCA’s Executive Vice President. She represents a diverse list of bestselling and award-winning fiction, non-fiction and children’s authors, including John Bemrose, Robin Esrock, Charlotte Gray, Eric Hill (creator of the Spot books,) Pauline Holdstock, Dean Jobb, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Susan Juby, Dennis Lee, Susin Nielsen, John Lawrence Reynolds, Carrie Snyder and Lucy Waverman. She also represents a number of ghostwriters who are available for commissioned work. After graduating from Carleton University with a double major (honours) in journalism and English, she worked in public relations and the magazine industry. While completing Ryerson University’s publishing program, Hilary learned of an opening at Westwood Creative Artists and hasn’t looked back. Twenty years later, she’s a shareholder in WCA and represents its authors on trips to American and British publishers and the Frankfurt and London book fairs. She regularly speaks about the industry at events across Canada, and also manages human resources at the agency.
John Pearce represents a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction authors from WCA’s western office in Victoria, B.C. His Canadian clients include Darrell Bricker, Randall Hansen, Ian Halperin, Jack Hodgins, John Ibbitson, Eve Joseph, Cathy Ostlere, Genevieve von Petzinger, Anna Porter, Elizabeth Renzetti, Doug Saunders, Sylvia Tyson, Richard Wagamese and Jan Wong. He also represents British and American clients in Canada. His writers have made numerous appearances on best-seller lists and won many prizes including the Governor-General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Charles Taylor Prize, the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Award, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, the Hubert Evans B.C. Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Donner Prize, and the City of Toronto Book Award. He has spoken widely on writing, editing and publishing. 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.
Meg Tobin-O’Drowsky is our rights assistant, executive assistant to Bruce Westwood, and assistant to Hilary McMahon. She joined the agency in 2015 after completing University College London’s M.A. in Publishing program in the UK. She holds an Honours B.A. in English and French from York University. While living abroad Meg spent time at HarperCollins UK, Penguin Random House UK, and Head of Zeus Books.
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.