Bianca Spence is an arts administrator and publishing professional with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. Her career has included stints at McClelland & Stewart, Cormorant Books, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Whether in editorial, rights management, or marketing and publicity, she has worked with authors who have won or been nominated for the Giller Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and Canada Reads.
After numerous heat advisories, along with a lack of air conditioning on 20% of cars on the Bloor-Danforth subway line, Bianca issued a “hot car challenge” to Toronto Mayor John Tory via Twitter. Mayor Tory accepted the challenge, and together they rode the entire stretch of the Bloor-Danforth line a non-air-conditioned subway. Since that ride, Bianca has been nominated as one of Samara Canada’s 2016 Everyday Political Citizens.
An avid book lover, Bianca lives in Toronto where she remains actively involved in the publishing industry.