First Book Canada Leadership

Tom Best

Executive Director

Favourite Book: The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler

Heather Farquharson

Deputy Executive Director

Favourite Book: The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

Gurdeep Dhaliwal

Strategic Alliances Manager

Favourite Book: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Rebeca Delgado

Programs Coordinator

Favourite Book: What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Tessa Eisenberg

National Engagement Coordinator

Favourite Book: When Spring Comes by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Hany Mehari

Finance / IT Coordinator

Favourite Book: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Calyssa Erb

Communications Coordinator

Favourite Book: Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman

Board of Directors

Tim Pinnington


Lisa Applegath

Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy

Peter Gold

Co-founder, First Book USA
President, The Gold Group, Chtd.

Suzanne Lount

Director, Graham C. Lount Family Foundation

Claudette McGowan

Vice President, Technology Service Engagement; BMO

Alec Morley

Senior Vice President, TD Canada Trust

Tori Newall

Angus Rigby

Managing Director, RBC

Jane Robinson

CFO, First Book USA

Heather Partridge

President, Newbairn Inc.

Kyle Zimmer

President & CEO, First Book USA