Staff Bios

Scott Fraser, President and Publisher
Publishing is Scott's second career. He spent eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces, and most people who have known him for a long time would agree that he's better at books than boot camp. He did earn the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal and the United Nations Mission in Sudan Service Medal and achieved the rank of Captain, but the prevailing wisdom is that everyone is better off now that he's traded in his fatigues and boots for jeans, sport jackets, and sneakers. Off the job, Scott can often be found at one of the GTA's many softball fields/indoor domes where he strives to be an asset on and off the field while giving 110%.

Kirk Howard, Publisher Emeritus
Kirk Howard is the founder and Publisher of Dundurn Press, a company he started in 1972 to address the lack of books dedicated to Canadian history. Kirk named the company after Dundurn Castle, near which he grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2012, Kirk was presented the President’s Award by the Ontario Historical Society for his contributions to preserving the province’s heritage.

Kathryn Lane, Associate Publisher
Kathryn started her career in publishing at an educational book packager in Toronto. Beaten down by curriculum checks, she bought a one-way ticket to London and convinced travel guide publisher DK Eyewitness to hire her. A few years later she shifted to Rough Guides. Eventually she returned to Toronto and dove fully into Canadian trade when she joined Dundurn in 2015.

Sara D’Agostino, Executive Assistant and Administration Manager 
Sara graduated from York University with an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies. With a life-long love of theatre and books she pursued the publishing program at Ryerson University. She previously worked at James Lorimer & Company as their production editor. When she's not reading or singing along to show tunes, you can find her performing improv with Yes, Trespassing. 

Rachel Spence, Acquistions Editor
Rachel has a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Toronto and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. When not helping the editorial department, she enjoys visiting her cat and two poodles, riding her motorcycle, and curling up with a good book.

Dominic Farrell, Developmental Editor
Dominic has an MA in English from the University of Guelph and studied editing in Ryerson University’s publishing program. A lover of all kinds of books from before he can remember, Dominic has a special interest in history and politics (though poetry also has a special place in his heart). Food, film, music, and travel are also faves.

Allison Hirst, Developmental Editor
Allison Hirst has worked in Dundurn’s editorial department for ten years. She has a special interest in mystery and crime fiction but has also worked extensively on nonfiction titles that include history, sport, the arts, politics, health, and nature. She is an avid birdwatcher and hiker, is a member of Toronto’s Inquisition Trivia League, and is a passionate TFC supporter.

Elena Radic, Managing Editor
Before coming to Dundurn in 2017, Elena worked as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, with clients in educational publishing. She started her publishing career in 2010 at Oxford University Press Canada as an intern, staying on to become editorial assistant and later, associate editor. She has a B.A. in English from U of T.

Jenny McWha, Project Editor
Jenny holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto. Armed with a love of books and grammar, she entered the only field available to her — publishing. When she’s not guiding books and authors through the editing process, Jenny likes to fit in some pleasure reading, Netflix, and cuddling with her dog, Xena.

Melissa Kawaguchi, Editorial Assistant
Melissa has a B.A. in History from McGill University and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. When she isn't helping the editorial department, she likes going for long runs, knitting, and rewatching episodes of The Mindy Project. 

Rudi Garcia, Production Manager
Rudi, who was born in Chile and grew up in Etobicoke, honed his skills in production and design at Toronto Image Works, Xtra!, and NOW Magazine before coming to Dundurn. A lover of film, books, and bikes, he co-parents an elderly rescue dog named Baanjo and enjoys watching Scandinavian crime dramas on Netflix.

Laura Boyle, Art Director
Laura, originally from the East Coast, moved to Toronto in 2009 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Montreal and France. In her spare time she is a visual artist and a musician in an electronic duo.

Sophie Paas-Lang, Designer
Sophie Paas-Lang studied Illustration and Art History at OCAD University. She worked as a freelance illustrator and in the corporate design world before coming to Dundurn. Sophie grew up in the east end of Toronto and now lives in the west end – a passionate cyclist, she is often biking back and forth between them. 

Lisa Marie Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing

Alicia Edwards, Sales Coordinator 
Alicia graduated from Carleton University with a BA in Economics and also studied publishing at Ryerson. Alicia began her publishing career at HarperCollins Canada before coming to Dundurn. When not reading she enjoys baking, watching documentaries and dreams of one day getting a dog.

Elham Ali, Publicist 

Elham graduated from the University of Toronto, where she double majored in English and History and minored in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (she’s a huge Egyptology nerd). After completing the Humber College publishing program, she worked in the marketing departments at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and Penguin Random House Canada before coming to Dundurn. When she’s not reading, she loves baking and spending time hanging out with her large extended family.

Kendra Martin, Marketing & Data Specialist
Kendra graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University and Centennial’s publishing program. She has worked in marketing and production for McArthur & Company and James Lorimer & Company. Other than reading the latest CanLit and mysteries, for fun Kendra bikes, bakes, and explores Toronto’s food and culture.

Heather McLeod, Marketing Coordinator and Community Manager
Heather graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.A. in English and is working on her publishing certificate at Ryerson. Heather began her publishing career as an intern, working first with Kids Can Press before coming to Dundurn Press in 2018. When she isn't scrolling through Rihanna's Instagram page, Heather enjoys reading historical fiction and eating waffles.

Stephanie Ellis, Marketing Assistant