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Access Copyright Foundation announces its 2023 Marian Hebb Research Grant recipients

TORONTO: July 24, 2023 – Access Copyright Foundation is pleased to announce the 37 creators who have been awarded Marian Hebb Research Grants for this year.

Please join us in congratulating:

  • Caroline Adderson; Vancouver, BC
  • Jeremy Appel; Edmonton, AB
  • Tanaz Bhathena; Mississauga, ON
  • Becky Blake; Toronto, ON
  • Pamela Clark; Calgary, AB
  • Trevor Corkum; Albany, PEI
  • Nancy Jo Cullen; Kingston, ON
  • paulo da costa; Calgary, AB
  • Diana Davidson; Edmonton, AB
  • Sadiqa de Meijer; Kingston, ON
  • Marcello Di Cintio; Calgary, AB
  • Bonnie Farmer; Dorval, QC
  • Vanessa Farnsworth; Creston, BC
  • Yolande House; Toronto, ON
  • Helen Humphreys; Kingston, ON
  • Joanna Kafarowski; Victoria, BC
  • Kelly Kaur; Calgary, AB
  • Angela Long; Oshawa, ON
  • Nadja Lubiw-Hazard; Toronto, ON
  • Jeanette Lynes; Saskatoon, SK
  • Gil McElroy; North Bay, ON
  • Cassidy McFadzean; Toronto, ON
  • Kim Pittaway; Dartmouth, NS
  • Alexandra Popoff; Saskatoon, SK
  • Clea Roberts; Whitehorse, YK
  • Ian Roy; Ottawa, ON
  • María (Mary) Helena Rykov; Toronto, ON
  • Ron Smith; Nanoose Bay, BC
  • Erin Soros; North Vancouver, BC
  • Rachelle Stein-Wotten; Nanaimo, BC
  • Suzanne Stewart; Antigonish, NS
  • Mohammad Tabesh; Toronto, ON
  • Kira Vermond; Guelph, ON
  • Peggy Walt; Halifax, NS
  • Russell Wangersky; Saskatoon, SK
  • Susan White; Clifton Royal, NB
  • Paula Wild; Comox, BC

In total, the Foundation has awarded $140,000 in Research Grant funding this year, the most it has distributed for research in a calendar year since 2013, in recognition of how travel costs have increased. With this extra funding, the Foundation has also been able to support a record 37 creators this year to support research that will result in a wide variety of new Canadian published works.

“Even as Access Copyright is facing challenging times that we hope the federal government will resolve through following through on its commitment to fix Canada’s Copyright Act, I take great pride in the historic investment Access Copyright Foundation has made this year to support creators conducting vital research,” said Foundation chair Paul Seesequasis. 

Access Copyright Foundation grants are awarded through a peer review process administered by SK Arts on behalf of the Foundation. Jurors for the 2023 Marian Hebb Research Grant program were author and academic Sneha Subramanian Kanta, author Ken McGoogan, and investigate journalist and author Karen Pinchin.

About Access Copyright Foundation’s Marian Hebb Research Grant program


Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant program provides funding to support inquiry and exploration relevant to Canadian publishing, writing and visual arts, and toward the realization of a publishable work in progress.

About Access Copyright Foundation


Access Copyright Foundation provides support to creators and organizations engaged in the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works in the literary and visual arts. We are an arm’s length foundation of Access Copyright, the collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada.

To learn more about Access Copyright Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website.

For a look at how Access Copyright Foundation’s grants support Canada’s creative community, please visit the Foundation’s Spotlight page.


For media inquiries:

Robert Gilbert, Communications Specialist, Access Copyright

For information on Access Copyright Foundation Grants Programs:
Joanne Gerber, Program Consultant
SK Arts