Lisa Lyons Johnston

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Corus Entertainment Inc.

Lisa Lyons Johnston is President of Canada’s leading, globally recognized children’s book publisher, Kids Can Press, part of the Corus Entertainment (TSX: CJR.B) family. Since 2003, Lisa has held senior leadership positions at Corus Entertainment, first joining the company’s television group as Vice President & General Manger of Content Distribution and of Max Trax Digital Music. 

In her current role, Lisa is responsible for all publishing programs and operations, including the stewardship of signature characters and brands such as Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and CitizenKid, the award-winning global issues collection for young readers. Recently Lisa spearheaded the launch of KCP Loft, a new Young Adult imprint aimed at young women ages 14 to 24. 

Lisa has led the company’s diversification beyond traditional publishing into new revenue streams, developing a robust ebook program, cultivating content partnerships with blue-chip brands, and working closely with her Corus colleagues on the development of content from page to screen.  

Lisa served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre. Currently she sits on the Board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Emmy Noether Circle at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Canada-China Creative Industry Advisory Group. Lisa is also a SheEO Activator investing in female led ventures.

In 2015 Lisa was honoured with a Leadership Award by Women in Communications and Technology, recognizing her efforts in advancing women's representation and achievement in Canada's information, communications and technology sector. Kids Can Press was awarded the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher, North America, in 2017