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Lisa Lyons Johnston

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President, Kids Can Press
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, Ms. Lyons Johnston has held senior leadership positions at Corus Entertainment, first joining the company’s television group as VP/GM of Content Distribution and of Max Trax Digital Music.

In her current role, Ms. Lyons Johnston 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 Ms. Lyons Johnston spearheaded the launch of KCP Loft, a new Young Adult imprint aimed at young women ages 14 to 24.

Ms. Lyons Johnston 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 the Corus television children’s programming team on the development of content from page to screen.

A diversity champion, advocate of STEM-based learning, and the advancement of girls’ education, Ms. Lyons Johnston leads a team that values books that engage and empower young readers with stories celebrating strong, courageous, problem-solving female characters.

Ms. Lyons Johnston served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre and was the Chair of the Development Committee. Currently she sits on the Ontario Media Development Corporation's Book Advisory Committee, the Get Lit Reads in support of First Book Canada Advisory Committee, the Corus Women in Leadership Steering Committee, and the Corus Feeds Kids Steering Committee. Ms. Lyons Johnston is also a SheEO Activator investing in female-led ventures.

In 2015 Ms. Lyons Johnston was honored 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.