Lisa Lyons Johnston
Lisa Lyons Johnston is the President and Publisher of Canada’s leading children’s book publisher, Kids Can Press, part of the Corus Entertainment family and the recipient of the 2017 Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher, North America. Since 2003, Lisa has held senior leadership positions at Corus, first joining the company’s television group as Vice President & General Manger of Content Distribution and of Max Trax Digital Music.
At Kids Can Press, Lisa oversees all publishing operations and the stewardship of intellectual property and signature brands, including the award-winning CitizenKid global issues collection. Recognized by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Book Club, CitizenKid was developed into an acclaimed climate change documentary in 2020 in partnership with White Pine Pictures and YTV. Lisa has led the company’s diversification beyond traditional publishing into new revenue streams, from developing a robust ebook program to cultivating content partnerships with blue-chip brands. In 2018 Lisa piloted a partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as global distributor of Canadian Geographic’s groundbreaking 4-volume Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.
Lisa has served on the boards of the Ontario Science Centre and Ontario Creates, and currently sits on the Emmy Noether Circle at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Lisa has been honored with a Leadership Award by Women in Communications and Technology and was a “WXN Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women” award winner in 2018.