- Divisions of UTP
- About the Press
- Mission, Vision, and Core Values
- Board of Directors
- Historical Timeline
Divisions of UTP
University of Toronto Press is Canada’s leading academic publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America, with particular strengths in the social sciences, humanities, and business. The Book Publishing Division is widely recognized in Canada for its strength in history, political science, sociology, Indigenous studies, and cultural studies. Internationally, UTP is a leading publisher of medieval, Renaissance, Italian, Iberian, Slavic, and urban studies, as well as studies in book and print culture.
With the publication of influential authors and award-winning research, as well as a continuing dedication to groundbreaking new scholarship and innovative texts for the higher education market, UTP has firmly established its reputation for excellence.
Rotman-UTP Publishing: Business Books from University of Toronto Press
Books from Rotman-UTP Publishing bridge research and practice, offering actionable learning for navigating today's complex business environment. Business professionals, students, and anyone interested in staying current with the latest in business thinking will be engaged by these titles, which reflect the Rotman School of Management's vision for "a new way to think."
Higher Education Publishing
As a not-for-profit university press with the goal to publish affordable books for undergraduate students, UTP is a first alternative to commercial textbook publishers. Part of our mandate is to publish materials for course use that are pedagogically valuable and that also contribute to ongoing scholarship. The possibilities for rethinking how texts can be used in the classroom, along with new formats for their delivery, are endless, and UTP looks forward to partnering with instructors and scholars in this innovative endeavour.
A Note on Textbook Pricing
At UTP, we try to balance the pedagogical needs of the instructor with the pedagogical and financial needs of students. We hope to challenge negative perceptions of the textbook industry by serving as a viable alternative to large commercial publishers. One area in which we continue to focus our attention is book pricing.
We strongly believe in providing the best possible value by pricing our books competitively, often considerably below the competition. Our books are attractive, durable, and pedagogically sound, and do not carry a lot of expensive bells and whistles. Our commitment to cost-effectiveness is why we publish all course books in paperback. We also believe that information about pricing should be readily available to students and instructors, and we make a point of providing up-to-date price information on our website.
We encourage instructors to make informed decisions about the books they choose to adopt for their courses, to educate their students about why they choose a particular book and its value to the overall course content, and to work with publishers to help create (and create demand for) pedagogically sound yet cost-effective course materials.
With more than 115 years of publishing experience serving the changing needs of journal editors and managers, the Journals Division has built a solid reputation for excellence in journal publishing and for the support we provide to our partner journal editors, editorial boards, and associations. We work together with our journal partners to achieve our common goals.
As a not-for-profit Canadian publisher, we focus on finding cost-effective solutions to maintain our journals’ high standards in an increasingly competitive journal publishing environment. We provide a variety of services, including online peer review and editorial support; copyediting, typesetting, and XML structuring; e-publishing and printing; marketing management and advertising sales; circulation and distribution; and financial management and grant preparation.
Our efforts to push the boundaries of academic publishing – and to help our partners achieve their goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner – have inspired us to innovate in areas such as our online peer-review system and advance online publishing workflow.
The UTP Journals team is dedicated to innovation in publishing and the sustainability of scholarly journals. We work hand-in-hand with our editors and associations to grow and sustain their publications – it is our common goal. Visit the Journals website for more information.
With a diverse customer base across North America and around the world, UTP Distribution provides superior book distribution services for more than 70 imprints. Visit the UTP Distribution website for more information.
UTP Guidance Centre distributes hundreds of resources published by various publishers, providing essential materials for guidance counsellors, teachers, co-op educators, career practitioners, HR professionals, and ESL and literacy professionals. Visit the Guidance Centre website for more information.
U of T Bookstore
With a bookstore on each University of Toronto campus, the U of T Bookstore provides many important services and products to the university community, including textbooks, academically oriented general interest books, technology products, and U of T branded clothing, school supplies, and gift products. The St. George campus bookstore also offers several specialty shops and services, including in-house clothing printing, Roots, Adidas, Bell, Canada Post, and Canada’s largest medical bookstore. Visit the U of T Bookstore website for more information.
An innovative and service focused supplier of apparel to campus bookstores. Our team was founded by buyers and retailers who understand the challenges faced by campus bookstores. We specialize in embroidery, twill, and other appliques, with a strong commitment to quality and value. We can help you to build your business with wellpriced basics, unique pieces with style and the lowest minimums in the industry. Visit the Campus Outfitters website for more information.
About the Press
Founded in 1901, University of Toronto Press (UTP) is Canada’s leading academic publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America. UTP has published over 6,500 books, with well over 3,500 of these still in print. Each year, UTP publishes approximately 200 new scholarly, course, reference, and general interest books. The press has published a long list of notable authors, including Northrop Frye, Robertson Davies, Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, Yousuf Karsh, Carl Berger, Umberto Eco, Dorothy E. Smith, and Julia Kristeva. In addition, UTP has published landmark books in Canadian history, such as the Historical Atlas of Canada, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples, and the History of the Book in Canada. With the publication of influential authors and outstanding research, as well as a continuing dedication to ground-breaking new scholarship, UTP has firmly established its reputation for excellence.
The Journals Division has been an important part of the press since its inception and has built a solid reputation for excellence in copyediting, typesetting, journal management, and support for our partner journal editors, editorial boards, and associations. The Journals Division is dedicated to innovation in publishing and the sustainability of scholarly journals. We work hand-in-hand with editors and associations to assist publications in achieving their goals in the most efficient and cost effective manner, resulting in major strides forward in areas such as online peer review systems and online advance publishing.
In 2008, University of Toronto Press acquired the publishing lists in anthropology, history, politics, and sociology from Broadview Press. At the same time, some Broadview editorial, sales and marketing, and management staff moved to UTP to create a dynamic new team focused on higher education publishing.
In partnership with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Press launched Rotman-UTP Publishing in 2008. This imprint is an outlet for disseminating the latest in business thinking with implications for practice. Books from Rotman-UTP Publishing target a broad audience of business people, opinion makers, and general readers with an interest in business, management, and economic issues.
Mission, Vision, and Core Values
To publish exemplary works of scholarship, and to disseminate knowledge widely for the benefit of society.
To be a premier publisher of scholarly work in North America, serving the Canadian and international academic communities with leading authors and customer-focused employees.
As the underlying set of core beliefs, our core values help to define our organization, guide our behavior, underpin operational activity, and shape the strategies we will pursue in the face of various challenges and opportunities.
Three primary core values will govern our actions and decisions in ensuring the effectiveness of our mission: Respect, Innovation, and Accountability. These are the guiding principles by which we operate our organization and treat our co-workers, customers, clients and the community:
- We operate with mutual trust, respect, and integrity.
- We will communicate with all stakeholders in an open, honest, sensitive, and intelligent manner.
- We will acknowledge the diversity, dignity, and worth of all individuals and will respect their roles, competencies, and contributions.
- We are committed to making UTP a great place to work.
- We seek continuous improvement and we will be mindful of the need toadaptbest practices within our environment.
- We will foster an environment that encourages creativity, inspires people to make a difference, and tolerates some risk.
- We will recognize and reward excellence, effort, and innovation.
- We will act in accordance with our Statement of Commitment and other policies.
- We will use our resources wisely, efficiently, and effectively.
- We always work safely; and will maintain a safe environment.
- We keep our promises and deliver on our commitments.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Larry P. Alford (+) (see below for Committee participation legend)
Larry P. Alford is Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto, a position he assumed in August 2011. The University of Toronto Library System is the largest research library in Canada and ranks third among North American university research libraries. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was Dean of University Libraries at Temple University where he was also responsible for the Temple University Press which publishes approximately 60 scholarly monographs per year.
Prior to joining the Temple Libraries in February 2005, he worked in a variety of positions in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over a 30 year period including serving as Deputy University Librarian and Interim University Librarian. He has extensive experience in library budgeting and management, collection development, licensing, scholarly communication, digitization, technology implementation, facilities planning, and program planning.
Mr. Alford has also had extensive involvement in a variety of library cooperative activities. He served as a trustee of OCLC, Inc. from 2002-2014, and as its chair from 2007-2012. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a non-profit organization with revenues of $200 million that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, and preservation services to 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories. Mr. Alford is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). He serves as an elected board member of ARL, and is the ARL Vice President, President-elect. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Canadiana.org, a Canadian non-profit providing digital access to Canadian heritage collections. From 2005-2011 he served as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation in Philadelphia, PA and has also served on other community boards.
Mr. Alford has spoken extensively on a variety of library topics. He holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science in May 2005.
Ann Clavelle (¤)
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Oxford Properties Group
Ann Clavelle is the senior HR Business Partner at Oxford Properties and is responsible for leading Oxford’s HR function with a focus on attracting and developing talent across the organization. As a partner to Oxford’s various business lines, the HR team works closely with leaders to deliver a full range of human capital services and solutions. Prior to joining Oxford, Ms. Clavelle held progressively senior HR positions with Deloitte in both Canada and the United Kingdom. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.
Her community service includes sitting on the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and on the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees of Brescia College.
Jake Gilbert (+)
Jake is an M&A partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, one of Canada’ top business law firms. Jake has been at Blakes his entire professional career and he regularly advises domestic and international clients, both public and private, on a full range of business matters, including cross-border and Canadian mergers and acquisitions. His primary area of focus is financial services but Jake also regularly advises clients in the information technology, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. Jake regularly participates in panels on the topic of innovation in the financial services space and is interested in how incumbents . He is also on the board of the Canada Basketball Foundation. Jake is from Toronto but obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and then returned to Toronto to attend the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
Stephen Knight (*+¤)
Stephen is Canadian Country Director for First Annapolis Consulting, a US-based payments consulting firm. Stephen is responsible for developing client relationships across Canada, providing Canadian clients with local service and expertise, and advising US-based clients with Canadian operations and those contemplating Canadian expansion.
Prior to First Annapolis, Stephen was President & CEO of Loto Inc., which developed the capability for lottery operators to offer gaming and marketing through mobile devices within a more socially responsible framework.
From 1998 through 2008, Stephen was Senior Vice President of Hudson’s Bay Company, and was accountable for its credit card, gift card, loyalty, online sales programs, and B2B Olympic sales efforts.
For four years until 1998, Stephen was at Sears Canada, first in the role of National Manager of Finance, and then as National Manager of Innovation in the financial services division.
Following university, Stephen worked at Deloitte in auditing and in various other roles.
Stephen received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, his Chartered Accountant designation, the Canadian Chartered Business Valuator designation, and the American Society of Appraisers designation.
Stephen has also served on many boards including: the MasterCard International Merchant Advisory Board, Kinark Child and Family Services, Argentium Resources Inc., Loto Inc., Aventum Insurance Agency, Heritage General Insurance, and Affinity Investments (now TD Insurance Meloche Monnex).
Elizabeth Lea (¤)
Elizabeth brings insights and experience developed and practiced across a number of sectors including public broadcasting, healthcare, electricity, and land use planning. She has contributed to organizations through a number of roles including senior Public Affairs practitioner, innovation strategist, and urban and regional planner. Elizabeth is a graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo.
Scott Mabury (*¤)
Professor Mabury holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He first joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 1995 and became Director of the Analytical Laboratory for Environmental Science Research and Teaching in 1997. Professor Mabury served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2003 until he was appointed to the position of Vice-Provost, Academic Operations on July 1, 2009.
Mabury was appointed as VP-University Operations January 1, 2012. Portfolios reporting to him include Information Technology Services, Facilities and Services, Ancillary Services, Office of Planning and Budget, and University Planning Design & Construction encompassing Campus and Facilities Planning, Project Development, Project Management, Design & Engineering, Leasing, and the Office of Space Management.
His current research interests are in the areas of environmental photochemistry, fluorochemicals, and atmospheric particles. He has written extensively on the environmental fate, disposition, and persistence of agrochemicals, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Mabury and his students have published over 160 scientific papers in refereed journals and he has presented his research at conferences, workshops, and seminars all over the world.
Professor Mabury spends weekends on his Northumberland Country Farm growing soybeans, wheat, and corn.
Anne Macdonald (*)
Anne Macdonald is the Director of Ancillary Services at the University of Toronto, where she is responsible for a number of self-funded service departments, including Foodservices, Trademark Licensing, Faculty Housing, Parking and Residences without college affiliation. Anne is an active member of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and serves on its Canadian committee, which works to strengthen professional development for ancillary professionals across the country. Before coming to the University of Toronto, she spent 15 years with the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, where she managed frontline services, Catering and Retail.
Anne has served on several non-profit boards, including most recently the board of YWCA Toronto and Toronto’s Factory Theatre, where she held the role of Treasurer. She is also a member of the University of Toronto’s University Affairs Board, and Business Board.
Anne has an MBA and a Bachelor of Music in Performance, both from the University of Toronto, and an ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She remains active in the arts through volunteer work, and as a chorister with several Toronto choirs, including the gallery choir of the church of St. Mary Magdalene, and Pax Christi Chorale.
Catherine (Kate) Pearce (¤)
Kate Pearce is an experienced General Manager and senior leader with a strong track record of building new revenue and profit in the new media, internet, and consumer packaged goods industries in both the U.S. and Canada.
Most recently Kate was SVP of Product Management for the Internet and Home Phone businesses at Bell Canada in Toronto (2008-2009).
As a senior executive at America Online LLC based in Dulles VA from 2005-2008, Kate was responsible for growing the Global AOL Consumer Mobile and running the AOL Segments Business including various subscription businesses and portals. Prior to working in the U.S., Kate was a General Manager at AOL.
Kate’s early career experience was at Procter and Gamble (1985-1999), where she worked in Purchasing and later in Brand Management on a variety of global, regional, and local businesses.
Her background is in Engineering. Kate received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston. She currently chairs Camp 1, a group of volunteer engineers responsible for facilitating iron ring ceremonies for new engineers graduating from four major Toronto universities, and has been a Professional Engineer since 1987. She also served as a Board Member on the ACA (Association of Canadian Advertisers) from 2002-2007.
Dilip Soman is a professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and the co-director of the university’s Behavioural Economics in Action research centre. He has also served at the Privy Council Office (Cabinet Office) of the Government of Canada, and on the faculties of The University of Colorado and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
He is a behavioural scientist and does research on behavioural economics and applications to welfare, policy and business. He is the author of over 50 research papers and several books, including the recently published The Last Mile (University of Toronto Press). Dilip also teaches an open online class (MOOC) entitled “Behavioural Economics in Action.”
When not working, he spends time on photography, reading, cricket, and taking weekends seriously.
Martha Tory (+)
Until her retirement in June 2015, Martha had spent 39 years at Ernst & Young LLP where she was a partner specialized in serving not-for-profit organizations.
Martha is now actively involved with a number of organizations. In addition to being a member of the board and Audit Committee at UTP, she is a member of the board and chairs the Finance Committee of several other not-for-profit organizations including George Brown College, MaRS Discovery District and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is also a member of the board, chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources and Governance Committee of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. In addition, Martha is a member of CPA Canada’s Accounting Standards Oversight Council and the Standards Council of Imagine Canada.
Martha holds a B.Comm from the University of Toronto. She has an FCPA, FCA and an ICD.D designation.
Robert Vipond is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He earned a BA and MA from the University of Toronto (1975, 1977), pursued a doctorate at Harvard (1983), and returned to a tenure stream appointment at U of T. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and to Professor in 2000.
Vipond’s scholarship focuses on the broad area of Canadian and American political development. His first book, Liberty and Community (SUNY, 1991), was a study of the idea of provincial autonomy in late-nineteenth-century English-Canadian political and constitutional thought. Subsequently, he has written widely on the development of Canadian and American federalism, constitutionalism, and debates about citizenship. He is also co-editor of, and contributed the lead essay to, The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science (UBC, 2008), and author of Making a Global City: How One Toronto School Embraced Diversity (University of Toronto Press, 2017).
In addition to his scholarship, Vipond has been a mainstay of the teaching staff in the Department of Political Science, for which he was recognized by the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1994. He has also served his Department, Faculty, and University in a variety of administrative positions: Undergraduate Chair in Political Science (1991-1994); Acting Chair of Political Science (1994-1995); Associate Dean, Development, Faculty of Arts and Science (1996-1997); Chair of Political Science (1997-2006); founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States (1999-2003); and founding Director, Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative PhD program (2008-present). He is currently Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of the University of Toronto Press. Professor Vipond also served as Mackenzie King Chair of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2002-2003) and is a Fellow of both Massey College and Victoria College.
John Yates - President, Publisher, and C.E.O. (*+¤)
John Yates was appointed President, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Toronto Press in 2004. Most recently, he spent twelve years with the legal publisher and information provider LexisNexis Butterworths Canada, first as Chief Financial Officer and then as President. Previously, he was Treasurer, and before that, Controller of Canada Publishing Corporation. He worked as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce.
Committees of the Board
* Executive Committee
+ Audit Committee
¤ Human Resources Committee
Choose a Period:
UTP is founded as a printing operation by the University of Toronto.
UTP's first book, A Short Handbook of Latin Accidence and Syntax, is published.
Publishing program is approved by the University of Toronto.
Canadian Historical Review was founded.
University of Toronto Quarterly is founded.
Universityof Toronto Bookstore begins operation as part of UTP.
Diamond Jenness's The Indians of Canada is published.
University of Toronto Law Journal is founded.
Robert MacGregor Dawson's Government of Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
Robert MacGregor Dawson's Democratic Government of Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
W.L. Morton's The Progressive Party in Canada wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
Harold Innis's The Bias of Communication is published.
Frank McKinnon's The Government of Prince Edward Island wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
Established in 1925, the Toronto Legal Directory is first published by UTP.
Press building opens at 21 King's College Circle, Scholarly Publishing's home until 1989.
Firstbookof photographs by Yousuf Karsh, Portraits of Greatness, is published.
Collected Works of John Stuart Mill project commences.
Margaret Avison's Winter Sun wins the Governor General's literary prize for poetry.
Marshall McLuhan's The Gutenburg Galaxy is published. This work popularizes the term "the global village." It wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
John Porter's The Vertical Mosaic is published.
First volume of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography is published. The series is described by critic Robert Fulford as "the most ambitious project in the history of Canadian scholarship."
Canadian Books in Print, the complete reference and buying guide to Canadian books, is established as a centennial project.
Carl Dair's Design with Type becomes the first Canadian book to be a recipient of one of the Book of the Year awards presented annually by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Collected Works of Erasmus project commences (this project is still underway).
Warehouse in Buffalo, New York, is opened to serve U.S. customers.
Journal of Scholarly Publishing, the first journal to be devoted to the work of academic publishers, is established.
Economic Atlas of Ontario is chosen as the gold medal winner of the Most Beautiful Book in the World competition at the Leipzig International Book Fair.
Memoirs of Lester B. Pearson, Canada's 14th prime minister and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, are published.
UTP begins offering book distribution services to other publishers.
Frank Scott's Essays on the Constitution wins the Governor General's literary prize for non-fiction.
UTP signs an agreement with the Medieval Academy of America for the publication of the Medieval Academy of America Reprints for Teaching (MART) series.
C.B. Macpherson's Property: Mainstream and Critical Positions is published.
Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization is acquired.
First edition of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada is published.
UTP is named as Canadian Publisher of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers' Association.
First volume of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine is published.
Ramsay Cook's The Regenerators: Social Criticism in Late Victorian English Canada wins the Governor General's literary award for non-fiction.
Canadian Theatre Review is acquired.
Volume One of the Historical Atlas of Canada, the most complex and sophisticated cartographic project in Canadian history, is published.
UTP is named as Canadian Publisher of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers' Association.
The first volume of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan is published.
The Spenser Encyclopedia is published.
The final volume of the Collected Works of John Stuart Mill is published, marking the completion of the series.
The third and final volume of the Historical Atlas of Canada is published, marking the completion of a collaborative research effort of over two decades involving authors and experts across Canada, the United States, and Europe.
UTP Distribution begins providing service to U.S., U.K., and Australian based publishers.
First two volumes of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye are published.
CD-ROM versions of Canadian Who's Who and Ontario Legal Directory are made available.
UofT Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award, marking the first of five wins in ten years (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006).
UTP celebrates its 100th anniversary and issues its list of "One Hundred Most Influential Books Published by UTP."
Umberto Eco's Experiences in Translation and Julia Kristeva's Hannah Arendt: Life Is a Narrativeare published.
The first volume of the History of the Book in Canada is published.
Frank Parker Day's Rockbound wins CBC's "Canada Reads."
UTP sells its offset printing division to focus on core operations.
UTP Journals launches online hosting platform and transitions six fully featured journals to online access.
UTP and the Rotman School of Management found a new publishing imprint for actionable business books, Rotman-UTP Publishing.
David E. Smith's The People's House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention wins the Donner Prize.
UTP acquires Broadview Press's history and social science lists, establishing a new course book division, UTP Higher Education.
UTP's Retail Division launches the Espresso Book Machine, making more than 4,000,000 titles available for on-demand printing.
U of T Bookstore wins the Nebraska Book Company's inaugural Award for Textbook Innovation due to their leadership in Textbooks Rentals in North America.
U of T Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award.
UTP launches P-Shift, an integrated XML First workflow and digital asset management system designed for publishers who need e-publishing support.
The Canadian Museum of Nature and UTP co-publish the award winning The Natural History of Canadian Mammals by Donna Naughton
U of T Bookstore wins the Canadian Bookseller Association's "Campus Bookseller of the Year" award.