Thank You!

Get Lit 2015 was a smashing success!

Heartfelt thanks to all of our stellar readers, our sponsors, our committee and our volunteers, and all those who attended.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Please stay tuned for the 2016 date.

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First Book Canada

All funds raised at Get Lit go directly to our trusted partners at  First Book Canada. First Book provides new books and educational resources to schools and community-based programs serving children from low-income families.

Since 2009, the charity has distributed over 3,000,000 new books to children in need across the country. The need is great: literacy is critical in determining whether a child will graduate, the trajectory of their working life – and even their health. In some of Canada’s most underfunded, communities, there is only one book for every 100 children.



This Year's Readers

Rahul K. Bhardwaj

Rahul K. Bhardwaj is President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he works to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. Formerly a corporate lawyer, he is currently the chair of Community Foundations of Canada and co-chair of T02015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Toronto Life twice named him as one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city.

Ian Brown

Ian Brown is an award-winning writer for The Globe and Mail and is author of The Boy in the Moon, chosen by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011. He is also the Rogers Communications Chair of Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre for the Arts, current host of documentary program Doc Studio on TVO and previous host on CBC Radio. 

jack diamond

Jack Diamond is the founding principal of the international award-winning firm Diamond Schmitt Architects, which is known for innovative work in energy conservation and sustainability. He is a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada gold medalist, a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the Order of Canada. His sketches and thoughts on travel were published in the 2012 book Sketches: From Here and There. 



As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat is committed to creating places where people flourish. She has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and OPPI for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLeans Magazine. 

Julie Nesrallah

Julie Nesrallah is CBC Radio Two host, mezzo-soprano and actress. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and has received numerous awards as the host of CBC Radio 2’s national classical music program, Tempo. Among her many distinguished appearances, she sang God Save the Queen for Prince William and Princess Kate. 


2015's mystery guest a tech-savvy globetrotter, a science-loving media activist who works to promote social change through media activism and bring journalism to developing countries.     


This Year's Chef


Matt Dean Pettit got his first job as a prep cook in his home town of Midland, Ontario, at age 13. In 2011 Matt started Rock Lobster Food Co., Canada’s first lobster-centric food company. Matt is a Canadian culinary brand ambassador for Samuel Adams, and he is also the founder and owner of Camp 416 Food Trading Co., which distributes the Matty’s Seafood line and other quality food items across Canada.  Rock Lobster Food co. began as a small pop-up food truck and now has three restaurant locations in downtown Toronto. He is also the author of the bestselling The Great Lobster Cookbook.  



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Boards & Committee

Executive Board

Michael MacMillan
Executive Board Chairman, Get Lit
CEO, Blue Ant Media
Co-Founder and Chairman, Samara

Roberto Martella
Owner of Grano restaurant, Host Salon Speakers Series

Bob Ramsay
Writer, President, Ramsay Inc.

Amy Verner
Journalist, writer, observer

Justine Deluce
COO, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited

Advisory Board

Keith Harradence
Advisory Board Chairman, Get Lit
President, Planeta Earth Sciences

Heather Chell
Chef, Restaurateur

Jeff Harris
Photographer, Artist

Maggie Screaton

Chris McLellan
Product & Marketing Strategy



Romina Tina Fontana
Founder & Creative Director

Rosemary Westwood
Kelsey Rodricks

2015 Co-Chairs

Celine DuPuis

Megan Snider
Sarah Bugeja

Marketing & Social Media

Lisa Poole
Jillian Pyper

Event Planning

Stephanie Holland
Finance & Operations