Calonego StrangerontheIce thumb

Bernadette Calonego, The Stranger on the Ice, AmazonCrossing

A frozen corpse on the Ice Road near the Inuit town of Inuvik in Canada`s Arctic and a haunting death on an Arctic expedition.

Whishaw SorrowfulSanctuary

Iona Whishaw, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, TouchWood Editions

When Lane Winslow finds a badly injured man in a rowboat, she gets a shocking reminder of the perils of the recent war.

Wilson WildDogsofMexico

T.E. Wilson, Wild Dogs of Mexico, Boularderie Island Press

Detective Sánchez investigates the Catholic Church in the desert city of Durango, and offers himself as the final sacrifice.

Butler NoPlaceForWolverines

Dave Butler, No Place for Wolverines, Dundurn Press

What if someone proposed a new ski area in a national park, but things weren't as they appeared?

Martin DarkestBeforeDawn

Mike Martin, Darkest Before the Dawn, Ottawa Press and Publishing

Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

Penz Sheluk PastandPresent

Judy Penz Sheluk, Past & Present, Superior Shores Press

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present...

Wilkshire RememberTokyo

Nick Wilkshire, Remember Tokyo, Dundurn Press

In Tokyo, Charlie Hillier discovers that you can't always bank on the truth.

Fox YeastofEden

Sarah Fox, Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery), Kensington (Lyrical)

It’s up to pancake house owner Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s murder . . .

Lazarus MurderbyMilkshake

Eve Lazarus, Murder by Milkshake, Arsenal Pulp Press

In 1965, radio personality Rene Castellani poisoned his wife Esther with arsenic flavoured milkshakes so he could marry Lolly.

Fradkin PrisonersofHope

T.E. Wilson, Wild Dogs of Mexico, Boularderie Island Press

A former aid worker stumbles into the world of exploited foreign workers when she rescues a Filipino nanny accused of murder.

McPherson GirlsWhisperedMurder

Lynn McPherson, The Girls Whispered Murder, Black Opal Books

It's 1954 in the cozy, New England town of Twin Oaks. Murder is on the menu. Can Izzy Walsh help find the culinary killer?

Yi DeathFlight

Melissa Yi, Death Flight, Windtree Press

A doctor trapped on a plane with a killer battles to save lives—and wonders if she herself might be the murderer.

Bell HearingVoices

E.C. Bell, Hearing Voices, Tyche Books

Marie wants the nightmares to stop. Doesn’t look like that's going to happen anytime soon.

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Past Chairs and Presidents

Past Chairs of CWC (Title changed 2014)

2016-2018: Cathy Ace (2 terms)

2014-2016: Vicki Delany (2 terms)

Past Presidents of CWC

2012-2014: RJ Harlick (2 terms)

2011-2012: Garry Ryan

2010-2011: Cathy Astolfo

2008-2010: Kay Stewart (2 terms)

2007-2008: Michael Blair

2005-2007: Rick Blechta (2 terms)

2004-2005: Barbara Fradkin

2003-2004: Maureen Jennings

2001-2003: Mary Jane Maffini (2 terms)

2000-2001: Nora Kelly

1999-2000: James Dubro

1998-1999: Peter Sellers

1996-1998: Peter Robinson (2 terms)

1995-1996: Laurence Gough

1994-1995: James Dubro

1993-1994: John Lawrence Reynolds

1992-1993: LR Wright

1990-1992: Alison Gordon (2 terms)

1989-1990: Medora Sale

1988-1989: Peter Sellers

1987-1988: Ted Wood

1986-1987: Howard Engel

1985-1986: William Gough and Anna Sandor

1984-1985: Eric Wright

1982-1984: Tony Aspler (2 terms)

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Who We Are

We are the national professional association 
for mystery and crime writers in Canada.

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Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

What is Crime Writing?

The field of Crime Writing is a broad category that includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. Cross-over tales such as romantic suspense and speculative thrillers are also considered part of the genre. In broader terms, it includes any work of fact or fiction that features crime or mystery as a central element.

Our history

Crime Writers of Canada was established as a professional organization in June 1982 by Derrick Murdoch, the Globe and Mail’s crime fiction reviewer at the time, and other writers interested in the quality of Canadian mystery and crime writing. The following year the Canadian National Arthur Ellis (AE) Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing were launched.  A special annual Derrick Murdoch Award, in the gift of the Board Chair, was created in honour of Derrick Murdoch’s inspired creation of CWC.

In 2005, a written constitution formalized the rules and principles of CWC, and in 2006 the organization was federally incorporated as a non-profit corporation by the Canadian Ministry of Industry.

As a non-profit organization, our activities are made possible by hard-working volunteers and committees. Our activities have two main goals: author promotion and professional development.

Board of Directors 2018 - 2019 (June – June) 

Executive Officers:

ChairMike Martin, Ottawa/EO

Vice Chair:

Past-Chair:  Cathy Ace, BC/Yukon/NWT
Click here for a full list of past Chairs/Presidents.

Treasurer: Ryan Aldred, Ottawa/EO

Directors:

Merrilee Robson, BC/Yukon/NWT

Dwayne Clayden, Prairies

Kevin Thornton, Prairies

Lynn McPherson, Tor/SO

Ann Shortell, Tor/SO

Judy Penz Sheluk, Toronto/SO

Katherine Prairie, Ott/EO

Michael Kent, QC/Atl

 

Regional Representatives:

BC/Yukon/NWT: Merrilee Robson

Prairies: Dwayne Claydon

Toronto/SO: Lynn McPherson and Ann Shortell

Ottawa/EO: Katherine Prairie

QC/Atlantic: Michael Kent

 

Staff

Executive Director: Alison Bruce

Assistant Executive Director: Ludvica Boota

Arthur Ellis Awards Manager: Ludvica Boota

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