We are the national professional association
for mystery and crime writers in Canada.
Board of Directors
2023- 2024 (June – June)
- BC/Yukon: Winona Kent
- Alberta/NWT: Julie Hiner
- Saskatechewan: Joanne Paulson
- Manitoba/NU: Barbara Hawryluk
- Ontario: Southwest/North/GTA: Jane Burfield, Jass Aujla
- Ontario: Central/East/Ottawa: Norm Boucher
- Quebec: Anne Fotheringham
- Atlantic Provinces: donalee Moulton
- International: Del Chatterson
Directors at Large:
- Katherine Walker
- Jonathon Whitelaw
- Executive Director: Cathy Fynn
- Program Manager: Ludvica Boota
- Awards Manager: Ludvica Boota
- Webinar Coordinator: Erik d'Souza
Hyacinthe Miller, Board Chair
Hyacinthe M. Miller is an award-winning author of short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, contemporary women's fiction, and non-fiction. She's been published in Borealis magazine and in Herotica 7, Whispered Words, and Allucinor, The Elements of Romance anthologies. Her website is https://hyacinthemillerbooks.com
Her debut novel, Kenora Reinvented, (Investigations, Mystery, and Seasoned Romance) was published in 2019. Her current works-in-progress include The Fifth Man, book two of the Kenora & Jake series and a general interest text based on interviews with over seventy current and retired police officers around the world about challenges, rewards, and leadership in their chosen profession.
Hyacinthe is an organizational development consultant in the policing sector. She is a founding member and Past President of the Writers Community of York Region. She belongs to professional organizations including Sisters in Crime, The Writers Union of Canada, Toronto Romance Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. As Chair of Crime Writers of Canada, her goals include increasing the diversity and inclusivity of CWC through outreach and partnership-building, as well as enhancing engagement with and supports for current authors and emerging writers.
Winona Kent, Vice Chair & BC/Yukon Regional Rep.
Winona Kent is an award-winning author who was born in London, England and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she completed her BA in English at the University of Regina. After moving to Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School.
Winona’s debut novel, Skywatcher, was a finalist in the Seal Books First Novel Award and was published by Bantam Books in 1989. This was followed by a sequel, The Cilla Rose Affair, and her first mystery, Cold Play, set aboard a cruise ship in Alaska. Since then, she has written seven other novels, the latest, Ticket to Ride, came out in 2022. Her story “Salty Dog Blues”, in Crime Wave (Sisters in Crime-Canada West, 2020) was a finalist in the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada's Awards of Excellence for Best Crime Novella.
She's currently the national Vice-Chair as well as the BC/YT Rep, an active member of Sisters in Crime-Canada West and happily embracing life as a full-time author.
You can find out more about Winona at: http://www.winonakent.com
Julie Hiner, Albert/NWT Regional Rep.
Julie Hiner spent endless hours during her childhood lost in the pages of books. The only thing that took precedence over a book was her Walkman. To this day, Julie is a hardcore 80s rocker at heart.
Julie Hiner is an author, storyteller, and blogger. She has independently published an inspirational work of non-fiction and a psychological suspense series. Several of Julie’s short horror stories have been published, and she has collaboratively released a horror anthology. Julie’s home-base is KillersAndDemons.com where she serves up toxic cocktails of 80s metal, ritualistic murder, and raw horror.
Julie lives in her hometown in Canada, nestled near the rocky mountains. Julie’s writing is infused with music of all eras. Her dark crime novels are a fusion of 80s metal, acid rock, gothic rock, and more. Obsessed with the dark mind of the serial killer, Julie’s characters are based on bits and pieces of some of the most terrifying monsters to roam the earth.
J.C. Paulson, Saskatchewan Regional Rep.
Joanne (J.C.) Paulson, a long-time Saskatoon journalist, has been published in newspapers including The StarPhoenix, The Western Producer, the Saskatoon Express and many other publications over more years than she likes to say.
Her unquiet brain requested a shift from fact to fiction about seven years ago, when she started madly writing mystery novels based in Saskatchewan. Five of those have been independently published: Adam’s Witness, Broken Through, Fire Lake, Griffin’s Cure and a novella, Two Hundred Bones. A historical fiction entitled Blood and Dust was just released, and a fifth novel in the Adam and Grace series is in the works.
She has also edited and acted as publisher for a number of magazines, and recently began editing novels and short stories for other authors. Paulson lives in a rambling bungalow in Saskatoon with her husband, goldsmith Ken Paulson, a human mine of useful plot ideas.
Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk, Manitoba/NU Regional Rep.
Barb Joyce-Hawryluk, MSW, is an award-winning crime fiction and creative non-fiction author who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, three children, seven grandchildren, and Labrador retriever, TJ. She’s been an active member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime for several years. When she’s not writing, reading, or attending writing conferences, she can be found running with her children and grandchildren, and challenging herself in distance races.
Jass Aujla, ON: SWest/North/GTA Regional Rep.
Jass Aujla is a Canadian South-Asian author of suspense-thriller fiction. Jass studied creative writing as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto and later earned a Certificate in Creative Writing from the School of Continuing Studies @ UofT. When she isn’t working on one of her twisty novels, she can be found writing poetry & prose on social media.
Jane Burfield, ON: SWest/North/GTA Regional Rep.
Born and educated in Toronto, Jane sets many of her short stories in the physical and mental spaces where she has lived. North Toronto matrons are not to be treated badly without consequences.
After three careers in journalism, teaching and business, Jane’s writing career began when her first story won The Bony Pete Award in 2001. She has been an Arthur Ellis finalist, and has been published in more than ten anthologies.
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Norm Boucher, ON: Central/East/Ottawa Regional Rep.
Norm Boucher left Montreal at the age of nineteen to begin a long and rewarding career as an RCMP officer mostly dedicated to investigating drugs and organized crime.
Norm is the recipient of the Governor General’s medal of Bravery. He is now retired and dedicates his time to writing.
Anne Fotheringham, Quebec Regional Rep.
A. J. (Anne) Fotheringham is a Canadian writer from Montreal, Quebec. She has graduated from McGill University and holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes the Lamb’s Bay Mysteries as well as short stories and poetry.
A former journalist and communications professional, she is also a blogger and workshop leader.
donalee Moulton, Atlantic Provinces Regional Rep.
donalee Moulton is a professional writer and editor based in Halifax, N.S. As a professional journalist,
donalee’s byline has appeared in more than 100 print and online publications throughout North America and beyond. These include The National Post, Chatelaine, Maclean’s, The Lawyers Weekly, Canadian Business, and The Globe & Mail.
donalee is the author of author of the new book The Thong Principle: Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say published by Business Expert Press in the U.S. She has also co-authored a book, Celebrity Court Cases: Trials of the Rich and Famous that was published in Canada for the U.S. market. donalee’s short story “Swan Song” was one of 21 selected for publication in Cold Canadian Crime, an anthology published by the Crime Writers of Canada.
In addition, donalee was the editor of Atlantic Books Today, a quarterly publication for the East Coast book industry.
Del Chatterson, International Regional Rep.
Del is a strategic advisor and consultant for entrepreneurs and has written extensively on business topics for decades. Originally from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, he has lived and worked for most of the past forty years in the fascinating, multicultural, bilingual, French-Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec.
Katherine Walker, Director at Large
Katherine serves with the Royal Canadian Navy and is an ordained minister. She writes acclaimed fiction, evocative theology, and celebrates the tradition of story. Her debut, All is Well, was a finalist in our "Best First Crime Novel 2022." She considers creativity sacred, liminal, and vital for human flourishing. Connect with her at www.katherinewalker.ca
Jonathon Whitelaw, Director at Large
Jonathan Whitelaw is an award-winning writer, journalist, and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism, covering everything from sports to music to radioactive waste – and everything in between. He's also a regular reviewer, podcaster, panellist, and commentator. He moved to Canada from the UK in May 2022.