About Us

Mission Statement

The Access Copyright Foundation provides grants to publishers, individual creators and publishing, writing and visual arts organizations through the following program components:

  • Research Grants
  • Professional Development Grants
  • Events Grants


In December 2008, the Board of Directors of Access Copyright, composed of equal numbers of elected representatives from publisher and creator organizations, agreed to make a contribution to a new foundation. Collectively, they recognized that after 20 years of existence Access Copyright had the maturity and the resources to support this important re-investment in the Canadian cultural community.

The Access Copyright Foundation was launched with a one-time contribution of $3 million from royalties accumulated by Access Copyright for the use of works that cannot be identified. Going forward, it will be sustained by an allocation of 1.5% of annual copyright licensing revenue from Access Copyright.

The Access Copyright Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants intended to encourage the development and dissemination of publishable Canadian works.

About the Saskatchewan Arts Board

The Access Copyright Foundation grants program is administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

The Saskatchewan Arts Board serves the people of Saskatchewan through programs, services and partnerships designed to build a strong and vibrant arts sector. Its main goals are accessibility, sustainability and growth, awareness and acceptance, and development and lifelong learning. Established more than 60 years ago, the Arts Board is the first agency of its kind in North America. In the decades since then, it has continued as a leader in the country, and it continues to build on this strong tradition to meet ongoing opportunities for public investment in the arts community. For more information, please visit www.artsboard.sk.ca

Our Board

Elle Andra-Warner

Elle Andra-Warner is a best-selling author of eight non-fiction books (including Edmund Fitzgerald: The Legendary Great Lakes Shipwreck and David Thompson: A Life of Adventure and Discovery), an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer based in Thunder Bay. Specializing in writing about history, travel, people, First Nations and natural resources, her feature articles have appeared in publications around the world.  She is also the co-editor of Thunder Bay Museum’s annual Papers & Records publication.

She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ),  Professional Writers’ Union of Canada (PWAC), and Manitoba Writers’ Guild.

Born in a German castle but Estonian by heritage, Elle is a graduate of Lakehead University.  Over the years she has served in various leadership roles in national/provincial/regional organizations as well as government committees (establishing guidelines in categories for implementation of Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program) and chaired national committees (e.g. PWAC’s Award Committee and CFU’s Heather Robertson “Happy Warrior” Committee). Currently, in addition to the Access Copyright Foundation, Elle is a Board director on the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society and Ontario director for the CFU.

Elle is also a successful regional publisher and book distributor, having launched River Rocks Publishing in 2007 mainly to publish non-fiction books about Northwestern Ontario by authors who have a connection with the region.

Katherine Lawrence

Katherine Lawrence is a director of the Access Copyright Board, a position she has held since 2012.

She has written two award-winning books of poetry (both published by Coteau Books): Ring Finger, Left Hand (2001) and Lying to Our Mothers (2006), as well as two chapbooks. She is also the 2014 recipient of the City of Regina Writing Award.

Katherine works as a development consultant for non-profit organizations and holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Carleton University and Humber College.

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson is the author of 10 collections of poetry, one of which, Nerve Language (Pedlar Press 2007), was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. His latest, Sharawadji (Brick Books), was shortlisted for the 2012 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry.

He has published articles, reviews, and poetry in many literary magazines, has a PhD in Canadian Literature and is the director of WLUPress. He lives with his wife, Charlene Winger, in Kitchener Ontario.