1987 – May Cutler

May Cutler was founder of Tundra Books and the first woman publisher of children’s books in Canada, Founded in 1967, Montreal-based Tundra published the works of artists such as William Kurelek, Ted Harrison, Arthur Shilling, and Song Nan Zhang. May worked with author Roch Carrier and filmmaker Sheldon Cohen to create The Hockey Sweater. When she retired from publishing, May sold Tundra to McClelland & Stewart. May was born in Montreal in 1923, and was educated at McGill University and Columbia University. She worked for the United Nations before she began a career in journalism, first at the Montreal Herald and later at the Canadian Press. From 1987 to 1991, she served as the first female mayor of Westmount, Quebec. May Cutler died in 2011.

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