Waterloo Reads Champions 2017

The “champions” for the 2017 Waterloo Reads: battle of the books are:

  • Patti Brooks – President of the Uptown BIA
  • Mandy Bujold – 10-time National Boxing Champion
  • Alison DeMuy – ‎Senior Manager, Strategy and Partnerships at Canadian Mental Health Association & WPL Board Member
  • Janice Jo Lee – Singer, songwriter, poet
  • Jasmine Mangalaseril – Food enthusiast, culinary writer, and communications consultant
  • Fauzia Mazhar – Community organizer & small business owner
  • Kelly McManus – Senior Director, Community Relations & Events at University of Waterloo, Canada 150 Community Leader
  • Joe Pavia – Reporter/Editor at CBC
  • Sheldon Periera – Director, University Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada 150 Community Leader
  • Scott Wahl – Waterloo tech leader and creator/blogger behind “Reading the World”

Each champion will be defending one of the 10 most popular Canadian novels of all time, as voted by our community.  Those titles will be announced in early August.

If you haven’t voted for your favourite book yet, vote online now. Voting closes July 31, 2017.

Vote for your favourite Canadian book

vote-buttonWe’re doing a reboot of our Waterloo Reads: battle of the books format and we need your help.

Waterloo Reads, held in October, has been a community favourite since 2013. Typically, this event features local celebrities duking it out over which of the Evergreen Award-nominated titles reigns supreme.

For Canada’s 150th, we are looking for Waterloo’s favourite Canadian novel of all time. Our staff have created a short list and now it’s time for you to vote and decide which 10 books will be fought over at Waterloo Reads on October 17.

Vote Now

Voting closes July 31, 2017.

Thank You!

We would like to once again thank our 10 terrific, enthusiastic and very competitive 2016 Waterloo Reads Champions.


Alex Kinsella, Small & Medium Enterprise Team, Communitech
Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Andrew Coppolino, Food Commentator, Columnist & Critic
The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

Eric Drozd, Broadcaster and Host of The Eric Drozd Show on 570 News
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Wendy Tutt, Co-Owner of the Princess Cinemas 
They Left Us Everything: a memoir by Plum Johnson

Nan Forler, Author & Teacher
All Saints: stories by K.D. Miller

Care, Radio Announcer (Country106.7) and TV Show Host
Seconds: a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Mandy Brouse, Co-Owner of Words Worth Books
Local Customs: a novel by Audrey Thomas

Neil Ballantyne, City & Life/Art Editor, Waterloo Region Record
That Lonely Section of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial  killer who almost got away by Lori Shenher

Darryl “Chef D” Fletcher, Professional Chef & TV Show Host
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo
Punishment by Linden MacIntyre