A founding partner of a well-known publishing house from North Vancouver has been appointed to the Order of B.C.
Scott McIntyre is a founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre (D&M) Publishers, at one time the country’s largest independent publisher that promoted Canadian authors and earned an international reputation for beautiful books on a range of subjects.
McIntyre is one among the 15 BC citizens, including Dave Brewer, the founder of North Shore Rescue, that have been named for the Province’s highest form of recognition.
During McIntyre’s 40-year tenure, the publishing house produced about 2,000 books on the arts, architecture, politics and history, including works from celebrated authors such as Douglas Coupland, David Suzuki, Wade Davis, Emily Carr, Richard Wagamese, Wil Ferguson and Wayson Choy.
What made the B.C. publishing house unique was McIntyre’s interest in works about the history and art of Indigeneous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
According to a biography provided by BC, McIntyre’s firm celebrated the cultural and spiritual achievements of Indigeneous peoples through the work of artists such as Bill Reid and Robert Davidson. It was important to McIntyre to communicate the need for the cultural survival of First Nations. The works opened new ideas, new discussions and new awareness of B.C.’s cultural heritage.
McIntyre took chances, often at personal financial risk, to champion lesser-known writers so their voices could be heard.
He fought equally hard to protect the cultural pulse of Canada, dedicating much of his time to advising the federal government in complex trade negotiations and standing up for the independence of Canadian interests.
He played a key role in the development and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, signed by 145 countries. 7 In addition to his role as publisher, McIntyre also dedicated his public service to various professional organizations, environmental groups, museums and cultural institutions.