Sam Labreque is the founder of CANSCAIP and served as its first president. His parents were both born in Quebec but went to the U.S. during the Depression. He was born in Berlin, New Hampshire in 1941 and was brought to live in Granby, Quebec in 1952. He worked briefly as a logger at Holberg, B.C., then returned to Ottawa to study arts. He worked as a journalist in Sherbrooke, for Canadian Press in Montreal and for newspapers in New York and Florida. His two children's books are Worms for Sale in 1972, followed by Who's Afraid of Slip-Sloop. He lives in Langley where he works as a photojournalist.