OPI was the publishing arm of the Montreal Star publishing network before it became Optimum in 1982. Optimum an award winning international publisher with a litany of best sellers through the 70’s, 80’s 90’s to present had a stable of bestselling authors including: Margo Oliver; Margo Oliver’s Most Treasured Recipes: Fred Breummer: The Arctic, Life of the Harp Seal, Children of the North: Greg Clark, The Bird of Paradise, Greg Clarks Favorites and so many more.
Optimum was known for delivering sensational crime and political best sellers like The Canadian Connection, 1976 by Jean-Pierre Charbonneau. Montreal Mafia/heroin trafficking: Beyond Reason by Margaret Trudeau, French Worldwide/ Global Syndication in French and English: Political bestseller, Up the Hill by the Treasury Board President, Donald Johnson, 1986,: Barry Turner, MP From the Plains of Africa to the Jungles of Parliament, 2012 and most recently General Beatty’s book, Bullet Proof Flag, Canada’s Peace Keepers in Cyprus, 2014.
Optimum is now lead by Dean Baxendale after the passing of founder Michael Baxendale in January of 2017. Optimum Publishing will focus on three key subject matter areas in Non-Fiction; Canadian and International Politics, Organized and Corporate Crime, Social and Political Justice.