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Editors' Association of Canada

National executive councilFR

Members of the executive council serve as trustees for the general membership. Collectively, they direct Editors Canada activities and decide how to spend its money. They are all members of the association.

Executive council 2015–16

DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT
Anne Louise Mahoney
Ottawa–Gatineau branch
I have over 25 years' experience as an editor and over 15 years as managing editor for a book publisher. In 2008 I took the plunge into freelancing; the following year, I became one of Editors Canada's first four Certified Professional Editors. I am a proud member of Editors Canada and have enjoyed getting to know editing colleagues across the country in my work on Editing Canadian English 3 and Editorial Niches.

@16annelou

DIRECTOR, VICE-PRESIDENT
Gael Spivak
Ottawa–Gatineau branch
I work in communications, including writing and editing, for the federal government. Areas I've worked in include food safety and food labelling, animal health, plant health, biotechnology, ethics and government, and pandemic flu. I also developed, implemented and led a plain language project at my workplace, where I specialize in plain language writing and editing.
My Editors Canada volunteer work includes membership chair of the NCR branch executive, co-chair of conference 2012, and director of volunteer relations on the national executive council. In 2014-15, I was one of the core volunteers who planned the Editing Goes Global conference. I also volunteer with Not Just Tourists – Ottawa, a non-profit group that helps travellers deliver medicine to countries in need.

@Piglita

DIRECTOR, PAST PRESIDENT
Greg Ioannou
Toronto branch
Colborne Communications
I've been a freelancer since 1977, and have taught editing all over the place. I was a founding member of (F)EAC and have had all sorts of positions on the executive, including president three times and treasurer six times (yikes!). In real life I own and run a writing and editing company called Colborne Communications, where my office is populated with moose paraphernalia. I'm also the publisher at Iguana Books. More importantly, I captain a team in a weekly trivia league, and frequent local pubs and stamp auctions.

@GregIoannou

DIRECTOR,  TREASURER
David Johansen
Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch
I have worked in product management and marketing in England, France and Canada and, during that time, have chaired an international user group of telecom companies. I am a Celta-qualified ESL teacher for 8 years and have been editing as a volunteer for 12 years and as a professional for 3 years. I have passed the Canadian Securities Course with honours. In my spare time, I sing with and run the Box Office for the Lakeshore Light Opera in Pointe Claire, Quebec (llo.org).

DIRECTOR, SECRETARY
Breanne MacDonald
Hamilton-Halton twig
I am a graduate of Ryerson University's publishing program and have been working in-house (with some freelance work on the side) as a proofreader/copyeditor since 2010. I specialize in proofreading marketing material, product labels, retail flyers, websites, and anything else involving a mix of text, images, and design elements. I also enjoy proofreading fiction and non-fiction. I have been an active member of Editors Canada at both the local and national levels, including volunteering as co-coordinator for the Hamilton-Halton twig and being a member of the conference committees for 2014 and 2015. I received the President's Award in 2015 and I look forward to continuing my work with Editors Canada as a director on the national executive council.

DIRECTOR, REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES AND TWIGS (EAST)
Stacey Atkinson
Ottawa–Gatineau branch
I've been freelance editing since 2012, when I left a twelve-year career in the government to open my own business. I started Mirror Image Publishing as a way to independently publish my debut fiction novel. I learned so much along the way, especially when it came to editing, designing, and publishing a book, that I began offering my services to other independent authors of fiction and nonfiction books in Canada and the United States. I am also actively involved with Editors Canada, most recently as a member of the 2015 conference committee and as the volunteer social media coordinator for the conference.


@StaceyDAtkinson

DIRECTOR, REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES AND TWIGS (WEST)
Margaret Shaw
BC branch
I'm a freelance writer, editor, consultant, and trainer, working mainly with technical material in the corporate, government, and education sectors. I was an environmental consultant for 14 years, then earned a professional writing diploma and jumped into freelancing. Thankfully Editors Canada was there to help me get oriented. I was one of the first editors to be certified for structural and stylistic editing, and I'm a certified copy editor. I've had the honour of being a Tom Fairley judge and of contributing to MPES – Structural Editing and to the new Editing Canadian English. When not at my desk, I mostly like to be outdoors.

DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Michelle van der Merwe
BC Branch
I am a Victoria-based editor with more than thirteen years experience working on print, web and social media projects. I've studied graphic design and journalism, hold a Certificate in Editing from SFU, and am a contributing editor at Geist Magazine. I've worked both in-house and freelance on projects that have included books, magazines and corporate communications, and I love being an editor because I learn something new and interesting everyday, no matter what I'm working on. When not working I can usually be found outside, exploring and enjoying my surroundings, or planning my next travel adventure.

DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS
Marie-Christine Payette
Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch
I am a freelance editor and translator based in Quebec. I established my home-based business in 2011 after teaching ESL and FSL for a little more than 5 years. I also proofread, do comparative revisions and write book reviews. I specialize namely in fiction (youth literature), educational journals, cultural and historical articles and corporate communications. I have been a member of Editors Canada for 3 years and the Director of Francophone Affairs for 2 years. I found here experience in various fields, met amazing people and had the opportunity to work on projects equally interesting. I just love being able to give back to the association since I get so much in return.

DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
Elizabeth d'Anjou
Kingston Twig
As a child, I knew that the one career I did not want to pursue was my mom's: freelance editing. Yet today, somehow, I'm looking back at about 22 years of editing (most of it freelance) and of (F)EAC membership. My clientèle includes educational publishers, non-profits, and government departments. I also teach editing, and have a keen interest in Editors Canada's role in promoting high editorial standards. I've served on both the Toronto and National executives in several roles, and as Toronto co-chair during Editors Canada's restructuring around the turn of the millennium I helped steer the organization through some tumultuous times.

@ElizdAnjou

DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
donalee Moulton
Nova Scotia Twig
I have 25 years' experience as a professional writer and editor. I have edited everything from brochures to booklets, newsletters to annual reports, websites to online newsletters, marketing kits to feature articles for clients across North America and beyond.

In addition, I am a professional journalist.  My byline has appeared in more than 100 magazines and newspapers including The National Post, Investment Executive, The Lawyers Weekly, and Chatelaine.

I am also a professional trainer. I have taught communication courses at Dalhousie, Saint Mary's, and Mount Saint Vincent Universities. I currently teach editing, grammar, and proofreading courses (among others) across Canada.

DIRECTOR, CO-DIRECTOR OF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Breanne MacDonald
Hamilton-Halton twig
I am a graduate of Ryerson University's publishing program and have been working in-house (with some freelance work on the side) as a proofreader/copyeditor since 2010. I specialize in proofreading marketing material, product labels, retail flyers, websites, and anything else involving a mix of text, images, and design elements. I also enjoy proofreading fiction and non-fiction. I have been an active member of  Editors Canada at both the local and national levels, including volunteering as co-coordinator for the Hamilton-Halton twig and being a member of the conference committees for 2014 and 2015. I received the President's Award in 2015 and I look forward to continuing my work with Editors Canada as a director on the national executive council.

DIRECTOR, CO-DIRECTOR OF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Gael Spivak
Ottawa–Gatineau branch
I work in communications, including writing and editing, for the federal government. Areas I've worked in include food safety and food labelling, animal health, plant health, biotechnology, ethics and government, and pandemic flu. I also developed, implemented and led a plain language project at my workplace, where I specialize in plain language writing and editing.
My Editors Canada volunteer work includes membership chair of the NCR branch executive, co-chair of conference 2012, and director of volunteer relations on the national executive council. In 2014-15, I was one of the core volunteers who planned the Editing Goes Global conference. I also volunteer with Not Just Tourists – Ottawa, a non-profit group that helps travellers deliver medicine to countries in need.

@Piglita

DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER RELATIONS
Patricia MacDonald
Nova Scotia twig
I began my freelance editing career in 2000 and joined Editors Canada shortly after. My focus is on copyediting and proofreading sports books and memoirs, guides for athletes and coaches, and textbooks for physical education and kinesiology students. A member of the Nova Scotia twig, I served on the organizing committee and was volunteer coordinator for the 2013 annual conference in Halifax, duties I resumed for the 2015 Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto. I chaired the volunteer management committee from September 2013 to September 2015.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Patrick Banville
I joined the national office in 2015. My previous experience includes working in the media industry, as well as the not-for-profit and charitable sector. In my role as Editors Canada executive director, I provide leadership to the national office staff to achieve the association's mission and strategic objectives. My responsibilities include finance, human resources and administration.