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Carole Hubbard

Enlightenment Editing

Ottawa, ON K1G 2Y1

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Member Services (2014)
  • National Capital Region Branch (2015)
  • Conference (2015)


I am a freelance English editor, proofreader, writer and researcher with a passion for clear and effective communication and a heart for social justice issues. I have more than 20 years of professional experience in communications workin in the not-for-profit sector and with business and government, including over 10 years as an in-house editor with the Senate of Canada. In 2006 I started my own editing and communications business, Enlightenment Editing.

My joy is helping my clients say what they really mean in the most appropriate language and tone. I specialize in plain language adaptation and rewriting, thriving on the art of bringing the obscure to light. I respect my clients' expertise in their fields and strive through my work to let that expertise shine through polished, professional texts.

I am also a member of Plain Language Association International.

What others say about my work:

"Carole copy-edited our 37-chapter report, containing over 400 pages. She is outstanding at her craft with tremendous attention to detail. Even more impressive, though, is her ability to embed herself in the content at hand, raising questions that are not only technical but thoughtful as well. It was an absolute pleasure working with a professional like Carole. Our organization couldn’t be happier with the quality of her work."

~Albert Armieri, Senior Project Analyst, The First Nations Information Governance Centre

"Carole has worked with The Conference Publishers since 2008, and from the beginning, she quickly became our editor of choice. She approaches each project with a blend of professionalism, enthusiasm, and confidence, and her editing is truly stellar. Carole has a keen editorial eye, and an outstanding ability to turn garbled text into polished prose; and she always manages to do it on tight deadlines, with no fuss or fanfare. As our company's managing editor, I can be confident that when we assign Carole to a project, she'll deliver results that will satisfy even the most demanding client."

~Karen Irving, Managing Editor, The Conference Publishers and Smarter Shift



Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, general
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Hand-written materials
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Speeches
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Family
  • Finance and taxation
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • International relations
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Transportation