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National executive council


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 2016–17


Anne Louise Mahoney
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
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.




Gael Spivak
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
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.




Greg Ioannou
Editors Toronto
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.




Carolyn Brown
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
An editor with more than 30 years' experience, I also have a track record in management of large publishing operations. As well, three of my employers over the years have been membership associations, which has helped me to understand their smooth functioning and governance. I have also served as president of the Canada Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association. I want to contribute by supporting our association in making considered decisions for our financial stability and continued growth. I thank all of my colleagues for invaluable support over the years, and I hope to give back to this wonderful community.




Breanne MacDonald
Editors Hamilton-Halton
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.



David Johansen
Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada
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 (



Margaret Shaw

Margaret Shaw
Editors British Columbia
I'm a freelance writer, editor, consultant, and trainer, working mainly with scientific and technical material in the corporate, government, and education sectors. I was an environmental consultant for 14 years, then earned a professional writing diploma (Douglas College – Print Futures) 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. I was a finalist for the 2015 Tom Fairley award. When not at my desk, I mostly like to be outdoors.



Michelle van der Merwe
Editors British Columbia
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.



Nancy Foran

Nancy Foran
Editors Toronto
I've been editing for more than a decade, but my first love was print production. I made the transition from production to editing at Firefly Books, where I was a production editor. I've been a freelancer since 2006, working mostly in copyediting, proofreading, localization, and editing French-to-English translations for trade non-fiction publishers, educational publishers, non-profits, and corporations. A long-time  volunteer, I served on the  Toronto branch exec for five year, co-chaired the 2014 national conference, and contributed a chapter to the third edition of ECE. These experiences taught me how vital volunteers are to the success of our association, and I hope to be able to help our members maximize their volunteer experience within the association and beyond.



Elizabeth d'Anjou
Editors Kingston
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.




Berna Ozunal
Editors Toronto
As an Editors Canada–certified structural editor, stylistic editor, and proofreader, I have over 15 years of experience working in book publishing, digital prepress, and advertising and design. I've edited everything from books and billboards to apps and T-shirts. Currently, I work in-house at an integrated marketing communications agency in Toronto for a variety of blue-chip clients, and I freelance for a creative talent agency. Being on both the Editors Toronto and Editors Canada executives in 2016–17, I would like to help facilitate regular dialogue between the two so we're always working together to optimize our resources and offerings.



Stacey Atkinson
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
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.




Patricia MacDonald
Editors Nova Scotia
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.