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Editors' Association of Canada Conference 2012: Hitting the professional development motherlode

  • Conference 2012: Hitting the professional development motherlode
  • Keynote speakers, author Charlotte Gray and former Speaker of the House Peter Milliken
  • Welcome reception (Friday night)
  • More than 35 sessions!
  • Awards banquet (Saturday night)
  • There's still time . . . come join us!


This year's conference, taking place June 1 to 3, 2012 at Ottawa's spectacular, newly renovated Ottawa Convention Centre, presents an outstanding program during an inspirational weekend of learning and socializing. Most sessions are in English, but some are in French.

Here is a chance to invest in yourself—whether you're a freelancer meeting potential contacts/clients and gaining skills to increase your market value, or you're an in-house editor wisely utilizing training budgets and learning plans to expand your skills set and help advance your career path at work.



Charlotte Gray

Photo: Valberg Imaging

Award winning author Charlotte Gray kicks off Conference 2012 on Saturday, June 2. Our opening keynote speaker, who has also worked as a magazine editor, newspaper and magazine columnist, political commentator and book reviewer, has penned eight books of literary non-fiction, including Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill and her latest tome, Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike.

Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Gray today appears on radio and television as a political and cultural commentator, and is chair of the board of Canada's History Society. She is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Peter Milliken

Canada's longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken, will bring orderly closure to Conference 2012 during his Sunday, June 3 keynote address.

The Kingston, Ontario native is a graduate of Queen's University, Dalhousie University and Oxford University. Milliken practised law from 1973 until he was first elected Member of Parliament for Kingston-and-the-Islands in 1988. Milliken served as Speaker from 2001 until his retirement from politics in 2011.

In May 2001, Milliken received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the State University New York at Potsdam. Milliken now serves Queen's University as a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and is an adviser with Cunningham Swan, his former law firm in Kingston.



This year's conference theme is The Landscape of Canadian Language: Word Nerds Gone Wild. So Go Wild Ottawa Style! Pack your plumage and wear your stripes with pride on Friday, June 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Put on your feathers, stripes, spots or any other animal theme to meet Fox and Squirrel and kick off a great conference. An Algonquin elder will welcome us, an Aboriginal women's drum group will perform traditional songs and EAC's own Marie-Lynn Hammond will entertain us with a song or two. One ticket to the welcome reception is included with conference registration. Extra tickets can be ordered for guests not registered for the conference.


Conference mascots Squirrel and Fox enjoy a drink in the ByWard Market. Photo: Gael Spivak

Conference mascots Squirrel and Fox enjoy a drink in the ByWard Market.
Photo: Gael Spivak



A taste of what's to come at Conference 2012:

Earn a six-figure income without changing careers
(Speaker: Ron Jette, Adams Jette Marketing + Communications)
Do you know what you are really selling? (Hint: It's not editing.) Are you delivering value to your clients? During this high-impact, no-nonsense presentation, Ron will show you how, with the right mix of determination, knowledge and skills, you can earn a great income as a freelance editor or writer.

Even comic books need editors!
(Speakers: Janet Hetherington, writer/editor/artist, and Ronn Sutton, comics artist)
Comic books and graphic novels go through an extensive production process. From script to print—online and in familiar pulp pages—these stories need an editor's guiding hand. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how comic books are created and how writers, artists and editors interact to create these amazing tales.

Educate, entertain, engage and earn: creating a professional development revenue stream
(Speaker: Emily Dockrill Jones, Page&Screen Communications)
Professional development training can be a highly profitable revenue stream for editors, but only if they can educate, entertain and engage their audiences. With a mix of instructional design methodology and public-speaking techniques, this session will show you how to do just that.

To "TXT" or to "text": that is the question
(Speakers: Ian Capstick, MediaStyle, and James Harbeck, MediResource Inc.)
Is texting killing words? Character limits and attention spans are forcing words into smaller spaces. Language is being shortened at a rate faster than ever before; or is that "@ a r8 fstr thN evr b4." James and Ian will face off on how language ages.

From ho hum to humdinger: how to edit a speech
(Speaker: Wendy Cherwinski, Echelon Communications Inc.)
Speeches present a special editing challenge because they are meant to be spoken and heard. This session covers how to write out loud, address structural deficiencies, and edit and lay out text so the speaker can read it at a glance and the audience can keep pace with delivery.

Revealing the mysteries of language and the brain
(Speaker: Dr. Masako Hirotani, Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Carleton University)
Our brains handle a staggering amount of linguistic input extremely quickly. This session examines 1) how different types of linguistic information are processed, 2) how the language processing mechanisms are constrained by social and neurocognitive factors, and 3) how these mechanisms develop in the early years of life.

How SEO and editing can wreck each other
(Speaker: EAC president Greg Ioannou, Colborne Communications and Iguana Books)
SEO tries to use terms that search engines will easily find. It involves repeating terms often enough that they will be noticed by Google's bots and algorithms. Editors try to help writers find just the right word to express a concept. They edit our needless repetition. Imagine the train wreck that often occurs when SEO optimizers and editors start to work on the same document.

The new libel defence: responsible communication
(Speaker: Ian Stauffer, Tierney Stauffer LLP)
The Supreme Court of Canada has created the novel defence, "responsible communication." This is a new option for authors who have traditionally turned to truth, fair comment and privilege to defend against defamation. This talk will deal with subsequent Court decisions that have continued to define the responsible communication defence.


Conference 2012 also features these sessions:

  • Networking at events
  • Curating the web: opportunities for professional editors
  • Winning contracts with the Government of Canada
  • The professional communicator's guide to social media
  • Adult literacy: why it should matter to you
  • Make the Language Portal of Canada work for you!
  • What is Canadian language?
  • Editing ebooks
  • Herding cats is nothing. Try managing editors
  • The corporate writing guide: creating consistent, concise and clear communication
  • 20Q: it's all about the questions and the subtlety of meanings
  • Editing poetry, humour and song lyrics
  • The challenges of editing in science
  • Whose words are these anyway? Translating, editing and avoiding the Gallicism trap
  • GLBT: Getting it right
  • Speed mentoring
  • Why is branding small business important?
  • Birds of a Feather: the unconference session for experienced editors/Qui se ressemble s'assemble
  • Subject-field tree: its use in terminology
  • Technical writing and editing for usability
  • Balancing act: translators as editors
  • Writing and editing grants and proposals
  • Bookkeeping and tax tips that are guaranteed to save you time, money and peace of mind
  • Preparing for EAC Certification
  • Editing at the House of Commons
  • Freelance editing: the top ten things I wish I'd known
  • Plain language in 2012: what's new?

And more! For the full schedule and complete session information, visit the conference website.



Come for the experience, stay for the chicken! Come celebrate your peers and have fun with your friends. The Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, will be the site of this year's awards banquet on Saturday, June 2 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Presentations include the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, the Claudette Upton Scholarship, the Lee d'Anjou Award and President's Award, and the Oops Awards. The banquet includes a three-course dinner and glass of wine.


Squirrel and Fox take in the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.

Squirrel and Fox take in the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.
Photo: Gael Spivak



Customize your conference experience. Come for one day, one pre-conference workshop or the entire event.

We're reaching out to related organizations and inviting them to join us, too. Welcome to members of the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC) and the Canadian Library Association (CLA). EAC members can attend the ISC conference and the CLA trade show, too, at their member rates. All our events are happening on the same weekend.

We'd also like to welcome members of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO), the Center for Plain Language, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Plain Language Association InterNational (PLAIN), Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), Society for Technical Communications (STC) and South Africa's Professional Editors' Group (PEG).

Full conference (both Saturday and Sunday)
Members of EAC and invited associations: $430
EAC student member: $290
EAC conference speaker: $200
Non-member: $600

One-day conference (Saturday or Sunday)
Members of EAC and invited associations: $250
EAC student member: $200
Non-member: $360

Pre-conference workshops (Friday). Price per workshop
Members of EAC (including student members) and invited associations: $115
Non-member: $135

Extra reception tickets: $25
Banquet tickets: $75

Find out how to register here. And be sure to visit the conference website for suggested accommodations featuring special conference rates, as well as great tips on where to shop, dine and play while in the National Capital Region.


Many thanks to the sponsors of Conference 2012.

National Capital Region

Waterloo Insurance

Douglas College Print Futures Inc.

Techno Source USA


This message was produced on behalf of the Conference Committee by the national office.