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Margaret Shaw

703 Macintosh Street
Coquitlam, BC V3J 4Y4
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  • Tom Fairley Award finalist (2015)


  • Certified Copy Editor (2012)
  • Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor (2008)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Awards (2013)
  • British Columbia Branch (2012, 2015)
  • Certification (2014, 2015)
  • Conference (2011)
  • Publications (2011, 2014, 2015)
  • Training and Development (2015)


With 21 years of professional experience, an MSc, and a writing and editing diploma, I work mostly with scientific and technical material. I excel at taking disjointed information and making it easy to follow and easy to read.


Past projects

I have a wide variety of experience that includes student and teacher manuals, corporate training materials, proposals, technical procedures, environmental reports, science textbook chapters, and website content strategy.

I co-chaired the EAC committee that produced the 2011 EAC study guide Structural Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards. I also contributed an original exercise, compiled the resources list, and proofread the entire book.



Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor (EAC). Print Futures: Professional Writing diploma (Douglas College). BSc (biology and geology). MSc (earth sciences/hydrogeology). Member of EAC, Society for Technical Communication (STC), and Plain Language Association International (PLAIN). Twenty-one years of professional experience.


Level of service

"Her talents as an editor, writer and researcher were exemplary and in short order we had concrete solutions to our problem...she is a kind, friendly and consummate professional who is a multidimensional, solutions-oriented thinker." --Steven M. Daniel, Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories


Other search terms

Academic, biological, biology, chemical, chemistry, compile, course, earth science, earth sciences, employee training, geological, geology, illustration, illustrations, information, interview, interviewing, law, legal, mine, mines, mining, photo, photos, physical, physical science, physical sciences, physics, religion, report, reports, short course, studies, training.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reports, other
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Business
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering
  • Government
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Technology