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Keynote Speakers

The Editors Canada conference committee is thrilled to announce our keynote speakers for the 2017 national conference.

Our opening keynote speaker, Cherie Dimaline, is an author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. Her collection of stories, A Gentle Habit, was released in 2015. Her first book, Red Rooms, won Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards, and her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award. Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, and Muskrat magazines. She was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and was the first Writer-in-Residence of Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers' Gathering and is at work on her next book.

John McIntyre, our closing keynote speaker, has been a working editor for more than thirty years, first at The Cincinnati Enquirer and for the past quarter-century at The Baltimore Sun, where he oversees the night news desk, writes a blog called "You Don't Say," and publishes a weekly vocabulary word and a video joke. He has taught undergraduates at Loyola University Maryland in the copy editing course since 1995. He favours bow ties, bourbon, and writers who have the common decency to acknowledge that they profit from an editor's assistance. He is the author of The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing.