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National committee chairs and other positions 2017–18

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Melva McLean
Editors Manitoba
Profile to come.

 

CERTIFICATION STEERING COMMITTEE

Wendy Carroll

Wendy Carroll
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
Profile to come.

Jess Shulman

Jess Shulman
Editors Toronto
I took the scenic route to a career in editing. After earning a degree in electrical engineering, I spent nearly ten years in technical sales, process improvement, and proposal management jobs, but I always found myself seeking opportunities to write and edit. As I worked my way through Ryerson's Magazine Publishing certificate, where I loved and excelled in the editing courses especially, I steered my career toward corporate communications. I earned my CPE in 2014 and started taking on occasional side projects with small publishers, and I finally took the leap to freelance editing in late 2016 after 17 years in the corporate world. I now divide my time between corporate marketing/communications work and editing for publishers and authors (fiction and non-fiction), and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

@JessShulman

 

COMITÉ AGRÉMENT/PRINCIPES

Anne Fonteneau

Anne Fonteneau
Editors Québec
I have been a professional editor for more than 15 years. Since obtaining a Ph.D. in literature, I have always gone back and forth between freelance editing and teaching French writing and editing at university. In 2018, I co-founded (with five colleagues, including two other réviseures agrées) Plurielles et Singulières S.E.N.C., which does consulting work in knowledge and skills transfer. Naturally, editing as a guarantee of the quality of a text is part of that. Working as part of a team takes us further and helps us be more effective than if we were working in isolation. Isn't that what we offer at Editors Canada? I am especially honoured to be entrusted with the role of chair of the agrément/principes committee, in keeping with the desire for the recognition and development of professional editors that has inspired me for a long time. As a team, we will do all we can to help achieve this goal.

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

Susan Chambers
Editors British Columbia
As an editor, writer and research consultant, I enjoy helping authors and social change agents to inspire change through their words and deeds. Prior to switching careers in 2010, I worked as an institutional research analyst and became adept at (1) designing survey studies, and (2) collecting data for planning activities and tracking institutional performance indicators. I joined EAC in 2010 and started volunteering for EAC in 2012 when I offered to help redesign the membership survey. I published my first book, Small Business, Big Change: A Microentrepreneur's Guide to Social Responsibility (2012, Night Owls Press).

@Sue_C_editor

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Michelle Boulton
Editors Saskatchewan
Profile to come.

 

THE EDITORS' WEEKLY

Anna Williams

Anna Williams
Editors Edmonton
I am a freelance editor and writer, primarily focused on technical and corporate communications. I've been freelancing since 2001, and I love the flexibility that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom while operating my business, AK Communications. I've been a member of Editors Canada since 2007, volunteering in several different capacities before settling into my role as managing editor for The Editors' Weekly.

Twitter @awilliamsedit

 

FACEBOOK GROUP MODERATOR

Joanne Haskins
Editors Toronto
I learned the fundamentals of editing and publishing at a national trade magazine, leaving as managing editor. I now help a variety of clients — including self-publishing authors, non-profits, governmental bodies, and businesses — with my own editing, writing and design company, Think Communications. I've been an Editors Canada member since 1997 and have volunteered in a variety of roles, including the redesign and production of the Toronto-branch newsletter and pilot-testing the copy-editing certification exam.

@thinkcomjo

 

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (INTERIM CHAIR)

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.

 

LIST MONITOR

Nancy Wills
Editors Kingston
I am a Kingston-based freelance editor and indexer. After many years with the provincial government, I embarked on a career change that allowed me to focus on the aspects of my former job that I most enjoyed - writing and editing. As a relative new-comer to the trade and to freelancing, I am still trying to find my niche and have taken on jobs that involve fact-checking, proofreading, indexing and anything in between. In my spare time when not reading, I am a middle distance runner.

 

MEDIATOR

Suzanne Purkis

Suzanne Purkis
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
Profile to come.

 

MENTORSHIP TASK FORCE (INTERIM CHAIR)

Carolyn Brown

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.

@cjbrownatlarge

 

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Sara Promislow
Editors Toronto
Profile to come. 

 

NATIONAL MAGAZINE COMMITTEE

Vacant

 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Paula Chiarcos
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
Profile to come.

Jessica Riches
Editors Toronto
Profile to come.

 

STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Wendy Barron

Wendy Barron
Editors British Columbia
I made the leap from hospital administrative servitude to freelance editing in 2014. I am passionate about plain language and clear design, feminism, representation, literacy, and helping people tell their stories. I edit fiction, nonfiction, academic, scholarly, medical, business, and leisure writing. I volunteer too much, exercise too little, and my favourite arrangement is when someone else does the cooking and cleaning.

@normaloqWendy

 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Tamra Ross
Editors Calgary
I am an editor, layout designer, web designer/programmer, and partner in Cobweb Text and Design, a web and print development firm in Calgary. Until late last year my primary role was as executive director and communications manager for an educational non-profit; 2015 is my year to forge out on my own to develop new projects and clients. I've been an Editors Canada member for eight years and previously did a term as layout designer for the National and Prairie Provinces branch magazines. I am also currently working as a programmer for Athabasca University on a research grant from NSERC.

 

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Christine Albert
Editors Hamilton-Halton
Profile to come.

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.

 

EXTERNAL LIAISON COMMITTEE

Anne Louise Mahoney, Editors Canada Past President
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, and on the national executive council since 2014 – especially during the past two years, when I have served as president.

@16annelou

 

EDITORS CANADA REPRESENTATIVE, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION COMMITTEE

Marg Anne Morrison
Editors Toronto
I started Morrison Publishing Management (MPM) in 2004, after working in-house for 25 years at Between the Lines Press and Annick Press. MPM offers book publishing management services to Canadian publishers.  I taught for seven years in the Book and Magazine Publishing Program at Centennial College and was Executive Director of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization until 2015. I joined the Freedom of Expression Committee in 2004 as the Editors Canada representative, and have been the Chair since 2009.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak, Editors Canada President
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
I work in communications for the federal government, where I specialize in plain language writing and editing. Topics I've worked on include food safety and food labelling, biotechnology, zoonoses and road salts.

I like to collect things, including squirrels, tiny books, and articles on the singular they.

@Piglita

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Anne Louise Mahoney, Editors Canada Past President
Editors Toronto
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, and on the national executive council since 2014 – especially during the past two years, when I have served as president.

@16annelou