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National committee chairs and other positions 2018–19

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Claire Wilkshire

Claire Wilkshire
Editors Newfoundland and Labrador
I edit (English) and translate (French to English) documents from a range of fields: I've learned about the components of a helicopter, Latvian choral singing, racial minorities in Switzerland, electoral boundaries, surgical procedures, mergers and acquisitions, and plenty more. I love the variety. I work hard to do the best job I can for my clients, which involves constant training: in addition to a PhD in English from UBC, I've taken editing courses from Ryerson and enrolled in the University of California (San Diego) copyediting certificate; I attend the Editors Canada conference every year and will attend the SfEP 2018 conference, and I'm co-coordinator of the Newfoundland and Labrador twig.

@cwls_editor

 

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

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CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Breanne MacDonald

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 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. As an amateur baker/cake decorator, I also love proofreading cookbooks! I received the President's Award in 2015 and have been an active member of Editors Canada at both the local and national levels. I have served on the national executive council since 2015, most recently as national secretary. I love being part of our annual conference and have been involved with the conference committee in some capacity since 2014.

@breanne_mac

 

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

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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

Risha Gotlieb
Editors Toronto
Profile to come.

 

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Sara Promislow

Sara Promislow
Editors Toronto
Profile to come. 

 

NATIONAL MAGAZINE COMMITTEE

Jaye Marsh

Jaye Marsh
Editors Toronto
I have been called a Swiss Army knife of interests and capabilities: editor and designer, musician and writer. I have an editing certificate from Simon Fraser University supporting my 20 years of writing and editing a wide array of pieces from articles and white papers to presentations and educational programs. I have a secret desire to lead a magazine, and have one on sustainable style just waiting for an advertising guru. I spent 10 years as an apprentice to a graphic designer of the glory days of Canadian design based on Swiss-line minimalism and I'm completing my pedigree at OCAD with a certificate in design. As if I wasn't busy enough, I am an active professional flutist, playing in several orchestras around the Greater Toronto Area. I've also worked in film as an assistant director (8 years), am learning medieval martial arts, I sometimes find time to knit, and I have two ACTIVE boys and a jack russell terrier type of husband. We all stuff ourselves, and all our gak, into a small house in the east end of Toronto. I am thrilled to join the editing team of the Active Voice and welcome any ideas, comments, and complaints to improve the reader's experience.

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith
Editors Toronto
I have a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and am currently pursuing an M.Litt. in Scottish history (online) through the University of Dundee. I am certified in copy editing and proofreading through Editors Canada. I worked in the magazine publishing industry for 15 years, most notably as copy editor at Chatelaine and as managing editor at Benefits Canada. For the past three years, I have continued to write and edit on a freelance basis while also teaching copy editing and technical writing at Seneca College.

 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

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

Jessica Riches
Editors Toronto
Profile to come.

 

STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Mark Grill

Mark Grill
Editors British Columbia
Since 2008, I have been a freelance editor and proofreader of mainly scientific manuscripts written for publication in top international journals in a variety of disciplines. In 2017, in an effort to develop my editing career by broadening the scope of my services, I joined Editors Canada and was immediately impressed with how friendly, helpful, and supportive the members are. Later that year, I began taking online courses towards the editing certificate at SFU. I am now the owner of Sword Fern Communications and an in-house copywriter and editor for an education marketing company. These days, you'll find me in beautiful Victoria, BC, but I grew up in Ontario and have lived, studied, and worked in many fascinating places around the world over the years. I like to read, run, hike, and solve the weekend NYT crosswords with my brilliant and sexy partner (ideally on a blanket at the beach on a sunny day). I champion social justice, equality, cats, and the Oxford comma.

@swordfernland

 

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

Melissa Venditti

Melissa Venditti
Editors Toronto
As an editor, I'd say I'm still a bit wet behind the ears compared to the other lovely folks listed on this page. I am currently completing George Brown College's Editing certificate, but I've always had a knack for sneaking writing and editing into my previous, unrelated jobs. In the future, I plan to pursue a career editing marketing and advertising copy. I have been a member of Editors Canada for more than a year, and have participated in the production of the upcoming version of the Volunteer Handbook. As an eager volunteer, I am very excited to chair the Editors Canada volunteer management committee and meet all of the fine people who help to make these projects possible.

@Reallivefiction

 

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