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National committee chairs and other positions 2020–21

AWARDS COORDINATOR

Zofia Laubitz

Zofia Laubitz
Editors Québec
I first contemplated becoming an editor when I was wondering what someone with a doctorate in linguistics who didn't want to become a professor of linguistics could do instead. It seems to have been a good choice: I've been an editor and translator, first in-house and then freelance, for more years than I care to say. I joined Editors Canada in 1995 and have volunteered at the national and branch levels. In my free time, I enjoy birding, photography, art lessons and, of course, reading.

 

CAREER BUILDER COMMITTEE

Sue Archer

Sue Archer
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
I've never held the official job title of "editor" in my corporate career, but after constantly applying my editing skills, I realized that I was an editor regardless. I joined Editors Canada to further my development, and since then I've completed editing courses at Ryerson, copy edited for The Editors' Weekly, acted as a conference buddy coordinator, collaborated with indie authors to improve their stories, and self-published a novel! I'm thrilled to be co-chairing this committee and helping our members further their careers in a profession that can be pursued through many different paths.

Lynne Melcombe

Lynne Melcombe
Editors British Columbia
I started out as a freelance journalist over 30 years ago. I have worked in communications and publishing for over 25 years. My editing skills include developmental, substantive, stylistic, and copy editing and proofreading. My book clients range from self-publishing novices to seasoned authors, and I also work on government, post-secondary, non-profit and corporate documents. I offer seminars/webinars and especially enjoy coaching new writers. I live in a house with a big garden in Port Moody, BC, and work with a small, furry associate named Tessa.

 

CERTIFICATION STEERING COMMITTEE

Vicky Bell

Vicky Bell
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
It could be said that my professional editing career began when I won a $5 gift voucher in a spelling bee, at the age of 8. It was a revelation: someone would pay me to spell things correctly! Over the next few decades, I dallied with writing and translation (earning an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Translation & Interpreting, in addition to taking editing courses through Ryerson University), but could never keep away from editing, my first love, for long. Although I freelanced for a good decade, for clients ranging from fiction writers to textbook publishers, I’ve now settled into a full-time role as a copy-editor for a medical journal. I still edit fiction on a freelance basis and write novels on the side. As a firm believer in the Editors Canada Certification program, I’ve been volunteering for the Certification Steering Committee since 2014, when I earned the Certified Professional Editor designation.

 @BellLettres

Jess Shulman - Editors Canada Annual Conference 2018 Speaker

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

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COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING COMMITTEE

Myingthungo Shitio

Myingthungo Shitio
Editors Toronto
I am a freelance editor and a writer. I worked as a content writer for an internet marketing company. I moved to Canada in September 2019 to pursue a post graduate degree in Publishing at Centennial College and graduated with honours. It has been an exciting journey full of ups and downs. I have always loved books like many others in Editors Canada. My hopes for being with Editors Canada are that I get to meet a lot of people, learn and grow to be a better editor and person.

 

CONFERENCE ADVISER

Breanne MacDonald

Breanne MacDonald
Editors Hamilton-Halton
I am a graduate of Ryerson University's publishing program and have been an in-house editor (with some freelance work on the side) since 2010. I am currently a technical editor at ASCENT, working primarily on engineering software training materials. 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 and have been involved with the conference committee in some capacity since 2014.

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila
Editors Edmonton
I began my editing career in 2007 and am a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. I currently work at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where I edit materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. I've also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations.

 

THE EDITORS' WEEKLY

Lucy Payette
Editors Manitoba
Profile to come

 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVISER

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem
Editors Toronto
www.adebederangoadem.com
I am an editor and published author who brings diverse experience in the realms of publishing, cultural programming, and anti-racism and human rights/equity education.

I am strongly committed to working with (and amplifying the voices of) BIPOC/racialized authors across Canada (and across a variety of genres), and am the author of three full-length poetry books to date—Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015) and The Unmooring (Mansfield Press, 2018). Finally, I am co-editor (with Andrea Thompson) of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010), and am currently at work on the anthology's second volume.

 

FACEBOOK GROUP MODERATORS

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

Lenore Hietkamp
Editors British Columbia
Profile to come

 

FRANCOPHONE ADVISER

Sylvie Collin
Editors Québec
I started my career as an instructor and in-house training manager before becoming an editor. Today, as a réviseure agréée, I continue to promote the value of professional development. I became involved with the Editors Quebec executive committee when I first joined Editors Canada, in 2014. Since then, I have collaborated on a regular basis with several national committees. Being involved with Editors Canada convinced me of the need for francophone members to be present at all levels of the organization. The executive council's commitment to serve its francophone members cannot translate into action without the active participation of the francophone members themselves.

 

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

Jane Kidner

Jane Kidner, B.A., J.D., LL.M. (ADR), C.Med. 
I started my career as a litigation lawyer before transitioning to a 20-year career as a communications/marketing manager at the University of Toronto and then Ryerson University.  At U of T, I was editor of a semi-annual magazine and led several large portfolios through innovation, transition and organizational change. Along the way, I became a certified mediator and a leadership coach, and continue to be a lifelong learner of conflict resolution and conflict resolution strategies.

 

MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE

Risha Gotlieb
Editors Toronto
I'm primarily a journalist whose work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine and Maclean's, among others. As an editor I've worked both in-house and freelance—it's been an eclectic ride that included working for newspapers, a university, a major corporation and an ad agency. I have a degree in journalism and am also affiliated with the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

 

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Alana Chalmers

Alana Chalmers
Editors Toronto
I'm an editor, translator and information designer. I work as an editorial consultant at Bell Canada and I enjoy sharing my love of language with my team (and baked goods too). I've been a member for about six years and started volunteering last year. I have no cats, but I do have two kids who like pretend to be cats sometimes.

 

NATIONAL MAGAZINE COMMITTEE

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PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Paula Chiarcos

Paula Chiarcos
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
I joined Editors Canada shortly after graduating from the University of California's Professional Sequence in Editing program. I edit mostly fiction at Iguana Books in Toronto and at Moon River Editing. When I'm not working, my kids and garden keep me busy. I also love backcountry camping and canoeing, cooking dishes from all over the world, and playing Netrunner with my husband.

Jessica Riches
Editors Toronto

 

STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Berna Ozunal

Berna Ozunal
Editors Toronto
I'm a Certified Professional Editor and currently an independent contractor working mostly with non-profits. I've been teaching editing at George Brown College since 2016. In early 2020, I participated as a mentor in the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program. Since 2012, I've been volunteering for Editors Canada at the local and national levels. I'm excited by the important work being done to rethink and improve Editors Canada's membership benefits. This year, my objective is to support ongoing efforts to make our Professional Editorial Standards and certification exams even more relevant and accessible for editors in Canada and around the world.

 

STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Annette Gingrich

Annette Gingrich
Editors British Columbia
I am originally from Ontario (still a big fan), but fell in love with Vancouver while on tour with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Eons later, I enjoy being able to draw on my diverse professional background, and look forward to continually growing as an editor and a writer. And, yup, I have cats.

 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Tamra Ross
Editors Calgary
I am an editor, layout designer, web developer, and partner in Cobweb Text and Design, a web and print development firm in Calgary. I've been an Editors Canada member for ten years: my involvement so far has included chairing two committees, sitting on two others, building the new training website to display information about Editors Canada webinars, and I have provided layout and design for the national and Prairie Provinces branch magazines. My background includes positions as the executive director of an education-based non-profit and legal administration. I am a current graduate student in Athabasca University's Master of Science, Information Systems program and I work for the university as a programmer and researcher. My favourite clients include non-profits, academic departments, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and anything related to electronic games.

 

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Monica Laane-Fralick

Monica Laane-Fralick
Editors Kingston
While studying Equine Sciences, Welfare and Business Management at Equine Guelph (2014–18), I discovered a penchant for research and writing that led me to the Editing Certificate program at SFU (completed 2019) and Editors Canada. Since then, I've volunteered by proofreading annual reports and serving as volunteer management chair. My freelance career has brought me back to Equine Guelph where I edit for the Equine Online Course Development team and work as a TA. I also volunteer for Golden Rescue as Events Director and spend as much time as possible gardening, hiking and camping with my three rescued Golden Retrievers.

 

EXTERNAL LIAISON COMMITTEE

Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak, Editors Canada Past 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

 

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

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila, Editors Canada President
Editors Edmonton
I began my editing career in 2007 and am a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. I currently work at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where I edit materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. I've also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations.

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak, Editors Canada Past 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