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National executive council


Members of the executive council serve as trustees for the general membership. Collectively, they direct Editors Canada activities and decide how to spend its money. They are all members of the association.

Executive council 2017–18


Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak
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.




Julia Cochrane

Julia Cochrane
Editors Nova Scotia
I've been a member of Editors Canada for over 20 years, holding various positions at the twig, branch and national levels. I've belonged to three branches and am a founding member and the current co-coordinator of Editors Nova Scotia. I served on the national executive council of Editors Canada as Director of Branches and Twigs (East) from 2012 to 2014. I look forward to being another representative on the NEC from the east coast!

I've been a freelance math and sciences editor since 1995, and I've lived in Nova Scotia since 2001. In my free time, I read, knit, swim, run, cycle, walk and hang out with my husband, three cats and friends.




Anne Louise Mahoney
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
I have been an editor for close to 30 years, including nearly 20 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 served as president.




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.




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/copyeditor 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. I also enjoy proofreading fiction and non-fiction. I have been an active member of Editors Canada at both the local and national levels, including volunteering as co-coordinator for the Hamilton-Halton twig and being a member of the conference committees for 2014 and 2015. I received the President's Award in 2015 and I look forward to continuing my work with Editors Canada as a director on the national executive council.



David Johansen
Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada
I have worked in product management and marketing in England, France and Canada and, during that time, have chaired an international user group of telecom companies. I am a Celta-qualified ESL teacher for 8 years and have been editing as a volunteer for 12 years and as a professional for 3 years. I have passed the Canadian Securities Course with honours. In my spare time, I sing with and run the Box Office for the Lakeshore Light Opera in Pointe Claire, Quebec (



Lisa Ng

Lisa Ng
Editors Calgary
I hold a PhD in French Literature, and worked as university instructor teaching French language, culture and literary concepts for 15 years before landing in the editing field. My interest in publishing started when I was writing ancillary materials for McGraw Hill, which motivated me to complete a certificate in publishing. I am a freelancer based in Calgary and have been editing for scholarly journals and music magazines. Since I joined Editors Canada in 2014, I have been actively involved as acquisitions editor for the Language Portal and as designer for Editors Canada annual reports 2015 and 2016. I would be grateful to have the opportunity to serve members of Editors Canada.



Stacey Atkinson
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
I began Mirror Image Publishing in 2012 to work as a freelance editor and to independently publish my debut fiction novel. I soon began offering my services to other self-published authors of fiction and nonfiction books in Canada and the United States and coaching them on the process of writing, editing and publishing a book. I am also actively involved with Editors Canada, most recently as the former director of training and development and as a member of the 2015 international conference committee and as social media coordinator for the conference and Twitter chat host.




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.



Tania Cheffins

Tania Cheffins
Editors British Columbia
I'm a Certified Professional Editor with over 10 years of editing experience, both in-house and freelance, particularly in the education and accounting areas. I worked in-house as exams editor and then as editorial manager at CGA-Canada/CPA Canada before starting my own freelance editing business in 2016. I enjoy the freedom of freelancing and often work while travelling. I also like hiking, skiing and exploring the west coast. I have been on Editors Canada's certification steering committee since 2014.



Greg Ioannou
Editors Toronto
Colborne Communications
I've been a freelancer since 1977, and have taught editing all over the place. I was a founding member of (F)EAC and have had all sorts of positions on the executive, including president three times and treasurer six times (yikes!). In real life I own and run a writing and editing company called Colborne Communications, where my office is populated with moose paraphernalia. I'm also the publisher at Iguana Books. More importantly, I captain a team in a weekly trivia league, and frequent local pubs and stamp auctions.




Berna Ozunal
Editors Toronto
I have 20 years of experience working in book publishing, digital prepress, and advertising and design. Certified by Editors Canada as a structural editor, stylistic editor and proofreader, I've edited everything from books and billboards to apps and T-shirts. Currently, I work in-house at an integrated marketing communications agency in Toronto for a variety of blue-chip clients, and I freelance for a creative talent agency. I also teach structural and stylistic editing at George Brown College Continuing Education.



Patricia MacDonald
Editors Nova Scotia
I began my freelance editing career in 2000 and joined Editors Canada shortly after. My focus is on copyediting and proofreading sports books and memoirs, guides for athletes and coaches, and textbooks for physical education and kinesiology students. A member of the Nova Scotia twig, I served on the organizing committee and was volunteer coordinator for the 2013 annual conference in Halifax, duties I resumed for the 2015 Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto. I chaired the volunteer management committee from September 2013 to September 2015.