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Our Saturday keynote speaker will be Carol Fisher Saller, editor of the Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A. The author of The Subversive Copy Editor and an occasional blogger on copyediting, Carol encourages editors to remain flexible: to cooperate with and support writers while staying exact and careful. Carol’s opening keynote talk at the EAC conference, “‘Subversive’ Editing: Or, What Bugs Editors and How to Fix It,” will focus on the relationship between editor and writer.
Katherine Barber, former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, will be our Sunday keynote speaker. Katherine is the bestselling and award-winning author of Only in Canada You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language and Six Words You Never Knew Had Something To Do With Pigs. She also posts regularly on her Wordlady blog. Katherine’s “Bachelor for Rent: Things You Never Suspected About Canadian English” keynote session will close off EAC’s first international conference with a hilarious look at everyday words that can have unintended comic consequences.
Venkataraman Anantharaman, India
Venkataraman Anantharaman, currently Editorial Director at S4Carlisle Publishing Services, Chennai, India, has spent 20 years training young minds in the art of copy editing scientific books and journals.
Sue Archer, Canada
Sue Archer has over 14 years of in-house experience working with business clients in a corporate environment. She is the copy editor for Editors’ Weekly, the official blog of Editors Canada.
Stacey Atkinson, Canada
Stacey Atkinson is a freelance writer and editor since 2012. She is also the author of a fiction novel, Stuck, and the volunteer social media coordinator for this year’s EAC conference.
Luigi Benetton, Canada
Luigi Benetton specializes in business-to-business copywriting for technology firms. He also writes for trade magazines and uses his four languages to help clients reach across borders.
Dominique Bohbot El Kahel, Canada
Dominique Bohbot El Kahel, certified writer and certified translator, manages linguistic services at TMX Group. With more than 25 years of experience, very active in the Canadian language industry, she is honorary member of the Association of Linguistic Services Managers, finalist of the 2012 Exceptional Woman contest for her career path, and finalist of the 2014 French Awards of the Office québécois de la langue française for the successful integration of TMX translation services as the financial terminology hub in Canada.
Bryan Borzykowski, Canada
Bryan Borzykowski is a Toronto-based business writer and editor. He writes for the New York Times, CNBC, BBC, Globe and Mail and Canadian Business. He’s also written three personal finance books and appears regularly on CTV.
Michelle Boulton, Canada
Michelle Boulton facilitates “clear communication by design.” As a writer, editor, designer or instructor, she helps people create and refine documents that clearly communicate their intended message.
Suzanne Bowness, Canada
Suzanne Bowness is a Toronto-based writer and editor with over a dozen years of experience writing and editing for magazines, newspapers, and corporate clients.
George Butters, Canada
Once a traditional TV reporter / producer (CBC/CTV), George now creates on-demand and live-streaming video for client and in-house use. (His team produced the online PWAC SGM in January.)
Iva Cheung, Canada
Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor and a winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. She is working on her PhD in knowledge translation.
Julia Cochrane, Canada
Julia Cochrane has been a freelance copy editor and proofreader for 20 years, specializing in textbooks at all levels. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and three cats.
Sam Corea, Canada
Sam Corea, a communications and multi-sport games specialist, is the senior manager of press services for the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games — his latest major event posting since 2001.
Blake Desaulniers, Canada
Blake Desaulniers is a writer/editor, photographer, videographer and content marketing expert with more than 25 years’ experience in media and corporate communications. He has produced for print, television, radio, and web.
Ann Douglas, Canada
Ryan Dunlop, Canada
Ryan Dunlop recently completed his editing courses at Ryerson University. He quickly jumped into freelance editing, and he started volunteering at EAC just in time for the 2014 conference.
Olga Filina, Canada
Olga joined The Rights Factory in 2013. A graduate of Humber's Creative Book Publishing Program, Olga spent over a decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency.
Nancy Foran, Canada
Nancy Foran specializes in adapting texts for North American readers and editing French-to-English translations. She has taught seminars for editors on localization and English spelling.
Christina M. Frey, United States
Christina M. Frey, a book editor and literary coach, is the owner of Page Two Editing. She specializes in working with indie authors, self-publishers, and memoirists.
Sandra Gravel, Canada
As a freelance editor and certified writer, Sandra Gravel has added training and coaching of non-writers to her proposal.
Sarah Grey, United States
Sarah Grey is the owner of Grey Editing LLC in Philadelphia and serves on the board of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Grant Hamilton, Canada
A certified translator and Laval University graduate, Grant Hamilton owns and manages Anglocom, a Quebec City agency that works primarily on behalf of advertising agencies, financial institutions, and Quebec government ministries.
James Harbeck, Canada
James Harbeck is a linguist and experienced editor. He writes the blog Sesquiotica and frequent articles for The Week and Slate’s “Lexicon Valley.”
Trilby Henderson, Canada
After obtaining her BA in Journalism from the University of Regina, Trilby Henderson spent several years working in business communications and as a freelance writer and editor. She joined FCC as an editor in 2012.
Daniel Heuman, United States
Daniel Heuman developed PerfectIt and is managing director of Intelligent Editing. His software is used by more than a thousand professional editors around the world.
Sherry Hinman, Canada
Sherry Hinman is a freelance editor, published writer, and college professor who has been editing since 2002. She is a certified professional editor (CPE).
Debra Huron, Canada
As a self-employed professional serving clients in the health, national voluntary and government sectors, Debra has a reputation for excellence in plain writing, editing and training.
Emily Dockrill Jones, Canada
Emily Dockrill Jones teaches Writing and Editing for the Web at George Brown College and in seminars. She also prepares and manages Web content for a variety of organizations.
Malene Jorgensen, Canada
Malene Jorgensen is an author, entrepreneur and a lover of tech.
Dominique Joseph, Canada
A translator by trade, Dominique is very active in the international clear communication world. One of her mottos: “Let’s make the reader’s life easier.”
Dale Kerr, Canada
Dale is a writer and a professional engineer in Ontario. She has written and won many government contracts, municipal, provincial and federal.
Joseph Kimble, United States
Legal-writing teacher for 30 years. Author of two books and many articles. Editor, speaker, consultant and trainer, winner of several national and international awards.
Laura Laing, United States
Laura Laing is the author of Math for Grownups and Math for Writers. With a degree in mathematics and 15 years’ experience as a freelance writer, she’s convinced you can do math.
Nicole Langlois, Canada
Nicole Langlois has been an editor since 1995. She was managing editor at HarperCollins Publishers from 1998 to 2003, and spent the next 11 years as a freelance editor, working mainly with HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and the Stratford Festival. She holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and Spanish from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in English literature from Queen’s University, and a publishing certificate from Ryerson. She is now an editor with the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario.
Kim Lear, Canada
Kim Lear's non-profit clients have included community service organizations such as Covenant House Vancouver and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House; academic and research bodies including The University of Toronto, and the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health at Simon Fraser University; and numerous arts organizations. Kim has co-authored two books: one for Nanaimo Foodshare on women’s entrepreneurship in the food industry and one on personal finance for the Women’s Financial Learning Centre. Having done everything from capital campaign materials to radio ads, Kim now specializes in integrated digital content strategy, project management and writing for the web.
Käthe Lieber, Canada
Käthe Lieber has worked as a writer, editor, and translator (French to English) in Montreal for 30+ years. Her major clients are universities, foundations, associations, and research centres.
Karen Luttrell, Canada
Karen Luttrell is a freelance fundraising writer, non-profit marketer, part-time communications professor, and proud word nerd. She led marketing and communications for local, national, and international non-profits before launching her own business serving the sector in 2010. She has volunteered for PWAC Toronto Chapter as VP Communications and she currently serves as VP Social Media.
Breanne MacDonald, Canada
Breanne MacDonald is a graduate of Ryerson University’s publishing program and currently works as an in-house proofreader for TC Media. She is one of the volunteer coordinators for this year’s conference.
Janet MacMillan, Canada
Janet MacMillan is a specialist legal and social sciences editorial professional for publishers, law firms, businesses, NGOs, government departments, academics, and students worldwide.
Elizabeth Macfie, Canada
Elizabeth Macfie is an EAC-certified copy editor, stylistic editor and proofreader who has been in the editing business for 20 years and a trainer since 2003. As well as editing in English, she provides comparative editing of French-to-English translations—which she finds rather like screenplay writing.
Dick Margulis, United States
Dick Margulis has over a half-century of experience in both editing and typography. In 2004 he started his own business producing high-quality books for authors who publish independently.
Karen Martwick, United States
Karen Martwick is editor/content strategist for Travel Portland, the destination marketing organization for Portland, Oregon, and a member of the executive committee of the American Copy Editors Society.
John McIntyre, United States
John McIntyre, author of the blog You Don’t Say and the book of editing maxims The Old Editor Says, has been a working copy editor for more than three decades, the bulk of that time at The Baltimore Sun. A charter member of the American Copy Editors Society, he served as its president for two terms. He has conducted workshops on editing throughout the United States and Canada, and he is in his twentieth year of teaching editing at Loyola University Maryland.
Duncan McKenzie, Canada
Duncan McKenzie is a freelance editor, comedy writer, and occasionally TV producer.
Adrienne Montgomerie, Canada
Adrienne is a certified copy editor who teaches onscreen editing online and freelances full-time for publishers. Her 17 years in EAC ranged from editing Meeting Professional Editing Standards to receiving Volunteer of the Year. She is the @scieditor component of Dameditors.
donalee Moulton, Canada
donalee Moulton has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional writer and editor. She has provided public and private sector clients across Canada and internationally with a wide range of communications services.
Christine Munroe, Canada
Christine Munroe is the US Manager for Kobo Writing Life, Kobo’s free self-publishing platform. She brings to Kobo years of experience as a literary agent and foreign book scout.
Rosemary Noble, Australia
Rosemary Noble is an editor of more than 30 years’ experience, representing Australia’s peak editors’ body, the Institute of Professional Editors. She has extensive in-house and freelance experience in all aspects of editing and project management.
Brendan O’Brien, Ireland
Brendan O’Brien is a freelance editor and writer with 26 years’ publishing experience. He is based in a rural part of Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Mike O’Connor, Canada
Mike O’Connor is the publisher of Insomniac Press. He also teaches at the University of Western Ontario, Ryerson and York Universities.
Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, United States
Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, an editor since 1984 who has freelanced since 1995, is managing editor for the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and edits journal manuscripts for non-native English speakers.
Marie-Christine Payette, Canada
With a background as a translator, experience as an editor and a passion for languages and culture, Marie-Christine has always showed a strong interest into linguistic-related jobs.
Sara Peacock, United Kingdom
Sara Peacock is an academic editor of nearly 25 years’ standing, and has served as the Chair of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders since 2013.
Leonie Pipe, New Zealand
Leonie Pipe realized long ago that editing is not just about technique. She could transform ESL documents into perfect English, while still preserving each individual author’s voice and style. She will share her experience on editing for non-native, English-speaking scientists. She has edited for Editing in Australia and New Zealand (EDANZ) since 2009.
Laura Poole, United States
Laura Poole has been a freelance copy editor of scholarly nonfiction for 17 years as the founder of Archer Editorial Services. She co-founded the Editorial Bootcamp in 2009 and offers editorial training for individuals, groups, and companies. She has also dabbled in network sales, life coaching, and public speaking.
Arlene Prunkl, Canada
Arlene Prunkl is an experienced freelance editor who has spent many years developing cost estimates for over 200 clients using the simple formula she teaches here.
Suzanne Purkis, Canada
Suzanne Purkis is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of professional communications experience. She is also the volunteer organizer of the Ottawa Freelancers Networking Group.
Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Canada
Vanessa Ricci-Thode is an indie author with two published works, and she is a freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction who frequently works with self-publishing authors.
Louise Saint-André, Canada
Louise Saint-André is an editor and trainer. She holds a master’s degree in Education and recently earned a second master’s degree in Translatology. Her thesis is on post-editing.
Teresa Schmedding, United States
Teresa Schmedding is the current president of the American Copy Editors Society and the deputy managing editor of the Daily Herald Media Group in suburban Chicago. She has spoken on editing at dozens of conferences throughout the United States and conducts online sessions through Poynter’s NewsU.
Amy Schneider, United States
Amy Schneider has been a full-time freelance copy editor and proofreader of textbooks, trade books, and fiction since 1995. She lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband.
Peter Sokolowski, United States
Peter Sokolowski is Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. He has defined and edited entries for many of the company’s dictionaries, including the French-English Dictionary, Collegiate Dictionary, and the Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary. Active as a lecturer in the world of ESL and TESOL, he also serves as pronouncer for spelling bees around the world, appears in the Ask the Editor videos at M-W.com, and was named among TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
Gael Spivak, Canada
Gael Spivak works in communications, including writing and editing, for the Government of Canada. She uses social media to stay up to date in those areas.
Cheryl Stephens, Canada
A 25-year veteran of the movement, Cheryl hosts LinkedIn’s Plain Language Advocates group. Her books include Plain Language Legal Writing and Plain Language in Plain English.
Yvette Trancoso, Canada
Yvette Trancoso has been the associate editor at CPA Magazine, a publication for accountants, for more than 10 years. She currently handles the magazine’s lifestyle section.
Andrew Tzembelicos, Canada
Over 17 years, Andrew Tzembelicos has enjoyed an exciting career that includes writing for Parliamentarians, and a former prime minister; managing editorial services for an Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games; and running his own writing/editing business, WERDNA Communications.
Yvonne Van Ruskenveld, Canada
Yvonne Van Ruskenveld edits and writes for clients in business, government and international organizations. Her specialties include developmental editing, substantive editing and project management. She also offers private training workshops.
Beth Werner, United States
Beth Werner has been a professional editor and marketer for 20+ years. Her company, Author Connections, LLC (AC), is designed to educate, encourage, and empower authors. AC provides A2Z Editing™ and Custom Book Marketing Plans (CBMP) to an exclusive roster of clients. In her personal life, Beth loves travel, cooking, photography, and flowers. Her own book, Travels of an Independent Woman, is in progress and scheduled for Summer 2016.
Sunny Widerman, Canada
Since 2002, Sunny Widerman and Personal Tax Advisors have been helping clients take control of their tax planning by providing experienced tax advice and return preparation in a judgment- free environment.
Ruth Wilson, Canada
Ruth Wilson, CPE (Hon.), has been editing for over 30 years both on staff in a publishing house and as an independent consultant. She also teaches at Simon Fraser University and delivers training workshops.
Harry van Bommel, Canada
Harry has written over 50 books in the fields of recording life stories, hospice palliative care, and family caregiving and is practiced in self-publishing.
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Stacey McLeod, Canada
Stacey McLeod is a digital editor and journalist with more than a decade of experience at major media outlets and start-ups, including Blue Ant Media, the Toronto Star, Toronto.com, and Zagat Survey. She launched, edited, and travelled the globe for the monthly mobile app Travel + Escape Magazine, winning a Digi Award, Digital Magazine Award, and earning a Webby Award nomination. Stacey is a graduate of Centennial College in Toronto, with data journalism and social media courses from Columbia University in New York and University of King’s College in Halifax.
Frances Peck, Canada
Frances Peck, CPE (Hon.), is an editor and writer who has worked with words for more than 20 years. She teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College and gives workshops across Canada. She is a co-author of the HyperGrammar website and the author of Peck’s English Pointers, a free collection of essays and quizzes on the Language Portal of Canada. Frances lives in Vancouver and is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates.
Laura Poole, United States
Laura Poole has been in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. In 1997, she started her own company, Archer Editorial Services, based in Durham, NC, where she provides scholarly copy editing to academic publishers. Her clients have included Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Bytheway Publishing Services, Impressions Book & Journal Services, Duke University Press, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Carolina Academic Press, and more. Laura co-founded Editorial Bootcamp in 2009 to make editorial training available for individuals and companies, and she is also a certified professional life coach. Laura likes to quilt in her spare time.