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Speed Mentoring

Our speed mentors are now fully booked. Thank you for your interest.

Need some editorial or career advice? Sign up for speed mentoring, 15-minute one-on-one consultations with some of Editors Canada’s most highly regarded editors. The speed mentoring session is on Saturday, June 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Speed mentoring offers editors of all experience levels a unique opportunity for advice and feedback from someone who’s been there.

How to sign up for speed mentoring

  1. You must be registered for the conference to schedule a speed mentoring consultation.
  2. Send your request to, with “Speed Mentoring” in the subject line. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 1.
  3. Tell us who your top three speed mentors are, in order of preference. We’ll accommodate as many first choices as possible.
  4. Let us know if you’d like to talk to more than one speed mentor. We may be able to book up to three consultations for you if schedules allow. Speed mentors will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  5. Before the conference, we’ll email you your speed mentoring schedule. To make the most of your speed mentoring experience, come prepared with specific questions.

Our speed mentors and their specialties

Erin Brenner

Erin Brenner has been a publishing professional for two decades and currently runs two companies. Right Touch Editing is her editorial services company, which caters to businesses and self-publishing authors. Copyediting is a brand that offers skills and career support for copy editors. In addition, she teaches in UC San Diego’s Copyediting Certificate Program and is a frequent speaker at editing-related conferences.

Can advise on:

  • running a freelance business
  • improving your editing skills
  • using social media to market your business
  • writing marketing copy for your website
  • editing business copy
  • training other copy editors

Julia Cochrane

Julia Cochrane has been a freelance copy editor and proofreader since 1995, specializing in textbooks at all levels. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three cats. She enjoys swimming, knitting, going for walks, cycling, and running. Her fantasy project would be copy editing a knitting book or magazine.

Can advise on:

  • freelancing
  • networking
  • proofreading
  • scientific editing
  • math editing
  • dealing with loneliness/remoteness

Lenore Hietkamp

Lenore Hietkamp has been a freelance editor since 2000, working on fiction and academic writing. In addition to other freelance work, she is currently editor of the online journal Architectural Histories. Lenore has an MA in art history and spent seven years in a PhD program in art and architectural history. She occasionally writes and curates in her academic field. Lenore is also chair of the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI).

Can advise on:

  • freelancing
  • networking
  • running an organization
  • copy editing
  • proofreading
  • publication process
  • editing online journals
  • academic editing
  • public speaking
  • creating a house style guide

Juliann Krushen

Juliann Krushen has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, first as an in-house editor for educational publishers and later as a freelance writer/editor. She has worked on all kinds of documents—from business courses and reports to websites and brochures. She also managed a busy editorial department for five years. She currently offers a wide range of writing and editing services to clients in business and education.

Can advise on:

  • editing for corporate/institutional/association clients
  • substantive editing
  • course design
  • web writing and editing
  • project management
  • querying/working with authors

Marie-Christine Payette (in French or English)

Marie-Christine Payette has a background as an English-French translator and an ESL and FSL teacher. She started her own business in 2011, offering French editing, copy editing, proofreading, comparative editing, and English-to-French translation, and she loves her work. Since joining Editors Canada, she has volunteered often for the association and has learned a great deal. Lately, she has developed new areas of expertise, adding to her background of linguistic skills.

Can advise on:

  • concordance editing or comparative editing
  • freelancing
  • networking
  • French editing
  • French copy editing
  • French proofreading
  • French fiction editing
  • education
  • youth literature
  • serving on the Editors Canada national executive council
  • volunteering for Editors Canada

Laura Poole

Laura Poole is a freelance editor of scholarly nonfiction. She founded Archer Editorial Services in 1997. In 2009 she began training editors and publishers through her Editorial Bootcamp. In 2015 she became co-owner and director of training for

Can advise on:

  • freelancing
  • scholarly editing
  • networking
  • public speaking/presentations
  • growing a freelance business

Gael Spivak

Gael Spivak works in communications for the federal government. She specializes in plain language writing and editing, and has worked on topics from food safety and biotechnology to ethics and government. She has held several positions on the Editors Canada national executive council: director of volunteer relations, director of training and development, and vice-president. She co-chaired the 2012 conference and was one of the core volunteers who planned the 2015 Editing Goes Global conference.

Can advise on:

  • plain language writing and editing
  • working with government, working in government
  • working with scientists
  • using volunteering to achieve professional development goals
  • using social media to get free training
  • networking as an introvert

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson has more than 30 years of experience, first as an editor in a Vancouver book-publishing house and, since 1998, as a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates, where she offers a range of editorial and training services. Ruth has served on several national committees of Editors Canada. In 2011 she received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, and in 2014 she was recognized as a Certified Professional Editor (Hon.) for her work on developing and launching the certification program.

Can advise on:

  • plain language editing
  • teaching and training
  • proofreading
  • copy editing
  • substantive editing
  • editing legal documents
  • editing business documents
  • moving from in-house to freelance