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Amy Haagsma, BCom


  • President's Award (2018)
Certified Proofreader
Certified Copy Editor

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Annual General Meeting (2016)
  • Editors British Columbia (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Conference (2016)


I offer a full range of editorial services, from copy editing and proofreading to indexing and graphic design. I specialize in technical and business communication, though I work across many different industries and for a broad range of clients. My background includes education and experience in editing, writing, graphic design, marketing, and engineering.

My goal is to make each document or manuscript I work on the best it can be, while respecting and maintaining the author’s voice and style. I am often commended for my ability to focus on the details while also seeing the bigger picture.

I am familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, the Canadian Press Stylebook, Scientific Style and Format, and the AMA Manual of Style, but I am also able to follow your preferred style guide or house style. I am well versed in APA, MLA, and Chicago referencing styles but can also work to different styles per journal or other specifications. I work in Canadian English, American English, and British English, including localizing content for different geographic markets.


  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Indexing
  • Publishing support
  • Graphic design and layout
  • E-book formatting
  • Website design, consulting, and SEO
  • Social media management
  • Blog writing


  • AMWA Essential Skills certificate (in progress; American Medical Writers Association)
  • ASI Training in Indexing course (in progress; American Society for Indexing)
  • Business Communication and Professional Writing certificate (Simon Fraser University)
  • Editing certificate (Simon Fraser University)
  • Diploma of Technology, Civil Engineering (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
  • Graphic communications courses (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing (University of Alberta)

Editors Canada volunteer involvement

  • Webmaster for Editors British Columbia (2017–present)
  • Graphic designer for Editors Canada’s 2017 annual report (2018)
  • Professional development co-chair for Editors British Columbia (2017–2018)
  • Graphic designer for Active Voice/Voix active, Editors Canada’s national magazine (2017)
  • Publications chair for Editors British Columbia and managing editor of West Coast Editor blog (2014–2017)
  • Communications and social media committee member for Editors British Columbia (2013–2016)
  • Conference co-chair (2016)

Editors Canada certifications and awards

  • Certified Copy Editor (2018)
  • Certified Proofreader (2017)
  • President’s Award for Volunteer Service (2017)
  • Volunteer of the Month (June 2015)

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Graphical materials
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Indexes
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Biography
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Engineering
  • Family
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Medicine
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Sciences, general