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Brenda Lee, PhD

3721 Rue du Frere Andre, #24
Montreal, QC H3V 1B2
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Would you like to ensure that your writing is technically precise, compelling and a pleasur to read? With four decades experience in teaching, writing & editing, I have the skills you need to accomplish that. While I work mostly with academics, I welcome challenges and have lately enjoyed the knotty problems in legal arguments.  

My experience in research, grant application and writing for publication; teaching, supervising, and editing; lets me help craft a document nuanced to its particular purpose and type.  And whether you are undergraduate or graduate, faculty or professional, it helps me appreciate the challenge that each project presents to you.  

The span of my work gives me access to the language of theory, policy and practice across a broad sweep of fields: the natural and social sciences; ecological, social and risk assessment; landscape architecture; urban planning and design; urban commerce; moral and political philosophy; and psychological health. It allows me to work with the arguments and technical terms appropriate to a wide diversity of subject areas and audiences, to ground each analysis and strengthen the power of its text. It also gives me a real understanding of the need for academic and professional writing to be both incisive and fluid: a pleasure to read. 

My practice has focused on those whose first language is English, French, Spanish and Arabic, but I work with a wide range of individuals and organizations across Canada and Europe.  The English I use can be tailored to Canadian, American or British readers. 

Each editing process creates a writer-editor team.  I will be available at short notice for your questions and will need you to be available for mine as we work to meet your deadlines. 

Please feel free to contact me with questions.  I work at all levels of the writing process, welcome short projects, and will edit a few paragraphs to give you a sense of the difference it will make.  

Education: Post-doc, interdisciplinary, Concordia School of Community and Public Affairs; Post-doc, University of Waterloo Department of Philosophy; PhD University of Waterloo Urban and Regional Planning; Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Manitoba; Bachelor (Honours Zoology) University of Alberta. 

Additional skills:  teaching history in Business and the Environment, Queens University; History and Theory of Planning, Caribbean Planning and Infrastructure, Urban Social Geography, The Canadian City, The Case Study, and Technology and Social Policy, McGill University; as well as training in aging and dementia, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Complete CV, references and testimonials available on request.  

Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic materials, general
  • Anthologies
  • Bibliographies
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reference materials, general
  • Speeches
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Administration
  • Architecture
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Family
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Labour and employment
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general