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Elizabeth Macfie

Elizabeth Macfie Editing andTraining

24 Ojai Rd.
Chelsea, QC J9B 1Y7
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Certified Copy Editor
Certified Proofreader
Certified Stylistic Editor

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2012)
  • Conference (2012, 2015)
  • National Capital Region Branch (2015)
  • Newsletter (2014)
  • Publications (2013, 2014)


I’m EAC-certified in proofreading, copy editing (copyediting) and stylistic editing. I’ve created and delivered in-person and online workshops and courses on those topics, as well as on how to build an editorial style guide. Since 1995 I’ve been making texts say what the writer meant, without errors, in a tone that suits the audience. That requires good judgment of editorial choices and a wide range of knowledge.

I also comparative-read French-to-English translations and provide bilingual services.

For example, I’ve plain-language rewritten an innovative seed company’s funding prospectus, copy edited literature reviews on various human resources subjects, edited and proofread the award-winning exhibits in the Canada Science and Technology Museum, proofread a physician author’s book on carbohydrates, coached policy analysts in business writing, and created a bilingual style guide for a real estate organization.

I’ve been chair of Editors Ottawa-Gatineau, a member of Editors Canada’s national council, and president of the Indexing Society of Canada. My other experience includes serving a four-year term as an elected official on the bilingual municipal council of Chelsea, Quebec.

I’m also known as Beth Macfie. Variant spellings of my family name include MacPhee, McPhee, McFie, MacFie, McFee and MacFee.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Correspondence
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Surveys


  • Aboriginal people
  • Biography
  • Canada
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Government, federal
  • Government, municipal
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health