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Lana Okerlund

West Coast Editorial Associates

Vancouver, BC V6T 0A2
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)
Certified Stylistic Editor
Certified Structural Editor
Certified Copy Editor
Certified Proofreader

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Editors British Columbia (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


A Certified Professional Editor, I edit and proofread cookbooks, corporate and family history books, art books, business books, government documents, and other non-fiction materials for publishers, private- and public-sector organizations, and self-publishing authors.

As a writer, I have published corporate history books, family history books, and several magazine articles, and I blog about BC's bookselling history.

And as an editing and writing instructor, I deliver plain language, clear writing, and editing workshops for a variety of clients. I am on faculty for Simon Fraser University’s Editing Certificate program and for the Foundation of Administrative Justice, and I coach individual clients on workplace writing.

I hold an Editing Certificate from SFU and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba, and I have been a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates since 2016.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Government materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Ecology and environment
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Government
  • History
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Society, general