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Lana Okerlund

113-6268 Eagles Dr.
Vancouver, BC V6T 0A2
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • Certified Copy Editor (2010)
  • Certified Proofreader (2010)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

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




An EAC-Certified Copy Editor and Proofreader, I edit, proofread, and index cookbooks, art books, business books, memoirs, corporate histories, scholarly texts, and other non-fiction works. My freelance clients include publishers, self-publishing authors, businesses, art galleries, and universities.

As a writer, I have published memoirs, corporate histories, and magazine articles. I am also an editing instructor for SFU and a business-writing instructor for corporate clients.

I hold an Editing Certificate from SFU and a BComm. My project management and presentation skills—gained through nine years as a former business consultant—bring extra value to any project.

Projects showing the range of my experience include:

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 (Vancouver Art Gallery and Douglas & McIntyre, 2012): I copy edited and proofread the English volume of this complex 175-page book that includes essays by multiple authors, a detailed chronology, reference notes, a detailed list of art works, and captions for over 200 images. This is one of over two dozen publications or exhibitions I have worked on for VAG.

Everyday Kitchen for Kids (by Jennifer Low, Whitecap Books, 2012): I co-edited this collection of creative, easy-to-make recipes for children. This is one of over a dozen cookbooks I have edited, proofread, or indexed.

Mulligan’s Stew: My Life . . . So Far (by Terry David Mulligan with Glen Schaefer, Heritage House, 2011): As structural and copy editor for this memoir by DJ, VJ, actor, and broadcast journalist Terry David Mulligan, I got a backstage view of the makings of a Canadian icon. This is one of over a dozen memoir or history books I have edited, written, or indexed.

Business and technical proposal for global transportation company (2011): The name of the client is confidential, but in this project I instilled consistency, clarity, and a professional, active writing style in a 160,000-word bid to construct and manage a light-rail transportation system. This is a particularly complex example of the dozens of business publications I have edited or written as a freelancer or a business consultant.

Sustainable Supply Chain Logistics Guide (Metro Vancouver, 2006): I researched and wrote* this 53-page corporate guide to implementing more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable transportation and warehousing practices. (* as an employee of MNP) 

Please contact me to discuss your needs, and I will be happy to provide a free estimate.



Editorial Skills

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


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


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