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Sue MacLeod, CPE

4344 rue Garnier, #201
Montréal, QC H2J 3R9
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  • Tom Fairley Award finalist (2014)
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)
Certified Copy Editor
Certified Structural Editor
Certified Stylistic Editor
Certified Proofreader

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2013)
  • Conference (2013)


Clarity, grace and integrity—that's what all writing needs, and I'll make sure yours has it. I've been shortlisted for two prestigious awards for editing and also have strong writing skills, with a portfolio that includes plain language handbooks, executive summaries, health research profiles, dozens of magazine articles, annual reports, web copy and critically acclaimed fiction. 

What I can bring to your project

* attention to both the small and big picture, from the most elusive typo to fundamental questions about content * an ability to tailor your document to its target audience(s), e.g., expert, new Canadian, youth * ability to rewrite, as required * experience with highly technical reports * a sharp eye for inconsistent terminology * a gift for jargon busting while retaining appropriate specialist language * a keen interest in making complex material understandable and engaging to a general audience * strong condensing skills, by tightening language and reducing repetition * diplomacy and good humour * all the skills needed to make your message shine while staying true to your vision and voice.

I bring a high quality of energy and focus to every project and have spent a lifetime chasing deadlines—and meeting them.


"I'm midway through a conference call with the team. They were so excited to read and see their work for the past two years written up with such energy. The overwhelming response was excitement and pride. THANK YOU!" —Wendy Walters, Public Relations Advisor, representing a consortium of Nova Scotia hospitals

"Thanks for the great edits. It's a pleasure to see the stories being improved." —Kurt Kleiner, former Assistant Director and Editor, UTSC Commons magazine, University of Toronto Scarborough

"'[Sue MacLeod] did a superlative job of finding the gold in a mountain of text and shaping it into a cohesive and powerful book, while keeping her clients' aims and preferences steadily in view,' said one judge. The judges were impressed with ... her ability to negotiate tricky political and ideological waters, collaborate with the book's designer and keep the project on schedule. Overall, a stellar editing job." —Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence Committee, Editors Canada

"The anthology of words and images combined in a compact book [To Find Us: Words and Images of Halifax, edited by Sue MacLeod] presents the city as ... warm, human and very real ... The collection is diverse in class, age and culture and goes well beyond the stereotypical image." —Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award Committee

"Congratulations—you have succeeded in simplifying and streamlining the language in a way that better highlights the important content [of the report]." —Amy Lang, Director of Patient, Caregiver and Public Engagement, Health Quality Ontario

"A quick note to say how grateful I am for your expert help on the report yesterday. That you were able to proofread it in such a short time and with such focus on the content as well as the mechanics ... well, that was nothing short of amazing. Important corrections caught in the nick of time." —Amy Zierler, editor and writer

Selected client list

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives * Canadian Institute for Advanced Research * Canadian Partnership Against Cancer * The Change Foundation * College of Massage Therapists of Ontario * Dalhousie University * Health Quality Ontario * IWK Health Centre * Kelley Aitken (award-winning fiction writer) * Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia * Nova Scotia Barristers Society * Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation * Ontario Long Term Care Association * Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care * Quantum Communications * Robert Rose Inc. * Runnymede Healthcare Centre * Saint Mary's University * Save a Child's Heart Foundation Canada * University of Toronto, Scarborough * Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia * York University


Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, awarded top prize in English * Post-Degree Certificate in Professional Writing, Humber College, Toronto, Letter of Distinction


I live in Montréal and am happy to travel to Ottawa or Toronto for meetings.




Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Brochures
  • Cookbooks
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Poetry
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Speeches
  • Style guides
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Culture
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Health
  • Health care
  • History, Canadian
  • Labour and employment
  • Law
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Society, general