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History and structure

Read about the history of Editors Canada.

Structure of the association

Editors Canada is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization and is governed at the national level by an executive council. The council provides leadership for the association, focusing on strategic planning and policy. The council takes its direction from the priorities of the association’s membership as expressed in AGM motions, member meetings and various forms of member feedback. All directors on the national executive council are members of Editors Canada and are elected to their positions. They serve on a voluntary basis.

Much of the work of the association is accomplished by committees of volunteers. The Editors Canada certification program and the annual conference, for example, are both overseen by national committees. Committee chairs are appointed by the national executive council. Committee members are not formally elected or appointed and generally bring subject-area expertise and enthusiasm to the group.

The national office in Toronto has a paid staff. The office processes membership applications and renewals, responds to enquiries from members and the public, administers national services such as the email forum, and provides support to national committees and the national executive council including for the national conference, certification, finances and marketing.

Editors Canada has regional branches and twigs across the country, providing a range of local programming and services to both members and non-members. Key activities in most local groups include organizing membership meetings, offering training seminars and producing a local newsletter. Each branch is run by its own branch executive, whose members serve on a voluntary basis and are elected to their positions by the broader membership of the branch. Each twig is run by co-coordinators, local members elected to the roles by their twig members each year.

Most branches are supported by administrators who handle bookkeeping, banking, local member management and event coordination. Twig administration is similarly handled from the national office.