FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, April 14, 2020—The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) is pleased to announce the appointment of Natasha Bood to the position of executive director. Bood was hired by Editors Canada in late February, but officially assumes the role today following the completion of an existing contract.
Bood joins Editors Canada with 16 years of experience working in not-for-profit arts organizations. She was the executive director of the Toronto Summer Music Festival and Academy from 2011 to 2018, during which time the organization more than doubled its audience. In 2014, Toronto Summer Music became the first arts organization to win the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Mo Davies Award for excellence in fundraising, small organizations. Natasha was the recipient of the 2015 John Hobday Award in Arts Management from the Canada Council for the Arts, a $10,000 prize that allowed her to participate in a number of leadership courses at the Banff Centre.
Prior to Toronto Summer Music, Natasha was the executive director of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, a highlight of which was administering the RSO's 100th anniversary season.
"We're excited Natasha is joining our team," says president Heather Buzila. "Her extensive not-for-profit experience will help us to drive Editors Canada and the editing profession forward."
"We recognize the challenge of starting a new role during the COVID-19 pandemic," continues Buzila. "However, we are confident in Natasha's leadership. Our national executive council and office staff will work closely with her to ensure a smooth transition."
Bood holds a Bachelor of Arts in music history with a minor in English and film from the University of Regina and a post-graduate diploma in arts administration and cultural management from Humber College in Toronto.
"I'm delighted to be joining the team at Editors Canada," says Bood. "And I look forward to working with them to develop and promote professional editorial standards, increase awareness of the value of editing, and provide products and services to editors throughout their careers."
About Editors Canada
Editors Canada began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors' Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. In 1994, the word "Freelance" was dropped to reflect the association's expanding focus to serve both freelance and in-house editors. As Canada's only national editorial association, it is the hub for 1,300 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association's professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, webinars, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has five regional branches: British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Barrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba, Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Hamilton/Halton, Kingston, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
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