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National executive council

 

Members of the executive council serve as trustees for the general membership. Collectively, they direct Editors Canada activities and decide how to spend its money. They are all members of the association.

Executive council 2021–22

PRESIDENT

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila
Editors Edmonton
I began my editing career in 2007 and am a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. I currently work at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where I edit materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. I've also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Maria Frank

Maria Frank
Editors Edmonton
Since beginning my editing career in 2008, I have edited government documents, K–12 study materials, fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and corporate communications. I currently work for Athabasca University and edit primarily content for undergraduate- and graduate-level business courses.

I am an editor because I am passionate about language and the power of the word. I am particularly interested in the evolution of language to reflect societal values, such as equality and inclusivity.

 

TREASURER

Breanne MacDonald

Breanne MacDonald
Editors Hamilton-Halton
I am a graduate of Ryerson University's publishing program and have been an in-house editor (with some freelance work on the side) since 2010. I am currently a technical editor at ASCENT, working primarily on engineering software training materials. I received the President's Award in 2015 and have been an active member of Editors Canada at both the local and national levels. I have served on the national executive council since 2015 and have been involved with the conference committee in some capacity since 2014.

 

SECRETARY

Marcia Allyn Luke

Marcia Allyn Luke
Editors Toronto
I have an Honours Bachelor in English (University of Guelph) and a postgraduate Publishing Certificate (Ryerson University). I am currently completing a Master of Professional Education (Western University). I have 15 years' experience in educational publishing, including acquisitions, editorial, management, marketing, and sales positions, providing a unique, holistic perspective. I have been teaching and developing curriculum since 2017, including the following courses: Introductory Communications and Conspiracy Theories (Critical Thinking) at Fleming College, College English at George Brown College, and Professional Writing at Humber College. I have contributed to a #1 International Bestseller, Silent Grief, Healing, & Hope.

 

DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES AND TWIGS

Anne Godlewski

Anne Godlewski
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
I have been an editor for 15 years, initially working in-house and freelancing since 2013. Most of my experience has been in the fields of science and technology. Soon after I started editing, I joined Editors Canada and have since served as Web coordinator for a national conference and twig chair for Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph.

Off duty, I enjoy fermenting things like milk, vegetables, and flowers. I've also been known to make herbal teas from plants I gather along my walks.

 

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness

Suzanne Bowness
Editors Toronto
I am a Toronto-based writer/editor and have written for publications from The Globe and Mail to University Affairs magazine. Since 2002, I have provided editorial services to corporate clients through my business, CodeWord Communications (www.codeword.ca). I hold a PhD in English from the University of Ottawa and wrote my dissertation on the history of Canadian magazines. I teach writing part-time in the Professional Writing and Communications program, which I helped to develop at Humber College in Toronto. I am a long-time member of Editors Canada and was a long-time volunteer with the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

 

DIRECTOR OF MEMBER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

Vacant

 

DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Arija Berzitis

Arija Berzitis
Editors Toronto
I am a former associate editor and typesetter and currently proofreader in financial documents. I have a degree in English Language and Literature and am a native speaker of English (my parents emigrated from Latvia to England and then Canada following the Second World War). My schooling from kindergarten took place in Canada and although I finished my Hon. B.A. many years ago, I am currently working on the Publishing Certificate at Ryerson. I have had freelance copy editing experience in journals for about 10–15 years now. I was recently a technical editor for the Canadian journal TESL Canada from the University of Western Ontario. This involved editing references and their citations. However, I have also copy edited scientific and highly technical journals from the United States as well, including in such fields as humanities, social sciences, philosophy, futures, management, ultrasound, and medical and education. A current project includes copy editing a memoire written by a first-time writer, something I'm not used to but enjoying very much for the complete about-face from my usual activities.

 

DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS

Kaitlin Littlechild
Editors Atlantic
I am both a freelance editor and writer and work as a communications and marketing specialist for an environmental consulting firm. I frequently edit works written by Indigenous authors and works written about Indigenous Peoples. I commonly edit (and occasionally write) in the areas of business communication, health, public health, biology, environmental issues, and marketing pieces of all types.

When (if) I have spare time, I can be found outside enjoying all that New Brunswick has to offer—beautiful beaches, waterfall hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping. There is always something to explore with my kids and dogs.

 

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Blazej Szpakowicz
Editors British Columbia
A former academic with a PhD in history, I've worked as an editor for four years, specializing in academic and fiction editing. As a member of the Editors British Columbia, I've participated in Vancouver-based branch meetings and seminars. I've also served on the Editors Canada training and development committee since 2017, helping run the successful ongoing webinar program. If elected, I shall help guide the further development of this program and ensure it offers a wide range of ongoing professional development, in both French and English, to all Editors Canada members across Canada, regardless of location, background, or expertise.

 

DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER RELATIONS

Leah Morrigan professional pic by Shawn Goldberg

Leah Morrigan
Editors Toronto
I am new member of Editors Canada this year. I'm a writer and have published in a variety of places from the Hill Times (Parliament Hill) to the Canadian Medical Post to my own men's image column in a UK gentleman's magazine. As a professional editor, I have sat on professional and community boards and spent 10 years as the in-house editor and contributing writer at a provincially funded not-for-profit. As a non-fiction freelance editor, I have waded into legal tech, academic writing, and natural and social sciences—because variety is the spice of life!