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National committee chairs and other positions 2021–22

AWARDS COORDINATOR

Zofia Laubitz

Zofia Laubitz
Editors Québec
I first contemplated becoming an editor when I was wondering what someone with a doctorate in linguistics who didn't want to become a professor of linguistics could do instead. It seems to have been a good choice: I've been an editor and translator, first in-house and then freelance, for more years than I care to say. I joined Editors Canada in 1995 and have volunteered at the national and branch levels. In my free time, I enjoy birding, photography, art lessons and, of course, reading.

 

CAREER BUILDER COMMITTEE

Sue Archer

Sue Archer
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
I've never held the official job title of "editor" in my corporate career, but after constantly applying my editing skills, I realized that I was an editor regardless. I joined Editors Canada to further my development, and since then I've completed editing courses at Ryerson, copy edited for The Editors' Weekly, acted as a conference buddy coordinator, collaborated with indie authors to improve their stories, and self-published a novel! I'm thrilled to be co-chairing this committee and helping our members further their careers in a profession that can be pursued through many different paths.

Lynne Melcombe

Lynne Melcombe
Editors British Columbia
I started out as a freelance journalist over 30 years ago. I have worked in communications and publishing for over 25 years. My editing skills include developmental, substantive, stylistic, and copy editing and proofreading. My book clients range from self-publishing novices to seasoned authors, and I also work on government, post-secondary, non-profit and corporate documents. I offer seminars/webinars and especially enjoy coaching new writers. I live in a house with a big garden in Port Moody, BC, and work with a small, furry associate named Tessa.

 

CERTIFICATION STEERING COMMITTEE

Vicky Bell

Vicky Bell
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
It could be said that my professional editing career began when I won a $5 gift voucher in a spelling bee, at the age of 8. It was a revelation: someone would pay me to spell things correctly! Over the next few decades, I dallied with writing and translation (earning an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Translation & Interpreting, in addition to taking editing courses through Ryerson University), but could never keep away from editing, my first love, for long. Although I freelanced for a good decade, for clients ranging from fiction writers to textbook publishers, I’ve now settled into a full-time role as a copy-editor for a medical journal. I still edit fiction on a freelance basis and write novels on the side. As a firm believer in the Editors Canada Certification program, I’ve been volunteering for the Certification Steering Committee since 2014, when I earned the Certified Professional Editor designation.

 @BellLettres

Jaime Miller

Jaime Miller
Editors Calgary
I have been editing in some capacity since 2005, when author friends asked me to edit some of their children's fiction books. I have a degree in European Studies, with a minor in English, from the University of Guelph, and have done some editing courses through Ryerson University's publishing program. Because I lived in Australia for ten years, I joined the Australian Institute for Professional Editors and became one of IPEd's first accredited editors in 2008. Although I worked for a couple of years as an in-house editor for a superannuation company, most of my work has been freelance editing. I especially enjoy providing structural, stylistic and copy editing services to self-publishing authors—there's always something new to learn! I joined Editors Canada in 2010, when I moved back to Canada, and have been volunteering in a couple of different roles since 2016.

 

COMITÉ AGRÉMENT/PRINCIPES

Vacant

 

CONFERENCE ADVISER

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.

 

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Vacant

 

THE EDITORS' WEEKLY

Lucy Payette

Lucy Payette
Editors Manitoba
I'm a senior technical editor at StandardAero in Winnipeg. My past experience includes more than 20 years in corporate and digital communications for companies based in Toronto and Montreal in the transportation and energy sectors.

 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVISER

Adebe DeRango-Adem

Adebe DeRango-Adem
Editors Toronto
www.adebederangoadem.com
I am an editor and published author who brings diverse experience in the realms of publishing, cultural programming, and anti-racism and human rights/equity education.

I am strongly committed to working with (and amplifying the voices of) BIPOC/racialized authors across Canada (and across a variety of genres), and am the author of three full-length poetry books to date—Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015) and The Unmooring (Mansfield Press, 2018). Finally, I am co-editor (with Andrea Thompson) of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out (Inanna Publications, 2010), and am currently at work on the anthology's second volume.

 

EXTERNAL LIAISON COMMITTEE

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila, Editors Canada President
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.

 

FACEBOOK GROUP MODERATORS

Joanne Haskins
Editors Toronto
I learned the fundamentals of editing and publishing at a national trade magazine, leaving as managing editor. I now help a variety of clients — including self-publishing authors, non-profits, governmental bodies, and businesses — with my own editing, writing and design company, Think Communications. I've been an Editors Canada member since 1997 and have volunteered in a variety of roles, including the redesign and production of the Toronto-branch newsletter and pilot-testing the copy-editing certification exam.

@thinkcomjo

Lenore Hietkamp
Editors British Columbia
Profile to come

 

FRANCOPHONE ADVISER

Sylvie Collin
Editors Québec
I started my career as an instructor and in-house training manager before becoming an editor. Today, as a réviseure agréée, I continue to promote the value of professional development. I became involved with the Editors Quebec executive committee when I first joined Editors Canada, in 2014. Since then, I have collaborated on a regular basis with several national committees. Being involved with Editors Canada convinced me of the need for francophone members to be present at all levels of the organization. The executive council's commitment to serve its francophone members cannot translate into action without the active participation of the francophone members themselves.

 

EDITORS CANADA REPRESENTATIVE, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION COMMITTEE

Marg Anne Morrison
Editors Toronto
I started Morrison Publishing Management (MPM) in 2004, after working in-house for 25 years at Between the Lines Press and Annick Press. MPM offers book publishing management services to Canadian publishers.  I taught for seven years in the Book and Magazine Publishing Program at Centennial College and was Executive Director of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization until 2015. I joined the Freedom of Expression Committee in 2004 as the Editors Canada representative, and have been the Chair since 2009.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila, Editors Canada President
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.

 

LIST MONITOR

Nancy Wills
Editors Kingston
I am a Kingston-based freelance editor and indexer. After many years with the provincial government, I embarked on a career change that allowed me to focus on the aspects of my former job that I most enjoyed - writing and editing. As a relative new-comer to the trade and to freelancing, I am still trying to find my niche and have taken on jobs that involve fact-checking, proofreading, indexing and anything in between. In my spare time when not reading, I am a middle distance runner.

 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Jillian Reiten

Jillian Reiten
Editors Edmonton
I am a freelancer who specializes in editing for the defence industry and non-profits. My first career was in planning and managing logistics as an army officer, which means that I understand the defence industry as an insider would. I joined the military for the same reason many do—because I didn't know what I wanted to do after high school. During my 18-year career, I got a degree in chemical engineering, spent way too much time sleeping in tents, and deployed to Afghanistan. Once I realized that I could be paid to read, I shifted to a career in editing so that I could focus on work that was most rewarding and to give myself more flexibility with my family. In my spare time, I am outside with my family as much as possible camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, or gardening. And, like every good editor, I read as much as possible. While I may be new to Editors Canada, I feel that I have found a home among many other gifted communicators.

 

MEDIATOR

Jane Kidner

Jane Kidner, B.A., J.D., LL.M. (ADR), C.Med. 
I started my career as a litigation lawyer before transitioning to a 20-year career as a communications/marketing manager at the University of Toronto and then Ryerson University.  At U of T, I was editor of a semi-annual magazine and led several large portfolios through innovation, transition and organizational change. Along the way, I became a certified mediator and a leadership coach, and continue to be a lifelong learner of conflict resolution and conflict resolution strategies.

 

MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE

Risha Gotlieb
Editors Toronto
I'm primarily a journalist whose work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine and Maclean's, among others. As an editor I've worked both in-house and freelance—it's been an eclectic ride that included working for newspapers, a university, a major corporation and an ad agency. I have a degree in journalism and am also affiliated with the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

 

MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE

Kathryn Willms
Editors Toronto
I've been an editor for seven years. After taking courses in editing and production at Ryerson, I joined Greg Ioannou at Colborne Communications where I rose to the position of senior editor and vice-president. I also spent a couple years as publisher of Iguana Books, where I oversaw acquisitions and production. For the past three years, I've run my own editing company, Kwill Communications. I edit educational materials, marketing materials and manuscripts. I've been a member of the member services committee since I joined Editors Canada in 2020.

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Heather Buzila

Heather Buzila, Editors Canada President
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.

 

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Paula Chiarcos

Paula Chiarcos
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
I joined Editors Canada shortly after graduating from the University of California's Professional Sequence in Editing program. I edit mostly fiction at Iguana Books in Toronto and at Moon River Editing. When I'm not working, my kids and garden keep me busy. I also love backcountry camping and canoeing, cooking dishes from all over the world, and playing Netrunner with my husband.

Josephine Mo

Josephine Mo
Editors Toronto
I launched my second career—in publishing—after nearly a decade in the non-profit sector and years of editing friends' essays, CVs and cover letters. I completed Ryerson's Certificate in Publishing in December 2020 and have been a member of Editors Canada since March 2020, beginning as a student affiliate. Since becoming a member, I've attended webinars and volunteered to copy edit articles for the Editors Toronto BoldFace blog. I'm currently employed as an acquisitions assistant at Canadian Scholars. When I'm not working, I'm reading (fantasy, magical realism, historical fiction), watching horror movies, eating spicy foods and bothering my cat.

 

STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Berna Ozunal

Berna Ozunal
Editors Toronto
I'm a Certified Professional Editor and currently an independent contractor working mostly with non-profits. I've been teaching editing at George Brown College since 2016. In early 2020, I participated as a mentor in the John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program. Since 2012, I've been volunteering for Editors Canada at the local and national levels. I'm excited by the important work being done to rethink and improve Editors Canada's membership benefits. This year, my objective is to support ongoing efforts to make our Professional Editorial Standards and professional certification exams even more relevant and accessible for editors in Canada and around the world.

Betsy Wentzel

Betsy Wentzel
Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
During the 25 years I have taught academic writing at colleges and universities in the UK, Germany and the US, I have informally edited and proofread colleagues' work. New to professional editing, I joined the standards committee and also volunteer with ACES. Editors Canada's Professional Editorial Standards (PES) is a model that other editing organizations look to as a reference, so working with other editors to explore PES has been both purposeful and rewarding. I have worked closely with writers from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and I see the standards as a resource with a global impact.

 

STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Becky Noelle

Becky Noelle
Editors British Calgary
I am an experienced teacher with a Bachelor of Science and a Professional Editing Certificate. I use my background in science and education to edit and write educational resources and children's non-fiction books. I have been a member of Editors Canada since 2019 when I attended the national conference in Halifax. As a volunteer on the student relations committee since 2019, I have collaborated on projects to revitalize the student affiliate Facebook group and provide practical resources and support for editing students. When I'm not editing and writing, I enjoy hiking, doing yoga and practicing my photography skills.

 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Miriam Bergeret
Editors Toronto
Before joining Editors Canada as a student affiliate, I earned a Master's of Science at the University of Toronto and worked as a laboratory scientist. I now work in house as a science editor and writer for an online and print magazine that focuses on clinical science. I'm a member of Editors Toronto and joined the training and development committee in 2019.

Greg Ioannou
Editors Toronto
Colborne Communications
I've been a freelancer since 1977, and have taught editing all over the place. I was a founding member of (F)EAC and have had all sorts of positions on the executive, including president three times and treasurer six times (yikes!). In real life I own and run a writing and editing company called Colborne Communications, where my office is populated with moose paraphernalia. I'm also the publisher at Iguana Books. More importantly, I captain a team in a weekly trivia league, and frequent local pubs and stamp auctions.

 

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Monica Laane-Fralick

Monica Laane-Fralick
Editors Kingston
While studying Equine Sciences, Welfare and Business Management at Equine Guelph (2014–18), I discovered a penchant for research and writing that led me to the Editing Certificate program at SFU (completed 2019) and Editors Canada. Since then, I've volunteered by proofreading annual reports and serving as volunteer management chair. My freelance career has brought me back to Equine Guelph where I edit for the Equine Online Course Development team and work as a TA. I also volunteer for Golden Rescue as Events Director and spend as much time as possible gardening, hiking and camping with my three rescued Golden Retrievers.