FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, July 28, 2016—The Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada) is pleased to announce the appointment of communications manager Michelle Ou as interim executive director of the association through November 1. The appointment follows the resignation of executive director Patrick Banville effective August 12.
"We are sad to see Patrick go, but are grateful to have had him as executive director for the past 14 months," said Editors Canada president Anne Louise Mahoney.
"Michelle is a trusted advisor to our national committees and to the national executive council. We are thrilled that she will take on this additional role, ensuring continuity and stability in the office as we begin the search for a new ED for the association."
Ou is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Victoria University, with a degree in English Literature. She is a communications professional with a background in copywriting, editing, web development and marketing in finance, health, sports, music and publishing. She has served as the Editors Canada communications manager since 2009, participating in and overseeing numerous projects and campaigns.
The national executive council is currently planning for and will soon begin the search for a permanent executive director.
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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 1,500 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, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. Editors Canada has six regional branches: British Columbia; Prairie Provinces (currently on hiatus); Saskatchewan; Toronto; Ottawa–Gatineau; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Alberta; Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario; Hamilton/Halton, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; Nova Scotia; and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Anne Louise Mahoney