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Keynotes and Speakers


The Editors Canada conference committee is thrilled to announce our keynote speakers for the 2017 national conference.

Our opening keynote speaker, Cherie Dimaline, is an author and editor from the Georgian Bay Métis community. Her collection of stories, A Gentle Habit, was released in 2015. Her first book, Red Rooms, won Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards, and her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award. Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, and Muskrat magazines. She was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, and was the first Writer-in-Residence of Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers' Gathering and is at work on her next book.

John McIntyre, our closing keynote speaker, has been a working editor for more than thirty years, first at The Cincinnati Enquirer and for the past quarter-century at The Baltimore Sun, where he oversees the night news desk, writes a blog called "You Don't Say," and publishes a weekly vocabulary word and a video joke. He has taught undergraduates at Loyola University Maryland in the copy editing course since 1995. He favours bow ties, bourbon, and writers who have the common decency to acknowledge that they profit from an editor's assistance. He is the author of The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing.


Sue Archer

Sue Archer has an extensive background in communications and training. She works primarily in the corporate environment, but has successfully used social media to build a part-time fiction editing business. She is this year's Editors Canada Conference buddies coordinator. 

Stacey Atkinson

Stacey Atkinson offers writing and editing services to a variety of Canadian and U.S. clients, including self-published authors, bloggers, universities, government, and businesses. She also edits ministerial correspondence for Global Affairs Canada.

Dominique BohbotExperte recherchée, Dominique Bohbot est responsable de formation professionnelle à l’Université de Montréal. Membre d’honneur de l’Association des conseils en gestion linguistique, elle préside son Comité de valorisation des services langagiers canadiens.
Lorie BoucherLorie Boucher is a passionate editor and communications leader coming up on 20 years’ experience working in words with experts in various specialized fields. She is proud to be the Director, Creative Services, at Canadian Blood Services.
Michelle BoultonMichelle Boulton is a clear-communication consultant. As a writer, editor, designer, and instructor, she helps create and refine documents that clearly communicate their intended message. 
Anne BrennanAnne Brennan, Certified Professional Editor, is a Vancouver-based editor specializing in educational, technical, and corporate materials. She is a member of Editors Canada’s Certification Steering Committee.
Erin BrennerErin Brenner is co-owner of Copyediting, a brand that creates publications and training for copyeditors and teaches in University of California San Diego’s Copyediting certificate program. Follow her on LinkedIn ( and SlideShare (
Marta CepekMarta Cepek has been writing and editing technical documentation for over 25 years.
Stephane ChampagneStéphane Champagne est un Spécialiste en approvisionnement avec le Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada, Bureau des petites et moyennes entreprises.
Iva CheungIva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor and a winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial  Excellence. She is working on her PhD in knowledge translation in mental health.
Elizabeth d'AnjouElizabeth d’Anjou is a successful freelance editor and a popular leader of workshops. A member of the Editors Canada National Executive and assistant coordinator of the Kingston twig, she loves her freelance life and hasn’t starved yet.
Cherie DimalineCherie Dimaline is the author of the novels Red Rooms, The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy, and, most recently the collection of short stories titled A Gentle Habit. Cherie has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH and Muskrat magazines. Cherie was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year — Ontario Premier's Award, and was named the first Writer in Residence — Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. Cherie currently lives in Toronto, ON, where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers' Gathering, is building a national Indigenous literary organization, The RIEL Centre, and is at work on her next book The Marrow Thieves.
Carla DouglasCarla Douglas is a writer and editor based in Kingston, ON. In 2013 she co-founded the Beyond Paper Editing blog and began dispensing editing tips and publishing advice to writers, especially those intending to self-publish. She works with independent authors, is a former contributor to The Book Designer blog and currently writes for Publishing Perspectives.
Laura EdlundLaura Edlund is a writer and editor specializing in developmental editing, plain language writing and editing, educational materials, and fiction. She has worked in-house and freelance for over 30 years. Recent projects include writing and editing for levelled reading series, for Inuit and Northern audiences, and for Inuktitut-language materials.
Carol Fisher SallerCarol Fisher Saller is the long-time editor of the online Q&A for The Chicago Manual of Style and author of The Subversive Copy Editor.
Nancy ForanNancy Foran has been copy editing, proofreading, and localizing for 15 years. Fluently bilingual, she began editing in English and dipped a toe into French editing 8 years ago.
Marie-Élaine GervaisMarie-Élaine Gervais a plus de 10 ans d'expérience en révision professionnelle et en correction d’épreuves. Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en sciences de la communication de l'Université de Montréal, elle possède en outre une certification de réviseure agréée de Réviseurs Canada.
Sandra GravelSandra Gravel is a consultant, trainer, Certified Copy Editor and an editor. She likes to combine her skills to help entrepreneurs to create documents that are consistent with their brands.
Rebecca GravesRebecca Graves is Senior Editor and Content Strategist at OpenText, where she enjoys creating Marketing communications, leading-edge content strategy, and quirky webinars. Follow her: @rebeccargraves
David GroulxDavid Groulx was raised in Elliot Lake Ontario. He is proud of his aboriginal roots, Anishnabe and French Canadian. He has published ten books of poetry, and won the 3rd annual Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards. David was Writer-in-Residence for Toronto, and he has read at the IFOA in Toronto & Barrie, the International Ottawa Writers Festival, and the Festival International de la Posie in Trois-Rivières. His poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012, the National Magazine Awards in 2014, and The Wabigoon River Poems was nominated for the Archibald Lampman award in 2016. David’s poetry has been translated into both French and Ojibwa, and has appeared in over 180 magazines in 15 countries.
James HarbeckJames Harbeck has presented for many academic and professional conferences and given speeches at and hosted numerous events. He has a PhD in drama, an MA in linguistics, and two decades of experience as an editor.
Ilhan IbrahimIlhan Ibrahim is the co-founder and CEO of Qurtuba Publishing House, a media and publishing group based in Ottawa, ON.
Greg IoannouGreg Ioannou has been a freelance editor for 40 years. He's worked on pretty much everything that has words, ranging from board games to provincial budgets. He even once helped an author polish a love letter. He is the CEO at PubLaunch, which provides a full range of services to self-publishing authors, and the owner of Iguana Books, a hybrid publisher.
Alison JacquesAlison Jacques has been a full-time freelance academic copy editor since finishing her PhD in media studies in 2013. She previously copy edited news copy, reports, newsletters — anything, actually.
Jenny LassJenny Lass has been a medical writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has worked with a variety of clients, including universities, the government and advertising agencies.
Elizabeth MacfieElizabeth Macfie has built a successful editing business based on 21 years of connecting with people both inside and outside the editing world.
Janet MacMillanJanet MacMillan is a specialist legal and social sciences editorial professional for publishers, law firms, businesses, international development agencies, NGOs, government departments, academics, and students worldwide. She has extensive experience working with authors whose first language is not English. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and mentors other editors and proofreaders, both formally, as a member of the SfEP’s mentorship program (and previously as a member of the Editors Canada Toronto branch's mentorship committee) and informally. Janet is a member of the Editors Canada mentorship taskforce.
Evie MarkEvie Mark is an Inuit artist, educator, and simultaneous translator. She was raised in the small community of Ivujivik in the northernmost point of Nunavik (Quebec), and she is passionate about promoting and preserving the heritage of her people. Evie is renowned for her abilities as a traditional Inuit throat singer and storyteller. She also works as a cultural liaison and educator, conducting workshops across Canada and around the world..
Robin MarwickRobin Marwick is a writer, editor, and content strategist with 15+ years’ experience in web and multimedia. She is this year's Editors Canada conference social media coordinator.
Jeanne McKaneJeanne McKane, Certified Professional Editor, is a Toronto-based freelance editor specializing in health care and medical editing. She is a member of Editors Canada’s Certification Steering Committee.
John McIntyreJohn McIntyre has been a working editor for more than thirty years, first at The Cincinnati Enquirer and for the past quarter-century at The Baltimore Sun, where he oversees the night news desk, writes a blog called "You Don't Say," and publishes a weekly vocabulary word and a video joke. He has taught undergraduates at Loyola University Maryland in the copy editing course since 1995. He favours bow ties, bourbon, and writers who have the common decency to acknowledge that they profit from an editor's assistance. He is the author of The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing.
Adrienne MontgomerieAdrienne Montgomerie is a certified copyeditor who has been teaching other editors for 6 years and freelance editing full-time for almost 20. Educational materials in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) topics are her specialty. She is known as scieditor.
Julie MorinJulie Morin is a certified French editor who is promoting the Resources of the Language Portal of Canada as a project officer. Classrooms happen to be her happy place.
Robin NorrisRobin Norris is a medievalist. She teaches Old English and History of the English Language at Carleton University, where she is Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature.
Brendan O’BrienBrendan O’Brien has worked in publishing for 28 years and has been a freelance editor since 1993, working in all areas of nonfiction. He lives in rural Ireland with his wife and daughter.
Lana OkerlundA partner with West Coast Editorial Associates, Lana Okerlund edits, indexes, and writes non-fiction books and teaches editing and business writing courses. In her former career as a business consultant, Lana spent nearly a decade working with clients on business improvement projects, including performance measurement.
Frances PeckFrances Peck, Certified Professional Editor (Hon.), is the author of Peck’s English Pointers and a co-author of the HyperGrammar website. She teaches at Douglas College and UBC in Vancouver and gives workshops across Canada.
Leonie PipeLeonie Pipe has been editing part-time for EDANZ (Editing in Australia and New Zealand) since 2009. She also has a full-time contract with ENAGO, with whom she’s been employed for four and a half years. Leonie edits scientific non-fiction articles, dissertations and theses of all scientific and engineering topics you can think of, and she compiles cover letters for journal articles.
Laura PooleLaura Poole has 20 years of experience as a freelancer, specializing in scholarly non-fiction. She is co-owner and director of training for
Arlene PrunklArlene Prunkl has been a freelance editor and proofreader since 2002, working closely with self-publishing authors as well as established authors with traditional publishers. In 2011, Arlene was a finalist for Editors Canada's Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, she proofread Jack Whyte's The Guardian, notable because Jack is her neighbour in Kelowna, BC, but they have yet to meet in person.
Waubgeshig RiceWaubgeshig Rice is an Ottawa-based author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge and debut novel Legacy were published by Theytus Books. His forthcoming novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, will be published by ECW Press in 2018. He currently works as a broadcast and Web journalist for CBC Ottawa.
Leslie SaffreyLeslie Saffrey, a Certified Professional Editor, runs a freelance editing business based in Toronto and worked several years as an in-house production editor.
Suzanne SchaanSuzanne Schaan has worked at Pearson Canada for over 20 years. She is currently the Manager of Content Development for Higher Education and also acts as accessibility advocate.
Amy J. SchneiderAmy J. Schneider (, a freelance copy editor of textbooks, trade non-fiction, and best-selling fiction since 1995, has written articles and presented sessions on copy editing fiction for, An American Editor, Communication Central, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the American Copy Editors Society.
Marion SoublièreMarion Soublière of M.E.S. Editing and Writing Services ( is the author of Getting Work with the Federal Government: A Guide to Figuring out the Procurement Puzzle.

Kara StahlAfter a long and winding path in publishing, Kara Stahl found her dream job as a medical editor at Health Quality Ontario. She is an advocate of plain and inclusive language and is an avid Oxford comma inserter.

Kristine ThornleyKristine Thornley is a freelance medical and scientific editor/copy editor based in Toronto. She has worked in clinical research and is currently finishing a Master’s in Health Communication.
Avivah WargonAvivah Wargon is a very experienced copy and production editor, who has also spent many years training and mentoring other editors. She currently teaches in the Publishing Program at Ryerson University.
Ruth WilsonRuth Wilson has more than 30 years’ experience as an editor. She worked for many years with Vancouver, BC book publisher Self-Counsel Press, and since 1997 she has been a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates, offering a wide range of editorial and training services. Ruth is also a respected instructor of editorial skills, having taught in the Writing and Communications Program at Simon Fraser University for many years. In 2011 she was honoured as a recipient of the President’s Award for Volunteer Service from Editors Canada, and in 2014 she was recognized as a Certified Professional Editor (Hon.) for the work she did in developing and launching Editors Canada’s world-class Certification Program.