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Keynotes and Speakers
Cate Friesen uses her experience as an award-winning CBC producer, storyteller, documentary maker, performer and trainer to help businesses, non-profits and individuals harness the power of story.
She was part of the team that created CBC’s multiple-award-winning interactive Missing and Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls. As a freelance broadcaster, she has produced feature documentaries for CBC Radio.
For the past two years, she has been a key trainer for the Winnipeg Foundation’s Fast Pitch program, where she teaches non-profit leaders to pitch “Dragons’ Den style” in front of a live audience. She has delivered Power of Story workshops for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and non-profit organizations including Canadian Mental Health Association, RCMP and Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
Cate volunteers as a pro bono consultant for Spark, a board member for West Central Women’s Resource Centre and a committee member of Girls Rock Winnipeg.
Yann Martel is a writer best known for his Booker Prize–winning novel Life of Pi. It was translated into 43 languages, has sold 13 million copies worldwide and was adapted for the silver screen by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars.
The son of Canadian diplomats, Martel was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Alaska, Costa Rica, France, Mexico and Canada. He studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing.
Martel took a position as the writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library in 2003. He still lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.
Although his first language is French, Martel writes in English. He is the author of a short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and of four novels, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, Life of Pi and his latest, The High Mountains of Portugal.
Martel also ran a guerrilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former prime minister of Canada a book every two weeks for four years. The letters that accompanied the books were published as 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.
Betty Ann Adam
Betty Ann Adam has been a reporter with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for 29 years, which likely makes her the longest-term Indigenous reporter at any Canadian mainstream newspaper.
Stan Backs is a Certified Professional Editor and Professional Chemist who edits in science, engineering and medicine. Successful grant proposals he has edited have generated over $213M in funding.
Wendy Barron is a freelance editor, writer and plain language practitioner. She is a member of the collective that publishes Room, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal.
Rita Bouvier is a Métis educator, a writer/researcher, a poet, and an activist. She has published three collections of poetry and has been nominated for several Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Carolyn Brown is a scientific and medical writer, editor and publishing consultant. She is an accredited Editor in the Life Sciences and a Certified Professional Editor.
David Carpenter began as translator, reviewer and professor, but at age 35 he switched to writing fiction. He’s at work on his 15th book.
Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor and a winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. She teaches plain language and is working on her PhD in health sciences.
Noelle Chorney is the owner of Tall Order Communications and the managing editor of The Gardener, a quarterly magazine focused on cold-climate gardening.
Danielle Collins is the Supervisor of Editing and Copyright at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning, where she and her team prepare university-level content for distance education.
Aaron Dalton studied music and computer science and now works as an editor for the Alberta Energy Regulator. He’s also an avid gamer and loves to bake.
Margaret de Boer
Margaret de Boer is a freelance indexer and co-president of the Indexing Society of Canada. She has over 25 years of experience in back-of-the-book, broadcast and newspaper indexing.
Mitch Diamantopoulos is an associate professor at the University of Regina’s School of Journalism. He co-founded Regina’s Prairie Dog magazine and Saskatoon’s Planet S.
Gilles Dorval is the Director of Aboriginal Relations for the City of Saskatoon. He works to ensure that Aboriginal people are represented in the workforce and participate fully in community development.
Marsha Fine is a writer and editor at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission who edits tweets, annual reports and everything in between. She is currently working on the next release of the agency’s glossary.
Barbori Garnet is a writer and painter who works from her home in Calgary, sometimes as a freelancer and sometimes as a telecommuter with in-house teams.
Jenny Gates is a writer, editor, speaker and musician whose career spans fiction and non-fiction, books and scientific publications, on both sides of the globe.
Jana Goldman held communications-related positions with government, non-profits and newspapers before she founded Press Here, a company that helps scientists use plain language to communicate with non-scientists.
Flora Gordon is the owner of Flora Gordon Design + Imagery, a company that designs for public sector organizations and delivers plain language graphic design courses for communications professionals.
James Harbeck is a linguist and experienced editor well known for his articles, presentations and videos. He started learning about other languages by the age of five and hasn’t stopped.
Kate Harrison Whiteside
Kate Harrison Whiteside is the founder of KeyAdvice.net and PlainLanguageAcademy.com; an editor, writer and educator; and the co-founder of PLAIN and the International Plain Language Day (October 13).
Trilby Henderson worked in business communications and as a freelance writer and editor for many years. She is now an editor at Farm Credit Canada.
Jane Hunt is a regulatory framework officer at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the project coordinator of the agency’s glossary. Her background is in technical communications.
Kate Juniper is the owner of Juniper Editing & Creative, a boutique, all-female company of editors and writers from across Canada.
Dana Kripki is the City of Saskatoon’s Senior Planner—Regional Partnerships. She works collaboratively with community partners to ensure their representation in the planning process.
Rhonda Kronyk is a Dene editor and writer whose work with minority communities and the Indigenous Editors Circle has given her insight into editing culturally sensitive manuscripts.
Mika Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation who lives in Treaty Six Territory with her family. She has edited Kimiwan Zine and recently published a poetry collection, nipê wânîn.
John Lagimodiere is a Métis entrepreneur, Aboriginal awareness trainer, publisher and editor of Eagle Feather News, and former host of CBC Radio’s As If.
Robert Lamb is the CEO of the Canadian Light Source. He holds PhDs in chemistry and physics and is very interested in the translation of fundamental science into technology.
Jenny Lass has been a medical writer and editor for nearly 20 years. She has worked with a variety of clients, including universities, government and advertising agencies.
Yin Liu is an associate professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the lead investigator of the Medieval Codes research project (medievalcodes.ca).
Melva McLean crosses back and forth between editing books and scientific reports and writing screenplays. The road is often bumpy but never dull.
Arlene Merasty has a degree in business administration and lives in La Ronge, SK. She has been working with University of Regina Press and David Carpenter since becoming interested in her dad’s residential school experience, which she never knew about until 1998.
Kristen Murphy is a manager and strategist at Danger Dynamite, a digital marketing agency that crafts and positions brand messaging in an ever-evolving digital landscape.
Heather Nickel is the owner of Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, a publishing company in Regina, SK, that helps authors bring their books to print.
Find Heather at www.ynwp.ca.
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015.
Arden Ogg is director of the Cree Literacy Network, which promotes the use of standard Roman orthography (SRO) as an essential tool in Cree language revitalization in western Canada.
Naomi Pauls, MPub, operates Paper Trail Publishing in Vancouver, BC. She offers professional editing services and has helped 40+ non-fiction authors self-publish their books.
Alexandra Peace is a freelance editor and indexer. She is co-president of the Indexing Society of Canada and recording secretary for the national executive council of Editors Canada.
Frances Peck, an editor, business writer and instructor, recently rediscovered fiction writing and has been juggling it with her career ever since.
Heather Persson is the editor-in-chief at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Regina Leader-Post, where she oversees news staff working on multiple media platforms.
Leonie Pipe fell into editing from a career in academic sciences. From her home in Auckland, she takes on assignments from clients in China, Japan and beyond.
Gisèle Poirier is manager of Translation Services at Farm Credit Canada’s head office in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Solomon Ratt is a professor of Cree Language Studies at First Nations University who has been teaching Cree, linguistics and Cree literature for over 30 years.
Sandra Ribeiro is the Communications Advisor at the Canadian Light Source. She has an MA in communications and has worked in that field for nearly 20 years.
Amber Rowein works at Farm Credit Canada as a certified change management practitioner, helping to build adaptable teams throughout the company.
Julie Roy, translator and réviseure agréée avec attestation en révision comparative with Editors Canada, moved from Quebec to join Farm Credit Canada’s Translation Services team in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Leslie Saffrey is a Certified Professional Editor who runs a freelance business in Toronto. She is a member of the Editors Canada Certification Steering Committee.
Carol Saller is the editor of the Chicago Manual of Style’s online Q&A and was chief copyeditor of the 16th edition of the Manual. She is the author of The Subversive Copy Editor and several books for children, most recently her young adult novel, Eddie’s War.
Karon Shmon is Director of Publishing at the Gabriel Dumont Institute. She considers it a privilege to work with Métis Elders, authors, artists, poets, performers, knowledge keepers and community members to preserve their voices and legacies.
Jess Shulman is a Certified Professional Editor and co-chair of the Editors Canada Certification Steering Committee. She launched a freelance editorial business in 2016, after 17 years in the corporate world (mainly in marketing and communications).
Amanda Soulodre is a curator of stories, lover of business, connoisseur of pickles, ambassador of the hat revolution and owner of Saskatoon HOME and Prairies North magazines.
Dolores Tam was an editor, translator and journalist before joining Druide’s team. As an Antidote Educator, she designs courses and related materials for teachers and language professionals.
Brook Thalgott is a freelance writer and consultant with many years of experience in communications and marketing. Her clients include Industry West and ReFINEd Lifestyles magazines.
Michelle Waitzman worked for over 15 years in TV production and has written and edited voiceovers, scripts for travel and cooking shows, and corporate videos.
Caroline Walker is Inventory Manager at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Saskatoon, SK. She has been Marketing Manager at Fifth House Publishers and General Manager of Thistledown Press, and she has worked for several national writers’ organizations in Toronto.
Arok Wolvengrey is Professor of Algonquian Languages and Linguistics at First Nations University of Canada. He specializes in the study of the Cree language and has been active in Cree language revitalization efforts for three decades.
Gregory Younging is a member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Formerly the managing editor of Theytus Books and assistant director of research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, he is now on faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.