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Keynotes & Speakers
The Editors Canada conference committee is excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 40th anniversary national conference, to be held June 7–9, 2019, in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Renowned journalist and author Linden MacIntyre will give the opening keynote address. Linden has spent 50 years working as a journalist in print, television, and radio. His career at the CBC includes 24 years at The Fifth Estate, 7 years as a journalist-producer at The Journal, and 3 years as host and national editor of the CBC current affairs radio program Sunday Morning.
Linden has worked on numerous collaborations between The Fifth Estate and the PBS documentary program Frontline, as well as co-productions with the New York Times. He is the author of seven books, including five novels. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was the winner of the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s top award for literary fiction.
His latest novel, The Only Café, was released by Penguin Random House Canada in 2017. His eighth book, a work of non-fiction, is The Wake, due for publication in 2019.
The closing keynote speaker, Sheree Fitch, is a multi-award-winning writer, speaker, and educator. She is also the author of over 30 books in a variety of genres. Since the publication of her first book in 1987, Toes in My Nose, she’s travelled the globe as a visiting poet and storyteller, writing instructor, and literacy educator.
A popular presenter at literary festivals, libraries, and conferences, Sheree has received the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, an award given to authors with a body of work that is inspirational to Canadian children. She has three honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature on issues affecting women and children.
She owns a seasonal book shop in rural Nova Scotia.
Becka Barker loves helping artists and arts organizations find the right words for bringing new creative ideas into being. She lives and works in Halifax.
Christine Beevis Trickett
Christine Beevis Tricket, national director of editorial services for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, sees herself as a professional storyteller and NCC's "editorial conscience."
Erin Brenner has been successfully running Right Touch Editing for over a decade. While she doesn’t love math, she realized early on that she loves business information that helps her work less and earn more.
Alana Chalmers is an editor, translator and information designer. She works as an editorial consultant at Bell Canada and enjoys sharing her love of language with her team (and brings them baked goods too).
Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor and winner of both the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence and the President’s Award for Volunteer Service.
James Harbeck has spent nearly 20 years communicating complex and important health information to lay audiences. Find out more about him at jamesharbeck.com.
Dean Jobb, an award-winning author and journalist, is on the faculty of the King’s MFA program and writes a true crime column for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. His book Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation, the stranger-than-fiction story of a 1920s Chicago con man, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. His next book recreates the hunt for Doctor Thomas Neill Cream, a Victorian-era serial killer who murdered at least ten people in Canada, Chicago and London.
Rhonda Kronyk channels her skills and passions to write and edit grant proposals and to develop effective programming in collaboration with social and arts organizations in her home city, Edmonton.
Sue MacLeod, CPE, was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley award in 2014. A freelance editor based in Montréal, she is also a poet and novelist.
Robin Marwick has been a medical writer and editor specializing in patient communication for over 20 years. She read the data visualization classic How to Lie with Statistics at an impressionable age, and has been on the lookout for bad graphs and dodgy data ever since.
Dr. Emily McEwan
Dr. Emily McEwan is the founder and president of Bradan Press, an independent publisher in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bradan Press connects readers worldwide with Gaelic language and culture, through nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, and more. Dr. McEwan has been involved with Scottish Gaelic language and culture for 30 years, first in Scotland and now in Nova Scotia. She is author of The Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook and blogs about Gaelic at Gaelic.co.
Virginia (Ginny) McGowan PhD edits nonfiction. She writes books/information products and publishes about mentoring, designs and evaluates mentoring programs, and does training and speaking about mentoring.
Jeanne McKane is a Certified Professional Editor, Diplomate Editor in the Life Sciences, Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and winner of the Lee D’Anjou Award Volunteer of the Year Award.
Cathy McPhalen works with science and medical researchers in telling their research stories effectively and moving their results into action for our lives—getting the right words to the right audiences.
Lori Messenger is a CPA, CA and Manager, Tax at the Dartmouth office of Baker Tilley, a network of accounting firms with more than 40 offices in 7 provinces across Canada and 746 offices worldwide.
Theresa Meuse is a Mi’kmaq author, born and raised in Nova Scotia. She has worked in many areas involving her culture and presently is a Mi’kmaq Aboriginal Student Support Worker for the Halifax Regional Centre of Education.
Whitney Moran is the managing editor of Nimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press in Halifax and co-author of the Atlantic Canada beer guide, East Coast Crafted.
Kyra is a freelance copy editor and a budding mental health advocate. She has several years’ experience in marine search and rescue and as a volunteer medic.
Laura Poole has been a freelance editor for over 20 years. She specializes in scholarly nonfiction copyediting.
Leslie Saffrey, a freelance Certified Professional Editor based in Toronto, edits and proofreads non-fiction books, articles, and reports.
Louise Saint-André runs an editing company. She has provided training for nearly 20 years, and has been teaching about Antidote since 2008.
Heather E. Saunders
Heather E. Saunders, owner of Just the Write Type Editing, is a proofreader and STEM/medical editor. She teaches on topics related to editing, freelancing, and science communication and is a board member for the Society for Editing (ACES).
Amy J. Schneider
Amy J. Schneider (www.featherschneider.com), a freelance copyeditor of textbooks, trade nonfiction, and best-selling fiction since 1995, has written articles and presented sessions on editorial topics for Copyediting.com, An American Editor, Communication Central, EFA, ACES, and NWIEG.
Jess Shulman went freelance in 2016 after 17 years in corporate marketing/communications. She worked hard to prepare for her certification exams, and you should too!
Marion Soublière of M.E.S. Editing and Writing Services in Ottawa contracts mainly to Government of Canada clients and blogs about federal procurement at The Editors’ Weekly.
Michelle Waitzman is a freelance non-fiction writer and editor in Toronto who works on books, business communications, and professional papers/articles. Her clients include the Canadian Tax Foundation and major law firms.
Nicole Watkins Campbell
Nicole Watkins Campbell has 30 years’ experience editing and advising on clear communication. She has created plain language materials for legislation and has edited professional standards materials for Editors Canada.