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  • Peter Alexander

    Toronto, Ontario

    Peter is a digital copywriter with more than 10 years experience writing for clients including Nike, Nintendo and World Vision. He was the lead writer for a daily arts-and-entertainment TV show on the CBC, and writes a monthly piece for Toronto Life. If past experience is any indication, he works fast. Give him four hours and he can develop an entire Starbucks banner ad campaign. With a day, he can script a mini-documentary for World Vision Canada. And in three days, he can write an entire novel. Not a good one, but a novel.

  • Sara Angel

    Toronto, Ontario

    Sara Angel holds a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given “for innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.” She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto and one of Canada’s leading visual arts journalists. Angel writes on contemporary visual culture for publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Art, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad audience. Angel has had an extensive career in journalism, including being Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine, working as a writer and editor for publications Saturday Night, The National Post and Maclean’s, and being a regular commentator on CBC television’s On the Arts. She is also the founder of Otherwise Editions and Angel Editions, publishing companies that specialize in the creation of illustrated books.

  • Bert Archer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Bert Archer was born in Montreal, and raised and educated in Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Dublin and Toronto. He started work as a journalist in 1993, and has worked for many newspapers and magazines as an editor, manager, writer and columnist.

  • Luigi Benetton

    Toronto, Ontario

    A communications professional for more than ten years, Luigi has written for organizations such as Microsoft, MTS Allstream, and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Health. He has written white papers, case studies, blog posts, executive profiles, reports, Web copy, and a variety of other materials. Also, Luigi has contributed to consumer and trade publications such as The Toronto Star, itbusiness.ca and cbc.ca.

    Luigi focuses on demystifying the technology industry, especially the value it offers. He has also written on topics as diverse as the business of law, green building and professional squash.

  • Andrew Braithwaite

    San Francisco, California

    Andrew Braithwaite is most squarely in his element covering happy topics – exploring nice things you can eat, or drink, or visit, or shelter within. He also writes about sports, a subject that regularly drives its most passionate followers to the brink of despair. A graduate of Harvard University in History and Science, Andrew is a contributing editor at Azure, the Toronto-based magazine of architecture and design. He also writes the influential “Canada’s Best New Restaurants” feature for enRoute, Air Canada’s award-winning in-flight magazine, and dines anonymously across the country to select each year’s top ten new restaurants. He is a member of the AIPS (International Sports Press Association), and a sommelier (certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers). Originally from British Columbia, Andrew has lived and worked in Toronto, Boston, Paris, Chicago, Dublin, Johannesburg, and Washington, D.C.

  • Wendy Dennis

    Toronto, Ontario

    Wendy Dennis is an award-winning journalist and author with a uniquely personal voice who writes provocatively about social, psychological and cultural issues. Her writing is known for its wit, depth, insight and honesty. She has written about psychoanalysis for The Walrus and blogged about divorce for the Huffington Post, where her work has gone viral. Her widely discussed Toronto Life story, “The Divorce From Hell”, prompted a national debate. Dennis is also an experienced copywriter,  content director, and writes speeches for special occasions (from CEO remarks to wedding toasts). Her speechwriting services can be found at crowdpleasercommunications.com.  Her journalism can be found at wendydennis.com and huffingtonpost.com. She also has a profile on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/wendy-dennis/6/a02/50a.

  • Amy Jo Ehman

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    In 2000, Amy Jo jumped ship at Mother Corp for the cool waters of freelancing. At the CBC, she worked in the newsroom as a TV and Radio reporter. As a freelancer, she is conversant in print, broadcast and new media formats. Her portfolio includes a balance of editorial and corporate clients. Editorial topics range from food and agriculture, lifestyle and design, business and resources to human interest. Corporate clients are non-profit foundations, academic institutions and tourism agencies, including promotional materials (newsletters, annual reports, brochures), fundraising materials (case for support, copywriting, ad content – print and broadcast), media relations (news releases, fact sheets, editorials), speeches and web content.

  • Moira Farr

    Ottawa and Cobourg, Ontario

    Moira Farr is an award-winning writer and editor whose essays, reviews, and feature articles have appeared in numerous publications and several writing anthologies. Her areas of interest include women’s issues, mental health, nature and environment, literature and design. She has worked as an editor for magazines such as Equinox and THIS Magazine. Her first book, After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor’s Tale (HarperFlamingo, 1999) was shortlisted for a number of awards and was also The Edmonton Journal’s top pick for non-fiction that year. Chapters of After Daniel appear in The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs (2001) and the upcoming Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Memoir. She served on the faculty of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program from 2001 to 2009. She teaches in the Professional Writing program of Algonquin College and at Carleton University’s School of Journalism.

  • Heather Finley

    Toronto, Ontario

    Heather Finley has been translating complex ideas into selling copy for more than 25 years. She has been freelancing since 1993, with a portfolio that includes a wide range of print and interactive media.

    Heather’s work builds bridges from her clients’ ideas to the intended audience in clear, straightforward language. Her style flexes where it’s needed: formal for black-tie concepts, relaxed for audiences with a more casual culture. Her integrity and ability to see the full picture of business objectives have earned long-term loyalty from her clientele.

  • Alison Garwood-Jones

    Toronto, Ontario

    Alison Garwood-Jones is an award-winning writer, blogger and a former editor with Elle Canada and Viva magazines. Her blog, "Society Pages," explores her take on human nature and was nominated in the "life" category of the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards. Alison was also recently cited as a favourite blogger by BrazenCareerist.com, a Washington D.C.- based work-related website for "next- generation professionals" profiled by 60 Minutes. Through her feature writing and media work, she has built a steady business doing social media workshops and digital consulting for corporate clients and solopreneurs. Starting in the fall of 2014, Alison will be an instructor in Digital Strategy and Communications Management at the University of Toronto (SCS).

    Before becoming a journalist and social media strategist, Alison was a museum intern and fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France, as well as a freelance curator at her hometown gallery, The Art Gallery of Hamilton. This was followed by a three-year stint in film when Alison worked as a historical consultant and writer with the Emmy Award-winning Devine Entertainment on their artist biopics that aired on HBO and PBS. Alison has teamed up with Devine again on their MacCap Learning Systems, an ed-tech start-up funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    After going digital, Alison revived her love of illustration. Her drawings, published on her Wordpress blog "Society Pages" and her Tumblr blog "iArt," have garnered the praise of legendary graphic designer Chip Kidd and illustrator Tom Bachtell of The New Yorker.

  • Don Gillmor

    Toronto, Ontario

    Don Gillmor is the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and two other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing and I Swear by Apollo. He has also written eight books for children, including The Fabulous Song, which won the Mr. Christie Award and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and Yuck, A Love Story. His children’s books have been published in eight countries. He has worked as a journalist and was a senior editor at Walrus magazine, and contributing editor at both Saturday Night and Toronto Life. His journalism has appeared in those publications as well as The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone, and GQ magazines. He has won nine National Magazine Awards. His novel, Kanata, was published by Penguin last year.

    He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

  • Malwina Gudowska

    London, United Kingdom and Calgary, Alberta

    Malwina Gudowska is an award-winning journalist who contributes to a variety of online and print publications. After a stint as an associate editor for Avenue, Calgary’s city magazine, she was the inaugural Alberta editor for FASHION before launching the Calgary edition of VitaminDaily.com. She has also moulded impressionable minds as an instructor at the University of Calgary and often appears on television and radio providing commentary on lifestyle trends. In addition to freelance writing, she is also currently a social media writer at The Net-A-Porter Group.

  • David Hayes

    Toronto, Ontario

    David Hayes is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, editor and teacher. A generalist, his special areas of interest are culture, media, social issues and advertising/marketing/branding. A long-time instructor, later faculty member, at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, today he teaches Advanced Feature Writing in Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Studies. He also has lectured and given workshops on various aspects of writing and journalism to a variety of organizations.

  • Robert Hercz

    Toronto, Ontario

    Robert earned a degree in engineering at the University of Toronto in 1979 and spent a decade in the computer industry, based in London (England), Toronto, and finally Los Angeles. During this time, he worked with a fascinating range of clients including the Vatican, the Los Alamos National Laboratories (home of the atomic bomb), and the National Library of France. Finding himself more interested in his clients’ backstories than their computer systems (and unfulfilled by corporate life), he became a full-time writer in 1990. Robert is also an avid photographer and regularly sells photos that illustrate his writing.

  • David Israelson

    Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

    David Israelson is a well-known writer, editor, manager and non-practising lawyer — known for his ability to analyze complex issues and make them easy to understand.

    David has worked at the Toronto Star, as environment reporter, housing reporter, business writer and editorial writer. From 1990 to 1993 he was Western Europe Bureau Chief, based in London. His longer works include two books and an academic paper on energy policy. In 2011-12 he was Senior Writer for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. David is Principal of Eon Communications and Research. He is a dual Canada/U.S. citizen, a committed volunteer and a musician.

  • Ilona Kauremszky

    Toronto, Ontario

    A syndicated travel columnist, Ilona Kauremszky writes for major publications in North America, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. She has appeared as a travel expert on TV and radio for NPR, CBC News Now and Egyptian National Television to name a few. Ilona’s editorial work also has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the U.S. Travel Association. Both organizations have honoured her with prestigious travel writer awards. A self-confessed travel scribe, Ilona admits she’s forever on the prowl for the next cool story. Follow her discoveries on Twitter and YouTube @mycompasstv.

  • Daina Lawrence

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Daina Lawrence has worked as both a staff and freelance writer for the past eight years. Specializing in business and finance coverage, her work has appeared in both international and Canadian publications, including The Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business magazine, The Toronto Star and The Walrus. After covering several natural resource stories for the Financial Times, Daina began to focus on mining coverage. In the past five years she has written about both hotbeds and hostile environments for miners, trends in the industry and mining company profiles for a variety of commercial and trade publications, including Resource World and Minesite. She has reported from Ireland, Spain and throughout Canada, including Parliament Hill for three years.

  • Brooke Lockyer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Brooke Lockyer has been writing professionally for almost a decade. She began her career in 2005 penning advertorial copy for a Manhattan ad agency, and was soon contributing freelance articles to national and international magazines. Specializing in lifestyle and arts coverage, she recently had the pleasure of profiling up-and-coming and established jewellery designers, interviewing quirky and obsessive collectors, and reviewing fashion apparel and beauty products for Flare, House & Home, and Globe Style Advisor. Brooke has parlayed her extensive fashion, design, and cultural knowledge into corporate writing projects on a variety of topics, including an orthodontist’s transformative office makeover, hairstyling tools for industry insiders, and the disputed origins of a popular cocktail for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

  • Karen Pinchin

    Fredericton, New Brunswick

    Karen Pinchin loves telling a good story, whether she’s writing, editing, Tweeting or doing some of all three. A professionally trained chef, she’s a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers across Canada, and you can still find her in the kitchen working towards her Red Seal.

    Originally from Toronto, Karen has lived and worked in Vancouver, New York and Quebec City, and is now happy to call the Maritimes home.

  • Denis Seguin

    Toronto, Ontario

    An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Denis Seguin has been writing about what interests him in such publications as The Walrus and The Globe and Mail in Canada, Slate in the US and The Times and The Guardian in the UK. He wrote and co-produced the feature documentary How to Start Your Own Country, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. As well, he co-wrote the feature documentary 100 Films And A Funeral, the story of the first Hollywood film studio not run from Hollywood. His short film, It’s My Right, won the $10,000 first prize in Canadian Film Centre’s 2010 Reel Challenge.

  • Alexandra Shimo

    Toronto, Ontario

    A writer who specializes in the comic, profound, elegiac and electric, Shimo is equally at home writing literary non-fiction books as tongue-in-cheek jingles, having worked as an author, ghost-writer, editor, corporate consultant and columnist. She is best covering her specialties -- social issues and cultural criticism -- however, she has also written on subjects as weird and wonderful as the tragicomedy of ultimate fighting and the pleasures of drinking hand sanitizer. A former editor at Maclean’s, her first book, the Environment Equation, was translated into nine languages.

  • Olivia Stren

    Toronto, Ontario

    Specializing in personal essays, travel stories, profiles, and humour pieces, writer Olivia Stren's work has been published in Elle (US), Elle Canada, National Geographic Traveler, and Marie-Claire Australia - among many others. She also teaches a course in travel writing at the University of Toronto and is working on a collection of personal essays.

  • Chris Turner

    Calgary, Alberta

    Chris Turner is one of Canada's leading voices on sustainability, livable cities and the global cleantech boom. His latest book is The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada, out in October 2013. He is also the author of The Leap ("one of the most arresting arguments for building a green economy yet in print" -- Globe & Mail) and the bestsellers The Geography of Hope and Planet Simpson. His magazine writing has earned nine National Magazine Awards and appears regularly in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Alberta Views, Canadian Geographic, and many other national and international publications.

  • Anna-Kaisa Walker

    Toronto, Ontario

    Anna-Kaisa is a Toronto-based writer, researcher and editor. Born in Montreal, she has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and in her five years as a freelancer, she has contributed a wide variety of work to Canadian, U.S. and international publications.

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