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  • Leslie Anthony

    Whistler, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario

    Leslie Anthony is a writer, editor, photographer and filmmaker who combines interests in biodiversity, environment, ecology, outdoors, and adventure travel. A PhD in Zoology and expertise in evolutionary biology and earth sciences belie a career that has included Senior Editor at Bike, Managing Editor at Powder, and architect and Creative Director of Skier, WB, Peak Performance and the acclaimed Mountain Life Annual. A fixture on the masthead of numerous magazines around the globe, Anthony writes with authority, insight and humour on subjects ranging from imaginary monsters to fossil smuggling, invasive species, and China’s nascent ski industry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Leeder

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jessica has spent most of the last decade reporting for The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. She has worked out of bureaus across Canada, the United States, Haiti and Afghanistan. Jessica’s newspaper background has given her proficiency in a wide range of subject and refined an ability to speedily develop expertise in new areas, particularly on tight deadlines. She is a skilled researcher. Her success in translating writing assignments into large-scale multimedia entities, like her Emmy Award winning Behind the Veil (2009) and her National Newspaper Award for Project Jacmel (2010), reflects her talent for transforming ripe subjects into strong, coherent messages. She is adept at getting the most out of a promising subject by meting out its most powerful elements across an array of complimentary formats.

    In addition, Jessica works in both short and long-form narratives, structural and basic copy editing, and copywriting for accuracy, continuity of subject and voice. Her most recent projects include researching and writing a corporate ebook for oDesk.com, a California company that is the world’s largest online platform designed to connect freelance contractors with employers.  She has also recently written about a new wave of direct marketers for Report on Business Magazine, alternative therapies, pregnancy and ADHD for Today’s Parent Magazine.

  • Paolo Pietropaolo

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Paolo Pietropaolo is a writer, broadcaster and composer based in Vancouver, and is the host of In Concert on CBC Radio 2. His audio documentary work includes the series The Wire: the Impact of Electricity on Music, which won a Peabody Award and the Prix Italia, two of the highest international accolades in journalism. Paolo is also the creator of The Signature Series, a highly popular series at the intersection of classical music, mashup culture and fiction. Paolo was cultural correspondent in both English and French for CBC and Radio-Canada's television coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. Prior to his radio and writing career, Paolo studied ethnomusicology under James Kippen at the University of Toronto and toured extensively with the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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