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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.

  • Simon Avery

    Toronto, Ontario

    Simon Avery has covered financial markets and the business of telecom and technology during a decade of reporting at The Globe and Mail. Previously, he was a staff reporter for The Associated Press in Los Angeles and for The Wall Street Journal in San Francisco. He also covered the boom and bust years in Silicon Valley for the National Post and has several years experience producing and writing for the CBC. Outside of his regular reporting gigs, Simon has directed his writing efforts at various not-for-profit organizations, maintaining a special interest in healthcare.

  • Gabrielle Bauer

    Toronto, Ontario

    Gabrielle has been a freelance writer for the past 19 years. She has written articles in just about all the major Canadian magazines, along with two published books. She's won several writing awards, including National Magazine Awards, KRW Awards, and the Canada Japan Book Prize (for her first book). Gabrielle also does medical writing for a large roster of pharmaceutical and pharma-marketing companies.

  • Michael Benedict

    Toronto, Ontario

    Michael Benedict offers writing, editing and consulting services to a diverse group of not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Michael worked in journalism for three decades, including 19 years as an editor at Maclean’s. He also was a director of corporate communications with both the province of Ontario and Canada Post. In 2005, Michael established MCB Strategies, a Vendor of Record for writing services for the Ontario government and registered with the federal government’s Professional Services Online. In the corporate and journalistic worlds, Michael has dealt with prime ministers, premiers, cabinet ministers and CEOs. He is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Editors’ Association of Canada.

  • Lyndsie Bourgon

    Calgary, Alberta

    Lyndsie is a journalist and researcher whose writing on business, current affairs, culture and social justice has appeared in publications in Canada and around the world.

    Lyndsie grew up in rural Alberta, and has since lived and worked around the world, including in Halifax, Edinburgh, Istanbul and Botswana. She has a journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax, where she also studied gender and women’s studies. During that time, she won an Atlantic Journalism Award for her thesis on embedded reporting in Afghanistan.

  • Suzanne Bowness

    Toronto, Ontario

    Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor with over a dozen years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers, and corporate clients.

    Starting her career at the late weekly Saturday Night magazine, Sue has gone on to handle projects such as trade magazine editing and web site re-launches, and has written hundreds of articles. Sue has tackled everything from book reviews to case studies to reports to web copy to profiles.

    Sue recently completed a PhD in English at the University of Ottawa with a dissertation that focused on nineteenth century Canadian magazines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nick Krewen

    Toronto, Ontario

    Over 32 years, Nick Krewen has written about entertainment for newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand; interviewed Bob Dylan, Prince and Phil Collins; reviewed music (CDs and concerts), books, movies and DVDs; had his articles referenced in books about Shania Twain, Bob Dylan and country music; written sparkling copy for major corporations like General Motors, Universal Music and CARAS; edited Juno Award and CCMA souvenir programs; and written about romance, the environment, humour and consumerism.

    Praised for clean copy, accuracy, and an ability to clarify complex issues, this recently published author is also house trained.

  • 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.

  • Paul McLaughlin

    Toronto, Ontario

    Paul is a highly experienced writer, communications specialist, interviewing and performance trainer and university teacher. He writes for both the journalism and corporate markets, and has produced virtually every kind of publication (as well as a few videos), including magazine and newspaper features, books, scripts, trade articles (ghosted at times), brochures, ad campaigns and plays.

    The author of Asking Questions: The Art of the Media Interview, he’s trained interviewers at the CBC and in private practice, and has lectured extensively on interviewing.

    He teaches in the Professional Writing program at York University, and previously at the schools of journalism at Ryerson and Carleton universities.

  • Jesse McLean

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jesse McLean is an award-winning humorist and culture commentator whose disciplines include technical writing, screenwriting, film and television criticism, humour articles and sketch comedy.  These varied talents conspire to deliver incisive, thoughtful and creative copy.  He has written process documentation for BMO, dialogue punch-up for Joe Flaherty and Brigitte Nielsen, ruminations on Wilhelm Reich’s “orgone accumulator” for PopMatters, how Rainer Maria Rilke might have negotiated Facebook for Yankee Pot Roast, and the inherent difficulties interviewing zombies for Eyes on Toronto with Stephen Eyes. Impromptu dance numbers lack technical grace but brim with “pizzazz”.

  • Paul Russell

    Toronto, Ontario

    Paul Russell has worked as a writer and marketing and communications consultant since 1993. He has an English degree from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of Toronto. His legal practice from 1988 to 1992 was in the group benefits and pension area, providing him with extensive expertise in the areas of human resources, retirement savings, investments, pensions, personal tax, and estate planning.

    Paul’s marketing and communications work supports the initiatives of a wide range of organizations – from banks and insurance companies, to professional services firms, to hospitality and entertainment companies.

  • Adrien Sala

    Victoria, British Columbia and Vancouver Island Region

    Adrien Sala is a Victoria-based freelance writer and broadcaster with a focus on business communications and lifestyle storytelling. He also writes extensively on food, both in print and online and works regularly for CBC Radio One.

  • Ingrid Sapona

    Toronto, Ontario

    Ingrid’s been making complex business information clear since 1997. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and belongs to the New York and Ontario bars. It was while practicing law that she realized she has a special talent for making complicated, technical information understandable.

    Ingrid works with professionals and business leaders, creating communications that satisfy strategic business and regulatory requirements. Using plain language principles she measures success by whether people understand the issue or idea the first time the read it because if they do, they’re more likely to act on it.

    She writes a regular column called “Writer’s Edge” that appears in The Business Valuator, a quarterly publication of the CICBV.

  • Jonathan Verney

    Toronto, Ontario

    Jonathan Verney is an experienced financial writer and ghostwriter of several feature length business books. He also pens advertising copy, scripts videos and ghostwrites white papers, commentaries and published opinion pieces for executives. Jonathan’s clients appreciate his ability to simplify complex subjects as well as his desire to gain an in-depth understanding of their business – and their hopes and dreams. He is co-author of Feed the Startup Beast (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2013). He is passionate about helping executives and entrepreneurs write their story.

  • 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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