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  • Christy Ann Conlin

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Christy Ann Conlin is a bestselling novelist, essayist, speech writer, ghost writer, editor, motivational speaker and educator.  Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and journals in Canada and the United States. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an Education Degree from Acadia University.  She works with a broad range of clients in a creative capacity, providing writing services, writing workshops, coaching and mentoring.

  • Don Genova

    Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

    Don Genova is a writer and broadcaster currently based in BC, and has worked in Alberta, Ontario and Newfoundland. He has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and Master in Food Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. A former CBC Radio host, producer and reporter, Don is most known for his "Pacific Palate" and "Food For Thought" food columns heard across Canada and he also works in print, online and television.  Don teaches food and travel writing courses and blogging courses for UBC (including online), and food culture and cooking classes.

  • 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.

  • Sandra Phinney

    Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

    Sandra Phinney has penned two non-fiction books and her articles have been published in over 60 publications. She’s especially fond of narrative story telling and loves to explore what makes people (and communities) tick. As well, scores of clients—both public and private—use her copywriting skills to produce advertorial, brochures, web content, newsletters, scripts for videos and text for interpretive panels. Sandra is a member of PWAC, TMAC, CFU, WFNS, WFNB and PEN Canada. She also delivers writing workshops focused on narrative, memoir and travel writing. In her spare time, Sandra teaches Tai Chi and does wilderness canoeing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marissa Stapley

    Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Marissa Stapley's first writing job was as a junior sports reporter for The Toronto Sun. Now, she's a National Magazine Award-nominated writer whose work has appeared in a range of publications, including Today's Parent, Elle, Reader's Digest, and the National Post. She writes Shelf Love, a commercial fiction review column for The Globe and Mail, and teaches commercial fiction writing at the University of Toronto. She's also done contract work for a number of organizations, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Food Network Canada, and HGTV.

  • 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.

  • Joanne Will

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Joanne writes a weekly column for The Globe and Mail, and a regular column for tidings magazine. She has covered stories for many publications, such as the Tyee’s 100-Mile-Diet inspired Eat Your History series. Joanne has also profiled a wide range of notable Canadians, including innovative sustainable farmers, a booker-prize winning author, and a renowned musician and producer.

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