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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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