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  • Barbara K. Adamski

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Barb is a writer, editor, and certified proofreader. She's written for several magazines, trade publications and websites and has written and recorded for CBC Radio. Her editing and proofreading experience comprises academic and marketing materials, corporate newsletters, audio recordings, novels, and non-fiction books, including several ebooks published by the CWG. Barb has a B.A. in French Literature, a diploma in professional writing and editing, and an M.A. in Integrated Studies (specializing in cultural studies). She also speaks Japanese.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Brooker

    Calgary, Alberta

    Ever since he began professional writing in 1979 with the then-still-vital, P.J. O'Rourke-edited National Lampoon, Brooker has forged a voice that is at once wry, playful and authoritative. Known for his first draft excellence, he is a resolute generalist, equally able to develop captivating ideas on his own or deliver the precise package hoped for by the editor—in virtually any genre. Brooker is also an outspoken broadcaster with extensive CBC experience, and has co-hosted The Road Pops Program on CJSW Radio since 1985. Mad for skiing, surfing, cooking and growing food in his downtown back yard.

  • Andrew Clark

    Toronto, Ontario

    Andrew Clark is an award-winning writer and humourist. He writes a weekly humour column “Road Sage” for the Globe and Mail. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Walrus and the The New York Times to Cosmopolitan and Toro Magazine. He is the director of the Humber College Comedy Program. He also writes frequently on tennis.

  • Lynn Coady

    Edmonton, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario

    Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist, editor and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta.  She has published six award-winning works of fiction and been nominated for all three of Canada’s top fiction prizes: the Giller Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and the Writer’s Trust Award amongst others. She has acted as editor on novels and anthologies published by Doubleday Canada, House of Anansi Press, and Brindle and Glass Publishing.  She is also a writing teacher and mentor (most recently and regularly at the Banff Centre for the Arts) and frequently contributes non-fiction to magazines and newspapers across Canada.  She is the co-founder of the magazine Eighteen Bridges.

  • Trevor Cole

    Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario

    Editor Gary Salewicz has called Trevor “a consummate professional” endowed with “prodigious talent,” a writer who is fearless in his pursuit of the story and serious about his craft. Trevor worked as a magazine editor at The Globe and Mail for a dozen years before turning full-time to writing. In addition to his journalism he has won awards for his satire. And as a novelist he has garnered national acclaim, praised for fiction that is both funny and profound, and for prose “as clear as a mountain stream.”

  • 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.

  • Ann Douglas

    Peterborough, Ontario

    Ann Douglas is the author of 23 books and the creator of The Mother of All ® book series, which has sold over half a million copies. She has created and delivered pregnancy and parenting courses for both corporate and government clients and she has authored more than 1000 articles about pregnancy and parenting. In April 2012, Ann was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston. Ann’s next book—about child and youth mental health—will be published by HarperCollins Canada in 2014.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Sanders

    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Rachel Sanders is a Vancouver writer, broadcaster and photographer. Born and raised in Edmonton, she now lives in Vancouver where she freelances for a variety of media, corporate, and PR clients. She is also the editor of Story Board, a blog for freelance writers that is jointly run by the Canadian Writers Group and the Canadian Media Guild. She has a keen sense of story and enjoys seeking out hidden gems and unappreciated works of genius. She especially loves writing for radio.

  • 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.

  • Russell Smith

    Toronto, Ontario

    Russell Smith is a specialist in contemporary art, literature and urban culture. His articles have been published in most Canadian and several U.S. journals. He currently writes two weekly columns for The Globe and Mail, one on culture, the other on style. He was the host and writer of the popular CBC Radio 1 program on language, “And Sometimes Y”, for two seasons. He is a co-founder of the online men’s magazine DailyXY.com. He is also novelist: his fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Fiction Prize and the City Of Toronto Book Award. He won a National Magazine Award for fiction in 1997. His most recent novel is Girl Crazy.

  • Grant B. Stoddard

    Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia

    Subcultures, pop culture, sex/relationships, nascent trends and eccentric characters are all grist for British-born Grant Stoddard’s mill. With an eye for the surprising and ridiculous, Stoddard often reports from a participatory perspective; imbuing his stories with an engaging, visceral, dynamic feel and a humanistic focus. Working in newspapers, magazines, blogs, books, film, music, television and theatre has given Stoddard a vast spectrum of experience in working with different clients with wildly varying aesthetic requirements.

  • 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.

  • Paul Wilson

    Blue Mountains and Toronto, Ontario

    Paul Wilson has extensive experience as a magazine editor, radio producer, drama and fiction translator, journalist, and freelance writer. He was senior editor of Saturday Night magazine from 1998 – 2002; he helped establish The Walrus, serving as its editor-in-chief until his resignation in 2004. He has written for Books in Canada, The Idler Magazine, CBC radio, and the National Post, where he also edited the Review section. He contributed a regular column to Our Homes magazine. He is currently working on a series of personal essays. His book 57 Hours is in development as a feature length movie.

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