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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.

  • Sara Angel

    Toronto, Ontario

    Sara Angel holds a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given “for innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.” She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto and one of Canada’s leading visual arts journalists. Angel writes on contemporary visual culture for publications including Maclean’s, Canadian Art, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad audience. Angel has had an extensive career in journalism, including being Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine, working as a writer and editor for publications Saturday Night, The National Post and Maclean’s, and being a regular commentator on CBC television’s On the Arts. She is also the founder of Otherwise Editions and Angel Editions, publishing companies that specialize in the creation of illustrated books.

  • 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.

  • Luigi Benetton

    Toronto, Ontario

    A communications professional for more than ten years, Luigi has written for organizations such as Microsoft, MTS Allstream, and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Health. He has written white papers, case studies, blog posts, executive profiles, reports, Web copy, and a variety of other materials. Also, Luigi has contributed to consumer and trade publications such as The Toronto Star, itbusiness.ca and cbc.ca.

    Luigi focuses on demystifying the technology industry, especially the value it offers. He has also written on topics as diverse as the business of law, green building and professional squash.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wendy Dennis

    Toronto, Ontario

    Wendy Dennis is an award-winning journalist and author with a uniquely personal voice who writes provocatively about social, psychological and cultural issues. Her writing is known for its wit, depth, insight and honesty. She has written about psychoanalysis for The Walrus and blogged about divorce for the Huffington Post, where her work has gone viral. Her widely discussed Toronto Life story, “The Divorce From Hell”, prompted a national debate. Dennis is also an experienced copywriter,  content director, and writes speeches for special occasions (from CEO remarks to wedding toasts). Her speechwriting services can be found at crowdpleasercommunications.com.  Her journalism can be found at wendydennis.com and huffingtonpost.com. She also has a profile on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/wendy-dennis/6/a02/50a.

  • 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.

  • Moira Farr

    Ottawa and Cobourg, Ontario

    Moira Farr is an award-winning writer and editor whose essays, reviews, and feature articles have appeared in numerous publications and several writing anthologies. Her areas of interest include women’s issues, mental health, nature and environment, literature and design. She has worked as an editor for magazines such as Equinox and THIS Magazine. Her first book, After Daniel: A Suicide Survivor’s Tale (HarperFlamingo, 1999) was shortlisted for a number of awards and was also The Edmonton Journal’s top pick for non-fiction that year. Chapters of After Daniel appear in The Vintage Book of Canadian Memoirs (2001) and the upcoming Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Memoir. She served on the faculty of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program from 2001 to 2009. She teaches in the Professional Writing program of Algonquin College and at Carleton University’s School of Journalism.

  • 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.

  • Alexandra Kimball

    Toronto, ON

    Alexandra is a freelance writer living in Toronto. Her journalism and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Toronto Life, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Elle Canada, and Reader’s Digest. Prior to her freelance career, she worked as a content producer, producing web, print, and interactive copy in the marketing and non-profit sector.

  • 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.

  • Christine Langlois

    Toronto, Ontario

    Christine Langlois is a widely published magazine writer with a talent for narrative and experience writing everything from features to personal essays to service. Christine specializes in health and medical pieces but regularly covers a wide range of topics. She’s the author on one book, lead author on another and editor of a three-book series. To promote her books and articles, Christine has given speeches, done book tours, and made numerous radio and television appearances. Christine also writes and edits copy, and manages communications projects for a roster of corporate and government clients. Her website can be viewed at http://www.christinelanglois.com/.

  • 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.

  • Rona Maynard

    Toronto, Ontario

    Rona Maynard is an award-winning journalist who attracted a new generation of readers to Chatelaine, where her decade as Editor set a standard for building a brand through the connective power of stories. Her keynote speeches have won standing ovations across Canada; her memoir workshop keeps clients coming back. She has a national reputation as a mental health advocate. Whether your untold story is a corporate initiative, an awareness campaign or your own life, Rona knows how to distill the facts into a compelling narrative that will shape thinking and inspire action.

  • 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”.

  • Patricia Pearson

    Toronto, Ontario

    A versatile writer across media and styles, Pearson is particularly well-known for her comic flair. She has been called “highly amusing” by the New York Times, and been compared to Dorothy Parker and Mark Twain. Clients have tapped her for speeches, screenplays and articles that require a comedic touch. As a serious journalist, Pearson specializes in health and social issues, and with a graduatelevel background in history, clients have hired her for corporate and personal biographies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Shulgan

    Toronto, Ontario

    Christopher Shulgan is the author of two books and a contributor of essays and research-intensive feature articles to numerous magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. He writes a parenting column for Eye Weekly and blogs frequently at www.shulgan.com. Shulgan also is an accomplished ghostwriter who can mold his writing to fit the narrative voice of any number of anonymous clients on Bay Street and in corporate Canada.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Micah Toub

    Toronto, Ontario and New York, New York

    Micah Toub is a writer living in Toronto. His first book, Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, was published this year. After graduating from McGill University, Toub worked in public relations in New York before moving into editorial at an art magazine. In 2002, he moved to Toronto, where he was an editor at Toro Magazine and then at The Globe and Mail’s weekend Globe Toronto section. Recently, Toub has been writing "The Other Half," a biweekly relationship column from a male perspective for The Globe and Mail, as well as blogging for Psychology Today.

  • 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.

  • Eric Veillette

    Toronto, Ontario

  • 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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