AGM 2022

This is where you’ll find the agenda and supporting documents for the 2022 annual general meeting, which took place on Saturday, June 18.

Introduction

Call to meeting—AGM 2022

All members are called to attend the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada). The purpose of the meeting is to conduct the annual business of the association.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 AGM will take place online using the Zoom platform.

Please note this year the AGM will not take place during the same weekend as the Editors Canada conference.

Date:

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Time:

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Location:

Online (Zoom)

Simultaneous interpretation

Editors Canada is a bilingual association and we are committed to providing access to the AGM in French for those who require interpretation. However, this service is rarely used and, as the cost to provide it is significant, we offer interpretation upon request only. If you require simultaneous interpretation for the AGM, please email secretary@editors.ca no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Member registration

You must register ahead of time to attend the AGM on Zoom.

Registration: Registration is now closed.

Registration closes: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT)

  • Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a unique URL to access the AGM (which takes place on Saturday, June 18, 2022) on Zoom.
  • You will also receive an automatically generated reminder email the day before the meeting.
  • Only one person can use each unique URL. This URL has been personalized for you. Please do not share it. If another person uses your unique URL before you, you will not be able to log into the meeting.
  • Although Zoom provides a call-in option for meetings, please do not use this option as it will not allow you to participate in the voting procedures.

For more information about participating remotely using the online platform, please see our FAQs.

Student affiliate registration

Student affiliates are allowed to attend the AGM, but they are not permitted to vote. Because we can’t prevent an online participant from voting on Zoom, students who wish to attend this year’s AGM must do so by phone. Please note that Zoom does not offer a Canadian toll-free number to join meetings and webinars, so long distance charges may apply. See Zoom’s international dial-in numbers.

If you are a student affiliate who would like to call in to hear this year’s AGM, please email communications@editors.ca by Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

Voting procedures

Only members of the association are eligible to vote. Student affiliates are not permitted to vote. If you are a member, you may cast your votes in 1 of 2 ways:

1. Vote on Zoom

Members attending the AGM via Zoom can vote using the online polling system. See the online meeting FAQs for more information.

2. Vote by proxy

Members who cannot attend may authorize another member to vote on their behalf by giving that member a signed proxy. To do so,

a) download and complete the proxy form (for association members only) and
b) send it to the member you wish to empower to vote on your behalf.

Your chosen proxy holder must be a member and must register the signed proxy by sending it to the national secretary by Tuesday, June 14, 2022 (see FAQs).

If you wish, you may appoint the national secretary as your proxy holder. To do this, email your signed proxy to secretary@editors.ca by Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

A note on electing directors

The federal legislation that governs not-for-profits requires that directors be elected, as directors, at a meeting of members. The directors are then to decide, by a vote among themselves, who takes which role on the national executive council. Members do not run for a particular position.

The nominating committee solicits for particular positions, with the caveat that the national executive council discusses and votes on the positions after the AGM.

Rules of order

The national executive council has created a guide to help members and the chair with the rules most likely to be needed at AGMs.

The Editors Canada bylaw states that meetings will be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order (section 3.09). Various policies and procedures/guidelines may also come into play at an AGM.

While many association members are friends or colleagues, the AGM is a formal meeting. In order to have a successful meeting, the business of the AGM is conducted through motions.

Download the Rules of Order Guide for the Editors’ Association of Canada Annual General Meetings.

Agenda

  1. Call to order
  2. Parliamentarian
  3. Approval of agenda
  4. Approval of 2021 draft annual general meeting (AGM) minutes
  5. Approval of the 2021 annual report
  6. Financial report
  7. Approval of the 2021 auditors’ report
  8. Substantive motion submitted by a member: That members formally ratify the Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts, which were updated in 2018 but not voted on by members
  9. Substantive motion submitted by a member: That members formally ratify the Agreement Template for Editing Services (former name: Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement), which was updated in 2018 but not voted on by members
  10. Substantive motion submitted by a member: That members formally ratify the 2019 decision of the national executive council (NEC) to eliminate the position of francophone affairs director and replace it with the position of the francophone adviser
  11. Substantive motion submitted by a member: That the Editors Saskatchewan branch be dissolved in accordance with Editors Canada’s Branches and Twigs Procedures
  12. Motions from the floor
  13. Appointments and elections
  14. President’s Awards
  15. Recognition of newly certified members
  16. Other business
  17. Adjournment

Motions at the 2022 annual general meeting

The deadline for members to submit substantive motions for the AGM was Friday, April 29, 2022, as advised in the Monday, March 14, 2022, email to members (“Motions at the 2022 annual general meeting”). Substantive motions from the floor are not permitted, as members need time to think about and discuss them, and members who are not at the meeting cannot vote on them. Nominations from the floor for positions on the national executive are allowed. Motions on matters such as thanking a member or committee or awarding a surprise honour are also allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Register Information

1. Why do I have to register in advance?

Members always need to register to attend a general meeting of the association. When members attend in person, they do this on-site, at the door. To allow members to participate online, we need some lead time to sort out the logistics of the platform, including buying a large enough virtual meeting space for everyone who wishes to attend.

2. What is the deadline to register if I want to attend the meeting online?

You must register no later than Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., EDT (four days before the meeting).

3. I’m not sure I can attend. Should I register anyway?

Yes, please do. You must register by the deadline to receive a link to the meeting. You will not be able to attend without this link, so it’s important to register if you think you might attend the meeting online.

4. How do I register?

Please visit the registration page by Tuesday, June 14, 2022, and follow the steps to register. You will then receive a confirmation email that contains a unique registration URL that will allow you to access the AGM on Saturday, June 18, 2022, on Zoom. You will also receive an automatically generated reminder email the day before the meeting.

5. Can I share my registration URL with anyone else?

No. Each member who registers will receive a unique URL to access the online meeting. Please do not share your URL. If another person uses your unique URL before you do, you will not be able to log in to the meeting.

6. I’m a student affiliate. Can I register for the AGM?

Student affiliates are allowed to attend the AGM, but they are not permitted to vote. Because we can’t prevent an online participant from voting on Zoom, students who wish to attend this year’s AGM must do so by phone. Please note that Zoom does not offer a Canadian toll-free number to join meetings and webinars, so long distance charges may apply. See Zoom’s international dial-in numbers.

If you are a student affiliate who would like to call in to hear this year’s AGM, please email communications@editors.ca by Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

7. Who do I contact if this doesn’t work?

If you have technical difficulties, see the Zoom FAQ page. We recommend logging into Zoom using your registration URL at least 10 to 15 minutes ahead of the meeting time to check that everything is working and to become familiar with the virtual meeting room.

8. Where can I find the agenda for the meeting?

Here is the agenda, including the supporting documents.

9. What if my computer breaks down, or I lose my Internet connection, or there is a power outage during the meeting? What if I have to leave the meeting?

If something happens at your end that is beyond our control, and you cannot solve it while the meeting is in progress, you will miss the rest of the meeting. Be sure to test your equipment and Internet service ahead of time and have a backup plan if needed.

The meeting can continue even if some members leave before it is over. According to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, “If a quorum is present at the opening of a meeting of members, the members present may, unless the by-laws otherwise provide, proceed with the business of the meeting, even if a quorum is not present throughout the meeting.” (Section 164.3)

If there is a prolonged power outage at the hosting end, or if the software we are using fails, we may need to reschedule the meeting. We will contact you by email if this happens.

Proxy information

1. I can’t attend the meeting. Can I vote by proxy?

Yes. Members who cannot attend may authorize another member to vote on their behalf by giving that member a signed proxy.

To do so, download and complete the proxy form (for association members only) and send it to the member you wish to empower to vote on your behalf.

Your chosen proxy-holder must be a member and must register the signed proxy by sending it to the national secretary by Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

If you wish, you may appoint the national secretary as your proxy-holder. Email your signed proxy to the secretary at secretary@editors.ca by Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

2. How will online proxies be managed?

During the AGM, online proxies will be counted along with all other online votes. In this case, the secretary will receive the list of online proxies ahead of time to confirm which proxies have been assigned to which members. Those members who are proxy-holders and attending the AGM online will be able to vote on behalf of those who appointed them by using the messaging feature in Zoom. The secretary will record the votes manually during the voting process.

Please note, if you give someone your proxy, you can’t attend the meeting. We can’t set up an arrangement that would technically permit someone to vote twice (once by the proxy they gave to someone else ahead of time, and once themselves during the meeting).

3. What does the Editors Canada bylaw say about proxies?

Proxy voting is covered in section 3.11 of the bylaw: Absentee Voting at Members’ Meetings.

4. Can I mail in my proxy to the national office?

No. The national office remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic so we can’t accept proxies by mail.

5. What if I give my proxy to someone and then decide to attend the online meeting myself?

In this case, you must revoke your proxy. If your proxy-holder planned to attend online, send an email to the secretary (secretary@editors.ca) by Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

6. What if I register for the online meeting but then find out I cannot attend?

You can still participate by giving a signed proxy to someone who will attend online so that person can vote on your behalf.

A proxy form was sent with the call to meeting; you can also download one here (see above for more information on proxies).

If you appoint a proxy-holder, you must withdraw your registration for the online meeting by using the link in your Zoom confirmation email or by sending an email to secretary@editors.ca.

Online Voting

1. How will online voting work?

During the AGM, a poll will be posted within Zoom. Members will vote using the poll function and the secretary will tally the votes.

Any member attending online who is a proxy-holder will also be able to vote on behalf of the absentee member(s) who appoints them, using the messaging feature. The secretary will record these votes manually.

More information on how to participate online will be sent to those who have registered closer to the meeting date.

Motion on Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts

I move that members formally ratify the Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts, which were updated in 2018 but not voted on by members.

Mover: Gael Spivak
Seconder: Marcia Luke

Background

Expert volunteers updated the guidelines in 2018 and the national executive council posted them for members to use. However, since the previous versions were voted on by members, this latest revision should have been, too.

I discovered this error in late 2021 while making a log of all member decisions at annual general meetings.

Previous member votes

2006
Moved by Lee d’Anjou
Seconded by Jennie Worden
To approve the Guidelines for Editing Theses.

2012
Moved by Mary Anne Carswell
Seconded by Lee d’Anjou
To approve the revisions to Guidelines for Editing Theses (updated May 22, 2012).

Motion on Agreement Template for Editing Services

I move that members formally ratify the Agreement Template for Editing Services (former name: Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement), which was updated in 2018 but not voted on by members.

Mover: Gael Spivak
Seconder: Marcia Luke

Background

Expert volunteers updated the agreement in 2018 and the national executive council posted it for members to use and then comment on (no comments were received). However, since the previous version was voted on by members, this latest revision should also have gone to members for a vote.

I discovered this error in late 2021 while making a log of all member decisions at annual general meetings.

Previous member vote

1999
Moved by Joan Irving
Seconded by Louis Majeau
That the membership accept the revised Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement, as circulated on May 15, 1999.

Note that these two motions at that AGM were defeated.

Moved by Scott Mitchell
Seconded by Tom Vradenburg
That the National Executive be empowered to update the Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement when it deems necessary without requiring a membership vote (AGM or referendum).

Moved by Françoise Vuplé
Seconded by Robert Rodbourne
That the National Executive be empowered to update the Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement during the year but to present those changes to the next AGM for discussion.

Motion on Francophone Affairs director position

I move that members formally ratify the 2019 decision of the national executive council (NEC) to eliminate the position of francophone affairs director and replace it with the position of the francophone adviser.

Mover: Gael Spivak
Seconder: Marcia Luke

Background

(Note: all wording in the motions below is reproduced exactly how they appear in each set of minutes, so the capitalization of positions is not consistent.)

This motion was made by Sandra Gravel, francophone affairs director, at the March 2019 NEC meeting.

MOVED BY Sandra Gravel
SECONDED BY Julia Cochrane
that, based on the results of the Francophone survey from 2018, the following changes occur:

  • The position of Francophone Affairs director be eliminated and be replaced with the position of the Francophone adviser to the NEC.
  • The Francophone Affairs committee be dissolved and be replaced with the position of the Francophone adviser.
  • The Francophone Adviser’s mandate will include recruiting Francophone members for national committees and organizing a Francophone conference every two years.

This was communicated to members in an April 2019 post. Note that it says “The compartmentalized approach we’ve had in place for years—the francophone affairs director on the national executive council and the chair of the francophone affairs committee—has limitations, and members did not express a strong desire the keep the current structure.”

You can see details of this decision, including analysis and discussion of the survey results, in the document called National Executive Council Meeting Minutes, March 30 and 31, 2019. Look at these three items:

  • item 11 (page 12)
  • appendix B (page 28)
  • appendix C (page 33)

Because the position was originally created by a member vote, the NEC should have gone to the members with this motion. I discovered this error in late 2021 while making a log of all member decisions at annual general meetings.

Previous member votes

1997
Moved by Jonathan Patterson
Seconded by Vivian Elias
That the Francophone Affairs Chair be made a full voting member of the National Executive.

2010
Moved by Greg Ioannou
Seconded by Christa Bedwin
That EAC add a Francophone Affairs Director to the executive.

Motion that the Editors Saskatchewan branch be dissolved

MOTION

MOVED

That the Editors Saskatchewan branch be dissolved in accordance with Editors Canada’s Branches and Twigs Procedures.

Mover: Nadine Coderre
Seconder: Marcia Luke

Rationale

The requirements for branches and twigs are set out in the Branches and Twigs Policy, which states that a branch “is composed of a minimum of 30 members.”

The Branches and Twigs Procedures states that “Every year, each branch must elect an executive of at least four people that performs at a minimum the functions of chair, treasurer, secretary and marketing/public relations.”

Editors Saskatchewan has been consistently below the required minimum number of members for over one year. Between June 2021 and April 2022, the membership declined from 27 to 20.

As of April 2022, Editors Saskatchewan is unable to recruit four people to an executive.

According to the Branches and Twigs Procedures:

If a branch or twig fails to meet its requirements for two consecutive quarters, the national executive council may advise the branch or twig that it is at risk.

The national executive council may allocate additional resources to help the branch or twig meet its obligations over a one-year period.

If a branch remains unable to meet its requirements, the national executive council may propose dissolving the branch at a subsequent national annual general meeting.

  • Dissolving a branch must be approved by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at a national annual general meeting.

Background

At the 2020 Q1 National Executive Council meeting (Toronto, March 14-15, 2020), there was discussion regarding the future of the Saskatchewan Branch. Two former members of the Saskatchewan executive joined the NEC meeting via Zoom. It was noted at that time that the Saskatchewan Branch was considering becoming a twig. Over time, the branch had lost members and particularly volunteers. The branch would try one more time to form an executive, but would become a twig if the effort is unsuccessful.

As recorded in the minutes of that meeting, it was moved:

That the Saskatchewan Branch have until March 31, 2021 to form a full executive, at which time if the requirements are not met, they will begin to take steps to become a twig or dissolve. [Passed: 12 in favour; 1 opposed]

Following that meeting, Saskatchewan did recruit a new executive (six members) in May 2021. However attempts at re-engaging members and recruiting new volunteers over the course of the year have been unsuccessful.

As of April 2022, the Saskatchewan branch has 20 members. There are not four members interested in stepping into executive positions to form a full executive.

Nominees for 2022–23 national executive council

Want to know more about the Editors Canada members who have put their names forward for the 2022–23 national executive council (NEC)? Here’s where you’ll learn more about the nominees. The new NEC will be elected at our annual general meeting (AGM) on June 18, 2022. The new NEC term will run from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

Here are the NEC members who will stay on, as they have one year remaining in their term. (Members are elected for a two-year term.)

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Marcia Allyn Luke

Editors Toronto
I have an Honours Bachelor in English (University of Guelph) and a postgraduate Publishing Certificate (Ryerson University). I am currently completing a Master of Professional Education (Western University). I have 15 years’ experience in educational publishing, including acquisitions, editorial, management, marketing and sales positions, providing a unique, holistic perspective. I have been teaching and developing curriculum since 2017, including the following courses: Introductory Communications and Conspiracy Theories (Critical Thinking) at Fleming College, College English at George Brown College and Professional Writing at Humber College. I have contributed to a #1 International Bestseller, Silent Grief, Healing, & Hope.

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Arija Berzitis

Editors Toronto
I am a former associate editor and typesetter and currently proofreader in financial documents. I have a degree in English Language and Literature and am a native speaker of English (my parents emigrated from Latvia to England and then Canada following the Second World War). My schooling from kindergarten took place in Canada and although I finished my Hon. B.A. many years ago, I am currently working on the Publishing Certificate at Ryerson. I have had freelance copy editing experience in journals for about 10–15 years now. I was recently a technical editor for the Canadian journal TESL Canada from the University of Western Ontario. This involved editing references and their citations. However, I have also copy edited scientific and highly technical journals from the United States, including in such fields as humanities, social sciences, philosophy, futures, management, ultrasound, and medical and education. A current project includes copy editing a memoire written by a first-time writer, something I’m not used to but enjoying very much for the complete about-face from my usual activities.

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Maria Frank

Editors Edmonton
Since beginning my editing career in 2008, I have edited government documents, K–12 study materials, fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, and corporate communications. I currently work for Athabasca University and edit primarily content for undergraduate- and graduate-level business courses.

I am an editor because I am passionate about language and the power of the word, particularly in the evolution of language to reflect societal values. I see the values of equality and inclusivity reflected in Editors Canada communications, conference sessions, and webinars, and I strive to uphold and further these values while serving on the NEC.

Kaitlin Littlechild

Editors Nova Scotia
I am both a freelance editor and writer and work as a communications and marketing specialist for an environmental consulting firm. I frequently edit works written by Indigenous authors and works written about Indigenous Peoples. I commonly edit (and occasionally write) in the areas of business communication, health, public health, biology, environmental issues and marketing pieces of all types.

When (if) I have spare time, I can be found outside enjoying all that New Brunswick has to offer—beautiful beaches, waterfall hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping. There is always something to explore with my kids and dogs.

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Leah Morrigan

Editors Toronto
I’m a writer and have published in a variety of places from the Hill Times (Parliament Hill) to the Canadian Medical Post to my own men’s image column in a UK gentleman’s magazine. As a professional editor, I have sat on professional and community boards and spent 10 years as the in-house editor and contributing writer at a provincially funded not-for-profit. As a non-fiction freelance editor, I have waded into legal tech, academic writing, and natural and social sciences—because variety is the spice of life!

Blazej Szpakowicz

Editors British Columbia
A former academic with a PhD in history, I’ve worked as an editor for four years, specializing in academic and fiction editing. As a member of the Editors British Columbia, I’ve participated in Vancouver-based branch meetings and seminars. I’ve also served on the Editors Canada training and development committee since 2017, helping run the successful ongoing webinar program. If elected, I shall help guide the further development of this program and ensure it offers a wide range of ongoing professional development, in both French and English, to all Editors Canada members across Canada, regardless of location, background or expertise.

Candidates for two years

Suzanne Aubin

Editors Quebec
I have been editing and translating for 20 years. I was an active member of the association until family life took priority and am now happy to have time again to dedicate to our profession, to our association. If elected for this position, I plan on helping to find ways to improve membership retention and recruitment, in both official languages.

Tara Avery

Editors British Columbia
Technically, my editorial career began in grade five, when I decided my school needed a magazine and that I was just the gal to start it. I’ve worked in a professional capacity since 2003. I’m a Professional Member of the CIEP, CAA and AIPP. Though my experience is wide-ranging, I work predominantly with fiction, creative non-fiction and dramatic texts as a coach and developmental/line/copy editor. I’m interested in serving on the NEC to give back to Editors Canada and its members, who have welcomed me so warmly.

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Heather Buzila

Editors Edmonton
I began my editing career in 2007 and am a certified copy editor and stylistic editor with Editors Canada. I currently work at Athabasca University in Edmonton, where I edit materials for online courses in humanities and social sciences. I’ve also edited fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, professional development modules for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and website materials for diverse organizations.

Mina Holië

Editors Calgary
I joined Editors Canada as a student affiliate last year and have transitioned into a member for the NEC director position this year. Having worked as an external auditor in public practice, my domains are auditing and forensic accounting. Prior to that, I held a position for accounting and administrative support duties in the hotel industry. I am currently taking the Technical Writer Graduate Certificate program at Algonquin College part-time while also pursuing a master’s degree in informatics with a concentration in information security management. I look forward to this opportunity for working on various projects with other members.

Ellen Keeble

Editors Toronto
I have been working as an editor/writer for more than 14 years. I hold a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University, a publishing certificate from Ryerson University and Editors Canada Structural Editing certification. I love this industry because I’m constantly learning. I provide editorial services for a variety of corporate clients, both in-house and on a freelance basis. In 2021, I received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service for my contributions as a designer.

Kristain Oliveira-Barnes

Editors British Columbia
I have recently resigned from my role as Director, Media at a marketing agency to pursue a career transition into the world of publishing. I have about nine years’ experience within marketing, a BBA, a communications diploma, and I am working towards an Editing Certificate at SFU.

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