A year-end message from the Editors Canada executive director

Dear members and affiliates,

It’s hard to believe the New Year is just around the corner. In the six months since I joined the Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) as executive director, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many of you across the country.

As 2015 comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on some of the association’s accomplishments this year.

  • We published Editing Canadian English 3 (online and in print), as well as the companion publication, Editorial Niches.
  • We launched the first-ever Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada (PARL) exam, giving French-language editors the opportunity to have their competency in French editing officially recognized.
  • And we hosted Editing Goes Global, the largest and most successful conference in our history, with more than 500 participants from 12 different countries.

We’ve also worked hard to improve our member services this year. We introduced dedicated helpdesk support for our @editors.ca and @reviseurs.ca email service, as well as discounts for online courses and conferences hosted by partner organizations. For more information about association discounts and other services we offer exclusively to members and affiliates, visit the Members’ Area.

Looking ahead to the New Year, we have big plans for 2016. In addition to adding even more member services, we’ll launch our new association website in the next few months (check out the sneak peek here), and introduce online training. Of course, the highlight of the association year is our annual conference. The conference committee is hard at work planning an exciting conference in Vancouver in June.

I’d like to thank the team at the national office for their dedication to the association: Michelle Ou, who looks after all of our communications and marketing, and makes sure that our members are well-informed about all of our initiatives (and who, by the way, is celebrating her 10-year anniversary at Editors Canada this month!); Sébastien Koch, who helps the certification steering committee and comité agrément/principes deliver their annual exams; and Grace Cheng Xing, who looks after all of our member and affiliate needs.

Editors Canada is a tremendously active association. Together, we’ve done and continue to do a great deal on behalf of editors and the editing profession. Please spread the word about our association. We have a lot to be proud of and I thank you all for being part of it.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Patrick Banville
Executive Director, Editors Canada

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