EAC: National e-news update, May 13, 2013

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. CONFERENCE 2013: The countdown is on!
2. BRANCH NEWS: QAC executive committee vacancies
3. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
4. GOVERNING EAC: Changes for discussion
5. SHOP EAC: Update your editorial toolkit

1. CONFERENCE 2013: The countdown is on!

Editors’ Association of Canada Conference 2013

Theme:Between the Lines/Entre les lignes
Dates:June 7–9, 2013
Location:Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax
Registration:Register now!

We’re counting down to EAC’s first Atlantic Canada conference ever!

This year’s conference in Halifax is packed with exciting keynote addresses, speakers, sessions and networking opportunities. With sessions on everything from creating a small-business website and painless financial management, to political writing, the Mi’kmaw language and editing social media, the one-of-a-kind Conference 2013 program offers something for everyone.

In addition, we’ve planned some terrific social events to round out your conference experience, including the annual EAC awards banquet.

We also encourage everyone to take the time to explore our host city. Visit the Halifax Experience web page for ideas on how to make the most of your stay.

Register now

Registration closes on Friday, May 24, so don’t delay! One-, two- or three-day conference options are still available—as are discounted rates for EAC members. Visit the Conference 2013 website to register now.

2. BRANCH NEWS: QAC executive committee vacancies

Calling all members of the Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch! Please note that the following volunteer positions need to be filled for the coming year.

  • Chair
  • Marketing/PR
  • Membership chair

Read the QAC executive committee job descriptions.

3. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

BC branch member Philip Sherwood has completed work on Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950. The illustrated coffee table book has just been published by the MSA Museum Society; Pioneer Stories is a collection of nearly 200 stories, many told first hand. Philip served as managing editor, overseeing the production team and editing the content. For more news, watch www.msamuseum.ca/news.

Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC help tell the world about it on EAC’s Member News page. If you have member news to share, contact the member news coordinator, Kerri Niblett.

4. GOVERNING EAC: Changes for discussion

Since fall 2012, EAC’s governance task force has been reviewing the association’s bylaws and policies for compliance with new federal legislation. The result: some changes are required.

The task force has prepared a report to open discussion with members about the options available to us and looks forward to discussing this at the upcoming AGM in Halifax. In the meantime, the report is available for download from the EAC website. Comments and questions about the report are welcome and can be sent to governance@editors.ca.

In fall 2013, drawing on feedback and comments collected over the summer, the task force will circulate new draft bylaws to all members for review and comment.


In October 2011, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act came into force, establishing new rules that will change some aspects of EAC’s governance and operations. Some of the required changes are quite minor; others are more significant.

To comply with this Act, we must replace EAC’s letters patent and bylaws with new “articles of continuance” and new bylaws before October 2014. There are specific content requirements for these new documents.

EAC’s national executive council struck a governance task force in August 2012 to review the requirements, collect input from members and prepare the new governance documents.

5. SHOP EAC: Update your editorial toolkit

Could your workspace use a thorough spring cleaning? Embrace the “out with the old, in with the new” philosophy with EAC’s recently revised publications and fun new editing merchandise.

Certification Study Guides

Considering becoming a certified editor? EAC’s study guides are the primary resources for anyone who wants to become a certified editor. Whether you use the guides for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills and judgment required to earn your EAC Certification credentials.
Purchase the Certification Study Guides now.

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards

Whether you’re learning the craft of editing or you’re an established professional looking to broaden your knowledge, this second edition, four-volume self-teaching and self-testing package is a must-have for any editor’s bookshelf. Volumes of Meeting Professional Editorial Standards have been adopted as course texts by Ryerson University (Toronto) and Mount Royal University (Calgary).
Purchase Meeting Professional Editorial Standards now.

Eight-Step Editing/EAC Grammar Tips Poster

A poster titled "Eight-Step Editing"

EAC and Jim Taylor have teamed up to produce a vibrant poster that features practical highlights and tips from Jim’s popular Eight-Step Editing seminar, as well as helpful grammar tips from EAC members.

If you’re an editor or a writer, this colourful quick-reference guide is essential to have on hand to help you find and fix common readability problems in your documents.
Purchase your Eight-Step Editing/EAC Grammar Tips poster now.

EAC magnets

Stick ’em up! EAC’s popular “I’m not obsessed. I’m an editor!” and “Je ne suis pas obsédé. Je suis réviseur.” graphics are now available as magnets. Boast to the world what you do by sticking this tongue-in-cheek magnet on your fridge, filing cabinet, car and the robot you’re building in your garage.
Purchase your magnets now.

Shop EAC at Conference 2013

Want to shop for your EAC goodies in person? We’ll be at the Conference 2013 vendor fair at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax on Saturday, June 8. Drop by the EAC booth to say hi and browse to your heart’s content.

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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