National e-news update, April 16, 2019

News, events, tips and updates from Editors Canada

In this issue:

1. NEW DISCOUNT: University of Chicago Press titles
2. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada
3. CONFERENCE 2019: Schedule now available
4. FRANCOPHONE CONFERENCE: S’inscrire dans le changement : une profession en prise sur son temps
6. NOMINATIONS: National executive council and committee chairs
7. AGM: Call for motions
8. MEMBERSHIP: New French-language resources
9. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Interested in writing the Copy Editing exam remotely?
10. EXTERNAL CONFERENCES: DesignThinkers Vancouver and Society for Editors and Proofreaders
11. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment
12. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

1. NEW DISCOUNT: University of Chicago Press titles

We’re pleased to announce that Editors Canada members and student affiliates now receive a 20% discount on all University of Chicago Press (UCP) imprint books purchased from the Chicago Manual of Style Bookstore (where you’ll find titles on writing, editing and publishing) or the UCP home page. Use promo code EDCANADA20 for the discount.

Please note the discount does not apply to books distributed for other publishers. To identify UCP titles, check for ISBNs that begin with 9780226.

Don’t forget: we’re proud to offer The Chicago Manual of Style Online as a free benefit of membership! Visit the members’ area to start using CMOS Online now.

Looking for more Editors Canada partner discounts? Visit the members’ area.

2. WEBINARS: Train online with Editors Canada

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Are you looking for training opportunities online? Check out our 2019 webinar season.

Don’t forget: Editors Canada members and student affiliates save 30% on the registration fee. Also, branches and twigs get a portion of the profit from webinars for each participant who lives in their area.

Upcoming webinars

Catch up on demand: Webinar recordings are available

Did you miss an Editors Canada webinar? Many of our webinars have been recorded and are now available for purchase (and some are even free). When you buy a webinar recording, you’ll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device. The file is yours to keep, so you can watch it again and again.

Visit our webinar recordings page to see what’s available now. We’re adding new recordings regularly so be sure to check often.

3. CONFERENCE 2019: Schedule now available

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Ready to start planning how you’ll spend the 40th anniversary conference weekend? Join us Saturday morning when renowned journalist and author Linden MacIntyre kicks off the conference with the opening keynote address. Then, take a look at the schedule to see what else is on offer for Saturday and Sunday. We can’t even begin to give you highlights: all the speakers are bringing something interesting for everyone! Just when you think your brain can’t hold anything else, multi-award-winning writer, speaker and educator Sheree Fitch will delight us with her closing keynote address on Sunday afternoon. Trust us, she’ll spark your imagination and close out the conference on a high note.

Pre-conference workshops

Remember when going to class was at the bottom of your list of things to do? Pre-conference workshops get you over that association! You’ll learn usable pro-skills in the four half-day sessions on Friday, June 7.

Registration deadline fast approaching

The final day to register for the conference is Friday, May 31. Seems like a long way away, but it’s amazing how quickly time flies when you have three deadlines, two children, a dog, a partner, six friends you haven’t touched base with in months, and that gym schedule that keeps reminding you to get out of the house. Don’t put it off any longer. Register now!

Join the conversation on social media

Stay on top of all the conference action by following us on Twitter @EditorCon and joining the conference Facebook group. Find out about fun activities as we plan them (like a little axe-throwing after the Friday evening reception, anyone?).

The 40th anniversary conference takes place June 7–9, 2019, at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.

4. FRANCOPHONE CONFERENCE: S’inscrire dans le changement : une profession en prise sur son temps

One-day conference
S’inscrire dans le changement : une profession en prise sur son temps
Quebec City, Laval University
Saturday, September 28, 2019

It is with great joy that the organizing committee of the first Colloque des langagiers announces that Laval University will host the event.

The theme for this one-day French-language conference is S’inscrire dans le changement : une profession en prise sur son temps. We’ll bring together professionals in written communication—both experienced and novices—for a day of professional development and networking.

The program is in the works, but we can already tell you that we’ll kick off the day with a panel answering the question « Écrire correctement en français, est-ce encore important à l’ère numérique? »

Registration will open in May. Keep an eye on your inbox, social media and the Editors Canada website for more information as it becomes available.

For more information or to volunteer for the event, contact Sandra Gravel.

Principal partner

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Headshot of Julia Kollek

Since 2017, Julia Kollek has co-chaired Editors Hamilton-Halton. Putting her outreach and programming skills to use, Julia works with an enthusiastic team to help build twig attendance and membership. And their hard work is paying off. “We’re excited to have had some of the best writers, editors and business coaches come to speak to the group,” says Julia.

Julia joined Editors Canada in 2013. Getting involved in the association has given her a chance to network and collaborate with other members. “We complement our skills and work together on projects such as web design, content and blogs,” she says. “We also share academic editing projects if we have a full workload.” Julia is proud to be part of a group that has been able to help support and advise new editors to help them get started in their careers.

Julia is a successful journalist and features writer, with articles published in The IndependentThe Globe and Mail and She Magazine. She was also a researcher for the BBC and TVO, worked on live events for the CBC, and ran her own video production company.

Editing is Julia’s first love, but she has diversified her business by learning new skills and is now able to offer her clients a variety of services, including web content, blogs, video and radio scripts, business proposals and academic editing work.

“No two days are the same,” she says. “Like so many other professions and industries, the editing landscape is undergoing disruption. We’re all adapting.”

The volunteer of the month highlights the dedicated people who keep Editors Canada going. Volunteers are the backbone of the association. We are grateful for the many members and affiliates who answer the call when help is needed.

6. NOMINATIONS: National executive council and committee chairs

Would you like to help shape Editors Canada at the national level, develop new skills and broaden your professional network? The 2019 nominating committee of Editors Canada is looking for engaged, dedicated members to serve on the national executive council (NEC) or chair national committees.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit the Editors Canada website.

7. AGM: Call for motions

Our 2019 annual general meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday, June 8, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If you would like to make a substantive motion at the AGM, this is a reminder to submit the motion to the national secretary by Thursday, April 18.

The call to meeting will go out to members 21 to 35 days before the AGM.

8. MEMBERSHIP: New French-language resources

Welcome Kit

The Welcome Kit is now available in French! The Welcome Kit provides a brief overview of our services and resources, with links to the relevant pages on our website. It is a useful guide for new and existing members and can be used as a quick reference for things on the website.

Sandra Gravel and Sophie Pallotta have worked hard to translate and adapt the English version of this wonderful resource, with help from additional volunteers, and we are excited to share it with you.

PDF icon Download the French Welcome Kit. (1.16 MB)


French versions of the Editors Canada short videos on copy editing, proofreading, substantive editing and Principes directeurs en révision professionnelle are now available on the Editors Canada YouTube channel.

Special thanks to Sandra Gravel for translating the videos and to Karina Sinclair of Line By Line Studio for creating them.

9. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Interested in writing the Copy Editing exam remotely?

You’re in the process of making your professional development plans for the year. You’re thinking you’d like to write the Copy Editing certification exam on Saturday, November 16, but aren’t sure whether you’ll be able to travel to one of the official testing centres in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto (cities to be confirmed). Remember: you now have the option to take the exam remotely!

If you’re an international candidate, live further than 300 km from one of the test centres, or will find it difficult to get to one, we’ll work with you to set up an exam location that is convenient for you.

Apply in writing to the Editors Canada national office at for approval at least 10 weeks before the exam session, by Friday, September 6. Once we’ve approved your application, we’ll send you the criteria for finding an exam invigilator and an appropriate location to write the test, with access to a PC or Mac computer. We’ll ask you to confirm your remote testing location by Tuesday, October 15. More details are available on the Certification page.

Registration for the Copy Editing exam will open in July. For more information, the Exams page.

10. EXTERNAL CONFERENCES: DesignThinkers Vancouver and Society for Editors and Proofreaders

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DesignThinkers Vancouver 2019
May 28 – 29, 2019
Vancouver Playhouse

Over its 20-year history, the DesignThinkers Conference has spanned massive changes in the communication design industry. From print to digital, visual identity to brand, websites to user experiences, design has evolved as new trends, technologies and philosophies transform the wider world. At DesignThinkers Vancouver this May, you can explore the innovations and disruptions that inform, inspire and influence design, consider its impact and re-imagine its role as we confront fundamental global challenges.

Conference registration includes presentations by industry leaders, a design marketplace, book signings, giveaways, food and drink at our Delegate Party and a multitude of opportunities to network with top design professionals from around the world.

Confirmed speakers include Karin Fong, Founder of Imaginary Forces; Austin Kleon, Writer, Artist, Speaker and NYT Bestselling Author; Sarah Hyndman, Founder of Type Tasting; Kit Hinrichs, Principal and Creative Director at Studio Hinrichs; Leland Maschmeyer, Chief Creative Officer of Chobani; Mike Monteiro, Co-Founder and Design Director at Mule Design; Yah-Leng Yu, Founding Partner & CD of Foreign Policy Design Group, and many more.

Editors Canada members get a 15% discount off registration. Visit the members’ area for the discount code.

Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Editors Canada members can now save 10% on registration for the 2019 Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference at Aston University, Birmingham. The conference runs September 14–16, 2019.

Visit the conference page and register as an Editors Canada member to receive the discount. There is a further early-bird discount for bookings completed and paid in full by April 26, 2019.

11. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment

Editors British Columbia member Karen Autio is delighted to announce the publication by Crwth Press of her narrative non-fiction picture book, Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon, illustrated by Loraine Kemp.

In a hidden canyon in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts. Seasons pass as the tree grows, witness to generations of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, to the firestorm of 2003. Richly illuminated by maps, illustrations and historical images, and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book weaves First Nations history with European settlement and natural history. By following the thread of one tree growing in one sheltered and sacred space, this book gently explores patterns of colonization that will resonate with readers all over North America.

For more information, visit Karen’s website.

On Monday, March 4, Writing Tips Oasis featured the top 17 book editors in Ontario. All who made this list are members of Editors Canada!
Sigrid Macdonald, Editors Ottawa–Gatineau
Claudia Forgas, Editors Toronto
Joanne Haskins, Editors Toronto
Heather Camlot, Editors Toronto
Tom Moss Gamblin, Editors Toronto
Lori-Ann Livingston, Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
Sylvia McConnell, Editors Toronto
Freya Godard, Editors Toronto
Susan Hughes, Editors Toronto
Sara Promislow, Editors Toronto
Jennifer Dawn Foster, Editors Toronto
Kristy Hankewitz, Editors Toronto
Julie Stauffer, Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph
Sherry Hinman, Editors Toronto
Kristine Thornley, Editors Toronto
Marcel Chiera, Editors Toronto
Michelle Parker, Editors Ottawa–Gatineau

“This piece seemed to come out of the blue. It was a pleasant surprise and a great boost,” said Editors Toronto member Joanne Haskins.

To view the complete post visit Writing Tips Oasis.

Editors Canada Member News is where we share information about members and affiliates who win awards, publish books and make their mark in other important ways.

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share? Are you excited about a new project or opportunity that has come your way? Let us tell the world all about it! Please send your stories to the member news coordinator.

12. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

I think we are all asking where the warm temperatures are. Bring on the crocuses, bunnies and backyard baby animals!

Like you, the national executive council has been working through the dreary days of March and early April with determination as we wait for sunnier and warmer days ahead.

Here are a few of the things we’ve done recently.

  • Signed a partnership agreement with Peerwith (you will see more information on what that means in the next few weeks).
  • Arranged for a second University Affairs article on our guidelines for the ethical editing of students’ work (focusing on the revisions in the latest version).
  • Connected with Canada’s ISO Technical Committee 37 to discuss the international plain language standard.
  • Revised the branch and twig toolkits.
  • Streamlined some of the awards processes (making it easier for nominators as well as more economical for the office).
  • Set up an organizing committee for a conference for French editors and communicators.
  • Approved the insurance task force’s recommendation to move forward with phase II (researching insurance companies for a possible match).
  • Finalized a new subscription with The Chicago Manual of Style and established a new cross-promotion partnership with CMOS.

I’ll be reporting on our March NEC meeting in a separate note to members. In the meantime, happy spring!

Gael Spivak, president

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

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