National e-news update, August 30, 2023

News, events, tips and updates from Editors Canada

In this issue:

1. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Registration for the 2023 exams is now open
2. TRAINING: Boost your career with webinars that cost less than $50
3. MEMBER SERVICES: Access The Chicago Manual of Style Online for free via
4. GET INVOLVED: Share your ideas in The Editors’ Weekly
7. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment
8. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

1. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Registration for the 2023 exams is now open

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Registration for Editors Canada’s 2023 Professional Certification exams in Structural Editing and Proofreading is now open!

Is this the year you’ll add your name to the list of trail-blazing certified editorsRegister by Monday, September 18, 2023, and save $50 for each exam. And don’t forget, Editors Canada members benefit from additional savings of $100 per exam, so registering early for both exams as a member can save you up to $350.

Preparing for Editors Canada Professional Certification

Watch our interactive video to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the exams, including valuable tips on how to prepare. Click on a topic that interests you, or work through each section in order.

For even more information, visit the Editors Canada Professional Certification web page or email

2. TRAINING: Boost your career with webinars that cost less than $50

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Did you know that as an Editors Canada member, you get 40% off all our webinar recordings? That means that you can often purchase a one-hour session for less than $50. Develop your skills from the comfort of home with webinars on topics like copy editing, editing for accessibility, managing your freelance business and more. Find training that works for you on our webinar recordings page.

Join the webinars team

Become a volunteer webinar host for Editors Canada’s webinars program! Training is provided.

Benefits of becoming a webinar host include:

  • acquiring a specialized and useful new skill;
  • attending the webinar for free and receiving a recording and any supplementary materials;
  • meeting and networking with fellow editors; and
  • helping the association, the presenter, and your fellow members in a critical and meaningful way.

Want to help publicize our stellar webinars program? We’re also looking for snappy writers with social media savvy to create promotional copy for Facebook, LinkedIn, X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram.

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, please email

3. MEMBER SERVICES: Access The Chicago Manual of Style Online for free via

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One of Editors Canada’s most popular benefits of membership is free access to The Chicago Manual of Style Online (CMOS Online) through

From The University of Chicago Press:

With the wisdom of more than 110 years of editorial practice and a wealth of industry expertise from both Chicago’s staff and an advisory board of publishing professionals, The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, is the go-to authority for editors and writers everywhere. If you work with words—no matter what the delivery medium—this is the one reference you simply must have.

CMOS Online features the 17th and 16th editions of the Manual. It is completely searchable and easy to use.

Visit the members’ area to start using CMOS Online for free now!

Looking for more discounts and other benefits of membership? Check out the Editors Canada member resources and member services pages.

4. GET INVOLVED: Share your ideas in The Editors’ Weekly

Do you have insights to share about editing? Whether you’re a brand-new editor or a seasoned professional, your reflections could help others in the industry.

Posts for The Editors’ Weekly should be related to the work of editors, but that can take many forms. Here are some examples of topics that have been covered this year:

  • Editing Indigenous Writing: A Nuanced Partnership
  • Freelancing While Parenting Young Kids
  • Leading a Team in a Corporate Workplace
  • The Radical Role of Developmental Editing
  • Social Media Content Management for Self-Employed Editors and Writers
  • Why I Chose to Join a Professional Editing Association

If you’re interested in writing a post (in English or French) for The Editors’ Weekly, please email Laura Bontje to pitch your idea.


Editors Canada needs your input to help raise our members’ and affiliates’ profiles and get them hired!

The committee is planning to launch an updated version of the Hire an Editor campaign. Our goal is to help draw attention to the benefits and value of hiring an editor by using our social media platforms to attract potential employers to an extensive and diverse roster of editors. We aim to build a campaign that will have you excited and eager to get involved, interact and share posts.

Help us build the best campaign

We’d like your input to build a campaign that is interesting and engaging, with messaging that best reflects the editing profession. Please complete this short survey to help us plan.

Your boss or clients might be able to help too. How? Find out in the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to submit your answers.

6. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your accomplishment

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.

7. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the 2023–24 national executive council (NEC). All our NEC directors from the previous year are returning to serve another term, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of passionate, dedicated directors for another year.

President: Maria Frank
Vice-president: Marcia Allyn Luke
Past president: Heather Buzila
Treasurer: Tara Avery
Secretary: Mina Holië
Marketing and communications: Ruth Pentinga
Branches and twigs: Ellen Keeble
Training and development: Błażej Szpakowicz
Publications: Kaitlin Littlechild
Professional standards: Arija Berzitis
Volunteer relations: Leah Morrigan
Member recruitment and retention: Suzanne Aubin

The NEC does not meet over the summer, but we will be meeting on the following dates in the fall:

  • Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., EDT
  • Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., EDT
  • Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., EST

Agendas will be posted on the Editors Canada website a few days before each meeting. Any member is welcome to attend NEC meetings using the Zoom link included at the top of each agenda.

Maria Frank

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

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