My ongoing work for the OAGO includes substantive editing and copy editing for the Auditor General's annual Value-for-Money (VFM) audit reports and Follow-Up reports.
Since 2002, I have been providing editing, copy editing, proofreading and writing services to the City of Mississauga. This ongoing work includes copy editing and proofreading the annual Financial Report, copy editing and proofreading white papers/position papers, ghostwriting articles, writing brochures, and working on a wide range of external communications, including writing, copy editing and proofreading newsletters and press releases.
On a freelance basis, I provided editing, copy editing and proofreading services to OMERS for five years. This work included the annual Financial Report, financial documents, and external and internal communications.
My work for Davies LLP included services as a writer and editor for a rebrand and rewrite of the law firmís website. In addition, my work included writing, editing, copy editing and proofreading website articles and external and internal communications, including materials for lawyer and law firm rankings.
As contract editor for the OSWCA I edited the Associationís annual Financial Report, other external and internal communications and reports and its quarterly magazine for six years. I took the 36-page magazine through a total rebrand and repositioning within the construction industry (from "The Undergrounder" to "H2OSWCA" magazine). In my role as editor, I was responsible for suggesting articles for and finalizing the Table of Contents, hired all freelance writers (I also wrote some articles), ghostwrote articles for OSWCA members and supervised the design/art vendors through to the final layout.
As the contract "Supplements Editor" for five years, I was responsible for hiring all writers (I wrote some of the articles) for as many as 20 reports a year. Topics were as diverse as banking, law, investment, securities, real estate, economic development, personal finance, franchising, management consulting, human resources, logistics, technology and manufacturing. Each of the supplements was at least 16 pages (8 editorial), while some had page counts as high as 32. I assigned/edited all articles and worked with the art department and production departments. On these projects, I had to adhere to extremely strict deadlines.
On a contract basis, I was the Web and Corporate Communications Editor for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. I wrote and edited corporate communications and website materials. In addition, for each issue of the quarterly CCCA Magazine I wrote the Chair's message, "Spotlight on CCCA" feature article, CCCA News, and ghost wrote the general counsel "Inside Edge" article.
I was the inaugural managing editor on a freelance basis of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's CCCA Magazine since its inception in 2006, until the position was moved in-house in another city. I provided key editorial support and writing services to the Editor-in-Chief. This included helping to generate article ideas, assigning articles to freelance writers, editing, copy editing, proofreading, liaising with law firms and editing articles from lawyers. As managing editor I wrote feature articles and profiles of lawyers. Further, I worked directly with the magazine designer and approved all final layout.
After writing feature articles and profiles of franchisors and franchisees for Franchise Canada magazine for more than 10 years as a freelancer, I took the helm of the magazine while they were searching for a full-time, in-house editor. This was a very challenging position. I took over at a time when the magazine was also changing publishers. No articles had been assigned and the magazine had to be assigned, written, designed and sent to the printer within three weeks. By drawing on my freelance contacts from the Financial Times of Canada, the deadline was met. I stayed on as editor for three issues.
As a contract editorial consultant and writer, I wrote dozens of articles for the website. This role also included ongoing editorial suggestions as to topics and sections to be included. I also edited and "Canadianized" (by researching and adding in material relevant to Canadian small business readers) a number of articles on business and legal issues for this website that Bell Canada obtained from U.S. providers.
I was the freelance Contributing Editor of Toronto Construction News, the magazine of the Toronto Construction Association. Each issue, I wrote the Chair's message, the main feature article, and the TCA News section. I also wrote the TCA Annual Report, speeches for the Chair, press releases and edited the Association's newsletter.
As a Contributing Editor to Your Office: Canada's Small Business Magazine, the publication of the Canadian Office Products Association, my writing included many cover stories and features about small business (including e-commerce, venture funds, angel investors, banking, financing and human resources). My role also included editorial suggestions for special reports and specific articles. I also acted as contract interim editor for two issues when the full-time editor left. This was extremely challenging in terms of maintaining editorial schedules already set in place.
As a Contributing Editor, I wrote as many as 15 features and columns yearly. These included profiles of start-up entrepreneurial companies, success stories, banking articles and features about specific issues such as licensing or branchising (including an excerpt from my book Franchising: A Complete Guide for Canadian Buyers and Sellers, published by Key Porter Books Ltd.). I wrote articles on topics as diverse as credit, taxes, human resources and legal trends.