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Meet the executive

Editors Toronto’s executive is elected each May at the branch AGM, and any Editors Toronto member may apply for a position. Here is the group that will be representing you for 2017–18.

Branch chair: Jennifer D. Foster

Jennifer is a Toronto-based freelance editor and writer, and her company is Planet Word. Her clients are from the book and custom publishing, magazine, and marketing and communications fields and include The Globe and Mail, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Firefly Books, Canadian Children’s Book News, Dundurn Press, and the Ontario Dental Association. When she’s not spilling ink for her young adult novel, walking her greyhound, Aquaman, or reading, Jennifer enjoys travelling, antiquing, gardening, camping, and yoga. She’s a regular contributor to BoldFace, a long-time mentor to novice editors via Editors Canada, and a former seminars chair and seminars vice-chair of Editors Toronto. Jennifer is also a mentor to novice writers via the Professional Writers Association of Canada, as well as the administrative director of the Rowers Reading Series.

Nicole Roccas

Vice-chair: Nicole Roccas

Nicole is a freelance non-fiction and academic editor who has worked with clients in a variety of disciplines and genres. She holds a PhD in European history from the University of Cincinnati and also writes and delivers podcasts about religious culture and history. In addition to the executive board, she serves on the editorial team for the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College on the University of Toronto campus. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, exercising, and cooking.

Marg Anne Morrison

Treasurer: Marg Anne Morrison

After working in-house for almost 25 years at two book publishers (Between the Lines Press and Annick Press), in 2004 Marg Anne started Morrison Publishing Management, which offers editorial, consulting, and management services to Canadian publishers. She taught in the book and magazine publishing program at Centennial College for seven years and was the executive director of the Ontario Book Publishers Organization for nine years. Marg Anne sits on the board and is the treasurer of the Book and Periodical Council. She joined the Freedom of Expression Committee in 2004 as the Editors Canada representative and has been its chair since 2009.

Catherine Dorton

Secretary: Catherine Dorton

Catherine is an experienced freelance editor with a special passion for children’s books. Her clients are mainly trade book publishers, such as Annick Press, Kids Can Press, Firefly Books, and Harper Collins, but she also does magazine and public-sector work. When Catherine is not editing, you can find her hauling water to thirsty trees, biking, hiking, or sitting on her porch, enjoying a coffee and a book. Catherine is looking forward to her first term on the Editors Toronto executive!

Kerry Fast

Past chair: Kerry Fast

Kerry is a freelance academic editor with clients from a wide range of disciplines. She has been chair and secretary for Editors Toronto. She holds a PhD in the humanities from the University of Toronto and maintains a keen interest in research. Her research focus is the migration of traditional Mennonite groups. She is also a board member of a historical research foundation. In her spare time, she cooks, knits, and writes creatively.

Ruth Chernia

Seminars chair: Ruth Chernia

Ruth joined the association while still a student at Centennial College. Although primarily a freelance production editor, she’s worked as a contractor in-house as well, taking on all tasks from project management to proofreading. Her interest in the education and continuing education of editors stems not only from her background but also from her initial involvement in the then professional development committee as a volunteer and then chair, which later led to her becoming the first chair of the Toronto chapter.

Deven Knill

Member communications chair: Deven Knill

Deven holds a journalism degree from Ryerson and has returned to the university to work on her publishing certificate. She has industry experience in marketing and communications, media, and content development. Deven is currently employed as a content editor at Edkent Media where she develops and executes clients’ content marketing strategies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, and knitting.

Carol Harrison

BoldFace Editor-in-chief: Carol Harrison

Carol is an editor and writer with more than 13 years of experience working both in-house and freelance. She has worked on trade books in a wide range of subjects, including kids, cookery, and caribou-skin clothing. In 2017, she joined CPA Canada as a quality assurance specialist. When not focusing on words, she is focusing her camera. Carol and her trusty Nikon enjoy travelling, hiking, and boldly going.

Lee Parpart

Programs chair: Lee Parpart

Lee is a Toronto-based editor and writer who has worked in journalism, literary publicity, and academe. She holds a master’s of fine arts from York University, where she has also taught, and has organized literary events for a Toronto writers’ group and an independent publisher in Los Angeles. As an editor, Lee has worked for The Kingston Whig-Standard, the Film Studies Association of Canada, the Canadian mining industry company TetraTech, and numerous independent scholars, among other clients. When not cooking, spending time with family or wrangling her West Highland terrier, Lee writes poetry and fiction, and has been a frequent contributor to the LA-based publisher Silver Birch Press since 2015. She is active in the Toronto literary scene, and won an emerging writer award for her short fiction in the 2016 What’s Your Story? contest run by the Ontario Book Publisher’s Organization.

This page was copy edited by Jeny Nussey.

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