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 2019–20.
Co-chair: 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.
Co-chair: Rochelle Jobard
Rochelle holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in media and communication management. She has worked in several media disciplines such as advertising, journalism, social media, content writing, and editing. Her interests include art, music, and literature. Since moving to Canada, she has been an active member of Editors Toronto.
Vice-chair: Indu Singh
Indu is a freelance editor with experience in fiction and academic editing. Previously, she has worked in the fields of journalism, publicity, and translations (Russian to English). She holds a degree from the University of Toronto in Chinese Language and Literature, and Russian Language and Literature. She satisfies her boundless curiosity about the world through travelling and reading, and in her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga, and photography.
Treasurer: Golnaz Farhat
Golnaz is a freelance editor with a background in oncology and medical imaging. She holds a PhD in medical biophysics and loves to distill complex scientific principles into language everyone can understand. She works mostly with academic and clinical scientists, helping make their manuscripts and grant applications persuasive and easy to read. When she’s not working, Golnaz loves hiking with her family, cooking, and making photobooks.
Secretary: Arija Berzitis
Arija has been a proofreader and copy editor for more than 30 years, practicing proofreading full time for an international financial printing company based in Toronto. She also runs a freelance copy editing business, concentrated mainly in the academic sector by way of editing peer-reviewed journal articles in a number of disciplines including the sciences. She was recently hired to be the technical editor for the TESL Canada Journal, published by Western University, and has also done some PhD thesis editing, leaving little time for her love of skiing and biking.
Seminars chair: [vacant]
Communications chair: Raya P. Morrison
Raya is a Toronto-based editor, writer, and tarot reader, specializing in short fiction, non-fiction, marketing, and magazines. She is the webmaster for the Editors Canada conference committee and frequently volunteers for Editors Toronto, including assisting the programs chair in 2017–18. Raya is also the editor-in-chief of the local literary journal Blood & Bourbon.
Editor-in-chief, BoldFace: Adrineh Der-Boghossian
Adrineh is a freelance editor and translator with extensive experience in the non-profit sector, both in Canada and abroad. She holds an MSc in Communication Studies from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Certificate in Editing from George Brown College, and is currently completing Ryerson University’s Publishing program. This year she has high hopes of taking (and successfully passing!) the Editors Canada professional certification exam for copy editing.
Programs chair: Zubin Meer
Zubin is a freelance editor and copywriter with many interests and expertise in a variety of areas. His commercial-based work includes website copy, brochure copy, and report editing. As an academic editor, he has worked on peer-reviewed articles as well as monographs from major university presses. He has an MA in English from York University, where he has also done work on his PhD. He’s currently in the later stages of a publishing certificate from Ryerson University. A published author and instructor, he’s also enjoyed exploring diverse subjects in print and the classroom, including eighteenth-century British literature and the Scottish Enlightenment, development economics, and Zoroastrianism. He is the author-editor of Individualism: The Cultural Logic of Modernity (Lexington Books, 2011).
Programs vice-chair: Jessica de Bruyn
Jessica has been working as a freelance editor for three years, mostly concentrating on fiction manuscript evaluations, and agent and publisher submission packages. She’s a graduate of the Vancouver Film School Writing for Film & Television Program and holds degrees in theatre and music performance. Jessica is currently completing Ryerson University’s Publishing program and the University of Toronto Creative Writing program. Jessica recently became the editor-in-residence for the So You Want to Write writer’s group and is a senior editor at The Rights Factory. She’s also serving her fourth year as a judge for the Ink & Insights Writing Contest.