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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 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 HarperCollins, 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.


Indu SinghVice-chair: Indu Singh

Indu is a freelance editor with experience in fiction and academic editing. Previously, she 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.


Photo of Golnaz FarhatTreasurer: 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.


Photo of Arija BerzitisSecretary: Arija Berzitis

Arija has been a proofreader and copy editor for more than 30 years, practising 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.


Photo of Raya P. MorrisonCommunications 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. She is also the editor-in-chief of the local literary journal Blood & Bourbon.


Adrineh Der-Boghossian 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.


Jessica De BruynPrograms co-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.


Shannon ParrPrograms co-chair: Shannon Parr

Shannon Parr is currently an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in literature, with a minor in writing and rhetoric, and recently completed Ryerson University’s publishing program.


Sandra OttoSeminars chair: Sandra Otto

Sandra specializes in developmental editing and manuscript evaluations, mainly for first-time novelists. She is a CFA charterholder and, for many years, edited financial reports. In 2016, she opened and ran a small art gallery in the west end of Toronto; one summer, she even hosted a fiction/poetry reading there. In her spare time, she paints, practises yoga (with her two cats), plays the piano, and makes travel plans.

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