Resume

Freelance work (1998 - present)

  • Writing and publishing articles about wine for magazines and newspapers. Further articles pending. See Writing page

  • Produced a monthly events listing column for the Toronto branch of the Editors' Association of Canada newsletter Edition from June 2001 to December 2003

  • Created and maintained a website and its instruction manual for The Silicon Network, a Toronto IT recruitment company

  • Ghost wrote several chapters of a high school mathematics textbook in which I created scenarios to show, in a practical way, how interest rates, investments and savings plans work

  • Produced stories for Kids Tribute, a magazine about movies for 8-12 year olds
  • Copyediting, indexing and proofreading projects for a range of publications including Nurturing Assistance, a 154 page guide to programs available for mothers with physical disabilities for the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto
  • Promotional magazine containing stories, suggestions and recipes for a range of goods produced by Unilever Canada for Ogilvy One, a leading direct marketing advertising agency

  • A series of teaching guides for high school history classes for the Toronto District Board of Education

Contract work (1998 - present)
  • In October 2006, I joined Dundee Securities in Toronto to work part-time in the desktop publishing and research department. Duties include copyediting and formatting a range of documents produced by the research department, from one-page news releases to 100+ page summaries of companies or sectors. I am also responsible for the preparation of an email-based newsletter that goes out to thousands of clients. I regularly work remotely with colleagues in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
  • From 1998 to 2006, I worked part-time desktop publishing and editing for N M Rothschild & Sons Canada, an investment bank. I prepared presentation-quality documents for high profile blue chip clients. Working in the evening, I copyedited and designed slide shows, company information memoranda books and colour presentation booklets. I regularly worked remotely with colleagues in Montreal, New York and London.

UK freelance work (1992 - 1998)

  • Considerable medical copyediting work for doctors and scientists submitting papers, including a 350-page PhD thesis on spinal injuries.

  • Copyedited Nanotechnology in Medicine and the Biosciences (Gordon and Breach, London, 1996), a 283-page textbook with over 20 contributors

  • Worked as "External Indexer" for the Hulton Getty picture library. I created headlines and summaries of thousands of pictures from CDs for the company's bank of images

  • Occasional freelance advertising copywriting work producing recruitment advertising ideas and copy for a number of major London recruitment advertising agencies including PA Consulting Group, MSL Advertising, MDK, and Riley
UK work (1988 - 1998)

1992 - 1998 Imperial College School of Medicine, London. Academic Administrator

Provided administrative support for the academic activities of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department. Duties included producing and circulating annual teaching programs and detailed session programs. I also assisted in the editing and preparation of submissions to conferences and seminars, produced slides for teaching sessions and launched departmental website.

1988 - 1990 PA Consulting Group, London. Advertising Copywriter

Produced a full range of recruitment advertising concepts and copy for clients, many of whom were major British corporations. Projects also included creating brochures, information booklets and radio advertising scripts.

Education

B.A. ( English). University of Toronto. Graduated with high distinction.

I have also taken numerous short courses and seminars on, among other things, creative writing, copyediting, proofreading, HTML, Javascript, Windows, Microsoft Office, PageMaker, wine and spirits, and magazine publishing. I have achieved the Advanced Certificate and am currently working towards the Diploma qualification from the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust, known internationally as the Independent Wine Education Guild.

 
 
 
 
Projects worked upon
  Advertising projects
The cover of a 30 page promotional magazine by Ogilvy One advertising agency for Unilever Canada.
The cover of a 283 page textbook containing scientific papers presented at a London conference.
The cover of the annual report of the Infil Housing Co-op in London. Infil is a not-for-profit housing co-operative.