• Exceptional writer/editor with particular strength in communicating complex ideas.
• Comfortable working to tight deadlines and under pressure independently.
• Creative problem solver, excellent analyst, inquisitive and quick to learn.
• Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, delighting in teamwork.
• 18-years of experience in social research, 12 years in manufacturing, marketing & retail, nine years journalism
• An active listener with superior organizational skills.
EXPERIENCE – Editor/writer
Promaxis Systems Inc.
Oct 2011 – May 2012
Proposal Writer/Editor: - responding to federal government RFPs for skilled resources. Re-writing resumes, interviewing resources and helping them express their expertise, clearly and in detail in an effort to prepare winning written proposals following stringent PWGSC guidelines and requirements.
The Globe & Mail, Toronto, ON
Pitched and received a contract to write an article for the Globe and Mail’s Canada Competes section running from late fall 2012 to spring 2013. The article examines the gap between innovation and commercialization among Canadian product producers. Published Jan 30, 2013 – Editor: Christina Varga.
Thompson-Reuters, Ottawa, ON
Dec 09 - Nov 2011
Financial Journalist: - analyzing and reporting Statistics Canada and Bank of Canada embargoed economic releases - meeting split second deadlines. Member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery – Editor: Louise Egan.
Metroland Media Group, ON
March 2008 – Sep 2011
Freelance Journalist/Photographer: - Writing features, covering business, municipal council and community event on demand across several communities south of Ottawa. Writing special features and advertorials at various times of the year. – Editor: Ashley Kulp among others.
Econolive, Jerusalem, Israel.
March 2009 - Dec 2009
Financial Journalist/Editor: - Developing story lists, analyzing and reporting Statistics Canada and Bank of Canada embargoed economic releases, writing a daily report on the TSX, meeting split second deadlines and writing and editing all Canadian financial news published or broadcast on the wire. Interviewing ministers and economists, and reporting on market moving events – Bureau Chief: Yaakov Mermelstien.
Need to Know News, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
March 2007 - Jan 2009
Financial Journalist/Editor: - setting up the Canadian operation for this U.S. based newswire. Responsibilities included analyzing and reporting Statistics Canada and Bank of Canada embargoed economic releases meeting split second deadlines. Attending and participating in Parliamentary scrums, developing financial stories, writing and editing all Canadian news published or broadcast on the wire. Interviewing ministers, economists, and MPs while reporting on macro-financial events – Bureau Chief: Mary Beth Slack.
Canada Post – Performance Magazine, Ottawa, ON
April 2005 – Aug 2007
Freelance Writer: - Developing and communicating managements’ position regarding the Corporation's business plans to an internal audience; interviewing senior management and front line workers. Editor: Leslie Bamford.
Health Focus & Real Life Magazines, Brockville, ON
Feb 2006- Aug 2009
Freelance Journalist: - Pitching, developing and writing health, human interest and business features.
–MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AND RETAIL:
Youth Centres Canada (YCC), Merrickville ON
May 2010 - Present
Contract Communications Officer: – Creating and distributing press releases, and internal newsletter. Redesigning and editing a bi-monthly newsletter. Designing, compiling and editing the YCC Annual Report.
HPAG Public Relations, Ottawa, ON
Jan 2008 – March 2009
Consultant: - Creating and disseminating press releases and media advice to a variety of clients; identifying and targeting suitable news outlets for each client.
Metal ‘n’ Mud Studios and Gallery, Merrickville, ON
Jan 1992 - Dec 2002
Jeweler/Communications Manager/Event Organizer: - designing and manufacturing silver and gold jewelry. Serving customers in the gallery, taking and fulfilling orders and repairs. Developing and implementing a Marketing plan. Designing the image and message to attract customers and employees. Initiating and designing a trade show (1001 Pots/Clay Display) which ran for three years – As the Communications Manager took full responsibility for the flow of information between artists and the public, the show and the media, the media and the public. Writing and disseminating all communications tools, including press releases, flyers, posters and brochures. Developing, writing and managing the website.
–RESEARCH CONSULTANT: 1987-2002
The Museum of Civilization, Hull
Conducting historical research into a collection of jewelry tools donated to the museum. Writing a report on the monetary value and usage of each item.
21st Century International, Ottawa
Conducting social research abroad on contract to the Canadian International Development Agency – including negotiations with foreign social agencies and interviews with disadvantaged women; report writing, design, oral and written presentations.
English, Arabic and some French
Print Journalism - Diploma
Algonquin College 2004- 2006 –Honour Roll
Design and Art History
Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario 1991-1992
Bachelor of Arts, Honours
English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1982
• Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook
• Mac iLife software, including Pages
INTERESTS / VOLUNTEER
• Aikido student (martial art) – Fourth Kyu
• Recreational cycling- regular participant in Ride the Rideau 100 km event.
• Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM), 1990-present – volunteer actor, director, publicist
• Youth Centres Canada board secretary
• E.O.D.L. Penny McGregor “Best Actor” award (2000)
• E.O.D.L. Belleville Theatre Guild “Best Actor” award (2001)
• E.O.D.L. Penny McGregor “Best Actor” award (2002