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Catherine L. Aherne has been involved in the areas of clear communication, project and people management for over a decade in both the private and public sector, first as a writer and trainer, then in the roles of Director of Information Development and Training, and Chief Knowledge Officer for various software organizations.

Catherine has been engaged in issues around literacy and plain language through her work with Clear Language and Design (CLAD), the public education program of the Toronto Centre for Community Learning and Development since its inception. As a Senior Associate with CLAD, Catherine has worked with many organizations to improve the clarity and readability of both print and online publications, and to provide hands on plain language training. In 2004, Catherine expanded her portfolio to include teaching at the college level – first at Centennial College and now at Humber College in the English department.

Catherine holds an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree from Acadia University. Most recently, she completed TESL certification through Humber College and is a member of TESL Ontario.

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness ( is a writer/editor with over 15 years of experience writing everything from feature articles to brochures to web profiles. She helped to develop Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications graduate certificate and now serves as its curriculum lead.

Suzanne writes regularly for the Globe and MailUniversity Affairs, and other publications, and is a strong generalist with specialties in higher education, business, technology, and books. Through her copywriting business CodeWord Communications ( she provides editorial services from copywriting to editing to proofreading for a variety of corporate clients.

Suzanne holds a PhD in English from the University of Ottawa and has been teaching in the English and Media Studies departments at Humber College since 2013. Prior to that she taught courses at York University and the University of Ottawa. She is a longstanding member and volunteer with the Professional Writers Association of Canada and has published a book of poetry called The Days You've Spent (2010).

Melanie Fishbane

Melanie Fishbane holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in History from Concordia University. With over seventeen years’ experience in children's publishing, she lectures internationally on children's literature and L.M. Montgomery, whom she has been obsessed with since she first read Anne of Green Gables in Grade Six.

A freelance writer and social media consultant, Melanie teaches Digital Writing, English, and General Arts and Sciences at Humber College. Melanie also loves writing essays and her first one, "My Pen Shall Heal, Not Hurt: Writing as Therapy in L.M. Montgomery's Rilla of Ingleside and The Blythes Are Quoted," is included in L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years 1911-1942

Melanie lives in Toronto with her partner and their very entertaining cat, Merlin. Her first YA novel,MAUD, will be published in May 2017.

Trudy Goldenberg

Trudy Goldenberg is a communications and business strategy consultant, advising a variety of organizations on how to align and integrate marketing activities to achieve business goals. Her experience includes more than 13 years of overseeing the corporate communications and marketing activities of two of Canada’s leading law firms. She also has significant international communications and cross-cultural consulting experience.

Trudy hosts a monthly radio program on legal ethics, practice management and professionalism, and speaks regularly at conferences on reputation management, thought leadership and marketing communications.

Cobi Ladner

Cobi Ladner had her eye on a career in television after graduating from Ryerson’s Radio & Television Arts program, however, the writing was on the wall from the very beginning, for her to work in print. 

She landed her first job at Chatelaine magazine, then moved on to Canadian Living and eventually House & Home magazine where she enjoyed a special connection with Canadian homeowners through her role as Editor-in-Chief for 15 years. Cobi was also a key contributor to building the H&H brand in all areas from product development with The Bay, to television development with HGTV and daily morning shows, to the website and special interest magazines.

Cobi left H&H in 2008 to strike out on her own and create a new home decor and media brand embodying her personal style and spirit.  In five short years, cobistyle grew to be a nationally recognized brand with products available in over 1,000 stores across Canada. She is also the Editorial Director of Reno + Decor magazine and published author of a best-selling children’s book called Why is an Orange called an Orange?

Helena Moncrieff

Helena Moncrieff has carried curiosity and a pen through a career in broadcasting, politics and public relations.

Today, as a freelance corporate writer, Helena works with clients in the education, health care and not-for-profit sectors. She merges journalistic standards and storytelling with corporate priorities in annual reports, websites, speeches and features. Helena’s writing has also appeared in Best Health magazine, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Her latest non-fiction project is The Fruitful City (ECW Press, 2018).

Helena earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative non-fiction at the University of King’s College, Halifax and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. She is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Lauren Pelley

Lauren Pelley is a reporter and writer with more than five years of experience working in journalism and communications. She's currently on the digital team for CBC Toronto, reporting for both web and radio, and was previously a reporter for the Toronto Star.

Over the years, she has done freelance writing for a variety of publications and corporate clients, including the National Post, Chatelaine, Best Health, ParentsCanada, Workopolis, St. Joseph's Health Centre, Canadian Family, Architecture magazine, and the London Free Press. She is also a former producer and reporter for CHCH News and has been a live on-air panelist for CTV and CP24 and a radio show guest for stations across the country, from Calgary to Kitchener.

Nathan Whitlock

Nathan Whitlock is the author of two novels: A Week of This (ECW Press, 2008) and Congratulations On Everything (ECW Press, 2016).

His fiction, reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto LifeThe Globe and MailMaisonneuveBest Canadian Essays and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at Quill & Quire magazine, serves on the advisory board for the Humber Literary Review, and is the managing editor of Humber Press.

He studied English Literature and History at Concordia University in Montreal and currently lives in Toronto.