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sylvia barrett

Editorial Director

Sylvia Barrett is an award-winning writer and editor. A Ryerson journalism graduate, 
she has been a senior editor at The WalrusCanadian Geographic, and Equinox 
magazines, and spearheaded the launch of two new publications: Ottawa Magazine 
(originally called Ottawa City) and Checkerspot, Canada’s first magazine devoted
entirely to climate change.  


Sylvia’s own magazine features have appeared in Equinox, Harrowsmith, Saturday Night, Reader’s Digest, and Eating Well, tackling subjects as diverse as the neurophysiology of human memory and the psychology of sex offenders. Her science stories in Equinox won two gold medals at the National Magazine Awards; her environmental reporting at The Whig-Standard newspaper earned a Michener Award; and her book The Arsenic Milkshake was short-listed for the Science in Society Book Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for nonfiction crime writing. 


At Queen’s Park, Sylvia wrote speeches for an Ontario cabinet minister, advised senior management on media issues, led media-training workshops, and handled media relations regarding social services. At Queen’s University, she reported research-success stories for internal and external audiences. 

At Touchplate, Sylvia has edited a history book for McGill-Queen’s University Press, assigned and edited science stories for an issue of a print and online publication of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, written research-success stories for Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and managed the production of 16 issues of Royal Military College’s bilingual alumni magazine.


Sylvia is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and Science Writers and Communicators of Canada. 

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Céline Parisien

Creative Director

Céline Parisien is a graphic design graduate of Le Collège d’arts appliqués et de technologie, La Cité collégiale in Ottawa.


As a fully bilingual professional in art direction and graphic design for the past 20 years, she has applied her creative skills to national magazines, educational and advertising campaigns, corporate branding, promotional product development, and website design. She was Canadian Geographic’s art director for special projects and promotions for nearly a decade — and part of the editorial team that won Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in 2001.


Since then, she has had the privilege of working with such clients as  the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Genome Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Mounted Police Foundation (MPF/RCMP), Upper Canada College, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Indigenous Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada, Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien, and Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Working on both print and interactive web-based products, she has the experience and versatility required to offer, create, and produce the best print and/or interactive visual design solutions.

Céline has won a Canadian Marketing Association Award for a promotional ad series campaign, a Commendation for Art Direction for Catalyst, a science magazine at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications,  and a BABN Technologies design award.

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