Resume


a short account of one's career and qualifications 

prepared typically by an applicant for a position 

Professional Experience


Ongoing

Torontoist: Toronto, ON, January 2007 - present

  • Staff Writer – research and write regular contributions to site, primarily about Toronto history, but also topics ranging from municipal politics to theatrical festivals
  • Write “Historicist” column every four weeks, which focuses on Toronto historical events and figures
  • Wrote “Vintage Toronto Ads” column weekly, which focused on historical advertising related to Toronto
  • Writing samples available at http://torontoist.com/author/toronto_jamieb/

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CIBC: Toronto, ON, September 2014 – April 2015

  • English Editorial Specialist, Digital Strategic Initiatives – edited and wrote projects and daily change requests related to CIBC's consumer websites, telephone banking, bank machines, mobile applications, mass marketing and targeted marketing offers; worked with cross-functional teams to maintain and develop content for web properties; supported coordination of legal reviews and translation

The Grid: Toronto, ON, March 2012 – June 2013
  • Wrote weekly “Ghost City” online column (September 2012-June 2013), which focused on the history behind buildings and other interesting locations in Toronto
  • Wrote the weekly “Retro T.O.” online column (March-September 2012), which focused on recent Toronto history

OpenFile: Toronto, ON, October 2011 – August 2012
  • Wrote weekly online column, Past Pieces of Toronto, which focused on elements of the city that no longer exist
  • Wrote articles providing historical context for present-day local politics

Canadian Tire Corporation: Toronto, ON, August 1999 – February 2011
  • Administrator, Publications Pipeline – reviewed content and assessed whether it required pre-approval from other departments; placed approved and priority content into production stream for editors to pick up; assisted transition from print to online publishing; oversaw introduction of submission of documents by clients via Microsoft SharePoint
  • Publication Specialist  –  edited content to provide clear, concise information for daily store use; designed MS Word document templates to ensure consistency in material distributed to stores; designed full-colour illustrated covers and page layouts for binders and special projects

The Ontarion: Guelph, ON, May 1997 – September 1999
  • Arts and Culture Editor (August 1998-April 1999) – responsible for managing content of Arts and Culture section of the University of Guelph’s newspaper, which required assignment of stories to volunteers, copy editing, and page layout
  • Writer  –  contributed articles to Arts and Culture and News sections; wrote Archives column 


Education

  • George Brown College, The Complete Travel Writer, 2008
  • George Brown College, Adobe Photoshop I, 2006
  • George Brown College, Introduction to Internet Publishing, 2005
  • Ryerson University, Copy Editing, 2000
  • University of Guelph, Honours Bachelor of Arts, English (with a minor in History), 1998


Computer Skills

  • PC platforms; MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook); Adobe Acrobat; Adobe Photoshop CS; Microsoft SharePoint; Corel Draw 11; Adobe PageMaker; Quark Xpress)


Freelance Writing

  • Clients include Ancestry.com, Canadian Red Cross, Centre for Social Innovation, Historica Canada/The Canadian Encyclopedia, Intermission, Jane's Walk, Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, Spacing, Toronto Foundation, Toronto Life, Toronto Star, Tourism Toronto, TVO, and Yonge Street
  • Co-wrote book 50 Objects That Define Toronto (Toronto: Spacing, 2016)
  • Contributed to book 80 for 80: Celebrating Eighty Years of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (Toronto: ACO, 2013)
  • Wrote Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Calendar (full calendar 2013, 2015-2017 editions, co-wrote 2012, 2014 editions)
  • Essay published in book The Edible City (Toronto: Coach House, 2009)

 

Historical Consulting And Public Speaking

  • Research for Shaftesbury Films, 2016-2017
  • Participated in panel discussion as part of Architectural Conservancy of Toronto's "Toronto Modern to Post-Modern" series of talks, 2016
  • Researched material for presentations to be given at the Greater Toronto Hotels Association’s annual general meeting, 2015
  • Gave pre-show talk providing historical context for Acting Up/Obsidian’s production of The Wild Party, 2015
  • Contributed to online bonus features for Murdoch Mysteries television series, 2014
  • Spoke about Toronto history to the Arts and Letters Club and the North Toronto Historical Society, 2014
  • Aided Lanterra Developments with street naming for Treviso condominium project in North York, 2013
  • Researched and wrote promotional historical material for the Sutton Place Hotel, 2012

 

Awards


National Magazine Awards

  • Received (with Kevin Plummer and David Wencer) Gold Award in “Blogs” category in 2014 for Torontoist’s “Historicist” column
  • Nominated (with Kevin Plummer) in “Blogs” category in 2013 for Torontoist’s “Historicist” column
  • Nominated as part of Torontoist team in “Magazine Website of the Year” category in 2015
  • Nominated as part of Torontoist's "Historicist" team for a Digital Publishing Award in 2016

Heritage Toronto Awards

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario

  • Received NextGen Award in 2012 as “an emerging professional who has made a significant contribution to heritage conservation in Ontario and/or to the engagement of students or professional peers in heritage work”