Patricia Lightfoot, MA, DPhil

Thank you for visiting this page. I have recently stopped providing contract editing and project-management services and am now managing editor of Nunatsiaq News, an online and print newspaper that serves the Eastern Arctic.  Check us out to see a thriving community newspaper in action!

My aim as an editor and writer is to help clients achieve their publication and engagement goals through thoughtful editing and writing. I began my editorial career as a freelance editor of academic journal articles and books soon after I completed my DPhil in prehistoric archaeology. Once I moved to Ottawa, I became an in-house manuscript editor and then managing editor with Canada’s foremost medical journal publisher. I have also managed the development of online and print products, including a book on physician leadership. I have written website content, conference programs, newsletters and other direct communications with members/clients.

In addition, I have done the following professional development:

Core Curriculum Certificate, American Medical Writers Association
Editor in the Life Sciences, Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Business of Publishing Course, Department of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto

In my spare time, I have developed and launched a blog, Montgolfiere Weekly, about culture in its myriad forms, featuring a variety of talented contributors.

The time I have spent managing and developing programs in the association sector has taught me to focus on the needs and experience of end users. An organization that focuses on its end users is one that offers its members or clients the right products, services and experiences and, thus, ensures engagement and retention.

I have spent close to a decade running and developing programs that met the continuing-education needs of physicians, including

  • developing and delivering a strategic plan to take an established physician leadership training program online through a combination of new product development and licensing of existing products;
  • launching a robust online leadership program by initiating and leading the development and delivery of the Canadian Medical Association’s first online leadership courses for physicians;
  • building a new training program for physicians by managing the development and delivery of the first national educational program on medical assistance in dying; and
  • engaging members with the development and launch of the Canadian Medical  Association’s first conference app.