wordsmith associates - plain-language consultants since 1980
plain-language training, writing & auditing

Our People
Chari Smith

Chari Smith, President—Calgary
Chari worked for Wordsmith instructing and writing curriculum from 1999-2005. She left Wordsmith to become part of the management team at Adaptive Engineering, where she was VP of Sales from 2005 until the sale of the company in 2007. Chari ran her own writing company, Ink, until returning to Wordsmith in 2009. She became the new president in March 2010.

Veronica Armstrong

Veronica Armstrong, LL.B.—Vancouver
Veronica Armstrong spent eight years at the BC Securities Commission in the Capital Markets Regulation division. Later, she was Senior Legal Counsel, Policy Development, at egX Group Inc., a global securities marketplace. Veronica has drafted plain-language documents for egX Group and for the then Peoples Bank, that provided banking services to illiterate and semi-literate clients. She was a founding member of the Masifundeni Adult Literacy Association.

Barb Burfoot

Barb Burfoot, Graphic designer—Calgary
Barb trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has15 years experience as graphic designer and creative director for non-profit, government, education, business and tourism clients. Her areas of expertise are publications, training materials, plain language design, and branding.

John Lathrop

John Lathrop, MBA—Calgary
John Lathrop has a BA in English and a background in writing, business, and technology. He has developed and taught curriculum in IT, management, and financial analysis. He has also worked as a technical trainer in ESL environments. John wrote and has had published two computer texts on Linux systems and two novels, The Desert Contract, and The End of the Monsoon (Scribner, John Murray).

David Lloyd

David Lloyd, M.A.—Edmonton
David has master’s degree in Comparative Literature and writes, publishes, and edits extensively. He continues to teach and edit for Wordsmith while he returns to school to study law.

Catherine Nissen

Catherine Nissen, B.Sc.—Edmonton
Catherine graduated with a B.Sc. in General Science from the University of Alberta, and began her career as a researcher there with the School of Public Health. She now contracts to a private research firm based in the United States, where she continues to write and review scholarly articles in the field of harm reduction.

Barbara Romaniuk

Barbara Romaniuk, LL.B.—Calgary
After six years practising securities law in Toronto, Barb worked as a policy analyst at the Alberta Securities Commission in Edmonton and Calgary. Since 2000, she has advised the Alberta Capital Market Foundation, an organization that promotes financial literacy.

Tom Soares

Tom Soares, BA Hons., MFA, Graduate Diploma (Voice)—Winnipeg
Tom is a voice, speech and public speaking coach. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Voice and a Master’s degree in Acting from York University, where he taught voice and public speaking skills. He has been a professional actor for over ten years and currently teaches voice at the University of Winnipeg. Tom works with private clients on voice, speech, public speaking and communication skills.


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