Vivian Smith, Associate

Vivian is a journalist, researcher, university instructor and media consultant. She graduated with a Dean’s Medal MA (University of Western Ontario’s Graduate School of Journalism) and went on to earn a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (University of Victoria). Her resulting 35-year career showcases her skill as an effective communicator.

Vivian’s ability to transform problematic writing into clear, engaging, and enjoyable reading material makes her an asset to the Santé team. During her 14 years at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, she advanced from handling copy on the lifestyle and national desks to become national beats editor and went on to head the municipal election coverage for Toronto, serve on the management committee, and was a founding member of The Globe and Mail’s Women’s Readership Committee. Her freelance work has been featured in national publications such as The Globe and MailNational PostCanadian LivingROB Magazine, and Maclean’s.

An adept and constructive teacher, Vivian has coached reporters, columnists and editors at the Times Colonist, as well as for the Calgary Herald and daily papers on Vancouver Island. She joined Boulevard in 2009 and spent four years as associate editor. She has also worked as a freelance producer for CBC Radio in Victoria, serves regularly as a judge for the National Newspaper Awards and has organized and served on Newspapers Canada conference panels. She has acted as judge for The Tyee Investigative and Solutions Fellowships in Vancouver and the National Magazine Awards.