About

You can’t beat the East Kootenay lifestyle.

Rod Chapman

I have edited many books, written widely for publications and served in a number of organizational roles including as a sustainable development consultant within the oil and gas services industry. These days I mostly edit publications relating to personal growth.

In 1998 I started Knowledge Navigators, a company specializing in Internet-based research helping corporate clients, government agencies and non-governmental organizations with strategic planning and product development. Working within the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto, I also taught distance education courses on current awareness and competitive intelligence, was a columnist for Information Highways magazine, and taught market research and effective web searching at MKS Learning Centre in Calgary.

For much of the 1990s I worked at the University of Calgary, where as Director of Public Affairs my work earned many public relations awards for media relations, event promotion and issues management, including a Grand Gold award for a fund-raising media relations project with Mikhail Gorbachev.

In the 1980s I worked as Publications Manager with the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in Calgary, where I wrote news releases, articles, brochures and media guides. When the Games were over I directed editorial content for the 712-page Official Report to the International Olympic Committee. Following the Winter Games, I joined the Summer Games Organizing Committee in Seoul, Korea, where I prepared an English-language media guide for international media working in the World Press Centre.

On a personal note, I’m a life-long volunteer who believes in giving back to my community. In Kimberley, I helped elect our mayor in 2015 and 2019, served on the board of the Kimberley Nature Park Society, and am now on the management team of the Friends of Lois Creek trail system. In Calgary, I served for six years as Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association newsletter editor and was responsible for leading community participation in a major redevelopment project on the site of the former Calgary General Hospital. I also served on the campaign team that helped elect the Ward 4 alderman for four consecutive times. In Paris, I was a founding member of the Ecole Active Bilingue Parent Association.

I have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English from McGill University and a Master of Communication Studies (MCS) degree from the University of Calgary.

For more detail on the publications I have worked on, please see my bibliography.

What I Do

Stylistic Editing

Structural Editing

Copy Editing

Manuscript Review

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