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If you have a speech to deliver, Mary Korica can help you arrive at the speech you need—efficiently, effectively and confidentially. Based in Toronto but able to work for out-of-town clients by phone or web interface, Mary is a professional and highly experienced speechwriter and freelance writer who can craft your speech from scratch, or polish your already written material into a professional product. Whether you require a corporate, government, wedding, motivational or other kind of speech, Mary Korica Speechwriting is your one-stop-shop for arriving at the speech that delivers on your public speaking goals. Mary is also a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.


Curriculum Vitae – Mary Korica, B.A., M.A.

Writing successful speeches involves elements beyond the ability to formulate clear, concise language and come up with punchy sentences. Experience working and writing for different audiences is essential as it provides the speechwriter a sense of what key points will resound with this particular audience, in this particular context, at this particular time. A broad knowledge base also comes into play—it allows the speechwriter to pick up quickly from almost any topic what information is most significant to achieve the speaker’s goals.

Mary brings to the table all the required skills, wide-ranging experience and education and also discretion. She is comfortable working with clients at any level of public speaking proficiency. Her approach puts the client’s unique voice and goals at the centre of the process.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


MARY KORICA SPEECHWRITING, Toronto
Speechwriting services for business, government and nonprofit sectors up to executive level.
Speechwriter, 2015 – current



GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, Ottawa
Department of National Defence and Canadian International Development Agency (currently Department of Foreign Affairs, Training and Development)
Policy Officer, 2007-2013

Wrote over 100 speeches for executive level, in both independent and collaborative contexts, on topics including defence policy, management initiatives, bilateral relations, mental health, event commemorations and corporate change. In addition to speeches, wrote hundreds of communication products including briefing notes, presentations, reports, meeting minutes and ministerial correspondence. Honed ability to research and digest information from varied sources to arrive at what is most important for the requirement at hand. Successfully customized verbal and written communications for a variety of internal and external audiences, including up to ministerial and PM-level, and for public use. Attended and reported on international conferences and meetings, including to executive level.



CARSWELL (THOMSON REUTERS), Toronto
Legal and corporate publishing house.
Content editor, Jan 2001-Sep 2002

Edited products including The Canadian Taxpayer newsletter and the book The Canadian Taxation of Life Insurance



Mary has also held administrative and technical support roles at Deloitte and CIBC.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE


Since 2004 to the present, Mary has written and edited hundreds of communications products for non-profit and international organizations, in intern, volunteer and professional roles. Products have included human rights reports, website copy, newsletter articles, press releases, presentations and a magazine article for organizations including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Moscow Center, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, the Regional Arms Control and Verification Assistance Centre (RACVIAC-Centre for Security Cooperation), and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

EDUCATION


University of Toronto, Toronto
M.A. Russian and East European Studies (politics focus) (2004)

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
B.A. (Honours) International Relations and Psychology (1999)

CONTINUING EDUCATION


  • Professional Writers Association of Canada Speech and Script Writing Seminar, Toronto, 20 April 2015
  • Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), "Corporate Intercultural Coaching Seminar—Doing Business In Eurasian Countries", Montreal (via teleconference), 25 March 2015
  • "Presentation Skills" Workshop by Presentations Etc. Inc., Toronto, 5 December 2014
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) Practical Ethics Course (online), Toronto, 2014
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) Practical Ethics Course (online), Toronto, 2014
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada National Conference, Toronto, 2013
  • Ontario Community Mediation Certificate, Community Mediation Ottawa, Ottawa, 2013
  • Full semester of graduate-level Political Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2011
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, York University Division of Continuing Education, Toronto, 2011
  • "Ombuds Fundamentals" Course, Forum of Canadian Ombudsman, Toronto, 2010

ASSOCIATIONS


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) – Member and Volunteer
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) – Member