Mitch Willis, Director
As Director of Cohort, and a technical writer himself, Mitch is dedicated to helping his clients solve their business problems and reducing their risk through the creation of effective documentation. Based in Calgary during his 12 years of experience in technical communications and information technology, Mitch has worked in industries ranging from utilities, software, oil and gas, to construction. During this time, Mitch has supported his clients in “making order out of chaos” when working with their documentation.
Mitch believes effective documentation plays a crucial role in any workplace. Documentation is essential for reducing the inherent risks in business, by maintaining business continuity, intellectual capital, and ensuring clarity of communication.
A member of the Society for Technical Communication since 2009, Mitch has served as President of the Alberta Chapter, where he spearheaded a website update, brand refresh, and educational events for the membership.
John D. McDonald, Editing Group Team Lead
A native Albertan, John has over 20 years’ experience in leading the development and management of programs as an international editor and professional trainer. Since completing his MA in 2004, based on needs analyses of international businesses and government-funded institutes, John has initiated, developed, and delivered multi-week, full-day, and half-day workshops, for researchers in Korea, China, and Japan. To achieve success, programs have included face-to-face, blended, and completely online sessions.
Overall, he has worked to support the initiatives of world-renowned trainers and speakers. International clients have included companies such as Samsung Electronics and other national research institutes in Korea, heads of Chinese scientific journals, and the Chinese National Military. As the head trainer for an international editing company, John has demonstrated a strong base in communications, and especially in assisting clients to ensure that they present themselves in the most beneficial manner.
In terms of his current activities, in addition to being an active Toastmaster (VP Membership for Fluor Communicators, Calgary; Member of MVP Advanced, Calgary), and being an internationally certified editor (BELS), John has strengthened his commitment to the growth of future professionals by volunteering on the Organizing Committee and Marketing Team for the Earth Science for Society (ESfS), and working with young Toastmasters through the Youth Leadership Program. Though John remains recognized as an international consultant, his focus in Canada is the growth of Cohort Technical Communications Inc., and in assisting local businesses with their professional communications. John has an MAPL (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and a BEd (Math/Science) from the University of Alberta.
Cohort Technical Communications Inc. helps our clients reduce their risk and gain peace of mind through the implementation of documentation best practices and infrastructure.
The following values are woven into the DNA of our business:
We love Calgary and believe it’s important to give back to the city that’s provided us with so much. That’s why we’re proud to support the Calgary Humane Society (CHS). Established in 1922, the CHS has set out to:
“… help as many animals as we can and will continue to do so until we live in a world where we are no longer needed. By fostering the values of respect, compassion, teamwork and integrity, Calgary Humane Society is committed to creating a better tomorrow through education and collaboration.”
Though Cohort provides technical writing and editing services to international clients, Calgary is our home. Volunteering our time and providing support to organizations such as the CHS benefits our entire community.
For more information about the Calgary Humane Society, or to donate, visit www.calgaryhumane.ca.