About Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse B. Staniforth began his work in writing and editing with Ottawa’s Gordon Writing Group (a division of gordongroup marketing+communications) in 1997. Since that time, he has earned both a BA and an MA in English literature from McGill University, has written a huge variety of articles and texts, edited an equally large array of documents, and accumulated several thousand hours' worth of experience as an English and ESL teacher.

In November 2012, Invisible Publishing released his first book, The Deadly Snakes - Real Rock and Roll Tonight, a piece of longform music journalism. BlogTO named it one of "The Top Five Books about the Toronto Music Scene,", and Nightlife magazine named it one of their "Top Books of 2012."

Between 2001 and 2011, he published ten issues of the acclaimed underground zine Querencia. He has completed two novels, a collection of short stories, and innumerable pieces of narrative journalism. He is a regular contributor to the Nation magazine, serving the Cree communities of the Eeyou Istchee/James Bay region, and has published writing with Salon, the Walrus, AskMen, SC Magazine (and SC Magazine Canada), University Affairs, and N+1. His writing appeared bi-weekly, between 2009 and 2011, in Slice magazine’s online column “Slices of Life: Pictures, Portraits, and Profiles.”

In 2002, he began working with private clients on small- and medium-sized editorial projects. Subsequently, he has worked with both individuals and organizations on writing, speech-writing, and editing contracts. Most recently, he has been the principal editor assigned to prepare a series of major documents for the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council.

He began work as an ESL teacher in 2003. To date, he has taught over 3,100 hours of on-site ESL to small groups and individuals. Between 2004 and 2011, he worked as an English literature and composition teacher in the Montreal CEGEP system, teaching over 1,000 hours of courses to large classes of college students.

Since 2008, J. B. Staniforth has specialized in speech writing. While on contract with McGill, he prepared speeches and speaking-notes for the president, vice-president, and vice-chancellors of the University, along with distinguished alumni, the deans of most faculties, and major contributors to the university’s fundraising campaign. As a freelance speech writer and speech editor, he has since prepared materials for former Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest, and former Quebec Minister for Economic Development Clément Gignac, as well as other local and national business figures.