Catherine Lai is a freelance copy editor and proofreader. She trained at Ryerson University (now called Toronto Metropolitan University), where she obtained a Certificate in Publishing from the Chang School of Continuing Education.
She works in part for the elite editing service Scribendi, helping clients around the world perfect their business, academic, and personal documents.
Catherine is also a coauthor of the book The Unofficial Harry Potter Character Compendium and has fact-checked several other print publications. As a long-time staff member of the website MuggleNet.com, she has written hundreds of news articles and copy edited a variety of digital content.
Coming from a mixed-race background, she welcomes editing for ESL writers, believing that everyone should have the opportunity to communicate effectively and succeed in the English-speaking world, regardless of their linguistic background.
She is also cognizant of the use of inclusive language in text and believes in using the singular they.
Catherine draws on a variety of background knowledge and professional experience in different fields, including book publishing, accounting, and geographic information systems (GIS). She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography, with a specialization in geomatics, from the University of Waterloo.