Maggie Langrick, CEO and Publisher
Maggie founded LifeTree Media in 2013 to fulfill a long-held dream to lead a company dedicated to aiding personal growth and conscious communication, after a 14-year career as a magazine and newspaper editor. Before founding LifeTree, she was Arts and Life editor for the Vancouver Sun. In her teens and early twenties, Maggie had an all-too-brief but thoroughly enjoyable career as a film and television actress.
Maggie was shortlisted by Editors Canada for the 2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, for her work on Shell, by Michelle Stewart. She also serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Independent Book Publishers Association. Maggie lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California.
Michelle MacAleese, Senior Editor
Michelle entered the publishing industry at a boutique audiobook retailer and remains fascinated with the immediacy of essential information presented in a clear and delightful way. She then trained as a book editor and worked in-house for Random House and ECW before launching a freelance career. She knows inspiration when she sees it, and loves to help writers translate their inspiration to readers. In her over-ten-year career, she has worked closely with first-time writers and established brands (sometimes both) including Jann Arden, Katherine Ashenburg, Vanessa Lapointe, Terry O’Reilly, and Natasha Turner. When Michelle is not editing, she is often meditating or dancing.
Paris Spence-Lang, Publishing Coordinator
Paris is a marketer by day and a writer by night, and always aims to tie the two together to create content that is meaningful and enjoyable, whether that’s a full-length novel or a 140-character tweet. Having graduated with distinction from BCIT with a diploma in Marketing Management, Paris is thrilled to contribute his skills to LifeTree’s mission to help, heal and inspire. When not editing his novels, Paris can be found editing his film and music reviews as well as his podcasts.
Carol Volkart, Editor
Carol left The Vancouver Sun newspaper in 2013 after four decades in journalism, first as a reporter then as a copy editor. As a writer, she loved seeing her byline on the front page, but one of the highlights of her editing career was a stint as writing coach, helping reporters develop their skills. She gets a thrill out of sharpening, clarifying and improving copy, helping ensure that what writers mean to say is what they actually do say. She started a newspaper about her own family when she was in grade school, spent childhood summer holidays writing fiction, and has been a voracious reader all her life.
David Drummond, Designer
David is founder and principal of Salamander Hill Design, based in Elgin, Québec, Canada. Salamander Hill Design, founded in 2002, produces projects that include posters, book covers, promotional materials, magazine illustration, packaging and identity development. His work has appeared regularly in AIGA (American Institute of Graphics Arts) design competitions, AAUP (American Association of University Presses) Cover and Jackets Competition, Communication Arts Design Annual and Print magazine’s Regional Design Annual as well as the Coupe Annual Design and Image Awards Issue.