I'm a freelance writer, editor and producer specializing in a range of business topics such as investing, personal finance, marketing, retail, real estate, resources, financial services, sustainability, small business and entrepreneurship. I produce content for various traditional and digital/social media platforms. I write regularly for the business and investing sections of the Globe and Mail, for Corporate Knights magazine and other publications across North America. I am also editor of a handful of trade magazines, including Women in Business and Business Traveller (other new publications coming soon) and edit content for major media outlets in the U.S. and Canada. I also have some experience producing and researching podcasts. My work overall includes writing and editing a wide range of content such as articles, columns, blogs, newsletters, thought leadership reports, website copy and speeches for people and organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. My 20-plus years of experience includes journalism and work as an author and ghostwriter. I have worked in staff and management roles at some of Canada's top media organizations such as The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, BNN, The Vancouver Sun and The National Post. I've also managed editorial and other content projects on a freelance basis. My experience also includes writing one book (so far) and ghostwriting a handful of titles. You can contact me at: brenda (at) brendabouw (dot) com or through Twitter or LinkedIn
Women In Business magazine - editor
Many couples are facing difficult conversations these days as more parents gift money to their children to help them pay for the rapidly rising price of housing in many parts of Canada. Down payment gifts from parents have doubled to 15 per cent for homes purchased between 2014 and 2016, up from 7 per cent in 2000, according statistics from Mortgage Professionals Canada. Given that about four in 10 marriages end in divorce, according to Statistics Canada, more families are looking to protect their cash.
While most cafés offer free WiFi, including large chains such as Starbucks, McDonald's and Tim Hortons, a small but growing number of independent coffee shops choosing to ditch or limit Internet use. By not offering WiFi, they're hoping to create more of a community atmosphere where people talk to each other instead of silently typing on their computers.