Davide Z

Toronto, Canada

“Enhance your authentic voice with polished prose.”

Davide Z

Specialist subjects:

Economics English Insurance Philosophy Sports Science TESOL


Bachelor of Kinesiology

Minor in Economics

University of British Columbia


Favorite referencing style

My favorite referencing style is MLA due to its simplicity.

Why I became an editor

I completed an interdisciplinary degree at university, which satisfied my desire to read and write in a variety of styles. I worked for a large insurer for several years handling liability claims, which helped me develop my business communication skills. Now I tutor in EFL and find this work very fulfilling. Throughout these experiences, I have enjoyed the writing process. I became an editor to feel a similar sense of fulfillment and excitement in helping my clients make their work more impactful.

Background and experience

After completing my bachelor's degree, I worked in insurance for four years as a liability claims adjuster with a large commercial insurer. I handled third-party claims pertaining to personal injury, product liability, automobile liability and professional liability. This job helped spark my interest in language and communication, and I spent a year studying English literature at the University of Toronto. I also obtained a certificate in TEFL during this period, and I now tutor EFL full-time.

Why I love proofreading and editing

I love the challenge of making complex writing simple and coherent while preserving the author's voice. I like proofreading academic texts in the social sciences and humanities, as a I find these works rich in meaning. I also enjoy proofreading marketing copy that relies on more colloquial language. I have experience with APA and MLA referencing, as I used these during my undergraduate studies.

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Favorite book:

The Medium Is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects by Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, and Jerome Agel.


I like to watch movies and old stand-up comedy sets and interviews online. My favorite comedian is Norm Macdonald.

Editing tips:

When proofreading paragraphs with several types of errors (e.g. punctuation, spelling, and grammar), I find it useful to edit one type of error at a time.

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