Ann’s reporting career began at the Montreal Gazette, where she covered major business stories and developed the ability to write clear prose under intense deadline pressure. She then spent 10 years as national correspondent with the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business in Montreal and Vancouver. At CanWest News Service in Winnipeg she helped senior editors prepare stories for CanWest’s stable of newspapers across Canada. Ann was a business columnist for CBC radio and TV, and a business panelist on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside. She has reported from Europe, Japan and Africa.
Ann worked at NATIONAL Public Relations as a senior account manager in Vancouver, providing strategic and crisis counsel, issues management, writing services and media relations. Clients included BC Rail, ICBC, BC Lottery Corp., Slocan Corp., PriceWaterhouse Coopers, tech firms and others.
Ann co-authored a best-selling book, Steinberg: The Breakup of a Family Empire (MacMillan, 1990), chronicling the history of the Steinberg grocery giant. It won the National Business Book Award. She also contributed to a management book, Everything I needed to know about business…I learned from a Canadian! (Wiley & Sons, Leonard J. Brody and David Raffa, May 2005).
Ann holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. She speaks English and French.
Ann volunteers for Aunt Leah’s Place, which helps vulnerable youth and teen moms in foster care to achieve a brighter future.
Ann is proud of her brush with Hollywood stardom: a three-second appearance as an extra in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012). Her name did not appear in the credits.