Editing and research

Madelaine Drohan does contract research, editing and report writing. Her more recent work includes:

  • Editor An Unfair Start (Report Card 15) for the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
  • Editor Report Card 16 for the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
  • Editor Are the World's Richest Countries Family-Friendly? edited for the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
  • Lead writer For Every Child, Answers, the 30th anniversary report for the Office of Research - Innocenti.
  • Lead editor Human Rights Impact Assessmenton a report by Rights and Democracy. The report was a three-year initiative to draft a way of measuring the impact of companies on the human rights of communities.
  • Editor for a series of reports written by the Centre for Dialogue and Research in Somalia which formed part of an economic survey of Somalia funded by the UNDP.
  • Writer for a series of reports for the Economist Intelligence Unit, which is part of the Economist Group.


Madelaine Drohan conducts writing workshops to help everyone from graduate students to economists learn how to get their message across quickly, accurately and in plain English. The workshops are tailored to the participants. The tips are useful no matter what kind of writing you do. For more information on past workshops, please visit the Training page.

Since 2000, Ms Drohan has composed and conducted training workshops for journalists in Africa and Asia. They cover investigative journalism, plus business and economic writing. They are done in partnership with local media organizations and financed by a variety of governments and institutions. More information can be found on the Training page.

News reporting and analysis

Madelaine Drohan was the Canada correspondent for The Economist from 2006 to 2019. She wrote on Canadian national issues, business and finance for a global audience. During that period, she contributed regularly to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Her reporting and analysis of economic and business events of national and international import have appeared in The Financial Times of London, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, Maclean's magazine, the online version of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and OpenCanada, and in The Canadian Press.

Experience and education


2016-2019 Senior fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
2015-2016 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship, Public Policy Forum
2004-2005 Media fellow, Chumir Foundation, Calgary AB
2004-2005 Journalist-in-residence Carleton University Ottawa
2004 Ottawa Book Award
2001 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism, Public Policy Forum, Ottawa ON
1998-1999 Reuters Fellowship, University of Oxford , Oxford UK


1974-1977 Ryerson University Toronto -- Bachelor of Journalism
1982-1983 Canadian Securities Institute -- Securities Course
1984 University of Western Ontario -- Economics for Journalists
1985 Laval University, Quebec -- French immersion summer session
1999-2001 Alliance Francaise, Ottawa -- French improvement


2020- Senior fellow, writer, editor and trainer

Ms Drohan has been a senior fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, since 2016. She mentors graduate students, coaches them on writing and conducts writing workshops. She also does contract report writing and editing for organizations such as the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti in Florence, Italy.

2006-2019 Economist correspondent, research fellow, media trainer

Ms Drohan was Canada correspondent for The Economist from February 2006 to December 2019. During that same period she wrote regularly for the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2007 and 2008 she wrote online columns for The Globe and Mail and CBC.ca. She delivered media workshops for senior journalists in Thailand and Rwanda. The last of the workshops trained Thai journalists to deliver the training themselves. In 2012 she researched and wrote The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Resource Economies for the Canadian International Council. In 2016 she researched and wrote Does Serious Journalism Have a Future in Canada? as the Prime Ministers of Canada fellow.

2004-2005 Media trainer, public speaker, freelance writer

Ms Drohan wrote on business, economics and politics for a number of publications, including The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Walrus Magazine and The Toronto Star. She conducted media training workshops in Thailand and Zambia in the spring of 2004, followed by workshops in Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya in 2005, financed by the Canadian department of Foreign Affairs. The topic of her Chumir Foundation research was: Will the Post-Enron Momentum for Better Corporate Governance be Continued? She spoke regularly on her current research and that done for her book: Making a Killing: How and why corporations use armed force, published in the US in 2004 by The Lyons Press. As journalist-in-residence at Carleton University, she worked with journalism students.

2001-2003 Research, writing and media training

With the aid of a research grant from the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Ms Drohan researched and wrote a book on the corporate use of armed force, making numerous field trips to Africa. She left her full-time job at The Globe and Mail in 2001 in order to pursue this work. In 2001 and 2002, she conducted media workshops in Zambia, jointly sponsored by the Canadian, American and British missions. In 2003, she did the first in a series of media workshops in Thailand on investigative journalism.

1991-1998 Foreign correspondent

In this period, Ms Drohan was European business correspondent for The Globe and Mail newspaper, covering business, economics and politics at a time of momentous change: the European Union was forming, Eastern Europe was converting from communism to capitalism, and Britain was moving from a Conservative to a Labour government. She covered elections in Britain, Spain, Italy, France and Poland, followed the world trade talks from beginning to end, and reported on resource developments in Africa and Russia. At the end of her London posting, she spent an academic year at Oxford on a Reuters Fellowship. In the years 1977-1990, she worked for several major Canadian media organizations in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, covering politics, finance and business.


Training Workshop

Michael Rose, Prangtip Daorueng, Madelaine Drohan
Thailand 2006

Book Research

Offshore Oil Platform,
Niger Delta 2000.

Economist Canada Summit

Toronto 2015