Mechtild Hoppenrath Editor, St Michael's Magazine
Born and raised in Germany, Mechtild Hoppenrath spent her formative years in Europe and began her Canadian career in magazine journalism, writing for a variety of national consumer publications, including regular columns in The Financial Post Magazine, Homemaker’s and the Globe and Mail’s ROB Magazine. She has been a principal of The Oberdorf Partnership for more than 25 years, the partners providing editorial and corporate communication services, ranging from editorial writing to communications analysis and the development and implementation of strategic communications plans.
Building on her educational background -- the German equivalents of an MA in Education and a double-major BA in French Literature and Textile Arts -- Mechtild has specialized in the fields of arts and culture, travel and lifestyle. As a public relations consultant she has worked for German government representations in Canada, projects for University of Toronto institutes, Canadian not-for-profit and charitable institutions and for clients in retail and other private enterprise.
Her many years in journalism have given her particular expertise in story development and placement within the media, respecting audience and production requirements as well as the personal preferences of editors and reporters. Her individualized approach has resulted in both single high-profile and multiple syndicated media coverage.
Fluent in English, French and German, she is a long-time bilingual judge for Canada’s Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for business and professional publications, and has won a number of writing awards herself, including the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Guidebook to North America, juried by the University of Missouri’s Department of Journalism.
A member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Repertory Chorus, she has been an active chorister most of her life and has sung in some of Europe’s most beautiful cathedrals. She is an ambitious cook and recipe tester, and is still trying to perfect her inside-out forehand in tennis.