The bio

MJ Dionne TEDx

“She makes great writing look effortless. If everyone wrote like Mary-Jo, I’d be out of a job.”
Marian Buechert, magazine editor

Career, speaking engagements, education, supplemental training, and — drum roll please — accolades, it’s all here. (The only thing that isn’t here, is what Mary-Jo had for dinner last night.) (Tofu and broccoli on brown rice.)


  • Mary-Jo Dionne Productions (formerly “ink”), principal
  • Ink, principal (relaunched as Mary-Jo Dionne Productions)
  • Best Friends Magazine, Editor-in-Chief
  • DogBytes, TheShore 104.5fm, host
    Vancouver, BC
  • TheFleasKnees tees, founder
    Vancouver, BC
  • The Block Magazine, contributing editor
    Vancouver, BC
  • ModernDog Magazine, celeb chat gal
    Vancouver, BC
  • Cossette Communications, writer
    Vancouver, BC
  • Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, writer
    Vancouver, BC
  • Lanyon Phillips/BBDO, writer
    Vancouver, BC
  • BBDO Response, writer
    Toronto, ON


  • TEDx: Ideas worth spreading
    Role: Presenter
  • Glowing: A Reproduction Production
    Role: Writer, producer, performer
  • Performed stand-up comedy in Vancouver, NYC, Toronto, and LA
  • LOTUS Talks
    Role: Emcee and moderator
  • Cossette Empo(we)r Q and A for Women Executives
    Role: Moderator
  • Gala of Grace for Vancouver-area women’s shelters
    Role: Keynote speaker
  • TractionForce conference of tech-related presenters to 800 attendees
    Role: Emcee
  • Wine, Women, and Sports Q and A for women athletes
    Role: Moderator
  • PinkTank’s NextGen Speaker Series
    Role: Keynote
  • She Says: The Global Creative Network for Women
    Role: Keynote
  • SAINTS: Senior Animals in Need Today Society Gala
    Role: Emcee
  • Lemonade: One heckuva juicy speaker series
    Role: Organizer, speaker, and emcee
  • The UnBeach Party for melanoma research and awareness
    Role: Emcee


  • Diploma, Television Presenting (On-air Broadcast)
    The London Academy of Media, Film, and TV
    London, England
  • Diploma, Radio Presenting (On-air Broadcast)
    The London Academy of Media, Film, and TV
    London, England
  • Post-grad certificate, Media Copywriting
    Humber College
    Toronto, ON
  • Bachelor of Education, Honours
    Saint Mary’s University
    Halifax, NS
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours
    Mount Allison University
    Sackville, NB

Supplemental training

  • Sit-com Writing
    Gotham Writing School, New York City
  • Stand-Up Comedy Writing and Performing Intensive
    American Comedy Institute, New York City
  • Comedy Writing and Performing
    Humber College School of Comedy, Toronto, ON
  • Writing for Television
    Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC
  • Screenwriting
    Vancouver Film School and UBC, Vancouver, BC
  • The Writer-Editor Relationship
    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • Interactive Writing and Content Management
    Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC
  • Proofreading for Writers
    Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
  • Broadcast and Media Training
    British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, BC
  • Improv Workshops
    Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Vancouver, BC


  • Named a Vancouver “Difference Maker” by The Georgia Straight newspaper for philanthropic contributions, 2017
  • Invited Guest Speaker at NextGen by PinkTank, Vancouver’s premier networking event supporting the goals of university-aged women, 2015
  • Writer, producer, and performer of one-woman show, Glowing: A Reproduction Production, hailed by the CBC as “a real crowd pleaser”, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Invited Guest Speaker at SheSays Vancouver, the global creative network for women, 2013
  • RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, nominee, 2011, 2013
  • Invited to sit on The Dalai Lama Centre’s Communications Advisory Board, 2011
  • Invited Guest Speaker at Vancouver Film School, package design class, 2011
  • Creator of TheFleasKnees Puppy Mills Bite tee, Top 100 New Pet Products, 2010
  • Puppy Mills Bite tee, invited product in O Magazine’s Live your Best Life Weekend, Best Friends Animal Society Gala VIP Gift Bags, 2010
  • Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, nominee, 2008
  • McDonald’s campaign awarded Best Employment Image Campaign of 40 countries at McDonald’s Restaurants’ Global Marketing Convention, 2007
  • The Maxwell (Best Feature Article) for exposé on puppy mills, Puppy Hell, presented in affiliation with The Westminster Dog Show in New York City, 2007
  • Creator of Pale is the New Tanned fundraising campaign for Mary-Jo’s melanoma-awareness swim from Alcatraz, nearly $9,000 raised, 2006
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Direct Marketing campaign awarded national Promo! Award in Brand Excellence, silver, 2006
  • McDonald’s campaign awarded Gold in Youth Marketing in Canada’s Media Innovation Awards, 2006
  • Vancouver’s Funniest Person with a Day Job, Finalist, 2004, 2005
  • Vancouver’s Funniest New Female Comedian, 1st Runner-up, 2004
  • Awards in Media Excellence (AIME) in categories of Best Integrated Campaign, Best Web Site, and Best In Show for Prospera Credit Union, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Invited Guest Speaker on Junior Achievement panel inspiring young girls to pursue meaningful careers, 2002
  • Writing described as “A masterpiece of urban satire that will have you laughing so hard you’ll glow,” by The Globe and Mail, 2002
  • Lotus Award finalist in category of Best Outdoor Ad Campaign for Bell Yellow Pages, 2001
  • Invited Guest Speaker at Simon Fraser University’s advertising copywriting program, 1998, 1999
  • Canada’s Walter Bell Award for “creative and human excellence in advertising” for TV script written for a Toronto women’s shelter, 1998