Full Background

Work history

Mary-Jo Dionne Productions (formerly “ink”), principal

Best Friends Magazine, Editor-in-Chief

DogBytes, TheShore 104.5fm, host
Vancouver, BC

TheFleasKnees tees, founder
Vancouver, BC
2007–2015, sold to new ownership

The Block Magazine, contributing editor
Vancouver, BC

ModernDog Magazine, contributor
Vancouver, BC

Cossette Communications, writer
Vancouver, BC

Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, writer
Vancouver, BC

Lanyon Phillips/BBDO, writer
Vancouver, BC

BBDO Response, writer
Toronto, ON


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

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


  • Winner of the YWCA Vancouver Woman of Distinction Award in category of Arts, Culture and Design, 2018
  • Recipient of YWCA Vancouver Connecting the Community Award, which saw $10,000 directed to Crabtree Corner for women on the downtown eastside, 2018
  • Selected as one of 20 Social Entrepreneurs -- the Change Makers and the Rule Breakers -- to spend a week with Sir Richard Branson at his home estate on Necker Island, 2017
  • 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-present
  • 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 Achievementpanel 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