What's our story?

Mary O'Neill is an Ottawa-based editor, writer, and communications advisor who writes, edits, and manages publications, online and in print. She excels at working with expert teams to distil lessons and findings and share them in clear and accessible ways. 

Through Lost Art Media, Mary builds on a background in educational book publishing and more than two decades of work on environmental and international development issues with government agencies and non-profit organizations. Depending on each client's needs, she works alone or with other trusted writers, editors, strategists or designers to tailor a solution.  

She has developed text books for leading Canadian publishers, and written books and articles for children. At Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, she coordinated outreach efforts to promote a global ban on landmines. In 2000, she helped the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada) develop a funding initiative that supported classroom teaching on global issues for over ten years. With the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Mary learned the art of issue framing for deliberative dialogue, a public engagement approach that helps people find common ground.  For the International Development Research Centre, she led communications efforts to promote research on adapting to climate change in Africa.

Mary has supported publication and outreach efforts by a wide range of government and non-profit agencies and publishers, including:

·        Aga Khan Foundation Canada

·        Cooperation Canada

·        Canadian Intellectual Property Office

·        Global Affairs Canada

·        Global Centre for Pluralism

·        International Development Research Centre

·        Nelson Education 

·        Nobel Women's Initiative

·        Owl magazine

·        Physicians for Global Survival

·        Prentice Hall Canada (now Pearson Canada)

·        Socio Público

·        University of Central Asia

·        Wild magazine (Canadian Wildlife Federation)





"I love seeing word, image, and ideas come together to create compelling works that engage both sides of the brain. Through Lost Art Media, I'm aiming for a space where old-fashioned craft - clean writing, striking visuals, and strong design - meets new media."