Welcome to AnnBrocklehurst.com

Screenshot 2016-08-03 at 5.44.16 AMI’m an independent journalist covering mostly business, technology and crime. My book, Dark Ambition, tells the story of the Tim Bosma murder investigation and trial.

You can buy it online at McNally Robinson, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Or you can pick it up in your local indie bookstore, Chapters, Indigo, Coles — and at Costco.

You can read an excerpt from Dark Ambition in the National Post, which published a short section about Christina Noudga, Millard’s girlfriend and her testimony at court. There is a second excerpt in the Toronto Star which featured the story of the man who went on an earlier test drive with Millard and Smich and noticed Millard’s tattoo.


Along with working as a journalist, I also have an Ontario Private Investigator’s license and do consulting work for law and security firms as well as private clients. My specialties are enhanced due diligence investigations (mostly for potential investors) and litigation support.

Here is some more recent journalism:

I also have some very old articles in the New York Times archives.

On the lighter side, I’m also a lapsed dog blogger with two sites that I started as experiments in niche media after reading The Long Tail. They bring in some passive revenue and could likely bring a lot more if they were reactivated, so if you’re interested in buying either a premium site about Scottish Terriers or Dachshunds, let’s talk.

Or if you want to get in touch with me about something else, my email is ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com.

Looking for Scottish Terrier information?

My Twitter account has been changed

I have been locked out of my Twitter account since last summer. Now, given all the bad things I’ve said about Twitter in the past, you would be forgiven for asking, “And why would you care?” But the thing is there’s a part of me that fears I may be missing out on something big (as opposed to the emperor’s new clothes) so I’m capitulating and opening a third account that I hope to be able to continue to access.

I’m moving all my activity over there. Please join me if you are so inclined.

Banish Panic Attacks

Speeches, white papers, press kits, etc. right away

If you have a writing project that’s in trouble and needs to be fixed at the last minute, that’s my specialty. I can start solving your communications problems – no matter how dire – in a matter of hours. Simply send an e-mail to ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com and you’ll get a reply right away.

My partners and I can draft you a brand new speech in no time, repair an annual report, write a white paper, craft a compelling press release and much more. And we’ll do it when you need it, no matter how fast.

I am a writer, editor, journalist and communications strategist with more than two decades of experience. I work with a team of qualified professionals and, together, we specialize in last-minute rush jobs and urgent situations. We do everything from idea brainstorming to pre-press and we’ll do it whenever you need it.

You can read some of my articles and commentary on this blog and you can visit my very popular dog news web sites.

Past projects and clients include:

Speeches: Written for former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge, former Space Agency president Marc Garneau, Astral Media CEO Ian Greenberg.

Websites: Operates two dog news websites with high Google ratings for relevant keywords and fast-growing readership.

Presentations: Prepared for Cossette Communications, Transcontinental Media.

Newsletters and brochures: Campaign McGill 2007, Desautels Faculty of Management, Canada-California Strategic Partnership Initiative.

Advertising: Copywriting and editing for Cossette Communications Bell, ExpressVu.

Communications consulting: Ability to make all material reflect mission and communications goals, advance the brand and promote commercial objectives. High rate of success with promotion, identity and visibility, telling the story clients need to get told.

Bilingual and bicultural: Experienced supervisor of bilingual writing, editing, proofreading and translation teams at Cossette Communications and Spafax Canada.

Media training and awareness: Lecturer in Business Communications and Journalism at Concordia University.