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New Heights 2013 Presents Judith Glick-Smith

This coming April 12, Judy Glick-Smith, communications professor, author, entrepreneur and former STC president, will be speaking at the Society for Technical Communication – Alberta chapter’s annual New Heights professional development workshop. As the STC’s premier event, New Heights 2013 will be held this year at the Innovate Calgary offices. Judy Glick-Smith will be leading discussions on the best approaches to building and executing user-centred, goal-directed audience analysis plans.

Judy is the founder and President/CEO of MentorFactor, Inc. She is a human interaction consultant, specializing in situational awareness training; flow-based decision making; personal and organizational transformation; and interpersonal communication, such as conflict management.

Judy recently completed her Ph.D. in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Integral Studies from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her research was an examination of flow-based critical decision-making processes of firefighters and EMTs in the midst of critical incidents. The title of her dissertation is “The Path of the Razor’s Edge: An Examination of the Flow Experiences of Firefighters.”

Judy is a Fellow and Past President of the Society for Technical Communication, an international organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication.

Hurry now to register for New Heights and participate in Judy’s workshop: “Goal-directed Audience Analysis: Who’s Using your Content?” Early Bird registration pricing expires March 31!

Testimonial

“I was truly moved by your presentation last night.  I was just amazed at the stories you told and the research that was driven by it.  I wish corporate leaders could hear more stories around the commitment to training their people and the impact it can and does have, when it is really needed.”

Mike Woodard

American Society for Training and Development

Organizational Development Special Interest Group, March 13, 2012

 

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Social Media: Security and Privacy Issues – Calgary – Feb 21

Using social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, can be a lot of fun and sometimes useful, but it can be a complicated world! With the rising popularity of social media, users must take a more careful approach to what they share and how much. What are the risks involved with using these media sites?

Join us on Thursday, February 21st, to learn what we can do to protect our privacy and use social media with confidence. Terry Kozlyk will discuss these issues with us from his personal experiences. Terry will also discuss new Enterprise Social Networking Software and Trends and then open the floor to questions or discussion.

About the Presenter

Terry Kozlyk, DTM, C.E.T. (Electronics) and a Distinguished Toastmaster in 2011, is a Technologist with the Engineering group at Shaw Communications. Terry has worked in the technology sector for 30+ years for several companies in their dynamic environments. Through his experiences and his affection for the power of the carefully spoken word, Terry has crafted his website, TDKtalks.com, with leadership development content, podcasts, and blog writings. In the past 5 years, Terry has been active on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. His website is also syndicated on iTunes.

Terry is a dynamic and engaging speaker who listens to his audience and enjoys connecting with people. His presentations can be thought provoking, entertaining, motivating, and inspiring. He has spoken to youth, ESL, new Canadians and mature audiences such as Rotary and the Optimists club. Terry is also available to speak about “INNERpreneurship – The Rise of Self Destiny” and offers a free download of his e-book from his website.

      • Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
      • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: Innovate Calgary (IC, formerly called CTI),  3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta (Map)
      • Directions: IC is in University Research Park just north of the University of Calgary.
      • Transit: From Brentwood LRT station walk across the parking lot to IC.
      • Parking: Free visitor parking available in front of the building.
      • Cost (includes snacks and drinks):
        • STC Alberta Members, Affiliate Members, and Non-Member Students: $10
        • STC Alberta Student Members: Free
        • Other STC Members (Society Members):$15
        • Non-Members: $20
      • RegistrationOnline. Cash payment is due at the door.
      • Contact: Ruth Maryniuk, Program Manager
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Edmonton Coffee Night – Jan 31

Members and non-members are invited to join STC Alberta (in Edmonton) for coffee night. It’s our first get-together of the year, so come out and meet new friends or catch up with former colleagues. Feel free to bring a guest.

  • Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Second Cup, 11640 – 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB (map)
    This is the Oliver Square store.
    There is lots of parking and the buses run along 104 Ave in both directions.
  • Cost: Buy your own coffee.
  • Registration: No need to RSVP, just come out if you can.

For more information about the event, contact Deanne Wilson, Edmonton Director.

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Planning for Success: Business Plans for Freelancers – Nov 27, 2012

So you want to be a freelancer. You have an idea…now let’s work on a plan. Join our panel of experts to learn some tips to help develop a plan to meet your goals of financial success and independence. Panel members include Judy McMillan-Evans, an instructor with Mount Royal University’s Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion Program; Sally Truss (Truss & Ross Polymaths) of the Calgary Branch of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Company of One; and CAFE’s very own Caralee Hubbel as they discuss the 5 Ws of business plan development and share some of their personal experience of researching and marketing the unique skills of freelancers and independent contractors.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Time: Sign-up starts at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Refreshments and networking until 9 p.m.
  • Location: McDougall Centre, Media Room, 455 6th Street S.W. Calgary, AB (map)
  • Cost: Free to CAFE and STC members; $10 for non-members.
  • Registration: RSVP online or by e-mail to calgaryeditors@gmail.com by November 23, walk-ins are also welcome.
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Annual General Meeting & Mixer – Jan 24

Join us for our annual general meeting (AGM) at Buzzards aka Bottlescrew Bill’s. Catch up after the holidays, enjoy drinks, appetizers, and each other’s company.

Program Details

  • Date: January 24, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Buzzards Cowboy Cuisine (aka Bottlescrew Bill’s), 140 – 10 Avenue S.W., Calgary (Map). Plenty of free parking is available along the streets after 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 (includes one drink and appetizers). All paying attendees can bring one Non-Member Guest for free!
  • Registration: Online. For those bringing a Non-Member Guest, register your Guest by email at registration@stc-alberta.org and provide your Guest’s name (Guests should not register separately). Cash payment is due at the door. Walk-ins are welcome, but registering will ensure enough servers are available.
  • Contact: Ruth Maryniuk, Program Manager
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Edmonton Holiday Social – Dec 4

You are invited to join STC Alberta (in Edmonton) to celebrate the holiday season. You can expect good food and great company for the evening. Come out and meet some new friends or catch up with former colleagues.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Melting Pot, #117, 2920 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB (map)
  • Cost: $20 for all attendees (includes cheese and chocolate fondues, non-alcoholic drinks, and door prizes). Bring a special guest for free!
  • Registration: Online. For those bringing a special guest, email, registration@stc-alberta.org and provide your special guest’s name (special guests should not register separately). Seating is limited to 12 people.  Cash payment is due at the door.

For more information about the event, contact Deanne Wilson, Edmonton Director.

 

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Edmonton Coffee Night – Oct 18, 2012

Members and non-members are invited to join STC Alberta (in Edmonton) for coffee night. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten together, so come out and meet new friends or catch up with former colleagues. Feel free to bring a guest.

  • Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. (or later if desired)
  • Location: Second Cup, 11640 – 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB (map)
    NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE
    Our usual Second Cup no longer exists, so we’ll meet at the Oliver Square one.
    There is lots of parking and the buses run along 104 Ave in both directions.
  • Cost: Buy your own coffee.
  • Registration: No need to RSVP, just come out if you can.

For more information about the event, contact Deanne Wilson, Edmonton Director.

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Diversify your Portfolio: Learn to Build Mobile Apps – Oct 30

Are you a logical thinker? Do you want to diversify your offering as a technical communicator? Are you looking for an easy way to generate additional income? Join us on October 30th to learn about mobile application development and why it’s important to get started immediately. Lloyd Summers, a software developer who focuses on business applications, will be discussing how to select your market and how to take an application from storyboard to a positive income source!

About the Speaker

Lloyd Summers, Senior Application Developer and founder of several mobile development vendors including OSBBX and FileArchiveHaven, primarily focuses on custom productivity and web-enabled applications for businesses and individuals. He is also a major player in the open source mobile development community, working closely with Directors and VP’s at Research in Motion, where he is assisting in the expansion of development samples and tools for the new Blackberry 10 smart phone. Most recently, Lloyd has been asked by RIM to mentor new students on the flow of open source applications.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Innovate Calgary (formerly called CTI), 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta (Map).
  • Directions: CTI is in University Research Park just north of the University of Calgary.
  • Transit: From Brentwood LRT station walk across the parking lot to CTI.
  • Parking: Free visitor parking available in front of the building.
  • Cost:
    • STC Alberta Student Members: Free
    • STC Alberta Members, Affiliate Members, and Non-Member Students: $10
    • Other STC Members (Society Members): $15
    • Non-Members and Guests: $20
  • Registration:  Online. Cash payment is due at the door.
  • Contact: Rosalinda Hernandez, Program Manager
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Adobe Captivate Course – Oct 9-12, 2012

Adobe Captivate software enables you to rapidly create powerful and engaging simulations, scenario-based training, and robust quizzes without programming knowledge or multimedia skills.

This is an instructor-led, hands-on, live, online-delivery training, which teaches the fundamental tools for Adobe Captivate, including capturing screen images and quickly turning screen images into eLearning lessons (movies), adding captions, rollovers, clickable areas, typing areas, and sound effects.

Note: Detailed instructions of the installation requirements will be emailed once you have completed registration and payment.

Program Details

  • Date: October 9-12, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: (includes morning and afternoon snacks)
    • STC Alberta Student Members: $442.50*
    • STC Alberta Members: $517.50*
    • Other STC Members (Society Members): $592.50*
    • Non-Member Students: $573.75*
    • Non-Members: $667.50* per person
  • *$40 materials
    **materials optional however recommended to use during the training
    ***plus GST (5%)

  • Registration:
    Payment is required at point of registration to secure your seat in the course. We accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, company cheque, or money order for payment.
    Click here to arrange your online payment
  • Contact:
    Veronica Kutt, President, Front Runner Training
    veronica@front-runner.com
    Toll-free: 1-877-999-0155

Link to the course outline: http://tinyurl.com/6y7gqkw

Link to Front Runner’s Terms and Conditions: http://tinyurl.com/9s99oj7

About the Instructor

Mary Lacroix: eLearning Specialist, Web Developer, Trainer, Writer

I started off as a librarian with strong interests in art and learning. Then I discovered the Internet and never looked back. For the past 15 years, I’ve been a versatile member of training and development teams in a variety of environments. Not only have I played the roles of classroom trainer, technical writer, instructional designer, web designer and eLearning developer, but I often have acted as bridge and interpreter among very disparate groups.

I’m always looking for opportunities to develop useful and engaging written materials, web sites and both online and classroom courses that allow people to learn how to use a variety of great tools and to apply their knowledge in new and interesting ways.

I’m having a great time working with the team at Front Runner. As a trainer, I have led courses on Captivate, Flash, Photoshop, XML, and a custom course on eLearning in the SCORM environment. I have provided support and troubleshooting to clients after course completion. Front Runner has also engaged me as the developer in a project to create a library of XML-driven Flash tutorials for a major whiteboard manufacturer. The latter project has gone through three phases of development and release and we’re looking forward to a fourth phase.

Testimonials

“Excellent course. Very impressed with Mary’s knowledge.”
Jennifer Sauer, Captivate Essentials, July 2011

“Very happy with the information and how it was presented.”
Christina Dunn, Captivate Essentials, July 2011

“The course itself was incredibly practical. Mary is a real instructor. She gave us a look at how things would operate in a perfect situation but also gave us a glimpse of some of the troubleshooting we may need to do at an introductory level. It is tough to keep it simple when you know so much- but she did it well.”
Marilyn Vokey, Captivate 4: Essentials, September, 2010

“Great Class! Thank you Mary! Very impressed with the instructor’s enthusiasm and knowledge! We presented real senarios and Mary created Captivate decks to illustrate the solutions! Amazing!”
Jennifer Matts, Captivate Essentials, March, 2010

“I was very impressed with Mary’s knowledge and expertise with Captivate. She is an excellent instructor – friendly, enthusiastic and very supportive. The course was amazing. I learned more than I had expected to learn. Hands-on activities and visual demonstrations were very helpful. The instruction manual is an excellent reference and I’m glad to have it to refer to.”
Amber Taverner, Captivate Essentials, September 2010

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Edmonton Summer Pub Night – Jun 28

You are invited to join STC Alberta in Edmonton for a Pub Night to celebrate the beginning of summer. Please join us for a chance to relax with local technical communicators. You can expect good food and great company for the evening. Come out and meet some new friends or catch up with former colleagues.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Brewster’s Brewing Company & Restaurant, 11620 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (Map). Plenty of free parking in Oliver Square.
  • Cost: (includes two domestic drinks and appetizers)
    • STC Alberta Student Members: Free
    • STC Alberta Members, Affiliate Members, and Non-Member Students: $10
    • Other STC Members (Society Members): $15
    • Non-Members and Guests: $20
    • Special Guests: Free with a paying attendee (maximum one Special Guest per paying attendee)
  • Registration: Register by email at programs@stc-alberta.org and provide your Special Guest’s name (Special Guests should not register separately). Cash payment is due at the door.
  • Contact: For more information about the event, contact Deanne Wilson, Edmonton Director
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