Edmonton Pub Night and Christmas Get-Together – Dec 11

Tis the season for holiday celebrations, so let’s get together and raise a glass of cheer, enjoy some eats, and each other’s company.

  • Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fionn MacCool’s, 10200 102 Ave NW, G310 (Edmonton City Centre West). (map)
    • There is hourly parking in various parkades and lots, and ETS has numerous route stops at Edmonton City Centre.
  • Cost:
    • STC Alberta Members, Affiliate Members, and Non-Member Students: $15
    • STC Alberta Student Members: $10
    • Other STC Members (Society Members): $15
    • Non-Members: $30
  • Registration: Registration will be online. Please write to the email below and you will be contacted when registration is available. Cash payment for this event will be due at the door. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged.
  • Contact: Deanne Wilson
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Annual General Meeting – Jan 22

Let’s catch up after the holidays, enjoy drinks, appetizers, and each other’s company. Purchase your own refreshment from Craft Beer Market’s vast selection of craft beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic choices. We’re providing the appetizers! Everyone is welcome to attend, but only STC Alberta members and student members are eligible to participate in the meeting and vote to affirm the new Board.

Program Details

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Craft Beer Market, 345 – 10 Ave. S.W., Calgary (Map). Parking along 10th Aveue (and all street parking) is free after 6:00 p.m.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Approval of 2014 AGM Minutes
  • President’s 2014 Year In Review
  • Treasurer’s 2014 Financial Report
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • Awards
  • Results of 2015 Affirmation of New Board
  • New Business/Upcoming Programs for 2015
  • Adjournment


  • STC Alberta Members, $15
  • STC Alberta Student Members: $10
  • Affiliate Members and Non-Member Students: $15
  • Non-Members: $30

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Cake Magazine Launch – Nov 27

The Information Design students at Mount Royal University are holding a launch of their own magazine, Cake Magazine, which celebrates information design, their journey with it and the characteristics that make it a unique profession.


  • Time: Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Southern Alberta Memorial Building, 3625 4 Street S.W. (map)
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Flare Users Group Meeting – Dec 2

The purpose of this Users Group is to share ideas on technical writing, single-source authoring, content management, and getting the most out of using MadCap Flare. If you’re new to Flare or have been using it for years, let’s get together, participate and share ideas on using Flare.

Agenda for the next meeting:

  • Introductions and round table discussion
  • Demo: Using the Equation Editor in Flare
  • Demo: Creating a PDF from Flare content
  • Demo: AHK – Create your own apps and macros, or define hotkeys for the mouse and keyboard using AutoHotKey.

Meeting Details

  • Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014/strong
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Innovate Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre), 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary (map)

Everyone is welcome. No registration required.

Please join us on LinkedIn – YYC – Flare Users Group (FUG)

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New Heights – Getting Your Small Business Started

Usually we hold New Heights in the spring, but this year we’ve decided to experiment with different timing because STC’s current president, Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra, is coming to Calgary! She will be presenting a half-day workshop for us. If you have started your own business, are thinking of starting a business, or just want to know what is involved, this workshop is for you!

Getting Your Small Business Started

Are you tired of working in a cube farm? Do you want to be your own boss? Or, maybe you just want to make a little money on the side? Have you been freelancing for a while and want to take things to the next level?

Having your own business can give you flexibility, increase your income, and improve your quality of life. But, it’s not for everyone. Join us for an interactive workshop where we will explore what it takes to start your own business, how to stay sane while being self-employed, and identify some common mistakes so that you can avoid them. The workshop includes discussions and exercises. The handouts include strategic questions to ask, a needs-analysis spreadsheet, and other useful tips from Kit.

Workshop Objectives:

    At the end of this workshop, you will have the information you need to:

  • decide if owning your own business is right for you
  • know how to start your own business and which mistakes to avoid
  • have a mission statement
  • understand where to go from here

Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra

Kit is a small business owner with over 23 years of experience in technical communication. She is currently the Principal for Comgenesis, LLC, which provides consulting services and training to clients on internationalizing and improving the usability of their documentation, developing a coherent content strategy and content model, and more traditional technical writing and editing services.

Kit is a Fellow of the STC and the 2014-15 Society President. Her STC experience includes stints as ITC SIG manager, two-time chapter president, international publications competition manager, competitions judge at local and international levels, Nominating Committee at the local and society level, book reviewer, article peer reviewer for Technical Communication, guest editor for Intercom, and co-chair of the Global Strategies Task Force. In 2007, she coauthored (with Brenda Huettner and Char James-Tanny) Managing Virtual Teams: Getting the Most from Wikis, Blogs, and Other Collaborative Tools. In addition, she is the former editor of IEEE-PCS News, a contributor to Multilingual, TC World, and Intercom. Kit holds an M.Sc. in Technical Communication and a B.Sc. in Biology, both from Colorado State University.

Workshop Details

  • Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Meals: Coffee break, and lunch after the workshop. Note: breakfast is not included. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email Jeanne Gonnason before October 29.
  • Location: Innovate Calgary (formerly  CTI), 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre) Plenty of  free parking is available and the building is located near Brentwood LRT  station (map).

Registration Rates

$150* for STC and affiliate members; $300 for non-members

* If you are a student in a communication program, you MUST present your student ID at the workshop to receive a $50 rebate.

* If you live more than 50 km from Calgary, please pay the full fee and email the Treasurer for $50 reimbursement.

Remember, if you have your own business, or are starting your own business this year, the cost of this workshop is tax deductible.


Contact Jeanne Gonnason, New Heights Manager.

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Edmonton Coffee Night – Oct 16

Let’s get together to celebrate autumn and being technical communicators! This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with others in your field, and to learn what other technical communicators in Edmonton are doing.

  • Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Block 1912 Cafe, 10361 – 82 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB (map)
    • There is parking in the area and ETS buses run along 82 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.

APMP Maple Leaf Chapter Presents “Winning Executive Summaries” Workshop

Your APMP Maple Leaf Chapter is thrilled to present “Winning Executive Summaries” led by Shipley Canada!

This one-day workshop begins by exploring the concept of customer focus and how it can be achieved. It continues with information on the many uses of customer-focused executive summaries in business development documents, especially proposals. A process for creating effective summaries is then introduced and practiced, step by step.

Workshop Schedule

  • Time: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Location: ABB Canada, #110, 4411 6 Street Southeast, Calgary, AB (Map).
  • Cost: Registration fees include workshops materials, morning and break refreshments, and lunch.
    • APMP members: $899 Early Bird to Oct. 7, or $949 thereafter.
    • Non-members: $949 Early Bird to Oct. 7, or $999 thereafter,
    • 3 or more registrants per company: $799 Early Bird to Oct. 7, or $849 thereafter.
  • Registration is available at the workshop’s Eventbrite page

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Understand the nature of customer focus and how to infuse it into your documents.
  • Create executive summaries focused on your customer’s most important issues.
  • Use customized planning and organizing tools to quickly craft effective executive summaries.

By the end of the workshop, you will have a completed executive summary you can use as a model or share with a customer. At your discretion, this can be an executive summary related to an historical business opportunity (won or lost), a live opportunity you are currently pursuing, or a case study furnished by the presenter.

For more information, download this PDF: Winning Executive Summaries.

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November and December Usability Workshops

Communications and Training International (CAT-i) is hosting two usability workshops: one in November and another in December.

What is Usability Mapping®?  Usability Mapping  is a behaviour-based methodology to produce enabling documents such as procedures, processes, standards, reports and more. Usability Mapped documents measurably reduce the risk of misunderstanding, foreign language interference, and performance errors.

Workshop Dates

November 7 and 8, 2014
December 5 and 6, 2014

Workshop Schedule

  • Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Friday) and 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. (Saturday).
  • Location: WinSport Institute, Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, AB (Map).
    • Parking is free.
  • Cost: $1,100 per participant. Registration fee includes:
    • Books and handouts
    • Snacks and lunch
    • Tour of the athletes’ training facilities
    • A learning experience you won’t forget
  • Registration: Write to the training coordinator, Kimberley McRae, at

For more information about CAT-i, please visit their website.



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Calgary Fall Coffee Night: Growing Your Career in Technical Communication! – Sept 25

Join us in Calgary for a fall Coffee Night! Buy your own drink and take part in an informative discussion on growing and developing your career in Technical Communication. We will have human resources and hiring managers, staffing agency representatives, and technical communication professionals giving us their top tips on job seeking, interviewing, networking, and more. You’ll have time to ask our experts questions, meet our STC executive, and network with other professionals in the Technical Communication field.

As this was such a popular event last time, we encourage you to register early as the location has only a limited number of seats.

Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Speakers to begin at approximately 7:15 p.m.
  • Location: Second Cup Kensington, 338 10 Street NW, Calgary, AB (Map)
    • NOTE: The map shows that the location is closed, but it is not. It has only changed ownership.
    • Plenty of free parking is available along the streets after 6:00 p.m.
    • Transit: Walk from Sunnyside LRT
  • Cost: Free, but registration is encouraged. You must purchase your own drinks.
  • Registration: Seats for this event are now full. Due to limitations on space, we are now keeping a waitlist for anyone that would like to attend. Email programs to request a spot on the waitlist.
  • Contact: Ruth Maryniuk


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Edmonton Pub Night – Jun 12

It’s been some time since we’ve had a pub night, so let’s get together and have an early celebration of the summer solstice, share our summer holiday plans, enjoy drinks, appetizers (new venue/new menu), and each other’s company. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with others in your field and to learn what other technical communicators in Edmonton are doing.

  • Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Craft Beer Market, 10013 – 101A Avenue NW (off Rice Howard Way). (map)
    There is hourly parking in the Library Parkade and other nearby parking lots, and ETS has numerous route stops at Edmonton City Centre.
  • CostSTC Alberta Members, STC Members (Society Members), Affiliate Members, and Non-Member Students: $15. STC Alberta Student Members: $10. Non-Members: $20
  • RegistrationOnline. Cash payment is due at the door. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. 

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

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