STC Alberta Pub Night

Join us for our annual fall pub night at Lot 102. Catch up after a busy season, enjoy drinks, appetizers, and each other’s company.

Program Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 to close
  • Location: Lot 102 Restaurant and Bar, 102 10 St NW, Calgary (map)
    • Parking: a large parkade on the west side of Julio’s Barro and a small parking lot across the alley on the east side of the Lot 102
    • Transit: Sunnyside LRT with a short walk from the station south on 10 St NW
  • Cost: TBD
  • Registration: TBD. There will be a door prize of a gift certificate to Lot 102.
  • Contact:

For more information about Lot 102, check out their website here.

Additional details on cost and registration to come.

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Designing Information-Rich Solutions

Many people can put together a website of a few pages or applications with a few function points, but they need guiding principles when asked to tackle solutions with hundreds of pages or dozens of function points and which function in a larger information ecosystem.

About the Presentation:

This presentation demonstrates some powerful perspectives from modern information architecture and user-centered design to help address these more complex situations with confidence and creativity.

The topics are:

  • Understanding Information
    • Information has an underlying structure as well as a surface realization.
    • We can learn to work with the underlying structure as a design tool.
  • Understanding Users
    • Users have goals and strategies.
    • We can learn to work with user goals and strategies as a design tool.
  • Understanding Interplay
    • We can learn how user considerations shape information structure.
    • We can learn how information structure shapes user experience.


Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: Innovate Calgary, 3553 – 31st Street NW (large boardroom) (map)
Cost: TBD
Registration: TBA

About our Speaker:

Martin Stares is a solutions consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in delivering information-rich collaborative solutions characterized by a judicious blend of information architecture, user considerations, and interaction design. Solutions types include intranets, portals, mobile solutions, web content management, and a large portfolio of custom designed web applications.

Currently, Martin is blogging and teaching (sometimes consulting) on these topics, under the name The Information Artichoke.

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Portfolios – Apr 23

Your portfolio is a marketing tool that can land you that next contract or employment opportunity. It shows prospective employers the scope and depth of your talents. Learn the tips, tricks, and traps for making a professional portfolio from one of the best in the industry, Patrick Brooks. He’ll also share common “portfolio bloopers” that can make a recruiter cringe, and some of the tips that will make them see your full potential. Join STC Alberta for this program to get the edge on the competition.


Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: Innovate Calgary, 3553 – 31st Street NW (large boardroom) (map)
Cost: STC members $15, non-members $30, non-member students $15

Registration is now closed.

About our Speaker

Patrick Brooks has been in communications ever since he worked the graveyard shift at the local radio station in his hometown. He switched to visual communications a few years later, graduating from the Alberta College of Art with a diploma in commercial art. With this credential in hand, he has held art director and senior designer positions at Adobe, Tourism Calgary, Canadian Airlines, Air Canada, several agencies with a bit of freelance throw in for good measure.

In 2003, he obtained a Bachelor of Design degree and began teaching information design at Mount Royal College. He later upgraded to a Master of Arts degree in order to satisfy the minimum credential needed to continue teaching when the college obtained university status. In 2013, he taught the information design portfolio class, leading 26 students in producing their first portfolios, highlighting the best work of four years of academic effort.

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MRU 2015 Information Design Portfolio Showcase Event – Apr 15

Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication – Information Design graduating class of 2015 looks forward to seeing you at their Portfolio Showcase event. Students will display a variety of projects they have developed through their degree program. We hope to see you there.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Festival Hall in Inglewood, 1215 – 10th Avenue SE (map)
Cost: Free

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Wine and Cheese – Mar 26

STC Alberta is hosting a wine and cheese party and you are invited!

What better way to learn about networking than at a party? Come out for a social evening, have some cheese with a glass of red or white. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.

To open discussions, we will have special guests available to talk about networking with a social media presence, tips for effective interviewing and building portfolios. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

You don’t need to be looking for your next job to benefit from attending this event.

Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Innovate Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre), 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary. Plenty of free parking is available. The building is located near Brentwood LRT station (map).

Registration is now closed.

About our Speakers


Travis Schneider, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cand.)

Travis is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology Consultant who leverages his expertise in assessment to help guide clients on their career paths and help coach employees and leaders to better realize and improve their potential.

He received a M.Sc. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and he is currently completing his Ph.D. on the topic of how new technologies, such as social media, can be used as part of an organization’s hiring process.

His graduate and consulting work on assessments has ranged from focusing on the design, or psychometrics, of assessments (e.g., classical test theory, item response theory, polytomous item response theory), to the validation and administration of these assessments, and finally to the delivery of feedback on these assessments to clients. He leverages these skills to better understand clients, what issues they are facing, and how they can be coached to solve these issues and become better employees and leaders.

About Calgary Career Counselling

Established in 2009, Calgary Career Counselling (CCC) is a firm of ten Psychologists as well as career coaches, all specializing in career planning. Together, we have over 125 years of career counselling experience. We also have an Education Advisor and Job Search Strategist to help you determine the best educational options and maximize success in your career path.

Career counselling with a Registered Psychologist is an excellent way to explore your strengths and talents, and to build upon those to establish a fulfilling career direction. The process of career counselling includes personality, interest and values assessments, as well as coaching and discussion around career choices to ensure you find the right career direction for you. All career counsellors at Calgary Career Counselling are Master’s and Ph.D. level Psychologists with extensive experience helping people reach their full potential.

We are a private organization offering fee-based services, but many extended health plans cover Registered Psychologists. Further, we regularly donate our time to helping those in need with career planning presentations and individual career counselling. Our current relationships include The Calgary Women’s Immigrant Association and Discovery House.


Twitter: @CgyCareerCouns


Suzanne Muldoon, Modis Canada Inc.

Suzanne is the Recruiting Director for Western Canada at Modis.

About Modis

As a global provider of IT staffing services and the second largest in North America, Modis connects the very best IT professionals to great opportunities at leading companies. And they do it every single day – for both temporary and permanent assignments and across virtually all industries. Modis  uses their insight, flexibility and expanded resources to anticipate the needs of leading tech companies and help them make exceptional connections with top tech talent.

Services include:

  • Staff Augmentation
  • Direct Placement
  • Management Consulting Solutions

Success is about making the right connections between people, solutions and objectives. With Modis, you can take a strategic approach to boosting performance through an optimal mix of internal staff, outside consulting resources and project outsourcing. And because we take the time to properly understand the needs of our clients and candidates, we can help them make exceptional connections and achieve greater levels of success.


Twitter: @modis


An Vo and Gilbert Nanlohy

Two senior students who completed the Information Design Program’s Portfolio course at Mount Royal University will be showcasing their portfolios and speaking briefly about what they included and how they developed their portfolios.


Information Design Program website

Twitter: @mountroyal4u


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Flare Users Group – Apr 7

The Calgary Flare Users Group is the place 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 and share ideas on using Flare.

Everyone is welcome. Please send an email to if you would like more information and would like to attend our next meeting.

Agenda for the next meeting:

  • Introductions and updates
  • Creating a PDF from Flare content

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Innovate Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre), 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary (map)

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Coffee Night: Technical Communication and STC-Alberta!

STC Alberta has a new executive! We welcome you to join us at our second Spring Coffee Night to meet our new board, say hello to old friends, and maybe meet some new friends.

At the same time, let’s talk about STC, what our plans are for the next year or two, and what you would like to gain from your membership. If you’re just learning about our organization, this is the perfect meet-up for you!

Date: Wednesday, February 25th
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Second Cup Kensington, 338 10 Street NW, Calgary, AB (Map)
Cost: FREE, but please register.

Coffee and tea drinkers welcome. Please reserve your spot. This event has filled up quickly in the past and seating is limited.

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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

Register for Event

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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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