Events

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.

Details

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

Networking

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.

Web: http://calgarycareercounselling.com

Twitter: @CgyCareerCouns

Interviews

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.

Web: http://www.modiscanada.com

Twitter: @modis

Portfolios

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.

Web: http://www.mtroyal.ca

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 yycfug@gmail.com 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.
Registration:  registration@stc-alberta.org

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 edmontondirector@stc-alberta.org
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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.

Agenda

  • 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

Cost

  • 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.

Details

  • 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.

Questions?

Contact Jeanne Gonnason, New Heights Manager.

Register for Event

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