News & Events


STC Tech Comm Brunch Social

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM

Join us at The Pickle Barrel Grand Yorkdale Saturday April 27th at 11 AM. This month we are featuring opportunities to join the council: come out to meet us and learn about how to get involved! Email stctoronto.vp@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.

Location
Pickle Barrel Grand
Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin St
North York, ON M6A 2T9


Live Events


Designing for Disruptive Design with Eliane Tozman

Tue, 23 April 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Wallace Gastropub: 1954 Yonge Street Toronto ON, M4S 1Z4

An Image of Eliane Tozman, Head of Design for IBM Canada Innovation
Eliane Tozman, Head of Design for IBM Canada Innovation

Eliane Tozman is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based designer, currently working in UX Design (User Experience Design) at IBM. Tozman works in software development, where she researches, conceptualizes and designs ways for IBM to make the technology work for the user, so the user doesn’t have to work for the technology

Tozman’s presentation will focus on Designing for Disruptive Innovation and why it’s so important for creating successful outcomes. She will provide insight and examples of how design thinking empowers multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex problems by considering many options, integrating ideas and opportunities, and testing multiple solutions before going to market.

IBM Design builds user-targeted products and experiences: this session will provide an overview of this human-centered methodology. This method challenges people to see the world through the eyes of the user every step of the way.

Tickets (all taxes included):

  • Toronto Chapter Members: $5
  • STC Members: $15
  • Non-Members: $25

Click here to get tickets!


Webinars and Training

Professional Technical Writer Skills for Improving your Work Process with Data Science Support

Led by Tara Carson, this session will include tips for using skills in technical writing to improve work performance, efficacy, and interfacing with SMEs and other professionals based on scientific evidence.

In this session, the attendee will learn about software and will get tips for completing their work tasks effectively. Subject matter expert (SME) interviewing is better with a process, and there is one that is scientifically proven to be best, from an educational technology study.

Attendees will also learn evidence-based best practices for: working with others to create written work; dividing content; visual presentation and managing due dates.

  • Student Members: $29 USD
  • Members: $59 USD
  • Non-Members: $99 USD

Wednesday, April 17 2:00-3:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

What Does This Mean? Results of the 2018 Census of Technical Communicators

STC members: Do you remember receiving an onslaught of messages last summer inviting you to participate in the census of technical communicators? As a reminder, the Census—the first one conducted of technical communicators in over a quarter century—identifies who we are:

  • Our educational and professional backgrounds
  • Our current jobs: job titles, characteristics of the organizations in which we work, reporting relationships, types of projects on which we work, and tools and processes used in our work
  • Professional development
  • Satisfaction in our careers in technical communication and current positions
  • Career plans for the next five years
  • Opinions and concerns and future of technical communication

For those who have not yet read the December 2018 issue of Intercom, this webinar familiarizes you with some of the key results. For those of you who have read that issue or for whom questions arise as we review the results together, this webinar provides an opportunity to explore those questions and other issues with the researcher and other technical communicators.

  • Student Members: $29 USD
  • Members: $59 USD
  • Non-Members: $99 USD

Wednesday, April 18 2:00-3:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

STC Roundtable

For a limited time, STC is providing those who register now with a free monthly subscription to Roundtable. Each month, Roundtable members receive: over $400 worth of fresh, high-quality content; an engaged community; access to top experts in the field and timely, accurate and targeted resources.

An example month may include: a formal webinar led by the monthly curator or a selected expert; tools for implementing the information learned; a live Q&A on the monthly topic with selected experts moderated by the monthly curator; community connections, resources and more. This is a very cool opportunity for professional development, and a high value for STC members: register for free while you can.


Ongoing Events

STC Toronto Networking Brunch

Networking brunches happen on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December). There is no fee to attend, but you must pay for your own food and drink. This is a friendly networking event, and non-members are welcome to drop in. (Don’t forget to bring business cards!)  We ask that you please RSVP so we can confirm seating with the restaurant.


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Working with SMEs: Putting the “Communication” in your SME Interviews

This Webinar, lead by Julie Dwyer, Lead Technical Writer at Cisco Systems, Inc. will discuss strategies to plan your interview, create an environment for productive discussions, ask effective questions, and stay focused on the customer through it all. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned writer, join this webinar for some communication inspiration.

  • Student Members: $29 USD
  • Members: $59 USD
  • Non-Members: $99 USD

Wednesday, March 27 2:00-3:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

English Localization: Forever Separated by that Common Language?

This Webinar features freelance translator and editor Karen Tkaczyk and discusses localization as it applies to technical writing, exploring varied modern English dialects.

  • Student Members: $29 USD
  • Members: $59 USD
  • Non-Members: $99 USD

Thursday, March 14 1:00-2:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

Seven Things a Technical Communicator Should Never Say

This Webinar is led by Barbara Giammona, Sr. Manager of Technical Publications and Communications at Schneider Electronic Process Automations, and promotes an innovative, forward thinking, team approach to Technical Communication.

  • Student Members: $29 USD
  • Members: $59 USD
  • Non-Members: $99 USD

Wednesday, March 20 2:00-3:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

Free Webinar: Exclusive STC Member SmartDocs Demo

Click here to register for this exclusive STC Webinar and experience the power of Content Reuse and Content Management in MS Word. Those who attend this free webinar are entered for a chance to win free registration to the STC 2019 Technical Communication Summit!

Exclusive SmartDocs Webinar: Wednesday, March 6 12:00-1:00pm

Webinar: Professional Technical Writer Skills for Improving your Work Process with Data Science Support

This webinar featuring Tara Carson from Pfizer, Inc. will include tips for using skills in technical writing to improve work performance, efficacy, and interfacing with SMEs and other professionals based on scientific evidence. 

  • Student Members: $29 USD 
  • Members: $59 USD 
  • Non-Members: $99 USD 

Wednesday, March 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m: Click here to Register.

Online Course: Introductory Markup and Scripting with HTML and CSS

Register now for the six session online course beginning this March 5 at 2 p.m., taught by Dr. Craig Baehr (Professor of Technical Communication, Texas Tech University). This course will introduce participants to introductory markup and scripting with HTML and CSS. It will also introduce students to readings, resources, and tools available to help develop basic coding skills through practice. Click here for full course details.

  • Student Members: $295 USD
  • Members: $595 USD
  • Non-Members: $995 USD

Begins March 5 at 2 p.m: click here to Register.