News & Events


“Cybersecurity, COVID-19, and Working from Home” by Ben Woelk, STC President

Event type: Virtual
Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Start Time: 12:00 p.m.
End Time: 1:00 p.m.

We’re seeing an increase in cybercrime associated with COVID-19 and the huge number of people who are suddenly working from home. Join the speaker as he discusses general cybersecurity tips, what to be aware of in the context of COVID-19, and secure use of new remote meeting platforms such as Zoom.

Ben Woelk, CISSP, CPTC, is the Program Manager for the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he’s developed a leading information security awareness program. Ben is a member and former co-chair of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Awareness and Training Working Group of the Higher Education Information Security Council. Ben is an Associate Fellow and the current president of STC.

He holds the CISSP (#379414), CPTC, is a CPTC trainer, and is ITIL v3 certified. Ben holds degrees from the University of Florida, Trinity International University, and the University of Rochester, and an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design from RIT. Ben is adjunct faculty at RIT, teaching classroom and online courses in Computing Security Fundamentals, Technical Communication, and Introverts and Leadership.

Prior to joining RIT, Ben provided technical communications and change management consulting to a number of area Fortune 500 companies. His current interests include working with other security awareness practitioners to develop effective security awareness programs and providing mentoring and coaching to new and aspiring introverted leaders, and speaking and presenting workshops on introverted leadership, creating security awareness programs, and technical communication.

“How to Fail” Talk by Shonna Eden

Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Talk Time: 1:00 p.m.
Social Time: 2:00 p.m.

Shonna Eden is the Vice President of STC Toronto, a Regulatory Assurance Analyst with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and a graduate of Seneca’s Technical Communication program. She is passionate about usability and has created tools for a variety of roles, purposes and platforms with the help of targeted user and task analysis and UX design.

Shonna is also a creative writer and blogs on the topic of failure as a learning tool. Her passion for failure comes through her life experience of disability, ego, and perfectionism getting in the way of personal and professional development. Join her for a talk on how to accept failure as an essential part of success.

STC Online Networking Social

Date: Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Talk Time: 2:00 p.m.
Social Time: 3:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our monthly brunch social. We’d like to have a chance to connect with you (safely) online! Please join us in our first online networking social. How is the pandemic affecting you? What has changed in your work and lifestyle? What can you share with the community or what would you like to know from other technical communicators? We want to hear from you!

Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC): Intro to Foundation and Practitioner Levels

Event type: Virtual
Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Start Time: 3:00 p.m.
End Time: 4:00 p.m.

Want to learn more about CPTC certification? Join us on Monday, 6 April at 3 PM EDT for our webinar, “Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC): Intro to Foundation and Practitioner Levels” presented by Liz Pohland and Dr. Craig Baehr. Click on the “Register” button to know more.

With two upcoming webinars that are free for members, it’s a great time to join STC if you haven’t already!

Ongoing Events

STC Toronto – Brunch Social

Due to current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel our March Brunch event.

Come join STC Toronto for brunch!

Make new friends and reconnect with old acquaintances. Spend the fourth Saturday morning of the month eating brunch and chatting with fellow technical communicators at the conveniently located Yorkdale Shopping Centre.* 

Venue: The Pickle Barrel Grand
Website: The Pickle Barrel Grand
Address: 3401 Dufferin St, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9
Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM

Please RSVP so we can save you a seat. Non-STC members welcome!

*Note that attendees pay for their own food and drinks.

Past Events