News & Events

STC Toronto 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date: Sun, 28 June 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Type: Virtual

Advance registration is required by June 27, 2020.


2:00pm to 3:00pm

  • 2019 Meeting minutes
  • Review the chapter’s finances
  • Elect the new council
  • Chapter action plan

3:00pm to 4:00pm

  • Celebrate the closing of the current term
  • What’s coming in the new term
  • Recognize our colleagues
  • Awards
  • Tell us about you!

4:00pm to 5:00pm

  • Enjoy our keynote speaker!

Keynote Address: Why is English so weird? by Katherine Barber

A fun-filled and light-hearted but informative look at the weirdness of the English language and how it got to be the way it is. Includes things you never suspected about husbands, ptarmigan, porcelain, and much more. Laughs guaranteed…even when you find out why “guarantee” has such an odd spelling.

Speaker Bio

Known as “Canada’s Word Lady”, Katherine Barber supervised the publication of two editions of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary and many other smaller dictionaries and has appeared regularly on radio and TV. She is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Canadian English and known to legions of fans for her knack for making word histories lively and entertaining. Her books Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to do With Pigs, a captivating romp through the history of the English language, and Only in Canada You Say, were Canadian bestsellers. She offers entertaining and informative courses and talks about the history of English and its many varieties.

Visit her “Wordlady” blog at

The X-Factor is Persuasion: Exchange with Shiraz Siddique

Date: Sat, 20 June 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Type: Virtual

“X” factors will help you develop buy-in for any enhancement, upgrade or new process your teams need to Xpand into.

Among the many things Covid-19 has taught us, is the need to be flexible and Change at any moment. Change is challenging – so why do some leaders/organizations pivot, adapt and thrive more quickly than others? They Focus on X-Change not Change! In this session, we will focus on the “X” Factors that infuse trust and ownership to Xcelerate engagements into Xperiences with Xpected outcomes.

Shiraz Siddique

Shiraz Siddique has been actively training, consulting and delivering keynotes for more than 20 years in both the Academic and Corporate world. His passionate and innovative delivery style allows him to navigate past the reality that most people want to learn but may not enjoy the traditional process of learning. Through easy to apply techniques and strategies, he shows Leaders and Salespeople how to persuasively present their product/service/ideas.

Frustrated after seeing poor ideas get adopted over far superior strategies, Leverage Consulting was founded on one question, “Why doesn’t the best idea always win?” That has led to guiding clients through the process of Calculating, Calibrating and Clearly Communicating their product/service/idea. We go beyond building successful training programs – we believe in building successful people.

“Tech STrEtCh” by Emily Turner

Date: Sat, 6 June 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Type: Virtual

It’s easy to forget to take our breaks during the lockdown. It is recommended that a person break for 5-10 minutes for every hour spent at a workstation.

Emily Turner will be leading our stretch session, focusing on things you can do to help relieve desk fatigue!

Emily Turner is a Technical Content Developer at Dell who is as passionate about fitness as they are about their writing

Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to join us. Get your webcams and yoga pants ready!

STC Toronto Monthly Social – Online

Event type: Virtual
Date: Multiple Dates

Our STC Toronto monthly socials have been moved online! Connect with us online as we all practice social distancing.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our monthly brunch socials. We’d like to have a chance to connect with you (safely) online!

Make new friends and reconnect with old acquaintances. Spend the fourth Saturday morning of the month connecting and chatting with fellow technical communicators on Zoom.

STC Toronto is only possible with the support of our members and volunteers, We are growing, and we have many opportunities for you to join our family. We want to get to know you over brunch, and invite you to join us in helping fellow technical communicators in STC Toronto!

Ongoing Events

STC Toronto – Brunch Social

Brunches are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down. In the meantime, STC Toronto has moved our socials onto Zoom! Please register for our STC Toronto Monthly Social online using this link –

Past Events