About the STC
STC seeks to advance the arts and sciences of technical communication, promote awareness of the latest trends and technology in the field, and provide innovative services for the education and professional development of its members.
With over 16,000 members worldwide, the Society for Technical Communication is the world's largest and fastest growing professional organization devoted to advancing the theory and practice of technical communication. The STC's network of 134 chapters in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australasia helps members meet and exchange ideas and keep pace with what's new in the profession.
Joining the STC
For more information about the STC, including fees and how to join, see the Membership page maintained by head office.
Upgrading/changing your membership
You can change your membership level or add/remove SIGs or chapters that you are a member of by filling in the membership upgrade form (PDF) and faxing or mailing it to the address on the form.
The Society charges individual members a one-time enrollment fee, plus an annual membership fee. The current fees can be viewed on the STC Web site. (We are in tier 1.)
The Chapter charges a small entrance fee to non-members for regular meetings to cover costs. (Members attend regular meetings for free.) Fees for full-day seminars, workshops, and special events, when held, are also calculated to cover costs only and are, therefore, generally lower than the commercial equivalent.
The Society publishes two magazines, Intercom and Technical Communication, both of which are available to members in print and electronic format (which format you have access to depends on the type of membership you've chosen). Electronic formats are also available for a fee to non-members.
About the STCEO
The Eastern Ontario Chapter of the STC is one of 134 chapters around the world. Most members are communicators working in the high-tech industry or for the federal government; many work as independent contractors. Membership is open to everyone.
The Chapter meets in Ottawa and primarily serves the Eastern Ontario region, though members are welcome from anywhere. Members who live too far away to attend meetings regularly can stay in touch via the newsletter and through this Web site.
Our Mission Statement
Our chapter's mission is to work together in a spirit of community to promote and develop professional technical communication:
- by advancing and facilitating the development of educational programmes,
- by setting professional standards, and
- by drawing on the strengths of our sustaining and individual members.
Every regular Chapter meeting provides a learning opportunity. In the past, the Chapter has also held two or three day-long seminars each year. Speakers have included Saul Carliner, Ann Rockley, and JoAnn Hackos.
Professional development opportunities are also available at nearby chapters in Montreal, Toronto, and Waterloo as well as across the US border.
In addition to Society publications, Chapter members receive the Chapter's own newsletter, Stimulus, six times a year. Stimulus keeps members informed of chapter activities and provides news and information of specific interest to local technical communicators. The Chapter also publishes a membership directory.
The Eastern Ontario Chapter provides a free service to pass information from potential employers to technical communicators. Members can join our job postings mailing list as well, to receive first notice of new job postings, before they're added to the site.
Like most chapters in the Society, the Eastern Ontario Chapter holds a competition each year. This competition provides both STC members and non-members with the opportunity to have their work evaluated by a panel of their peers.
Win or lose, entrants receive valuable feedback from the judges. The best works are submitted to the Society's international competition. Past local winners have gone on to win a variety of awards at the international level.
The Eastern Ontario Chapter co-operates with Algonquin College to support its Technical Writer diploma program. In prior years, we awarded a scholarship to the most promising student in the program, based on course grades. This year, we broadened the scope of the award to allow any post-secondary student, not just Algonquin technical writing students, in the Eastern Ontario area to apply for the award. More information about the award can be found on the Student Award page.
The Chapter also provides career information for high school and university students, and in the past has offered courses in conjunction with post-secondary institutions.
In the past, the Eastern Ontario Chapter has organized a number of social events each year, including a season-opening party in September to welcome both new and old members and an awards banquet at which the winners of the competition are announced.
A directory of all members who choose to be listed is available on the site. The directory is updated several times a year and a PDF version of it is e-mailed to all members.
Chapter members are encouraged to support local charitable organizations by offering professional services as volunteers.
Chapter members meet regularly from September to May. Non-members are always welcome.
Lyris Mailing List
Open to all members and other interested people. Details here
Canadian STC members are eligible to participate in a group insurance plan administered by G.R. Baird Financial Group, called BairdBenefitsPlus. Details here.
If you can't find the information you need on the Membership page, or you have questions about the Eastern Ontario Chapter, please contact the chapter president at:
PO Box 78039
1465 Merivale Road