Who Are We?

The STC Canada West Coast chapter (STC-CWC) is a chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The STC is a professional association of more than 18,000 individuals from many countries around the world who add clarity and usefulness to technical information.

Formed in 1979 by several Vancouver technical writers who sought peer connection, the CWC is now one of five chapters in Canada including Alberta, Manitoba and Alberta. The chapter includes 70 residents of British Columbia and the Yukon.

STC-CWC’s mission is to provide knowledge and to build connection between peers in order to strengthen the role of technical communication in industry.


The STC-CWC counts as its members technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation  specialists, technical illustrators, project managers, engineers, instructional designers, academics, information architects, usability and human factors professionals, visual designers, web designers and developers, knowledge managers, help developers, translators, and anyone whose work makes technical information more clear to the people who need it.

Some members are well-established communication experts, managers, and trainers. Some are professionals who seek a complementary second career. And some are students and instructors of technical communication programs such as Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).


STC-CWC members enjoy benefits that are standard for the global STC organization.

STC membership benefits include:

  • Industry credibility and accountability to a professional code of ethics
  • Connection with peers, employers, and industries
  • Monthly collaboration meetings
  • Scheduled events and workshops with guest speakers
  • Career-building resources including articles, advice, and job opportunities
  • Mentoring and community outreach with experienced members
  • First access to seminars, competitions, and special events


To join the Canada West Coast chapter of the STC, you must join the international organization at STC.org. You can select the STC-CWC as your home chapter. You can choose from six types of membership with rates ranging from $75 for student membership to $425 for a full Gold membership. STC offers many ways to customize each type of membership with options to receive print publications, to join additional chapters, and to participate in special interest groups (SIGs). View membership options.

“Technical communication affects all aspects of business, industry, and government because it is focused on translating complex information into documents that can be readily understood by a particular group—people who buy products and use services, people who need to understand how a complicated process, operation, piece of equipment, or software works.” – Sheila Jones, STC Fellow, past STC Canada West Coast president