Ed Bourcier

Hi! Thanks for checking out my website.   

My name is Ed, or that’s what I go by anyway. I was born in Québec but grew up in Whitehorse, all the way north in Yukon. 

For the past few years, I’ve been working as a technical writer for Capstone ITS. Most of my work focuses on language use, style guides, and consistency, but I also develop templates for external use and do a portion of the knowledge management required for Capstone ITS’s remote-first environment. I’ve also drafted regulatory compliance reports and other guides related to regulations.

On the side, I work for StacksOps, where I do similar work on a fractional basis. I’ve created custom user guides for both operations and admins and have developed some educational resources to help users get used to changing tech stacks.

There was no university in Yukon when I graduated high school, so I had to pack my things and venture South. That’s how I ended up in Vancouver. 

I knew I wanted to study philosophy and psychology, but of themselves, I found those disciplines lacklustre. I found out about the COGS program at UBC and was immediately hooked.  

COGS attempts to create connections between its core disciplines and find solutions to the issues that arise from innovation. Technology like AR, VR, and AI all have an impact that needs to be mitigated. By focusing on the bigger picture, COGS graduates can find solutions outside of the siloed responses we’ve seen so far.

After finishing COGS with a focus on informal logic, I decided to pursue a related field, but one that would be more relevant in the current job market. I completed a Digital Strategy & Communications Management certificate with the University of Toronto and soon found work in communications and policy. My hope is to find a niche within the technology sector that can combine policy and writing in the future.

You can find out more about my educational background here.

After my studies, I found work as a policy analyst with the Yukon Legislative Assembly. Working for the third party meant that I only had four co-workers, two of whom were Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

My responsibilities were to research and condense all the information that the MLAs might need. Often, this meant that I only had four hours to research and deliver whatever they needed. This lent itself well to the master-of-all approach I learned in COGS, but the pace was on a whole different level.

I’ve also been working for the Pearson College Alumni Association. The PCAA was founded as a way to bring together the graduates of Pearson College UWC, where I went to high school.  

For me, this is a way to practice creating strong digital communities. I want to create a community where everyone feels welcome and where folks can rely on each other to help with their problems or their projects.  

Since Pearson College UWC is an international school, I work with people from around the world to create solutions to issues on a global scale. It’s been great connecting with new friends, and I’m happy to be working as one of eight directors of the PCAA, helping over 4000 alumni.  

You can find out more about where I’ve worked here or by finding me on LinkedIn.

I spend my free time playing video games, reading novels, and watching movies. I love to spend time outside, and I hike frequently.

I can’t predict the future, and I can’t possibly know where I’ll end up down the line, but for now, I’m happy working towards becoming a better communicator for both myself and those whose voices need to be amplified, whether that’s online or in person.