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. 

In the last few months 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’m hoping to branch into a community management role.  

I’ve recently completed a certificate in Digital Strategy & Communications Management from the University of Toronto. I also have a BA from UBC and have worked in all sorts of jobs, but you can find out more about me here

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, deepfakes, AI, and automation all have an impact that needs to be mitigated. By focusing on the bigger picture, COGS graduates can find solutions that siloed disciplines can’t see.

After finishing COGS with a focus on informal logic, I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in. I decided to pursue a related field, but one that would be more relevant in the current job market. My hope is that the Digital Strategy & Communications Management certificate will enable me to take on a role as a community manager.

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the timing was perfect for me to enter a field that focuses on online communication and how to create healthy, inclusive, and thriving digital communities.

You can find out more about my educational background here.

While I was studying, 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 lended 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, the PCAA brings together people from around the world to create solutions and insights to issues on the global scale. It’s been great connecting with all those folks, and I’m happy to be working as one of eight directors of the PCAA helping over 4000 alumni.  

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

Between my studying and what work I can find, I enjoy spending my time playing video games, reading novels, and watching movies.

I’ve also picked up baking and ice skating during the pandemic. Both were skills I’ve always wanted to get better at, and the pandemic was a good excuse to put time and effort into finally achieving competency in them.

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 who’s voices need to be amplified, whether that’s online or in person.

Cheers and thanks!