Gwen Higgins

Gwen Higgins

Gwen Higgins is a writer and entrepreneur with more than 10 years of industry experience. Her credentials include a professional engineer designation, an Associate of Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering and commerce. She also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations in BC, Canada.

Published Work


Wastewater Reuse Guidelines

When fresh water is scarce, reuse of wastewater can increase the available supply. Treatment is usually required to clean the wastewater prior to reuse. Environmental protection and health laws vary by jurisdiction, and the US Environmental Protection… More »

5 Tax Tips for Newlyweds

Marriage is one of life’s major milestones, and it opens up new tax planning territory for Canadian couples. Take time to learn about the tax deductions and rules for couples. You can develop a personalized strategy to reduce tax payable and build… More »

Tax Tip: How Long Must an Impairment Last to Claim the Disability Tax Credit?

Canada Revenue Agency defines disability as a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions that lasts, or is expected to last, for at least one year. However, duration of impairment is not the only criteria that must be met to claim… More »

Tax Tip: What Form Must I Complete to Apply for Voluntary Disclosure?

You or your authorized representative must complete form RC199, Taxpayer Agreement - Voluntary Disclosures Program, to apply for the VDP. If you are represented by an accountant or other person, you must also include form T1013, Authorizing or Cancelling… More »

How to Do Taxes Online Free in Canada

You can get your refund quickly by filing your tax return online using Netfile. The Canada Revenue Agency has made it easier than ever to file online; you need only your Social Insurance Number and date of birth to access Netfile. You also can file your… More »

Leveraging Your Expertise From Another Industry or Profession

A career in technical writing need not start with a degree in English, Journalism or Technical Communication. Many companies seek writers with specific education and experience related to their industry, … More »

Industries That Hire Technical Writers

So you want to be a technical writer – you’ve earned a degree or certification, but now you need a job. Where to start? … More »

Free Resources for Improving Your Writing Skills

Good communication skills are essential for career success. Improve your writing skills with these free, online resources.… More »

High Starting Salaries, Meaningful Work...but Few Takers

Although starting salaries are high and career paths plentiful, newly graduated chemical engineers are scarce. Only 0.3% of baccalaureate degrees were for chemical engineering in 2008, and statistics have not changed much in North America. … More »

A Holistic Approach to Sustainability

An interview with accomplished chemical engineer Laura Gimpelson on the topic of sustainable remediation of contaminated industrial sites.… More »

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Business, Management, Finance
  • Energy Industries