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

Articles

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 »

Claiming Child Care Expenses

If you pay for child care so that you can go to work or school, you may be able to claim those expenses on your tax return. Each child for whom you claim expenses must meet the Canada Revenue Agency's eligibility requirements. The child must be younger… 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 »

Fundamentals for Purchasing a Stock

Everyone has heard the phrase "buy low, sell high," but price is only one of many factors to consider when choosing a stock. You can make an informed decision for yourself by analyzing a company's background data. Fundamental analysis takes… More »

Energy Audit Procedures

An energy audit is a procedure for assessing how your business uses energy and identifying ways to increase efficiency and save money. A typical audit entails collecting historical data of costs and consumption for all energy sources, comparison to benchmarks… 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 »

Budget Planning Tools

One of the first priorities of financial planning is to create a budget, and these days, there's no excuse for not having one. Put away the pencil and calculator and set yourself up for success with the budget planning tools available for home computers,… More »

Craft a Balanced LIfe Through Flexible Work

Rather than struggle to fit life around work, why not start making work fit around your life? … More »

Areas of Expertise

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