About US


Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) is one of North America's premier publishers of comprehensive technical online resource guides in the areas of environmental, health and safety, transportation, business practices, standards and laws.

Founded in 1986, STP serves more than 40,000 clients and approximately 1,000,000 users, ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to individual consultancies. STP provides integrated online subscription services for single or multiple users which can be adapted for delivery in most EMIS structures. STP publications are regularly updated to reflect new regulations in an ever-expanding range of topic areas.

STP publications are designed specifically for compliance and audit managers, professionals, and business leaders who want practical interpretation and application of rules and regulations in the North American and international arenas.

Meet the Team

Gail Ankiewicz

Gail Ankiewicz,

Gail has a qualification in Food & Clothing Technology from Durban University of Technology in South Africa. Before joining Specialty Technical Publishers she worked at the University of Pietermaritzburg and then transitioned into the banking industry where she began her long and varied technical sales and consulting career, incorporating high level account management. This continued in Canada working for Retail & Standards Authorities. As President of Specialty Technical Publishers, Gail Ankiewicz oversees the group’s environmental health, safety compliance and auditing division, and has managed STP’s transition from paper-based products to full online publishing as well as software partner relationships and integrations. She is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Gisela Temmel

Gisela Temmel,
Director of Editing

Gisela Temmel has had a 20-year career in editing and publishing, working with trade books, reference guides, technical reports and magazines for print and online delivery. Her subject areas have included business law and accounting, local government, construction, transportation, environmental law and health and wellness.

As Director of Editing at STP, she leads a team of editors who, together with expert authors, develop original content and regularly update STP's extensive range of publications.

In her free time, she enjoys the great outdoors and social dancing.

Roxane Cinnamon

Roxane Cinnamon,
Director of Sales and Training

Roxane joined the STP Team in 2010 as a Training Facilitator, bringing with her over 15 years of experience in sales, finance and client services. Having previously worked for a standards development company, Roxane recognizes the importance of understanding and applying standards properly. Combined with her interest in assisting the public, Roxane is pleased to use her experience to further client utilization and knowledge of STP guides and delivery methods.

In her spare time, Roxane enjoys various athletic activities, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Calvin Liu

Calvin Liu,
Senior Developer

Calvin was born in Beijing, China. He is an IT professional, devoted to system architecture and software development. He graduated from Peking University and has a Masters in Education from the Chinese Academy of Science. He also has a Project Management Diploma from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Calvin has over 15 years' experience working as a Software developer, Business Analyst, and Solution Architect for global companies. Planning and executing large scale IT projects locally and overseas. He recently reunited with his family in Vancouver and is excited with the opportunities offered by the IT role at STP.

He enjoys reading and travelling in his spare time.

Rafy Zhao

Rafy Zhao,
Senior Developer

Rafy Zhao is a full-stack Web & Mobile Application Developer who joined the STP IT Team in 2013. He has a Masters of Engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology. Before Rafy moved to Canada he had been working as an IT manager in Beijing for over 15 years. Now his primary focus and inspiration is Web Development.

Sandy Ciubotariu

Sandy Ciubotariu,
Administration Manager

Sandy graduated from “Dunarea de Jos” University in Galati, Romania with a degree in Food Processing Technologies. She immigrated to Canada in 1997 and continued her studies in Vancouver, opting for the Legal Administration field. In 2006 she joined Specialty Technical Publishers. Having previously worked for a software development company, and for ICBC, she is currently responsible for the day-to-day operation of the office, customer services and accounting. She counts reading and music among her hobbies.

Alicia Feinstadt

Alicia Feinstadt,
Account Manager

Alicia joined STP with 10 plus years’ experience in sales and customer service, bringing with her a focus on providing innovative products and a high standard of care. Transitioning from a career in post-secondary admissions and marketing, Alicia is passionate about utilizing her individualized approach to account management with an interest in establishing trusted relationships with clients.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys searching out and trying new restaurants, travelling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Mary MacPhee

Mary MacPhee,
Account Manager

Mary joined STP in 2018 bringing with her 20 years of experience in technology working within the CRM, Industrial Automation and Transportation verticals. Mary recognizes the importance of understanding critical business challenges for her customers and applying a solution.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys travel, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Shahvir Patell

Shahvir Patell,
Account Manager

Shahvir Patell joined Specialty Technical Publishers in 2018. He has a history of working with fortune 500 and fortune 1000 companies. His main focus areas are account management, business development and prospecting for new business.

His spare time finds him exploring new places, experimenting with different cuisines, keeping fit and checking out the latest music.

Debbie Downs

Debbie Downs,
Account Manager

Debbie joined STP in 2017 with 25+ years of experience in sales, business development, and is diligent about building and maintaining relationships. Having been a business owner for many years Debbie recognizes the challenges and works hard to provide clients with a solution.

In her spare time Debbie enjoys travel, family and spending time with friends.

STP News & Blog

Specialty Technical Publishers Has A New President
August 29, 2018

STP would like to announce some changes in the leadership of the company. Following the retirement of Steve Britten, Gail Ankiewicz has been appointed as President of the company. She has worked for many years as Vice-President & Director of Sales & Marketing and brings her product expertise and years of experience to the role. Roxane Cinnamon, for several years our Training Manager, is now Director of Sales & Training. Congratulations to both of them and wishing Steve a long and happy retirement.

Calvin Liu has joined STP as a Senior IT Developer and three new Account Managers have also been recruited. We warmly welcome Calvin, Alicia Feinstadt, Mary MacPhee, and Shahvir Patell to the STP team.

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Read Our Blog

December 4, 2018 Environment

United States Government Quietly Releases Dramatic New Recommendations For Combating Climate Change
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November 27, 2018 Employment 

Employment Contracts and Employee Termination Rights
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November 20, 2018 Health and Safety

Protecting Workplaces From Combustible Dust
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November 13, 2018 Internet

Supreme Court Limits Government Access to Cell Phone Tracking Data
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2018 Conferences and Events
March 6 - 7 NAEM IT St.Petersburg, FL
March 12 - 15 IIA Conference Las Vegas, NV
April 18 - 20 Intelex Austin, TX
April 30 – May 3 ProcessMap Hollywood Beach, FL
May 8 - 9 IAPC Philadelphia, PA
May 9 - 10 Gensuite Lawrenceburg, IN
May 15 - 17 ELCON Denver, CO
June 3 - 6 ASSE San Antonio, TX
June 19 - 20 Enablon Chicago, IL
October 3 - 4 IIA Conference Washington, DC
Oct. 24 - 26 NAEM Louisville, KY
Nov. 13 - 14 IAPC Houston, TX


STP welcomes applications from qualified individuals. STP is a small but dynamic organization and the work culture is collaborative and supportive, seeking to explore employees' career goals and fully utilize their skill sets.