MIT Boot Camp - Conference Schedule (Calgary) | APEGA

MIT Boot Camp - Conference Schedule (Calgary)

Join us for APEGA's inaugural M.I.T. Boot Camp, a series of workshops tailored to equip and prepare young professionals for success in Edmonton and Calgary. The event will consist of seven professional development sessions, meal breaks, and a Creating Connections Mixer over two days full of knowledge and skill-building.

Our speakers will inspire you to take your career advancement to the next level with skills and tools that you will need along your professional development journey. The Creating Connections Mixer is a time to connect young professionals with highly esteemed members of the community. There will be appetizers and light refreshments available during this 90-minute networking mixer.

The M.I.T. Boot Camp is open to members-in-training across Alberta and other young professionals who are interested in furthering their career. Don’t miss out on this event – register today!

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Calgary - Day 1 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast (included)

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

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Networking 101

This session will help professionals connect with ease in any social business setting, such as conferences, client appreciation events, and internal and external meetings. The key to effective networking is to quickly develop rapport through meaningful conversation. There will be plenty of scenario demonstrations and skills practice to ensure participants gain confidence and feel more comfortable networking both internally and externally and thereby increase their sphere of influence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Move out of comfort zone to make connections and overcome shyness in themselves and others
  • Initiate rapport building small talk and move it to big talk
  • Smoothly enter and exit conversations
  • Action steps to strengthen and add value to new and existing relationships

Speaker: Joanne Blake, AICI, CIP, Founder of Success Inc.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

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Obligations for APEGA Professional Members

Being granted an APEGA professional license is a major milestone in your career. Many of us know that a professional license opens the door to many exciting and rewarding career opportunities. But with great privilege comes great responsibility. Many of us lose sight of the fact that a professional license also comes with expectations and obligations. Starting with an overview of the expectations and obligations as expressed in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, the General Regulation, and APEGA’s Standards and Guidelines, our panel will provide their perspective on how we can perform our duties while protecting the public interest.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the practice of engineering and geoscience as per the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
  • Review the professional obligations implied in APEGA's Code of Conduct and the five Rules of Conduct
  • Review the membership categories and the different practicing statuses permitted by APEGA
  • Inform the membership on the role of Professional Practice in developing professional practice standards, educating licensed professionals about the standards and guidelines, and evaluating licensed professionals and the permit holders against the standards
  • Engage in generative discussion on professional practice issues of interest to the membership

Speaker: Pal Mann, P.Eng., MDS, CD, APEGA Director, Professional Practice

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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Personal Money Management & Budgeting

This session will start with strategies about how to find and keep the motivation to manage money wisely. Such motivational strategies will include both past proven and currently evolving. This will be followed by a wide range of techniques/tips to assist you in reaching your financial goals. Within this wide range of techniques/tips, participants will be able to customize a strategy that is appropriate for their own circumstances. Testimonials of individuals who are successful savers will be used for a percentage of the session discussions. The session will conclude with a review of terminology, how financial planners play a role in money management/budgeting, and an understanding how marketers influence our decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to find and keep the motivation to continue the journey to financial wellness.
  • How to choose among numerous techniques/tips to assist in customizing an individual approach to money management.
  • Understand industry terminology, the role of the financial planners and the marketing industry.

Speaker: Franco Saccucci, MBA, BComm, Macewan University

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

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Risk Management & Safety

This session will provide an overview of the safety codes system in Alberta, including key legislation, codes and standards, governance, and administrative arrangements. Attendees will learn about the roles and responsibilities of safety codes officers and engineering professionals under the Safety Codes Act with respect to design reviews, variances and alternative solutions, field inspections, and other matters of relevance to professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Familiarize yourself with the safety codes system in Alberta
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of safety codes officers and professionals under the Safety Codes Act.

Speakers: James Orr and Kristopher Schmaltz, Safety Codes Council


Calgary - Day 2 - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast (included)

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

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Dealing with Difficult Conversations

Do you lose sleep over conversations that you wish you could do over – and do better? Learn the art of communicating with difficult people without becoming one yourself. With a focus on practical tips, this session helps you stretch your communication muscles and tone your verbal technique with the help of a professional messaging coach. This entertaining and interactive seminar highlights the power of words to turn conflict into cooperation. Learn how to keep your cool and your integrity while getting your message across.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify five different conflict archetypes, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to deal with them.
  • Provide a difficult person with feedback that builds bridges instead of burning them.
  • Diffuse an angry person or even an angry community and find a solution you can all live happily with.
  • Identify a bully at work or at home and understand the unique approach that's necessary for dealing with them.
  • Identify how difficult people and difficult situations impact our perceptions and leave with tangible ways to deal with them.

Speaker: Divona Herzog, MCE

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

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Enforcement and You

This session will provide detailed information of the Enforcement function of APEGA delivered by the Compliance and Discipline departments. We will clarify how the complaints are received at APEGA, how they are classified and resolved through different mechanisms, starting with initial interactions up to legal actions. For M.I.T.s, it is a great source of information to understand how the Compliance, Investigations, Discipline, and Appeal departments are interlinked, and it gives you a chance to clarify any questions related to these areas. Case histories are shared to highlight examples of different infractions and their resolution.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is APEGA’s legislated mandate in regulating engineering and geoscience professions?
  • What are the obligations of M.I.T.s in the self-regulation in their professions?
  • What are the meanings of self-regulation, public interest, public safety?
  • What is enforcement in APEGA’s world?
  • How does APEGA receive complaints from different stakeholders, and what is the rationale behind diverting them to different departments?
  • What kinds of infractions are handled by the compliance and investigations functions?
  • How do the cases proceed if not resolved through personal interactions and communications?
  • What should M.I.T.s be aware of to ensure they are not infringing upon reserved title, reserved practice, holding out, unprofessional conduct, and unethical practice issues?
  • What kinds of discipline sanctions be applied? What is a creative sanction?
  • What is the process of natural justice and how can APEGA’s decision be appealed if the resolution is not acceptable to the violator?
  • What responsibilities do M.I.T.s have in terms of reporting infractions at workplace or in the industry?

Edmonton Speaker: Saumya Barua, P.Eng., FEC, MBA, APEGA Compliance Manager

Calgary Speaker: Erum Afsar, P.Eng., APEGA Director, Enforcement

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

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From Unemployed to New Professional: Tips & Tricks You Need to Know

Just graduated? Out of the labour force for a while? This session will provide you with skills and increased confidence to get and nail that interview. You will learn how to position yourself through cover letters and resumes, how to research the organization and prepare for the interview, and how to respond to various types of questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how to position skills and experiences effectively in resumes and cover letters, matching your capabilities with job requirements
  • Describe how to research and prepare for the interview
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond to behavioural and other challenging interview questions

Speaker: Margaret Miyagishima, BA, MS, CPHR, PCC

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

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Creating Connections Mixer

The Creating Connections Mixer will follow our inaugural M.I.T. Boot Camp. This will be a time to connect young professionals with highly esteemed members of the community. We will have appetizers and light refreshments available during this 90-minute networking mixer. We hope to see you there!