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28
March
2017

Medicine Hat Branch Annual General Meeting

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Review of 2017 Branch activities, and election of the 2017 Branch Executive.

Register by March 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again, time for the APEGA Medicine Hat Branch Annual General Meeting! Join us for dinner, a summary of the branch's activities over the past year, the election of the new Branch Executive and listen to Jonathan Neufeld, P.Eng., MBA speak on Innovation.

Presenter Biography

Jonathan Neufeld, B.Sc., MBA, joined TECTERRA in 2011 to create a world-leading geomatics lab facility and training program. As a result, the geomatics lab has been able to assist hundreds of companies across Canada to test and develop new technology. As Director of Commercialization Programs he provides direction and leadership in the definition, execution, and management of TECTERRA's investment and funding programs.

Jonathan is the father of three small children and an avid hiker, climber and cyclist. He is passionate about where technology will take us into the future.

Where

Paradise Valley Golf Course

90 Gehring Rd SE
Medicine Hat 

Speaker

Jonathan Neufeld, P.Eng., MBA

Cost

$35

Recommended for All Members
Registration Deadline March 24, 2017 

Register Now

28
March
2017

Vermilion River Branch AGM & Pool Night

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A review of 2017 Branch activities, and election of the 2017 Executive. And then pool and a social mixer!

Join the APEGA Vermilion River Branch for some friendly pool competition! Come out for an evening of pool and social engagement with your local APEGA Branch. It will also be a great opportunity to learn what our Branch does for you and how you can get involved. In addition we will be selecting the upcoming year’s Executive Committee!

Get Involved: Executive Committee Nominations

APEGA Vermilion River Branch is looking for nominations for the Executive Committee to serve on the Branch for the upcoming year. All positions are available and descriptions can be found on our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the AGM.

Registration is not required for this event. 

Where

The Sticks Billiards & Lounge

5704 44 Street

Lloydminster

Cost

Free

Recommended forAll Members 


29
March
2017

ConsignO Desktop

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to use ConsignO Desktop to sign your documents. Covers signatures, PDF conversion, templates, stamping, and more.

Webinars offered by APEGA are interactive and are designed to be participated in with one attendee per computer. Read about APEGA webinars for more information.

In this webinar, you will learn how to use ConsignO Desktop to sign your documents. It will cover single signatures, multiple signatures and advanced operations such as converting to the PDF/A format, applying templates, stamping, merging documents, etc. At the end of the training, you will have become familiar with the basics of digital signatures and will be able to improve your productivity in your practice.

Note: This webinar is intended for Members who currently use this digital signature product for authentication in their practice.

This session is presented by Notarius, a company which provides trusted digital signatures and solutions that ensure the long-term reliability of documents.

Where

Online Webinar

Time

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Speaker 

Notarius

Cost

Free

Skills & Knowledge

Regulatory
Leadership
Business/Management
Project Management

Recommended forProfessional Members
Members-in-Training
Applicants
University Students

Register Now

29
March
2017

Fort McMurray Branch Annual General Meeting and Dinner

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Branch for dinner, a recap of Branch activites, election of the new Executive, and a presentation on last year's wildfire emergency response & recovery.

Register by March 27, 2017

It’s that time of year again, time for the Fort McMurray Branch Annual General meeting!  Join the Branch for dinner, followed by a recap of Branch activites and the election of the new Executive. Find out what the Branch does for you and how you can get involved.

The fesitivies will wrap with a presentation by Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng. titled "Fort McMurray Wildfire Emergency Response and Water System Recovery".

Where

Shell Place

1 C.A. Knight Way,

Ballroom B

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Presenter

Jason Vanderzwaag, P.Eng.

Cost $35
Recommended for Voting Members
Registration Deadline March 27, 2017

Register Now

30
March
2017

Yellowhead Branch President's Visit & Annual General Meeting

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Meet APEGA President Steve Hrudey for an update on Branch and Association activities, and take part in the election of the 2017 Branch Executive.

Register by March 23, 2017

President Steve Hrudey, P. Eng., PhD, DSc(Eng), FEC, FCAE, FSRAEach year the President of APEGA visits our volunteer Branches around the province and meets with members and permit holders. This is an excellent opportunity for President Hrudey to hear about some of the work our members are doing and to provide an update on activities that your Association has been undertaking in addition to our core regulatory responsibilities.

The health and sustainability of the engineering and geoscience professions affect all Members. Part of the privilege of self-regulation requires we remain attuned to the evolving states and needs of industry, government and the public. As a regulator, APEGA touches all three.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will include a summary report of Branch activities from the past year and the election of the 2017 Executive. 

Where

Best Western 
High Road Inn 
300 52nd Street
Edson 

Speaker President Steve Hrudey, P. Eng., PhD, DSc(Eng), FEC, FCAE, FSRA
Cost

Members & Guests: $25 
Students: $20 

Recommended for All Members 
Registration Deadline March 23, 2017

Register Now

1
April
2017

Graduating Students Ethics Workshop & Ring Ceremonies

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

This event is by invitation only. Graduating students of the University of Alberta participate in an ethics workshop and then an Iron Ring or Earth Ring ceremonies.

This event is by invitation only

Every spring, APEGA offers an ethics workshop that is held before the Iron and Earth Ring ceremonies.

Students would have received an invitation already with the full details of this event.

Location

Shaw Conference Centre

9797 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton

Registration

7:30 a.m.

Assembly Foyer

Ethics Workshop

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Hall A

Iron Ring Ceremony

11:00 a.m.

Hall BC

Earth Ring Ceremony

12:30 p.m.

Earth Sciences Building,

University of Alberta

1
April
2017

Graduating Students Ethics Workshop & Ring Ceremonies

7:45 am - 12:30 pm

By invitation only. Graduates of the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University participate in an ethics workshop and then Iron Ring or Earth Ring ceremony

This event is by invitation only

Every spring, APEGA offers an ethics workshop that is held before the Iron and Earth Ring ceremonies.

Students would have received an invitation already with the full details of this event.

Location

Telus Convention Centre

102 9th Avenue SW

North Building

Calgary

Registration

7:45 a.m.

Exhibition Prefunction (North Building)

Ethics Workshop

9:00 a.m.

North Building

Iron Ring Ceremony

11:30 a.m.

Exhibition Hall C&D

Earth Ring Ceremony

12:00 p.m.

Exhibition Hall E

4
April
2017

Transforming Team Accountability and Results in 90 Days

10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this webinar we will walk through developing a culture of accountability, and how to transform your team in 90 days with a language and system of accountability.

Register by April 3, 2017

Webinars offered by APEGA are interactive and are designed to be participated in with one attendee per computer. Read about APEGA webinars for more information.

A great position for a leader to be in to achieve Team Key Results would be to know that every single person on their team:

  1. knows clearly what the Team Key Results are; 
  2. is aligned to achieve those results; 
  3. is accountable to the results; and
  4. holds everyone else to a mutual accountability

So, how can this be done? Partners In Leadership has over 25 years of experience and many success stories doing precisely this with the world's best companies, including half of the Fortune 50. They quite literally wrote the books on organizational accountability and have developed the largest body of work on how to achieve key organizational results by developing a Culture of Accountability®. 

In this webinar we will walk through what the process looks like, and how to transform your team in 90 days with a language and system of accountability. This system encourages greater collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving than ever to ensure your team is doing everything possible to achieve your team's key results. 

A team with a compelling case for change, a new leader, a new mandate, or a team just wanting to greatly improve their results and potential will find this webinar compelling.

Presenter Biography

Stephan Brandt, CET,Stephan Brandt, CET, is the Managing Director of DOOR Training & Consulting, the Exclusive Authorized International Representative in Canada for Partners In Leadership, known as the Accountability Training and Culture Change Company™. Stephan works with the people who quite literally wrote the books on Accountability to help leaders hold people accountable in a positive and principled way, and to help individuals, teams and organizations transform and achieve their Key Results, create alignment and increase engagement of the entire organization with a Culture of Accountability®. Stephan has been a business leader and the leader of a faith-based community organization for 25 years in multiple capacities including Youth Leadership and Leadership Development.

Speaker 

Stephen Brandt, CET

Cost

Free

Eligible PDH 1
Recommended for

All Members

Skills & Knowledge Leadership
Business/Management
Interpersonal/Communication
Project Management
Registration Deadline April 3, 2017 

Register Now

5
April
2017

ConsignO Desktop

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to use ConsignO Desktop to sign your documents. Covers signatures, PDF conversion, templates, stamping, and more.

Webinars offered by APEGA are interactive and are designed to be participated in with one attendee per computer. Read about APEGA webinars for more information.

In this webinar, you will learn how to use ConsignO Desktop to sign your documents. It will cover single signatures, multiple signatures and advanced operations such as converting to the PDF/A format, applying templates, stamping, merging documents, etc. At the end of the training, you will have become familiar with the basics of digital signatures and will be able to improve your productivity in your practice.

Note: This webinar is intended for Members who currently use this digital signature product for authentication in their practice.

This session is presented by Notarius, a company which provides trusted digital signatures and solutions that ensure the long-term reliability of documents.

Where

Online Webinar

Time

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Speaker 

Notarius

Cost

Free

Skills & Knowledge

Regulatory
Leadership
Business/Management
Project Management

Recommended for Professional Members
Members-in-Training
Applicants
University Students

Register Now

6
April
2017

Professional Planning to Work Abroad (or Coming Home)

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Planning to go abroad for work? Navigation of residency issues is complex and difficult to implement in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions.

Register by March 31, 2017 

Planning to go abroad for work? Navigation of residency issues is complex and difficult to implement in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions. Some of the issues you may need to deal with include:

  • Overseas Employment Tax Credit
  • Moving 401K and IRA back to Canada
  • Disclosure of international assets (T1135).

There are many issues to consider when becoming a non-resident because Canadian expatriates face more and more rigorous tax regulations. You need to consider your investment and currency strategies, banking, logistics, and more. The international investment environment is exceptionally dynamic, with intensified compliance and regulatory standards. Wealth planning is critical in this situation and should not be overlooked.

Other concerns that need to be addressed include how to adapt culturally overseas and planning for your return back to Canada.

This seminar will provide you with alerts and strategies for all these issues.

Presenter Biographies

Tom Boleantu, B.A., P.Geol.

Tom Boleantu, B.A., P.Geol., is a Professional Retirement Consultant, and CEO of Expatriate Group International Planning. For the past 26 years, the Expatriate Group has assisted over 2,000 Canadians moving to or from more than 50 countries. The unique service at one location can address and implement all expatriate tax planning needs prior to departure, during the offshore contract and following return to retirement. Tom Boleantu studied geology at McMaster University and worked in exploration geology for 25 years before entering the financial services industry.

Mo AhmadMo Ahmad has over 17 years of experience providing tax advice to corporate and individual clients in cross-border situations. He has lived in a number of different countries so he knows first-hand what it means to relocate. As well, he has visited over 60 countries. He is a lawyer by training and has worked in the accounting field for the majority of his career.

Where

Windsor Conference Centre
APEGA
2200-700 2 St SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Tom Boleantu, P.Geol.

Mo Ahmad

Cost

$45

Recommended for Members considering working abroad
Registration Deadline March 31, 2017 

Register Now

12
April
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members.

Register by April 10, 2017 

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years. 

This seminar covers:

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process
Where

APEGA Calgary Office
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2nd Street SW

Cost Free
Eligible PDH 2.5
Skills & Knowledge  Regulatory
Recommended for Professional Members
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline April 10, 2017

Register Now

13
April
2017

Incident Investigation and Analysis to Uncover Latent Causes

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn how to investigate incidents in your organization, including uncovering causes, managing action lists, and preventing recurrences.

Register by April 6, 2017

Have you ever gone through an investigation, only to wonder if you’ve found the right causes? Or walk away with a laundry list of action items in the hundreds? Sign up for this session to learn how to uncover the incident causes and explore two methods to rank and manage the actions so owners and clients can make informed decisions for implementation.

Organizations experience incidents ranging in severity from the near miss with no consequences, up to a major loss incident with significant consequences for people – workers and the public, the environment, and business interests (assets, productivity, reputation, and social license). By applying these work processes, you can discover the underlying latent causes so you can identify effective recommendations to prevent a recurrence. This approach is reactive when investigating an incident in one’s own facility, yet can be proactive when applied to external events to learn from others.

This session is based on the presenter's extensive application in over 100 actual loss incidents. Discussion includes: 

  • incident investigation key points
  • rigorous root cause analysis (no special software needed!)
  • a fresh perspective on the Swiss Cheese Model, how to manage the recommendations
  • the positive impact that the effective application of these work processes can have on your organization’s safety culture

By participating in this session, you'll receive:

  • A tip-sheet to know when you’ve uncovered the latent causes in a root cause analysis
  • A tip-sheet for prioritizing and managing the recommendations from the incident investigation

Presenter Biography

john cocchioJohn R. Cocchio, is an industrial professor with the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John is also the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of engineering safety and risk management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 30 years of petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants. 

Where

APEGA Lindberg Conference Centre

1500 Scotia One

10060 Jasper Ave.

Edmonton

Speaker

John R. Cocchio

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Non-Members: $355

Members-in-Training: $205

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for

Everyone

 

Skills & Knowledge

Engineering

Leadership

Safety and Risk Management

Registration DeadlineApril 6, 2017

Register Now

16
April
2017

How did I lose myself? Finding your confidence in a new country

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

If you are new Canada and feeling isolated, this webinar can help rebuild confidence. Learn information and strategies for immigrants struggling to integrate.

Register by April 15, 2017

"The very thought of going out and looking for work scared the living day lights out of me. l felt as though I wasn't good enough and all of the people around me looked as though they knew exactly where they were going and what they wanted to achieve."

"What is the matter with me? I used to be so confident!"

"I started to think that maybe it is me, maybe I wasn't as good as I thought I was after all. I felt so sad I could hardly make myself go to work."

New immigrants often blame themselves for not being able to integrate quickly into the new country, find work, or fit into their new work culture and society. People may feel they are spending most of their time playing catch-up with what their Canadian colleagues already know, and that their own culture is "deficit".

Even after longer periods in the new country, they experience an acute sense of loss of confidence, identity, and skill. In the workplace, this lack of confidence results in immigrants underselling themselves and staying quietly in the background, or becoming defensive and angry.

So how do you get past these feelings? What can you do to find yourself again, and re-establish your confidence?

This web training focuses on actions you can take to rebuild your confidence. It starts with understanding the actual rather than imagined timeline of adjustment to a new country and continues with practical tips and examples to move forward.

Marie Gervais of Shift Management and Gerard Kelejian of New Canadians TV will feature real strategies used by immigrants to connect, build confidence and overcome loneliness and isolation. They will describe ways to stay hopeful, increase Canadian soft skill competency and focus on what is working. The goal is to start the process of reconnecting you to your true, capable self so you can move forward confidently towards your goals and celebrate small wins along the way.

Presenter Biographies

Gerard KeledjianGerard Keledjian is the Founder and Executive Producer of New Horizons Media, a multicultural video production social enterprise, where he works with a team of internationally-trained media professionals, young graduates and people with disabilities to assist Canadian non-profits and small businesses with their video production and content needs.In April 2015, Gerard launched NEW CANADIANS, a web and TV show dedicated to newcomers to Canada and would-be immigrants. He is a recipient of Pioneers for Change Award for Excellence in Innovation (2015) and MNLCT Community Impact Award (2016); a member of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) and the Chair of New Canadian Media Professionals’ Network (NCMP), a professional immigrant network for internationally trained journalists and media professionals in Canada.

Marie Gervais, PhD, CTDPMarie Gervais, PhD, CTDP, CEO of Shift Management Inc., brings workplace learning to new heights with supervisory and leadership training for industry, online learning, webinars, and workplace learning needs assessment services. She applies field-based practical tools to workplace problems, builds capacity for systems thinking and problem solving, and facilitates collaborative teamwork for today’s multicultural workforce. If you are looking for leadership training with real workplace results, happy employees and increased market share, a conversation with Marie is the best place to start. 

Where

Online

Speaker 

Marie Gervais, PhD, CTDP
Gerard Keldjian

Cost

Free

Eligible PDH

1

Recommended for

Internationally Trained Members

Managers 

Skills & Knowledge

Interpersonal/Communication

Registration Deadline

April 15, 2017

Register Now

19
April
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members

Register by April 17, 2017 

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years. 

This seminar covers: 

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process

Presenter Biography

Dustin Baptist, P.Eng.Dustin Baptist, P.Eng., graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a B.Sc. in computer engineering. Since that time, Dustin has held various positions within the electric utility industry in Alberta, with more than 8 years leading regional engineering activities for the power company in Grande Prairie. Dustin has been involved several times on creating and re-writing professional practise management plans and has been operating as a Responsible Member since 2013. In his spare time, Dustin involves woodworking and giving electricity presentations to Grade 9 students.

Where

APEGA Edmonton Office
15th Floor, Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave NW

Presenter

Dustin Baptist, P.Eng.

Cost Free 
Eligible PDH 2.5
Skills & Knowledge  Regulatory
Recommended for Professional Members,
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline April 17, 2017

Register Now

20
April
2017

Branch Luncheon: Alberta’s Electricity Evolution

11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Hear how the Alberta Electric System Operator works with the Government of Alberta to phase out coal power and transition to renewable electricity.

Register by April 14, 2017

Mike Law is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). He will present an update on the AESO's key role in implementing the Government of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan. In 2016, the AESO developed the Renewable Electricity Program and recommended Alberta transition to a capacity market to encourage investment in firm generation. Hear how these major initiatives will work together to achieve the objectives of phasing out coal-fired generation and integrating 5,000 megawatts of new renewables by 2030, while maintaining a reliable grid and ensuring supply adequacy.

Presenter Biography

Mike LawMichael Law was appointed Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in January 2017. Mr. Law first joined the AESO in 2009 as Vice-President, Operations.

Mr. Law leads the execution of the AESO's strategic plan and supporting initiatives, and provides leadership and direction to the AESO’s core business units. He is accountable for the delivery and integration of the AESO's information technology, markets, operations, regulatory, and transmission functions as well as the Renewable Electricity Program. Mr. Law also represents the AESO as a trusted leader to ensure the company maintains effective relationships with stakeholders in the electricity industry, government agencies, governing bodies and public.

Prior to joining the AESO, Mr. Law was Vice-President, North American Power for Direct Energy Marketing Limited in Calgary, overseeing the company’s wholesale electricity portfolio management business. In his previous role with Direct Energy Marketing, Mr. Law had oversight of the Canadian power and natural gas commodity trading operations.

Mr. Law holds a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, both from the University of British Columbia.

Where

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

133 9 Avenue SW
Calgary

Presenter

Mike Law,

Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer,

Alberta Electric System Operator

Cost

Members & Guests: $50

Students: $25

ASAP: $15
Recommended for All Members
Registration Deadline April 14, 2017 

Register Now

26
April
2017

Incident Investigation and Analysis to Uncover Latent Causes

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn how to investigate incidents in your organization, including uncovering causes, managing action lists, and preventing recurrences.

Register by April 19, 2017

Have you ever gone through an investigation, only to wonder if you’ve found the right causes? Or walk away with a laundry list of action items in the hundreds? Sign up for this session to learn how to uncover the incident causes and explore two methods to rank and manage the actions so owners and clients can make informed decisions for implementation.

Organizations experience incidents ranging in severity from the near miss with no consequences, up to a major loss incident with significant consequences for people – workers and the public, the environment, and business interests (assets, productivity, reputation, and social license). By applying these work processes, you can discover the underlying latent causes so you can identify effective recommendations to prevent a recurrence. This approach is reactive when investigating an incident in one’s own facility, yet can be proactive when applied to external events to learn from others. 

This session is based on the presenter's extensive application in over 100 actual loss incidents. Discussion includes:

  • incident investigation key points
  • rigorous root cause analysis (no special software needed!)
  • a fresh perspective on the Swiss Cheese Model, how to manage the recommendations
  • the positive impact that the effective application of these work processes can have on your organization’s safety culture

By participating in this session, you'll receive:

  • A tip-sheet to know when you’ve uncovered the latent causes in a root cause analysis
  • A tip-sheet for prioritizing and managing the recommendations from the incident investigation

Presenter Biography

john cocchioJohn R. Cocchio is an industrial professor with the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John is also the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of engineering safety and risk management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 30 years of petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants. 

Where

APEGA Windsor Conference Centre

2200 Scotia Centre

700 2nd Street SW

Calgary

Speaker

John R. Cocchio

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Non-Members: $355

Members-in-Training: $205

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for

Everyone

 

Skills & Knowledge

Engineering

Leadership

Safety and Risk Management

Registration Deadline April 19, 2017

Register Now

27
April
2017

APEGA Summit 2017: AGM, awards show, and 2 days of PD!

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The APEGA Summit is APEGA's biggest event of the year! Attend the AGM, the Summit Awards, and a 2-day PD conference.

Register by April 18, 2017

Celebrate Excellence in Engineering and Geoscience at the APEGA Summit 2017

Be part of APEGA’s biggest event of the year! APEGA Summit 2017 brings together Members, Permit Holders, government representatives, and other professionals for the annual general meeting, the Summit Awards, and a two-day professional development conference.

Where

TELUS Convention Centre
120 9 Ave SE
Calgary 

Cost

$550 for all APEGA Summit events
($575 after March 19, 2017)

 

AGM Only: $0
AGM Luncheon: $50
Summit Awards Show: $150
PD Conference: $350

Skills & Knowledge Regulatory
Technical
Leadership & Management
Job Search Savvy
Recommended for Everyone
Registration Deadline April 18, 2017

More Info and Registration

1
May
2017

2 Days: Fundamentals of Project Management

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This session provides an opportunity to discuss project management frameworks using several tools that are essential for successful project management.

Register by April 24, 2017 

Knowing the fundamentals of an effective project management framework is useful when applied to technical and non-technical projects. This session provides an opportunity to discuss such a framework using several tools that are essential for successful project management. Session activities will focus on front-end planning, communication, and teamwork.

New and potential project managers should already have an introductory knowledge of the project life cycle, the gated process, and other basics of projects and project management.

Using real-life examples and class discussions, you will apply your new knowledge of project work, management tools, and skills for practical problem solving. You will also discover how to define a project, and particularly outlining the need, the stakeholders, and budgeting within a Project Charter.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, you will have learned:

  1. How to develop project schedules, cost estimates, and responsibility charts
  2. How to organize, lead, and sustain a project team
  3. How to control projects (e.g. schedule control, cost control and change management)

You will also receive copies of templates for your own RACI chart and Project Charter.

These lessons involve planning, organizing, controlling, and closing your project.

Planning the Project

Developing your Project Execution Plan with:

  • Project activities
  • Estimating time
  • Estimating costs
  • Contingencies
  • Sequencing activities
  • Schedules
  • RACI charts

Organizing the Project

Managing the "soft" issues like:

  • Selecting the project manager and team
  • Assigning work packages
  • Leadership
  • Building and sustaining project teams

Controlling the Project

Reviewing different project controls, including:

  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Managing scope changes

Closing the Project

Wrapping up your project and making sure you have:

  • Client acceptance
  • Documentation
  • Post-implementation audit
  • Lessons learned

Presenter Biography

George Jergeas, P.Eng., PhDGeorge Jergeas, P.Eng., PhD, is a Professional Engineer and professor at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. He has more than 35 years of experience investigating cost overruns and delays on major capital projects. Today, he does project management consulting and training for both public and private sector organizations. He has a strong interest in improving project success by establishing effective project teams.

George's work centers on improving project alignment, building and sustaining project teams, enhancing productivity, and making effective contractual arrangements. He has assisted project teams in oil sands developments, hospitals, roads and bridges, tunnelling, LRT expansions and mining. George co-authored Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects: Beyond the Myth of Predictability. He is a dynamic and engaging long-standing speaker with APEGA.

Where

APEGA Windsor Board Room

2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker

George Jergeas, P.Eng., Ph.D

Cost

APEGA Members*: $555

*includes MITs

Non-Members: $575

Eligible PDH 14
Recommended for

Professional Members
Members-in-Training
Managers/Supervisors
Open to the Public

Skills & Knowledge Project Management
Registration Deadline April 24, 2017

Register Now

4
May
2017

Boosting Your Employability

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Delve into what employers are really looking for when they are hiring and explore how to identify a variety of career options.

Register by April 27, 2017

Alberta continues to face unpredictable and turbulent economic times. Finding new career opportunities in a tight labour market can definitely be challenging. In this lively presentation, we will demystify the process for proactively taking control of your career direction. We will delve into what employers are really looking for when they are hiring and explore how to identify a variety of career options. You will learn about the transferrable skills that can open new doors for you, and gain insight into how to make connections for tapping the hidden job market.

When you participate in this session, you will receive:

  • Practical handout with information, tools and tips to help participants take charge of their career journey.

Presenter Biography

Claudia Verburgh, CMC, CPHRClaudia Verburgh, CMC, CPHR, is a seasoned career development, leadership development and human resources professional with over 25 years of experience. Claudia’s background includes working with hundreds of individuals and supporting them through their career transitions, helping them to take stock of where they want to go and how to get there. Claudia was previously a Senior Manager with KPMG Consulting, leading their Career Consulting practice where she developed programs and personally coached individuals to achieve their career goals. Currently Claudia’s work focuses on building productive, high engagement workplaces by helping leaders and teams to be their best.

Where

Lindberg Conference Centre
APEGA Edmonton
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton

Speaker 

Claudia Verburgh, CMC, CPHR

Cost

$45

Eligible PDH 1.5
Recommended for All Members
Skills & Knowledge

Business/Management

Communication/Interpersonal

Registration Deadline April 27, 2017 

Register Now

10
May
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members.

Register by May 8, 2017 

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years.

This seminar covers:

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process

Presenter Biography

David ClarkeSince graduating from the University of Calgary in Electrical Engineering, David Clarke has accumulated over 35 years of experience in senior management, project management, engineering management, process controls and instrumentation covering a wide variety of projects in the energy sector both in Alberta and internationally.  David’s management roles include VP Engineering for a major EPC company in Calgary.  David is known as an effective manager who puts people first to get exceptional results.

Where

APEGA Calgary Office
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2nd Street SW

Presenter

David Clarke 

Cost Free
Eligible PDH 2.5
Skills & Knowledge  Regulatory
Recommended for Professional Members
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline May 8, 2017

Register Now

10
May
2017

Cultural Diversity: The key to innovation and creativity

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This web presentation helps participants find inroads into spaces of creativity and innovation through the development of intercultural competence.

Register by May 9, 2017

As the world becomes more interconnected, the demand for each of us to be able to shift our cultural perspective and change our behaviours will only become greater. 

Many now realize that learning to navigate cultural differences is a critical skill for the future. Yet the space between cultures can be a mixture of hope and frustration. How do we navigate these storms as we strive to build relevant businesses? If innovation is the recommended approach, how do we get there? 

Hamlin Grange provides a key to creative and innovative solutions to complex problems through the development of intercultural competence—bringing greater self-awareness, reflection, and the ability to bridge across differences. 

This web prese participants find inroads into spaces of creativity and innovation through the development of intercultural competence.ntation helps

Participants will learn:

  • The stages of intercultural competence and why they matter
  • Different ways of thinking and behaving to enhance innovation and creativity
  • How conflict style variations contribute to the creative process 

Presenter Biography

Hamlin GrangeHamlin Grange is a diversity and inclusion strategist with nearly two decades of experience working with individuals, teams, and organizations to help them meet the challenges and reap the rewards of a culturally diverse population. He is president and principal consultant of DiversiPro, a diversity consulting firm based in Toronto. As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS), Hamlin believes it is important to understanding the impact of culture on team dynamics and individual interaction. Hamlin has worked with corporations, not-for-profit agencies and governments in Canada, the US, and Europe. He is a well-respected facilitator and trainer with keen insights into board governance, team dynamics, and intercultural competence. 

Where

Online

Speaker 

Hamlin Grange

 

Cost

Free

Eligible PDH

1

Recommended for

All Members

Managers

 

Skills & Knowledge

Interpersonal/Communication

 

Registration Deadline

May 9, 2017

Register Now

16
May
2017

Engineering Better Team Member Performance with Coaching

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn ways to maximize the effectiveness, engagement, and potential of your employees and contractors with effective coaching.

Register by May 9, 2017 

Mastering the ability to bring the best in your people at work is critical to high performing project teams. Coaching your team members enhances their workplace productivity and level of engagement in performing the tasks at hand. 

Every employee and contractor on your projects can reach a higher level of performance, including your average and best performers. What they need is a manager who can coach them, someone who can maximize their individual effectiveness on the job. Learn how to raise their potential and level of work performance and optimize the work being done by your team.

When you participate in this session, you'll learn:

  • Ways to seamlessly integrate coaching into everyday managerial duties.
  • How to assess your team performance gaps
  • How to apply the COACH model to support performance improvement at work

Presenter Biography

Russell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMIRussell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMI, is “Leadership Champion” with Bluegem Learning. He is a certified trainer, leadership coach and writer with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Russell has a passion for developing emerging leaders and those transitioning from frontline roles into Middle Management, by building their capability and confidence with a blend of dynamic experiential learning and workplace coaching. Russell’s mission is to develop GREAT leaders in every organization he works, with and consign ‘bad bosses’ to the history books.

Russell has a proven track record of success internationally, in a wide range of organizational cultures including small to medium size enterprises, law enforcement agencies, national government departments, charities and not for profits, and with all levels from front line customer facing staff to executive management boards. He holds an advanced Diploma in Training and Development, is certified in manager Coaching and Mentoring and is an accredited Psychometric Practitioner.

Where

Windsor Conference Room
APEGA Calgary
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Russell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMI

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Members-in-Training: $205
Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for All Members
Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Business/Management

Interpersonal/Communication

Project Management

Registration Deadline May 9, 2017

Register Now

16
May
2017

Business Development Skills for Consulting Engineers and Geoscientists

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Become a respected leader in business development by developing technical skills to stand out and increase follow-up business from your projects.

Register by May 9, 2017

There are only three possible sources for gaining new business. By participating in this session, you will learn the best approach for each source of business development! Consulting Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists will develop the technical skills to stand out from the competition. With a high status and credible presence, you need to be adept at communicating with clients so they are more motivated to do business with you. Become a respected leader in business development by practicing the competencies to increase follow-up business from your projects.

Discover the strategies behind using specific language, adopting the best manner for presenting your ideas, and applying the top process for meeting the needs of potential clients in a way that guarantees to generate new business. This program works for all personality types, ranging from the introvert to the extrovert. You can be yourself as you adopt these techniques to connect successfully with your prospects and clients so you can book more business!

Alice’s book, Say NO to Me! The True Power of Up-Side Down Selling, is a Canadian best-seller and has been translated into seven languages. Her next book is Un-Selling Skills for Engineers and Technical Experts: Clients don’t Want to be Sold to; They Want to be Helped! (co-authored with Craig Murray, P.Eng., VP Mining and Minerals with the Saskatchewan Research Council). Another soon-to-be published book of Alice’s, How the Top 10% Do It!, is co-authored with Louis Pappas P.Eng.

By participating in this session, you will receive the following:

  • Business Development Skills Workbook (systems and processes to connect with potential clients)
  • Five, 5-minute videos on meaningful client conversations
  • Action plan for managing scope creep with ease and confidence

Presenter’s Biography

Alice Wheaton, BScN, MAAlice Wheaton, BScN, MA, is an executive coach, business development facilitator, consultant, and best-selling author, who works with individuals and leaders of engineering and technical firms to help them create new opportunities and book more business. As one of the most accomplished business development experts in North America, Alice has been helping her clients get more clients and increase their market share for over two decades. She began her career in sales with Xerox, and success in her sales career led to forming her own company and becoming a world-class business consultant, facilitator, and speaker.

She began her career in sales with Xerox, and success in her sales career led to forming her own company and becoming a world-class business consultant, facilitator, and speaker.

Where

APEGA Edmonton Office
15th Floor, Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave NW

Edmonton

Presenter

Alice Wheaton, BScN, MA

Cost

Professional Members: $305

Members-In-Training: $205

Non Members: $355
Eligible PDH7
Skills & Knowledge Business/Management
Recommended forAll Members
Registration DeadlineMay 9, 2017

Register Now

17
May
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members.

Register by May 15, 2017 

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years. 

This seminar covers: 

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process

Presenter Biography

Shreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMPShreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMP currently is the Assistant Director of Professional Practice with APEGA. His main focus is in improving APEGA’s policies, processes and procedures for effective regulatory and compliance functions. Shreeram is an experienced Professional Engineer and Project Manager, with over 10 years of experience in advanced wireless communication systems engineering R&D, software development, and project management. With a PhD in wireless communication systems and project management professional (PMP) designation, he brings a diverse expertise in initiating and managing through all phases of technology R&D projects tailored to industry trends and needs. Shreeram also brings experience in consulting (software development and testing), teaching, supervising, and managing the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) program of the Government of Canada. 

Where

APEGA Edmonton Office
15th Floor, Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave NW

Presenter

Shreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMP

Cost Free
Eligible PDH 2.5
Skills & Knowledge  Regulatory
Recommended for Professional Members
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline May 15, 2017

Register Now

18
May
2017

Business Development Skills for Consulting Engineers and Geoscientists

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Become a respected leader in business development by developing technical skills to stand out and increase follow-up business from your projects.

Register by May 11, 2017

There are only three possible sources for gaining new business. By participating in this session, you will learn the best approach for each source of business development! Consulting Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists will develop the technical skills to stand out from the competition. With a high status and credible presence, you need to be adept at communicating with clients so they are more motivated to do business with you. Become a respected leader in business development by practicing the competencies to increase follow-up business from your projects.

Discover the strategies behind using specific language, adopting the best manner for presenting your ideas, and applying the top process for meeting the needs of potential clients in a way that guarantees to generate new business. This program works for all personality types, ranging from the introvert to the extrovert. You can be yourself as you adopt these techniques to connect successfully with your prospects and clients so you can book more business!

Alice’s book, Say NO to Me! The True Power of Up-Side Down Selling, is a Canadian best-seller and has been translated into seven languages. Her next book is Un-Selling Skills for Engineers and Technical Experts: Clients don’t Want to be Sold to; They Want to be Helped! (co-authored with Craig Murray, P.Eng., VP Mining and Minerals with the Saskatchewan Research Council). Another soon-to-be published book of Alice’s, How the Top 10% Do It!, is co-authored with Louis Pappas P.Eng.

By participating in this session, you will receive the following:

  • Business Development Skills Workbook (systems and processes to connect with potential clients)
  • Five, 5-minute videos on meaningful client conversations
  • Action plan for managing scope creep with ease and confidence

Presenter’s Biography

Alice Wheaton, BScN, MAAlice Wheaton, BScN, MA, is an executive coach, business development facilitator, consultant, and best-selling author, who works with individuals and leaders of engineering and technical firms to help them create new opportunities and book more business. As one of the most accomplished business development experts in North America, Alice has been helping her clients get more clients and increase their market share for over two decades. She began her career in sales with Xerox, and success in her sales career led to forming her own company and becoming a world-class business consultant, facilitator, and speaker.

She began her career in sales with Xerox, and success in her sales career led to forming her own company and becoming a world-class business consultant, facilitator, and speaker.

Where

Windsor Conference Room
APEGA Calgary
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Presenter

Alice Wheaton, BScN, MA

Cost

Professional Members: $305

Members-In-Training: $205

Non Members: $355
Eligible PDH7
Skills & Knowledge Business/Management
Recommended forAll Members
Registration DeadlineMay 11, 2017

Register Now

25
May
2017

Engineering Better Team Member Performance with Coaching

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn ways to maximize the effectiveness, engagement, and potential of your employees and contractors with effective coaching.

Register by May 18, 2017

Mastering the ability to bring the best in your people at work is critical to high performing project teams. Coaching your team members enhances their workplace productivity and level of engagement in performing the tasks at hand. 

Every employee and contractor on your projects can reach a higher level of performance, including your average and best performers. What they need is a manager who can coach them, someone who can maximize their individual effectiveness on the job. Learn how to raise their potential and level of work performance and optimize the work being done by your team.

When you participate in this session, you'll learn:

  • Ways to seamlessly integrate coaching into everyday managerial duties.
  • How to assess your team performance gaps
  • How to apply the COACH model to support performance improvement at work

Presenter Biography

Russell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMIRussell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMI, is “Leadership Champion” with Bluegem Learning. He is a certified trainer, leadership coach and writer with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Russell has a passion for developing emerging leaders and those transitioning from frontline roles into Middle Management, by building their capability and confidence with a blend of dynamic experiential learning and workplace coaching. Russell’s mission is to develop GREAT leaders in every organization he works, with and consign ‘bad bosses’ to the history books.

Russell has a proven track record of success internationally, in a wide range of organizational cultures including small to medium size enterprises, law enforcement agencies, national government departments, charities and not for profits, and with all levels from front line customer facing staff to executive management boards. He holds an advanced Diploma in Training and Development, is certified in manager Coaching and Mentoring and is an accredited Psychometric Practitioner.

Where

APEGA Lindberg Conference Centre
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton 

Speaker 

Russell Stratton, MA, MCPID, MCMI

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Members-in-Training: $205
Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for All Members
Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Business/Management

Interpersonal/Communication

Project Management

Registration Deadline May 18, 2017

Register Now

25
May
2017

Challenging Conversations Made Easy

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the concepts and skills required to navigate difficult conversations and effectively respond to the emotions of yourself and others.

Register by May 23, 2017 

As much as you'd like to avoid holding difficult conversations at work or at home, you can’t. However, you can get more skilled at handling the challenging conversations you face. Thankfully, you don’t have to be born with these skills... they can be learned! This session provides practice for clearing conversational hurdles.

Sooner or later, each of us needs to have a conversation with someone that we will find difficult. Whether this involves saying "no" to your boss, giving constructive feedback to a co-worker, or conducting a performance review with a insubordinate direct report, such conversations are often filled with stress and anxiety.  Having learn models, tools, and techniques for approaching your difficult conversations will strengthen your confidence and composure. When emotions run high and there is a lot at stake, you want to guide difficult conversations toward productive ends.

You will learn the concepts and skills required to overcome difficulties and effectively respond to emotions—your own and others'. You will also gain valuable insight into your own personal challenges, and leave with proven techniques for greater negotiation success.

When you participate in this session, you'll receive:

  • Challenging Conversations Cheat Sheet – a step-by-step process to plan and carry out a difficult conversation
  • Situation Assessment – a tool that prompts you to put your feelings aside and prepare objectively

Presenter Biography

Maurice FritzeMaurice Fritze is a dynamic presenter who is well-respected for his strategic thinking, insight, patience, diplomacy and exceptional skill in navigating sensitive situations. He uses his experience, accomplishments and passion to help others learn, grow and succeed in achieving their goals. Maurice worked as a Conflict Coach for the Legal Education Society and ADR Education and he also mediates disputes as a private consultant. He studied with the Alberta Mediation and Arbitration Society, and was on the mediation roster of the Provincial Court of Alberta for 10 years. Maurice was the recipient of the 1992 Governor General's Commemorative Medal, and has been recognized by the Alberta Justice Minister for over 120 mediations at Provincial Court. He teaches three two-day seminars on conflict resolution at MacEwan University, and is a registered lobbyist who teaches seminars on lobbying and mentoring.

Where

Windsor Conference Room

APEGA Calgary

2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Maurice Fritze

Cost

Professional Members: $305

Members-in-Training: $205

Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for

Professional Members

Members-in-Training
Managers & Supervisors

Responsible Members/Permit Holders

Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Business/Management

Interpersonal/Communication

Registration Deadline May 23, 2017

Register Now

25
May
2017

Climate Change Strategy and Emissions Reduction Policies

11:15 am - 1:30 pm

Learn about the current carbon pricing policies in place across Canada, and the scope for emission reductions via pricing, relative to other policies.

Register by May 18, 2017

The federal government's announcement of a nation-wide price on carbon in October 2016 has left Canadian provinces with two options for meeting the national requirement: a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program. Some provinces have already implemented these, others have chosen alternative mechanisms such as energy efficiency programs. This presentation will describe the current policies in place across Canada, and the scope for emission reductions from pricing relative to other policies. It will assess the provincial greenhouse emissions coverage that different pricing policies offer, focusing on the implications of the federally mandated minimum price. The implications for the resource industry will be discussed as well.

Presenter Biography 

Jennifer Winter, PhDDr. Jennifer Winter, is an Assistant Professor and Scientific Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy research division at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Her research is focused on the effects of government regulation and policy on the development of natural resources and energy, and the consequences and trade-offs of energy development.

Jennifer is one of the School’s most prolific authors. She has authored several School of Public Policy research papers, including three examining Canadian energy literacy, two on the safe transportation of crude oil, and a paper on the idea of "green jobs." Other projects she is currently working on are the prospects for Canadian LNG exports to Europe, social impacts of hydraulic fracturing, and comparing provincial emission-reduction policies.

Dr. Winter is actively engaged in increasing public understanding of energy and environmental policy issues; recognition of her efforts include a 2014 Young Women in Energy Award and being named one of Alberta Oil Magazine’s Top 35 Under 35 in 2016. Prior to joining the School of Public Policy, Jennifer worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, researching Canadian labour markets. Dr. Winter also serves on the Future Leaders Board of Directors of the World Petroleum Council Canada.

Where

Fairmont Palliser Hotel

133 9 Avenue SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Jennifer Winter, PhD
Scientific Director, Energy and Environmental Policy, The School of Public Policy

University of Calgary

Cost

Members & Guests: $50

Students: $25

ASAP: $15

Recommended for

All Members 

Skills & Knowledge

Engineering

Geoscience

Regulatory

Leadership

Ethics

Business/Management

Safety & Risk Management

Interpersonal/Communication

Project Management

Registration Deadline

May 18, 2017

Register Now

25
May
2017

Branch Luncheon: Infrastructure Growth in Alberta

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi has dedicated his career in politics to advocating for accessible public transportation and building cooperation among cultural communities.

Register by May 18, 2017

Presenter Biography

Hon. Amarjeet SohiThe Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Prior to being elected Member of Parliament, Amarjeet was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. He was first elected in 2007 and then re-elected in 2010 and 2013.

Dedicated to improving Edmonton's infrastructure and livability, Amarjeet represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and is a strong advocate for Light Rail Transit. Amarjeet also advocated municipal interests to other orders of government through his delegation to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He therefore understands the importance of building strong relationships between governments in order to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities. He has been a prominent leader on city and provincial issues, volunteering with Public Interest Alberta, the Centre for International Alternatives, and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Amarjeet works tirelessly to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities. While on council he led City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives. Amarjeet has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate award and John Humphrey Centre’s Human Rights Advocate award for promoting welcoming and socially inclusive communities, the Man of Honour Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation and the Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton Life Time Achievement Award.

As a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission, Amarjeet believes in building safe and strong communities. Amarjeet also took a leadership role to create the Police Chief’s Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association.

Minister Sohi grew up in the Indian state of Punjab and immigrated to Edmonton in 1981.

Where

Sutton Place Hotel

10235 101 Street

Edmonton 

Speaker 

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi 

Cost

Members: $40

Non-Members: $45 

Students: $20 

 

At the door:

Members: $45

Non-Members: $50 

Students: $20

Recommended for Everyone (Public)
Registration Deadline May 18, 2017

Register Now

30
May
2017

Challenging Conversations Made Easy

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Learn the concepts and skills required to navigate difficult conversations and effectively respond to the emotions of yourself and others.

Register by May 28, 2017

As much as you'd like to avoid holding difficult conversations at work or at home, you can’t. However, you can get more skilled at handling the challenging conversations you face. Thankfully, you don’t have to be born with these skills... they can be learned! This session provides practice for clearing conversational hurdles.

Sooner or later, each of us needs to have a conversation with someone that we will find difficult. Whether this involves saying "no" to your boss, giving constructive feedback to a co-worker, or conducting a performance review with a insubordinate direct report, such conversations are often filled with stress and anxiety.  Having learn models, tools, and techniques for approaching your difficult conversations will strengthen your confidence and composure. When emotions run high and there is a lot at stake, you want to guide difficult conversations toward productive ends.

You will learn the concepts and skills required to overcome difficulties and effectively respond to emotions—your own and others'. You will also gain valuable insight into your own personal challenges, and leave with proven techniques for greater negotiation success.

When you participate in this session, you'll receive:

  • Challenging Conversations Cheat Sheet – a step-by-step process to plan and carry out a difficult conversation
  • Situation Assessment – a tool that prompts you to put your feelings aside and prepare objectively

Presenter Biography

Maurice FritzeMaurice Fritze is a dynamic presenter who is well-respected for his strategic thinking, insight, patience, diplomacy and exceptional skill in navigating sensitive situations. He uses his experience, accomplishments and passion to help others learn, grow and succeed in achieving their goals. Maurice worked as a Conflict Coach for the Legal Education Society and ADR Education and he also mediates disputes as a private consultant. He studied with the Alberta Mediation and Arbitration Society, and was on the mediation roster of the Provincial Court of Alberta for 10 years. Maurice was the recipient of the 1992 Governor General's Commemorative Medal, and has been recognized by the Alberta Justice Minister for over 120 mediations at Provincial Court. He teaches three two-day seminars on conflict resolution at MacEwan University, and is a registered lobbyist who teaches seminars on lobbying and mentoring.

Where

APEGA Lindberg Conference Centre
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton

Speaker 

Maurice Fritze

Cost

Professional Members: $305

Members-in-Training: $205

Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH7
Recommended for

Professional Members

Members-in-Training
Managers & Supervisors

Responsible Members/Permit Holders

Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Business/Management

Interpersonal/Communication

Registration DeadlineMay 28, 2017

Register Now

6
June
2017

2 Days: Fundamentals of Project Management

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This session provides an opportunity to discuss project management frameworks using several tools that are essential for successful project management.

Register by May 30, 2017

Knowing the fundamentals of an effective project management framework is useful when applied to technical and non-technical projects. This session provides an opportunity to discuss such a framework using several tools that are essential for successful project management. Session activities will focus on front-end planning, communication, and teamwork.

New and potential project managers should already have an introductory knowledge of the project life cycle, the gated process, and other basics of projects and project management. 

Using real-life examples and class discussions, you will apply your new knowledge of project work, management tools, and skills for practical problem solving. You will also discover how to define a project, and particularly outlining the need, the stakeholders, and budgeting within a Project Charter.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, you will have learned:

  1. How to develop project schedules, cost estimates, and responsibility charts
  2. How to organize, lead, and sustain a project team
  3. How to control projects (e.g. schedule control, cost control and change management)

You will also receive copies of templates for your own RACI chart and Project Charter.

These lessons involve planning, organizing, controlling, and closing your project.

Planning the Project

Developing your Project Execution Plan with:

  • Project activities
  • Estimating time
  • Estimating costs
  • Contingencies
  • Sequencing activities
  • Schedules
  • RACI charts

Organizing the Project

Managing the "soft" issues like:

  • Selecting the project manager and team
  • Assigning work packages
  • Leadership
  • Building and sustaining project teams

Controlling the Project

Reviewing different project controls, including:

  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Managing scope changes

Closing the Project

Wrapping up your project and making sure you have:

  • Client acceptance
  • Documentation
  • Post-implementation audit
  • Lessons learned

Presenter Biography

George Jergeas, P.Eng., PhDGeorge Jergeas, P.Eng., PhD, is a Professional Engineer and professor at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. He has more than 35 years of experience investigating cost overruns and delays on major capital projects. Today, he does project management consulting and training for both public and private sector organizations. He has a strong interest in improving project success by establishing effective project teams.

George's work centers on improving project alignment, building and sustaining project teams, enhancing productivity, and making effective contractual arrangements. He has assisted project teams in oil sands developments, hospitals, roads and bridges, tunnelling, LRT expansions and mining. George co-authored Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects: Beyond the Myth of Predictability. He is a dynamic and engaging long-standing speaker with APEGA.

Where

APEGA Lindberg Conference Centre
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton

Speaker

George Jergeas, P.Eng., Ph.D

Cost

APEGA Members*: $555

*includes MITs

Non-Members: $575

Eligible PDH 14
Recommended for

Professional Members
Members-in-Training
Managers/Supervisors
Open to the Public

Skills & Knowledge Project Management
Registration Deadline May 3, 2017

Register Now

7
June
2017

Why you need to know about cultural conflict styles

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar will show you how to use differing cultural conflict styles to navigate difficult conversations when misunderstandings become conflicts.

Register by June 6, 2017

Cultural conflict is something many of us face in our increasingly diverse workplace. This webinar will show you what the western and cultural conflict styles are and how to use them both to negotiate tricky situations, decrease misunderstandings and reduce hard feelings when misunderstandings become conflicts. We will also discuss dealing with situations of values clashes, gender differences and working with people who have limited work experience or exposure to other cultures. You won't want to miss this helpful presentation on working with cultural conflict styles - with insights you will use for many years to come!

Participants will learn:

  1. How to understand and use the cultural and western conflict styles approach to working across cultures
  2. Strategies to use when faced with values clashes and gender differences
  3. Ways to work with people who have very little exposure to other cultures and limited work experience

Presenter Biography

Marie Gervais, PhD, CTDPMarie Gervais, PhD, CTDP, CEO of Shift Management Inc., brings workplace learning to new heights with supervisory and leadership training for industry, online learning, webinars, and workplace learning needs assessment services. She applies field-based practical tools to workplace problems, builds capacity for systems thinking and problem solving, and facilitates collaborative teamwork for today’s multicultural workforce. If you are looking for leadership training with real workplace results, happy employees and increased market share, a conversation with Marie is the best place to start. 

Where

Online

Speaker 

Marie Gervais, PhD, CTDP 

Cost

Free

Eligible PDH

1

Recommended for

All Members

Managers

 

Skills & Knowledge

Interpersonal/Communication

 

Registration Deadline

June 6, 2017

Register Now

13
June
2017

Isolation Techniques in Piping Systems to Prevent Major Incidents

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Explore various piping layouts such as DBB/DIB, PSV’s, Control Valves, and large vessels, that are used in chemical process unit operations, refinery operations, and pipeline operations.

Register by June 6, 2017

Protecting people, the environment, and the business are important for organizations. Inadequate isolation puts these priorities at risk. Many significant process safety loss incidents and near-miss events occur because of insufficient isolation of piping systems for work. This session explores various piping layouts such as DBB/DIB, PSV’s, Control Valves, and large vessels, that are used in chemical process unit operations, refinery operations, and pipeline operations. The management and control of hazardous energy and certifying safety by a Professional Engineer is critical to safe isolation.

Topics discussed include:

  • means of isolation for dismantling piping
  • good design, and
  • proper planning practices for new construction (green fields), retrofits and maintenance.

When you participate in this session, you'll receive:

  • Review of Alberta OHS Code on isolation of pipes and piping (Part 15, Section 215.4)
  • A deeper understanding of the requirements of isolation, and several means implementing isolation for safe work.

Presenter Biography

John R. Cocchio, P.Eng.John R. Cocchio is an Industrial Professor with the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John is also the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 30 years petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants. 

Where

Lindberg Conference Centre

APEGA Edmonton

1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton

Speaker 

John R. Cocchio

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Members-in-Training: $205
Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for

Professional Members
Members-in-Training

Managers/Supervisors

Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Engineering

Safety & Risk Management

Registration Deadline June 6, 2017

Register Now

14
June
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members.

Register by June 12, 2017

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years. 

This seminar covers:

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process 
Where

APEGA Calgary Office
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2nd Street SW

CostFree
Eligible PDH2.5
Skills & Knowledge Regulatory
Recommended forProfessional Members
Responsible Members
Registration DeadlineJune 12, 2017

Register Now

15
June
2017

Isolation Techniques in Piping Systems to Prevent Major Incidents

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Explore various piping layouts such as DBB/DIB, PSV’s, Control Valves, and large vessels, that are used in chemical process unit operations, refinery operations, and pipeline operations.

Register by June 8, 2017 

Protecting people, the environment, and the business are important for organizations. Inadequate isolation puts these priorities at risk. Many significant process safety loss incidents and near-miss events occur because of insufficient isolation of piping systems for work. This session explores various piping layouts such as DBB/DIB, PSV’s, Control Valves, and large vessels, that are used in chemical process unit operations, refinery operations, and pipeline operations. The management and control of hazardous energy and certifying safety by a Professional Engineer is critical to safe isolation. 

Topics discussed include:

  • means of isolation for dismantling piping
  • good design, and
  • proper planning practices for new construction (green fields), retrofits and maintenance.

When you participate in this session, you'll receive:

  • Review of Alberta OHS Code on isolation of pipes and piping (Part 15, Section 215.4)
  • A deeper understanding of the requirements of isolation, and several means implementing isolation for safe work.

Presenter Biography

John R. Cocchio, P.Eng.John R. Cocchio is an Industrial Professor with the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. John is also the principal of GoSafetyPro, an independent in the field of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. GoSafetyPro offers expertise in the areas of occupational safety and process safety risk management. His expertise is based on over 30 years petrochemical manufacturing industry experience in a broad range of process technologies in several world-scale petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants. 

Where

Windsor Conference Room

APEGA Calgary

2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker 

John R. Cocchio

Cost

Professional Members: $305
Members-in-Training: $205
Non Members: $355

Eligible PDH 7
Recommended for

Professional Members
Members-in-Training

Managers/Supervisors

Skills & Knowledge

Leadership

Engineering

Safety & Risk Management

Registration Deadline June 8, 2017

Register Now

21
June
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:00 am

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members.

Register by June 19, 2017

This free, 2.5 hour seminar is on APEGA’s expectations for Permit Holders and Responsible Members. Responsible Members must attend a Permit to Practice seminar within six months of being added as a Responsible Member, and then at least once every five years. 

This seminar covers:

  • Permit to Practice administration
  • how to create and maintain a professional practice management plan
  • the roles and responsibilities of a Responsible Member
  • APEGA’s discipline and enforcement process

Presenter Biography

Shreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMPShreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMP currently is the Assistant Director of Professional Practice with APEGA. His main focus is in improving APEGA’s policies, processes and procedures for effective regulatory and compliance functions. Shreeram is an experienced Professional Engineer and Project Manager, with over 10 years of experience in advanced wireless communication systems engineering R&D, software development, and project management. With a PhD in wireless communication systems and project management professional (PMP) designation, he brings a diverse expertise in initiating and managing through all phases of technology R&D projects tailored to industry trends and needs. Shreeram also brings experience in consulting (software development and testing), teaching, supervising, and managing the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) program of the Government of Canada. 

Where

APEGA Edmonton Office
15th Floor, Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave NW

Presenter

Shreeram Sigdel, P.Eng., PhD, PMP

Cost Free
Eligible PDH 2.5
Skills & Knowledge  Regulatory
Recommended for Professional Members
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline June 19, 2017

Register Now

21
June
2017

NAFTA Requirements for Working in the US

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It may be necessary to look south of the border for employment opportunities until things in Alberta turn around. This seminar discusses US immigration options.

Register by June 14, 2017

Given the current economic and employment situation for many Alberta engineers, geoscientists and engineering technicians, it may be necessary to look south of the border for employment opportunities, until things in Alberta turn around. This seminar discusses US immigration options for experienced engineering and geoscience professionals. 

Hosted by Ackah Business Immigration Law, participants will gain advice for legally immigrating for contract and other work opportunities in the US. Canadian-US NAFTA immigration law insights will inform you about the legal responsibilities of seeking employment in the US.

Under NAFTA law, certain Canadian and Mexican citizen professionals like engineers, geoscientists and engineering technicians, can often obtain ’Treaty NAFTA’ (TN) Visa to work in the US, once they receive an employment offer from an appropriate US employer. Alternately, experienced professionals may be engaged as ‘consultants’ under NAFTA rules, and share their expertise with US-based businesses.

Participants in this seminar will learn about all viable US immigration options for Canadian and Mexican citizens who are engineering and geoscience professionals. As well, there will be time for questions and one-on-one follow ups with the presenter.

When you participate in this session, you also get:

  • NAFTA Professionals List to determine which professional designations qualify under NAFTA law
  • Session materials

Presenter Biography

Evelyn L. Ackah, B.A., LL.BEvelyn Ackah, B.A., LL.B., is the Founder and Managing Lawyer of Ackah Business Immigration Law based in Calgary, Alberta with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Her legal practice focuses exclusively in the area of Canadian and US cross-border NAFTA immigration law. She has had a successful legal career for more than sixteen years. After 12 years practicing law in Toronto at national and international law firms on Bay Street, she moved to Calgary in 2008 as a partner with a leading national law firm.

In 2010, Evelyn launched Ackah Business Immigration Law to focus on what she does best and to provide innovative and flexible legal services that only a boutique law firm can offer. Ackah Business Immigration Law embodies Evelyn’s independent spirit, her passion for law and her desire to provide the best possible client service. She and her team provide expertise to corporations and individuals in the development and implementation of immigration strategies and advise clients on immigration matters involving employee mobility and relocation. 

Evelyn is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law and she has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top 30 Corporate Immigration lawyers in Canada. She was also named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 list for 2010. Evelyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and her law degree from the University of British Columbia.  She is called to the bar in both Ontario and Alberta.

Where

Windsor Conference Centre

APEGA Calgary

2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Evelyn L. Ackah, B.A., LL.B

Cost

$45

Eligible PDH 1.5
Recommended for Professional Members
Members-in-Training
Responsible Members
Registration Deadline June 14, 2017

Register Now