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26
May
2017

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Tour

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tour the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre project site and learn about how it will serve the Red Deer region on its completion.

Register by May 23, 2017 – Space is limited!

The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris will provide the Red Deer College and the surrounding region with a comprehensive venue for athletic, recreational, and community activities—all vital components for the health and well-being of central Albertans.

This centre will offer new spaces to increase and enhance programming, and position RDC to continue expanding their role in driving the prosperity and vibrancy of the Central Alberta region. The facility will also provide a remarkable array of resources and programs to all residents, with community access that is inclusive and multi-generational, promoting healthy lifestyle development for all ages.

This project is scheduled to be completed for the fall of 2018, and will host a number of events in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The estimated project cost of $88 million will be funded through a combination of donations, partnerships and government funding.  

Learn more about this project on the Red Deer College website

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for this event: 

  • Hard hat
  • "Steel" toed footwear (CSA approved)
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety vest

When registering, indicate which PPE you will be able to bring. The college has a very limited quantity of extra PPE, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be sure to arrive on time. There is a required orientation prior to the tour starting, and any late arrivals will not be allowed to participate.

Where

Red Deer College
West end of the campus

Exact meeting place to be determined; Registered participants will be emailed with more information

Speaker 

Doug Sharp, Director of Capital Projects, Red Deer College

To Be Announced, Site Supervisor, Clark Builders

Cost

Free

Recommended for

All Members

Skills & Knowledge

Engineering

Registration Deadline

May 23, 2017

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31
May
2017

Protecting the Canadian Contractor Model

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This presentation provides facts regarding hiring and being an independent contractor. Contracting risks, opportunities, problems, and solutions will be explored.

Protecting the Canadian Contractor Model: Are You and Your Independent Contractors Working Together?

Register by May 26, 2017

Are you aware of the recent changes in several regulators and government groups regarding independent contractors? Each could impact your business in the coming years as well as reduce or eliminate the independent contractor model here in Canada. Effects of the destruction of the contractor model can already be observed in the US and the UK. Important developments include:

  • Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) tax rules and resource allocation targeting Personal Service Businesses (PSB)
  • Employment law cases and common law
  • Ontario's Employment Standards Act
  • WCB rulings

Independent contractors are a critical resource for companies. In fact, at some companies, contractors make up approximately 30% of the total procurement spend. Companies in Alberta have been increasing reliance on this specialized and flexible workforce—contractors now make up 17% of Alberta's workforce. Over 70% of organizations state that a contingent workforce of contractors is a vital part of their staffing strategy.

Understanding where risk resides in this topic has not been clear, resulting in misinformation for both contractors and employers. This presentation provides the facts regarding the situation, explaining the risks, opportunities, and solutions. Key issues this presentation will address include:

  • Impact of changes at Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding independent contractors
  • Ontario's proposed Employment Standards Act changes
  • Risks and opportunities for both employers and contractors
  • Strategies that can be used by progressive organizations and contractors

About the Presenter

Aly Bandali, FCPHRAly Bandali, FCPHR, is CEO of Professional Contractor Solutions Inc., a Calgary-based firm. Their unique model significantly reduces the risk of contractors being reclassified as a Personal Services Business by the CRA and/or as dependent on the organization with whom they are engaged. The PCSI model provides the opportunity for both parties to significantly mitigate risk and preserve the contractor role. Aly has 20 years of HR executive management experience and is considered a content knowledge expert on contingent workforce solutions. He has worked as human resources strategist in many sectors, including oil and gas, energy, engineering, private enterprise and not-for-profit.

Where

APEGA Calgary Office

Windsor Conference Centre
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2 Street SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Aly Bandali, FCPHR

Cost

$45

Recommended for

Small business owners
Independent contractors

Skills & Knowledge

Business/Management

Safety & Risk Management

Registration Deadline

May 26, 2017

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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 PDH14
Recommended for

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

Skills & KnowledgeProject Management
Registration DeadlineMay 30, 2017

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6
June
2017

Requirements for Licensure

6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn about the process for becoming a Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist in Alberta, and ask any questions you have about your designation.

Register by June 4, 2017

Do you wonder what you need to know for your Professional Membership as an Engineer or Geoscientist in Alberta? Do you want to hear more about the process and the next steps to help set you up for success?  Join us to hear a representative from APEGA talk and answer any questions you may have about your designation.

When you participate in this session, you will learn about:

  • key points from the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
  • licensure requirements and designations
  • APEGA and its history
  • benefits and services available to Members

About the Presenter

Enayat AminzadahEnayat Aminzadah joined APEGA in 2014 in the Registration Department. As the International Qualification Services Manager, Enayat helps applicants and interested individuals wanting to become licensed as Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists in Alberta by navigating the licensing process, as well as provides guidance to applicants on articulating work experience in a relevant manner. Enayat’s professional background has revolved around academic credential evaluation, economic immigration, and the professional regulatory arena. Enayat is based in Edmonton but his work at APEGA takes him all over the province.

Where

Suncor SBC
885 Memorial Dr
Fort McMurray

Speaker 

Enayat Aminzadah

Cost

$10

Recommended for

All Members

Applicants

Skills & Knowledge

Regulatory

Ethics

Registration Deadline

June 4, 2017

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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

7
June
2017

Time Management, Meetings, and Emails

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

The session offers a comprehensive set of strategies for managing time, combating procrastination, and lining our habits up with personal and professional goals.

Register by May 31, 2017

We all have the same amount of time in a day, 24 hours. What separates successful, goal achieving professionals from victims of circumstance are the decisions we make every moment on how to leverage the most out of this limited resource. Effective management of time allows us to:

  • Get more done in less time
  • Obtain personal and professional goals
  • Maintain a strong work/life balance

The session offers a comprehensive set of strategies for managing time, combating procrastination, and ensuring our habits are aligned with our personal and professional goals.

We will explore:

  • Strategic and systems thinking
  • Setting SMART goals & objectives
  • Prioritizing tasks effectively
  • Improving skills to tackle procrastination
  • Addressing our workspace for efficiency and productivity
  • Exploring AXED options for maximum productivity
  • Setting daily habits for better productivity
  • Investigating strategies to better manage meetings and keep them on track
  • Learning alternatives to in-person meetings
  • Organizing and writing faster more effective emails

Presenter Biography

Adam Czarnecki, CPHRAdam Czarnecki, CPHR, is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a recipient of the HRIA Award of Excellence. He is a member of the Senior Management team of a heavy duty truck dealership group in Alberta where he is responsible for Human Resources, Health and Safety, and Information Technology. Adam is also an HR Instructor at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and was the Chair of their Advanced HR Curriculum Committee.  He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Calgary with a concentration in Crime and Deviance.

Adam is an avid contributor to industry webinars, conferences, and expert panel discussions. These panels relate to human resources, trades, and the Alberta employment pool. Adam also contributes as technology columnist for HRIA’s quarterly magazine, HUMANCapital. Adam is an HRIA Member of the Board, and volunteers with various not-for-profits as a speaker on employment, corporate readiness, and as a resume advisor to students.

Where

Windsor Conference Centre
APEGA
2200-700 2 St SW
Calgary

Speaker 

Adam Czarnecki, CPHR

Cost

$45

Includes lunch

Eligible PDH

1.5

Recommended for

Professional Members

Responsible Members

Members-in-Training

Managers

 

Skills & Knowledge

Interpersonal/Communication

 

Registration Deadline

May 31, 2017

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8
June
2017

Edmonton Branch Social Networking Event

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the Edmonton Branch Executive for a free social networking mixer at the new Rec Room in South Edmonton Common. Appetizers will be provided.

Register by June 6, 2017

Join the Edmonton Branch Executive for a social networking mixer.  It is free to attend; appetizers will be courtesy of the Branch and members pay for their own drinks and any activities they wish to participate in at the facility. 

The Branch has reserved multible tables in a corner for this group without using a private room. Please ask the front desk at entry for the APEGA Branch reservation.

Read more about the Rec Room 

Where

Rec Room South Common
1725 99 Street
Edmonton

Cost

Free

Registration Deadline

June 6, 2017

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14
June
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:30 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

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21
June
2017

Permit to Practice Seminar

8:30 am - 11:30 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

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23
June
2017

Yellowhead Branch Charity Golf Tournament

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join the Yellowhead Branch in celebrating its rejuvenation in 2017 with its first golf tournament! Enjoy 18 holes of Texas Scramble format golfing followed by dinner

Register by June 14, 2017

The APEGA Yellowhead Branch is celebrating its rejuvenation in 2017. Join us for our first golf tournament on June 23!

Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of Texas Scramble format and dinner.  The focus of the event will be member engagement and any proceeds will be used to support APEGA Yellowhead Branch activities.

Where

Edson Golf Club
3905B Golf Course Road
Edson

Cost

$130

Recommended for

All Public 

Registration Deadline

June 14, 2017

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29
August
2017

Edmonton Branch Charity Golf Tournament

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Support the education of future Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists and enjoy a fun day on the links!

Early Bird pricing ends July 11, 2017!

The APEGA Edmonton Branch is pleased to invite you to our Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This tournament has raised thousands of dollars for the APEGA Education Foundation to support the education of our future Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists. Join us for a fun day on the links!

Information on the event and on available sponsorship packages can be found in the printable brochure.

Where

The Quarry Golf Club
945 167 Ave NE
Edmonton

Cost

Early Bird: $150 (ends July 11, 2017)

Regular: $175

Recommended for

All Public 

Registration Deadline

August 21, 2017

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