Emerging Professionals Summit –
Full Conference Schedule

A Virtual Experience | September 26, 2020

How do you equip yourself with the right skills and knowledge to start your career off strong?
What are the skills you need as an emerging professional?

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What can you expect to see at the 2020 Emerging Professionals Summit? The Emerging Professionals Summit will consist of educational and networking opportunities for university students, members-in-training, and young professional members of APEGA.

We've got our full schedule below, including our featured speakers! More information will be added as we confirm it so be sure to check back later.

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

Sign-in and welcoming address

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. — Opening Keynote

Ignite on LinkedIn: Building a Powerful Personal Brand, with Belinda Aramide

In this session, Belinda will discuss how LinkedIn has changed since its inception and the hidden opportunities that lie within the platform. She will also highlight how to create a powerful profile and captivating content to share one’s knowledge and perspective with their industry community on LinkedIn.

What will be covered:

  • how to position yourself with your profile 
  • how to connect effectively with new people 
  • an introduction to creating content on LinkedIn

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Rejuvenation Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Do you know what you need to do to become a professional engineer or geoscientist in Alberta? Do you want to learn more about the application process and the next steps to set yourself up for success? Join an APEGA representative for a discussion on the professional engineer, professional geoscientist, and professional licensee application process.

    This session will cover the requirements for registration, including the new competency-based assessment (CBA) process that features a standardized way of measuring engineering experience for applicants applying for professional engineer or engineering licensee designations.

    This engaging licensure process session will cover the following topics:

    • APEGA registration requirements
    • the professional obligations of a professional member according to the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
    • academic requirements
    • the concept of CBA, including the process for registration with APEGA
  • This session will explore the relationship between our individual perceptions, assumptions, and mindset, and how they impact our personal interactions. The discussion will highlight the need for professionalism, the strategies for managing anger during difficult interactions, and how to manage strong emotions during interactions with difficult people. The key learning is the difference between communicating from a place of advocacy (giving information) and coming from a place of inquiry (seeking information). There is a significant difference between the two strategies in terms of effectiveness. The session will conclude with a specific focus on the skills needed to defuse angry people and how to deal with verbally aggressive subjects.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand how perceptions, assumptions, and mindset affect thoughts, behaviours, attitudes, and the outcomes of difficult interactions
    • Recognize the importance of professionalism
    • Learn strategies for managing your anger during difficult interactions and managing strong emotions in others
    • Differentiate between communicating from advocacy versus inquiry while attempting to manage a difficult interaction
    • Manage angry and verbally aggressive people
  • Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure you a job interview? When you land that job interview, do you want to feel confident in your ability to perform well? Attend this session and get resume and interview advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, receive feedback on your answers to tough interview questions, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

    This is a quick review of your resume and an interview practice session with up to six volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists). We ask that you have a Word or PDF version of your resume on hand to share electronically.

    Space is limited and you may only register for one of the three Rapid Resume Review and Speed Mock Interview breakout sessions

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Break for Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • Being granted an APEGA professional licence is a major milestone in an Alberta engineer's or geoscientist's career. A professional licence opens the door to many exciting and rewarding career opportunities. But with great privilege comes great responsibility. Starting with an overview of the expectations and obligations as expressed in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, the General Regulation, and APEGA’s standards and guidelines, our panel members will provide their perspectives on how we can perform our duties while protecting the public interest.

    Learning Objectives

    • To define the practices of engineering and geoscience as per the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act
    • To review the professional obligations implied in APEGA's Code of Conduct and its five Rules of Conduct
    • To review the membership categories and the different practising statuses permitted by APEGA
    • To inform the membership on the role of APEGA’s Professional Practice department in developing professional practice standards, educating licensed professionals about the standards and guidelines, and evaluating licensed professionals and permit holders against the standards
    • To engage in general discussion on professional practice issues of interest to the membership
  • This session will help participants know and understand the engineering practice and the ethics of professional practice. Successful self-governance begins with the roles, ethics, and obligations professionals must meet. This session will cover some of the following topics.

    • Professional Licensing and Regulations
    • Professional Practice
    • Professional Ethics
    • Environmental Impacts
  • Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure you a job interview? When you land that job interview, do you want to feel confident in your ability to perform well? Attend this session and get resume and interview advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, receive feedback on your answers to tough interview questions, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

    This is a quick review of your resume and an interview practice session with up to six volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists). We ask that you have a Word or PDF version of your resume on hand to share electronically.

    Space is limited and you may only register for one of the three Rapid Resume Review and Speed Mock Interview breakout sessions

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Rejuvenation Break 

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions

  • The presentation Enforcement and You provides detailed information of the Enforcement function of APEGA delivered by the Compliance and Discipline departments. The presentation also clarifies how the complaints are received in APEGA, how they are classified and resolved through different mechanisms, starting with initial interactions up to legal actions. It is a great source of information to understand how the Compliance, Investigations, Discipline and Appeal departments are interlinked and it gives a chance to clarify any questions related to these areas. Case histories are shared to highlight examples of different infractions and their resolution.

  • Every new job is an important step in your career. How you see your work and the world contributes to your immediate and long-term success. There is a need to start with a positive growth mindset—what is responsible for your growth and behaviour in a new environment? There is a connection between behaviour and its consequences, and successful people understand this connection. It is a relationship between personal effort and outcomes. In this workshop, you will identify your transferrable skills, learn the importance of developing your professional skills, and determine how they contribute to the success of your career. You will also take away valuable strategies for advocating for yourself in the workplace.

    By the end of the session, participants will:

    • Have a better understanding of their skills, strengths, interests, values, and workplace habits
    • Conduct a self-assessment of transferrable skills
    • Understand the importance of communication, professionalism, and building co-worker relationships in the workplace
    • Develop ways to build connections with co-workers for strong and productive working relationships
  • Do you want to feel more confident in your resume’s ability to secure you a job interview? When you land that job interview, do you want to feel confident in your ability to perform well? Attend this session and get resume and interview advice from the experts. Meet one-on-one with professional volunteers, learn the key components of an effective resume, receive feedback on your answers to tough interview questions, and learn how to showcase your strengths and accomplishments.

    This is a quick review of your resume and an interview practice session with up to six volunteers (including HR representatives, professional engineers, and professional geoscientists). We ask that you have a Word or PDF version of your resume on hand to share electronically.

    Space is limited and you may only register for one of the three Rapid Resume Review and Speed Mock Interview breakout sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rejuvenation Break 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Closing Keynote

Savvy Networking, with Joanne Blake

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

Participants will be able to:

  • Step out of their comfort zone to make connections and overcome shyness in themselves and others
  • Initiate rapport building from small to big conversations
  • Enter and exit conversations smoothly
  • Take the required steps to strengthen and add value to new and existing relationships

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Networking Mixer

The Summit will wrap up with a virtual networking mixer—a great opportunity to put your newly improved networking skills to work! This will be a time to meet professionals from industry and learn what to expect when you enter the engineering or geoscience professions. We hope to “see” you there!


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Speakers at the Emerging Professionals Summit

Belinda Aramide

Belinda Aramide

With more than one million content views on LinkedIn and more than 10 years of executive sales experience, Belinda is an expert in leveraging LinkedIn for thought leadership positioning and building an enviable professional network.

She believes in tapping into and sharing one’s relevant professional experiences on the platform in a way that adds to the conversation and highlights the great work one has done within an organization.

When done effectively, this is the key to generating industry respect and a strong professional network. 

Joanne Blake

Joanne Blake

Joanne Blake is an international speaker, an executive coach, and a pioneer in the field of personal branding. She is one of only 200 image consultants worldwide who has received her certified image professional designation. 

Joanne is the founder of Style for Success, a personal branding and etiquette-training firm in Edmonton. Her core clients are professional service firms as well as engineers and their professional associations.  

In this session, she will provide strategies to boost your credibility, impact, and confidence for career and life success.  

Gary McDougall

Gary McDougallGary is a retired police officer who served with the Calgary Police Service for 25 years. He served as a team leader and training coordinator for the Calgary Hostage and Crisis Negotiation team for the last nine years of his career.

Upon retiring in 2006, Gary formed a company called Conflict Solutions. He is currently on the speaking circuit, delivering training in several disciplines, including effective negotiation, conflict management, dealing with difficult clients, ethics in the workplace, and workplace violence issues.

Gary is also a member of the Speakers Bureau of Canada and a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association. In that capacity, he travels around North America teaching crisis intervention and hostage negotiation skills to law enforcement agencies. He is a graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiation Training School and has also served as an instructor at the FBI Training Academy in Virginia, assisting in the training of new FBI Hostage Negotiators.

Lise Stransky

Lise StranskyAs a certified career development professional (CCDP) with over 16 years' experience, Lise has helped hundreds of clients identify their values, interests, and skills in order to make informed career decisions.

She has also managed planned and unplanned transitions in her own career! Her formal education includes a BA from the University of Guelph, a Career Development Practitioner Certificate, and certificates in Emerging Leaders, Mental Health First Aid and Personality Dimensions.

In 2018, Jobscan named her one of the top career coaches to follow on LinkedIn. Lise is a dynamic and engaging facilitator. Her curiosity and passion for all things career results in workshop participants leaving inspired, hopeful, and confident.

Dr. Ahmed Farag, P.Eng.

Dr. Ahmed Farag is the managing director and principal structural engineer with Hingeneering Consulting in Edmonton, Alberta. 

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in structural engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, and his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Alberta. He has 20 years of experience in structural engineering, teaching, researching, and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Farag specializes in structural analysis and design of commercial, industrial buildings, and oil and gas facilities. He is a professional member of APEGA and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.