• Calgary – November 28, 2005 - FULL
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    Coast Plaza Hotel, 1316 - 33 Street NE
    $199 before November 7, 2005
    $249 on or after November 7, 2005
    (includes lunch)

  • Edmonton - December 1, 2005
    Westin Hotel, 10135 - 100 Street NW
    $199 before November 10, 2005
    $249 on or after November 10, 2005
    (includes lunch)


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Choose from 4 seminars!  


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration

11:45 – 1:15 p.m. – Luncheon Speakers
Edmonton - Ben Rostron, P.Eng., PGeol. – Wagner Natural Area
Calgary - TBC


8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers: The Next Step

After completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify when to use cost categories of:
    a. direct /indirect cost
    b. variable/fixed cost
    c. product/period cost

  • Make preliminary application of cost estimation.

  • Explain the power of variance analysis and how it can assist in more effective management

  • Describe the basics of budgeting and how applications and emphasis differ in various parts of the world.

  • Explain how to link performance measurements to the financial statements and vision/mission statement.

Frank Saccucci, MBA
Frank has been delivering seminars for over 15 years. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Alberta and an instructor in University Studies at Grant MacEwan College. He allows the learner to apply content through small exercises during the seminar. At times the content is then reinforced with short 5 to 10 minute videos.

Prior to being an educator, Frank had 10 years of professional experience as an auditor with the Office of the Auditor General, a consultant with an international firm and as a commercial banker with a national bank. Frank follows the philosophy that learning can be fun.


8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Technical Reports that Work

After completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Organize a technical report logically for effective transmission of ideas and information

  • Write clear and effective introductions and conclusions for their reports

  • Incorporate properly formatted illustrations into their reports

  • Draft bibliographies in MLA format

  • Augment their reports with properly formatted footnotes

  • Write clear, concise executive summaries for their reports.

Ernest Chiasson, B.A., B.Ed.
A native of the Maritimes, Ernest Chiasson has been an industrial chemist, a teacher of English and sciences, an ESL teacher overseas, a technical writer and translator, and a communication manager with an engineering/construction firm. He has a B.A., a B.Ed. and a P.T.C.. From 1983 to 2004, he was an English instructor and assistant program head at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He now writes, translates, and teaches on a contractual basis.


8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Beyond the Basics: Making Communication Work Effectively in Business

Overview: Face-to-Face Communication

  • Explore the role of communication in interpersonal relationships

  • Learn about alternative ways of communication/influencing others

  • Identify your “native tongue” or preferred style of communicating

  • Understand the consequences of an absence of dialogue

Module 1 – Interpersonal Dialogue: Core Principles

  • Understand the definition and meaning of interpersonal dialogue

  • Learn a model and the core principles of dialogue

  • Understand why mutuality is the “bedrock” of dialogue

  • Learn how to create a pool of shared understanding

  • Know how to solve problems in a win-win way

  • Do a self-assessment of your skills in interpersonal dialogue

  • Receive feedback from others regarding your dialogue skills

Module 2 – Interpersonal Dialogue: The Steps

  • Learn the steps of dialogue

  • Practice the skills of mutuality

  • Learn and practice various inquiry skills

  • Understand the meaning and guidelines of advocacy

  • Know how to identify and share your left-hand column

  • Practice using the skills of dialogue

  • Identify actions to improve your ability to engage in dialogue

Rob Macdonald, P.Eng., CHRP
After graduating with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Rob spent 18 years in the oil and gas industry as both producer and service provider. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Engineer, Managing Director and Chairman of a Russian oil company. To increase production from a 200-well field in western Siberia, he used technical, managerial and operational plans to create an oil company with a “service company attitude”. Rob dealt with all human resources aspects of the Russian and Canadian staff.

In 1996, Rob joined Western Leadership Centre Inc. He is involved in training and consulting, team and organizational development. Rob specializes in technical and operations areas of companies, bringing an engineer’s approach to Human Resources issues. He is one of a few engineers in Canada who has the Certified Human Resources Professional designation.