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Calgary MIT Seminars
June 9 - 13 inclusive

Edmonton M.I.T. Seminars
May 26, 27, 28, 30 & June 2


Requirements for Licensure
May 14 & May 26, 2008
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Corporate Discount: We offer an MIT Seminar corporate discount for every third registration of equal value received at the same time from the same organization. Please insert names of the two additional individuals registering with you in order to receive the 50% discount for the third

Contact: Flo Primeau, CPP, Professional Development Coordinator in the Edmonton office for more information or to register at tel: (780) 426-3990 ext. 364, toll free 1-800-661-7020, fax: (780) 425-1722, or e-mail fprimeau@apegga.org.






Learning Objectives

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

  • Create and implement an effective career development plan

  • Understand the importance of their professional network and create a network that helps them move their career forward

  • Understand the relative importance of technical and soft skills in the careers of engineers and geoscientists

  • Identify whether their career is going in a direction that matches their goals, aspirations and personality

  • Determine what they need to do in order to move to the next level in their career

Dr. Lionel Laroche, P.Eng.Dr. Lionel Laroche, P.Eng.
Over the past ten years, Lionel Laroche has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 15,000 people in eight countries (Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Peru, France, Belgium, Switzerland and China). Lionel specializes in helping professionals and organizations reap the benefits of cultural differences in their work. The services he offers include:

  • Helping the executive team of an existing or planned subsidiary blend successfully the working styles of the parent company with local business practices;

  • Training and coaching HR professionals who experience issues related to cultural differences within their organizations;

  • Training team leaders and department managers to increase the effectiveness of their culturally diverse work units;

  • Building effective multicultural teams;

  • Training employees of culturally diverse organizations to increase their collective effectiveness.

  • Preparing expatriates for foreign assignments;

  • Coaching immigrant professionals who have superior technical skills but insufficient interpersonal skills by U.S. or Canadian standards;

  • Helping immigrant professionals find jobs that make use of their skills;

Lionel is a very dynamic, entertaining and educational speaker / facilitator who presented at over 150 conferences and venues, organized by a wide range of business, government, academic, professional and non-profit organizations. Recently, he was the keynote speaker at the Internationally Educated Professional Conference in Toronto. His presentations have been equally well-received by the members of business associations (Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Canada - Peru Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Rotary Club, etc.), professional associations (HRPAO, CHRP, IACMP, PEO, APEGGA, OACETT, etc.) and non-profit organizations (COSTI, PCPI, SfC, EARN, etc.)

He is the author of over 100 publications examining the impact of cultural differences on business in general and technical functions (engineering, science, and software) in particular. His publications have appeared in over 30 trade magazines published in eight countries (Canada, U.S., U.K, Netherlands, France, Mexico, Peru and Australia). He has written two books:

  • Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions, which has sold 2,200 copies.

  • Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Diverse Employees, which came out in December 2006

Throughout his training, coaching and consulting practice, Lionel makes use of his 15 years of international engineering, management, sales and human resources experience, working with people from over 60 countries. He has worked in eight different countries (Canada, the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands,) for several multinational companies, including Xerox, Procter & Gamble, British Petroleum, and Jeumont-Schneider.

Born in France, Lionel obtained his “Diplôme d’Ingénieur Polytechnicien” from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, France and his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA.




Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand how cultural differences can create significant misunderstandings and rework and lead to missed deadlines even when everyone involved has the best intentions at heart

  • Manage more effectively culturally different employees

  • Lead more effectively multicultural project teams

  • Communicate more effectively with culturally different people in all capacities (clients, suppliers, employees, managers, team mates, and peers)

  • Influence culturally different people

Dr. Lionel Laroche
See above




Learning Objectives


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

  • Know how to identify and manage both Time & Task commitments

  • Learn techniques to plan for Maximum Productivity

  • Learn and have an opportunity to practice priority processes

  • Have a realistic Goal Setting process to work with

  • Understand the work production environment, what is controllable or not and how to deal with the ‘traffic’ to produce effective and efficient results

Denise WallaceDenise Wallace
Denise uses her expertise to motivate individuals, teams and organizations to improve productivity and profitability through the design and delivery of customized training programs in her areas of specialty.
She is committed to providing programs that produce results and providing service with integrity.


  • Eastern Michigan University - Education

  • Certified Trainer:
    … Achieve Global –ACER Customer Service, Zenger Miller Programs
    … Forsgren Training Institute–Versatile Leadership, Performance Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Succession Planning, Customer Service, Sales, Call Centres, Team Building
    … Priority Management

  • Qualified Trainer:
    … Ken Blanchard’s “Situational Leadership”
    … Tony Alessandra’s “Platinum Rule”
    … Thomas-Kilmann’s “Conflict Mode Instrument”

  • Professional Programs Developed & Delivered:
    … Teams in Trust
    … Lofty Leadership
    … Powerful Presentation Skills
    … Stress Management
    … Management in Motion
    … Service Excellence- Part One
    … Service Excellence- Part Two
    … Plans & Priorities
    … Superior Supervisor Skills
    … Train the Trainer
    … Communication with Confidence
    … Tempering the Tension
    … Safety Code 6
    … Safety Training for Telecom Workers

  • Other:
    … Sessional Speaker at:
             BC Home Show
             APEG BC Conference
             Rotary Clubs
             International Training and Communication Conferences

  • Attendee &/ Member:
    … SCTE-Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (North America)
    … ASTD, American Society for Training and Development (North America)

  • Volunteer&/ Donor:
    … Canadian Cancer Society
    … BC Children’s Hospital


Most Recent and Continued Contracts:

  • Canadian Federal Government

  • ROGERS Wireless & ROGERS Cable

  • Shaw Cable

  • BC Hydro/TTR
    … Terayon Communications/Motorola
    … Simon Fraser University
    … Italian Cultural Centre
    … Province of British Columbia
    … Einblau & Associates;
    … APEG BC
    … BC Hydro
    … Associated Engineering
    … Deere Hitachi Specialty Products
    … Johnstone’s Benefits
    … Common Wealth Credit Union

As Well:

  • Vancouver Public Library, Shell Oil, MicroServe, Flora Mfg, Mt. Seymore, Delta Cable, Coast Cable, Mivi Technologies, Great Canadian Casinos, Open Learning Agency, and others.


  • Denise is by far the best facilitator to yet to come to Hydro

  • Denise did a wonderful job as the instructor. She was very energetic and enthusiastic—which made the class fun and helped us learn & remember what was taught today

  • Well presented course

  • Great way to present the material!! Very interesting—keep up the good work

  • Excellent course –very well presented—full of energy—didn’t nod off once all day

  • One of the best two courses I have ever taken through BC Hydro. Denise truly lives what she teaches

  • Excellent presentation

  • Excellent course

Associated Engineering:

  • Excellent – facilitator was great! Made it fun as well as informative.

  • Well worth it! Excellent facilitator.

  • All in all good workshop

  • Good well rounded course material

  • Great and energetic presentation

  • Loved the mixing up of teaching techniques—not just sitting around.

  • I really enjoyed this course

  • Denise was a great instructor. Very positive, comfortable facilitator. Great Energy! FUN.

  • Loved the upbeat attitude of the speaker and making it interesting.



Easing the Pressure

Everyone experiences stress at some point during the course of one’s work life. The key is to prevent long-term, intense feelings of stress. This workshop is an effective program designed to contribute to the participants’ deeper understanding and sense of control over the effects of stress. Participants will explore their possible sources of stress and develop ways to tackle them with a focus on improved performance and enhanced well-being.

The course is highly interactive, combining research and best practices with first-hand participant involvement. Participants will be able to measure their own stress levels by completing an on-line stress survey prior to the classroom session and will be provided with links to resources, tools and tactics for handling their specific stressors. They will also be encouraged to apply their learning to the specific issues they face and to create action plans for managing their own stress, improving the health of their own work environment and assisting colleagues when required.

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

  • Understand the impact of stress in today’s work environment and the importance of managing it

  • Learn the classical techniques of the “Change your Mind, Change Your Behaviour” approach to easing the pressures of stress

  • Find practical ways for dealing with the day-to-day stress experienced at work and at home.

  • Develop longer-term plans to reduce stress and make commitments to “easing the pressure”.

Achieving Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance is often thought of as the equal division between work, life and sleep. Trying to fit everything into one day is a common source of stress for many people. With high levels of job and personal commitments, one or the other suffers because time, energy or patience runs out. The Achieving Work-Life Balance Workshop seeks to equip employees to make life choices that are more conducive to their desired lifestyles.

After completion of this Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what Work-Life Balance means

  • Determine what striking balance in one’s life would look like

  • Recognize that choice has an important part to play in Work-Life Balance challenges

  • Apply practical tips and techniques to achieve the greater sense of balance the participant would like to create

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This program is important to gain a set of skills that enables us to make our way in a complex world by understand and using emotions to assist us in relating to others and to assist us in becoming highly successful in our work.

At the course you will learn:

  • What exactly is Emotional Intelligence (EI);

  • Why EI is so important to your success;

  • Specific EI Intelligence Competencies;

  • Five realms of EI (Interpersonal, Adaptability, Intrapersonal, and Stress Management, and General Mood);

  • Which measures of EI most pertain to success in the engineering industry;

  • How to put EI into practice.

This course is led by Rachelle Lee of Einblau & Associates (www.einblau.com). Einblau & Associates has been successfully helping engineers develop their soft skills for the past 23 years.

Rachelle Lee

Rachelle is a management consultant specializing in strategic business marketing planning and research development. Her work has crossed industries, from financial services and manufacturing to health care and social services.

Prior to joining Einblau & Assoc., Rachelle worked in various management positions in corporate and small business environments and was CEO of a communications research company. In addition to providing consulting services, she offers training in leadership coaching to business owners and managers.