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Vol. 5, No. 01
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008  


APEGGA Researches Member Air Travel

One role of APEGGA Member Affairs is to negotiate agreements with service providers. These agreements leverage the buying power of more than 51,000 members into great deals on everything from rental cars to educational savings plans.

We’re always looking for new arrangements to give your membership even more value. And this time, we’re looking to the skies: the possibility of a deal with an airline.

Before that might happen, however, we need data on members’ flying habits – and you can help us with that, right now.

  • Click here to take our short (only five questions) survey

New Sign-Off System Takes Effect

An innovative, made-in-Alberta system now requires professional involvement when land is remediated and reclaimed at oil-and-gas sites. With the province and five other professional organizations, APEGGA played a key role in developing the system.

Mentors Wanted

Would you like to give back to your profession in a direct, fulfilling way? The APEGGA Mentoring Program could be for you. It allows you to share your knowledge, reach pools of new talent, enhance your coaching skills and earn Continuing Professional Development credits.

You’ll also earn the satisfaction that comes from helping others.
We have a particular need for mentors in the Edmonton and Calgary areas.

  • Click here for more information

  • Click here to e-mail Arlene Lack, B.Sc.N., APEGGA Coordinator, Professional Development & Mentoring

REMINDER: Deadline Feb. 4

APEGGA Seeks Input
On M.I.T., P.Geo., Concepts

At its Dec. 6 meeting, Council supported seeking input from Members and possibly holding Member votes on two possible changes requiring amendments to the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act. One would give full APEGGA membership privileges – the right to hold office and the right to vote – to Members-in-Training. The other would create the single designation Professional Geoscientist, or P.Geo.

APEGGA has prepared discussion papers on these matters so Members can learn more about them and provide feedback. We encourage you to click through to these papers and take part in the consultation process.

Links for your response appear at the end of each discussion paper.
We require your response by no later than Feb. 4.


Week Celebrates
Members’ Professional Contributions

APEGGA members and staff, educators, students and others will mark National Engineering & Geoscience Week, Feb. 21 to March 2, with a series of fun activities. Under the banner Making a World of Difference, the schedule this year covers competitive and learning opportunities for all ages.

A full story on the week will appear in the February hardcopy PEGG.

Science Night Needs
Calgary Volunteers

One more Calgary science night has been added to National Engineering & Geoscience Week celebrations. A science night will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at Father Doucet School, 65 Shannon Dr. SW. About 25 volunteers are needed from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to assist with the hands-on science activities and demonstrations that have been prepared

If you can help us put on this fun event, e-mail Anne Kelsey in our Calgary office.


Be a Better Coach

Our popular Coaching for Commitment course is back, featuring Rachelle Lee from Einblau & Associates. Learn the techniques you’ll need to foster sustained superior performance. This two-day course takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 in Calgary and Feb. 26 and 27 in Edmonton.

We Will Rock You

Rock Solid Professionalism is the theme of APEGGA’s 2008 Annual Conference in Edmonton, which ties in perfectly with International Year of Planet Earth and the approaching term at of President-Elect Gordon Williams, P.Geol. The conference and Annual General Meeting take place April 17-19, and we’ve got the information to help you make your conference plans.

APEGGA Head Office
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Ave. NW
Edmonton AB T5J 4A2
Tel: 780-426-3990 1-800-661-7020
(within North America)
Fax: 780-426-1877
E-mail: email@apegga.org
Website: www.apegga.org
Calgary Office
2200 Scotia Centre
700 2nd Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2W1
Tel: 403-262-7714
Fax: 403-269-2787

Every Council term, the current APEGGA President visits every branch. This is your chance to meet your leader, face to face. Often, branches combine the visit with other high-profile activities, such as Member Induction Ceremonies.
Below are dates of the eight visits that remain.

President’s Branch Visits
- Lakeland – Jan. 30
- Vermilion River – Jan. 31
- Central Alberta – Feb. 5
- Fort McMurray – Feb. 7
- Calgary – Feb. 13
- Edmonton – Feb. 19
- Peace River – Feb. 25
- Medicine Hat – Feb. 26


JAN. 22 – Edmonton. SORRY, SOLD OUT.

JAN 24 – Calgary. The Challenges of Oilsands Development, with Catherine Hughes, Husky Energy’s VP of oilsands. Click here for more.


FEB. 7 – Calgary. Organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver aim to make it the most sustainable event of its kind. Find out about design and construction strategies and much more at Building Sustainability with LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. Click here for more.


MARCH 8 – Calgary. For new U of C graduates in engineering, geology and geophysics. Are you a professional member who can help us put on the workshop?

- Click here for more info
- Click here to e-mail Kate Handford at the Calgary APEGGA office

March 29 – Edmonton. Volunteers are also needed in Edmonton for the Graduating Student Workshop.

Click here to e-mail Flo Primeau at the Edmonton APEGGA office.


Nomination deadline for the Alberta Emerald Foundation’s environmental awards is next month. Have you submitted a nomination yet? Click here for more information and to submit online.

Click here for more

More Awards – APEGGA keeps a regularly updated list of awards you, your projects or someone you know might qualify for. The list links directly to the appropriate websites. Enter now – and if all goes well, collect later.

Click here for more

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Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. All Rights Reserved.