Seminars Attract 300 Registrations


Manager of Professional Development

Attendance at APEGGA’s semi-annual MIT Seminars has been strong as usual, with almost 300 people-seminars tracked. The seminars began in Calgary on May 9, and on May 18 the five days of training began in Edmonton .

Half- and full-day seminars were provided in introductory levels of stress management and leadership. Decision-making, time management, negotiating and conflict management were the other seminar topics.

Traditionally, Requirements for Licensure was part of the MIT seminars. A decision was made, however, to offer that seminar separately and without cost. Almost 200 attended this half-day information session in May. In response to a wait-list in Edmonton and Calgary , we will offer it again this spring.

We have been very pleased with the response to some of our new presenters. Dr. Tom Olson’s seminar on decision-making has been very well-attended and well-evaluated. He is president of T.L. Olson & Associates Inc., a consulting firm specializing in management employee development. With a PhD in organizational behaviour, Dr. Olson has developed and delivered employee effectiveness training for HSBC Bank Canada , SaskEnergy and Shell Canada, among others.


Popular Seminars

Popular Seminars
MITs take in one of APEGGA's popular semi-annual MIT seminars, in Edmonton last month.

Known for effective programs, dynamic delivery and an engaging sense of humour, Dr. Olson travels across Canada to work and, on occasion, to Africa, the Middle East, the U.S. and England. He holds degrees from the universities of Calgary and Oregon . He is the author of Don’t Die With Your Helmet On: The Power of Personal Responsibility.

Response was also very positive to the seminar on negotiating by a first-time APEGGA presenter,

Nadine Ryan-Bannerman, M.Ed. (adult education). Nadine is an associate of the Centre for Creative Negotiating. In addition to her M.Ed., Nadine has completed the advanced negotiating program through the Harvard University Negotiation Project.

Over the last 15 years, she has provided consultation on effective negotiating related to strategic planning, mergers and organizational conflicts. Nadine has worked with clients such as TransCanada PipeLines, Imperial Oil Canada , Enbridge, Suncor Energy and PanCanadian Petroleum (now EnCana).