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may 4, 6, 7, 12, 28

may 4, 8, 11, 15, 22

  • Edmonton - May 5, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am ... register

  • Calgary - May 1, 2015 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am ... register


Questions? Patrizia Campbell at email: pcampbell@apega.ca





Effective Problem Solving and Decision Making
Pauline Perreault B.Comm

May 7

May 11


Career Strategies for Young Professionals
Dr. Lionel Laroche Ph.D

May 6

May 4


The Multigenerational Workplace : Communication Across The Generations
Fern Richardson MBA CED, PHEc

May 4



Myers-Briggs Type Personality Indicator- Using Type to Optimize Leadership
Aidan Millar

May 28

May 22


Basics of Technical Writing
Patricia Porter MBA, MA

May 12

May 8


*all seminars are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.





Upon graduation, the top priorities of many young engineering / geoscience professionals are to 1) get a job where they can apply and grow their knowledge and 2) get their license. After that, the question becomes "What's next?"

This workshop examines the professional challenges that MITs are likely to face during the first few years of their careers. It provides insight into the unwritten rules of Canadian organizations so that participants can determine how to maximize the return on their career management efforts and steer their careers in a direction that takes into consideration their strengths, their interests and the overall economic conditions. Participants will create a personal development plan for themselves and leave the workshop with a road map for the next few years of their careers.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the unwritten rules of Canadian organizations

  • Describe the direction they want their career to take and determine what steps to take in order to reach their professional goals

  • Analyze the impact of economic conditions on the range of professional options that are open to them and plan their career accordingly

  • Create an effective professional network

  • Create a professional development plan that takes into account their likes, dislikes, strengths and limitations

Bio - Lionel F. Laroche, Ph. D. (Registered as a P.Eng. in Ontario)
President, MCB Solutions

Over the past 15 years, Lionel Laroche has provided HR training, coaching and consulting services to over 25,000 people on four continents. Lionel specializes in helping technical professionals and organizations reach their objectives in diverse and uncertain environments. He has written three books:

  • "Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions"

  • "Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Different Employees"

  • "Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage" will be published in early 2014.

Lionel has taught many courses on behalf of APEGA and a wide range of organizations throughout Alberta on several topics, including diversity & inclusion, career management and dealing with uncertainty. His client list includes many organizations in the energy sector and engineering consulting firms. His work makes extensive use of his 12 years of international experience as a product / process development engineer and as a coach to people at all levels (from individual contributors to CEOs).

effective problem solving and decision-making



Over the course of the workday, you undoubtedly run into challenges that require you to solve the problems at hand and/or make decisions. Whether you complete this work alone or in a group, this seminar will explore the tools, tips and applications to make your decisions more effective. Learn which processes are most effective for individual problem solving and decision making, and which processes could benefit from a larger group. By understanding your current style, you will be able to make some changes to achieve more consistent and effective outcomes.

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

  • Describe the benefits and challenges of individual and group decision-making

  • Discuss barriers to both individual and group decision-making

  • Learn about methods of group decision-making

  • Practice using a group decision-making model

  • Identify how your team can improve its group decision-making

  • Recognize the challenges of individual and group problem-solving

  • Define problem-solving

  • Effectively conduct creative brainstorming sessions

  • Create cause and effect diagrams as an aid to analyzing problems

  • Describe how effective your team is at problem-solving

Pauline Perreault

Pauline Perreault is a business owner, speaker and facilitator. Prior to starting her oven business, Pauline worked in HR and research. For the past six years, she has been running Jump Outta Bed Inc., a business that focuses on helping employers attract, train and retain their people. Pauline works with companies who want to emphasize corporate culture as their key asset. She works primarily with non-profit organizations and professional services companies.

She is graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BComm in Marketing and International Business. Avenue Magazine named Pauline one of Edmonton's top 40 under 40 in 2012. Pauline is also an instructor with Grant MacEwan





Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment as a foundation, this workshop will focus on the impact personality preferences play on our natural – or default – leadership style. We will then discuss how to harness the various aspects of type to optimize our leadership potential while also understanding the various needs of our followers as determined by their respective personalities. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the MBTI assessment, learn about their personality characteristics, and recognize the different ways these preferences can manifest as strengths and blind-spots as they attempt to lead others. The session will then explore methods to enhance our communication style and improve engagement and motivation amongst team members to achieve goals. This interactive course will include individual and group tasks, and provide practical strategies for those in positions of leadership who strive to take their skills to the next level.

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how personality differences impact our leadership style

  • Understand ways we can embrace other behaviours to be more effective

  • Learn techniques to lead diverse members of a team toward success – through communication and vision

Aidan Millar

Aidan Millar is a certified MBTI practitioner and a Human Development Consultant for Psychometrics in Edmonton, Alberta. She obtained her BA Honours in Psychology for Brock University, and an M.Sc. in Work and Organizational Psychology from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Consequently, she approaches the world of talent and human capital management from a diverse educational perspective especially as it relates to team mental models and integrative knowledge transference. Her specific topics of interest include the influence of team cohesion, work engagement and leadership styles on various organizational and individual performance outcomes.


the multigenerational workplace: communicating across generations


People of different generations have always worked side by side. Age diversity can bring opportunities as well as challenges for everyone in the workplace. This session will examine some of the differences and explore how we can communicate our message more effectively for everyone. How to understand the position of others and communicate our message, the influencing style we use, the way we disagree and how we use recognition are all factors in successfully communicating across generations.

Workshop Topics

  • The generations- why are we different?

  • Organizational culture matters

  • The challenge of resistant behavior

  • Creating rapport through empathy

  • Assertive communication strategies

  • Disagree without being disagreeable

  • Influencing styles of communication

  • The role of appreciation and recognition

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Analyze generational differences through four lenses

  • Describe the impact of organizational culture on performance and interaction

  • List reasons for resistance in others

  • Name the four attributes of empathy

  • Create a list of strategies to develop rapport with others

  • Explore individual influencing styles

  • Practice three assertive communication skills

  • Practice three ways to disagree effectively

  • Practice two ways to respond non-defensively to criticism

  • Examine the role of appreciation and recognition


Fern Richardson, MBA CED, PHEc, is an external corporate trainer and facilitator. An adult educator for over 25 years, Fern specializes in organizational behavior and the human skills area. Her clients include government, business, health care and community organizations. Her focus is on workplace communication, team building, leadership development, meeting and organizational skills, innovation and coping with change. Fern is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ®.





All good writing incorporates the "Five Cs": Consistent, Correct, Clear, Coherent, and Concise. This is even more important for technical writing than for other types of writing. We will begin with the tools for writing effectively using the Five Cs. Then we will consider the special challenges that are inherent in technical writing.

The main focus of this seminar is on writing technical reports and proposals. These are probably the most common—and often the most demanding—tasks that technical writers face. We will review common types of technical reports and consider their purposes, structures, and formats. Then we will take a detailed look at writing effective recommendation reports. Our seminar concludes with guidelines for planning and writing proposals.

Novice to intermediate technical writers will get the most benefit from this seminar, while experienced writers may learn a new trick or two.

At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the Five Cs in their own writing

  • Understand the unique demands of good technical writing

  • Explain the format, structure, and purpose of different types of technical reports

  • Understand the role of persuasion in technical writing

  • Analyze an RFP (Request for Proposal) and plan a winning proposal

Patricia Porter, MBA, MA

Patricia Porter is a writer/editor and instructor with over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Her background is in communications, investor relations, and training. She acquired 14 years of experience in corporate communications before launching her own business in 1995. Since then her company, The Write Answer, has completed a wide range of contracts for corporations, professional associations, government, and non-profit organizations.

Since 2002, Patricia has been a part-time instructor at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. She has taught a variety of courses in MacEwan's Bachelor of Communications program, the English Department, and the Faculty of Business. She also provides training and individual coaching in business communications to a variety of private sector clients.

Patricia has a Master's degree in Business Administration and Master's degree in Arts from the University of Alberta.