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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Calgary Branch Seminar

Professionalism in Business Communications

Date:  Thursday, October 12, 2006

Time:   5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  Registration and Light Buffet
             6:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Seminar

Location:   APEGGA Conference Centre,    2200 – 700 2 Street SW

Cost:  $45  Members and Guests
Facilitator:  Pamela Mclean
                      Director of Technical Services
                      Alberta Electric System Operator
A generation ago, young professionals entering business acquired in public school all the essential skills of preparing business communications: legible handwriting and the ability to dictate a memorandum to someone with the skills to type, format, and spell it correctly. Today the secretarial skills of yesteryear have been absorbed into the role of the professional himself, who must gain through casual use the sophisticated skills required to make appropriate use of today’s sophisticated communications tools. At the same time, an important layer of reconsideration and language filtering -- and delay! -- formerly provided by the secretarial staff, has been removed, making it faster and easier to disseminate sometimes ill-considered communications.

But as Engineers, Geological and Geophysical professionals, our one real product is information, and business documents are the means by which we deliver that product to our customers. The higher the quality of our documents, the more professional we appear in the delivery of our product. We've all heard the old saw, "Four years ago I couldn't even spell Ingenier, now I are one!” But in the twenty-first century, that joke has lost its aptness. Today, Engineers, Geological and Geophysical professionals must lead industry in the clarity and quality of their professional communications.

Please call the Calgary APEGGA office at 262-7714 to register before Friday, October 6, 2006. The Calgary Branch accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.  Please note:  A light Pre-Registration and advance payments are required.  Seating is limited and registrations will be dealt with on snack will be provided.



Finished Petroleum Product Market Dynamics

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Time:  Registration:  11:15 a.m.
            Luncheon:      11:45 a.m.
            Speaker:        12:15 p.m.

Location:  The Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 – 9th Avenue SW

Cost:  $36  Members and Guests,  $18 Students

Guest Speaker:  Ted Stoner, P.Eng., Vice President Western Division, Canadian Petroleum Products Institute

Over the past number of years, there have been numerous reviews and investigations by the Federal Competition Bureau concerning retail gasoline pricing in Canada. This has surfaced primarily due to consumer frustration on retail prices which in turn created concerns from many levels of Government. The reports resulting from these reviews have not discovered significant issues but the consumer frustration continues to exist.

This presentation will review the background on market dynamics beginning with the crude oil market and ending with the local retail gasoline / diesel dealer. Common questions such as why do prices move in unison; why price differentials from town to town; why prices are lower in USA; and how can retail prices swing significantly in one year will be reviewed in this presentation.

Changing Market Environments
To ensure adequate seating, please pre-register with the Calgary APEGGA Office at 262-7714 prior to Friday, October 13, 2006. Calgary Branch accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for tickets sold prior to the day of the event


Geologists Needed for Rock & Fossil Clinic

Volunteers are still needed for the Saturday, October 14 Rock & Fossil Clinic in Canmore.  The clinic runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Geologists will help identify samples the public brings  in and will help  with hands-on activities. Shifts available are  full day, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or half day, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The clinic is a great family event so bring your’s and after the clinic, you can explore Canmore.  To volunteer, please contact Lindy Turner:  lturner@apegga.org


Presidents Visit

  • Canadian and International Mobility

  • Information for Internationally Educated Graduates

  • Future Direction of APEGGA

Location: Telus Convention Centre

Date: November 8, 2006

Time:  Registration 11:30 am

Speaker: APEGGA President: Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng.

Cost: $36, $18 for students

Please call the Calgary APEGGA office at 262-7714. The Calgary Branch accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. 

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