McCune demonstrates PEGGasus at an official launch
at APEGGA’s offices
in Edmonton and Calgary introduced the online marketplace
to representatives of government, industry, universities,
technical societies and other groups, Nov. 27 and Dec.
BY DEREK McCUNE, MBA
The online professional development marketplace PEGGasus
formally kicked off on schedule on Nov. 24. Member response
was so great that PEGGasus had trouble keeping up. Hindsight
suggests we should have phased in the online announcement.
With the initial onslaught over, speed has improved. We
will continue to monitor performance, and we will have
with regard to a new server and other matters by the time
this article hits the streets. If PEGGasus didn’t meet
your initial expectations, please try again.
In early November, we promised you PEGGasus would have 400
professional development opportunities from more than 25
providers at launch. We’re pleased to say that we had
1,500 professional development opportunities from 30 providers.
Visit www.peggasus.ca and explore this wide range of management,
event, technical and personal development opportunities.
Search through them for quality opportunities from such providers
as RedVector.com, Mount Royal College, EPIC (Educational
Program Innovations Centre), PEICE (Petroleum Institute for
Continuing Education), University of Alberta, University
of Calgary, NAIT, Grant MacEwan College, ESD-Simulation Training
Inc., Electrical Forum Training Institute and Athabasca University.
Our featured provider at introduction is RedVector.com, the
global leader in online education for professionals in the
engineering, architectural, interior design, construction,
land surveying, building inspection and landscape architecture
Also included in our launch is an incentive program for checking
out the PEGGasus site and for actually registering in opportunities
delivered by our providers. And you’re not too late
to participate. The program runs until Jan. 31. Visit the
PEGGasus website for details.
We’re still in discussion with quite a number of other
potential providers to add considerably more professional
development opportunities to PEGGasus. So check back regularly
or use the search agent service within PEGGasus to stay on
top of opportunities that fit with your interests and requirements.
If you don’t see your favourite providers represented
on the system, don’t hesitate to let them know that
you subscribe to PEGGasus services and want to see them list
their courses, seminars and events there. Tell them to contact
us. And if you do see providers represented on the system,
let them know you appreciate them using this new and innovative
We have found the technical societies a challenge to contact
and enrol in PEGGasus. E-mail addresses, contacts and mailing
lists for this group change continuously. If you are responsible
for your society’s events or educational activities,
and want to use PEGGasus as a convenient and economical means
of reaching the engineering and geosciences communities,
please give me a call. We can set you up to easily add your
events to PEGGasus.
We’ve built the site and are already starting work
on enhancements and increasing the size of the database.
Now it’s up to you, the membership, to take advantage
of its services.