BY NANCY TOTH, MA
Professional Development Manager
The Professional Development Department is committed to
assisting members at all stages with the various aspects
and avenues of their professional development. I’m
the manager and Flo Primeau is the PD coordinator, and it’s
our job to make this personal and critically important professional
journey as interesting and rewarding as we can.
How do we do that? This column will attempt to answer that
Are you a full professional member? Your status as a full
professional member would have been recognized formally at
our Professional Member Induction Ceremony arranged by the
PD Department. The November PD Day and the two days of PD
at the annual April Conference are also organized by the
Each event is designed to assist with your overall professional
development and the meeting of your CPD requirement. This
year a second PD Day will be initiated in September and a
random needs assessment will be conducted to update member
If you signed up as a mentor, protégé or both
with APEGGA’s new Mentoring Program, you are participating
in another of the department’s programs.
Are you a member in training? If so, you are probably aware
of the M.I.T. soft skills seminars held each spring and fall,
over five days in Edmonton and in Calgary. You will remember
that about the time you graduated, you attended a Ring Ceremony
and workshop on professionalism and ethics. The PD department
collaborates with the ring wardens and stewards to arrange
the day’s activities.
As an M.I.T., you may have signed up as a protégé with
the Mentoring Program to enhance the soft skills required
of you in the workplace.
Are you a student? You may be familiar with the Student
Liaison Committee or you may have enjoyed student mixers
and soft skills presentations. These activities represent
collaboration between APEGGA’s PD staff and members
of the engineering and earth sciences student bodies.
Grants administered through the PD department assist students
with Western Engineering Conference and Competition, National
Engineering and Geoscience Week and many other activities
at the universities of Alberta and Calgary.
APEGGA’s PD staff also arranges sessions on ethics
and professionalism to first- and fourth-year engineering
and geoscience students at the two universities.
In addition, the department is increasingly involved in varying
levels of partnership with tech societies, other professional
associations, etc., in order to provide a broader variety
of economically priced and valuable seminars.
Every effort is made to inform members about PD opportunities,
through brochures, the APEGGA website and The PEGG, as well
as our online training marketplace, PEGGasus.
Contact Nancy Toth, MA