Ross Plecash, P.Eng., assistant director of Communications
and Public Relations, brings a message to a crowd of more
than 100 City of Edmonton APEGGA members. Meetings big and
small are part of the member liaison program, which is designed
to keep members informed - as well as hear their concerns
and answer their questions.
Generating dialogue between APEGGA and rank-and-file members
is the goal of the new Member Liaison Program. Ross Plecash,
P.Eng., APEGGA's assistant director of Communications and
Public Affairs, says the presentations and meetings he offers
provide a good opportunity to inform members about what the
Association does, how it goes about it, and some of the challenges
But just as important is hearing what members have to say,
says Mr. Plecash. "We want to open up more of a dialogue
between the Association and members. Historically, our communications
with members have been primarily one way - the PEGG, our website, and our Continuing Professional Development events provide
for only limited feedback," he says.
APEGGA Communications does have a history of meeting with
company executives, primarily to attract sponsorship for the
Summit AwardsÒ and donations to the APEGGA Education
Foundation. Many of the senior managers visited already have
an established relationship with the Association, however,
so the meetings haven't necessarily broadened APEGGA's exposure.
Mr. Plecash says meeting with a cross-section of engineers,
geologists and geophysicists should have some positive results.
It may attract more volunteers and member input, perhaps even
more donations to the Education Foundation. It may entice
potential members to license themselves with APEGGA. And it
will help APEGGA tailor programs to meet the needs of members.
The assistant director hopes to speak to about 100 corporate,
government or other groups of members and potential members
before the year is out. Large and small groups are welcome
to use the service. A recent presentation for the City of
Edmonton attracted more than 100 engineers.
Representatives of any group of engineers or geoscientists
interested in having Mr. Plecash speak should call him at
426-3990 in Edmonton or, from outside the local calling area,
at 1-800-661-7020. He'll travel anywhere in the province to
meet, and he'll tailor the presentation for each group's wants