BY NANCY TOTH, M.A.
Manager, Professional Practice
John Simmons, a former teacher and an award-winning educator
from Calgary, will be the luncheon speaker at the Professional
Development Day Nov. 4 in Edmonton and Nov. 12 in Calgary.
Mr. Simmons will explain how humour can help foster teamwork,
reduce stress and help us handle work-related challenges.
He will provide guidelines for "safe" humour that
will enhance creativity and problem-solving while putting
more joy into our work lives.
Registrants will have four choices of half-day seminars each
morning and four choices each afternoon.
To enhance your decision-making skills, sign up for a session
by Yvonne Bridges. Ms. Bridges is a master trainer and entrepreneur
who will guide participants in the techniques of identifying
root causes, making decisions and creating action plans.
She will also present an afternoon session called Getting
What You Want Without Bruises. This session will focus on
the balance between being assertive and respecting the needs
of others - it's all about creating "win/win" solutions.
Larry Staples, P.Eng., MBA, is an experienced consulting engineer
with Canspec Group Inc. and a well-known APEGGA volunteer.
He will address the subject of ethics. Mr. Staples will use
the new APEGGA Ethics Module to review legal and ethical obligations
of APEGGA members and to discuss common ethical dilemmas.
We are fortunate to be able to bring Dr. Loren Falkenberg
back for another seminar on negotiating, after her well-attended
presentation at the April conference. For 16 years Dr. Falkenberg
has taught at Calgary's Haskayne School of Business where
she developed advanced courses in negotiating.
She has published widely and provides consultation to organizations
on this subject. Her seminars focus on improving negotiation
dynamics, creating and claiming value on agreements and on
handling difficult negotiators.
Tom Ross and Fred Day, Q.C., of McLennan Ross will present
on the effective management of dismissals. Mr. Ross will present
in Calgary, Mr. Day in the Edmonton session. Both lawyers
will address constructive dismissals, terminations for just
cause and the legally safe way to proceed with terminations.
Those of you who attended the April conference will know
Katharine Bondy of Western Leadership Centre Inc. An expert
on the dynamics of change and change management, Ms. Bondy
will present on strategic planning for high performance. The
session will help you review the strengths of your company
and your competitors so you can discover and map your strategic
Lisa Brown, M.A., is a management consultant who has presented
for APEGGA before. She is a compelling and experienced speaker
on the subject of managing emotions.
At this session, Ms. Brown will talk about surviving downsizing
at all levels. She will deal with the emotional challenges
and fallout associated with downsizing, whether you are the
senior manager making the decisions or the staff member finding
that restructuring has put you out of a job.