has been working hard to increase the awareness and understanding of the legislated
meaning of "engineer." As a result, we are finding
that the word "expert" is increasingly being used in the marketplace
as a replacement for "engineer." For example, NorQuest College now
highlights its "Microsoft Certified Systems Expert" program.
But your Association has to continue being vigilant, as it upholds the right-to-title
and right-to-practice provisions of the EGGP Act. Recently a Calgary company
advertised for a 'Systems Engineer' to fill a non-engineering position.
When contacted by the Compliance Department, the company readily agreed to remove
the word "engineer" from the title.
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The Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions Act
Microsoft Dealt Title Blow
√ ACCESS TV taped the Rock 'N' Fossil
Road Show in
October as part of Science and Technology Week. Taping took place Oct. 16 at
the Odyssium in Edmonton and Oct. 23 at both the Canmore Geoscience Centre and
the Crowfoot Library in Calgary . Geoff Harding, Geol.I.T., acted as host.
For the clinics, the public brought rock and fossil samples to be analyzed
by APEGGA geoscience members. The resulting show will be broadcast on ACCESS
TV and webcast on SciQ (www.sciq.ca) during
National Engineering & Geoscience Week, Feb. 25 to March 6, 2005.
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√ The APEGGA Mentoring Program currently has 88 mentors working with
89 protégés in the work-related soft skills pool. There are 53
unmatched registrants, some of whom are mentors with incomplete registration
or temporarily unavailable due to workload. Others, however, are mentors waiting
for a partner in their geographical locations. Most protégés are
matched within a week or two of registering.
Would you like to get involved in the program?
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√ The 2005 Alberta Innovation and Science
Calendar, produced as part of Science & Technology Week, is now
order and download. In recognition of Alberta's 100th anniversary, the
calendar pairs established researchers in Alberta with young scientists of tomorrow
who are interested in the same area of science. Featured are APEGGA member Dr.
Janet Ronsky, P.Eng., and Honorary Member Reg Isley, in addition to selected
To Order or Download
100 Years of Alberta Engineering
√ The Professional Development Department expanded its
professional development days into September, this year, with events in Edmonton
and Calgary. The Edmonton event attracted 74 participants, the Calgary
APEGGA members took part in seminars on Using Thinking Styles to Enhance
Teamwork & Meetings, Financial Skills for Non-Financial Personnel, Strategic
Thinking, and Selling Skills for Technical Experts & the Power of Positive
Influence. The lunch speaker gave a presentation on Five Characteristics of an
Outstanding Organization. Did you miss out? More PD seminars will be held in
Edmonton and Calgary in November.
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√ APEGGA now has an electronic newsletter. If you've provided
us with a current and valid e-mail address, you should be receiving your e-PEGGat
the beginning and middle of each month.
The e-PEGG complements the existing Online PEGG and the hardcopy you're
reading now. But it's much more, as well. It also allows us to communicate
timely information when you need it, allowing you to register for APEGGA events,
participate more interactively in self-governance and learn about what else is
happening in your professional world.
If you're not receiving the e-PEGG and would like to, contact us at e-PEGG@apegga.org.
Your e-PEGG Explained
√ What decisions has APEGGA Council been making on
your behalf? Check
out Council Briefs in last month's PEGG:
√ A Council task force has decided to review
and improve APEGGA's
emphasis on risk management. The Association is also encouraging the government
and the insurance industry to make insurance more available and affordable to
Practice Quality Identified as Key to Better Insurance
A Peer Review Primer for Consulting Engineers www.apegga.org/whatsnew/peggs/Web10-04/peer.htm
√ APEGGA M.I.T.s took part in seminars in Edmonton
and Calgary in October. Topics included: Goal Setting, Requirements for Licensure,
Business Writing for Results, True Colours, Networking, Interpersonal Communications
and Conflict Management. M.I.T. seminars are held in the spring and fall of each
√ Every fall APEGGA sponsors student mixers for university students.
The University of Calgary hosted two mixers in October. On Oct. 6 the Engineering
Student Mixer at the U of C Dining Centre attracted 70 members and 110 students.
Then on Oct. 13, 20 members and 45 students attended the Geoscience Student Mixer
in MacEwan Hall. Several technical societies also hosted tables at each event.
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√ Each year professional geoscientists from
Calgary and geoscience students from the University of Alberta attend a Student
Mixer in Red Deer. Participants are bused to Red Deer for two hours
of pizza, conversation and fun. On Sept. 29, 21 professionals and 40 students
in the 2004 event.