Professional Development Conference

April 25, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
April 26, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Glen Rooms, 2nd Floor, South Building
TELUS Convention Centre

Staying current in your field and being aware of trends are challenging for every professional. The APEGA Summit’s Professional Development (PD) Conference offers you a choice of 24 educational sessions over a day and a half, featuring engaging and practical sessions for engineers and geoscientists.

Participating in this annual conference will help you learn and network with your peers while you earn up to 10 Continuing Professional Development hours. Your custom conference session selections support your own unique learning and development needs, and apply to professionals across disciplines and industries.

This year’s sessions fall into 4 different themes. You are welcome to pick and choose sessions from each theme freely—the only limitations are the seats available and that each session is only offered once!

Check out this year's great speakers

Professional Development Session Themes


This stream will focus on technical aspects within a broad range of contexts. Topics that will be covered include geoethics, cyber security and more!


This stream will focus on the regulatory aspects of APEGA. Topics that will be covered include compliance, professional practice and more!


This stream will focus on the career development of all attendees. Topics that will be covered include networking, job search skills and more!

Innovation & Leadership

This stream will focus on emerging research and leadership principles that will apply to everyone. Topics that will be covered include clean energy extraction, economic diversification, and more!

2019 Conference Schedule

Check out our full professional development session schedule below. We’ve organized everything by topic, so click each tab to see what’s available.

Conference sessions and speakers are subject to change.

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Challenging the Unknown

Audiences are inspired by Jill’s upbeat, multimedia presentations to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears.
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Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Geoethics 2019

Everything you need to know about practising as a geoscientist ethically and professionally.

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Tom Sneddon, P.Geol., P.Geo. (BC), FGC and Joy Cohen

Developed to enhance the awareness of oil and gas experts, this session highlights the most recent developments in several relevant regulations, as well as where professionals can go to stay current on the latest changes.

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Amin Sabzevari, P.Eng., CRM

Whether you are already using drones or are thinking about starting using drones in the near future, it’s important to understand the new drone/UAV regulations and their impacts on how they can be used.

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Walter Weselowski

This session will address and discuss the conventional methods for achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and costs, as well as recent developments in water treatment associated with SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage). There will be an emphasis on produced water treatment technologies, challenges, and alternatives.
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Nasser Sallamie, P.Eng., PhD and Shiva Zohreh Vand, PhD, E.I.T.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Going Paperless is the Goal, Digital Signatures are the Solution

Discover the diverse types of digital signatures and how they can be used to sign distinct types of documents as a person, a professional, a department or an organization.

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Marc St-Jacques

This session will give an overview of the compliance and discipline sections of the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act and related activities of APEGA. This includes overview of compliance cases, process, case types, activities and discipline process and results.

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Saumya (Sam) Barua, P.Eng., FEC, MBA

The secondary professional liability program is a group professional liability insurance program for members of participating engineering and geoscience associations within Engineers Canada. Learn about this important program and how it benefits all members who take advantage of it.

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Robert Wilson, CIP and Candace Pietras, CIP

A panel of APEGA’s Professional Practice Advisors will lead a discussion of the CPD program. Learn about the new CPD review process, best practices, and lessons learned.

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Panel Discussion with APEGA's Professional Practice Advisors
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
LinkedIn Branding for Job Search

Learn about different aspects of LinkedIn and how to make the most out of your profile with stellar personal branding and and impactful business presence.

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Alnoor Damji

Wondering why you can’t get the motivation to search for work? Frustrated at not finding a job worthy of your education and experience? If this sounds like you, there is hope! Learn about the four phases of career transitioning and how to identify obstacles interfering with your motivation.

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Marie Gervais, PhD

This presentation, by a registered psychologist, will provide insight, information, and consultation on how to enhance your workplace through proven strategies. Learn more about how to ensure that your workplace is a psychologically healthy workplace.

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Judi Malone, Psychologist, PAA CEO, PhD

This session will assist professionals to connect more easily in any social business setting. You can look forward to plenty of scenario demonstrations and skills practice.

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Joanne Blake, CIP, CPC
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Economic Diversification Through Healthcare Improvement

The session will outline how strategies that have been used at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital have engaged industry and academia in overcoming challenges in the healthcare industry. To become successful, solutions must offer something tangible for all parties as well as leading to increased economic activity.

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Gary Faulkner, P.Eng., PhD

With cannabis now legal in Canada, organizations and HR professionals need to find answers to complex questions. Both employers and employees need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

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Adam Czarnecki, CPHR

Ready to take your meetings to the next level? Then you and your team are going to love the Meeting Leadership Professional Development Workshop! During this session you’ll get the practical tips, information and inspiration you need to turn your meetings into a competitive advantage.

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Gord Sheppard, MBA, Prosci, BA

We will discuss new technologies and innovative ideas for exploration, extraction/harvesting, and transportation of energy with reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental footprints. As the future leaders of the energy industry, this alternative viewpoint on clean energy may be valuable.

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Arman Hemmati, E.I.T., PhD
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Do you know where your data & wells are really located? A Geomatics Refresher

This presentation will focus on the issues we face in the oil and gas industry as they pertain to the positional accuracy of seismic surveys and the selection of wellsite locations. It will be delivered in a clear manner that does not require an in-depth understanding of surveying, only a desire to eliminate the risk associated with these issues.

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Bart Iverson

Staying secure in a hyper-connected world is a growing concern. To minimize risk and protect yourself, it’s important to become educated about the issues and the best practices for prevention.

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David Papp, P.Eng.
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
I Got My APEGA License! Now What?

Many of us know that a professional license opens the door to many exciting and rewarding career opportunities, but many of us lose sight of the fact that a professional license also comes with expectations and obligations. This panel will provide their perspective on how we can perform our duties while protecting the public interest.

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Panel Discussion with APEGA's Professional Practice Advisors

This panel will explain how APEGA conducts its practice reviews and share the most common opportunities for improvement in meeting your obligations as a Permit Holder or Responsible Member.

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Panel Discussion with APEGA's Professional Practice Advisors
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Advanced Negotiation Skills

This presentation will include an examination of the struggle we often experience between meeting our substantive needs in the negotiation while maintaining or improving the working relationship. We will offer a review of the impact our mindset and assumptions have on the way in which we interact with the other party during a negotiation.

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Gary McDougall

This session provides basic human resources (HR) management skills for anyone who has to fulfill the HR function of their company without a formal HR background, including small business owners, managers, and frontline supervisors.

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Julianna Cantwell, CACE, CPHR
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Let’s Start Talking Again: Helping Leaders Lead Through Communication

This session will help participants communicate better in the workplace and with external clients as well. It contains simple, powerful tips that you can implement right away to communicate better.

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Grant Ainsley
2019 APEGA Professional Development Conference
TELUS Convention Centre, 120 9 Ave SE,Calgary,Alberta-T2G 0P3
Start Time
April 25, 2019
End Time
April 26, 2019
A day and a half of professional development and learning for engineers, geoscientists, and industry professionals.