Fall Professional Development Days

Continuing Professional Development Workshops
October 16 and 17, 2017
Conexus Arts Centre
Regina SK

Monday October 16, 2017

Track 1 – Full STEAM Ahead! (30 by 30 Task Group)
8:30 - 12:00 pm

As Rare as Pandas: Fostering Change that Results in Small Wins and Big Gains

Women in leadership are as rare as pandas. In Canada, men are still two to three times more likely than women to hold a senior management position. This keynote will discuss how change is a necessary and complex, yet achievable endeavour that involves directing energies to our education systems, homes, and organizations. It also requires us to unsettle our own taken‐forgranted assumptions. Some of the strategies proposed will focus on planting seeds that foster small wins, while others are more ambitious intended to effect big gains and systematic change.

Gina Grandy is Professor of Strategy and Leadership, RBC Women in Leadership Scholar, and Acting Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research with the Hill‐Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina. She is also a trained leadership and performance coach and consults in the areas of leadership, women in leadership, strategy and change. Her research and consulting experiences span for‐profit, public sector and not‐profit organizations in Canada, US and the UK. Gina joined the University of Regina in 2013 and prior to that she taught at numerous higher education institutions including, Mount Allison University (NB), Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton (NB), International Institute of Business (Ukraine) and Northumbria University (England).

Gina has designed and delivered a Women in Leadership course for the graduate programs in business at UofR and is active in numerous professional activities related to women and women in leadership locally and internationally. She has recently co‐edited a collection of teaching case studies featuring women leaders and published an article that identifies ways in which business case studies can serve as an outlet to normalize women as leaders and provide aspiring leaders with examples of successful women leader role models.

Broadly, Gina’s interests in this area centers upon understanding how women leaders construct positive professional identities, women’s leadership development, the role of body and appearance, women’s intragender
relations, and how women navigate pressures to do gender well and differently.

Why there is Value when Women Lean In?”

Studies have shown that companies and organizations with women at the Executive and Board level contribute positively to the bottom line. The diversity of ideas that women bring to the table, motivates veteran team members to re‐examine their assumptions & process data more carefully. In this session 30 by 30 has invited Dr. Ernie Barber, P.Eng., P.Ag., President of APEGS, along with a panel of leaders and decision makers to discuss why they have promoted women into the higher ranks of their organization, and, in their experience, what benefits they have seen as a result of those decisions. The panel will use a Q&A format, including questions from
our audience!

Moderated by Gina Grandy.

Track 2 – Business Ethics (UofR – Continuing Education)
8:30 - 12:00 pm

The workshop will include presentations and discussions on:

  • Defining and understanding ethics;
  • Understanding the benefits of ethics;
  • Creating strategies to implement ethics at work;
  • Recognizing social and business responsibilities;
  • Identifying ethical and unethical behaviour; and
  • Learning how to make ethical decisions and lead with integrity.

Shelley Vendramin has been a federal public servant for over 20 years. During this time, she has worked in various roles. Shelley started in a clerical role and has worked her way up to a senior position in Human
Resources. She contributes her success to her ability to successfully lead and motivate people through times of change; as well as her ability to build strong professional relationships, both internally and externally.

Shelley specializes in the areas of employee relations, performance management, and human resources planning. Shelley’s roots are in small town Saskatchewan. She graduated from a small school and then moved to Saskatoon to pursue a Public Administration degree. She transferred to the University of Regina where she would eventually obtain her Masters of Human Resource Management. During this time, she expanded her knowledge of people management and the importance of dedicating time to understanding differences in people and the value of diversity.

In additional to her career, Shelley owns a small business in Regina with her husband Tony. They have successfully served Regina and surrounding area for over 20 years.

Luncheon Speaker: Saskatchewan Geology
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Musings about the geography and geology of Saskatchewan: Out from underneath the ice, a U2 spy plane, diamond‐bearing volcanic eruptions and dodging meteorites while unlocking the Province’s vast mineral and oil potential.

Gary Delaney, Ph.D., P. Geo., is Chief Geologist, Saskatchewan Geological Survey (SGS), Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. The SGS is responsible for investigating and documenting the geology of Saskatchewan to facilitate the responsible exploration for and development of the Province’s rich and diverse mineral and petroleum resources. Prior to joining the Government of Saskatchewan, in 1986, Dr. Delaney, whose
areas of expertise include Proterozoic stratigraphy and sedimentology, as well as economic geology, worked for Cominco Ltd undertaking base metal mineral exploration in southeastern BC and adjoining parts of the United States. During his time as Chief Geologist, Dr. Delaney has fostered a robust innovative geosciences program that has garnered praise from industry active in Saskatchewan’s mineral and petroleum sectors. The SGS’s activities have also attracted international attention, resulting in geoscience cooperation agreements with the China Geological Survey, the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology and the Geological Survey of South Australia.

Track 1 – Empowering Women in their Professional Lives
1:15 - 4:30 pm

Join APEGS in welcoming back Dr. Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE who will join us this fall for a session on attracting and retaining women in the Engineering/Geoscience professions. Menzer is a featured Engineer in the Imax Film Dream Big: Engineering Our World, and will share her stories of what led her to pursue engineering, and why it is important for women to practice engineering in society. As with any discussion about women in STEAM professions, she will touch on the challenges of retention and the importance of encouraging young people, especially girls, to consider the opportunities that an engineering education offers.

Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE is a geotechnical engineer with a focus on earthquake engineering. She obtained her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Dr. Pehlivan specializes in the analysis of seismic site response, liquefaction and other natural hazards, soil‐foundation‐structure interaction, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA), and the seismic design of foundation of structures.

Dr. Pehlivan is the author of several journal and conference articles. Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, she was one of the appointed members of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) team who traveled to Nepal to perform post‐earthquake reconnaissance. In 2016 Dr. Pehlivan was selected as one of the New Faces of Engineering by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Pehlivan is one of the featured engineers in the Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, an IMAX movie which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to follow careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Dr. Pehlivan chairs ASCE Geo‐Institute's Board‐Level Outreach and Engagement Committee. She also serves as Geo‐Institute representative in ASCE Diversity and Inclusion and Institute Advisory Committees.

Track 2 – Mentoring the Millennial Generation (Bluegem Learning)
1:15 - 4:30 pm

A workshop for supervisors, managers and project leaders aimed at increasing participant awareness of the subject of mentoring millennial employees in the workplace.

Even though millennials love communicating via technology, they also value face time and one‐on‐one connections with leaders and more experienced colleagues. Today’s young professionals want feedback on
how they’re doing and what they could be doing better, and a mentoring relationship is a perfect way to fulfill that need. Leave with an understanding of what mentoring is, and is not, particularly for people relatively new to the profession.

By the end of this session you will have gained confidence from practicing the skills required to establish and maintain an effective mentoring relationship, including offering useful one‐on‐one feedback to mentees.
By participating in this workshop, participants will:
  • Understand why embracing the Millennial generation is essential;
  • Understand the key issues of a multi‐generational workshop and explore ways to overcome them;
  • Gain practical tips for connecting effectively with new professionals; and
  • Learn how to effectively mentor millennial employees utilizing a proven mentoring approach.
  • Practical take‐aways to help participants apply what they learned in the session:
  • Mentoring Millennials “The Secrets” Cheat Sheet
  • Mentoring Plan Worksheet
  • Traffic Light Action Plan
Russell Stratton MA, MCIPD, MCMI is a certified trainer, leadership coach, and writer with a master’s degree in human resource management. His passion involves developing emerging leaders and assisting those who are transitioning to middle management by building their capability and confidence to optimize performance, using a blend of dynamic experiential learning and workplace coaching. Russell has a proven track record of success around the world and has assisted individuals in a wide range of organizational cultures, including small‐ to medium‐sized enterprises, law enforcement agencies, national government departments, charities and not‐for‐profits. He has worked with all levels of professionals, from front‐line staff to executive management boards.

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Track 1 - Succeeding in STEAM (30 by 30 Task Group)
Registration 7:15 - 8:00 am

Women’s History Month Event - Breakfast and Keynote Speaker
8:00 - 8:45 am

Women’s History Month Keynote – Picking up STEAM: Why Diverse Organizations Win

Would you want to be part of a team that consistently comes up with the best ideas and innovations? Who always finds creative solutions to problems? Who succeed seemingly effortlessly, despite challenges and unpredictable setbacks? If yes, you want to be part of a diverse team!

It’s been well‐documented that teams with different backgrounds, ethnicities, and gender do a better job of solving problems and strategically advancing their organizations. But diversity, especially in STEAM, means that recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse talent is challenging. Let’s talk about why diversity matters and how you can foster an environment where diversity is celebrated and leveraged as a tool to help your organization succeed!

Brianna Brownell is founder and CEO of Pure Strategy Inc., a technology company that helps organizations make use of large volumes of data about their customers and market by creating an artificial intelligence engine to perform data analysis tasks normally done by human analysts.

She started her journey of entrepreneurship after 10 years as a data scientist in the marketing research and finance industries and is a frequent speaker on AI technology, data science, and machine learning. Throughout her career, she has published on subjects as widely varied as gamification, climate change, new product adoption, pricing strategy, and advertising effectiveness, and has lead advanced analytical data projects with top tier companies in pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, banking, insurance, utilities, and retail, among many others. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University and is an avid promoter of women in STEAM fields.

9:15 - 12:00 pm

Picking Up STEAM: Essential Skills for Leadership in a Diverse Organization

Often the narrative around diversity initiatives is negative ‐ there aren’t “enough” women in STEAM roles, there is a leaky pipeline or a glass ceiling. But let’s turn that thinking on its head and look at how being a champion of diversity can make you a crucial, positive voice within your organization and help you succeed in your career by
pushing your organization forward in a meaningful way.

Adopting an appreciative lens on this challenge, this workshop will help you learn:
  • How and why diversity helps organizations succeed
  • Some of the surprising science about gender differences and perception
  • Ways to identify and work through barriers to diversity, including unconscious bias
  • Cultivating the right support network within and outside of your organization
  • Developing a growth mindset in yourself and others
  • How to find your leadership style ‐ regardless of your role or position
  • Tips on attracting and retaining a diverse team
  • Overcoming challenges in collaboration and consensus building with a diverse team
  • Ways to pay it forward for others in your organization
We will discuss diversity and inclusion in a general sense, but focus on how to encourage gender parity in STEAM to support APEGS’ 30 by 30 initiative.

Brianna Brownell – see above.

Trevor Maber is the Director of Strategy with Pure Strategy Inc., and is an award‐winning faculty member at the Edwards School of Business (University of Saskatchewan), having taught across the areas of leadership, human resources, training & organizational development, international business, presentation skills and case analysis. Previously the Director of People Strategies with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, he leverages over two decades of experience in human resources, organization development and project management to create positive change and continuous learning for the students, clients and organizations he works with. He is active within the TED community as a TED speaker and TED‐ED lesson designer and educator, and also partners with leading Canadian consulting groups while entertaining speaking engagements across North America. Along with nearing completion of his PhD with Fielding Graduate University (Human and Organizational Systems), Trevor holds a M.A. in Human Development, an M.A. in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and numerous coaching, facilitation and assessment certifications.

Track 2 - Emotional Intelligence
8:30 - 12:00 pm

Emotional Intelligence – Expanding Influence (Achieve Learning Centres)

Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others. Participants in this workshop will learn to utilize emotional intelligence more effectively through self‐assessment and skill development exercises, resulting in an increased ability to engage with others and expand their influence.

Janelle Jackiw has Master’s degrees in both Criminology and Educational Psychology. Her broad range of experience includes working in front line and leadership roles in both government and social service organizations. Presently, in addition to training with ACHIEVE she provides counselling in private practice, works for the Ministry of Justice and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina. Janelle values workplaces and organizations that respect the importance of
partnerships and innovation. She believes people’s passion for the work they do is developed by encouraging leadership at all levels. Janelle is an energetic presenter who enjoys delivering training workshops that are relevant and practical to individuals’ work and personal lives.

Luncheon Speaker: “This Bud’s for You”
12:00 - 1:00 pm

The Liberal Government introduced the “Cannabis Act” in Parliament April 13, 2017. The purpose of the Legislation is to allow adults to legally possess and use Cannabis, however strictly regulating all aspects of its production and distribution. The Cannabis Act is to become law no later than July 2018. What impact will it have on the Engineering Profession? What happens when an employee shows up for work high? What are the Employer’s Rights? The Employees Rights? These topics and more will be canvassed in this presentation.

Barry Nychuk graduated from Law School at the University of Saskatchewan in 1988. Since 1992 he has been a Partner in Richmond Nychuk a Regina Law firm that presently has 12 lawyers. In the past 20 years Mr. Nychuk has practiced predominantly in the Area of Criminal Law. Many cases Mr. Nychuk litigated were leading cases in
the areas of Marijuana trafficking. In R v Dunn a lengthy court battle over trafficking of Marijuana for compassionate reasons”. R v Mackenzie a case taken to the Supreme Court of Canada on the standard of “reasonable suspicion” to believe Marijuana was in the vehicle.

He also conducted numerous seminars for various organizations including Public Legal Education Association, Commercial Investment Seminars and Farm Advocacy Groups. Mr. Nychuk is presently a member of Canadian Bar Association and the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyer Association. He has practiced in all levels of the Court in Saskatchewan and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. In his down time, Barry enjoys golfing and hockey. He has attained various certifications as both a baseball and hockey coach, spending many of his evenings and weekends coaching one or more of his four children on their respective sports teams.

Track 1 – Understanding the Skill Set of “GRIT”
1:15 - 4:30 pm

Grit measures perseverance, a dogged determination, in the face of difficulty or opportunity. Grit appears most clearly in efforts to accomplish that which holds meaning and value. In this session, we will: explore what constitutes grit and what makes it critical to success; examine strategies to encourage and develop grit; co‐create ideas to lead with grit while inspiring it in others; and, discover methods to select and hire for grit.

To help you get the most out of our time together, please consider checking where you are on the Grit Scale days before the event by completing this 3‐minute questionnaire at https://angeladuckworth.com/grit‐scale/.

Rox Bartel is known for her pinchable cheeks, wry wink and hearty laugh, and is remembered for her straight‐talking, people‐oriented style as a performance consultant, executive coach and "holder of space". Starting in the Securities Sector in the 1980's Rox realized the importance of projecting confidence while being grounded in
knowledge and purpose. In roles from facilitator & internal consultant to CEO, she has learned the importance of dancing between head, heart, and gut energy to achieve optimal results. Ask her about her podcast, legacy project, and the consortium she is building aimed at supporting organizations and professions in surfacing ideas and innovations that respond to the unique complexities of our time. Grace, wisdom beyond her years, and the personality to wear her signature red shoes – she's got it all! Oh, and she is a huge HABS fan; ok, so no one’s perfect!

Track 2 – Planned Adaptation to Climate Change
1:15 - 3:00 pm

Prepare for the Unprecedented

If climate is the temperature and precipitation we expect, and weather is what we get, then climate change is unexpected weather. Recent flood events in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec have been described as unprecedented. This suggests that they represent a change in climate, and/or that our historical records do not capture the full range of variability in these hydro‐climatic regimes. In a changing climate, recorded weather and water levels can be an unreliable basis for decision‐making and design. The only reliable source of information on
future climate is numerical models that are able to simulate the dynamics of the regional hydroclimate. Different models, or runs of the same model, produce different future climates. The spread of projections for mid to late 21st century results from the use of different model algorithms and greenhouse gases emission scenarios. In the near term, however, internal natural variability of the climate system is the main source of uncertainty. This talk explores what this means for predicting and adapting to climate change in Saskatchewan.

Dr. Dave Sauchyn has been Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina for the past 35 years. His main research interests are 1) the climate and hydrology of the past millennium and how knowledge of the past can inform scenarios of future climate and water supplies, and 2) planned adaption to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change. Dave recently co‐directed a five year interdisciplinary study of the vulnerability of agricultural communities to climate extremes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil and the Canadian Prairies.

Regina Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project (EPCOR)
3:00 - 4:30 pm

EPCOR was awarded the Public Private Partnership to Design‐Build‐ Operation‐Maintain and Finance a new highly technical wastewater treatment plant in Regina, Saskatchewan in May 2014. This $181 M project entailed the expansion and upgrading of the existing WWTP to meet the effluent permit requirements with a substantial completion deadline of December 31, 2016. This project is one of the largest of its kind in North America and involved a tight schedule, non‐traditional financing approach and a 30 year Operating Contract. The winning
team included EPCOR (Operator and Financier), Stantec (Design), Gracorp (Financial Advisor) and a construction joint venture team consisting of Graham Construction and Lockerbie Stanley Inc (now AECOM).

This presentation will discuss the three years of the project including challenges and lessons learned throughout the many phases of the project. Discussions on year one will focus on initiating a design build project while at the same time transitioning plant employees, systems and equipment from the City of Regina to EPCOR after the award of the project. The focus of year 2 will be on operating a facility during heavy design‐build‐construction while training and developing a new team, implementing asset management and maintenance processes and
commissioning to meet the substantial completion deadline. Year 3 focuses on completing commissioning activities and the last year of optimizing a new process while completing deficiencies, and meeting performance testing requirements.

The presentation will also review the challenges and successes of building a new employee culture, along with implementing technical and safety training plans, standardizing the facility operations, delivering on contract requirements and operational interface planning for construction activities.

EPCOR will share it’s learnings to illustrate the success of the project as well as demonstrate the benefits to the community and the environment.

Vicki Campbell, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with over 20 years' experience in the water wastewater industry. She has a Regional Environmental Systems Engineering degree from the University of Regina specializing in water, wastewater and environmental systems. Her experience includes a combination of technical sales in the industrial water treatment industry from working with Nalco Chemical Company and GE Water, experience in engineering consulting from her time with EarthTech, experience in municipal management from her time with the City of Regina, and experience in utility operations management from working for both SaskWater and EPCOR.

In her nearly 7 years with EPCOR she has done many things. She joined EPCOR in 2010 as Senior Manager of Northern Alberta Operations, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she led one of the growth engines for the Company including operations, maintenance, technical and contract/client management functions and transitioned 10 new facilities to EPCOR. After EPCOR Water Partners was awarded the Regina P3 project to Design Build Finance Operate Maintain a new wastewater treatment facility in May 2014, Vicki moved back to Regina to develop and lead the new EPCOR Water Prairies business unit. Her initial focus was the transition of employees, systems and assets from the City of Regina to EPCOR. After the transition she focused on building a new EPCOR team including the development of a new business and safety culture while at the same time the group assisted in constructing and commissioning a highly technical plant on a very compressed schedule.

Registration Information:
APEGS is pleased to be able to offer this affordable professional development opportunity as a benefit of APEGS membership. Attendance can be counted towards CPD credits under “formal activity”. Participants will receive certificates of completion for each workshop attended.

  APEGS Members    
Event Early Bird
(Sept. 15)
       Regular       Students
of enrollment)
October 16 Track 1
Full Steam Ahead!
8:30 - 12:00 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 16 Track 2
Business Ethics
8:30 - 12:00 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 16 Saskatchewan Geology
Lunch Only
12:00 - 1:00 pm
 $50  $50  $50  $50
October 16 Track 1
Empowering Women in their
Professional Lives
1:15 - 4:30 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 16 Track 2
Mentoring the Millennial

1:15 - 4:30 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 17 WHM
Breakfast Only
Why Diverse
Organizations Win

7:15 - 8:45 pm
 $30  $30  $30  $30
October 17 Track 1
Picking Up STEAM
9:15 - 12:00 pm
 $200  $250  $115  $280
October 17 Track 2
Emotional Intelligence
8:30 - 12:00 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 17 “This Bud’s for You” 
Lunch Only
12:00 - 1:00 pm
 $50  $50  $50  $50
October 17 Track 1
Understanding the
Skill Set of “GRIT”
1:15 - 4:30 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250
October 17 Track 2
Adaptation to Climate Change
1:15 - 4:30 pm
 $170  $225  $100  $250


Registration fees include coffee breaks, lunch* and all workshop materials.
GST will be added to all the above fees.

For More Information:

Contact Shawna Argue, P.Eng., MBA, FEC, FCSSE, FGC(Hon)
Director of Education and Compliance
toll free 1-800-500-9547
email sargue@apegs.ca