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Early Bird Pricing ends
February 9, 2018

Spring Professional Development Days

Continuing Professional Development Workshops
March 1st and 2nd, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Regina SK

Thursday March 1, 2018

Track 1 – Get to the Point! 2 Day Course
A Practical Writing Course for Business and Technical Professionals

(RGI International)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Thursday and Friday)

This interactive two-day classroom session introduces participants to the Pyramid Method of WritingTM and applies it to writing effective letters, reports, emails, instructions and proposals.  It offers an opportunity to receive feedback on one pre-course assignment and two post-course assignments.  The second day allows time to discuss and evaluate longer, more technical documents such as recommendations, investigations, formal reports and studies, and proposals.  Group exercises allow participants to learn from each other. 

This course has sold out each time we have offered it! 

The student feedback has been outstanding 

100% of the participants rated the course overall as EXCELLENT 

Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI International, Inc. with offices in Winnipeg, MB and Rochester, NY.  She has 24 years of experience teaching business and technical communication courses for government agencies, private corporations, consulting firms and professional societies.  Her courses consistently receive positive reviews.  She is an engaging and interactive presenter.

She has experience as an Information Developer for IBM in the US and as a Learning Products Engineer for Hewlett-Packard in the UK. Lisa holds a BS in Technical Communication from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, and an MS in User Interface Design from the London (England) Guildhall University. 

She has co-authored four books with Ron Blicq: Get to the Point!, Guidelines for Report Writing, and Technically Write! with Prentice Hall, and Writing Reports to Get Results with the IEEE Press.  Lisa is a co-founder of the Centre for Technical and Engineering Leadership.

Lisa teaches regularly for APEGS and Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.  Her clients include, Enbridge, Tundra Gas, Vale, TetraTech/WEI, KGS, Hatch, AECOM, Richardson International, LSAM, PAMI, SaskTel and several engineering consulting firms across the US and Canada. She is an invited speaker to several engineering, geoscience, and communication international conferences.

Lisa is an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute for Technology, where she teaches Technical Writing, Business Communication, and Effective Technical Communication. She is a Past President of the Rochester Engineering Society and contributes a monthly article to the RES Magazine.  She is a member of the Society for Technical Communication and the IEEE Professional Communication Society.

Track 2 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship for Engineers
(Engineers Canada)
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sustainable development is an emerging aspect of engineering practice which is more comprehensive and anticipatory and in many areas is overtaking the more narrow discipline-specific activity of ‘protection of the environment’. This practice of sustainable development can be expected to evolve and engineering education and continuing professional development will need to include an understanding of sustainable development. Responsible environmental management is an inherent part of duties undertaken by all engineers, regardless of discipline or role; whether as employees, employers, researchers, academics, consultants, regulators or managers. As noted in the Engineers Canada code of ethics, the primary duty of engineers is to hold paramount the protection of public safety and welfare with due regard for the environment and societal values.

Engineers Canada has published a national professional practice guideline to complement the codes of ethics of the 12 engineering regulators ( It supplements environmental and sustainability guidelines and codes of practice in local use by some regulators and serves as a national benchmark that has been mutually agreed. The guideline describes 10 principles of professional practice that are anticipatory of sustainable development and preventative in degrading the environment.

This half day workshop will provide participants with information about, and application of, the principles that comprise the national guideline. The application of these principles will be demonstrated through presentations and facilitated small group sessions to complete exercises that use case studies from completed engineering projects. 


Mahmoud Mahmoud, PhD, PEng, FEC, is the founder and CEO of GES Geotech Inc.  Founded in 2003, GES Geotech Inc. (Global Earth Solutions) is a specialist geotechnical and environmental services company with offices in Vancouver BC and Calgary AB. Mahmoud's experience includes projects in Western Canada, Mexico, the UK, the Persian Gulf, and South East Asia. 

Mahmoud is an active volunteer for the profession in BC. His activities include Member, Fairness Panel (expert reviewer), 2007-Present, Chair, Continuing Professional Development Committee (2009-2017; Chair 2014-2017), Member, English Language Competency Task Force,  Member, Professional Renewal Task Force,  Chair, Geotechnical Engineering Task Force,  Presenter, Ethics Seminar 2008-2016, Registration Interviewer 2005–Present, Mentor, 2013-Present and  Executive, Sea to Sky Branch 2005–2008 (Chair 2007-2008).

His related professional activities include: Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary 2003-2006, Member, APEGA 1997-2014 (resigned in Dec 2014),  President, Iranian Engineers of BC Association, IEBCA (2012-2013), Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) 2013-Present

Board Member, Qualifications Board, Engineers Canada, 3-year Appointment (2014-2017); Renewed 2017-2020 – Chair, Environment & Sustainability Committee; Member, Continuing Competence Committee; Member, Professional Practice Committee

Chris Feetham, MBA, P.Eng., FEC, is the Senior Compliance Promotion Officer with Environment and Climate Change Canada-Atlantic Region.  He is a designated CEPA Analyst under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, works on regulation development and compliance promotion in the Chemicals, Transportation and Energy sectors, and supports environmental enforcement actions.  He has 35 years of experience in energy systems, environmental accounting and sustainable development and has worked in private industry, as a consultant and for all levels of government in Canada.  He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration.  He is actively involved in the governance of the engineering profession via various committees of Engineers Nova Scotia and Engineers Canada and has worked with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Canada. 

Lunch on your own - 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Track 1 – Get to the Point!
A Practical Writing Course for Business and Technical Professionals 
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Track 2 – Conversations that Motivate & Engage 
(UofR – Continuing Education)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This half day session will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to increase your communication effectiveness.  During the session, you will gain insights from the fields of marketing, communications and neuroscience to gain a better understanding of how people think in order to have more enriching and engaging conversations.  Using a coach-approach, you will gain an appreciation of how to increase your effectiveness as a leader while inspiring employees to perform at their best.

Kelley Orban began her career developing strategies and initiatives around engaging customers, employees, leaders and other important stake holders.  After shifting careers, she began to focus her skills on people practices and leadership development, designing and implementing a variety of programs and initiatives that create and support engaging and successful organisational cultures.

 As a leadership coach, she focuses her expertise on advancing individual and team growth and development as well as creating effective leadership strategies and action plans that engage and motivate both leaders and their employees.  In 2012 she completed a Masters of Business Administration from the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business and followed that up with a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching through Royal Roads University in 2016.  As a professional ‘people person’ she loves to understand how people think and why they make the choices they do in order to create engaging cultures through effective communication.

Friday March 2, 2018

Track 1 - Get to the Point!
A Practical Writing Course for Business and Technical Professionals
8:30 am – 12:00 pm 

Track 2 - Good Guy or Bad Guy: Which One Are You?
8:30 - 12:00 pm

There are a lot of examples of bad character in the news media these days.  Corporate directors committing fraud.  Police shootings of innocent people.  Elected officials stealing from the public purse.  Celebrities committing sexual assaults.  What were they thinking?  This session titled “Good Guy or Bad Guy: Which One Are You?” will explore the topic of good character as it relates to professional practice.  What is good character?  What does history have to say about it?  How does one maintain good character?  Can it be lost?  Can it be regained?  Are you born with it or is it developed as one grows?  Examples of unethical and illegal behavior that creeps into daily life will be highlighted with files from the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba Investigation Committee archives and other notable sources.

Grant Koropatnick, P. Eng., FEC, is the CEO and Registrar for Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM).  Mr. Koropatnick is a graduate Civil Engineer with a certificate in Human Resource Management both from the University of Manitoba.  He has been a member of the Association since 1992.  He has held technical and managerial positions in human service environments including the University of Manitoba and latterly with the Pembina Trails School Division as Senior Operations Manager overseeing the operation of 35 school and administration buildings in southwest Winnipeg.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Grant lives in the Bridgwater Lakes neighborhood with his wife Robyn (who is an Electrical Engineer).  In his spare time, he enjoys a variety of interests including public speaking, writing, works of art and personal fitness.

Lunch on your own - 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Track 1 - Get to the Point!
A Practical Writing Course for Business and Technical Professionals (continued)
1:30 - 5:00 pm

Track 2 – Watch out for Unconscious Biases:
If I Looked at the World a Different Way…
(APEGS – 30 by 30)
1:30 - 5:00 pm

Join us for this practical workshop where participants are given an opportunity to practice and have their self-awareness raised where they have unconscious bias. Also learn why unconscious bias matters, and how it affects your outcomes and bottom line. In addition to attending the session participants will receive a copy of The Authenticity Principle, by our speaker’s coaching partner and sister, Ritu Bhasin.

Komal Bhasin is a consultant, facilitator, and life coach with over 12 years of experience in consulting, strategic advising, and leadership/management, with a particular focus on the health and social service sectors. Komal is passionate about promoting diversity and cultural competence in workplaces and has extensive clinical training in Cultural Competence, which she leverages in her diversity and inclusion consulting, strategy, and facilitation work. She is a faculty member at Ryerson University in the School of Social Work, where she teaches on social policy and social inclusion. From the University of Toronto, Komal has her; Masters of Health Sciences (Health Administration) – Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Masters of Social Work.

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
(February 9)
Regular       Students
of enrollment)
Get to the Point!
(2 day course)
$900 $1,200 $600 $1,350
March 1 - Track 2
Sustainable Development 
8:30 - 12:00 pm 
$225 $250 $125  $300 
March 1 - Track 2
Conversations that Motivate 
1:30 - 5:00 pm
$225  $250 $125 $300
March 2 - Track 2
Good Guy or Bad Guy
8:30 - 12:00 pm
$225  $250  $125  $300 
March 2 - Track 2
Unconscious Biases 
1:30 - 5:00 pm
$225 $250 $125 $300


Registration fees include coffee breaks 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 Registration
toll free 1-800-500-9547

Looking for Accommodations?

APEGS has negotiated a rate of $149.00/night, plus taxes, at the DoubleTree by Hilton for February 28, 2018 and March 1, 2018.   Reservations can be made by clicking on this link:
Please book before February 16, 2018.

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Achieving a Safe & Prosperous Future Through Engineering & Geoscience