June 2015

Series for Internationally Trained Members: Advancing Your Career in Canada

Please Note
Please note the price has been adjusted to reflect the cancellation of the first seminar. For further enquires please contact Gurjeet Phungura at [email protected] or 604-412-4886.
Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: Advancing Your Career Seminar CANCELLED
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: Registration and Breakfast 8:00 – 8:30 am
Seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Understanding the Canadian Workplace Culture
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Time: Registration and Breakfast 8:00 – 8:30 am
Seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Workplace Communication
Location: Burnaby, BC
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2015
Time: Registration and Breakfast 8:00 – 8:30 am
Seminar 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is Networking and Why is it Important?
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: Registration: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Seminar:  6:00 pm – 6:45 pm (Networking portion will be from 7:00pm – 8:00pm)

Location: Vancouver/Burnaby, BC

Lionel F. Laroche, Ph.D. (Registered as a P.Eng. in Ontario) - President, MCB Solutions
Lesley-Ann Marriott – Marriott Management Group
Shelley-Ann Vidal – Act by Vidal
Nabye Wilson , P.Eng.

Credit: Package (2 seminars plus Networking event): 16.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Understanding the Canadian Workplace Culture: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Workplace Communication: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Networking Event with Key Note: 2.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Cost: Package (2 seminars plus Networking event)
  • APEGBC Members (before May 27, 2015):
    $675.00 + GST = $708.75
  • Non-Members and APEGBC members (after May 27, 2015): $875.00 + GST = $918.75
  • APEGBC Student Members: $437.50 + GST = $459.38
Advancing Your Career CANCELLED
  • APEGBC Members (before April 29, 2015):
    $349.00 + GST = $366.45
  • Non-Members and APEGBC members (after April 29, 2015): $419.00 + GST = $439.98
  • Student Members: $209.50 + GST = $219.98
Understanding the Canadian Workplace Culture
  • APEGBC Members (before May 27, 2015):
    $349.00 + GST = $366.45
  • Non-Members and APEGBC members (after May 27, 2015): $419.00 + GST = $439.98
  • Student Members: $209.50 + GST = $219.98
Workplace Communication
  • APEGBC Members (before September 3, 2015):
    $349.00 + GST = $366.45
  • Non-Members and APEGBC members (after September 3, 2015): $419.00 + GST = $439.98
  • Student Members: $209.50 + GST = $219.98
Networking Event with Keynote
  • APEGBC Members (before October 22, 2015):
    $119.00 + GST = $124.98
  • Non-Members and APEGBC members (after October 22, 2015): $199.00 + GST = $208.98
  • Student Members: $99.50 + GST = $104.48
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 27, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Gurjeet Phungura | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4886
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext. 4886
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
APEGBC is pleased to offer a new series of seminars for our Internationally Trained members.

The series will comprise of 3 sessions that will focus on enhancing your skill set to better advance in your career. The series will conclude with a final keynote emphasizing the importance of networking and creating connections. The series will offer the following sessions:

 Advancing Your Career Seminar CANCELLED

Looking for a job is always challenging, particularly if you are unemployed at the time. Stress leads many job seekers to send resumes to as many job postings as possible - if you apply to more positions; you have a better chance of getting hired, right? Actually, a systematic approach can be more effective. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to conduct their job search methodically by helping them find their own answers to four key questions:
  • What problem are you good at solving?
  • Who has that problem and is willing to pay to have it solved?
  • How do you make them know you exist?
  • How do you demonstrate to them that you are the best at solving this problem for them?

Participants will come out of this course with a strategy and a clear action plan on how to approach the job market.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze their work experience from the perspective of potential employers in order to identify the positions for which they are most likely to be considered as qualified
  • Customize their resumes and cover letters to highlight the match between their experience and specific job posting requirements
  • Create and implement a networking strategy to access the hidden job market
  • Manage the uncertainty and the emotional ups and downs that most job seekers go through

Lionel F. Laroche, Ph. D. (Registered as a P.Eng. in Ontario) - President, MCB Solutions
Over the past 16 years, Lionel Laroche has provided job search and career management coaching services to over 50,000 people on four continents. Lionel specializes in helping technical professionals and organizations reach their professional objectives in rapidly changing and uncertain environments. He has written three books, “Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions”; “Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Different Employees"; and "Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage."
Lionel's course builds on his experience of coaching over 1,500 foreign-trained technical professionals individually, as well as providing group training to engineers through APEGA, OSPE and many other professional associations / regulatory bodies. He provided a two-day train-the-trainer program for job search counselors all across Ontario and Manitoba.
Lionel has taught many courses on behalf of APEGA and a wide range of organizations throughout Alberta, including organizations in the energy sector and engineering consulting firms. His workshops build on his own unusual career path and on the coaching he has provided to people at all levels, from individual contributors to CEOs.


Understanding the Canadian Workplace Culture Seminar

Are you new to the Canadian workplace?  Are you finding it challenging to connect with the people in your organization?  Are some of the behaviours you encounter confusing and difficult to understand?  And more importantly, are some of these challenges limiting you from doing your job effectively?

Well you are not alone! Most of Canada’s growing workforce is due to internationally trained professionals like you.   As a trained professional you have valuable skills that are in high demand but sometimes it is difficult to navigate the various cultural differences you encounter. This seminar will help you to understand some of the common employers’ expectations, which are often unwritten and unspoken.  It includes advice from real life experiences of newcomers to Canada. 

Objective:  This seminar will provide you with tools, resources and some valuable cultural theory that will help you adapt and integrate into the increasingly diverse workplace in Canada. 

  • Understand Canadian values and norms and how to use these to communicate better
  • Gain a better understanding of the various working and communication styles of your colleagues
Who should attend?
This seminar is for internationally trained professionals who are seeking to integrate effectively into the Canadian workplace.
Benefits of Attending
Participants will learn to:
  • Understand the influence culture has on behaviour
  • Become familiar with Canadian workplace culture and practices
  • Improve cross cultural communication capabilities
  • Develop strategies to integrate into the Canadian workplace
  • Learn the 4 global dimensions of cultural orientation in order to understand the diverse cultures likely encountered in Canada.
What you can expect
  • There will be interactive exercises to help individuals practice listening, meeting norms, physical distance and team dynamics.


Lesley-Ann Marriott – Marriott Management Group

Lesley-Ann Marriott is a Certified Executive Coach who holds the advanced credential of Professional Certified Coach.  A former executive in the food industry, Lesley-Ann has over 25 years of leadership and management experience.  She has facilitated hundreds of corporate partnerships at the most senior levels of the world’s largest food companies – Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Nestle. Contracts in excess of $50 million and managing sales of over $2.5 billion were negotiated based on dynamic, collaborative partnerships.

Today, Lesley-Ann’s clients include a roster of Executive Directors, Board leaders, Vice Presidents, CEO/CFOs and business owners who face a range of challenges:  strategic development, launching new businesses, managing conflict, managing global/cross-cultural teams, improving the effectiveness of their board, identifying and developing their star performers, creating a team that is engaged in the company vision.

Senior leaders and independent business owners work hard to get to the top and often feel that they are carrying the load themselves.  These leaders are fueled by the challenge to be the best; they are driven to grow and develop. Lesley-Ann helps these leaders connect with their talents and exceed their own high standards, and most importantly bring others along with them.

Lesley-Ann has a diploma in Marketing, is a faculty member of the CPA- BC(Certified Public Accountants of BC) premium Executive Leadership Program for controllers & CFO’s, Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC in the Certificate for Executive Coaching program, and is a facilitator of the SDI®- Strength Deployment Inventory,a proven tool for Managing Conflict & Improving Relationships.

Workplace Communication Seminar

Are you communicating effectively? Is the listener actually receiving your message? Effective communication skills are required in every profession.   As people begin to advance in their careers, effective communication skills become increasingly more important.
Learn how effective communication can increase your confidence and clarity.  Become an effective team member who makes a significant impact in the workplace and maximizes contributions to the organization.

This engaging and interactive workshop is designed to provide you with a set of tools and resources to incorporate effective communication skills into your workplace. Participants have an opportunity to practice their new skills and receive specific feedback to enhance their speaking, listening, non-verbal and email communications within the workplace.

Participants will walk away with 6 keys to effective communication in the workplace and learn how to:

  1. Use active listening to understand others and allow for more appropriate and confident responses
  2. Identify the 4 domains of communication and demonstrate assertiveness
  3. Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills to practice effective communication when English is your second language
  4. Identify proper email etiquette for workplace correspondence
  5. Identify and demonstrate how to give effective feedback
  6. Use the effective communication tools to navigate through difficult workplace scenarios


Shelley-Ann Vidal – Act by Vidal

Shelley-Anne Vidal, the President and Founder of Accent & Communication Training (ACT) by Vidal, is passionate about helping newcomers reach their full career potential.    She earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Sociology and is certified in: the Provincial Instructor Diploma, Train the Trainer, Personality Dimensions and the Job Finding Club.
Since 2009, Shelley has worked as a Career Practitioner and Educator to guide: Aboriginal communities, International Professionals and Post-Secondary students by facilitating interactive and engaging workshops. 

ACT by Vidal allows Shelley to marry her passion for teaching, communication and helping newcomers as she educates, motivates and inspires others to reach their career goal.

What is Networking and Why is it Important?

Are you frustrated with applying for dozens of job postings by companies who say they are seeking individuals with your qualifications, yet you never hear back from them? Or you hear back, but are not offered an interview? Better yet, have you ever thought, if only you could speak with someone from that company on the phone I know I could make a great impression? Many of these feelings and thoughts have been experienced by most job seekers in the Lower Mainland.  Entering the local Canadian Job market can be a real challenge for international professionals. The reality is most companies rely on referrals or networks to fill their labour pool. 

The Networking seminar will provide participants with the tools to begin creating a network and to utilize their existing network. Participants will understand the importance of networking in the Canadian marketplace and learn how to effectively network for the job they seek. The outline of the seminar will be as follows:
  • Introduction – Definition of Networking and Common Examples
  • Why Network
    • The Importance of Networking
    • The Purpose of Networking
  • The Challenges of Networking
    • Cultural differences and challenges
    • Myths debunked
  • Benefits of Networking
  • How to Network effectively
  • Where to Network
  • Effective Networking techniques


Nabye Wilson , P.Eng.

Nabye Wilson is a Senior Mechanical Engineer.  Nabye was born in Monrovia, Liberia.  Shortly after a civil war began in 1989, Nabye and his family relocated to the French speaking country of la Cote d’Ivoire.  In 1997, he and his family moved to Vancouver where he completed the last year and a half of high school.
In 2005, Nabye graduated from the University of British Columbia where he earned his undergraduate degree in Integrated Engineering (with a focus in Aeronautics, Thermofluids and Biomaterials).  Over the past 10+ years, he has held design and project management positions in the aerospace, mining and manufacturing industries. 
To this day, Nabye recognizes the important role that networking has played in securing all of his professional engineering positions.  As a result, he has given numerous presentations on the importance of networking.  In addition, his presentations are designed to assist aspiring engineers, current engineers and technical professionals adapt and practice professional networking in Canada.

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