February 2020

Learning to Lead: The Essentials

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Learning to Lead – The Essentials (Lunch will be provided)
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre 711 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2
Presenter: Robert Gilfoyle
President, Digital Evolution Canada (DEC)
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $425.00 + GST = $446.25 until February 5, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $525.00 + GST = $551.25

Non-Member Price: $525.00 + GST = $551.25

Student Member Price: $262.50 + GST = $275.63
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 05, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Specialist
Direct: 604.412.4865
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4865
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
Note: * 2 blocks from Broadway • City Hall Skytrain station (Canada Line). Walk along West Broadway heading West. The hotel is at West Broadway and Heather Street, about 1.5 blocks from the station.

** Above ground parking accessible off West Broadway Parking lot height restriction is 6.6 feet. $23 per day per vehicle for registered hotel Guest. Daily Parking Fee $15.00.

** Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre is pleased to offer a special rate of $164 per night based on single or double occupancy in Deluxe room, and $194 per night in a Superior room. Rate is subject to 5% GST and 11% AHRT. Please contact Reservations Direct at 604-707-1939, or email to [email protected] to get this rate. Please quote Engineers and Geoscientists BC Corporate Rate. This rate is subject to change depending on the hotel's occupancy.

This session will provide a good foundation of knowledge, skill, and will for those with leadership aspirations, or who have recently commenced a leadership role in their organization. The course will provide 'the essentials' needed to be successful in your first leadership role.

Seminar Description

We will explore what leadership is, what successful leaders in a work environment actually do that makes them successful, and the positive difference effective leadership makes to people, operations and, the organization.

We will address and understand the transition and challenges involved in going from being a member of a team to leading one. We will also learn the essential skills and behaviours required to transition successfully into a leadership role and reach the point where you earn willing followers.


A combination of skill training, sharing of best practices, experiential learning, and practical exercises will be used to deliver the learning. There is a strong bias towards practical approaches over theoretical ones, and lots of real-life stories to illustrate that effective leadership is really about what you chose to do.

Learning Outcomes

  • Diagnose the most effective leadership style for individual’s in your team.
  • Adjust your leadership style to the needs of an employee, task or situation.
  • Reach agreement with team members on how much direction and support they need to become self-reliant, peak performers.
  • Provide constructive feedback when someone’s work performance is off-track.
  • Give appropriate recognition when someone’s work performance exceeds expectations.
  • Coach employees that have performance issues.
  • Leverage the most powerful leadership behaviour there is – leading by example.
  • Use a simple communication technique to quickly build support for needed change.


Robert Gilfoyle 

President, Digital Evolution Canada (DEC)

Rob Gilfoyle has over 20 years experience of providing leadership training—including performing under pressure, change leadership, and how to lead effectively in a matrixed organization—and consulting services to public and private sector organizations, including Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

He has been involved with many large and complex organizational change initiatives and has learned much about the challenges inherent in making change happen in real-world situations; he has developed particular expertise in helping organizations to make the changes necessary to leverage the value available from digital technology, (i.e., so-called, Digital Transformation).

Rob is an Achieve Global and Performance Connections International accredited trainer, holds a British Psychological Society Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Assessment, and is a qualified Birkman Consultant. Rob leads a training and consulting group, O.T.I. Performance Inc. in Vancouver, BC, and is President of Digital Evolution Canada. Also, he is a faculty member of the Directors College, based at McMaster University.

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