January 2020

Working With Challenging People

Organized by Victoria Branch and developed and facilitated by WINSETT Centre

Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is full. For space availability, you may contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 11:45 AM–2:30 PM
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 292 - 411 Gorge Road East Victoria, BC
Parking available at the front of the building.
Presenter: Cheryl Kristiansen, P.Eng.
Regional Facilitator, British Columbia WinSETT Leadership Program
Credit: 1.5 Informal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $28.00 + GST = $29.40

Non-Member Price: $28.00 + GST = $29.40

Student Member Price: $18.00 + GST = $18.90
Contact: Email: [email protected]
Note: Registration includes a hot buffet lunch, tea and coffee. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Please identify in advance so the caterers can prepare.
Help your employees perform their best! You invest a lot of time and energy hiring, training, and managing your best assets only to sometimes see them fall down with certain individuals who can be colleagues, subordinates or clients.

Event Details

This workshop is designed to help your employees:

  • Explore why they find some people “difficult” or challenging to work with.
  • Understand how different communication and leadership styles can contribute to challenging relationships.
  • Learn how to turn challenges into opportunities.
  • Identify gender factors in the SETT workplace.
  • Share tips to improve working relationships.

The workshop is presented by WinSETT Centre an action-oriented, non-profit organization that aspires to recruit, retain and advance women in science, engineering, trades, and technology. This workshop is part of a series of special topics that are designed for mixed gender audiences. They focus on building interpersonal skills and making SETT workplaces more respectful for women and all employees.

Event Schedule

  • 11:45 AM–12:00 PM: Registration
  • 12:00 PM–12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 12:30 PM–2:00 PM: Workshop
  • 2:00 PM–2:30 PM: Questions and Networking

Presenter Details

Cheryl Kristiansen, P.Eng.

Regional Facilitator, British Columbia WinSETT Leadership Program

Cheryl brings diverse expertise in project management, engineering innovation, and leading transformative change in the SETT workplace. She has a degree in mechanical engineering, hands-on experience in alternate fuels engine technology, and senior leadership success in the oil and gas sector. Cheryl has worked in a variety of corporate cultures and organizational models with strategic agility, has effectively managed international engineering projects with multiple stakeholders, led diverse sales teams in the resource sector, and created marketing strategies to deliver financial objectives. As Managing Director of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation, Cheryl developed a network of schools across BC with innovative programs that motivate and inspire high school students to pursue STEM careers. As Project Manager with SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology), Cheryl led the MakePossible mentoring project to advance women (www.makepossible.ca). Cheryl is a certified facilitator and created the “Wild About Science” Odyssey symposium for STEM educators in BC. She has delivered a variety of training workshops across Canada, including MakePossible Diversity by Design workshops at UBC, SFU, BCIT, TRU, UNBC, and various industry events. As a WinSETT Centre Regional Facilitator, Cheryl developed and delivered seminars for ‘Leading Change’, and ‘Working with Challenging People’ at the University of Alberta and NAIT in Edmonton. As a WinSETT Centre Regional Facilitator, Cheryl developed and delivered Special Topics for ‘Leading Change’, and ‘Working with Challenging People’ at the University of Alberta and NAIT in Edmonton and regularly facilitates the full leadership program in western Canada.

Event Sponsored By

This event is sponsored by the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology Project.


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