Letter from the CEO
It’s been a whirlwind for the national office since the end of the summer with the successful launch of our new brand, website and P+L Magazine. Our national conference in November was one of our most successful ever, setting records for attendance.
In December, I travelled to Diavik Diamond mines in the Northwest Territories to meet with Mike MacPherson and his training team who prepare mine staff to work effectively and safely in a wide variety of settings. Please check out our latest member story video which I shot during my memorable visit.
The national office and I are now fully engaged with one of our busiest seasons in the history of the Institute. Our eLearning expo was a big success in Edmonton and staff are now planning for LearnFests in Halifax, Toronto and Winnipeg.
I’m excited to announce our lead keynotes for our June Symposium in Vancouver: Harold Jarche will speak about our rapidly changing profession and how we need to prepare for these changes, and Alan Fine will share his considerable insights on achieving breakthrough performance.
A few months ago, I was thrilled to be part of our St. John’s chapter launch bringing our chapter count to 19. It’s so great to see interest in the Institute and in workplace performance and learning right across the country. Congratulations to Gavin Toole, our new chapter leader in St. John’s, and his chapter executive of Gail Edward and Jessica Chapman.
We’re nearly through the implementation of a robust back-end database system that brings us into the 21st century in terms of our ability to communicate well with members, offer members and chapters more self-serve options on the website, and allow us insights to help serve you better. Thank you for your patience during this extended implementation period.
Other exciting initiatives including discussions around the Conference Board of Canada around a special joint research project about the state of our profession in Canada, and plans to bring senior practitioners together to reimagine ADDIE as a design methodology.
Thank you to Jenn Reid and Marie Antaya (Toronto and Winnipeg Chapter leaders respectively) for their continued leadership of Chapter Mobilization—a project that will see chapters take an even more active role in the strategic initiatives of the Institute.
The best part of our jobs here at the national office is meeting with our members – if you’re ever in downtown Toronto and have some time, pop over for some coffee – we just got a new Keurig!
– Rob Pearson