The Calgary Chapter is focused on developing and supporting the local learning and performance community by organizing unmissable professional development and networking events. We believe in the unique energy of the local community, built on creativity, problem solving, and entrepreneurial spirit. This energy might have its roots in the energy industry that drives the local economy, but it reaches its most fruitful expression in our non-profit, artistic, and service-based industries.
Wereflect Calgary’s reputation as a centre for innovation, risk taking, and opportunity by creating a space where learning and performance professionals can come to learn and share their ideas and challenges. Our members include people in every role in our profession, from managers and leaders, to coordinators, facilitators, and developers. We support contract instructional designers, performance consultants, staff trainers, and corporate team members.
Our chapter organizes 10 primary events per year. We run one event each month except for during the summer. Our biggest event, first implemented in Calgary and now being explored by chapters across the nation, is our Member Appreciation Evening, held in May, usually at the historic and picturesque Heritage Hall at SAIT. It is the only event for which we solicit sponsors and require non-members to pay to attend.
In 2016 and 2017 we attracted 15-30 attendees per event, doubling that at the Member Appreciation Evening. We are regularly able to attract compelling speakers from the local learning community while providing opportunities for our members to grow their network and knowledge base. To address the requests of our membership we will be adding support for side-events focussing on subset needs within our community, including Performance consultant meet-ups and SuccessFactors Specialist Sessions.
Robert Crooks (Chair), Shannon Geoffrey, Frank Merryweather, Nathalie Cayouette, Nathania Parnetta, Luis Gonzalez Lunden, Harish Suri, and Vanita Gupta.