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Saturday October 26, 2019


Time Activity Overview

12:00pm - 1:00pm






Kick-Off Welcome Lunch

ACEC President & CEO and ACEC YPN Chair will welcome participants to the 2019 YP Forum at the Kick-off Welcome Lunch. This will be a great opportunity for participants to network and become acquainted.

1:00pm - 2:30pm








Understanding Yourself and Others 

During this session, participants will learn more about the four temperament preferences used by Personality Dimensions® and their own assessment results (they will have completed the self-assessment prior to the Forum). They will learn about the characteristics of the different preferences and how to interact with the various styles to improve their understanding of and communications with others.

At then end of the session, with the knowledge they have gained regarding their assessment results, participants will be invited to re-evaluate the core values and goal setting exercises they completed prior to the forum. 

2:30pm - 3:00pm Break  

3:00pm - 4:30pm








The Value of Strategic Thinking 

The focus of this will be on the value of strategic thinking and the process that the ACEC Board of Directors used to develop its last two strategic plans. Participants will better understand how they and their firm fit into the landscape of the consulting engineering sector in Canada. Using the four ACEC-Canada Strategic Priorities, participants will prepare a rapid-fire presentation outlining recommended actions and programs to support these priorities. 

4:30pm - 5:30pm




Rapid Fire Presentations

Practice makes perfect! This session will see participants rehearse their rapid-fire presentation to their peers and receive feedback from the group. 


Sunday October 27, 2019


Time Activity Overview

9:00am - 10:30am








Managing your Career

With core values and career goals identified, participants will be encouraged to make use of strategic thinking to identify how to develop and manage their career path. The benefits of mentorship, sponsorship, peer support, and extracurricular opportunities will be discussed and participants will develop a career action plan with the support of the group and session facilitator.

10:30am - 11:00am Break  

11:00am - 12:30pm








Crafting Your Message and Presentation Skills

Effective interpersonal communication is a critical skill. Understanding your audience and developing clear messaging are the cornerstones of an effective interaction. Then comes the delivery of that message. Whether the interaction is one on one with a peer, a supervisor, or a direct report, whether is it is with a peer or client group, understanding how to ensure the successful delivery of your message is as important as how your crafted it. This session will assist participants in understanding how to craft and deliver their message with confidence and hone their presentation skills through a variety of activities and exercises.

12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch  

1:00pm - 2:30pm






Implementing Message Crafting and Presentation Skills – Short Individual Presentations

Over the course of this session, participants will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in the previous session through the delivery of individual 2-minute presentations in a group setting. Participants will learn to hone their public speaking skills and receive feedback from the group on their presentation content and style. 

2:30pm - 3:30pm Break & Working Session Participants will have the opportunity to finalize their presentations for delivery to the ACEC-Canada Board of Directors.

3:30pm -5:00pm






Presentations to the ACEC-Canada Board of Directors

The final session of the forum will see participants bring together all of the skills covered through the forum business program and make their group presentation to the ACEC-Canada Board of Directors.

5:00pm - 6:30pm



Presentations & Discussions



ACEC YPN Roundtable

Learn what YP Groups across the country have been up to over the past year. This update is a great way to learn how YPs are impacting the consulting engineering sector in their regions.