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Re-engage is a series of workshops led by Calgary Economic Development and Alberta Human Services designed to help support laid off professionals and skilled trades workers as they try to re-engage for future work opportunities. Calgary has some of the most talented and educated workforce in North America, and it is this talent that is going to help drive our success and economic growth in the future.

Past Workshop Presentations

Workshop #1 - Calgary's Labour Market - The new reality and re-setting expectations
February 3, 2016
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Workshop #2 - Financial Health – How to keep your financial house in order during a downturn
March 4, 2016
Presentations & Information:

Planning for Reduced Income, Ben Eggen, Credit Counselling Society

Proactively Protecting Your Financial Future, Juliette Klemenic, ATB Financial


Workshop #3 - Mental Health Resiliency in an Economic Downturn - strategies for coping and remaining connected
Friday April 15, 2016


  • Callum Ross, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Cathy Keough, Calgary Counselling Centre
  • W. Brett Wilson, Canoe Financial

Join Calgary Economic Development for the third in our Re-engage series of workshops, Mental Health Resiliency in an Economic Downturn, exploring strategies for laid off professionals and skilled trades workers to cope and remain connected.

Experts who will be speaking include Callum Ross of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Cathy Keough of the Calgary Counselling Centre who, along with other leading professionals in mental health advocacy, will discuss coping strategies and the importance of resilience.  Now joining us is W. Brett Wilson, an iconic Calgary entrepreneur, philanthropist and health advocate, who will share lessons he’s learned about overcoming adversity to turn challenges into opportunities.  

Strategies to maintain positive mental health during long term unemployment 


Workshop #4 - How to repurpose your skill set
Monday April 25, 2016

You find yourself in a tight job market. There don’t appear to be many positions posted in your preferred sector. What do you do now? You repurpose your skills. In this session we will discuss how to learn what skills are required in other sectors, what skills are in demand and how to package them in a manner that gets attention.


  • Richard Bucher, Senior Consultant at Right Management 
  • Bruce Randall, Founding Executive Director, Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)
Workshop #5 - How to Re-purpose Your Skill Set  
Tuesday June 7, 2016
Presentation and Information: 

How to Re-Purpose Your Skillset, presented by Richard Bucher, Right Management and Bruce Randall, Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)


Workshop #6 - Transitioning to Renewable Energy 
Tuesday June 7, 2016

The drive towards global sustainable growth, along with a new Climate Leadership Plan introduced by the Government of Alberta in 2015, is starting to create a wide range of career opportunities in Alberta’s renewable energy industry. Many Albertans already have a strong background in engineering,  a transferable skill set for a career transition to renewable energy. Hear from an industry panel that will provide insights into the specific engineering skill sets that will be required, relevant training programs in Alberta and key areas to watch for immediate opportunities now and in the future. Mary Moran, President & CEO of Calgary Economic Development, will introduce panelists and share her perspectives. Moderator:  Paula McGarrigle, President of Solas Energy Consulting.  Industry panelists include: David Kelly, CEO of Skyfire Energy and Alison Thompson, Chair and Co-Founder of  the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association.


Workshop #7 - Labour Market Outlook:  2016 to 2020 for Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry 
Wednesday June 8, 2016 
Presentations & Information:

Labour Market Outlook: 2016 to 2020 for Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry, presented by Claudine Vidallo and Heather DeBoer at PetroLMI.


Workshop #8 - Optimizing your jobs search and the hidden job market
Wednesday June 8, 2016 
Presentation and Information: 

Optimizing Your Job Search, presented by Richard Bucher, Right Management and Bruce Randall, Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC).


Workshop #9 - Networking for Introverts 
Thursday June 9, 2016 
Presentation and Information: 

Networking for Introverts, presented by Richard Bucher, Right Management and Bruce Randall, Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC).


Workshop #10 - "Hired! How to Get the Zippy Gig" Insider Secrets from a Top Recruiter
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 
Presentation and Information: 

With the current economic downturn and our city’s unemployment rate at 8.3%, the job market is competitive. Since 80% of resumes FAIL within 11 seconds, it's important to get this step right. Join us at our next Re-engage workshop to learn the do's and don'ts of applying for a new career opportunity and how to stand out from the pack. 

Sheila Musgrove, Founder of TAG Recruitment and Amazon Best-Selling Author of “Hired! How to Get the Zippy Gig”, will share what makes an outstanding resume and how to get through an interview without having a rambling out of body experience.

Workshop #11: Prospecting Calgary's GoldMind
December 7, 2016

"GoldMind" of unemployed and underemployed talent available and bring forward our best ideas to re-purpose this talent so our greatest economic contributors can get back to work.As a business leader, your participation will help build bridges between industry and displaced professionals.  As an unemployed or underemployed Calgarian, you can learn from experts how to transform and adapt your career.

Workshop # 12: 
HTML150 - Learn to Code

Fast forward to 2020. Coding is one of the most desirable skills of the future workplace.

Join some of Canada’s leading tech companies and another 149 lucky people for a one-day, free crash course in learning to code, a skill that is on the rise and sure to be in demand in workplaces of the future. Presented by Lighthouse Labs, HTML 150 is supported by Calgary Economic Development and Alberta Human Services as part of the Re-engage series that helps support laid off professionals and skilled trades workers as they try to re-engage for future work opportunities.

March 25th, 2017


Workshop # 13 - Startup Saturday: 10 Steps to Turning Your Idea into a Business
June 10, 2017

Join fellow aspiring entrepreneurs to work through the 10 critical steps needed to turn your idea into a business.

Led by Craig Elias, the winner of a Global Billion Dollar Idea Competition and former CEO of a company twice chosen by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising startups in North America, this interactive Re-engage session will give you the essential tools and know-how to launch your start-up.  


Workshop #14 - PivotTECH. Making the Transition to a Tech-Focused Career
October 5, 2017
Presentation and Information:

Navigating the Digital Shift presented by Namir Anani, President & CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC).


Upcoming Workshops

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Jeanette Sutherland

Jeanette Sutherland

Director, EDGE UP

Cell Phone: (587) 227-7712

Office Phone: (403) 221-7898


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