March Dinner Meeting

Date and Time

March 29, 2018 - 5:30pm


 Please follow the link to register online

Register Online


Metropolitan Conference Centre


333 4th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta

(Across from the Westin on 4th Avenue SW)

Parking for monthly dinner meetings can be found at the James Short Parkade (Center Street) for $2 after 4 pm. It's heated, well lit, and only a couple of blocks from the Conference Centre!


The following rates for chapter dinners are exclusive of GST.


Member $40.00
Non-Member $50.00
Student $35.00
Volunteer $0.00


We Accept 

Note: Requests for attendance after closing date of registration will be accepted based on space availability at cost of $5.00 in addition to the regular posted fee.


Performance Management: NOT a Four Letter Word


Performance management has gotten a bad rap over the years, which I believe is undeserving and unwarranted. Say the word performance management in the corporate circles, and at the least people cringe, however usually there is some very colorful language expressed. The performance management conversation is usually met with some degree of complacency, shrugging shoulder or deep sigh. Phrases like “Let’s get on with it then”, “things never change, and I don’t get anything out of this process, but management says we need to do it, so let’s get it over with.” Or, “I don’t do performance management. Period.” Are all too common in today’s teams.

Most people don’t understand the purpose behind the performance discussion. They see it more as a pass/fail test than an invitation to a conversation where deeper meaning and understanding are waiting to be discovered. In today’s work environment, where we have five generations working together, a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, of variety of ethnic backgrounds, and different genders all working together towards a common goal we need a new way to manage our team’s performance.

Successful performance management looks like everybody on the team being utilized to their full capacity, engaged in their daily tasks and activities, and able, willing, and ready to perform at high levels with the flexibility to meet the demands of their lives. Together, we reach all of our goals by being respectful, cooperative and collaborative. Understanding what needs to be done and how it needs to be done is the essence of performance management and is critical to our success.

􀀀Join Erin Thorp, professional engineer, project manager, author and leadership coach as she explores how to audit and overhaul your performance management system to increase your effectiveness, engagement and results. In this session you will learn:

  1. 1. The key elements of a successful performance management system
  2. 2. How to lead yourself and your team using a performance management system
  3. 3. The hidden gift in feedback

Poor execution and a lack of understanding has led us right where we currently are, trying to help people grow and develop in their roles without the ability to build connections, develop understanding, or deliver our message with intention.


Erin Thorp is a professional engineer, project manager, author, & coach. Not one to back down from a challenge, she has been disrupting the default her entire life. After being told to ‘“fix her emotional self” for the better part of her career, Erin set out on to learn how to harness the power of empathy and use it as an effective tool to lead high performing teams. Based on her own experience and training, Erin is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and coaching others to embrace their emotions, connect with empathy, and deeply engage the people they lead.

With 20 years of experience as both a team member and direct leader, Erin has seen firsthand how an empathic approach to leadership can build high-performing teams, create culture, and drastically improve results in a very short period of time. She has also been witness to how a lack of empathic leadership and performance management proves unsustainable and ineffective, even if it is successful in the short-term. Erin believes that the very foundation of building inclusive, diverse teams is to recognize, celebrate, and leverage our differences. She is the author of “Inside out Empathy” book.