Brown Bag Lunch Seminars: What’s in it for you?

Brown Bag Lunch Seminars: What’s in it for you?

CPA Alberta has been presenting monthly Brown Bag Lunch Seminars for a little more than a year now. Attendance at the seminars has been growing since the first offerings in the fall of 2014, and feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive.

Want to know more about this great service for members?  Check out these five frequently asked questions and learn more about what Brown Bag Lunch Seminars can do for you!

What happens at a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar?

Seminars are usually scheduled from 11:50 am to 1:20 pm, and include a 45-60-minute presentation followed by an opportunity to network with the presenter(s) and other attendees. Depending on presenter schedules, start times may be up to 10 minutes earlier or later, but will be specified clearly in the event information and on the registration page.

When do they take place?

Brown Bag Lunch Seminars take place monthly. We typically aim for the third Tuesday in Calgary, and third Thursday in Edmonton (though we occasionally have to work around other CPA events). Participants are not required to attend the networking portion, and may leave as soon as the presentation is over if time is tight.

Can anyone attend?

While most of our workshops, programs, and events are open to members, candidates and students, Brown Bag Lunch Seminars are for designated CPA Alberta members only; membership has its privileges!

Are these events just for job seekers?

We’ve had numerous members ask this question, both about the Brown Bag events and about Career Services in general. While job search support is probably the most visible of Career Services’ offerings, we strive to provide value to the entire membership and are working hard to develop services and events that focus on career planning and career development support for individuals currently employed.

With that in mind, we’ve developed and offer Brown Bag seminars in two topic streams: job search and career advancement. Job search topics include resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn, strategic job search, interviews, and networking while career advancement topics range from networking in the workplace to performance reviews, to retirement planning, to attending networking meetings.

Job seekers are not excluded from attending career advancement seminars, and having a job does not preclude a member from attending a job seeking skills seminar; thus, you’re likely to find a good mix of individuals at each seminar.

Is lunch provided?

As the name would suggest, Brown Bag seminars are “BYOL.” Seminars are free to attend, and CPA Alberta provides the venue and presenter(s) and takes care of registrations and scheduling. You bring a brown bag lunch or pick something up on the way over. Eating during the presentation is expected, and you’re welcome to exchange with a classmate if you don’t like what mom gave you!

If you’re interested in attending one of the seminars, we’ve listed a few upcoming sessions below. You can save the dates in your calendar, and look out for official announcements and registration details on the CPA Alberta website, in member communications, or on social media.

We hope to see YOU at a future Brown Bag Lunch Seminar!


Continuing Professional Development Reporting

CPAs must continually enhance their knowledge and expertise to remain at the forefront of today’s competitive market. CPA Alberta recognizes that all members must undertake relevant and appropriate CPD to develop and maintain their competence in order to provide high quality service to their clients, employers or other stakeholders. This Brown Bag Lunch will provide an overview of the reporting criteria.

In the seminar, you will learn:

  • What qualifies as professional development
  • What is verifiable PD
  • What is non-verifiable PD
  • Sources of professional development
  • Continuing Professional Development reporting
  • PD and your retirement

January 11 in Calgary

January 12 in Edmonton

Job Search 3: Interviews

This seminar aims to reduce some of this pressure with strategies, tools and best practices for before, during and after the interview. In the session, you’ll learn about:

  • Preparing effectively for interviews,
  • Answering behavioural interview questions,
  • Finding out if the role is right for you, and
  • Following up after a meeting.

In this competitive job market, you need to shine in all areas. The interview is your chance to set yourself apart as the best candidate for the job. This seminar will help you do that.

January 19 in Calgary

January 21 in Edmonton


What are people saying about Brown Bag Lunch Seminars?

“It was an eye opener to common mistakes in resume writing and job search generally.” – Attendee at the Job Search & LinkedIn Brown Bag Seminar in Edmonton.

“Eric is a formidable force to be reckoned with. Fantastic presenter with a depth of knowledge and experience.  He uses an excellent source of humour & anecdotes to get his point over. Clearly, he is a fantastic individual that takes great pride in his work and also has passion as a career advisor.” – Attendee at the Personal Branding & Networking with LinkedIn Brown Bag Lunch Seminar in Calgary

“Very well done. Organized and logical. Many good updates to factor into job search process.” – Attendee at the Powerful Resumes Brown Bag Lunch Seminar in Calgary

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