Member Highlights

Member Highlight – Kelly Gatzke, Senior Project Manager, Enterprise Project Management Office, Strategic Program Office

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Kelly Gatzke studied 2 ½ years at the University of Regina in from 1988 to 1990. His summer employment created a career change to complete his Journeyman Electrician Certification in 1996. He attained his Construction Specifications Canada CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator) in early 2015.

He has been an ASPA member since August 16, 2016. While employed at the University of Saskatchewan, he completed his PMP (Project Manager Professional) designation in early 2018. He is currently taking night classes and will be finishing his Certificate in Business in April 2020.

Kelly and his team work collaboratively to successfully deliver projects by managing scope, risk, costs, schedule, and add value to the campus through their collective abilities. As a project manager, Kelly is accountable to ensure that everyone on the team knows and executes their role, feels empowered and supported in their role. Communication is a critical part of his role as a Project Manager. They work to gather client requirements and business needs for all projects. Delivering what the client needs while maintaining the vision for the whole campus is their primary objective.

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Pizza Social Success!

Written by ASPA’s Social Committee

Thank you to all the ASPA members that attended the November Pizza Social making it a huge success!

The turn out of this social was nearly 300 members with over 85 boxes of pizza consumed. Attendees were well fed and entertained. We are indeed fortunate to be part of such a great community and we look forward to seeing you at our next event!

ASPA Social Committee (Left to right)
Connor O’Hagan, Angeline Hainstock, Anne-Marie Cey, Ekpenyong Bassey, Gina DiPaolo-McGuire, Carla Zorn, Henry Tan, and Dan Zhao

Perseverance: A Key to Success

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Have you ever noticed that some people always seem to get ahead? No matter how difficult the situation at work, they always seem to wade their way through it. Perseverance involves going forward despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Having clear goals in mind and working towards them is the secret of success to keep abreast of your workload and meet your career goals.

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Promoting Accountability in the Workplace

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Have you ever noticed that there are always certain people in your office that you can count on to follow through and get things done? Accountability in the workplace is all about taking ownership of your work by taking responsibility for the results and doing the right thing. It isn’t about assuming that it is someone else’s responsibility or about passing the buck.

Here are some strategies to improve employee accountability in the workplace:  

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Labour in the News

University of Calgary to Slash 250 Jobs After Provincial Funding Cuts

Written by Sarah Rieger, CBC News

The University of Calgary says 250 jobs will be impacted by recent provincial funding cuts.

Of those, 100 jobs will be cut through closing vacancies, retirements and resignations — meaning there will be 150 layoffs.

“Of course, this is painful for all of us to talk about,” said U of C provost and vice-president Dru Marshal during a budget town hall meeting Monday on campus. 

She said there will be two rounds of layoffs, the first starting at the end of this month and the second in mid-January.

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Member Highlights

Member Highlight – Helanna Gessner, Administrative Coordinator, Diefenbaker Canada Centre

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Helanna Gessner has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Archaeology & Classical Medieval & Renaissance studies from the University of Saskatchewan completed in 2016 and a Masters in Museum Studies through the University of Leicester in 2018. She recently started working on campus in May of 2019 at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre as an Administrative Coordinator.  

Helanna’s duties are to provide support between the Curator and the Program Manager, and to liaison with the Executive Officer, who does all the planning for the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She also does bookings for programs and develops events for the Centre. The Diefenbaker Canada Centre provides educational programs to schools in and around Saskatoon in alignment with the curriculum (e.g., Social Studies) for students from kindergarten to Grade 6. In addition, campus tours and gallery tours are available to the public. Helanna is also responsible to train, mentor, and oversee the duties of the student staff at the Centre.

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