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 Upcoming Calgary Chapter Events Planned With You in Mind!

 Looking to network with other Business Analysts or are you interested in furthering your professional growth?

Then why not join us at one of these upcoming events?

  • Sep 18  -  'Making Data POP! Telling Better Stories with Numbers!' - Presentation & Discussion
  • Oct  16  -  'Crucial Conversations: 5 Critical Concepts' - In Person Webinar & Discussion
  • Oct 23   -  Professional Development Day - 'Lean Into Agile'
  • Nov 14  -  Quarterly Networking Breakfast - Networking & Discussion Opportunity

Hoping to see you soon!


Your Board Members & Volunteers

IIBA® Calgary Chapter 


  Call for Candidates Open Until October 10, 2018! Elections Fall 2018

   Calling All Volunteers Interested in Volunteering for a Chapter Board Position  

The following Board Positions are up for election this fall:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Events
  • Director of Member Services

This Call for Candidates will be active for 30 days, ending on October 10, 2018.

Election Date to be published shortly, but anticipated to be sometime later in October 2018. Further Information - click link at right






    Professional Development Day 2018 - ' Lean into Agile' - Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
     'Lean Into Agile' - Updated Program Details Now Available on Your Chapter Website arrow

Click link at right to REGISTER!

Members:  $200.00
Non Members:  $300.00

See Featured Speakers & Session Plans on your Chapter website!

Not a Member?
ke out a Yearly Membership and ACT Now to Save!


Special Thanks to our Event Sponsor:  Solvera Solutions!

     Making Data POP! Telling Better Stories with Numbers! Presentation by Lavina Wiebe, Business Analyst

Do you know how to 'make your data POP and tell a better story with numbers' to your senior management team?
Come out for this informal and informative presentation which will be followed by a discussion time.
Pizza will be on offer.
 Further information available at the link!




 News - Did You Know? University of Calgary Continuing Education offers a part-time Certificate in Business Analysis
For more information and to access the 2018-19 class schedule, click the link:
 Professional Development - Mentorship Program

Apply now to become a 'Protégé' and receive valuable coaching on BA issues as well as 'how to steps' to becoming a Business Analyst from industry recognized CBAP® coaches. See your Calgary Chapter website for more information and to apply. 







Your Chapter Director of Member Services:  Maggie Xu


What motivated you to volunteer with IIBA® Calgary Chapter?

  • In 2015, I joined IIBA Calgary Chapter in the Volunteer Coordinator position. During that time, I was thinking about applying to the Business Analysis Certification course at Mount Royal University. I like that it is a really good way to meet up with other Business Analysts in a new city.

What value does your Board position/portfolio provide to members of the Calgary Chapter?

  • As the Director of Member Services, I develop and execute strategies for member engagement and retention, review membership activity, (new, expiration), and manage chapter enquiries from members and interested parties. I also issue volunteer callouts and coordinate the volunteer pool. Prepare and manage surveys for Chapter feedback.

What is your favorite past time or hobby?

  • I have been taking Latin dance classes on the weekends for a couple of years, like Salsa and Bachata. It is a really good opportunity for me to burn calories! I am interested in learning other types of dance in the near future, maybe West Coast Swing or New Jazz.

What book/podcast would you recommend to our members?

  •  'Writing Effective Use Cases' by Alistair Cockburn. More and more people are writing use cases, for behavioural requirements, for software systems or to describe business processes. This book contains the guidelines the writer uses in real use case writing and coaching; how a person might think, what he/she might observe, to end up with a better use case.

What tip, trick or advice can you suggest that will help your fellow BA's succeed?

  • Resourcefulness. Business analysts know how to find the answers to questions and don't wait for the answers to come to them. They find alternative paths through organizations and involve the right people at the right time. Good business analysts rarely get stopped for long and can often work through challenging situations to come through to a solution.
  • Create Clarity. Business analysts bring a unique blend of critically important soft skills and analysis skills. And clarity does not simply mean that you get sign-off on the spec.  A good business analyst doesn't rely on sign-offs and hundred-page documents; they use analysis techniques to drill into details and ask relevant questions. They get buy-in, not just sign-off, during the verification and validation process. And they get the appropriate details to ensure true clarify emerges.


  Chapter Sponsorship
      We're pleased to say thank you to our current sponsors! We'd also like to remind you that we are always open to hearing from companies that might want to  sponsor an event or undertake a more significant sponsorship role in the Chapter. Please contact us at:  

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