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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Upcoming instructor-directed workshops

Upcoming Instructor-Directed Workshops - Winter 2024

The workshops below are offered by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. We offer both in-class and online workshops in collaboration with our university partners, however all workshops are currently only offered online via Google Meet.

Please note that the scheduled workshop dates and times are based on facilitator availability. If you are a faculty member and are interested in arranging a specific Grad Pro Skill workshop for your class after standard office hours, please contact

Register here for our online workshops!

February 2024 (online) Registration Open Now!

  • Organizing your Literature Search with EndNote -Wednesday, February 7 from 1 to 2 p.m.

    Kate Gibbings, Librarian, Engineering and Applied Science, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet:

    Are you starting your thesis or dissertation and need an effective system for organizing your citations? In this workshop you will learn how to use a citation manager to save references and create accurate in-text references and bibliographies in Word. 

    Please come to the session with EndNote installed, this is available from Software Support. Learn about the benefits of using a citation manager to organize articles and other research sources for your literature review.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Identify the easiest ways to add references to your citation manager
    • Create in-text references and bibliographies in Word in different citation styles
    • Keep your references organized using advanced features such as folders and deduplication


  • Introduction to Research Management - Monday, February 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Kaelan Caspary, Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet:

    Not sure where to start with research data management? Do you have to make a research data management plan but feeling daunted? You have come to the right place! In this workshop you will learn about current best practices for research data management, how effective research data management relates to grants and funding, and how to get started on creating a research data management plan.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Define research data management
    • Understand research data management best practices, context, and benefit
    • Learn the basics of creating a research data management plan
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing - Tuesday, February 27 from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

    Mark Neville, ESL Writing Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    Integrating research in written work is an essential skill, although it is one with which many writers struggle. After considering the characteristics of each, you will have the opportunity to practice writing paraphrases and summaries as well as assess their effectiveness.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Learn about how to integrate research into written work
    • Identify the characteristics of successful paraphrases and summaries
    • Identify and apply writing strategies to paraphrase and summarize well

March 2024 (online) Registration Open Now!

  • Public Speaking - Monday, March 4 from Noon to 1 p.m.

    Laura Thursby, Academic Development Facilitator, Student Learning Centre 
    Online via Google Meet:

    It is difficult to avoid public speaking during your graduate studies and once you enter the work world. This workshop will cover some of the challenges, best practices and tips to building your confidence and conveying your messages more effectively.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Gain a basic understanding of public speaking fundamentals
    • Acquire some public speaking techniques
    • Manage public speaking anxiety
    • Develop your public speaking confidence

     *This workshop is a requirement of the Professional Communication Certificate.

  • Conferences 101 - Wednesday, March 13 from Noon to 1 p.m.

    Laura Thursby, Academic Development Facilitator, Student Learning Centre 
    Online via Google Meet:

     Academic conferences are a standard characteristic of academic life and they present a unique opportunity for knowledge-sharing among scholars in a field. Attending conferences provides important CV experience, and is valuable for many scholarship applications. As graduate students, conference experience can be quite beneficial, as conferences demonstrate our active participation in the scholarly community.

    In this workshop, we will discuss different types of academic conferences and presentations, why we should attend, how to prepare, and how to get the most out of the conferencing experience (Note: this workshop offers a general overview of academic conferences; for specifics related to your own discipline, please consult with your faculty advisor). 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Recognize the different types of academic conferences and sessions
    • Offer three good reasons for attending an academic conference as a graduate student
    • Know how to submit your work to present at a conference
    • Identify strategies to prepare your conference paper and present it at the conference
    • Understand networking strategies and best practices to make the most out of the academic conference


  • Presenting with Confidence - Monday, March 18 from Noon to 1 p.m.

    Darren Grant, Employment Advisor, Career Centre 
    Online via Google Meet:

    The workshop is focused on helping students understand how to conduct themselves in a virtual environment as well as in-person with technology, tools to present with and how to format a presentation that is appealing and visual all while maintaining poise and confidence.


April 2024 (online) Registration Open Soon!

  • Surviving the Job Jungle - Friday, April 5 from 1 - 2 p.m

    Selena Armstrong, Employment Advisor, Career Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    Do you feel overwhelmed while job searching? Like you're lost in a jungle of job descriptions, companies and application requirements? Do you feel confused when you hear the words labour market information? We will discuss the in's and out's of the job market, how to understand it and use it to your advantage to be more strategic in your job search.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understanding the labour market
    • Ability to research and interpret labour market information
    • Gain tips for standing out amongst other applicants
  • Upgrade Your Resume & Cover Letter - Wednesday, April 10 from 1 - 2 p.m

    Sacha Thompson,  Coop and Internship Advisor, Career Centre
    Online via Google Meet:

    Are you looking to bolster that resume? Would you like to turn that cover letter into a top of the pile, out of this world read for a future employer? Well then, we have the workshop for you! Attend the Career Centre's very own Resume and Cover Letter Building Virtual Workshop! In this workshop, you will to break down the best possible ways of creating a sleek, informative, and effective resume and cover letter that will surely help land you that position you dream about!

    * We would also recommend that you have your most recent resume with you.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understanding information and effective resume/cover building
    • Gain tips for standing out amongst other applicants
  • Making Time for Time Management - Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m - noon

    Laura Thursby, Academic Development Facilitator, Student Learning Centre