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External workshops

External workshops

The following workshops are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through EDGE (Education, Development, Growth and Engagement) by Mitacs Training.

In-person workshops (off campus)

  • Essentials of productive teams

    To constitute an effective team, its members must share a common goal, have respect for each other, and be motivated to use the strengths of each member to achieve their objectives. Using team-based, hands-on, experiential learning exercises, the objective of this one-day workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to build their ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit that meets deadlines and sees results.

    Sessions:

    • Oshawa, Ontario (March 1, 2019) - Location: Best Western Oshawa
    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.
  • Foundations of Project Management I

    This two-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to integrate the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership that participants can apply immediately and in their future careers and lives. Participants experience the processes of collaborative planning and management and can see the benefits firsthand. 

    Sessions:

    • Hamilton, Ontario (January 24 to 25, 2019)
    • Kingston, Ontario (February 5 to 6, 2019)
    • Toronto, Ontario (March 12 to 13, 2019)

    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.

  • Foundations of Project Management II

    Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I, this two-day course provides an experiential, collaborative learning experience to enable participants to build on the principles of project management, team building, group dynamics and leadership, while exploring key concepts in greater detail to further develop participants' skills and knowledge in the area of project planning and management.

    Foundations of Project Management I is a prerequisite for this course. You will not be allowed to attend if you have not completed this prerequisite. This course uses the same binder of materials given to you in FPMI and it is your responsibility to bring this set of materials with you to this course.

    Sessions:

    • Toronto, Ontario (February 26 to 27, 2019)
    • Ottawa, Ontario (March 5 to 6, 2019)
    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.
  • Networking Skills

    You’ve heard the saying “you are only as good as your network,” but have you ever wondered how to get one? This full day course is designed to provide insight and interaction along with the know-how to build and stabilize business relationships through effective networking. We will cover who, what, where, when and why to network and participants will have the opportunity to practice what they learn. Details on the actual networking exercises will be determined by the location of each event. Activities will be customized to reflect the interests of the participants.

    Sessions:

    • Hamilton, Ontario (February 15, 2019)
    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.
  • Practice Your Presentation Skills

    In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving on-site feedback. The course also creates opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying course concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

    Sessions:

    • Toronto, Ontario (February 6, 2019)
    • London, Ontario (February 8, 2019)
    • Toronto, Ontario (March 21, 2019)
    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.
  • Time Management

    This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your work week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role. Whether you’re handling dynamic timelines alone or within a team, you’ll be able to reach your project targets with the knowledge gained in this course.

    Sessions:

    • Toronto, Ontario (March 1, 2019)
    • London, Ontario (March 4, 2019)
    To secure your seat in this free workshop, please create a free account on EDGE. Once you have logged in, you can secure a seat by registering.

Online workshops

  • Communicating Your Research

    Grad Pro Skills area: Professional Communication
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Good communication skills are essential to a successful research career. This short online workshop highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis: presentation skills, writing skills and poster creation.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Learn how to construct a clear and concise narrative that audiences will remember.
    • Understand how to use text, visuals, and interactivity to communicate your message effectively.
    • Take a clear and cohesive approach to your written communication.
    • Have been exposed to a variety of poster presentation layout styles and tips to communicating your research effectively.

    Register

  • Cross-Cultural Team Communications

    Grad Pro Skills area: Professional Communication
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Navigating, contributing and building effective teams may be the single most important skill that spans disciplines and industries in our current and diverse workplaces. In this workshop, you will learn tools and techniques to build your awareness of multicultural team performance, navigate workplace cultural communication, and use effective conversations to deal with conflict in international and multicultural team settings.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Build techniques for working in multicultural teams.
    • Explore how culture affects team dynamics and the importance of cross-cultural communication on team performance.

    Register

  • Managing Project Timelines

    Grad Pro Skills area: Career Management Skills
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. Using a customized project planning tool, you’ll be reaching your project deadlines with energy and time to spare.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand how to define tasks, task duration, milestones, and deadlines.
    • Know how to use planning techniques to implement and adapt project timelines.
    • Learn processes and techniques to communicate your project status to your research team.

    Register

  • Practical Tips for Growing Your Network

    Grad Pro Skills area: Career Management Skills
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school/during your postdoctoral fellowship will be filled with opportunities to make connections in and outside of your field. This short online workshop will give you the information you’ll need to make the most of each opportunity. Building a strong personal and professional network may be one of the single most important things you can do for your career. Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Have learned the importance of building a strong network.
    • Techniques on tapping into the existing network around you.
    • Have learned practical tips on identifying and planning networking opportunities.
    • Learn to strategically prepare for an upcoming event.
    • Have a better understanding of social networking tools available and tips on how and when to use them.

    Register

  • Time Management

    Grad Pro Skills area: Career Management Skills
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this workshop is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Accurately organize & estimate your workload.
    • Boost performance and productivity.
    • Drive the results that matter to you.
    • Take effective action to help follow-through.

    Register

  • Writing Effective Emails

    Grad Pro Skills area: Career Management Skills
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse your email etiquette.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Draft concise emails with clear information and direction.
    • Use email appropriately within the work environment.

    Register

  • Writing Strategic Business Reports

    Grad Pro Skills area: Career Management Skills
    Offered by Mitacs.ca

    Learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Tailor a report for its intended function and audience.
    • Learn how to make a positive impression with the readers.

    Register