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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 internal workshops

Upcoming workshops

SGPS values your safety and health. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the SGPS office will be closed. SGPS personnel will be available remotely to provide support and assist you. Please contact with general concerns, or visit the SGPS website for contact information and FAQs.

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 and the Academic Skills Club, however all wokshops are currently only offered online, mostly via Google Meet.

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

Complete on Your Own Time Online Workshops

  • External Workshops

    SGPS has also created a list of free Mitacs online workshops for graduate students to complete on their own time, focusing on different areas of academic and personal development.

    Register for online external workshops here!

  • Mindsight: Awareness of Mental Health Issues

    Available anytime
    Grad Pro Skills area: Other


    This online workshop will address issues of stigma, facts about common mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders) and myths about mental illness will be addressed. Risk factors, warning signs, how to respond and help strategies for self-harming behaviour, suicidal behaviour or trauma in self or others will be introduced. Available resources (treatment and support, educational) will be outlined.

    Learning outcomes

    • Discuss the potential consequences of stigma.
    • Distinguish between the facts and myths associated with mental illness.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses.
    • Name strategies for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.
    • Identify self-help strategies.
    • Identify available treatment options and mental health resources for individuals experiencing a mental health challenge.

    Register for Mindsight

May 2021 (online)

  • LinkedIn Workshop - Tuesday, May 11 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

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

    Whether you are new to LinkedIn or are looking at updating your profile, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for networking and building your brand. In this workshop, you will learn the benefits of a LinkedIn profile, the best ways to start, create, edit or update your profile, and how to connect with recruiters and potential employers on the world’s largest recruitment website!

    Learning outcomes:
    • Discover the features and benefits of a well-designed LinkedIn profile
    • Understand how to maximize exposure
    • Learn best practices for creating and maintaining an impactful profile
    • Identify how to highlight academic and professional skills and experience
  • What is Important to You? Self-Reflection for Career Planning - Thursday, May 20 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

    Erin McKenney, Career Counsellor, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet

    We don’t spend a lot of time thinking deeply about what is important to us in life and in work; often, we avoid thinking about future next steps when it feels stressful or anxiety-provoking. This workshop will provide dedicated time for this self-reflection, by engaging you in a series of activities that help you connect your values and life stories to your career goals.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Engage in self-reflection activities to learn how your values might impact career decision-making
    • Learn how to connect yourself to your career, rather than only connecting your degree to your career
    • Understand how knowing about yourself can lead to greater career satisfaction and more informed career decisions

June 2021 (online)

  • Writing a Review of Literature - Tuesday, June 1 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

    Tessa Troughton, Writing and Study Skills Specialist, Student Learning Centre
    Online via Google Meet

    A literature review is a summary and evaluation of significant documents and developments on a topic. Completing a literature review will ensure a good understanding of a topic. In this workshop you will learn how to properly construct a literature review and how to organize your research.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Learn about the importance of critical and selective reading
    • Identify any strengths, weaknesses, contradictions and gaps in the research
    • Integrate and synthesize writing material to develop the literature review
  • Making an Impact: Sharing and Protecting your Research Identity - Tuesday, June 22 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary, Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet

    In this workshop, you will learn how to take control of your public research profile and track the impact of your publications and research activities. You will also use research metric tools and checklists to evaluate journals and conferences as possible venues for your research.  

    Learning outcomes:
    • Adopt strategies to make your research identity more visible
    • Enhance the impact of your work
    • Make your scholarly work accessible
    • Identify ways of promoting your research 

Special event

  • Shut Up & Write for Graduate Students - Monday, June 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Stop talking about writing. Stop reading about writing. Stop thinking about writing. Let's write! It doesn't matter if you are working on a thesis chapter, literature review, conference paper or proposal - the Student Learning Centre's Shut Up and Write! event provides a supportive environment where everyone has the same goal. There will be two writing sessions and scheduled breaks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet individually with a Writing Specialist for a 15-minute writing consultation.


July 2021 (online)

  • Interview Skills - Thursday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Amanda Miller, Internship and Co-op Advisor, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet

    The interview process can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us for an interactive workshop and develop the tools you’ll need to be successful in your academic and non-academic job search. Learn how to answer the most common types of interview questions, how to best prepare for the interview process, and how to emphasize your transferable skills in a behavioural-based interview using the STAR technique.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Develop an understanding and overview of the hiring cycle for both academic and non‐academic positions 
    • Identify effective strategies to maximize your job search 
    • Learn how to articulate your transferable skills in a behavioural based interview using the STAR technique 
    • Formulate and practice an introductory speech to present to an academic committee 
  • Grant Writing: How to Write a Winning Grant Application - Tuesday, July 20 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

    Kamla Ross McGregor, Grants Officer, Office of the VP, Research & Innovation 
    Online via Google Meet

    This workshop addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the grant writing process. It is designed for graduate students considering a career in academia. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency and how to write for reviewers.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand the process by which research funding is obtained in Canada
    • Differentiate between the general components of a grant application and how to best prepare and present each of them in your application
    • Become familiar with the Peer Review process of obtaining research funding in Canada
    • Recognize the major funding agencies in Canada