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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 - Fall 2021

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 workshops are currently only offered online 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

September 2021 (online)

  • Starting Off Strong: Digital Library Resources 101 - Thursday, September 16 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

    Kaelan Caspary, Librarian, Campus Libraries
    Online via Google Meet

    Do you think the Library is just about print books and study carrels? Think again! The Library offers robust online and digital services that can help you succeed in your graduate studies. In this workshop you will learn all about accessing academic journal articles and books online with ease, the benefits of an online research consultation with your subject librarian, and how to access specialized digital resources like datasets, cases, patents, and standards. We will also discuss how the Library can help with other areas of research such as citation management and research data management.  

    Learning outcomes:
    • Gain an applied understanding of the Library's digital collections including accessing eBooks, electronic journal articles, and specialized collections such as data, standards, and cases.
    • Identify library services, including the subject librarian, related to your study
    • Adopt online library resources as key component to research strategy
  • Writing a Review of Literature – Tuesday, September 21 from 1 to 2:15 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
  • Anxiety and Stress Management – Thursday, September 23 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

    Laura Thursby, Academic Skills Coordinator, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet

    Kick your stress to the curb with this workshop. Learn about the nature of stress, how it can be managed and introduce some stress management techniques to help you cope. Topics covered will include identifying the symptoms and sources of stress, taking steps to stop sources of stress, venting/communicating with others, being resilient and self-monitoring. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand the importance of stress management in achieving academic success and overall wellness.
    • Identify at least three symptoms of stress
    • Identify your major stressors
    • Identify at least three strategies that you can implement to reduce and manage your stress
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing – Tuesday, September 28 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

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

    This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of a resume. Increase your understanding of how a resume and cover letter are used in the job search process and learn how to target them towards your career goals. Discover how to compose a resume that focuses on your strengths, experience and skills that relate to the position. Finally, you will gain further awareness of the formatting and structure of a resume and cover letter. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • Determine how your unique skills, knowledge and experience best fit the needs of a particular position
    • Identify important components, structure and formatting of an effective resume
    • Distinguish the key components, structure and formatting of an effective cover letter

October 2021 (online) *Register now!

  • Conflict Management – Tuesday, October 5 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

    Jeremy Greenberg, Mental Health Counsellor, Student Mental Health Services
    Online via Google Meet

    This workshop encourages critical thinking, provides problem solving strategies and teaches conflict management skills. Critical and creative thinking, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills are essential for being successful.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Develop your problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills
    • Learn about what can block creative problem solving and strategies for engaging your creativity
    • Gain experience in using communication skills to promote win-win conflict outcomes

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

  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing – Thursday, October 7 from 1 to 2:15 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
  • Organizing Your Literature Search with Citation Manager - Tuesday, October 19 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Nathalie Zhou, Reference Librarian, Campus Libraries 
    Online via Google Meet

    In this workshop you will 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. EndNote is available from Software Support. You will learn 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
  • Networking in the Digital World – Thursday, October 28 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

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

    Don't know what angle you should be looking at the camera? Do you know what you'd say to a potential employer if you only had one minute to do a virtual pitch to them? Well, fear no more, because the Career Centre has got a workshop just for you! Learn why networking is fundamental to your future career opportunities and professional relationships.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Define what a “networking/Informational” interview is
    • Outline how to prepare, arrange, and conduct an informational interview
    • To understand the career-related value of an informational interview, and why it is important 
    • Learn how to network virtually and deliver a pitch


November 2021 (online) *Registration now open!

  • What is Important to You? Self-Reflection for Career Planning - Thursday, November 4 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

    Dale Andersen-Giberson, 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.

     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


  • Writing Effective Research Proposals (for Social Science, Health Science and Education) – Monday, November 8 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

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

    Writing a compelling research statement can be the most challenging step in the application process. This workshop demystifies the statement and research proposal writing process to help you achieve success.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Identify the style and components of effective research proposals for scholarship applications
    • Examine ways of making your research proposal stand out
    • Formulate a research proposal

    *Note: This workshop is tailored to graduate students in Social Science, Health Science and Education disciplines. 


  • Making Time for Time Management – Monday, November 15 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

    Laura Thursby, Academic Skills Coordinator, Student Life
    Online via Google Meet

    This workshop will introduce concepts of time management to graduate students. Concepts introduced will include the role of short and long-term planning, breaking down larger tasks into smaller ones, focusing, tracking one’s workflow and self-monitoring. The workshop will help you control your stress levels and achieve better grades.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand the importance of time management in achieving academic success
    • Identify at least three strategies that you can implement to enhance your current time management and use in a major paper assignment


  • Presentation Skills – Thursday, November 18 from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

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

    A clear and concise presenter, a visual presentation and engaging content are some of the keys to keeping your audience’s attention in a presentation. In this workshop, you will learn what makes a great presentation and what you can work on to develop your skills.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a presenter
    • Describe your research to a layperson audience
    • Learn techniques to engage audiences
    • Develop active listening skills

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


  • Intercultural Communication – Thursday, November 25 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

    Tharsy Selvanantham, International Student Advisor, Office of the Registrar
    Online via Google Meet

    As the world becomes more diverse, it will become inevitable that we will be working with people from other cultures. It’s important that we understand how to effectively communicate across cultures. Evoking global thinking and empathy in your communication style will make you a better team member, communicator, collaborator and global citizen.

    Learning outcomes:
    • Appreciate the value of intercultural communication
    • Recognize the influence our own cultural values and biases have on our perspectives
    • Analyze a case of an intercultural communication difference
    • Apply a strategy learned to avoid and/or repair differences in intercultural communication

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