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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 - Spring/Summer 2022

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

  • Knowledge Management and Communication


    This project was designed to provide graduate students, faculty members, and early-career researchers with the tools and resources to develop an effective knowledge management and communication plan. Knowledge Management has at its core, the purpose of sharing knowledge in a strategic approach with the right partners at the right time in order to reduce overlap, inform policy and decision-making, and accelerate innovations. 

    This resource was created through the collaborative effort between Ontario Tech University’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and subject matter experts from seven other higher education institutions.

    Topics covered:

    • Communication Tools and Strategies
    • Social Media
    • Community Engagement and Collaboration
    • Data Sharing and Usage
    • IP and Commercialization
    • Influencing Policy

    Access the knowledge management and communication module

May 2022 (online) Registration now open!

  • Writing a Review of Literature – Thursday, May 12 from noon to 1:15 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
  • Starting Off Strong: Digital Library Resources 101 – Wednesday, May 25 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

    Michelle Johnson, Open Education 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


  • Introduction to Intellectual Property - Tuesday, May 31 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

    Alla Darwish, Intellectual Property Officer, Office of the V.P. Research and Innovation
    Online via Google Meet

    Intellectual Property (IP) is an important element of our economy, and vital to the innovation ecosystem in academia. Understanding the role of IP, and how it can be leveraged to make an impact on society is crucial. This online workshop aims to introduce University members to intellectual property (IP). Basic IP concepts are explained with emphasis on University and Canadian context. 

    Learning outcomes
    • Understand what IP is
    • Understand the different types of IP
    • Learn how to protect your IP
    • Discuss basic IP strategies


June 2022 (online) Registration now open!

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing – Thursday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 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


  • Making an Impact: Sharing and Protecting your Research Identity – Wednesday, June 15 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.

    Thomas Blennerhassett, STEM and Trades Librarian, and Heather McTavish, Business and IT 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


July 2022 (online) Registration opens Thursday, June 16

  • Writing your Research into a Thesis – Thursday, July 7 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

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

    In this workshop, we will provide a very brief overview of the characteristics of a research thesis at the graduate level, people who support the writing process and their roles, how to proofread your thesis, and good books to help guide you. Academic integrity in the writing and research process will be addressed throughout. This presentation is designed for a general audience of master’s and doctoral students at Ontario Tech and is not focused on any particular faculty. It is noted that each faculty has its own norms for graduate student writing and students are responsible for understanding those norms. 

    Learning outcomes:
    • List chapters in a research thesis
    • List the contents of each chapter
    • List different university professionals who support graduate research and writing
    • Learn about what to look for when proofreading a thesis
    • Learn about the Ontario Tech Library resources on thesis writing and research
    • Understand academic integrity issues
  • Networking in the Digital World – Wednesday, July 20 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 informal interview
    • To understand the career-related value of an informational interview, and why it’s important
    • Learn how to network virtually and deliver a pitch