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Management & Leadership Skills

What Management and Leadership Skills offers to Graduate Students

  • Encourages learning in self-management, and the management of other people, resources and time
  • Develops the skill set to develop goals and objectives as well as to plan and manage projects

Benefits of Management and Leadership Skills for Graduate Students

  • Employers value advanced degree graduates who have leadership skills and creative ideas, those who are able to set objectives and lead others to accomplish these objectives.
  • Discovering how to balance personal wellness and professional demands is central for an effective and satisfying career.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions

Self Management

Time Management: Avoiding Procrastination & Maintaining Motivation (Fall)

Host Presenters: Learning Strategies

This workshop will to help you to identify priorities, become motivated, avoid procrastination, and schedule time effectively. Learn practical tools and ideas to manage projects, meet deadlines, and achieve both long-term and short-term goals.

Reading fast and effectively (Fall)

Host Presenter:  Learning Strategies

Attend this workshop to learn a variety of techniques and strategies that you can try to help make your mountain of readings more manageable. We will cover ways to prioritize your reading assignments and improve your comprehension, retention and/or speed – including some hands-on practice! Please bring a reading assignment or research article from one of your current courses or projects.

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Design Your Life: Applying design thinking to career planning

Host Presenter: Career Services - Miguel Hahn

Are you unclear about your career direction? Feeling stuck, confused or overwhelmed just thinking about it? Learn how to apply the step-by-step Design Thinking process to find solutions to the problem of "What's Next?". You will leave this intensive and interactive 3-hour session with a clearer sense of where you want to go, and how you can begin taking immediate action to move towards yours goals

Managing Your Money (Summer)

Host Presenter: David Sutherland(Sunlife Financial)

Sunlife Financial offers a suite of financial workshops to assist anyone who needs guidance in money management.  We are piloting one of the workshops to ensure the content is what our graduate students and post-docs would find useful. The "Managing your money" workshop is about:

  • Getting organised with your money
  • The importance of budgeting
  • How to budget,
  • Pros and cons of credit cards
  • Managing your bank account
  • Housing costs
  • Money saving tips.

Other workshops in the suite we would be interested in are - Investment planning, Planning for a healthy financial future, Financial considerations for women, Living debt free, and Couples and money

Project Management

Foundations of Project Management I (Winter)

Host Presenters: Mitacs

Learn to plan and work with others to get things done! Experience firsthand the power of effective project management; from academia to industry to your personal life, these skills will help you succeed. At this two-day workshop, participants will learn to fine-tune your ability to organize and complete your work and research.


Personality Theory & Communication (Winter)

Host Presenters: HR - Shannon Hill

No matter what work you do or what you study, your success is influenced by your personality. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of the most valued self-assessment tools in use today for understanding our behaviour in relation to others. Using the MBTI, you'll learn how one’s personality impacts on communication, negotiation, team performance and the capacity to positively influence others. Participants in this workshop will be given a MBTI to complete and submit one week beforehand.


Essentials of Productive Teams - Ottawa (November 4)

More than ever, organizational success depends on people working together - effectively. The pressure to communicate productively, quickly turn ideas into profitable action and consistently deliver results never decreases. Using team simulation exercises, participants work from a clear understanding of personal strengths and an appreciation of the differences in others will be the foundation of success in the future.

Workshop Objective:

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 meet deadlines and see results.

Learning outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Discover the key steps and competencies to build an efficient and effective team
  • Learn how to manage the barriers that keep teams from performing
  • Be able to apply the best practice of teams into daily communication

Register for this workshop on the Mitacs website.

Elevate Leadership in Innovation Retreat - Toronto (August 25 - 27, 2016)

Build your leadership and management skills as you immerse yourself in the 3-day Elevate 1st year Leadership in Innovation Retreat.

As part of your Elevate Fellowship 2-year experience, the 1st year Leadership in Innovation Retreat is the first of two unique and intensive professional development opportunities designed for Elevate PDFs as part of your fellowship to provide you with skills, knowledge and tools to take an active role in the success of your fellowship and beyond.

Over the course of 3 days, you will be immersed in an applied and professional setting focused on three competency areas required to achieve success as technical leader, research leader, business manager, project leader or team member in any industry.

Register for this workshop on the Mitacs website.

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