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Management & Leadership Development

What Management and Leadership Development offers to Graduate Students

  • Learn how to work effectively in a team and manage collaborative projects.
  • Develop the skills to set goals and objectives and provide leadership to achieve these goals.
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the principles of teaching and learning in diverse settings.
  • Develop self-awareness about your leadership capacity and potential.

Workshop Categories & Descriptions


Principles of Teaching and Learning

Host Presenters: Centre for Teaching and Learning

The focus of this session is on learning -- what learning in general looks like, what learning looks like in your own disciplinary context and how, as educators, we can select instructional strategies to influence students' approach to learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Probe assumptions of what learning looks like in your discipline.
  • Relate formal and theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning to the post-secondary teaching and learning context.
  • Select and implement a variety of instructional practices that encourage deep learning.

Project Management

Foundations of Project Management I (Mitacs)

Host Presenters: Mitacs

Workshop Objectives

This 2-day workshop 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.

Learning Outcomes - in this two day workshop you will understand

  • Foundational project management principles
  • How to get the most from your project team
  • How to meet project deadlines

Key Topics

Principles of Project Management and Team Building

  • Forming new teams
  • Planning and conducting effective project meetings
  • Utilizing the experience of team members
  • The Strength Deployment Inventory
  • Personal styles of learning and problem solving
  • Team agreement on practices and processes
  • Team decision making


  • The role of leaders in decision making
  • Leadership behaviours in different situations

Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Basics of the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Work breakdown, time calculations, and shortening the project
  • Collaborative techniques and processes
  • Positive project practices and procedures
  • Monitoring and reporting progress
  • Risk assessment

Review and Discussion

  • Constructive criticism for positive results

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website

Foundations of Project Management 2 (Mitacs)

*Pre-requisite required: Foundations of Project Management I

Workshop Objective - Gain in-depth knowledge of project planning and management with the goal of transferring these skills directly to the workplace. Experiment with the ideas presented in a group-learning environment.      

Learning Outcomes - in this two day workshop you will:

  • Solidify concepts and learning from Level I
  • Broaden your grasp of project planning and implementation
  • Refine your knowledge of CPM applications
  • Effectively integrate estimation and budgeting into project plans
  • Learn planning methods to reduce risk and manage crises
  • Deepen your understanding of team dynamics and the importance of teams
  • Know how to meet project deadlines

Key Topic Areas

Implement the Project Plan

  • The project overview statement
  • Refine the use of CPM: cost and resource planning, resource constrained schedules
  • Estimating and budgeting
  • Resource scheduling
  • Project procedures
    • Practices manual
    • Responsibility charting
    • Document schedules
  • Monitor, measure and report
    • Time and cost reporting systems
    • Trend analysis
    • Project change control

Crisis Management

  • Bottlenecks and constraints
  • Positive management of a project crisis
  • Causes of conflict and resolutions
  • Alternative solutions
  • Post-project review

The Ideal Project Culture

  • Collaborative techniques for problem solving and decision making
  • Constructive criticism
  • Situational leadership
  • Group process skills
    • Conflict resolution
    • Management styles
    • Making effective use of different personalities

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website

Essentials of Productive Teams - (Mitacs)

Recognize and utilize the skills of others to achieve workplace goals quickly while gaining the understanding of what it takes to lead and participate in a truly effective work team that meets deadlines and sees results.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • The key steps and competencies in building effective teams
  • How to manage barriers to team success
  • The best practices of team communication

Key Topic Areas

  • Essentials of team building
  • Creating a team action plan
  • The importance of clarifying roles
  • Understanding conflict within teams
  • Building trust and accountability
  • Identifying issues
  • Motivating teams
  • Available resources

To register for this workshop and all Mitacs STEP workshops, go directly to the Mitacs STEP website


Leadership Series

Host Presenter: Dr Hugh Helferty

Session 1:  Understanding Leadership

This workshop will help you understand what leadership is, what leaders do and how you can develop your leadership capability. It is applicable to people in both formal and informal leadership roles. You will be introduced to a Leadership Model/Framework that integrates four key capabilities. ‘Sensemaking’, the first capability for anyone wanting to lead, will be described. It enables you to turn the complexity of a situation into one that is comprehended explicitly and serves as a springboard to action. Students will be asked to apply Sensemaking to a situation or project they are currently engaged in.

Session 2:  Developing Leadership Capability

This workshop builds on Session 1:  Understanding Leadership. Students will have an opportunity to practice/demonstrate ‘Sensemaking’, which was discussed in Session 1. In addition, students will learn about three other elements of the Leadership Model/Framework:  Visioning, Relating and Inventing. Together with Sensemaking, these capabilities constitute a framework you can use to develop your leadership capability now and throughout your career. 

Dr Hugh Helferty


Dr. Hugh Helferty has 30 years of experience in industry including more than two decades in senior operational, planning and research leadership roles with a major multinational corporation. He has served as Executive-in-Residence at Queen’s Smith School of Business and is currently an adjunct in the Department of Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. and M.B.A. from Queen’s.