Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Professional Development

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Workshops and Meeting Times

Orientation session

For all those interested in participating in the PhD-Community Initiative.

Date & time: September 28, 2018, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: Gordon Hall 302

Meet the community partners

Learn about the proposed projects and partner organizations.

Date & time: October 3, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Robert Sutherland Hall, room 202 (note new venue)


Preparatory Workshops 

Exclusive to those students participating in the PhD-Community initiative

Workshop 1: Working Effectively as a Team.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (light dinner at 6 pm)

Location: Ellis Hall, room 319

Presenter: Diana Drury (Director, Team and Executive MBA / Master Coaching Programs, Smith School of Business)

Description: This interactive workshop will go through the essentials of working effectively as a team and managing a collaborative project to completion. You will learn how to arrive at agreement on team practices and processes, team decision-making, project planning and scheduling, monitoring and reporting progress, and positive management of unforeseen constraints or challenges. By the end of the session, each team will have identified a team coordinator, budget officer, and a plan outlining next steps to ensure the project gets underway.

Team Charter Form(Word, 63 KB)

Workshop 2: Design Thinking: Creating Better Solutions to Present-Day Challenges

Date & time : October 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (continental breakfast at 8:30 am)

Location: MacIntosh Corry Hall, room D201

Presenters: Dr. Jim McLellan (Department of Chemical Engineering)


This workshop will cover principles of the Design Thinking method from creative listening and observation, to brainstorming, prototyping, and collaborating with stakeholders. Participants will learn how to increase the creativity quotient in their everyday lives and will actively engage in the three phases of design thinking: inspiration (defining the challenge, observing and forming insights, and drawing from empathy for people), ideation (forming possible solutions to problems), and implementation (developing prototypes and experiments to gather feedback and iterate on solutions).

Additional workshops

Dates and times tbd.

Skills inventory 

Presentation workshop

Media Training


Progress report meetings 

Meetings will be held in 3-2-1 style: Three minute presentation, two slides, one minute for questions afterward. We will also allocate time to reflect on the progress and discuss any questions or concerns.

All meetings take place at 2:00-3:30. Dates for 2018-19:

  • October 26, 2018 (Gordon Hall 324)
  • November 23, 2018 (Gordon Hall 302)
  • December 14, 2018 (Gordon Hall 302) - Community partners and mentors are invited to join us for an end-of-year celebration after the presentations.
  • January 28, 2019 (Gordon Hall 302)
  • February 22, 2019 (Gordon Hall 302)

Capstone event

March 12, 2019

Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts

Mandatory practice session for teams on March 11, 2019.