Professional Development

Professional Development

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Mitacs Step

May 2016

Practical Tips on Growing Your Network

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the session, you will:

  • Have learned the importance of building a strong network
  • Techniques on tapping into the existing network around you
  • Have learned practical tips on identifying and planning networking opportunities
  • Learn to strategically prepare for an upcoming event
  • Have a better understanding of social networking tools available and tips on how and when to use them

March 2016

Communicating Your Research

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the session, you will:

  • Have learned how to construct a clear and concise narrative that audiences will remember
  • Understand how to use text, visuals, and interactivity to communicate your message effectively
  • Take a clear and cohesive approach to your written communication
  • Have been exposed to a variety of poster presentation layout styles and tips to communicating your research effectively

March 2016

Writing Strategic Business Reports

Learning Outcomes: 

You will learn how to:

  • Tailor a report for its intended function and audience
  • How to make a positive impression with the readers

Key Topic Areas

  • The difference between academic and business reports
  • Business report styles and formats
  • Structuring a report
  • Clarity
  • Grammar usage
  • Target audiences

March 2016

Writing Effective Emails

Learning Outcomes: 

You will learn how to:

  • Draft concise emails with clear information and direction
  • Use email appropriately within the work environment

Key Topic Areas

  • Email etiquette
  • Explore appropriate and professional usage
  • Understanding your target audience
  • Common email mistakes
  • Calls to action
  • Response time

March 2016

Practice Your Presentation Skills

Learning Outcomes: 

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

  • Presentation Structure
    • Types Of Presentations
    • Mind maps as a design tool
    • Constructing your Argument
    • Opening & closing
    • Synthesis
    • Body
    • Length & Breaks
    • Closing
    • Q & A
  • Managing Fear
    • Why people fear presenting
    • Overcoming Fear
  • Engaging Your Audience
    • Authenticity
    • Developing rapport
    • Body language & Voice
    • Questioning the audience
    • Story-telling
    • Metaphors
    • Humour
  • Presentation Logistics
    • Room Layout
    • Getting there early
    • Whiteboards & Flipcharts
    • Visual Aids

February 2016

Business Writing for Today's Professional

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain practical written communication skills to improve engagement with various stakeholders
  • Deepen your understanding of writing techniques to concisely grab a reader’s attention and get results
  • Learn writing methods that can be applied immediately
  • Harness writing processes that maximize preparation and effective writing time

February 2016

Time Management

Learning Outcomes: 

You will learn to:

  • Identify and correct behaviors that lead to procrastination
  • Prioritize deadlines in the face of competing priorities, taking into account values, resources and skills
  • Employ available technologies and use them appropriately
  • Drive results

Key Topics

  • Focus on Results
    • Time-management concepts in the face of present-day challenges
    • The power of SMART goals and progressive elaboration
    • The Project Management Institute’s foundational concepts
    • Prioritize your day
  • Corrective & Effective Action
    • Behaviours that lead to procrastination and how to correct them
    • Dealing with distractions
    • Saying “no”
    • The “Not-Do” list
    • When to use technology
  • Efficiency and Quality of Life
    • The pillars of energy
    • Aligning activities with personal values, resources and skills
    • Creating a personalized, sustainable time-management system
    • Time opportunities for a healthy and balanced lifestyle

June 2015

Foundations of Project Management

Learning Outcomes: 

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of foundational project management principles
  • Have an emphasized understanding of the importance of team and team dynamics within the context of project management and meeting project deadlines

April 2015

Skills of Communication

Learning Outcomes: 

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how personal assumptions and mental models adversely influence communication
  • Learn how to determine your own personal assumptions and how to avoid them
  • Learn to navigate and approach difficult conversations
  • Identify and implement communications tools and techniques for team success

Key Topic Areas:

  • The purpose of communication
    • Communication not as simple as it appears
    • When bad communication happens to good communicators
    • Identifying challenging conversations
    • How mental models & personal assumptions influence communication
      • Mental models and The Ladder of Inference
      • 3 Steps: Reflection, Advocacy, Inquiry
      • Culture and communication
      • Gender and communication
      • Unspoken words
      • Johari Window Model
  • Power of Rapport
    • Non-verbal communication
    • Closed-ended, open-ended and probing questions
    • Listening challenges
    • R.E.A.L Communication Model: Research, Engage, Ask Questions, Listen
      • Tips on handling difficult conversations
      • Communicating like an expert: How to use different communication styles based on different audiences

February 2015

Networking Skills

Learning Outcomes: 

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Broaden their understanding of the importance of networking
  • Learn the importance of sharing contacts
  • Receive insights on how to refresh, build and make the most of the networks they already have, both virtually and in-person
  • Acquire the tools required to make an impact on contacts that may open doors
  • Learn tools and techniques to plan and better prepare for networking opportunities

Key Topic Areas:

  • The Importance of Networking
    • The value of a network
    • Strength of weak ties
    • Introducing others
    • Social Media Profiles and Networking
  • Assessing and Building a Network
    • Mapping and identifying existing networks
    • Identifying networking opportunities in life and work
    • Business cards: why everyone should have them and how to use them
    • Networking planning and preparation
    • Transactional vs. engaged networking
    • Mingling and making impactful connections: The art of conversation
    • Answering the questions “So what do you do?”
    • Follow through and follow up
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
Audits and Inspections in Clinical Trials
Conducting Clinical Trials of Medical Devices
Conducting Investigator-Initiated Studies According to Health Canada and FDA Regulations and Good Clinical Practices
Detection and Evaluation of Adverse Events
Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects
Health Canada and U.S. FDA Regulated Research
Informed Consent
International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH): GCP Requirements
Investigator Obligations in Health Canada and FDA-Regulated Clinical Research
Investigator's Responsibilities and GCP
Managing Investigational Agents According to GCP Requirements
Monitoring of Clinical Trials by Industry Sponsors
Overview of New Drug Development
Reporting Serious Adverse Events
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Canada
Western University
Accessibility in Service
Bio-safety Training
Comprehensive WHIMIS
Health & Safety Awareness
Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Waste Management
Occupational Health & Safety
Safe Campus Community