GPS/Mitacs Step Event: Practice your Presentation Skills Level 1

Date & Time

Tuesday, 04 February 2014
09:00 to 17:00


Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Mitacs Step Program

Registration Closed / Past Event


* This session is being offered in collaboration with the Mitacs Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.

This one day workshop is aimed at assisting graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in improving their presentation skills. In this workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts, and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills and receiving onsite feedback.  The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

The facilitator, Dene Rossouw points out : "The simple truth is that people who present well in front of groups are far more likely to succeed at captivating, persuading and inspiring others, and are generally perceived as better leaders. In summary, one’s ability to present will help determine success”

Who will benefit most from this session?  Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have identified a need to improve their ability to make presentations, especially to lay audiences who are not familiar with their research.  Come ready to practice presenting in front of a supportive group who will offer feedback. 

Facilitator:  Dene Rossouw, Associate, Kwela Leadership and Talent Management. Dene has over 17 years of facilitation and consulting experience in the communications field, and has been an integral part of the Mitacs Step program since 2008. He specializes in improving leadership and employee engagement through effective communication and sensemaking. As an innovative communicator, Dene coaches leaders on how to have more relevant conversations in the workplace and how to use personal power to inspire action and develop strategic partnerships. Dene has 18 years of facilitation and consulting experience in the field of communications. He is the VP for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a certified executive Coach through Royal Roads University, and a certified emotional intelligence facilitator using the BarOn Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory - EQ-i™. He has the Associate Certificate in Workplace Conflict from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Theology from the University of South Africa.

Registration: Seats are limited to 24 participants. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, please visit

Confirmation of registration will be sent within two working days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please send a message to:

Refreshments: A light lunch and beverages will be provided.  Please bring your own mug.

For information about upcoming GPS events visit: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies-Graduate Pathways to Success Program. 



If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.