Mitacs Training

Mitacs Training provides both online and inperson professional skills development courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Their curriculum is designed to build competencies in four key areas: Leadership & Management, Communication & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism.  Course topics include Business Writing, Foundations of Project Management, Career Professionalism, Managing Project Timelines, Writing Effective emails and more.



Title Description Date Theme
Practice your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

31 January 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Build your Scientific and Technical Writing Skills

Make an impact with your scientific and technical writing skills! This two day, hands-on workshop is aimed at those with scientific and technical backgrounds. From structure and grammar to impact – get on-site expert feedback, a chance to work on a current, future, or past piece of your writing, and get exposure to many samples of writing, from atrocious to outstanding.

5 February 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business.

19 February 2020 - 9:00am Career Exploration, Professional Effectiveness
Business Writing for Today's Profesional

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This course will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes.

5 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
Time Management

This energetic, intensive one-day course will sharpen your professional time management skills and optimize your working week. Building on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) best practices, methodologies, and productivity tactics, the workshop provides tools and techniques that can be applied to a partner industry project or employment-based role.

6 March 2020 - 9:00am Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
Foundations of Project Management II (2 Days)

Participants will work in learning teams of approximately 5 people formed at the beginning of the two-day course. Building on the skills developed in Foundations of Project Management I: A team-based approach, this course will emphasize skills of risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, resource schedule crisis management and continued focus on participating, building and managing teams.

17 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness
Essentials of Productive Teams

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.

31 March 2020 - 9:00am Professional Effectiveness


Title Description Theme
Cross-Cultural Team Communications (online course)

This online course is available on-demand. Navigating, contributing and building effective teams may be the single most important skill that spans disciplines and industries in our current and diverse workplaces. Learn tools and techniques to build your awareness of multicultural team performance, navigate workplace cultural communication, and use effective conversations to deal with conflict in international and multicultural team settings.




    Community and Network Building, Writing and Communication
    Communicating your Research (online course)

    This short online course highlights the importance of communicating well and focuses on three common communication opportunities that researchers face on a regular basis:

    1.     Presentation skills;
    2.     Writing skills; and
    3.     Poster creation

    Facilitated by Dr. Jenn Gardy, you will learn more about the latest tips and techniques to make sure your next conference talk, email or poster presentation is impactful and memorable.


    Research Skills, Writing and Communication
    Managing Project Timelines (online course)

    This online, on-demand course will help you to reach project deadlines with less stress. Gain techniques and tools to help you create realistic project timelines and manage your time and energy. At the end of the course, you will:

    • Understand how to define tasks, task duration, milestones, and deadlines
    • Know how to use planning techniques to implement and adapt project timelines
    • Learn processes and techniques to communicate your project status to your research team


    Professional Effectiveness, Research Skills
    Practical Tips for Growing Your Network (online course)

    This short online, on-demand course will help you get the knowledge you need to build your network! Your time at graduate school will be filled with opportunities to make connections in and outside of your field. This course will give you the information you’ll need to make the most of each opportunity.

    Building a strong personal and professional network may be one of the single most important things you can do for your career.  Learn how to plan, prepare, build and foster your network and watch opportunities unfold in front of you.

    Community and Network Building, Professional Effectiveness
    Time Management (online course)

    If you find yourself frequently running out of time on a project or impending deadlines are making you anxious, this course is here to help. You’ll learn how to make the most of every minute, avoid procrastination and other “time thieves,” and create achievable plans and schedules, based on project management best practices.


    Academic Support and Success, Health and Wellness, Professional Effectiveness
    Writing Effective Emails (online course)

    In this online, on-demand course, you will gain the confidence to communicate effectively and learn valuable ways to finesse your email etiquette. Learn how to:

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


    Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication
    Writing Strategic Business Reports (online course)

    In this online, on-demand course you will learn how to write clear and strategic business reports that achieve their intended purpose.  Learn to:

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


    Professional Effectiveness, Writing and Communication