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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech employees have many opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need to advance in their careers. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to support their staff in pursuit of professional development and personal growth in order to contribute to a positive and productive work environment. 

 

October

  • Better Communication and Relationships
    • Company: Just Coach It
    • Facilitator: Irene Becker
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • October 26th and 28th, 2020

    Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult to talk with some people, yet so easy to talk with others?

    A major goal of this workshop is to help you understand the impact your communication skills have on other people. You will also explore how improving these skills can make it easier for you to succeed in the workplace, and in life.

    This Course Includes:

    • Learner Workbook: Contains textbook information as well as areas to take notes. Each manual also includes an evaluation form, action plan, and recommended reading list.
    • Handouts: Action Plan, exercises, evaluation form
    • Interactive exercises and emotion igniters
    • Pre-Assignment: Task for participants to complete before the workshop to get them thinking about the learning that will take

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify common communication problems that may be holding you back
      • Styles, cross generational, cross cultural, etc.
    • Develop skills to ask questions that give you information you need
    • Learn what your non-verbal messages are telling others
    • Develop skills to listen actively and empathetically to others
    • Enhance your ability to handle difficult situations

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November

  • Influence and Persuasion
    • Company: Just Coach It
    • Facilitator: Irene Becker
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Date: November 2nd and 12th, 2020

    When we talk about influence and persuasion, we often talk align to marketing and sales. However, we influence in many ways and with great frequency.  If you want to convince your team to adopt a change, help your employees make choices, or choose the best place for lunch, there is influencing taking place. This session will help participants learn how to influence and persuade in a variety of areas.

    This Course Includes:

    • Student Workbook: Contains textbook information as well as areas to take notes. Each manual also includes an evaluation form, action plan, and recommended reading list.
    • Handouts: Action Plan, exercises, evaluation form
    • Interactive exercises and emotion igniters
    • Pre-Assignment: Task for participants to complete before the workshop to get them thinking about the learning that will take

    Learning Objectives

    • Use persuasion versus manipulation
    • Apply the concepts of pushing and pulling when influencing others
    • Understand different techniques for getting persuasive conversations and presentations underway
    • Learn about storytelling techniques to extend influence
    • Leverage neuro-linguistic programming techniques in everyday influence and persuasion

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  • Lean Processes
    • Company: Lumen Technology
    • Facilitator: Anita Brisson 
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Date: November 4th and 5th, 2020

    The purpose or rationale for this subject covers the basic introduction of Lean improvement concepts and methodology along with detailed discussions on how and why to complete an A3 planning document. The content is tailored to new Lean enthusiasts, quality teams and leads, team members and those with little or no formal training.

    This short virtual session allows participants to apply their new quality improvement skills immediately. The emphasis throughout the session is on making improvements easy to understand and apply in the workplace.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Analyze what is Lean and the goals of Lean
    • Recognize Projects vs Improvements
    • Practice building an A3

    Earn 1 PDU for every hour of this session.

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January 2021

  • Engaging Your Audience

    This session is in three parts.  You will be registering once for all three.

    Engaging Your Audience

    Date: January 13, 2021
    Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Zoom
    Target audience: All faculty and staff

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     Virtual Training Teach Back: Part One

    Date: January 20th, 2021
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Google Meet

    Virtual Training Teach Back: Part Two

    Date: January 27th, 2021
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
    Location: Google Meet

  • Intro To Change Management
    • Facilitator: Gary Slye
    • Duration: 9:00am to 12:00pm
    • Date: January 25, 2021 and Febraury 1st, 2021

    This is a one-day program to introduce managers and leaders to change management and creating the conditions for change adoption.

    Objective:

    • Understand what is meant by change management and how individuals adopt change
    • Apply impact assessment to determine the scope of a change initiative
    • Utilize a framework to apply a change approach for a small initiative
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February 2021

  • Strategies for the New Virtual Leader
    • Company: Virtual Team Builders
    • Facilitator: Claire Sookman
    • Duration: 1pm - 3pm
    • Date: February 1, 2021

    Gain the strategies and skills to lead effectively from a distance.

    In this session participants will learn to:

    • Master virtual meetings beyond the technology
    • Keep in touch with what’s going on with your team
    • Anticipate performance gaps before they happen
    • Master artful virtual delegation
    • Stay connected with others

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  • Exceptional Business Writing
    • Company: The Soft Skills Group
    • Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Date: February 1, 2021

    Do you write letters? Email? Memos? Reports? Are you interested in fine-tuning your written communication skills and style? This is an important addition to every professional writing tool kit – continued input and learning over time. Build on your writing skills by learning the fine-tuning techniques of professional writers: how to produce professional writing quickly and craft effective documents.

    Learn how to refocus to your readers’ needs; organize your thinking to approach every document with clarity from the start. Receive valuable feedback on pre-workshop and post-workshop writing samples.

    In this workshop you will learn to:

    - Efficiently write whole document drafts quickly and easily
    - Place the document purpose where your readers will find it – every time
    - Capitalize on your writing as an ambassador to your business relationships; influencing your success over time

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  • StrengthFinder
    • Company: Gary Slye Consulting
    • Facilitator: Gary Slye
    • Duration: 1pm-4pm
    • Date: February 8, 2021

    This is an online program to introduce new managers and leaders to a strengths-based approach using StrengthFinders:
    • Understand their talents and how to develop them into strengths
    • How strengths affect the way we perceive others, and how others perceive you
    • Applying a strength-based approach to leading a team.

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  • Team Huddles-Leading Your Remote Team
    • Company: Managing Me
    • Facilitator: Doug Heidebrecht
    • Duration: 10:00am to 11:30am
    • Date: February 9, 2021

    Leading Remote teams comes with unique challenges, amplified in this period of unprecedented change  & uncertainty. This session will provide leaders with practical strategies to help their people stay engaged, resilient and productive in the new normal.

    In this session we will be taking a look at:

    • Fostering Resilience
    • Connecting
    • Using appreciation celebration, and progress as awesome tools to engage and motivate our people
    • Clarity & Alignment
    • Establishing clear expectations for email and instant messaging
    • Good Questions & Good Listening
    • Your Virtual Huddle

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  • The 4 R's of Conflict Management
    • Company: Shannon Thompson Coaching
    • Facilitator: Shannon Thompson
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Date: February 22, 2021

    Don't want to be ground down by workplace conflicts? Don't be. 

    In this interactive workshop, you'll get insight into why people get into disputes and why they let it fester into full-blown conflicts. You'll also learn how to use these insights to apply to useful strategies to prevent conflicts from happening, and to deal with them when they do exist.

    The result: a return of trust and harmony to your workplace. 

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  • Project Management Bootcamp
    • Company: Lumen Technology
    • Facilitator: Anita Brisson
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Part 1: February 24, 2021 - The Overview
    • Part 2: March 3, 2021 - Planning the Work

    Purpose or rationale for this subject covers the essentials to planning a project using PMBOK concepts and methodology along with detailed discussions on how and why to complete a project plan. The content is tailored to new project managers, team and technical leads, team members and those with little or no formal PM training.

    This short virtual session allows participants to apply their new project planning skills immediately. The emphasis throughout the session is on making project management easy to understand and apply in the workplace.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Able to complete a project plan based on business strategies and triple constraint
    • Plan Scope and breakdown the work of a project
    • Carry out effective project meetings
    • Understand planning fundamentals of Project Management

    The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as a defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). 

    Earn 1 PDU for every hour of this session.

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March 2021

  • Management 101
    • Facilitator: Gary Slye
    • Duration: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Date: March 22, 2021 and March 29, 2021

    This is an online program to introduce new managers to the basic principles of being a people manager:
    • Understand the role of the manager relative to managing a team
    • Understanding management styles and how to change based on the needs of your team
    • Understanding the needs of a team to create the conditions for your leadership.
    • Dealing with performance issues

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  • Reports That Work
    • Company: The Soft Skills Group
    • Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky
    • Duration: 9am - 4pm
    • Date: March 31, 2021

    Writing reports that work is one of the most effective and direct ways for your company to pay attention to your ideas and the work that you do. Reports are the foundation on which most business decisions are made. Your reports can have a substantial impact on the direction your team, department, division or whole company will take.

    In this workshop you will learn how to:

    • write for fast comprehension
    • create a report template for all of your writing to be faster
    • organize information from most important to least to maximize scannablility and referencing

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April 2021

  • Optimizing Performance

    Company: Virtual Team Builders

    Date: April 15, 2021
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Target Audience: All faculty and Staff

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  • Emotional KPI

    Company: Virtual Team Builders

    Date: April 22, 2021
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Target Audience: All Faculty and Staff

     

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  • Delegating Effectively

    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman
    Duration: 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
    Date: April 28, 2021

    A common barrier to remote work is the belief of management that if they can’t see their employees they won’t know if employees are doing their work. 

    This interactive program will give you real world practice in delegating from a distance.

    In this course participants will learn:

    •  Recognize common delegation pitfalls and how to avoid them
    •  Strategies for matching the right person to the right task and giving him or her the right amount of authority and autonomy
    • The skills to plan and prepare the delegation of tasks, including the advance planning of management and oversight
    • Techniques to provide effective feedback that empowers others to complete their assigned tasks

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