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Workshops and Networking Events

Balancing a graduate program with professional and personal commitments is challenging, but making time to participate in workshops and networking opportunities is a vital part of your graduate school experience. Embrace this time in your life, and make the most of it! Come back often to find information sessions offered by the Tri-Agencies, library, Mitacs and the Office of Graduate Studies.

Anti-Racism Response Training (ART)

Canadian Association for Graduate Studies is pleased to offer another round of this important and timely 3 hour workshop designed to build awareness around issues of race and racism in Canadian higher education. This workshop will introduce attendees to the concepts of active versus passive witnessing, and help to instil a better understanding of the impacts of racist encounters on both victims and bystanders. The workshop is premised on the active-witnessing model, in which participants will learn enhanced techniques for intervening and disrupting racism in their institutions and in their daily lives. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice a wide range of anti-racism responses, and to share their own experiences. The workshop will be held over Zoom for a three-hour period on Wednesday, 28 February from 12:00PM - 3:00PM (ET). The facilitators will conduct the session in English.

Developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced by Sanath Training for virtual modes of presentation – the ART Program uses a witness-centred approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses and, in doing so, to help disrupt racism and build safer and more inclusive communities.

In honour of the commitments laid out in our Call to Action for an End to Racism in and through Graduate Education (2020), CAGS is making a limited number of tickets available to Graduate Students and Postdocs from within our community of member institutions. Tickets will be sold for $50.00 CAD (no tax), and will include participation in the three-hour training sessions and all associated materials. CAGS is a registered charity, and all ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the workshop series.

Tickets are available to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from CAGS member institutions, and will be sold until the capacity of the workshop has been reached.

Registration closes on Monday, 26 February at 9:00 PM (ET).
Register Here

Mitacs Training (Updated for 2024)

Mitacs has updated our course portfolio to respond to modern learning preferences, and better align our content with the competencies needed by industry partners and employers. Each year, thousands participate in training courses to augment their university learning. Now it’s your turn.

The synchronous components are offered in an interactive learning environment consisting of small groups, with approximately 24 participants. They are facilitated by leading business and industry professionals who have undergone a competitive selection process. Our facilitators are subject matter experts in their respective fields and understand what it takes to succeed professionally. Facilitators deliver hands-on, engaging, and experiential learning.

The curriculum is designed to build competencies in five key areas that are recognized as vital to professional success. Each course addresses one or more of the following competencies:

  • Professional & career fundamentals
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Leadership & management
  • Intrapreneuralism

Mitacs Training courses are open to all university students currently registered at Canadian academic institutions, past students that have completed a degree from a Canadian institution within the last two years, as well as current participants in Mitacs programs. To register, please create an account or log in to the learning management system EDGE.

You will find more about each course bundle on the Mitacs website: Training Courses

Ongoing Library Series

Date/Time: Ongoing

TRU’s library holds open, free workshops of interest to graduate students. This includes sessions on Researching 2SLGBTQIA+ Topics in the Library and Online, Citation Management with Zotero, So You Need a Data Management Plan, and Scholarly Publishing: Evaluating Journals. Please visit their workshops calendar: TRU Library Resources

Past Events and Workshops

CIHR 2023 Webinar and Q & A Session for CIHR Strategic Master’s Award Applicants

Miss the live webinar? Download the presentation here.

NSERC Q&A Session (PDF and PGS-Doctoral/CGS-Doctoral)

NSERC is hosting the following question and answer sessions for the CGS M program:

These sessions will be hosted as live Q&A Webex events. They are supported by a series of informational videos available on the NSERC YouTube channel. These videos are intended to completely replace the presentation portion of the NSERC sessions, allowing NSERC and/or tri-agency staff and applicants to engage in a more in-depth and detailed Q&A session than we would normally have time for. Participants should watch the videos in advance and come to the Q&A session with specific questions in mind.

Please attend any of the sessions that best suits your schedule. Registration is not required.

Tuesday, November 7 
CIHR and SSHRC staff joining
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST


Tuesday, November 14
CIHR staff joining
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST


Thursday, November 23
CIHR staff joining
10 a.m. to noon EST

Playlist - Scholarships & Fellowships program application tutorials:


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