Essentials of Productive Teams (online)

Date & Time

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm




Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training



This session is being offered in collaboration with Mitacs Training. Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020: In response to the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, this session will be delivered online.

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. Using team simulation exercises, participants work from a clear understanding of personal strengths and an appreciation of the differences in others will be the foundation of success in the future.

Course Objective:

To constitute an effective team, its members must share a common goal, have respect for each other, and be motivated to use the strengths of each member to achieve their objectives. Using team-based, hands-on, experiential learning exercises, the objective of this one-day course is to provide participants with an opportunity to build their ability and awareness participating in and leading an effective team unit that meet deadlines and see results.

Learning outcomes:

Through completing this course, participants will:

  •     Discover the key steps and competencies to build an efficient and effective team
  •     Learn how to manage the barriers that keep teams from performing
  •     Be able to apply the best practice of teams into daily communication
Key topic areas:
  •     What is Team Building?
  •     The importance of clarifying goals
  •     Understanding conflict within teams
  •     Building trust and accountability
  •     Identifying issues
  •     Team motivation & Action Plans
  •     Resources

Russel Horwitz, MEng, has worked extensively as a leadership consultant / trainer since 2004 across a wide variety of sectors, including government, publicly-held, private and non-profit.  Russel spent 14 years in the high technology/engineering sector, where he held management roles in product development, marketing, customer service and training.  His expertise includes leadership and team development as well as executive coaching.  As a facilitator, Russel draws on his experiences to connect to his audience by relating topics to personal, relevant stories. Russel has been working with the Mitacs Training program since 2008.


Registration in this session is required and Postdoctoral Fellows can register through the following link. Those successfully registered will receive an email within one week of the session date.

If you are a graduate student interested in attending this event, please register through the Graduate Pathways to Success Program.

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