Essentials of Productive Teams

Date & Time

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm


GSS Ballroom, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office, Graduate Pathways to Success, and Mitacs Step



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.

Workshop Objective

Recognize and utilize the skills of others to achieve workplace goals quickly while gaining the understanding of what it takes to lead and participate in a truly effective work team that meets deadlines and sees results.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • The key steps and competencies in building effective teams
  • How to manage barriers to team success
  • The best practices of team communication

Key Topic Areas

  • Essentials of team building
  • Creating a team action plan
  • The importance of clarifying roles
  • Understanding conflict within teams
  • Building trust and accountability
  • Identifying issues
  • Motivating teams
  • Available resources


Russel Horwitz, MEng.

Russel has worked extensively as a leadership consultant / trainer since 2004 across a wide variety of sectors, including government, publically-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 with his audience by relating topics to personal, relevant stories.


Registration is required, and is now open. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Successfully registered postdocs will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within one week prior to the workshop. All cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance of the workshop.

Graduate students, please register through the Graduate Pathways to Success Program.


"This workshop taught me a lot of useful skills that I can use for everyday work-related challenges."

"Helpful for anybody looking to develop skills in industrial professions."

"Directly applicable skills to use in real life situations."