Learning never stops. We're here to help with that. From leadership training to learning how to speak up for yourself, we offer workshops for your professional development. All workshops are FREE to attend for members. 

    Professional Development opportunities within and outside of SFU:

    1. $700 per year is available for personal professional development not directly related to your department (includes career coaches) (AD 10.11).
    2. 12 months of leave may be granted to further your education (AD 10.09).
    3. A tuition waiver supports you, your spouse, and your dependants taking credit courses at SFU (AD 10.12).
    4. $1000 covers off-campus, job-related courses (AD 10.10).
    5. Switch positions with a colleague for 3 - 12 months (AD 10.10).

    Here's a list of past events.

     

      Feb 26
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      DAC Thompson Fraser Room
      Details

      Dayna HollandIt's never to early to learn about taxes! Dayna Holland is leading a workshop on Personal Tax Planning Tips which will include:

      • An overview of the Canadian personal income taxes
      • New developments that impact the 2018 tax year
      • Rental income and expenses
      • Marital breakdowns and the CRA
      • Caring for an elderly relative
      • Q&A

      More on Dayna:
      Dayna Holland, CA, has been specializing in Corporate Tax compliance work for the past 12 years. Dayna started her career as a chartered accountant in a Big 4 firm. Dayna left public practice in 1999 and has worked in a variety of industries over the past 9 years. Dayna’s industry experience has been in the telecommunications and service sectors, for multi-national companies, both private and public corporate structures. She has prepared and reviewed numerous tax provisions and tax returns in the experience with a variety of companies. Her expertise is in income tax and commodity tax compliance. In her previous positions, Dayna developed, documented and implemented tax processes for companies that had previously outsourced their corporate tax compliance but was at the stage where the companies wanted to bring this function “in-house”. She has also implemented a number of corporate reorganizations plans for these companies. Her current portfolio of clients includes companies in mining, service, high-tech, telecommunications, property development, and transportation sectors. 

      Mar 6, Apr 17
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      DAC Thompson Fraser Room
      Details

      Join mindfulness trainer Scott Orth in learning about how our biology evolved for survival and how that negatively impacts us in the modern world. Learn skills for staying focused and calm, for greater creativity, innovation and agility and how to manage irrationally strong emotional responses to events.

      Feb 7th, March 6th and April 17th. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Diamond Alumni Centre.

      Coffee & Tea will be served.

      Max 50 per session. Please be aware that you will be signed up for all 3 sessions.

       

      About Scott Orth:

      Scott is a mindfulness trainer and coach, who gives leaders and busy professionals the tools they need to thrive in a changing and distracting world. He has studied mindfulness under a variety of experts and brings 14 years experience designing and delivering highly successful leadership development programs. Using a mix of clear metaphors, powerful experiences and simple practices, he provides people with the tools they need to become more resilient, more focused and more productive.

      He was previously the National Leader of HR for one of Canada’s largest employee-owned engineering and science consulting organizations. Scott draws on his 27 years of corporate experience to connect the concepts of mindfulness with the world of corporate leaders and the analytical minds of busy managers and professionals. He also walks the walk every day. As a business owner and entrepreneur, he uses these skills to manage his focus, his resilience and his reactivity to the world on a daily basis. He is also the parent of a 12-year old son, who while amazing on so many levels, deals with anxiety. Anxiety can express itself as highly emotional, oppositional and stubbornly defiant behaviour. Mindfulness has become the most powerful tool he has in dealing with highly challenging parenting situations.

      Scott has had the great fortune to work with the brilliant people at SAP, EA, UBC, BCIT, Urban Systems Ltd., Miller Titerle + Co. LLP, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Miller Thomson LLP, Habanero Consulting, Smythe LLP, Schneider Electric, Brighter Mechanical Ltd., BC Assessment, plus numerous other organizations and leaders.

      Mar 6
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      AQ 5135
      Details

      Calendar

      Currently, Temporary Employees who are new to the University and CUPE employees who move into an APSA position in either a continuing or temporary basis do not attend HR’s monthly New Employee orientation sessions.

      These orientation sessions include a 1.5-hour portion with APSA to go over the AD 10 polices, which are all APSA member’s terms and conditions of employment.
      We’ve found that this has created a knowledge gap for new APSA Temps and CUPE to APSA members.

      Mar 14
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      AQ 5135
      Details

      Calendar

      Currently, Temporary Employees who are new to the University and CUPE employees who move into an APSA position in either a continuing or temporary basis do not attend HR’s monthly New Employee orientation sessions.

      These orientation sessions include a 1.5-hour portion with APSA to go over the AD 10 polices, which are all APSA member’s terms and conditions of employment.
      We’ve found that this has created a knowledge gap for new APSA Temps and CUPE to APSA members.

      Mar 25
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      Halpern Centre Room 114
      Details

      For many, transgender issues in the workplace are new territory. Concepts related to gender diversity may feel overwhelming or confusing. Kai brings an open and friendly approach to provide a session that is highly interactive and engaging. In particular, through evocative icebreakers at the beginning of the session, the attendees will deepen their understanding of gender as a way to make it more relatable and accessible.

      Furthermore, attendees will be introduced to language and concepts related to gender identity as well as insights into the unique challenges and barriers faced by transgender employees. The presentation will provide insightful statistics for additional context and understanding. Finally, the session will allow attendees to apply language and principles to common scenarios involving trans people as a way to practice respectful and supportive interactions and navigate challenging and complex issues.

      Learning Outcomes

      · Increased knowledge of and familiarity with gender identity concepts and terms;

      · Greater understanding of the challenges and barriers transgender people face when accessing gendered spaces, programs, and systems;

      · Increased comfort and proficiency in navigating complex issues and respectful interactions involving transgender people.

       

      Max 50 attendees.

      Tea & Coffee will be served.

       

      Kai Scott
      Kai Scott, MA
      Gender Strategist
      (pronouns: he/him/his)

      Kai creates solutions for the challenges that organizations face in relation to gender diversity. He pairs his technical skills from over 10 years as a social scientist conducting social impact assessments with his lived experiences as a trans man to develop innovative resources and programs. He uses exploratory, evidence-based methods and quantitative and qualitative tools to develop solutions that create real, measurable change. Kai engages clients in transparent decision-making processes that allow them to become confident, informed leaders in emerging gender diversity issues. He helps demystify the often daunting topic of gender diversity in a reassuring, supportive manner, inspiring confidence, new vistas and excitement in clients.

      Mar 6, Apr 17
      12:00 pm
      90 minutes
      DAC Thompson Fraser Room
      Details

      Join mindfulness trainer Scott Orth in learning about how our biology evolved for survival and how that negatively impacts us in the modern world. Learn skills for staying focused and calm, for greater creativity, innovation and agility and how to manage irrationally strong emotional responses to events.

      Feb 7th, March 6th and April 17th. From 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Diamond Alumni Centre.

      Coffee & Tea will be served.

      Max 50 per session. Please be aware that you will be signed up for all 3 sessions.

       

      About Scott Orth:

      Scott is a mindfulness trainer and coach, who gives leaders and busy professionals the tools they need to thrive in a changing and distracting world. He has studied mindfulness under a variety of experts and brings 14 years experience designing and delivering highly successful leadership development programs. Using a mix of clear metaphors, powerful experiences and simple practices, he provides people with the tools they need to become more resilient, more focused and more productive.

      He was previously the National Leader of HR for one of Canada’s largest employee-owned engineering and science consulting organizations. Scott draws on his 27 years of corporate experience to connect the concepts of mindfulness with the world of corporate leaders and the analytical minds of busy managers and professionals. He also walks the walk every day. As a business owner and entrepreneur, he uses these skills to manage his focus, his resilience and his reactivity to the world on a daily basis. He is also the parent of a 12-year old son, who while amazing on so many levels, deals with anxiety. Anxiety can express itself as highly emotional, oppositional and stubbornly defiant behaviour. Mindfulness has become the most powerful tool he has in dealing with highly challenging parenting situations.

      Scott has had the great fortune to work with the brilliant people at SAP, EA, UBC, BCIT, Urban Systems Ltd., Miller Titerle + Co. LLP, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Miller Thomson LLP, Habanero Consulting, Smythe LLP, Schneider Electric, Brighter Mechanical Ltd., BC Assessment, plus numerous other organizations and leaders.