APSA Events and Workshops

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 both continuing and temporary APSA members.

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      Sep 23
      Diamond Alumni Centre - Thompson Fraser Room, Burnaby

      Workplace change – no matter how frequent and widespread, is still stressful and frustrating to many. As a leader, you may find yourself in the awkward position of having to implement change initiatives that you may not fully understand or even agree with. Welcome to today’s organizational reality – where constant change is now the status quo!

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      In this practical and upbeat full-day workshop, leadership and workplace communication expert Merge Gupta-Sunderji will focus on three main areas. First, insights into how people react and respond to change (and why it can sometimes overwhelm even the best of us). Second, practical ideas and approaches to overcome your own mental roadblocks when it comes to organizational change (and which inadvertently can sabotage your own success). And third, specific tools and strategies to be a positive and effective agent of change for those you lead (in other words, how to get everyone on the bus and moving in the same direction).

      Your leadership navigator:

      Merge Gupta-Sunderji turns managers into leaders. A highly-respected leadership expert and columnist, Merge gives people specific and practical tools to achieve leadership and communication success. Over 70,000 managers in eight countries have attended her fun, content-rich keynotes and facilitated workshops. A leader at one of Canada's premier oil and gas companies for over fourteen years and a Board leader at a Credit Union for three, she offers a unique blend of realism and humour that consistently engages and entertains her audiences! In addition to being a regular columnist for The Globe & Mail, she’s an award-winning published author of over 140 articles in numerous magazines, twenty-two audio CDs and two books. Her latest book is a handy reference guide titled Generations Exposed: Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With.


      Note: As lunch will be served in this all-day workshop, please register before September 16, 2019. Add any of your dietary restrictions on the registration page.

      Oct 1
      AQ 5135 - SFU Burnaby Campus
      90 minutes

      This is an orientation session for Temporary APSA employees who are new to the University or do not have a continuing CUPE position.

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      Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

      If you are a Temporary APSA member with a continuing CUPE position, this session will not apply to you. Please sign up for the CUPE to APSA orientation session.

      Oct 16
      Diamond Alumni Centre, Thompson Fraser Room

      *Waitlist only*

      While mental health first aid programs teach how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency, Red Cross Psychological First Aid is a resiliency-based program for everyone that offers prevention and coping strategies for dealing with different types of stress resulting from various types of trauma.

      This event is free for all APSA members.

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      This course includes a 45-90 minute online learning component that must be completed before the in-class session. Due to this component, registrations will close on October 1.

      Please ensure that you can attend the entire day and complete the online component before you register, as space is limited to 19 people. This course will provide participants with a 3-year certification in Psychological First Aid from the Canadian Red Cross.


      About your facilitators:

      Lauralee March

      Lauralee March

      Lauralee March is passionate about building resilience and capacity in families, work environments and communities.  Currently a Master Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross, Lauralee has been involved with their Psychological First Aid program from the start through her work on program development and instructor training. That experience, combined with an MBA in Management Consulting, allows Lauralee to adapt the program to deliver a great experience for participants from larger organizations such as Simon Fraser University.  She is also a proud mom to two dogs, Boomer and Daisy!



      Jodie Marshall

      Jodie MarshallJodie Marshall is a career paramedic and BC Ambulance CISM team member, educator, and member of the Canadian Red Cross national 'Program Council' who brings a wealth of interconnected knowledge and experience to our team.  Despite wearing many hats, Jodie is a "PFA-keener" who jumps at any opportunity to be involved in these workshops due to the tremendous value he sees in people acquiring tools and techniques that can then help them to protect both their own mental health and the psychological well-being of their co-workers/family/clients, should an crisis occur.

      Oct 22
      APSA Boardroom AQ 5135 - SFU Burnaby Campus
      90 minutes

      This is an orientation session for Temporary or Continuing APSA members who have come from a continuing CUPE position.

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      Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

      If you are a Temporary APSA employees who is new to the University or do not have a continuing CUPE position, please sign up for the Temporary Employee orientation session.

      Nov 7
      Diamond Alumni Centre, Thompson Fraser Room
      90 minutes

      For many, transgender issues in the workplace are new territory. Concepts related to gender diversity may feel overwhelming or confusing. Kai Scott's 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.

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      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.