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.

Looking for past events?


      Feb 3
      Diamond Alumni Centre, Thompson Fraser Room (downstairs)


      The world of work has changed!  Expectations have shifted, both in what employers require from their people, and what employees want from their workplace relationships.  To successfully navigate in the altered employment landscape, you need to take ownership of your own career; to step up and take the helm; to proactively chart a course of your choosing.  And let’s be really clear – thoughtful and deliberate career progression is much more than simply watching for advertised jobs and dashing off applications.  So when it comes to being the master of your destiny, what exactly does it take to put on the captain’s hat and steer your own ship?  

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      In this series of four practical and useful half-day workshops, leadership expert and popular presenter Merge Gupta-Sunderji will walk you through a graduated hands-on process to identify career opportunities, expand your professional network, ace your interviews, and take overall charge of your career success.  Over the four sessions, you will learn how to identify and best showcase your talents and strengths, research and connect with those who can help you in your career journey, and separate yourself from the pack as someone who is not only qualified but is also skilled at building meaningful professional relationships.  While the program will be slanted towards career progression within the university, the skills learned will be applicable in any job environment.


      As each of these half-day workshops builds on the previous ones, it is imperative that you commit to attending all four.  The dates have already been scheduled and confirmed so put them into your calendar right now.  Each session will run from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

      • Monday, February 3, 2020
      • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
      • Monday, April 6, 2020
      • Monday, May 4, 2020


      Be prepared – this is not a sit-and-listen type of learning program, and there will be homework!  You will be expected to actively participate while in the session, as well as complete assignments between sessions.  But as in most things, when you put in the work, you will also reap the rewards.  If you’re willing to make this investment in yourself, the ultimate outcome will be your future career success.

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      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.



      Feb 20
      Halpern Centre Room 114, Burnaby

      Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

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      • Employers have a legal duty to accommodate employees with disabilities
      • The steps an employer must take to accommodate a disabled employee depend on the situation
      • Complaints about an employers’ failure to accommodate a disabled employee are among the most common cases brought to the BC Human Rights Tribunal

      In this 3-hour interactive workshop, an experienced human rights lawyer will help you understand your legal rights and obligations.

      Topics covered include:

      • Legal concepts including the “duty to accommodate” and “undue hardship”
      • How a human rights complaint proceeds
      • Tips for creating an accommodation plan
      • How to know if you’ve met your duty to accommodate – the “undue hardship” standard
      • The duty to inquire about an employee’s disability and needs
      • Creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive workplace


      Laura TrackLaura Track is a lawyer and educator in CLAS’s Human Rights Clinic. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a keen interest in making legal knowledge accessible. She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to help people understand their human rights and comply with their legal obligations.