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Our Professional Development workshops have been redesigned for remote delivery using Zoom. 

Some workshops are still offered in person at designated spaces in McGill buildings (Teaching Hubs) that are planned to safely accommodate small groups.

Remote learning refers to the temporary solution implemented by McGill university to ensure continued access to courses and other activities during the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Under this delivery mode, virtual live sessions replace regular in-class activities, and course material and assessments are made available through the university Learning Management System (myCourses). Remote learning courses use technologies typically used in online learning but were not initially designed and developed as online courses.


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Winter 2021 Calendar


Winter 2021


WORKSHOP Title Start Date End Date Registration
YCWPD 005 Getting Ready to Lead: Starting off on the Right Path 11/Mar/2021 26/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 009-022 Project Management Essentials 17/Mar/2021 25/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 015-010 Communicating for Results     Currently not available
YCWPD 017-010 Write Better - Speak Better     Currently not available
YCWPD 044-009 Making Time Work For You 11/Mar/2021 12/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 050-006 Customer Journey Mapping 18/Mar/2021 18/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 057-007 Understanding Blockchain:Beyond the Hype 19/Mar/2021 26/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 058-005 Continuous Transformation: Beyond Change Management 19/Feb/2021 26/Feb/2021 Register
YCWPD 061 Data Protection: Is Your Organization Data Protection Compliant? 13/Apr/2021 13/Apr/2021 Register
YCWPD 062-008 Data Visualization & Storytelling - 4 Days 18/Mar/2021 23/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 063-006 Exploratory Data Analysis with Alteryx 20/Apr/2021 23/Apr/2021 Register
YCWPD 066-003 Mobile 5G: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges 29/Apr/2021 30/Apr/2021 Register
YCWPD 068-002 McGill's Level 1 CFA® Program Exam Preparation Workshop 09/Jan/2021 15/May/2021 Register
YCWPD 071-004 Selling in a Virtual Environment 18/Mar/2021 26/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 071-004 Selling in a Virtual Environment (Part 1) 18/Mar/2021 19/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 071-004 Selling in a Virtual Environment (Part 2) 25/Mar/2021 26/Mar/2021 Register
YCWPD 072 Introduction to Python 07/Apr/2021 16/Apr/2021 Register
YCWPD 073 Brand and Business Storytelling: Insights from a Former Walt Disney Imagineer 18/Mar/2021 25/Mar/2021 Register


Featured Workshop

Leadership and Communication
Brand and Business Storytelling: Insights from a Former Walt Disney Imagineer

This workshop offers the opportunity to learn the keys to effective storytelling from a former Walt Disney Imagineer. You will learn the critical elements of all winning stories, discover how to choose the right style or voice for your story to achieve the desired impact, develop the skills to easily research and plan your story, and explore tools and techniques needed to blend creativity with facts for maximum impact.

This workshop is designed to be hands-on. Those participants who do not have a specific business in mind when taking the workshop will be provided a hypothetical business or service to model from.

This workshop is not affiliated in any way with The Walt Disney Company or any of its subsidiaries, including Walt Disney Imagineering.

Continuous Transformation: Beyond Change Management

Organizational transformations are no longer one-time efforts; they are a new norm for almost every industry, regardless of company size. Become an agent of continuous transformation and support the transition of your organization towards a Continuous Transformation Model.

This practical workshop will examine the different elements constituting an organizational transformation. It will explore the shortcomings and the root causes of failures, as well as introducing the Continuous Transformation Model, which can be applied to increase the success rate in an organization’s transformation journey.

Communicating for Results

Communication breakdowns are often cited as a source of frustration both at work and at home. Improving communication skills can lead to increases in work or life satisfaction, as well as to the attainment of professional or personal goals. While introspection and analysis can help us understand some of the issues that come between us and other people, developing and applying practical communication tips and techniques can produce surprisingly effective results.

Making Teamwork Work

This workshop is designed to help people become better team members or leaders through the development of their awareness and teamwork skills.

Getting Ready to Lead: Starting off on the Right Path

This workshop aims to help you think differently about leadership, and how you can develop into the leader you are capable of becoming.

Coaching as a Management Skill

This interactive workshop offers managers an opportunity to envision how they can develop a coaching culture by discovering the inherent benefits of a “solution-focused” model of coaching.

Employee Engagement Through Leadership: Energizers and Multipliers

Using experiential learning approach, this approach will provide an opportunity to examine two different types of leadership-Leaders as Energizers and Leaders as Multipliers in relation to Employee Engagement.

Leadership and Emotional Agility

This workshop will help participants understand why emotional agility is a critical skill set and mindset, as well as why it is crucial for leaders to understand their personal values and how they impact their emotions.

Direct Thyself: Self-Management Skills for Self-Leadership

Learn proven time management tools, techniques, and tips that will help you to reduce personal stress and increase productivity and efficiency in your workplace and personal lives.

This workshop will help you to identify various challenges in managing time. It will allow you to learn and practice techniques to help you attain more effective time management skills, in order to be able to direct your focus and energy towards activities that will allow you to achieve professional and personal goals.

Negotiation Skills

Negotiating formal contracts and informal agreements that have the effect of a contract are a part of everyday life. Whether you are selling a product, buying a product, starting a job, trying to secure a higher salary, or starting a new business, you have to negotiate the terms and understand their implications.

This workshop is for any professional who wants to learn the essential techniques of negotiating a contract. This would include individuals who have no experience but want to learn the fundamentals of contract negotiations, as well as those who have or will have a job that directly involves negotiating contracts. Participants will be fully engaged in applied learning exercises and self-assessments. The workshop is designed to be fun, challenging, and substantive

Selling in a Virtual Environment

With professionals and teams around the world working remotely, how we do business – and how we sell – has changed drastically. Traditional selling has transformed into digitally-enabled virtual selling, and to be effective in this increasingly digital world, leaders, communicators and sales professionals need a new set of skills.

This practical training will prepare you to thrive in the new normal by helping you gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand, connect with, inspire and influence others through digital channels.

Accounting and Finance
Budgeting and Forecasting: Understanding your Numbers

This course covers core budgeting concepts: costing methods, budget process, capital budgeting, revenue forecasting, cost accounting, budget analysis and the balanced scorecard.

Financial Accounting Essentials

This practical course aims to introduce fundamental accounting principles that govern the financial accounting system.

McGill's Level 1 CFA® Program Exam Preparation Workshop

This coaching workshop provides a lean and well-thought out CFA® Level 1 exam preparation program that will “fire up” your motivation to keep you on top of your study schedule, thereby significantly increasing your chances of passing the exam.

McGill's Level II CFA® Program Exam Preparation Workshop

This series of coaching workshops provides a lean and coherent approach to CFA® Level II exam preparation that will keep you motivated and on track, and provide strategies for increasing your chances of passing the exam. 

McGill's Level III CFA® Program Exam Preparation Workshop

This series of coaching workshops provides a lean and coherent approach to CFA® Level III exam preparation that will keep you motivated and on track, and provide strategies for increasing your chances of passing the exam. 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Start-Up Entrepreneurship Fundamentals

This practical workshop will equip participants who wish to make the leap to entrepreneurship with proven entrepreneurial tools, frameworks and methodologies that they can deploy when building or joining an early stage start-up company. These tools can also be applied within an existing company or organization to build and support an intrapreneurial culture.

Productivity and Project Management
Project Management Essentials

Many of us recognize that the most important challenge in our jobs today is the management of various projects. These challenges may include managing clients, new research projects, initiating a new employee recruitment campaign, the creation of a new program or a new product launch. Whatever your projects are, they require you to have sound project management skills.

This skill-based workshop offers a practical ‘starter kit’ for participants in the form of tools and insights.  Participants have the chance to delve not only into the solid principles of project management, but to put these principles into practice.

Time Management: Making Time Work For You

Offered in-person.

Learn proven time management tools, techniques, and tips that will help you to reduce personal stress and increase productivity and efficiency in your workplace and personal lives.

Customer Journey Mapping

We will take a systematic approach to deconstructing your customer's journey from pre-purchase, purchase and post-purchase.

By using a combination of empathy and data, we will identify methods to optimize the experience. Case studies, exercises, and lecture may be used to assist all participants to sharpen their skills and apply best practices. This is an active workshop!

Write Better - Speak Better

Today, more than ever, print and electronic messages need to stand out from an overwhelming amount of information that audiences are exposed to daily. Written correspondence and presentations need to be concise, to-the-point and, most importantly, engaging.

This workshop introduces participants to fundamental theories and practices of communication in today’s demanding and ever-changing workplace. It is designed to help participants develop stronger written, verbal and presentation skills to excel in the workplace.

Technology and Data Science
Introduction to Python

This practical workshop introduces the fundamental programming concepts and skills needed to get started in programming with Python. Participants will have ample time to practice and will be provided with instant feedback to improve their skills rapidly. The workshop culminates with an interactive hands-on assignment in which participants will write code using a popular data science library.   

Accelerated Disruption: Innovating in a Rapidly Changing World

The convergence of disruptive technologies and the rapid pace of change are pressuring businesses to innovate more than ever. Businesses and organizations need to take a proactive approach to innovation before they become irrelevant. 

Understanding Blockchain: Beyond the Hype

Blockchain will impact multiple existing business models across almost every domain. With over 90% of financial institutions, 30 governments, and thousands of companies from almost every industry already riding the wave, Blockchain is expected to impact the world in the same manner the internet did many years ago.

This workshop will provide a comprehensive 360° overview of the origins, evolution, building blocks and technologies of Blockchain. Practical use cases, benefits and challenges across various industries will be explored. You will gain a clear understanding of Blockchain and where it stands today beyond the hype, the building blocks of Distributed Ledger Technologies and its most common platforms used today. Furthermore, you will identify what are the profiles and steps needed to adopt Blockchain in business. 

Mobile 5G: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges

Mobile 5G is the next generation mobile standard following in the footsteps of 4G technology, which was launched across the globe about 10 years ago.  Early 5G deployments have begun in the USA and parts of Asia and Europe.  Canadian deployments are starting in 2020/2021.

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Data Visualization and Storytelling with Tableau

Stand out as a professional capable of extracting more value from data. Increase the validity and credibility of your insights by mastering the art and science of data visualization and storytelling.

Data Protection: Is Your Organization Data Protection Compliant?

Offered in-person.

Data protection is an increasingly important aspect of any organisation’s internal governance. Despite this, it is estimated that 90% of Canadian businesses are not compliant. This non-compliance has the potential to hinder trade with Canada’s largest trading partners: the US, Europe, and Asia.

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of various data protection compliance obligations and suggest strategies that companies and organizations can adopt to implement a compliance program.

Exploratory Data Analysis with Alteryx

Have you ever wondered how data scientists tackle a data related problem, summarize the main features of a data set and derive the insights they need to decide which analytics or machine learning techniques to apply? Did you know that Data Scientists and their teams spend more than 80% of their time cleaning, preparing and transforming a data set? 

This hands-on workshop addresses the challenge of analysing different data sets and summarizing their main characteristics using tables and graphs. Using the Alteryx Data Analytics Platform, participants learn the iterative process and techniques to perform an exploratory data analysis. 

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