Workshops for Leaders

Join leaders from across SFU to participate in leadership-related learning and development opportunities. Not only will this enhance your own professional development, and be a chance to connect with colleagues, it will also contribute to a positive learning culture for your team. 

Spring 2023 workshops for leaders are included below.  Please also visit our list of online resources on a number of foundational and transferable skills. 

Inclusive Leadership
This 3 hour online learning opportunity will grow your knowledge of foundational concepts of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) that you can apply to both your personal and leadership roles. In this session, you will work to develop an individual and interpersonal leadership lens by exploring and deepening your personal awareness of bias, understanding authenticity and building capacity for inclusion. You will then explore the key conditions needed to apply JEDI principles to foster and sustain team and workforce diversity. This session will expand your organizational leadership lens; applying change strategies and diving deeper into inclusive hiring practices. You will leave equipped and empowered with the tools you need to lead your teams and organization towards a more inclusive workplace.
Wednesday, February 22nd | 9:30am-12:30pm | Zoom

Fostering Effective Collaborations Within and Across Teams
Are you sensing that your teams are overly siloed and not nearly collaborative enough? Or are you feeling overtaken by the sheer volume of opportunities to collaborate at work and the time they take? Increasingly, workplaces are shifting away from leadership approaches centered on ‘heroic individuals,’ to ones marked by collaborative, cross-functional and often hybrid teams. When they’re supported by the right systems and approaches, healthy levels of workplace collaboration can be rewarding, energizing, and incredibly effective.

In this half-day, in-person workshop, we will practice a series of tools, mindsets and behaviours that support effective collaborations.

Thursday, March 9th | 9:30am-12:30pm | Halpern 114

Recruitment & Selection Essentials
Recruiting and selecting team members with the right skills and attributes is one of the most critical responsibilities of a leader. This interactive session will equip leaders who are responsible for the hiring process with a foundational understanding of best practices in recruitment & selection. Leaders will learn how to define hiring criteria, source talent, develop assessment tools, and increase their ability to successfully hire the best candidate. In addition, we will look at ways to reduce bias in the hiring process. The session is intended for new leaders, or more experienced leaders who are looking for a refresher.
2 Parts | Tuesday, April 18th 9:30am to 11:30am & Thursday, April 20th 9:30am to 12:00pm | Zoom

Managing Minds at Work for Leaders
Through the use of structured experiences, group discussions and interactions, this dynamic, engaging and interactive session is designed to equip supervisors and managers with increased awareness of their evolving role and responsibilities related to mental health and mental health issues in the workplace. Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to acquire additional information, insights and strategies to assist them to more effectively engage with and support those struggling with mental health in the workplace.
Tuesday, May 9th | 9:00am-1:00pm | Halpern 126

Cultivating a Psychologically Safe Work Environment - The Leader's Role

The pandemic shed light on the importance of mental health and well-being in the workplace, and there continues to be high levels of stress, burnout and mental illness amongst Canadian employees. Leaders play a key role in supporting the well-being of people and teams, and ensuring that a culture of well-being and psychological safety permeates throughout the organization. This session has been developed specifically for leaders at SFU and focuses on the role of leaders when it comes to creating psychologically safe work environments where all employees thrive.
Tuesday, May 16th | 9:00am-12:30pm | Halpern 126



Some workshops have a nominal fee of $75 to offset costs and enable us to provide exceptional learning opportunities. The fee is substantially lower than similar workshops offered externally and can be reimbursed through PD funds (see below) or departments may choose to cover the fee.

Need to Cancel your Registration?
Most of our workshops fill up and have waitlists, so we ask that you cancel your registration with as much notice as possible.  This will allow us to open up your space for someone else.  Refunds are possible for registrations cancelled at least 7 days prior to the workshop date.

Cancelling with more than 7 days’ notice
Please follow these steps to cancel your registration with more than 7 days’ notice:

  • Go to your Eventbrite account and find the workshop order:
  • Select ‘request a refund’ (if you paid a fee) or ‘cancel your order’ (if there was no fee)
  • For fee refunds, you will be sent an email indicating whether a refund is eligible.  Once approved, it takes up to 5 business days to be processed.

Last minute cancellations (less than 7 days’ notice)

  • Email if you need to cancel your registration with less than 7 days’ notice, including the day-of the workshop if you’re unable to attend due to illness.  If we don’t hear from you and you don’t attend the workshop, we may need to charge your department to compensate for associated costs.
  •  Cancellations within 7 days are not eligible for refunds.