Swim: Graduate Leadership Development by the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. [Icon of people helping one another]

Choose this stream if you are a post-doc who wants to develop your ability to meet the leadership challenges unique to academic institutions and connect with academic leaders on campus.

Academic leaders on campus share their expertise and experiences to build your capacity to navigate the complex higher education environment. Develop your personal leadership skills while considering the importance of organizational structure and context. Attend one or all four workshops to connect with other post-docs and help build a post-doc community on campus.

There is no cost or application to participate, but registration is required. 

2019-20 Workshops

Service Matters with Dr. Lois Harder

October 9, 2019 | 5-8 pm

Collegial governance is essential to the successful functioning of the university, yet service can get a bad rap. This workshop invites you to explore how and when to make a difference in the life of your scholarly community. 

Participants will learn strategies to determine which service opportunities to accept and which to refuse. We will also workshop ideas around how to protect and maximize your time in service assignments. Lois Harder is the Principal of PLLC and a Professor in the Department of Political Science.


From Conflict to Collaboration with Shelley Miller

November 6, 2019 | 5-8 pm

Negotiating differing interests to achieve group consensus is a leadership skill that can be applied across all professional and social relationships. Legal expert Shelley Miller brings international experience in redesigning injury compensation laws to share successful collaborative techniques that are shown to help bring opposing interests into alignment. Audience participation in sample negotiations will be encouraged.


A Workshop with Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

February 5, 2020 | 5-8 pm

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu is an Associate Professor and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy at the University of Alberta. He is cross-appointed to the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Ogbogu is a recipient of the Confederation of Alberta Faculties Association Distinguished Academic Early Career Award and he has been nominated for the Faculty of Law’s Tevie Miller Teaching Award. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, and undergraduate degrees in law from the University of Benin, Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School. His research and teaching interests are in torts, health law, law and biotechnology, biomedical law and bioethics, science policy studies, legal theory, and medical malpractice law. Dr. Ogbogu is one of Canada's leading experts on the legal, ethical and social issues associated with stem cell research and other novel and emerging biotechnologies. His publications have appeared in prestigious academic journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Cell, Healthcare Policy, Regenerative Medicine, and the McGill Journal of Law and Health. He frequently provides commentary to the media on health and science policy matters, and he has been involved in prominent national and international biotechnology policy-making activities. Dr. Ogbogu is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and he was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying. His book, Law for Healthcare Providers (co-authored with Professor Erin Nelson) was published by Lexis Nexis in Fall 2018. Dr. Ogbogu is also a member of the Bar of Alberta.


Preparing Your Team for Success with Dr. Verna Yiu

March 4, 2020 | 5-8 pm

Effectively working with and managing teams is often the difference between success and failure. Dr. Verna Yiu will share insights gained from her diverse leadership experiences to teach you how to forge exemplary team leadership and maximize team performance.

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