Events Calendar

UBC’s Okanagan campus Human Resources department is pleased to present our calendar of information sessions, workshops and online computer training and health promotion events for faculty and staff.

Check often – we are always adding offerings!

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February 6, 2020: Project Management Workshop

They say that “failing to plan is the same as planning to fail”. By focusing on developing sound project management skills and processes, projects are more realistically budgeted for and resourced, risks are managed and mitigated, and projects are far more likely to be executed on time without severe consequences to people.

This is a project management workshop with a difference. As opposed to a day of dry theory, participants are exposed to a live, simulated project where they have to build a physical structure within an allotted time. As the project management methodology is introduced through the day, participants apply it to the simulation over successive rounds, and the difference in project execution becomes evident in a compelling way. Not only is the learning intense – it is also fun!

Results You Can Expect

  • Improved project execution
  • More realistic project plans and budgets
  • Improved communication with stakeholders
  • Better management and mitigation of risks

Date: February 06, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: SCI 331
Cost: $375.00 (includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, training materials)

Facilitated by Glen Sollors, Partner, KWELA Leadership. Glen is based on Vancouver Island and has over 20 years experience in driving results by working with leaders in developing strategic business opportunities, managing associated change and enabling team success through role modeling, training, coaching and problem solving.


February 19 & 20, 2020: Mental Health First Aid

Date: February 19 and 20, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: ART 365
Cost: $80.00 (includes lunch and training materials)

Mental Health First Aid, a two-day, evidence-based workshop that aims to improve mental health literacy by providing skills and knowledge to help better manage potential or developing mental health problems in a family member, a friend or a colleague. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or is experiencing a crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards professional help.
By the end of the training, the participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, be able to provide initial support to a person who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis, and be prepared to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

This training is 12 hours in length and is completed over 2 days. You must attend the full training in order to be eligible for the course completion certificate.

About the trainer:  Amanda Swoboda is new to the UBC Okanagan in the role of Wellbeing Specialist for staff anf faculty with Human Resources and is a certified trainer in excellent standing for Mental Health First Aid with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for 10 years. A background in social work and over 20 years working in community mental health has equipped Amanda to be a knowledgeable, approachable and effective trainer in equipping people to be able to provide first aid for emerging mental health problems or emergencies.

Mental Health First Aid Training is an evidence based, internationally recognized program through the Mental Health Commission of Canada

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March 18 & 24, 2020:  Crucial Conversations® Workshop 

Date: Day 1: March 18 Day 2: March 24

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm each day
Course Fee: $425 (for 2 days, book and materials, continental breakfast & lunch each day included)
Location: SCI 331

Crucial Conversations® is an internationally recognized, two-day course that teaches skills to create alignment and agreement between parties by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, and risky topics.

The training is geared toward campus staff and faculty leaders and corporate professionals.  It teaches skills to help move “crucial” discussions forward in a respectful way that honours all points of view and produces positive results.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Create a safe space to explore differing opinions
  • Speak persuasively, not abrasively
  • Recognize and diffuse emotional road blocks that inhibit respectful dialogue
  • Foster teamwork and better decision making
  • Move from discussion toward action and results
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Facilitated by: Debbie Harding, UBCO Workplace Learning & Engagement Associate, Crucial Conversations® Facilitator

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Crucial Conversations® is a program designed by VitalSmarts®, a widely recognized innovator in the field of training and leadership development.  The program combines three decades of original research with 50 years of the best social science to help leaders and organizations influence how human behavior impacts workplace culture and performance.


The Workday 101 course is a series of short video tutorials that provide an overview of the basic functionality and the look and feel of Workday for employees.

These videos will differ in some ways from what we will see at UBC once Workday is launched, but they will provide a great first look and will be continually updated as UBC materials become available.

To access Workday 101:

  • Go to
  • Click on ‘Training Courses’
  • Click on the Workday 101 link/Image
  • Log in with your CWL details
  • Click on “Enroll in Course”
  • Click on ‘Go to Course’

For more information about Workday and IRP contact Lauren Hatchard at



Other Training Needs & Suggestions

Please advise us of any training or workshop requirements that you would like to see offered. Faculty & Staff trainings, please contact Lisa Frost, Manager, Workplace Learning & Engagement


Upcoming Events

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Ongoing Events

Leadership Programs

Managing at UBCO

This nine-month program has been designed to challenge leaders at all levels to be their very best. Based on a leadership model that starts with the idea that the act of managing requires an understanding of both management and leadership and a dual focus on tasks and people, this program includes assessments, coaching, workshops and peer learning triads.

To qualify to join the next cohort, as an M&P or Librarian you must have staff supervisory and budgetary responsibility, and have the full support of your AVP or Director, as they will be working with you on an action-learning project consistent with your learning goals.

For more information on the program, please contact Lisa Frost at 250-807-9021

LinkedIn Learning Online Video Tutorials

LinkedIn Learning is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training for staff and faculty in a variety of areas. For more information and to sign up for access to LinkedIn Learning, please visit LinkedIn Learning at UBC.

Wellness Learning Sessions

The Department of Human Resources is pleased to offer free wellness learning sessions. These are 1 hour wellness sessions aimed at providing participants with general knowledge about personal health and well-being strategies and directing them to additional resources available.

All sessions are provided by Shepell, our Employee Family and Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, and are available to all employees at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Each session is designed to provide participants with normalization and support by the use of case discussions in order to maximize the impact of the wellness session.

If your department is interested in hosting a free learning session please view the Employee Learning Session Catalogue, fill out the Healthy UBC Program Request Form, and return it to Carleigh Benoit, WRAP Manager, ADM002A