Langara is committed to developing and engaging its employees. Each month, HR offers complimentary professional development sessions to all staff. Upcoming offerings are listed below; please note that pre-registration is required. 

PD session topics are generated through employee feedback. Is there a career-related topic that you want to learn more about? Do you know of any engaging, insightful speakers, or want to lead a session of your own? Are you a leader looking to host a session for your area? Connect with us at hrupdate@langara.ca.

Registration Process

To register for a PD session, email hrupdate@langara.ca with the following:

  • Subject Line: (Title of Session)

  • Body: Full name, Employee ID, email address (if different)

Sessions will be capped at 25 participants with the exception of Evaluating your Own Strength: Gallup Strength Assessment (30 participants) and Building Client Relationships: Service Excellence (30 participants). A separate registration email is required for each session. If a session reaches full capacity, we will establish a waitlist. In consideration for waitlisted participants, we request that all registrants notify us at least 24 hours prior to a session if they are no longer able to attend. Attendance will be taken at each session; registrants who miss more than two sessions without notice will only be able to register on the waitlist for future sessions.


For information on wellness-related development opportunities, visit the Wellness Initiatives page. For information on faculty-related development opportunities, visit the TCDC iweb and Ed Tech's workshops page.

Looking to brush up your computer skills? Learn a second language? Continue your educational goals? All employees eligible for benefits can apply for tuition fee waiver or reimbursement. To learn more about the courses and tuition benefits offered at Langara, visit our Tuition Fee Benefits page.

Creating Effective Presentations: Powerpoint Thursday, October 11

90 Minutes - 25 Seats Available

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Facilitator: Raymond Chow, Program Coordinator, Computer Technology in Continuing Studies

Strong communication skills and the ability to give effective presentations are an important part of business presentations and teaching. Visual aids when used incorrectly can detract from your message. Learn how to design a presentation that will engage your audience and allow you to clearly deliver your content.

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $20 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Monday, October 15 and Tuesday October 16

2 Day Commitment Required - 25 Seats Available

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Laurie Lowes - Certified Instructor for MHFA Basic & Instructor, Criminal Justice at Langara 

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course provides an introduction to the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course will learn the basic steps to interact confidently with those in their family, friends, communities, and workplaces that have mental health challenges. Click here for more information. 

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $140 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Evaluating your Own Strengths: Gallup Strength Assessment Wednesday, October 24

2 Hours - 30 Seats Available

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Facilitator: Stephanie Koonar and Louann McCurdy, PeerSpectives Consulting

Are you using your Strengths to find joy and meaning in your work? 

Would you like more opportunities to use your strengths at work or in your community? Want to contribute in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling? After completing the Gallup StrengthsFinder questionnaire we will work with you to understand both your own and others' strengths. Research suggests that when we are using our Strengths we feel more energized and fulfilled. Come join us.

To participate in this PD session you will be required to fill out the Gallup StrengthsFinder questionnaire prior to the session (approximately 20-minutes). This access code is complimentary and will be sent to you two-weeks prior to the session. Please bring your results to the session to learn more about the findings.

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $65 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

How to Effectively Engage your Audience: Online Communications Wednesday, November 7

90 Minutes - 25 Seats Available

Time: 9:30am to 11:00am

Facilitator: Deborah Schratter, Communications Officer, Communications & Marketing Services

Learn how to write effectively online. This hands-on workshop will explore steps to strengthen your writing for online platforms such as webpages, articles, and email to get your points across succinctly and professionally. Discover how to write tight messages, moving from informational to action-oriented language. We will cover tips on keeping your sentences and paragraphs concise, developing key messages, proper word choice, email etiquette, and a short section on top grammar mistakes you should never make.

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $20 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Building Client Relationships: Service Excellence - CANCELLED Thursday, November 15

4 Hours - 30 Seats Available

Facilitator: Glen Sollors, Kwela Leadership

Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This workshop will provide you with the essential skills for building collaborative internal and external client relationships. Whether you’re a front-line college professional, leader in your department or want to improve your client communication skills, this workshop will provide you with the tools to stay calm and be confident when dealing with all types of individuals. You will learn to use a client care model that will serve as a guide for those necessary and crucial conversations with people. This workshop will include skills rehearsals that will build your confidence while enhancing your ability to handle challenging individuals and colleagues (For example, students, employees, clients etc.), and all types of interactions appropriately.

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $100 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28

2 Day Commitment Required - 25 Seats Available

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Laurie Lowes - Certified Instructor for MHFA Basic & Instructor, Criminal Justice at Langara 

MHFA Basic is intended for adults interacting with adults (18 years and older). This course provides an introduction to the four most common mental health disorders including substance related, mood related, anxiety and trauma related, and psychotic disorders. Participants who take this course will learn the basic steps to interact confidently with those in their family, friends, communities, and workplaces that have mental health challenges. Click here for more information. 

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $140 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.

Organizing your Inbox: Outlook Wednesday, December 5

90 Minutes - 25 Seats Available

Time: 9:30am to 11:00am

Facilitator: Louise Hanley, Computer Support Technician, IT and Instructor, Continuing Studies

Learn essential tools to better organize your inbox! This workshop will provide you with the strategies and skills to rearrange your inbox and be more efficient when working with outlook. Topics to be covered include folder management, mailbox clean up, calendar tips, and accessible resources including Lynda.com and more.

*To register please include an email approval from your Chair/ Manager/Supervisor with your department budget code. This session is complimentary; however, to ensure full attendance, departments will be charged $20 for any no-show registrants in their area. If you need to withdraw from the session, please send an email to hrupdate@langara.ca and provide as much notice as possible and no less than 48 hours.