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. 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.

Part 1: Relationship to Place and Self Location Wednesday, February 13

2 Hours - 20 Seats Available

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Rita Merrick, Administrative Assistant, Indigenous Education and Aurelia Kinslow, Indigenization Consultant, Indigenization Research

Part 1: Indigenization, that is, carving space for Indigeneity, is a process that requires intention setting and actionable goals on both individual and collective levels. Join Aurelia Kinslow, PhD Candidate, and Rita Merrick, MA Candidate, of the Department of Indigenous Education and Services, in a two-session series in which participants will consider Protocol Officer of the Musqueam Nation, Jim Kew’s imploration for individual, daily acts of reconciliation.

*It is not a requirement to attend both sessions but encouraged

*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.

Part 2: Actionizing Reconciliation Values Wednesday, February 27

2 Hours – 20 Seats Available

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitators: Rita Merrick, Administrative Assistant, Indigenous Education and Aurelia Kinslow, Indigenization Consultant, Indigenization Research

Part 2: In this two-part series, this session will continue to build on the topic on Indigenization. Participants will be encouraged to discuss and collectively imagine the possibilities of Indigenous education at Langara in both the present and future.   

*It is not a requirement to attend both sessions but encouraged

*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.

Privacy and Retention Wednesday, March 6

90 Minutes – 25 Seats Available

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Facilitators: Joanne Rajotte, Manager, Records Management and Privacy

Do you ever wonder what emails or documents you need to keep versus the ones you can delete or discard? Learn essential tools to better organize and retain documents, both paper and electronic. This workshop will provide you a basic introduction to protecting privacy and preserving confidentiality of student and employee records. Topics to be covered include:

  • Describe employee responsibilities for securely maintaining and disposing of records that contain personal information
  • Explain privacy protection legislation as it relates to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information
  • Outline best practices for protecting privacy, confidentiality and personal 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 $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.

Preventing Violence in the Workplace Thursday, March 21

90 Minutes – 25 Seats Available

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Facilitators: David Aucoin, Manager, Safety, Security & Emergency Management and Cynthia Fudgell, Health and Safety Officer

Preventing violence in the workplace is crucial in ensuring Langara College is a safe community for not only employees but for students and members of the public. This workshop will explore how to recognize risks and behaviours that threaten personal security, strategies to mitigate those risks and if an incident does occur, how to report violent incidents, near misses and at-risk behaviour. It also will highlight Emergency Prepardness and cover what to do in situations pertaining to lockdown, bomb threats, fire and robbery.

*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.

Adobe InDesign – Interactive Form Creation Thursday, April 4

2 Hours – 25 Seats Available

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Facilitators: Jennifer Harder, Instructor, Computer Technology Certificate, Continuing Studies

Learn how to create forms using Adobe InDesign! This hands-on workshop will provide you with the strategies, skills and tools on Interactive Form Creation. Topics covered will include, creating basic forms, sticky note comments and related drawing tools in PDF and group collaboration, optional character recognition of scanned pages and combining PDF pages and basic PDF security and passwords.

*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.

Professional Profiles and Branding Tuesday, April 16

90 Minutes – 25 Seats Available

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Facilitators: Sylvia Tuason, Manager, Digital Strategy and Production and Selim Mete, Video and Digital Content Specialist, Communications & Marketing Services

Polish up your personal profile on LinkedIn and other social media channels. Every time someone Googles your name, the results that show up are a reflection of your personal brand. Learn how to optimize your profiles across social media channels, understand all the privacy settings, and expand your professional network. The workshop will cover LinkedIn tips and tricks as well as trends and best practices on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

*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.