Drop in on a Leadership Lab and learn skills that you can apply right away for success in the classroom and beyond.

Leadership Labs

Be your best self. Improve team projects. Communicate under pressure. ILead’s Leadership Labs teach you practical skills that you can apply at SkuleTM and beyond. Register for one or all of our fun and interactive Winter 2023 workshops. 

All engineering students at any level of study and English-language proficiency are welcome!


Lessons in Leadership from Positive Psychology

Date: Thursday March 2nd, 1pm –2pm (in-person) | Galbraith Building, 35 St George Street, Room 202

How can we emerge from the stress-strain of Covid-times to thrive in our everyday lives? This Leadership Lab begins with a short lesson on a core concept of Positive Psychology: Resilience. With this powerful idea framing our thinking, we’ll move into action-planning mode. You’ll leave the workshop with a clear idea of how to step up to the unique challenges of leading yourself these next weeks and months to succeed at Skule and beyond. Pizza and refreshments provided.

About the Facilitator: Dr Robin Sacks

Dr. Robin Sacks has been teaching Positive Psychology and Leadership at Skule for over a decade. Her goal in designing TEP444 (“The Happy Engineer”) was to provide an opportunity for students to explore some of life’s big questions in an academic setting. As Director of Research for the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering, Robin traveled the world sharing the findings from Troost ILead’s groundbreaking research in an effort to help professionals develop people skills alongside their technical education. Robin has a BA from Columbia University as well as a Master’s in Cognitive Science and a PhD in Developmental Psychology, both from U of T.

Registration closes February 28th at 5pm.

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Who You Are Matters: Career Discovery Experience 

Date: Thursday January 26th, 6pm – 8pm (in-person) | Galbraith Building, 35 St George Street, Room 202

Spark meaningful conversations about what’s next in your education and career in this gamified clarification event. You will generate specific possibilities for your future and receive feedback to help you take action towards your goals. This Leadership Lab will guide you to make well-informed choices through the creation of a personalized clarification statement. Pizza and refreshments provided.

About the Facilitator: Mark Franklin

Mark Franklin (MEd, PEng, CMF) is practice leader of CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise based in Toronto. Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering, a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology. Mark consulted with hundreds of organizations in his earlier engineering. He currently teaches the dynamic Troost ILead course, TEP1030HS: Engineering Careers - Theories and Strategies to Manage your Career for the Future. Mark’s career management insights have appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC. Mark produces and hosts the Career Buzz radio show, where he’s interviewed hundreds of guests about insights and turning points in their career stories.

Registration closes Monday January 24 at 5pm.


Navigating Conflict & Challenge Through Effective Communication

Date: Tuesday January 10th 6 – 7:30pm | Galbraith Building, 35 St George Street, Room 202

Date: Monday February 6th 10am – 11:30am | Online

Experiencing conflict and disagreement is common when working with others. But there are specific communication techniques that can allow you to move through challenge in order to find common ground. In this Leadership Lab, we will unpack the positions and interests that halt your ability to understand another person's perspective and move forward. By practicing tangible communication tricks and feedback tips, you will leave this workshop with a comprehensive set of tools to transform conflict in dynamics situations. Pizza and refreshments provided.

Registration closes Monday January 9th at 5pm for in-person session and Monday February 6th at 9am for the online session.

ILead Accessibility Statement

We are strongly committed to the principals of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Should you have any concerns or specific requirements from physical, audio, visual, sensory, severe allergies or environmental or chemical sensitivities, please reach out to workshop facilitator Jennifer Galley at

ASL Services

At this time, our Labs do not offer captioning of ASL services.

Family care cervices & support for caregivers

Should you wish to express a concern around child care of family support requirements, please reach out the Family Care Office for guidance.

Travel costs and financial equity

Should you wish to express a concern related to financial costs such as travel or nutrition related to any of our workshops, events, or  please reach out to Jennifer Galley at

EDI, diversity & representation

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