Webinar Series

Tune in to learn skills from industry experts and explore new interests.

Wherever you are in your professional journey, our webinar series features a new topic every few weeks to help you sharpen your skills (or learn new ones) and explore different interests. Missed a topic of interest? Re-watch past webinars on-demand below!

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Lifespan Speaker Series – Movement and Mental Health – What’s happening with youth today

November 8 Ι 12:30-1:30 p.m. (EST)

Speaker: Brock University’s Dr. Markus Duncan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Sciences and Dr. Negin Riazi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Sciences.

Adolescence is a stressful time full of unique challenges and opportunities for youth and those that live/work with them. We know that movement behaviours (such as physical activity, sleep, and screen time) relate to mental health – but how are they connected?

This free webinar will explore how specific movement behaviours, like keeping active or sleeping regularly, relate to mental health among adolescents, focusing on:

-What has happened over the pandemic regarding youth movement behaviours and mental health
-The connections between movement behaviours and mental health
-High level recommendations for those that live/work with youth – and youth themselves!


Returning to the Office: Employment Law in the Pandemic

Presenter: Jennifer Philpott (BBA ’16), workplace lawyer

In this webinar, workplace lawyer Jennifer Philpott (BBA ’16) discusses key considerations for employers and employees as we continue to navigate the pandemic, including the rise of hybrid and remote work, considerations for returning to in-office work, vaccination policies, and proposed changes in Ontario employment law.

The Power of Relationships: Why Mentorship Matters

Presenter: Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact & Innovation at RBC and Dave Wilkin, Ten Thousand Coffees CEO and Co-Founder

Having a mentor, especially in the workplace, can be a game-changer. Building solid relationships is a crucial skill for personal and professional success. Building a relationship with a mentor can help boost your confidence, improve your career satisfaction and provide access to networks that will grow your career. This conversation with Mark Beckles, Vice-President, Social Impact & Innovation at RBC and Ten Thousand Coffees CEO and Co-Founder, Dave Wilkin, focused on how Mark has benefitted from mentorship in his career and how he has amplified his impact by mentoring others.

Accepting All Outcomes – A Path Forward for 2022

Presenter: Chrissy Sadowski (BA ’02), Life Coach

What does it feel like to set a goal? What does that process look like for you? In this webinar, Chrissy Sadowski walks through how to create goals and work out the steps to achieve them. She explores the skills you need to set yourself up for success and prepare yourself with the necessary tools to navigate inevitable changes and failures along the way (and how to accept why each of these possibilities is okay).

Acceptance and commitment training for caregivers

This presentation will be based on research by Kendra Thomson, Carly Magnacca, Amanda Marcinkiewicz, & Lee Steel

This webinar discusses what acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is and why it is an important treatment option for caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDDs), the real-world impact of ACT with caregivers, and suggestions for future research on ACT. ACT focuses on providing those caregivers with specific mental health related therapy to help reduce the high levels of stress that they may be experiencing.

Managing Your Finances

Presenter: Brandon Currie (BBA ’05)

This webinar explores best practices you can implement to help manage your debt and begin investing in your future. Learn how to leverage your career to help balance not only saving—or paying—for large expenses but also run your household with the necessary tools to save for retirement and pay off current debts.

Ace that Interview and Land Your Dream Job

Presented by Ten Thousand Coffees

In the process of securing a job, nailing the interview is often where people stumble. Nerves, etiquette, protocol; every last detail contributes to your first impression with a potential employer. Many of us have scoured the internet for articles on the “do’s and don’ts for your next interview”, but how do we build our confidence and learn the skills required to ace an interview instead of resorting to checklists?

In this special Career Month event, our expert panel of professionals offer best practices, tips, and tricks to help you conquer every interview you have!

Navigating Your Job Search During a Pandemic

Presenter: Brianna Armstrong, Student Talent Development Specialist, Career Education

Learn all the tips and tricks to a successful job hunt in order to join the workforce following graduation. Let us help you find the next chapter in your life.

Joining a Board of Directors: Impacting you and your Community

Presenter: Mario De Divitiis, Principal, De Divitiis Consulting Group

Becoming a board member is a great way to get involved in your community and gain experience while volunteering your time and skills. Join Mario De Divittis (BA ’06, MA ’08) as he discusses different types of Boards, how they are governed and the roles and responsibilities within them.

Perfectionism and Youth Well-Being

Presenters: Brock University’s Dr. Danielle S. Molnar, along with graduate student Melissa Blackburn and Dr. Tabitha Methot-Jones

This webinar investigates what perfectionism is and how it influences youth health and wellbeing while discussing why so many youth experience pressure to be perfect; how parents, educators, and youth-focused practitioners can support youth struggling with perfectionism; and how young perfectionists are experiencing the pandemic.

Maximize your LinkedIn

Presenter: Brianna Armstrong, Student Talent Development Specialist, Career Education

In this webinar, you will learn how to improve your online presence by equipping yourself with useful tools and methods for elevating your LinkedIn. This will help you to maximize making connections and growing your career.

Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behaviour in Children and Youth

Presenters: Brock University’s Dr. Kimberley Zonneveld

Problem behaviours among children and youth can be difficult for parents and practitioners to understand and treat. This webinar discusses specific problem behaviours such as picky eating, tantrums and refusing to complete tasks; and how parents, educators, and youth-focused practitioners can support children and youth struggling with displaying problem behaviours.

Networking that Sticks

Presenter: Brianna Armstrong, Student Talent Development Specialist

Learn strategies on how to make an impactful introduction, create meaningful and engaging small talk and overcome fear of approaching strangers.

Staying healthy as we age

Presenter: Brock University’s Dr. Kimberley Gammage

Tune in to learn safe ways to exercise as we age, the importance of maintaining physical activity and research on exercise in older adults.

Leading Virtual Teams

Presenter: Lisa Wilson, Leadership Vision Coach and Human Resources Cultural Consultant

Learn some best practices for leading virtual teams. What works, what doesn’t and how you can make sure your team still meets their goals, at home or in the office.

Maternal Postpartum Depression and Infant Brain Development

Presenter: Dr. John Krzeczkowski, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Brock University alumnus

Maternal postpartum depression poses a major challenge to the health of mothers and their infants. This webinar discusses the impact of maternal postpartum depression on mothers and their infants; and novel research showing that short, cost-effect treatments that are accepted and preferred by mothers not only benefit maternal health but improve brain development and emotion regulation in their infants.

The Effectiveness of Virtual Parent Training for Young Children At-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenter: Graduate student Claire Shingleton-Smith and Drs. Maurice Feldman and Julie Koudys, Dept. Applied Disability Studies

New research is showing that infants and young children at-risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make developmental improvements with the implementation of parent training intervention. This webinar discusses a parent-focused early intervention program via telehealth for young children at-risk for ASD, while highlighting early results showing an increase in generalized parent teaching skills after the intervention and the impact of parent training on child development.

Leadership Coaching: Essential Skills for Leading

Presenter: Lisa Wilson, Leadership Vision Coach and Human Resources Cultural Consultant

For the past 5 years, we have been listening to speakers tell us that artificial intelligence will change our workplaces. With the pandemic, that change happened much faster than anyone expected. Transactional work is being done by computers, people are working from home and teams are international, so where does that leave us? It means as leaders we need to connect on a personal level with our staff, co-workers and customers. In this webinar, we will discuss the skills and awareness you need to create a solid foundation for your team. When the foundation is solid, the team becomes more flexible and can react to our ever-changing environment.

Leadership Coaching: Connecting as a Leader

Presenter: Lisa Wilson, Leadership Vision Coach and Human Resources Cultural Consultant

Gone are the days of rigid work hours in office spaces under the watchful eye of a manager. Leaders today need to be able to connect with each member of their team on a human level in remote and in-person environments. This webinar discusses the skills you need to become this style of leader. Learn to connect with and inspire your team to come together and achieve goals that extend beyond your expectations.

#BreakTheBias: Empowering women to succeed and allies to support

The presentation was hosted through Ten Thousand Coffees with Christine Silva (Shopify), Emma Mohns (Kinaxis), and Ten Thousand Coffees CEO and Co-Founder Dave Wilkin.

This webinar discusses the barriers that women face as they enter or navigate the workforce. The first step is building awareness and the next step is breaking them down—and we need women and allies to do both.

Lead with AND – Unleash the superpower of Both/And leadership in an Either/Or world

Presenter: Tim Arnold, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Leaders for Leaders

Leadership development expert Tim Arnold, helps participants see how they can address the tensions of competing demands head-on and learn how to understand, assess and leverage unavoidable leadership tensions. The session also addresses six unavoidable leadership tensions linked to resilience and results and cover three characteristics of a ‘both/and leader.

Lifespan Speaker Series – Youth mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Presenters: Brock University’s Dr. Karen Patte, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences and Dr. Negin Riazi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Sciences

This webinar explored the impact of the pandemic measures on adolescent mental health, with a focus on school closures and different COVID-19 learning modes.

Drs. Patte and Riazi presented their ongoing research using survey data collected before and over the pandemic from a large sample of Canadian secondary school students. They also presented results from interviews with young people on their experiences of the pandemic measures and their recommendations for schools and policy makers to better support youth mental health.

Lifespan Speaker Series – Steep a cuppa and let’s talk tea and bone health

Presenter: Brock University’s Dr. Wendy Ward, Professor, Departments of Kinesiology and Health Sciences.

Advertisements and media claim the health benefits of drinking tea – But, is it true that drinking tea benefits our health?

This free webinar hosted on Tuesday, May 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST, focused on bone health, and how the unique components in tea may support a strong, healthy skeleton. We discussed findings from our studies at Brock and also from the broader scientific literature. Practical insights about overall diet and bone health were also presented.

Lifespan Speaker Series – Nothing About Us Without Us – Engaging Young People’s Voice

Presenter: Dr. Heather Lawford, Professor, Department of Psychology, Bishop’s University and Dr. Heather Ramey, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University.

It is well known that young people should be actively engaged in the initiatives and decisions that impact them, as well as civic society has a whole – but how to engage young people is not something that comes easily to all adults.

In this webinar held Tuesday, June 7, we explored the importance and benefits of engaging young people – along with presenting recommendations on how to best engage. We discussed the findings from studies at Brock, Bishop’s University and also from the broader scientific literature.

Lifespan Speaker Series – Who volunteers these days anyway? Lessons learned from lifelong volunteers in the Age-friendly Niagara movement

Presenters: Brock University’s Dr. Miya Narushima – Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Dr. Pauli Gardner – Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Dr. Lynn McCleary – Professor, Department of Nursing, Jaclyn Ryder – Masters student, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences,  Majuriha Gnanendran – 4th-year student, Department of Health Sciences.

In this virtual webinar held on Tuesday, June 21 we shared stories from lifelong volunteers about how volunteering improves health and well-being.

Who better to guide us than our experts – older adults who have rich and diverse experiences gained over decades. Using case study stories from Age Friendly Niagara volunteers we shared what we have learned from their experiences and how we can translate this to our own lives and community.

Lifespan Speaker Series – Treating postpartum depression, benefits for mom and baby

Presenter: Dr. John Krzeczkowski, York University Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Director of the Strong Starts Research Program

Maternal postpartum depression poses a major challenge to the health of mothers and their infants. However, recent evidence has shown that treatments for PPD improves maternal health, but also benefits infant emotional and behavioural development, as well as mother-infant interaction patterns.

In this virtual webinar on October 4, 2022, Dr. John Krzeczkowski presented exciting new evidence on:

– How treating PPD in mothers improves their ability to soothe their infants during moments of distress
– That treating PPD benefits infant emotion regulation months after the end of maternal treatment
– How maternal sensitivity improvements can reorganize infant brain development
– John will also discuss the exciting future of research on the benefits of PPD treatments on the infant brain
– Updated findings from the previous May 2021 webinar here

Lifespan Speaker Series – Power Dynamics in Early Childhood

Presenter: Dr. Sandra L. Della Porta – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University

Early childhood is a period of rapid development – particularly regarding social-cognitive skills. One important aspect of social-cognitive development is power, which can be used to influence others and varies by social situation.

This webinar explored various aspects of power in early childhood, focusing on:

– Age differences in the use of power
– How power is expressed in different environments and relationships
– How parents/caregivers and educators can recognize and engage in positive power dynamics within home and learning environments