Graduate Professional Development Conference (GPDC)

Academic and Professional Development for Graduate Students

The GPDC aims to enhance graduate students' transferable skills in order to better prepare you for your studies and for a competitive job market. It is a great place to make meaningful professional connections with staff, faculty, and other graduate students. All of the workshops offered are eligible for MyGPD credit. You will receive one MyGPD credit for every three hours you spend attending sessions. Whether you are at the beginning stages of your graduate career or close to your next steps, we are sure the GPDC will help you reach your career aspirations!

Register for GPDC


October 11 (online) & October 12 (in-person at UTM)

Schedule on October 11, 2023 (online via Zoom) 

Time Event
10:00 – 10:10 am Welcome
10:10 – 11:10 am

Unclutter to Feel Better: The Academic Workflow

Presenter: U of T Coders

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Enhancing Job Readiness by Identifying Transferable Skills in Teaching

Presenter: Teaching Assistants’ Training Program and UTM Career Centre 

1:00 am – 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Research Tools & Strategies

Presenter: UTM Library

2:45 – 3:45 pm

Preparing for a Large Writing Project: Tackling Writer’s Block and Procrastination

Presenter: Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre


Schedule on October 12, 2023 (in-person at UTM)

5:00 – 7:00 PM - Mix and Mingle: Networking Event with Keynote Speaker Yan Fossat

Photo of keynote speaker Yan Fossat

Yan is the principal investigator of Klick Labs, a group of R&D researchers and engineers working on digital health: Digital biomarkers, digital therapeutics, and medical devices. The Lab team produces basic and applied research. Activities range from proof of concepts, prototypes and pilot studies, all the way to design and execution of Randomised Controlled Trials.

Yan’s expertise lies around using evidence-based methodologies with the goal of improving patient outcomes or commercial objectives, and in combining disparate analytical and technological modalities in entirely novel ways. Before joining Klick, Yan co-founded a digital health agency where he spent 17 years on digital medicine technologies.

Yan holds an M.Sc., Biological Engineering from l'École Polytechnique universitaire de L'Université Côte d'Azur and is a adjunct professor in the department of Modelling and Computational Sciences, at Ontario Tech University. He has published numerous papers in journals such as Nature Digital Medicine, or Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Digital Health, and holds a number of patents.


GPDC Fall 2023 Program Details