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Learning & Development

At McMaster we believe in the ongoing cultivation of human potential, leveraging the diverse talents of our employees, and recognizing that everyone is a leader in their own role. We have a variety of learning and development options to support your development so that you are continually learning, building experience and contributing your value as a leader at McMaster.

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Development Planning

Before exploring any learning development options, make sure to have an individual development plan. As you develop your plan, consider the following:

  • What are my areas for development? Do I want to strengthen skills or acquire new skills?
  • What am I interested in learning about that will support me in my current role? What learning should I consider to support a move to a different role?
  • Of the six McMaster Core Leadership Capabilities, which leadership capability am I most interested in developing?

In developing your plan, we suggest a variety of development activities including:

Activities to explore:

  • Internal Organization Volunteer Opportunities
  • External Community Volunteer Opportunities
  • Committee Work (team, department or university level)
  • Participate in, Coach or Lead an Athletic/ Recreational Teams
  • Participate in or Lead an Arts/ Cultural Group

Options to explore:

Activities to explore:

  • Onboarding activities
  • Practical operational experiences
    • examples: budgeting, strategic planning
  • Special cross-functional/ unit assignments
  • Project work (team/ department/ university)
  • Leading team, department and project group meetings
  • Internal and external event management
  • Job shadowing/ rotations


Activities to explore:

  • Networking (Individual/ Group Events)
  • Mentoring (Peer Mentor/ Mentee)
  • Coaching (Self/ Peer, Open to coaching and actively practises)
  • Communities of Practice (Internal and External)
  • Assessments (Personality, Skill, Competency, Leadership)
  • Professional Association memberships
  • Social media profiles
    • examples: LinkedIn

Staff and Faculty Development

The following learning and development options are sponsored by and offered by the Talent, Equity and Development team for the development of all staff and faculty at McMaster.

Leadership Development Learn More about Leading at McMaster

Everyone is a leader in their own role! Maximize your leadership capability through our leadership development programs for:

Inclusive Excellence Leadership Program Learn More

This is a professional development series designed to equip people leaders to action EDI priorities through their leadership practice. This program is open to academic and non-academic people leaders.

Employment Equity Training Learn More

Explore equity, diversity and inclusion training offerings for staff, faculty, and students at McMaster University.

Essentials Programs – Learning for Professionals Learn More about Essentials Courses

Offered to eligible McMaster employees to support ongoing professional development on key skills. Submit an employee tuition assistance application to confirm your eligibility. If fees are not adjusted when you register, email (Taking these courses does not count towards your Tuition Assistance benefit maximum.)

Employee Development Conference (IFW) Learn More

This annual conference offers employees the opportunity for professional development, networking with colleagues, and a chance to support their personal well-being.

Wellness Education Learn More

Learn about McMaster’s Healthy Workplace programs which are offered year round to support your holistic wellness.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Learn More

With a comprehensive menu of well-being programs and services to match your individual needs and goals, our EFAP can help you define and maintain your personal well-being through education, development, motivation and direct intervention.

Orientation and Required Training

University Development Options

LinkedIn Learning Learn More

Active McMaster students, faculty and staff have free, unlimited access to video tutorials related to business, media and technology through this self-service training site.

Microcredentials Learn More

Future-proof your resume with the most in-demand skills and training in your industry.

McMaster Continuing Education Learn More

Offers academic certificate and diploma programs to support your professional development in a dynamic world. View this recent information session video (12min) to learn more.

DeGroote Executive Education Learn More

Offers programs that equip leaders to dramatically increase the value they bring to their organizations. View this recent information session video (19min) to learn more.

MacPherson Institute Learn More

Offers a wide variety of programs, workshops, services and supports to all members of the McMaster community to cultivate an environment where learning deeply matters, and teaching is valued and recognized.

FHS Program for Faculty Development Learn More

Established to support the growth and development of faculty members within the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Questions? Contact us!

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Melanie Garaffa

Associate Director, Talent, Equity and Development, Organizational Development

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Christine Costa

Organizational Design and Development Consultant