Previous training 2018

Courses offered for TOeP Trainees Sept 2018 X

Please note that it is mandatory for all TOeP trainees to attend the joint OOAC/TOeP symposium that will take place May 16 & 17/2019. Please reserve these dates in your calendar now.
While it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that trainees take Biomaterials and Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering – JTC 1331H Fall 2018 if they haven’t previously taken this course.

Dr Wolfram Zimmermann, Director, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
Translation of Tissue Engineering for Drug Development and Heart Repair – Nov 9, 2018, 11am- noon, MSB 2170. Compulsory for all trainees to attend.

Pitching and Public Speaking – Mandatory sessions (3)

1) Dr M. Radisic –  Introduction to TOeP and Preparation of a Pitch – Oct 25, 2018, 12 noon-2pm, RS 412.All trainees should plan to attend, those who have developed pitch presentation skills will be exempted from the 2nd half of the seminar.

2) Practice sessions – TBD likely Apr 2019

3) Competition – May 17 2019 at the OOAC/TOeP scientific symposium

4) Optional session : JLABS @ Toronto  Sell Your Science – Best Practices for Developing an Effective Non-Confidential Pitch Deck Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT) preregister at
5) Optional session : Till & McCulloch Meeting Scientific Storytelling November 11, 2018
This half-day workshop will expose students to best practices in scientific communication including presenting to both scientific and lay audiences,. Trainees will have the opportunity to explore techniques with a guided look at how best to structure and present their science in an engaging way
6) Optional session : MITACS Online Course  Communicating your research Fall 2018 https://

IP Law – Mandatory sessions (2)

1) Seminar by Stephane Levesque, Sonya Brijbassi and Marilee Krinsky on IP processes available through the U of T patent office and Preparation of an IP licensing sheet. 12 noon, RS 412 0n Jan 24/19
2) TBD

Entrepreneurship – Mandatory sessions (3)

1) Dr. Fabio Cicoira,Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, will be presenting “Flexible, stretchable and healable electronics” Jan 10, 2019 12 noon in RS 412
2)  Irena Barbulovic-Nad, PhD, CEO, Quthero Inc. ( Feb 7, 2019 12 noon in RS 412

Choose one of the three following Mandatory courses to complete once during your TOeP experience

1) TR Talks: A part of the graduate seminar, MSC 1000: Fundamentals of Translational Research, the series is hosted by Faculty of Medicine’s Translational Research Program (TRP) and the five collaborating departments participating in the development of the Toronto Translational HUB (Psychiatry, Medicine, Imaging, Surgery and Pediatrics).For list of seminars see ( )TOeP trainees will be able to register for each seminar through Eventbrite (at no cost under the H2i field)

2) E100 – Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations – Impact Center – register at

3) E101 -MARSDD  – register at

Further Optional courses:

4) Medventions at Sunnybrook
Thurs., Sept. 06/18, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Biodesign Process: From Needs Finding to Commercialization Guest Speaker: Ryan Van Wert, MD
Thurs., Sept. 13/18, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Unleashing Medtech Innovation: Industry & Entrepreneurial Perspectives Guest Speakers: William Mitchell, Brian Lewis, & Brian Courtney
Thurs., Sept. 20/18, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Market Segmentation and Competitive Analysis Guest Speaker: Nick Kuryluk

5) MITACS – Discovering the Entrepreneur Within , Toronto Wednesday Oct 17, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm

Networking and Business Etiquette – Mandatory session (2)

1) TOeP Networking event organized by the trainees Date Nov 13, 2018 5 – 7pm, ONRamp suite 150, 100 College St, Toronto Toronto, ON

Choose one of the four following Mandatory courses to complete once during your TOeP experience

2)Networking Skills ( MITACS) Toronto-October-29-2018   9am-5pm
This workshop will give you insights into how to establish and expand a stable network, both in-person and online. Each session is customized, with exercises reflecting the professional interests of participants and determined by the location of the event. Key competencies covered: Leadership & Management, Communications & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism

3)Career Professionalism ( MITACS) Toronto-October-22-2018   9am-5pm
This one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others. Key Topic Areas include Business Etiquette Overview, Work Environment, Technology Etiquette, Running and participating in effective meetings, Personal Appearance, Out-of-the office etiquette

4) Practical Tips on Growing your Network ( MITACS) Online Course. register at

5) The Options program for PhD and Post explore networking and communications.

Teamwork Critical Thinking, Leadership and Project Management – Mandatory sessions (1)

It is mandatory to complete at least one of the following during your TOeP training

1) MITACS-Essentials of Productive Teams Oct 11/18 in Hamilton, ON  9am-5pm

This workshop will give you the tools to effectively lead and participate in team initiatives in order to quickly turn ideas into measurable results—a key skill sought by employers. By working on team-simulated exercises, you will benefit from real-time expert guidance and can then apply these skills directly to your career. Key competencies covered: Leadership & ManagementCommunications & Relationship Building

2)MITACS-Foundations of Project Management I Nov 14-15/18 in Waterloo, ON   9am-5pm      

In this workshop, you will learn the best practices of successful project managers, from inspiring a project team to meeting those crucial deadlines. These are the skills needed to take a project from beginning to end successfully. You will be given time to practice these skills in a supportive learning environment before transferring them to the workplace. Key competencies covered: Leadership & ManagementEntrepreneurialism

3)MITACS-Foundations of Project Management II   NOV 19-20/18 in Toronto, ON 9am-5pm*Pre-requisite required: Foundations of Project Management I

Building on knowledge gained in Project Management I, this workshop will deepen your understanding of how to be an effective project manager. You will examine risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, and resource schedule crisis management, with a continued focus on building and managing teams. This workshop will give you the confidence and know-how to lead successful projects in the workplace from day one. Key competencies covered: Leadership & Management, Entrepreneurialism

4) MITACS- Managing Project Timelines ONLINE
register at https://

5) APS1033H: Business Innovation leading to the future based on Imagineering Fall 2018

6) APS1012H: Management of Business Innovation andTransformationalChange Fall 2018

Business and Finance – Mandatory sessions (2)

1) “ Founding A Life Sciences Startup: Managing Investors, Valuation and Licensing.”
Mandatory seminars presented by Dr Ljiljana Kundakovic, Founding President and CEO of East River Biosolutions Inc.

She will discuss: Different types of investors/financing- Pros and cons of each, Valuation, classes of ownership, stock etc., Negotiation of personal vs company ownership, Preparation of a term sheet for company financing, Preparation of an IP licensing sheet.
Dates: Dec 6/18 11am-1 pm, Rm RS 412, also Dec 7/18 12-2pm, Rm RS 412

2) “ Start-up Foundation Essentials- Due Diligence and Budgeting.”
Mandatory seminar presented by Susan Bruggemann, COO and CFO of Quthero.

She will discuss  preparation of a due diligence package for financing including development of the operation budget, cap tables etc.
Date: Jun 11/19 3 pm-5 pm, Rm RS 412.

In addition it is Mandatory to complete at least one of the following during your TOeP Training

3) Mini MBA likely offered by H2i Spring 2019

4) Medventions at Sunnybrook: Business Models Fundamentals in Medtech Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:00 p.m.

5) APS1036H: Formative Experiential Entrepreneurial Learning Winter 2019

6) APS1088H: Business Planning and Execution for Canadian Entrepreneurs Fall 2018


There may be additional courses that you wish to take, or have taken, in lieu of some of the above mandatory courses, please confirm with Carol to ascertain whether you will be allowed a credit for such substitution.

Please investigate the following sources for other courses of interest:


JLabs –


Utest– applications closed, likely apply Feb 2019 –

Creative destruction lab –

Banting and Best Innovation –

MaRS Innovation –

SGS Options program –

Launchpad –

IMpact Center –