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Workshops

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The BRIDGE offers series of engaging and interactive workshops in many areas including: 

  • Entrepreneurship: Learn new skills on how to utilize industry research tools to become a successful entrepreneur
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: Explore social enterprises, Indigenous enterprises and decision making, and social finance through interactive learning and dialogues
  • Data Literacy: Opportunities for students to explore, understand, and communicate with data through hands-on coding exercises.
  • Research: Learn from our library staff a wide range of research skills and how to use databases and tools in various industries and disciplines. 

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The BRIDGE Team leading a data literacy workshop.

What other workshops would you like to see? Email us and share your thoughts!

Past Workshops

An Introduction to Online Mapping

Come discover, analyze and learn the basics of online mapping and GIS. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to accessing, manipulating, and visualizing data using the GIS platform, ArcGIS Online.
Note: This workshop is intended as a gentle introduction to GIS. No prior experience with GIS or ArcGIS is required. The content is aimed at the novice user who is curious about how to use GIS software for their course assignments and research. 

Artrepreneurship with Sylvie Stojanovski
Artrepreneurship

Interested in Arts Entrepreneurship? Don’t know where to begin?

Join artist, creative facilitator, and community organizer, Sylvie Stojanovski in learning the basics of arts-entrepreneurship—what it is, why it matters, and how YOU can take your creative business ideas to the next level. In this workshop, you’ll discover resources to support your evolving career identities, learn how to use visual metaphors to gain a deeper understanding of your artistic journey (thus far), and explore how free-writing can be used as a goal-setting tool to co-create a collective manifesto.

 

In this workshop, students will learn how to situate yourselves within the field of arts entrepreneurship. Through a reflexive writing and self-cartography exercises, you will cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and gain insight into the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that motivate your journeys as emerging arts professionals.

 

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Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst Part 1: What is CFA and why should you sit for the CFA exams Online

This session will occur online and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. It is part of the "Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst" series.

This workshop aims to demystify the CFA program, giving you unbiased information about the prestigious designation and the exams so you can decide whether you should sit for the exams before you graduate.

Part 2: Mastering the financial calculator BA-II plus

July 14 (Wed) 1:00-2:30PM

Facilitators:

  • Bill Chau, CFA | Supervisor, The BRIDGE
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Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst Part 2: Mastering the financial calculator BA-II plus

This session will occur online and is facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. It is part of the "Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst" series.

All finance and accounting students should only be using the BA-II plus financial calculator. The BA-II plus is also the officially approved calculator for professional exams such as the CFA, CPA and FRM. This workshop will cover all the basics plus tips and tricks to increase your efficiency with the calculator.

Facilitators:

  • Bill Chau, CFA | Supervisor, The BRIDGE
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Breaking into Bay Street

The workshop will cover topics such as an overview of a Private Equity firm, the job of an Investment Associate and an Intern Analyst and steps a junior student should take to enter the industry. The interactive activity will be constructing a simple LBO model in Excel, followed by an analysis of returns and multiples. The session will end with an open Q&A. Dinner will be provided!

Canadian Census Data: Beyond the Basics

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to search strategies and techniques for accessing and exploring variables, including both averages and distributions, on population, family structure, household size and type, ethnic diversity, languages spoken, labour force participation, and income.  
 

Attendees will work through hands-on exercises to identify patterns, normalize data, create charts, graphs and other simple visualizations using Microsoft Excel. 
 

Note: This workshop will not cover statistical concepts or tests. Only very basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required. 

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Coffee and Code - Session Two: Predicting the housing market with Regressions

Join us in The BRIDGE for a drop-in coding session.

 

Bill Chau will lead students in a hands-on working session focusing on various quantitative finance topics, providing a gentle introduction to Machine Learning. In session two students will work to make predictions about the housing market with Regressions. 

 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

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Company and Competitor Research

For participants of all disciplines interested in learning more about researching companies and finding competitor information. Includes an overview of subscription databases and publicly available resources for company research.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate different types of company information and understand the differences between public and private companies

  • Find both direct and indirect competitor information

  • Practice finding company documents and reports

This workshop is part of an Entrepreneurship Research Skills Co-Curricular Record as recognized by the University of Toronto. They are open to all U of T students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required.  

 

Staring a new business ? Company and Competitor Research! Feb 5 12 - 1pm
Company and Competitor Research

For U of T students, faculty, and staff of all disciplines interested in learning more about researching companies and finding competitor information. Includes an overview of subscription databases and publicly available resources for company research.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate different types of company information and understand the differences between public and private companies
  • Find both direct and indirect competitor information
  • Practice finding company documents and reports
Data Literacy Workshop: Sports data and the mystery of the MVP

The workshop will be held coincide with the Raptor’s season opener, Oct 17 against the Cavs.  Prior to the game, our data librarian will cover topics on data, data collections and data interpretations etc. The Raptors home opening game will be broadcasted on the new 4k screens in our business lab. 

Data Resources for Entrepreneurs, Tuesday April 6, 2:30-4:30
Data Resources for Entrepreneurs

Preparing a business pitch and developing a business idea requires you to have data on your target market. You need data to inform decisions on your business plan, data on your competitors, and if you want to be innovative in your industry you need data to tell you a story on performance and opportunity. Data literacy for entrepreneurs is essential. This session will help you identify your data needs, find relevant data using specialized library resources, and evaluate and synthesize data using critical thinking.  

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Data Resources for Entrepreneurs, Tuesday Dec 3, 2:30-4:30
Data Resources for Entrepreneurs

Preparing a business pitch and developing a business idea requires you to have data on your target market. You need data to inform decisions on your business plan, data on your competitors, and if you want to be innovative in your industry you need data to tell you a story on performance and opportunity. Data literacy for entrepreneurs is essential. This session will help you identify your data needs, find relevant data using specialized library resources, and evaluate and synthesize data using critical thinking.  

Following this session you will be able to:

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Equity, Diversity and Discrimination in the Workplace

Please join us in The BRIDGE Library (IC110) for the first session in our Social Finance and Indigenous Enterprises Series. 

Phani Radhakrishnan will be facilitating Equity, Diversity and Discrimination in the Workplace at the BRIDGE Library on February 12th. 

How can we build respectful and inclusive communities in the workplace? This session provides an introduction to equity as it relates to hiring practices and compensation. Learn how greater self-awareness contributes to a better understanding of the experiences of those around you, including colleagues and new recruits. Understand why managing diversity if crucial to workplace success and the health of a company, and how you can empower Indigenous peoples and other marginalized peoples such as racialized staff, women and others. 

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From Idea to Action: Market Research in the Arts + YOU

This event is part of the UTSC Entrepreneurship Research Workshops.

Whether you’re just thinking of starting your own arts business for the first time, are planning to freelance, or looking to brush up on your market research skills, this 2 hour session is for you. Led by professional artist, creative facilitator and community organizer, Sylvie Stojanovski, this session will cover a variety of topics:

 

  • How to engage in primary market research in the arts; the importance of asking yourself, your stakeholders, and funding bodies the right questions;
  • The difference between the traditional business marketing model and the arts marketing model to better strategize what is at the heart of your business;
  • How to build an ideal customer/client avatar you can refer to when prototyping and testing your creative business/project ideas
Wonder which industry is the best match for your tech? Industry research for startups on Friday, February 12th, 2021, 12-1PM EST
Industry Research for Startups

Whether you are on the edge of a new industry to looking to enter an established sector, you need to quantify and understand the industry players, segments, and size. This workshop introduces you to existing sources of industry information such as market research reports and trade journals, as well as provides strategies to help you do your own analysis and estimations. 

In this session you will: 

  • Become familiar proprietary and open sources of industry information
  • Learn to read a market research report in five minutes
  • Explore models for DIY industry analysis
  • Take away tools and frameworks for synthesizing and analyzing your industry
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Industry Research for Startups

Whether you are on the edge of a new industry to looking to enter an established sector, you need to quantify and understand the industry players, segments, and size. This workshop introduces you to existing sources of industry information such as market research reports and trade journals, as well as provides strategies to help you do your own analysis and estimations. 

In this session you will: 

  • Become familiar proprietary and open sources of industry information

  • Learn to read a market research report in five minutes

  • Explore models for DIY industry analysis

  • Take away tools and frameworks for synthesizing and analyzing your industry

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Introduction to Coding for Management Students

Facilitators:

  • Bill Chau, BRIDGE Supervisor,  The BRIDGE, University of Toronto Scarborough

This workshop introduces Management students to the fundamentals of coding. Students will learn the importance of coding skills and their applications in business environments. Students will learn the basics of different coding languages (R/Python) and how to get started in learning them at their own pace. 

The instructor will also demonstrate coding for data analytics and data visualization. This workshop is intended for UTSC Management students with very little or no prior knowledge of coding. 

Introduction to Data Visualization

Data visualization is a popular topic and one of the most in-demand hard skills by companies today. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of data visualization using Tableau, a powerful cloud-based data visualization tool. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to prepare and import data into Tableau, choose appropriate data visualizations, customize fonts and colours, and build views and interactive dashboards. 

 

Note: This non-technical workshop is aimed at the novice user who is curious about data visualizations. Only very basic knowledge of spreadsheets (e.g., Microsoft Excel) is recommended.

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Is Reconciliation Dead? Ethical and Respectful Engagement with Indigenous Communities

Some Indigenous people contend that Reconciliation is dead and harms are being perpetuated by the Canadian government and society. Join us for this interactive session as we explore the answers to the following:

  • How do we put Truth before Reconciliation? 
  • What does it mean to live and work on Indigenous land?  
  • What actions can you take in your work and life to build respectful relationships?  
  • How do I engage in business with Indigenous communities ethically and respectfully?

 

This event will be faciltated by: 

  • Helen Bobiwash, Anishinaabe-kwe, Independent Accountant, FCPA,FCMA, CAFM
  • Kelly Crawford, Anishinaabe-kwe from M'Chigeeng First Nation on Mnidoo Munising, Assistant Director, Indigenous Initiatives | University of Toronto Scarborough
Launchpad Campus Orientation for U of T Startups
Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups

Special Entrepreneurship Week edition! This orientation to campus resources is for those with startups or interested in startups, including accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources. This session features a panel of U of T student startups who will share their experiences and answer audience questions.

You will leave with:

  • knowledge of how the university supports student and faculty startups through space, training, and mentorship
  • an understanding of campus accelerators, pitch competitions, and funding opportunities
  • additional library workshops available to further support and boost your entrepreneurship journey
  • a guide of where to go to find more information at U of T, around Toronto, and the broader startup ecosystem
Launchpad: Campus Resources for U of T Startups

Orientation to campus resources for those with startups or interested in startups, including accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources. This session features a panel of U of T student startups who will share their experiences and answer audience questions.

You will leave with:

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Library Booth at True Blue Expo

Elizabeth O'Brien, Makerspace Librarian, and Sarah Shujah, Entrepreneurship Librarian, will be staffing the Library booth at the Expo.

Curious about LibrarySearch? Join us for one of our sessions to find out more!
Library Search Training

Curious about the new LibrarySearch? Drop-in to our crash orientation to learn how to get started! We’ll show you how to search, manage your results, and access PDFs of articles and books. There will be time at the end, so bring your questions. 

Register for one of these times :

 

MAccFin Orientation Survey

Please complete our survey to help us gather feedback and improve our services. 

MAccFin Python Workshop

This workshop gives MAccFin students an introduction on Python and its application.

  • Intro to Python
  • Anaconda/Jupyter Notebook
  • Pandas 
  • Matplotlib 
  • Alpha Advantage API
Management Coffee & Code

Please join us in The BRIDGE Library (IC 110) for peer learning and coding sessions happening over the course of the summer months. 

Management students are invited to drop in to the BRIDGE Library on select Tuesday afternoons from 3pm - 5pm  to learn how to code in Python and R. Students can work on a variety of projects and develop new coding skills. We welcome students to join us who have no previous knowledge of Python or other coding languages. 

Please sign up for the sessions you would like to attend by clicking the links below:

Tuesday June 4th 

Tuesday June 11th

Tuesday June 25th

Python Workshop for MGOD30

This workshop is for students taking MGOD30.

Raptors v. Knicks - Data Analytics (Python) Workshop & Competition

Join us at The BRIDGE Lab on Thursday March 28th for  for a free and fun event. 

Data Analytics (Python) Workshop 

Students will participate in a workshop, led by Bill Chau, to learn how to use python to analyze data. Students will be asked to make 10 predictions about the outcome of the Raptors game using their data analytics skills. 

Raptors v. Knicks 

Game time! We will watch the game on the big screens in the lab and see if your predictions came true. Prizes will be awarded for the students with the most accurate predictions. 

Food will be served.

Researching your Business Model Canvas

Working on a business idea? The Business Model Canvas is an alternative to a long, wordy business plan used by startups around the world. It's a great way to summarize all the key elements of your product or service in a single page. It’s also a great tool to make sense of exactly what information you will need for your business planning – and how to find it at the library. 

This workshop is for startups who have started a canvas and are looking to test assumptions against market research and other resources. Participants will be expected to have a canvas prepared before attending the session. Those who do not will not receive CCR credit.   

In this session, you will:            

Resources for Patent Searching - Thursday March 18
Resources for Patents Research
Find out what makes your technology unique and who else holds patents in your space. This basic DIY patent searching course includes an introduction to open web databases for patent searching, an overview of classification systems, and examples of prior art searches.
You will learn:
  • How to read a patent document quickly and efficiently
  • The advantages and limitations of various online patent resources
  • Strategies to build effective searches using keywords and classifications
Resources for Patent Searching Tues Nov 10 2-3pm online via zoom
Resources for Patents Research

Discover tools to find what makes your technology unique and who else holds patents in your space. This basic DIY patent searching workshop includes an introduction to open web databases for patent searching, an overview of classification systems, and examples of prior art searches.

You will learn:

  • How to read a patent document quickly and efficiently
  • The advantages and limitations of various online patent resources
  • Strategies to build effective searches using keywords and classifications
Analyst Hiring Info Session and Workshop
Student Managed Fund Analyst Hiring Info Session & Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, March 17th for our Analyst Hiring Info Session & Workshop to learn more about UTSC’s Student Managed Fund and how YOU can get involved!

In this hour-long workshop, you will learn what resources are available to you from The BRIDGE team, and how you can use those resources to be better prepared for our Analyst Interviews. If you are interested in a career in finance and would like to learn more about the SMF and how you can get involved, then this workshop is for you!

 

Guest Speakers

Kajan Thana, President, 2020 – 2021

Omar Syed, President, 2019 – 2020

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Student Managed Fund Workshop

The UTSC Student Managed Fund is an innovative joint venture between the Department of Management and the UTSC Library Finance & Trading Lab. The Fund gives selected B.B.A. students an outstanding learning experience managing an investment fund. Reporting to the Board of Directors, made up of industry experts, alumni and faculty, students participate in all stages of the investment process, from research and pitching, to trading, to reporting and compliance. Students learn critical financial research, analysis and decision-making skills, effectively preparing them for the challenging and competitive world of capital markets.

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The BRIDGE Virtual Hangout

An informal chat about financial markets, or just check in and take a mental break from exams. No agenda, no pressure.

See The Bridge @ Quercus for login information.

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UX for Startups (Introduction to UX Design)

During this workshop, you will learn the essentials of User Experience (UX) research, design, and testing geared towards product development.

You will leave with:

  • An overview of the User Experience (UX) field, including common methods and tools used in UX research and design
  • Knowledge of how integrating UX research and testing can improve your product by discovering and fully understanding user needs

Additional details to be added closer to the event.

Instructor: Sarah Guay, Liaison Librarian and Web & User Experience Librarian, UTSC & Joshua Shum, Masters of Information candidate, iSchool, University of Toronto

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

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Women* & Entrepreneurship

Moving to Stage 2 - Are you Ready? 

As a founder or emerging founder of a business venture that has been dealing with pandemic related turbulence in recent months, what are YOU doing to recalibrate? 

This interactive workshop is designed to focus on you, your wellness, and support your efforts to focus on your business.

We welcome all women/female/non-binary entrepreneurs to join us for a discussion.

Please register for this event at the link provided.