Professional Development



Driven by our core leadership competencies, ENABLE is an in-house leadership development program at Red River College Polytechnic that provides learning and development support to:

  • Senior Leaders
  • Existing Supervisors/Managers
  • Newer Supervisors/Managers
  • Chairs

Participation in the ENABLE program is designed to be responsive to meet the varying needs of RRC Polytech’s current formal leaders (approximately 140 in total) at all levels of career development.


The goals of ENABLE are to:

  • Encourage lifelong learning for leaders and ensure learning occurs in a respectful and safe learning environment.
  • Foster the leadership philosophy and style into the daily practices of all College leaders.
  • Ensure competency development is aligned to the needs of College goals and individual learners.
  • Address the learning and development needs of intact leadership teams.
  • Provide early learning experiences to employees aspiring to a formal leader role.
  • Engage leaders and other stakeholders in the College in providing input to the program’s effectiveness.


To register for any of the workshops, please contact Taryn Presley at


Vision Setting Series

Ready, Set, Coach

Dates: TBD

Contact Taryn Presley to be placed on the wait list.

Coaching is a fundamental leadership competency that helps people develop, set goals, address challenges and make change. Taking a coach-approach with your employees can help shift perspective and create new insights and understandings. In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore practical coaching models
  • Participate in short conversation exercises
  • Practice ways to take a coach-approach with others

Leadership Styles

Date: TBD
Facilitators: Carrie Schaepe, Kerri Korabelnikov, Derek Kochenash

Contact Taryn Presley to be put on the wait list.

Leadership Styles are those behaviours that managers, supervisors, project leaders and executives use to motivate, develop and communicate with those they lead. This workshop helps you to maximize the efficiency of your leadership style. 

The session includes a 180-degree feedback tool to help you understand your leadership from the point of view of those you are leading and explores multiple leadership styles, a leadership simulation, and action planning. 

Each participant receives a personalized report of their own individual leadership style.

Leadership Styles 2.0

Date: June 8, 2022
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Facilitators: Melanie Gudmundson

For those who have completed Leadership Styles, this session is an opportunity to de-brief on the application of your new knowledge and revisit your style with an updated 180-degree feedback tool and report. Has your report changed? Why or why not? Participants are able to discuss their reports, experiences and reflections in a small group setting.

To be taken 12-18 months after Leadership Styles 1.0

Values and Ethics Series

NEW – Ethics for Leaders

Date: Fall 2021
Format: Blended
Facilitators: RRC Polytech’s Labour Relations Advisor Nancy Carroll and RRC Polytech Human Resources Consultants Melissa Bayer and Janet Miller

Through self-paced and in-person learning, this session provides clarity on:

  • How to model and influence ethical behaviour 
  • Interpretation of the most relevant RRC Polytech policies 
  • Navigating conflicts of interest
  • Understanding segregation of duties 
  • Mitigating risk
  • Ensuring compliance 

NEW – Respectful College

Date: TBD
Time: 3 Hours
Format: LEARN (Self-directed)

RRC Polytech’s policies have been updated to reflect our unwavering commitment to a Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment for all employees and students. 

This course for all leaders and staff orients you to the new policy as well as an exploration of what harassment and discrimination looks (and doesn’t look) like, the process and obligation to disclose incidents of sexual violence, and how you can, in practical terms, do your part to ensure that everyone at RRC Polytech experiences respect.

NEW – Anti-Racism: a Journey to Allyship

Date: Available now
Time: 3 hours
Format: LEARN (Self-directed)

This new course tackles urgently needed and under-acknowledged issues of racism in Canada with a particular – but not exclusive – focus on anti-black racism. Opening with a stunning short documentary from Canadian journalist Desmond Cole, this course cracks open concepts of privilege, unconscious bias and decision-making, the difference between anti-racism and systemic racism, why microagressions are called “death by a thousand cuts” and why silence makes things worse. You will leave with concrete actions you can take towards racial equity and tackling discrimination that make a difference. 

NEW – Four Seasons of Reconciliation

Date: Available now.
Time: 3 hours
Format: LEARN (Self-directed)

Developed by the First Nations University of Canada, this beautifully designed course provides transformative learning about truth and reconciliation and anti-racism education that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians.

Enriched with powerful stories of Indigenous experiences and history as well as videos by Elders and other experts, stunning multi-media, and customized RRC Polytech content, this is a primer on reconciliation that all Canadians need.

Emotional and Social Intelligence Series

Emotional Intelligence

Date: May 17 and 18, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 12pm (both days)
Facilitators: Heather Erhard (Erhard Associates)

Emotional Intelligence is a distinct combination of emotional and social skills and competencies that influence our ability to deal effectively with the demands and pressures of work and life.

Review tools and strategies and develop plans to enhance your Emotional Intelligence.

The Working Mind Manager Training

Date: May 5 and 12, 2022; November 8 and 15, 2022
Time: 9am – 1pm (both days)
Format: Online
Facilitators: Breanna Sawatzky, Guy Moffat, Susan Thorvaldson, Tanya Cole

Note: We invite employees to TWM Employee training if the employee’s manager has attended or are confirmed registered to attend TWM Manger Training session.

Gain confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees who may be experiencing a mental illness.

Acquire the tools to understand the accommodation process as it relates to mental health issues.

Learn about some simple but proven techniques to help both you and your employees relieve stress.

TWM is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is adapted from the Department of National Defense’s Road to Mental Health Readiness programs.

MBTI for Leaders

Date: TBD

Contact Taryn Presley to be put on the wait list.

The Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument is the most widely used personality assessment in the world. In this module, you will gain a deeper understanding of your personality type and leadership preference. You will also be taught how to leverage your individual strengths to achieve greater results for yourself and for any team you may find yourself working on at the College.

Applied Management Series

Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Date: April 20 and May 11, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 12pm both days

This 2-part session will present principles, skills and a 5-step approach to prepare for and deal with difficult conversations effectively, both planned and unplanned.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw
“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret” – Ambrose Bierce

Join Heather Erhard, founder and Director of Erhard Associates, as she facilitates this highly useful organizational and personal development session.

Prosci Change Management for Managers

Date: spring 2022 (contact Taryn Presley to be added to a wait list)
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Format: Microsoft Teams
Facilitators: Carrie Schaepe and Jacqueline Wood

Invitation based registration. Contact Taryn Presley to be put on the wait list.

Become equipped with the tools, techniques and know how to incorporate change management in your leadership and projects using the Prosci methodology that RRC Polytech has adopted College-wide since 2017. The workshop covers the 5 unique roles of the manager, the ADKAR model, and steps to successfully move yourself and others through change.

Project Management Fundamentals

Date: Tuesdays, April 19 – June 21
Time: 3 – 5pm in person + up to 5 hours self-directed learning per week

Note: This course is open to all College staff who are leading projects

Study the fundamental aspects and principles of project managements including life cycle, integration, planning, organization and communication. Learn about work breakdown structures, diagramming, cost management and resource allocation. Examine today’s issues affecting project management including risk management, quality, conflict, and team building.

*Credit towards CE Certificate Project Management

Prosci Change Management – Delivering Project Results

Date: April 27, 2022
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Format: Instructor-led online, Microsoft Teams platform
Facilitators: Carrie Schaepe and Jacqueline Wood, (Prosci Train the Trainer Certified)

Contact Taryn Presley to be put on the wait list.

*Note: Managers can either take this workshop or Prosci Change Management for Managers. Purpose and learning outcomes are different for each workshop.

To find out which course is right for you, please contact Taryn Presley at

This results-oriented workshop uses projects you are working on and introduces common language for change using familiar project management terminology: internet, objectives, scope, work streams, milestones, deliverables and timelines. It helps project leaders understand and map the parallel importance of change management in meeting their project’s objectives.

Note: This course is also offered (by invite-only) to non-formal leaders who are on high-priority RRC Polytech project teams.

Supportive Employment for Managers

Date: Fall 2021
Time: 2 Hours
Format: LEARN
Facilitators: RRC Polytech’s Supportive Employment consultant Joy Gilpin

The primary objective of supportive employment is to enable an employee to remain at work (with or without accommodation) in a capacity that meets their medical needs, or if remaining at work is not medically possible, to provide guidance during periods of sick leave and support a return to productive employment in a safe and timely manner. When done well, we increase opportunities for accommodation and reduce the College’s sick leave usage and related costs. 

This course educates managers on: 

  • Supportive employment terminology
  • Legislative and other requirements
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Purpose of medical notes, sufficient medical and what we can typically request
  • When accommodations are necessary
  • Sick Leave, LTD and WCB basics

Managing Successfully in a Unionized Workplace

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Format: Instructor-led online

Contact Taryn Presley to be placed on the wait list.

Leaders will come away with practical tips and strategies to assist in the administration and interpretation of the Collective Agreement. Through case studies and scenarios, you will examine management rights and responsibilities and enhance problem solving through the study of performance management, grievances and Human Rights issues as covered by the Collective Agreement.

Progressive Discipline

Date: May 24, 2022
Time: 9am – 2:30pm
Format: Instructor-led online
Facilitator: RRC Polytech’s Labour Relations consultant Nancy Carroll

What is progressive discipline at RRC Polytech? In this essential course for all managers, you will:

  • Find out more about the “contract” managers have with each of their employees 
  • Gain an understanding of the foundations of a fair and just discipline process
  • Develop a solid understanding of the progressive discipline model
  • Learn the importance of maintaining documentation of employee discipline
  • Gain an understanding of the guidelines for conducting effective disciplinary sessions
  • Discuss strategies to prevent discipline with proactive human resource management

All Leadership Competencies

LinkedIn Learning

Date: Anytime
Time: Any length
Format: Self-directed online

You can access hundreds of high quality courses and short videos – from basic to expert level on a wide range of leadership topics on LinkedIn Learning – free for all RRC Polytech leaders, staff and students.

LinkedIn Learning complements (but does not replace) classroom sessions through thousands of videos and courses. Collections contain courses specific to Red River College Polytechnic Core Leadership Competencies. Explore them further ›

You can access LinkedIn Learning by signing into HUB.

Hardwiring Accountability

Hardwiring Accountability

On November 4, Red River College Polytechnic welcomed Alex Dorr for a half-day virtual learning event called Hardwiring Accountability. Alex Door is Vice President of the Reality-Based Leadership program founded by researcher, thought leader, and NY Times best-selling author Cy Wakeman.

Watch the recording here

While this video may be viewed from start to finish, for convenience and ease of access it can also be watched on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Each chapter focuses on a specific subject and is approximately 15 – 45 minutes in length.

To navigate to a particular section of the video, simply click on a timestamped moment to refresh your understanding of one of the following topics:

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Reality-Based Leadership Philosophy (0:00 – 15:59)
Chapter 2: The Five Stages of Leading During Uncertain Times (16:00 – 32:57)
Chapter 3: Understanding the Human Condition (32:58 – 56:57)
Chapter 4: Raising Engagement Levels (56:58 – 1:35:25)
Chapter 5: Your Amigo is Not Your Friend (1:35:26 – 2:17:00)
Chapter 6: Accountability and The Happiness Mindset (2:17:01 – 3:09:38)
Chapter 7: The Thought Cycle (3:09:39 – 3:33:47)
Chapter 8: Capitalizing on Change (3:33:48 – 4:04:08)

Join Melanie Gudmundson and your colleagues for a post-session follow-up:
Three dates to choose from:
• Wednesday, January 27; 9:30-10:30 am
• Tuesday, February 2; 3:00-4:00 pm
• Wednesday, February 3; 12:00-1:00 pm
Email Taryn Presley at to register.

Edit Your Story Tool (for stress reduction, noticing what causes fear and staying in-the-moment)
SBAR Tool (for coaching those that bring issues and venting without reflection and expertise)
Thinking Inside-the-Box Tool (innovating given the situation and holding multiple truths at once for reflection)
Resiliency Board Tool (crowdsourcing for ideas and staying connected to others)

Tool For Bringing Shared Accountability Into Engagement Process:
Engaged Action Planning Tool (adding self-reflection for staff in the engagement process)

Tool for Managing the Energy Away from Resistance to Change:
Negative Brainstorming Tool (how to manage the input of opinions/resistance and shape it towards expertise/risk-mitigation)

If anyone is looking for an overview of our entire core leadership philosophy they may love this Overview of Reality-Based Leadership podcast episode.

It is also available on Spotify and Simplecast.

Hybrid Workplace Resources for Leaders

Managing Hybrid Teams Collection