Student Professional Development

The University of Lethbridge’s innovative Student Professional Development is open and free to all Dhillon School of Business students in any year of your degree. This externally funded program works with local organizations to deliver free industry networking and speaker events, interactive workshops, online training, an annual conference, case competitions and more. Annually selected program topics stem from current industry trends and in-demand skills identified by employers. These opportunities will help develop your work-ready skills beyond the classroom and expose you to current industry topics. You’ll have a record of your participation in these non-credit activities on your MyExperience transcript.

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Upcoming events and workshops

If you are a current student interested in registering for Dhillon School of Business Student Professional Development events and workshops, go to, click on the Students tab along the top and log in using your University of Lethbridge login credentials. Once logged in, click on Events & Workshops from the menu on the left. Look for the calendar entries in black with white text beginning with Dhillon School of Business - Student Professional Development. Click here for a complete set of instructions, including images. A co-curricular record of the beyond the classroom experiences that you take part in can be printed at the end of each year.


Benefits of Student Professional Development 

  • Learn from relevant, thought-provoking speakers
  • Enhance your professional development and marketability through workshops
  • Hone your analytical and presentation skills through internal and external case competitions
  • Develop networks with peers and experienced professionals
  • Connect with professional organizations

What does Student Professional Development offer?

Industry Networking & Speaker/Panel Events
Industry Networking & Speaker/Panel Events

Events that create the opportunity to network with industry professionals/employers, and the opportunity to hear from those working in industry and/or knowledge experts on topics of current relevance within the business sector.

Professional Development Conference
Professional Development Conference

The biggest business student event of the year, an annual two-day $30 (subsidized rate courtesy of funding from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta Education Foundation) conference includes keynote presentations, interactive workshops, a networking event with industry professionals and all meals. Started in 2023, local High School students have also been invited to hear keynotes and participate in their own special workshops.

Interactive Workshops & Information Sessions
Interactive Workshops & Information Sessions

Workshops featuring topics critical to professional success (ex. Networking, Leadership, Communication, Emotional Intelligence).
Information Sessions by professional organizations like: CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta), CFA (Chartered Financial Analysis), CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources), CMA (Calgary Marketing Association).

Asynchronous Learning
Complimentary LinkedIn Learning access

ALL Dhillon School of Business students have FREE unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, a digital library of 18,000+ courses covering a wide range of business, software, creative and technical content at your fingertips on an ongoing basis. Access-

Intro and Advanced Excel Workshops through

Internal Case Competitions
Internal Case Competitions

Case competitions allow you to analyze a business challenge or participate in a virtual simulation, and use the theories you've learned in class to create innovative solutions. Once you've come up with your problem-solving plan, you'll present in teams to a panel of industry and academic judges with your peers. The Dhillon School of Business holds three internal case competitions each year-- the KPMG Case Competition, the Introductory Management Case Competition (sponsored by Enterprise Holdings) and  the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition. You also have opportunities to be selected to represent the Dhillon School of Business through participation on teams that are coached by faculty members and compete in provincial or national competitions against other schools.

Student Conference  & Case Competition Funding
Student Conference & Case Competition Funding

There is funding available through Student PD for participating in external case competitions where a team represents DSB, and for students presenting academic research at a conference. More information, including how to apply, is available on the Student Professional Development funding page.


Contact us

For more information about Student Professional Development, please contact:

Heather Harty, Student Professional Development Coordinator

Dhillon School of Business | 403-380-1867

M4096, Markin Hall