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Welcome to the     Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network

A three person conversation on developing and sharing best practices on professional development and success of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows kick-started the Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) in January 2013. The first formal name of the association, Consortium of Canadian Graduate Student Professional Development Administrators (CCGSPDA), was introduced at the CAGS conference in Toronto 2016. In 2019, after much deliberation and consultation, the new, shorter name was announced. Presently, GPDN consists of  nearly 100 professionals supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from 38 institutions across Canada.

Réseau pour le Perfectionnement aux Études Supérieures et Postdoctorales

Une conversation à trois en janvier 2013 sur le partage et le perfectionnement des pratiques exemplaires en matière de développement professionnel et de réussite pour les étudiants aux études supérieures et postdoctorales est à l’origine du Réseau pour le perfectionnement aux études supérieures et postdoctorales (RPESP). Le premier nom officiel de l’association, le Consortium canadien des administrateurs du perfectionnement professionnel des étudiants canadiens des cycles supérieurs, a été dévoilé lors de la conférence de l’ACES à Toronto en 2016. En 2019, après plusieurs délibérations et consultations, une nouvelle appellation, plus courte, a été annoncée. À l’heure actuelle, le RPESP est composé 100 professionnels qui soutiennent des étudiants aux études supérieures et des chercheurs postdoctoraux provenant de 38 établissements canadiens.

Become a member 

Come join us to educate and inspire Canadian graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop and take action to achieve current and future career goals.

Devenez membre 

Joignez-vous à nous pour guider et pour inspirer les étudiants aux cycles supérieurs et les chercheurs postdoctoraux canadiens à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour atteindre leurs objectifs de carrières actuels et futurs.

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Upcoming events

    • 15 Aug 2023
    • 23 Oct 2023
    • 11:30 PM

    Each year, the GPDN hosts a career symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows aimed at professional development and career exploration. The 2023 GPDN Career Symposium is taking place from October 24-26, 2023. A full program agenda (PDF) is now available. 

    Institutions wishing to provide their graduate students and postdocs with access to the symposium can register and pay fees through this form. The cost, per institution, is $250.

    Please note that your registration fee must be paid within 15 minutes of completing the registration, or your registration will be cancelled. 

    In the fall, all registered institutions will receive a sponsorship email with information on how your graduate students and postdocs can register to attend the symposium. 

    • 7 Nov 2023
    • 8:30 AM (PST)
    • 8 Nov 2023
    • 1:30 PM (PST)
    • Hybrid (Victoria, BC and virtual on Zoom)
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    The Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network (GPDN) is excited to invite you to our Annual Conference on Tuesday November 7 and Wednesday November 8, 2023. We are pleased to offer a hybrid format with an in-person conference in Victoria, British Columbia and a virtual conference on Zoom. The GPDN Conference will be held during the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies’ (CAGS) conference. This year, GPDN attendees can attend Wednesday and Thursday CAGS keynotes in person at no additional cost. They also have the option to pay extra for the Tuesday CAGS reception and Wednesday awards banquet. 


    • Date: Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 2023

    • Time: 8:30am- 3:00pm PCT on Tuesday and 8:30am - 1:30pm PCT on Wednesday

    Full agenda coming soon!

    Registration information

    Early bird discounted registration will be available from September 11 to September 26. Regular priced registration will be available from September 27 to October 19 for in-person attendance and September 27 to November 3 for online attendance. 

    The conference is open to members of GPDN who have an active membership that extends past October (i.e. new memberships). Before registering for the conference, you must purchase or renew your membership by following the steps below:

    • Current GPDN members with membership expiring in October 2023: 
      • Click "login" at the top right of the GPDN website to access your GPDN account on the website (if you have difficulty logging in, please contact our membership manager)
      • Once logged in, select your name (at the top of the screen) to see your profile
      • Look under your membership details to find the "membership level" information and select the "change" button
      • Select "Group A - Regular Member"
      • Click to continue with the membership change and payment
    • Non-members: 

    For more information about membership, visit:


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