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Research Guides

Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and Graduate Professional Skills workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Workshops for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

UTL offers a range of workshops for Indigenous startups and business owners of all sizes. We are thankful for our partnership with First Nations House in developing this series.

Please note: Workshops with four or fewer attendees will be canceled.  All workshop are free and registration is required. However, if you cannot attend a workshop, and fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing others on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop.

Indigenous Personal Tax Literacy

This workshop is open to all Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at U of T.

This workshop will touch on the Canadian Tax system (why do you need to file a tax return, where does your tax dollars go, etc), common types of incomes, on- and off-reserve income reporting, deductions and credits (including the Northern Residents Deduction, the Climate Action Incentive, and some of the benefits and credits related to tax filing. The presentation will also promote the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and how participants can either participate in the program or access the free tax preparation services.

When: TBD


Facilitators: Peggy Chan and Andria Cullen, Liaison Officers, Canada Revenue Agency

Facilitator bios:

Peggy Chan joined the Canada Revenue Agency in 2011 as a Taxpayer Services Agent at the Toronto Centre Call Centre. In 2014, she was offered a position as acting Resource Officer shortly before taking on her new role as Collections Contact Officer at the Toronto Centre Tax Service Office. Since then she has worked in various departments at the TSO including Insolvency, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and Outreach. Peggy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto – St. George Campus with a double major in Sociology and English.


Andria Cullen started her career with CRA in 2007 as a Call Centre Agent answering general Income Tax enquires. In 2008, she was trained to answer questions regarding Federal and Provincial Benefit and Credit Entitlements. Andria became a Resource Officer in 2010 assisting phone agents. She provided technical support and feedback to agents regarding the handling of calls. In 2012, Andria was selected to provide New Hire training to new CRA agents and she did so with great success. She spent several years working in Non-filer before recently transitioning to CVITP and finally Community Outreach in 2019.

The Language of Social Impact

Urgent problems and challenges like food security, climate change, health care, mental health need solutions. The theory on social impact will show how together when we use social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social finance we can solve these real problems. We have much to learn from Indigenous approaches to innovation which are informed by cultures and languages, supporting community led solutions. Join us as we share a variety of approaches and put you to work solving some real issues.


Date and time: TBD
Location: TBD
Facilitators: Wendy Phillips, UTSC Elder/Cultural Advisor; Cindy Ross Pedersen, Executive Director, The Agency at UofT,

Facilitator bios:

Wendy Phillips, UTSC Elder/Cultural Advisor

Wendy is of the Bald Eagle Clan; She is Potawatami and Ojibwa and a proud member of Wasausking First Nation.

She has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sector within non-profit and for profit organizations. Wendy has been faculty for Indigenous Studies and the Business School for entrepreneurship. She is a founding member of the Indigenous Innovation Initiatives that supports social impacts with Indigenous communities across country.

Wendy is a graduate of Trent University with an Honors degree in Indigenous Studies with a Minor in Business Administration; She has also graduated from Fleming College with a Diploma in Career and Work Counselling and George Brown College with a Certificate in Life Skills Coaching. In 2018, Wendy was awarded the Community Medal for Scarborough/Guildwood from M.P John McKay and she was also a recipient for the Remarkable Woman Award.


Cindy Ross Pedersen, Executive Director, The Agency at UofT,

Cindy is a former tech entrepreneur who successfully sold her company and refocused her skills and efforts in the field of social innovation. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, supporter and community member of the Centre for Social Innovation and mentors students, alumni and entrepreneurs. In 2016 she founded The Agency which is a hub that facilitates introductions and wayfinding for students, faculty, teaching staff, alumni and partners focused on social innovation at UofT.

Personal Financial Literacy

This workshop is open to all Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at U of T.

Personal financial education is an important aspect of life because we all use money. Financial literacy is the knowledge that enables one to make responsible decisions involving money.

This workshop will help build knowledge of financial products and how they work so that you can make sound financial decisions. It will also expose you to different forms of investment which can lead to financial independence and stability in the long run.

You will learn:

  • Basic saving principles
  • Different reasons for investing
  • Importance of having good credit
  • Tax Free Savings Account (TSFA)
  • Mutual Funds / GICs / Direct Investing
  • Credit cards / Lines of Credit / Loans
  • Interest calculations

When: TBD

Location: TBD

Instructor: Thomas Burgos, Personal Banking Associate, TD Canada Trust

Thomas Burgos is a Personal Banking Associate at TD Canada Trust, and formally one of the lead ambassadors for First Peoples @ Seneca. He has been involved in the indigenous community for the past few years, and is currently working with the City of Toronto to create the cities first incubator for aboriginal entrepreneurs. In addition to the business incubator, Thomas is also pushing for Ontario's first Urban Reserve, which is a building or area zoned as a reserve, so indigenous entrepreneurs can start businesses in the downtown core, while being tax exempt.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please email Chris Kim,

Registration closed

Note: This workshop is in collaboration with First Nations House.