Creativity & Humanism

Rituals for Virtual Team Meetings

📅 Tuesday, April 27th, 9:00-10:15 am EST

💻 Delivered virtually

Virtual team meetings are challenging contexts to support human connection, participant engagement, and creativity. Beyond developing an agenda for a meeting, meeting chairs or facilitators might not think about how to intentionally design meetings as experiences to engage people in meaning making, relationship building and accomplishing specific tasks. This workshop uses rituals to show where and how they can be used in a range of typical virtual work meetings. After an introduction to the role and value of rituals, breakout rooms will enable participants try out a ritual. A debrief with other teams will allow reflection and connection back to clinical, research, and teaching work.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:


Dr. Susan Jack is Professor, School of Nursing, Associate Member Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and a Core Member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies.  Dr. Jack’s clinical background is in community health and public health nursing, with a specific focus on family health and home visiting socially and economically disadvantaged young families.  She completed her post-doctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences (McMaster) and the Centre for Knowledge Translation (University of Alberta). Dr. Jack has been a full-time faculty member since 2003 and has taught in all levels of the BScN undergraduate and graduate program.

Sean Park, PhD (@profseanpark) is an assistant professor in the Division of Education & Innovation (DEI) within the Department of Medicine.  He has a passion for creative, alive, and engaged teaching and learning.  He facilitates courses in design thinking, strategic foresight, experiential futures with the M.G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy and iBioMed program.  

Dr. Mohammad Zubairi is a Developmental Pediatrician at Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre & Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is the training and education lead with the McMaster Autism Research Team. He holds an MEd from OISE at the University of Toronto and completed a research fellowship through The Wilson Centre.

He is the Educational Resource Person (ERP) for pediatric residents and medical students completing their child development rotation. His current area of scholarship is around studying the design of simulations taking into account factors related to the hidden curriculum, social accountability and equity, diversity and inclusion. He is particularly interested in understanding critical reflexivity and transformative learning as it relates to clinical encounters, with a focus on where culture matters in clinical reasoning.