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Monday, January 25
 

12:00 EST

Building a Future of Work that Works for All | Bâtir un avenir du travail qui fonctionne pour tous
The Future of Work is Human. A light has been turned on, revealing our shared humanity, inter-connectedness and also our inequities. We are boldly re-imagining “work from anywhere” and encouraging employee agency and responsibility. After the pandemic hit, people from all walks of life united in common predicament and purpose. That said, I am seeing early signs of declining collaboration. We must reverse that.

The Future of Leadership is Human. We’ve seen leaders recognize the importance of establishing trust through transparency and authenticity. Leaders are turning empathy into connection, inclusion, structural and strategic change, compassion and health and well-being for all.

The Future of Prosperity is Human. This is a pivotal moment for us to grasp with passion and courage. Our challenge is to create Work that works for All, establishing inclusive prosperity in Canada that will power our country for generations. This is your time to multiply your impact. We will talk about how to hold and start these conversations.

L’avenir du travail est humain. Un déclic s’est produit, révélant notre humanité commune, les liens qui nous unissent, mais aussi nos inégalités. Nous réimaginons avec audace le « télétravail de n’importe où » et encourageons la représentation et la responsabilisation des employés. Après le début de la pandémie, des gens de tous horizons se sont retrouvés en même temps dans une situation difficile, et avec un défi commun à relever. Toutefois, on commence à voir un déclin de la collaboration. Il faut inverser cette tendance.

L’avenir du leadership est humain. Nous avons vu des dirigeants reconnaître l’importance d’établir la confiance par la transparence et l’authenticité. Les dirigeants transforment l’empathie en connexion, en inclusion, en changement structurel et stratégique, en compassion et en santé et bien-être pour tous.

L’avenir de la prospérité est humain. C’est un moment crucial qui représente une occasion à saisir avec passion et courage. Notre défi est de créer un monde du travail qui fonctionne pour tous, en travaillant pour établir une prospérité inclusive au Canada afin de propulser notre pays pendant des générations. C’est le moment de maximiser votre influence. Nous parlerons de la manière d’entamer et de mener de telles conversations.

Keynotes | Conférenciers d’hon...
avatar for Zabeen Hirji

Zabeen Hirji

Executive Advisor, Future of Work | Conseillère de haute direction, programme L’avenir du travail, Deloitte
Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor Future of Work at Deloitte, advises on issues key to the transformation agendas of business and government. She focuses on leadership and talent, workforce, workplace and culture transformation, lifelong learning and upskilling, equity, diversity and... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Monday January 25, 2021 12:45 - 13:00 EST

13:00 EST

Fostering Positive Indigenous Community Engagement with Purpose
Creating a positive environment for the exchange of ideas is foundational in developing Indigenous community engagement for the purpose of delivering community workshops and projects. Understanding how each partner envisions "success" is key to building cross-cultural partnerships. This session will share Indigenous partnership worldview concepts and practical advice to help agencies respectfully engage with Indigenous organizations for career development activities.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Indigenous community engagement processes
  • Cross-cultural cation aspects for partnership development
  • How the medicine wheel is a guide to partnership development

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Trina Maher

Trina Maher

President & CEO, Bridging Concepts
Trina Maher is a highly experienced Indigenous community engagement and cross-communications advisor who has supported workplace inclusion goals for corporations, governments and non-profits in Canada since 1999. She is a member of Mattagami First Nation.


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Optimiser sa télépratique en counseling de carrière
La télépratique a connu un essor fulgurant au sein des professions de la relation d'aide des suites de la pandémie de la COVID-19. Cela s'est répercuté notamment chez les conseillers d'orientation (OCCOQ, 2020). Cet atelier vise à mieux comprendre les opportunités et les défis de la télépratique, de même que les stratégies permettant d'optimiser l'intervention en counseling de carrière.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Circonscrire ce qu'est la télépratique en counseling de carrière
  • Connaître les meilleures pratiques d'intervention à distance
  • Adapter sa télépratique selon les clientèles et les problématiques

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Chloe Lacoursière

Professionnelle de recherche, Université du Québec à Montréal
Conseillère en développement de carrière et professionnelle de recherche à l'UQAM, Chloé Lacoursière poursuit un projet de mémoire de maîtrise portant sur l'adaptation à la télépratique de personnes conseillères d'orientation.
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Louis Cournoyer

Professeur titulaire / Conseiller d'orientation, Université du Québec à Montréal
Professeur-chercheur en counseling et développement de carrière, Louis Cournoyer s'intéresse aux pratiques professionnelles des personnes conseillères en orientation et développement de carrière.
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Lise Lachance

Professeure titulaire, Université du Québec à Montréal
Professeure titulaire en counseling et développement de carrière à l'UQAM, Lise Lachance s'intéresse à la conciliation travail-famille, au processus d'adaptation, ainsi qu'aux stratégies d'ajustement des individus, notamment par le biais des technologies.


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Pivoting in Times of Uncertainty
Living in difficult times heightens reactions to unemployment/underemployment, creating a need for us to “pivot” interventions and training. Pivoting includes a grounding in values and strengths while being flexible, creative and adaptable. Come hear about our national and international experiences as we pivot interventions and training systems, supporting others to increase their abilities to pivot in uncertain times.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Expand your practical creativity and adaptability skills
  • Learn to take positive action by pivoting interventions and training
  • Understand reactions to unemployment and underemployment in uncertain times

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Andrea Fruhling

Founder, Coach, Facilitator, Doubleknot Works
Andrea Fruhling is a certified organizational and career coach, facilitator and Doubleknot founder. Her work ranges from mentoring and teaching coaching (UBC) to delivering career development workshops and training globally. Andrea’s work is creative, practical and engaging.
avatar for Norman Amundson

Norman Amundson

Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Norman Amundson is an Emeritus Professor from UBC who has worked extensively in the career development field. His work is engaging and he emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, storytelling, dynamic action, metaphors and hope.


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

The Quest for Purpose: A Self-Discovery Process to Live It!
If we are going to Lead The Way then the status quo is not working. According to Gallup’s study, less than 13% of the global workforce is engaged at work! Why? Simply put, people lack a sense of purpose but is also suggests that our career development processes can be improved. The answer is by discovering our purpose and passions which includes our interests, gifts and natural talents. The Quest for Purpose is an interactive session that teaches individuals how to discover and live their life “On Purpose” and assist them to help others do the same.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Core mindsets and character traits required to live On Purpose!
  • The Quest for Purpose career development roadmap
  • Debunking career development myths

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Ken Keis

President & CEO, Consulting Resources Group International Inc. (CRG)
Ken Keis, PhD, is a foremost global authority on personal style (personality) and behavioral assessments and an expert in leadership, purpose and wellness. He has authored over four million words of content, including 500 articles, four books and a dozen assessments to help others... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Trauma and Resilience: A Career Professional’s Guide | Traumatisme et résilience : guide du professionnel de la carrière
Being a trauma-informed career professional is served by two domains. First to understand what trauma is and how it may impact our clients’ physical and mental health, behaviours and choices. Second to appreciate our clients’ capacity for resilience and post-traumatic growth. We’ll share practices to combine these domains while expanding resilience, fostering safety, belonging and possibility for any client.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define what constitutes trauma and its potential impacts on individuals 
  • Identify approaches that are trauma informed and that foster resilience 
  • Explore and apply these approaches through case studies

Être un professionnel de la carrière informé en matière de traumatismes est utile dans deux domaines. D’abord, pour comprendre ce qu’est un traumatisme et comment il peut avoir une incidence sur la santé physique et mentale, les comportements et les choix de nos clients. Ensuite, pour évaluer leur capacité de résilience et de croissance post-traumatique. Nous partagerons des pratiques afin de combiner ces domaines tout en augmentant la résilience et en favorisant la sécurité, l’appartenance et les possibilités pour tout client.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Définir ce qui constitue un traumatisme et son incidence possible sur les personnes
  • Déterminer les approches qui sont fondées sur le traumatisme et qui favorisent la résilience
  • Explorer et appliquer ces approches par le biais d’études de cas

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Seanna Quressette

Seanna Quressette

Owner/Career Professional | Propriétaire et professionnelle de la carrière, Creating Intentional Change, Inc.
Seanna Quressette is both a trauma and career counsellor. She has worked in career development for over 35 years and has trained as a trauma therapist for over a decade.Seanna Quressette est à la fois conseillère en traumatisme et en orientation professionnelle. Elle a travaill... Read More →
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Catherine Hajnal

Grief Educator | Éducatrice sur des sujets en lien avec le chagrin, Life Fundamentals
As a Grief Educator, Dr. Catherine Hajnal facilitates an understanding of grief and loss and their transformative potential. She is committed to creating learning environments that foster a deeper understanding of the human condition.En tant qu’éducatrice sur des sujets en lien... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Building Back Better: How Work Needs to Change for Good After COVID
Governments, employers and unions must all work urgently to address several critical weaknesses in Canada’s employment laws and policies to ensure the post-COVID re-opening of the economy can be safe and sustained. This presentation will consider specific ways jobs need to be protected and strengthened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down large sections of the national economy. It will take years to rebuild the quantity of work back up to a level that fully occupies Canadian workers; at the same time we need to repair some obvious and damaging flaws in the quality of work, if we want that re-opening to last and succeed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding specific areas for improving work: protections for people working from home; limits on multiple job-holding; and other precarious work practices
  • How to achieve an expansion of public sector jobs; more comprehensive income support; and better wages for low-wage essential workers
  • Developing stronger mechanisms of worker representation to ensure safe practices

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jim Stanford

Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work
Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He divides his time between Vancouver, BC, and Sydney, Australia. Jim is one of Canada’s best-known economists. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Affiche d'étudiant) Favoriser le bien-être et le développement professionnel par la mise en commun de l’expérience: une étude de cas multiple menée auprès
Étudiante : Caterina Mamprin, candidate au doctorat
Établissement d'études : Université de Montréal
Programme d'études : Doctorat en psychopédagogie

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Affiche d'étudiant) La formation éthique du personnel enseignant : à la recherche de leviers pour une formation durable
Étudiante : Audrey Weir, Étudiante au 2e cycle
Établissement d'études : Université de Sherbrooke
Programme d'études : Maîtrise en sciences de l'éducation (M.A.)

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Affiche d'étudiant) Poursuite d’objectifs de carrière et impasses professionnelles en contexte de crise
Étudiante : Gabrielle Beaupre
Établissement d'études : Université du Québec à Montréal
Programme d'études : Doctorat en éducation

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Career Pathways After a Crisis for Youth
Student: Aryan Esgandanian,  2nd Year Master of Arts
Institution of Study: Ryerson University
Program of Study: Masters of Arts, Public Policy and Administration  

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Creating Need-Based Opportunities and Job Roles To Fight High Teacher Turnover Rates
Student: Qurratulain Anjum, MA Candidate
Institution of Study: McGill University
Program of Study: Educational Leadership (thesis)

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Exploring Muslim Clients’ Counselling Experiences in a Canadian Context
Student: Walaa Taha, 2nd Year MSc
Institution of Study: Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary
Program of Study: Educational Psychology with a specialization in Counselling Psychology

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Graduate Education in the 21st Century
Student: Nadine Bekkouche, PhD Candidate
Institution of Study: Concordia University
Program of Study: Education  

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Play It by Ear or Develop a Game Plan? Use of Disability Disclosure Strategies among Youth at Work
Student: Roxy Merkand, PhD Candidate
Institution of Study: University of Waterloo
Program of Study: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace: Advocating and Accommodating
Student: Margaret Janse Van Rensburg, BA (Hons), MSW, RSW
Institution of Study: Carleton University
Program of Study: PhD in Social Work, Year 1

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Student Poster) The Role of Sport-Life Balance on Athletic Performance of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
Student: Katrina Monton, Graduate Student
Institution of Study: McGill University
Program of Study: Desautels Management Program

Monday January 25, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

14:15 EST

A National Strategy for Youth Achievement
Significant gaps persist in post-secondary participation and attainment across Canada. Groups of vulnerable and disengaged youth continue to experience complex barriers, which COVID-19 will only reinforce. Evidence supports that investing in a pan-Canadian approach across institutions, community groups, employers, governments and foundations will yield positive results to help narrow the gaps for youth at risk. In this session, we'll explore the pressing needs and opportunities realizable through large-scale collaboration, co-ordination, and the building of innovative communities of practice that deliver positive, systemic change.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) and key partners are building an inclusive, “multi-stakeholder network”
  • How we can support youth achievement, channel resources and mobilize knowledge
  • How to help community programs launch and scale, and foster a community of practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Ikem Opara

Ikem Opara

Director of Learning, Rideau Hall Foundation
Ikem Opara has spent the last 20 years engaging public and private sector partners in Canada, Tanzania, Kenya and Cuba, to build relationships and strengthen connections across national, linguistic, cultural and other borders. Following progressive roles at Pathways to Education... Read More →
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Léandre Nawej

Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Rideau Hall Foundation
Léandre Nawej recently joined the Rideau Hall Foundation as a Programs Co-ordinator to support learning equity initiatives for Canadian youth. RHF’s emerging national network aims to bridge the gap to equity of educational access for youth. As a former Pathways student, Ryerson... Read More →
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Teresa Marques

President & CEO, Rideau Hall Foundation
Teresa Marques is the President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. The RHF’s vision is a smarter and more caring Canada, and the organization works to address key challenges facing the country in areas of learning equity, culture of innovation, leadership development, and the... Read More →
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Fiona Deller

President, Fiona Deller & Associates
Fiona Deller has spent much of her career conducting research, creating policy and designing programs related to student access and success in post-secondary education. She currently runs a consulting business, and previously has held positions with the Higher Education Quality Council... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

14:15 EST

Becoming a 21st Century Leader
The skills of yesterday need to evolve to prepare for the coming reality. The future will have a greater need for leaders at all levels in an organization, and they will require a different set of skills and abilities. As the world becomes more and more High Tech, leaders must become more High Touch. Learn how to develop the seven skills that will make leaders more effective today and invaluable in the future. Don’t sit back and wait for change to come – choose instead to build the leaders of tomorrow today!

Learning Outcomes:
  • How 30-year technology waves decouple traditional workplace norms
  • The impact of automation and AI on the workplace
  • Strategies for developing the leadership skills of the future

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Josh Davies

CEO, The Centre for Work Ethic Development
Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs and community. Through his work, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

14:15 EST

Future Skills – Preparing Canadians for Future Jobs | Compétences futures – Préparer les Canadiens aux emplois de demain
The Future Skills Council brings together multi-sectoral leaders to advise the federal government on emerging skills and workforce trends of pan-Canadian significance. Council members will engage conference participants in a discussion on priority action areas they have identified and explore opportunities for collaboration to ensure jobseekers, workers and employers are ready to seize opportunities into the future.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Cross sectoral collaboration
  • Skills development priorities
  • Diverse needs of Canadians

Le Conseil des Compétences futures réunit des leaders multisectoriels pour conseiller le gouvernement fédéral sur les nouvelles compétences et les tendances de la main-d’œuvre d’importance à l’échelle du pays. Les membres du Conseil entameront un dialogue avec les participants du congrès sur les domaines d’action prioritaires qu’ils ont déterminés et étudieront les possibilités de collaboration afin de s’assurer que les chercheurs d’emploi, les travailleurs et les employeurs sont prêts à saisir les occasions qui se présenteront à eux à l’avenir.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Collaboration intersectorielle
  • Priorités en matière de perfectionnement
  • Besoins variés des Canadiens

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Gladys Okine Ahovi

Executive Lead | Directrice générale, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity (CCYP) | Conseil canadien pour la réussite des jeunes (CCRJ)
Gladys Okine Ahovi is an award-winning workforce strategist, community development leader and master connector who thrives on leading complex change processes. Over the years, she has held several progressive strategic leadership positions with leading organizations including WoodGreen... Read More →
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David Ticoll

Chair, Stakeholder Advisory Panel | Président, Groupe consultatif pancanadien des intervenants, Labour Market Information Council | Conseil de l’information sur le marché du travail
The Labour Market Information Council mandate is to improve the timeliness, reliability and accessibility of labour market information to facilitate decision-making by stakeholders across Canada. As an active chair of its National Stakeholder Advisory Panel, David Ticoll contributes... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

14:15 EST

La mindfulness au service d’objectifs de carrière autoconcordants | Mindfulness as a Tool for Setting Career Goals in Line with Your Values
Se fixer des objectifs de carrière reflétant ses propres intérêts et valeurs plutôt que ceux des autres – voilà une recommandation qu’on entend souvent. Mais comment faire pour reconnaître ses véritables valeurs et intérêts? Cette présentation abordera le rôle de la présence attentive (mindfulness) pour approfondir la connaissance de soi et se fixer des objectifs menant à un bien-être durable.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Connaître les recherches sur la présence attentive et la carrière
  • Expérimenter différents exercices pour développer la présence attentive
  • Intégrer la présence attentive dans sa pratique

It’s a common refrain: you should set career goals that reflect your own interests and values rather than those of others. But how do you recognize your true values and interests? This presentation will address the role of mindfulness in deepening self-knowledge and setting goals for sustainable well-being.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about research on mindfulness and career development
  • Try various exercises to develop mindfulness
  • Incorporate mindfulness into your practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Geneviève Taylor

Professeure | Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Geneviève Taylor est professeure en counseling de carrière au département d’éducation et pédagogie à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, ainsi que chercheure au sein du Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sur la présence attentive (GRIPA).Geneviève Taylor is a professor... Read More →
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Gabrielle Beaupré

Doctorante et conseillère d'orientation | PhD student and career counsellor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Gabrielle Beaupré est doctorante en éducation à l’UQAM et conseillère d’orientation. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur la présence attentive, la motivation envers les buts de carrière et le bien-être auprès des étudiants universitaires.Gabrielle Beaupré is a PhD... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

14:15 EST

The Art of Career Development: REACH for the Stars!
Anyone who is a CDP in this day and age has access to a myriad of resources, information, education, theory and practical tools. These things are what I call the “science” of career development, and they are relatively useless, unto themselves. Practitioners need to expand their focus and understand the “art” of career development. The art of career development is the very “stuff” that dictates why and how we do things with our clients. It is the foundation for what drives us, and it’s what distinguishes one practitioner from another. Herky has developed a 5-step model to illustrate this.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gaining new insights into how personal lives affect professional practice
  • Developing new ways to engage clients at the deepest level
  • Honing the art of career development practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Herky Cutler

President & CEO, herkycutler.com
Herky Cutler is a speaker, trainer, facilitator and author who creates possibilities for individuals and organizations to become extraordinary. Humorous, engaging, thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, Herky provides exceptional content in a thoroughly interactive and fun way... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

14:15 EST

What Is Needed for a Tech-ready Future?
There is an accelerated need for accessible, reliable, and appropriate technology for people and communities – particularly those in more rural and remote areas as well as those with lower incomes – to connect, learn and work together. COVID has further exposed the gaps in our technology infrastructure raising a host of issues related to equity, access, need and funding. In this session, hear from experts about what’s needed and how we can build a tech-ready future.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understand the different challenges and opportunities for building a tech-ready future
  • Learn how connectivity and access to technology are critical to a tech-ready future
  • Learn about interesting initiatives different stakeholders are taking to support a tech-ready future

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Hamoon Ekhtiari

Founder & CEO, FutureFit AI
A lover of all things blueberry and/or avocado, Hamoon Ekhtiari is the Founder & CEO of FutureFit AI, an AI-powered GPS for your Career. Previously, he was the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Executive Vice-President at a $30B telecom and technology company where he led... Read More →
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Jason Shim

Director, Digital Strategy & Transformation, Pathways to Education Canada
How can we harness technology to make a difference in the world? That’s the question Jason Shim loves to explore with organizations. As Director of Digital Strategy and Transformation, Jason leads technology and innovation at Pathways to Education Canada, an organization dedicated... Read More →
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Helena Shimeles

Senior Manager, Program Management | Corporate Citizenship, RBC
Helena Shimeles is a Senior Manager with the Youth Strategy & Innovation team, within Corporate Citizenship at RBC. Her team has a special focus on the RBC Future Launch commitment: RBC's largest-ever commitment to a social cause – to empower young people for the future of work... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST

15:00 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Accessible Transition: From the Classroom to Boardroom – 45 minutes
Understanding the various kinds of diversity that exist in our society and are vital for the transition from the classroom into the workforce. This topic will cover ways on how to optimize students' success, the benefits of building inclusion, and how it would increase your organization's ROI.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to create accessible space in the classroom
  • Increase the untapped labour market
  • How accessibility and inclusion improves ROI

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michelle Buckland

Learning Consultant, Accessibility Advisor, Speaker, Embrace
Michelle Buckland is an accessibility advisor with 15 years as a learning and development consultant. She started EMBRACE to help business make their organizations accessible in order to increase their bottom line.
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Shakira Rouse

Creator & Founder, Special Compass
Shakira Rouse is the creator and founder of Special Compass, an organization aimed at helping students with learning disabilities achieve success in and outside the classroom.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Career Moves: Developing Skills in Mature Workers Remotely – 45 minutes
Career Moves is career development program for 100+ mid-career workers experiencing career transitions. This program, funded by the Future Skills Centre, combines career development and coaching with skill development and work-integrated learning (WIL). The virtual program utilizes technology to enhance learning, build community and develop skills. This session discusses the successes and challenges of an online adult education career development program.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify ways to merge WIL and career education delivery
  • Generate ideas for skill development and assessment for transitioning adults
  • Examine ways to engage adults through technology and virtual learning

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Alison Reaves

Manager, Work-Integrated Learning, NorQuest College
Alison Reaves currently manages the WIL and Career Education team at NorQuest College in Edmonton and previously worked as the Associate Director in the Business Career Services office at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
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Megan Stannard

Career Coach, Career Moves Project, NorQuest College
Megan Stannard is the senior Career Coach with the Career Moves Project at NorQuest College. Megan developed the successful online career development program that engages mature workers and coaches participants to meet their goals.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Career Recovery: Creating Careers with Hope – 45 minutes
We have recently published a new book describing career recovery and how our Hope-Action Theory can be applied during difficult times. Some of this work has been incorporated into a new Kuder program called Hope Central. We demonstrate some of the interventions (Hope Action Inventory; balancing; stepping stones) that are part of the Hope Central approach.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the Hope-Action Theory
  • Understanding how Hope-Action fits into Kuder's Hope-Central
  • Learning interventions connected to Hope-Central program

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Andrea Fruhling

Founder, Coach, Facilitator, Doubleknot Works
Andrea Fruhling is a certified organizational and career coach, facilitator and Doubleknot founder. Her work ranges from mentoring and teaching coaching (UBC) to delivering career development workshops and training globally. Andrea’s work is creative, practical and engaging.
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Norman Amundson

Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Norman Amundson is an Emeritus Professor from UBC who has worked extensively in the career development field. His work is engaging and he emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, storytelling, dynamic action, metaphors and hope.
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Spencer Niles

Dean and Professor, College of Willam & Mary
Spencer Niles is Dean and Professor, College of William and Mary and Distinguished Professor at Penn State University. He has authored 140 publications and delivered 160 presentations on career development. He is also Past-President of the National Career Development Association... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) ChatterHigh Adds Mental Health & Wellness Modules to Career Exploration Platform - 45 minutes
ChatterHigh.com for K-12 and introducing ChatterHigh.io for career practitioners! Listen to NB educators talk about getting teens engaged in a CCDF research-proven exploration activity in classes, and see student feedback from the new Mental Health & Wellness Modules. Learn also about this year’s Skills/Compétences Canada competition coupled with the Let’s Talk Careers national competition for middle and high schools.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how divergent thinking is largely missing from most assessments
  • Discover new free resource for Mental Health & Wellness
  • Discover activity for career practitioner toolkit

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lee Taal

Founder, CEO, ChatterHigh Communications Inc.
TEDx, keynote and entrepreneur, Lee Taal is Founder and CEO of 2017 EdTech of the Year, ChatterHigh. He works with teens across Canada to help them explore their options and identify their interests.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Demystifying the Numbers: Learning to Navigate LMI Data – 45 minutes
Labour market information is central to every career practitioner’s toolbox; yet wrestling insights from data that is often imperfect can be challenging. This session will serve as a how-to guide to working with LMI data and present tools that will help all career practitioner’s use LMI data more effectively.

Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear framework to think about data (timeliness, localness, granularity etc.)
  • Understand common LMI classification structures, such as NOC and NAICS
  • Learn how to find and navigate the LMI data source that is right for you

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tony Bonen

Director, Research, Data and Analytics, Labour Market Information Council
Tony Bonen is a seasoned economist with deep knowledge of quantitative analyses. Since 2018, he has overseen research initiatives at the Labour Market Information Council to provide all Canadians with timely, reliable and relevant data.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand Session Released) Everybody, Anybody and Nobody: Who Delivers Employability Skills? – 45 minutes
It is generally accepted that soft skills are necessary in today’s changing work world. But who is responsible for ensuring that people looking to enter the workforce have the opportunity to develop these skills? This interactive presentation will consider the most recent research, along with a growing body of professional literature, and attempt to assign accountability for this important role.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Consider who the various stakeholders might be.
  • Identify the potential role each stakeholder might play
  • Insight into where employability skills should and can be developed

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jeff Landine

Associate Professor, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Jeff Landine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. He has worked, in the past, as a counsellor in the public school system, with UNB’s Counselling Services and in private practice for a combined 15 years. His research interests... Read More →
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Adina Lipsett

Graduate Student, University of New Brunswick
Adina Lipsett, MS, is currently an MEd student at the University of New Brunswick and has a practice in conflict resolution and counselling. Her thesis focus is who is responsible for soft skill development.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) From Fear to Future: Create Positive Work Visions – 45 minutes
Our clients are afraid and worried about their future work opportunities. Their negative emotions take up their energy and they are unable to think positively about the Future. Have fun while learning practical tools to your clients from from the negative to the positive where they feel more hopeful, energized, enthusiastic, encouraged and empowered.

Learning Outcomes:
  • More confidence to move clients to excitement about their future
  • How to turn "don't wants" into "wants" about jobs
  • Will access resources in the palm of their hand

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Sarah-Jane VandenBerg

Career Coach, Team Builder, Author, Speaker, The Career Growth Company
Sarah-Jane VandenBerg, a published author and popular facilitator, with over 25 years' experience with individuals in difficult and transitioning circumstances, has empowered thousands of people to make successful life-changing career decisions.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Future of Work: Positively Impacting Career Development Programming - 45 minutes
This panel will demonstrate how evolving industry, roles and skills will drive the future of work; draw on research that measures the impact of 21st century experiential learning on workplace performance; and provide comprehensive workforce solutions that leverage industry experts, employers and post-secondary institutions to produce leading edge programming that safeguards against under-utilizing newcomer skills.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Engage industry experts to gain insight into labour market needs
  • Promote learner engagement through future skills training
  • Use evidence-based research to advance program design

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Han Tran (Moderator)

Director, Bridging Services, ACCES Employment
Han Tran is the Director of Bridging Services at ACCES Employment specializing in the ongoing growth of labour market development programs.
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Ginger Grant

Associate Dean, Humber College
Dr. Ginger Grant is an expert in design-driven innovation management. She is the Associate Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Humber College and a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
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Jeremy Staples

CEO, 21st Century Facilitator and Consultant, Triple Scoop Consulting Inc.
Jeremy Staples worked in post-secondary education for 30 years creating experiential learning that developed student’s critical, creative and reflective thinking capacity so that they are prepared for the ambiguity and uncertainty of the 21st-century workplace.
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Ajai Datta

President and Co-founder, Pinnacle Digital Solutions Ltd.
Ajai Datta is the President and co founder of Pinnacle Digital Solutions Ltd. He is a technology specialist with an MBA and over 28 years’ experience in the implementation of controls, security, audio/video and communication solutions.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Green Jobs in Green Spaces – 45 minutes
What are green jobs and why should you care? The green economy represents the biggest job market that you haven't considered. PLT Canada is becoming synonymous with youth workforce development in the forest and conservation sector and we want to share the work that we are doing to connect youth with their future green career pathway.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand diverse job opportunities in the growing green job sector
  • Support tools/services are available to connect youth with green jobs
  • There is something for everybody in the green jobs sector

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tara Topping

Manager, Career Education, Project Learning Tree Canada
Tara Topping is a former high school educator who specializes in experiential learning models. Her career pathway has included positions with Parks Canada and as a tree planter. She is passionate about the planet!
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Maria Chiarella

Youth Network Co-ordinator, Project Learning Tree Canada
Maria Chiarella is Project Learning Tree Canada's Youth Network Co-ordinator. She supports a youth network designed to engage and support young people in green careers through environmental education, mentorship and career resources. She also helps place Canadian youth in green jobs... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Hindsight is 2020: Youth Transition in Uncertain Times – 45 minutes
The class of 2020 has an uncertain and murky road ahead. How should we support today’s youth in these unprecedented times? Presenters suggest there is much to learn about the path forward from previous economic crises and from contemporary career development frameworks. Come to this engaging session ready to learn and contribute your own experiences, ideas, strategies and tools.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How students' career preferences been impacted by COVID-19
  • Explore ways career theories, insights and frameworks address uncertainty
  • Identify new approaches and tools for your own setting

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tony Botelho

Director, Career & Volunteer Services, Simon Fraser University
Tony Botelho is the Director of SFU’s award-winning Career & Volunteer Services and past recipient of the Rob Shea Research Award and the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development.
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Erin Thrift

Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
Erin Thrift is a lecturer in the Counselling Psychology program at SFU in Burnaby, BC. Prior to pursuing a PhD in educational psychology, Erin worked as an employment counsellor in East Vancouver.
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Michael Ford

Graduate Student, Educational Psychology, Simon Fraser University
Michael Ford is a graduate student in Educational Psychology and a Senior Career Peer at SFU. Before returning to school, Michael assembled a long and diverse career in communications, business and the arts.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) How to Engage in Ethical Advocacy – 45 minutes
Advocacy is an essential part of the career development professional's toolkit. However, when engaging in this work, it is important that career professionals be aware of ethical considerations such as informed consent. This session provides career professionals with an understanding of the roles advocacy plays within supporting clients and how to deal with these areas of concern.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of different areas of advocacy
  • Issues to be aware of when engaging in advocacy
  • Identify how advocacy intersects with career development

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Andrew Bassingthwaighte

Senior Researcher and Disability Specialist, Brock University
Andrew Bassingthwaighte (MA, CCDP) is a Talent Performance Consultant at Brock University working with students from a variety of disciplines and has worked in the UK and Canada for over 20 years.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Integrating Career Development in the Early Grades – 45 minutes
Career development is a human process and yet over the past 20 years many schools have neglected or outsourced the process to computer software. In a radical departure, the Cajon Valley School District in San Diego, California, has tapped its teachers to integrate a systemic, research-based, career development framework for every child, in every grade across their 27 schools.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Building community, board and administrator support for career development
  • Classroom methods for integrating career development in the early grades
  • Integrating career development for immigrant families

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Ed Hidalgo

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer, Cajon Valley Union School District
Ed Hidalgo is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Cajon Valley School District. His focus is the development and integration of a research-based career development framework for every child, starting in the earliest grades.
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David Miyashiro

Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District
Dr. David Miyashiro is Superintendent of the Cajon Valley Union School District. Was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Mastering Video: Give Yourself More Time for Clients – 45 minutes
How many times do you repeat the same thing to different clients? Imagine if there was a way to share your expertise more efficiently and modernize the way you deliver your services. Join us to learn how to repurpose your knowledge with the help of video and spend more time with clients who need you.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How video transforms career services delivery
  • 5 secrets to mastering video creation
  • How to repurpose your expertise with ease

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Ana Lokotkova

Career & Personal Branding Advisor, CV Labs
Ana Lokotkova is an international career advisor, speaker and LinkedIn branding trainer. Her two big passions are public speaking and LinkedIn, which has become the main engine behind her coaching business.
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Maureen McCann

Executive Career Strategist, Promotion Career Solutions
Maureen McCann helps executives, business leaders, government officials and political influencers find meaningful work. A fierce advocate of career development, she helps clients define clear career paths, understand the hiring process and land jobs faster.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Navigating Youth Employment Using a HUB Model – 45 minutes
This presentation will discuss the benefits of supporting youth to successfully gain employment with a holistic approach where a majority of the supports for youth are located centrally. We will discuss how we can support people through the stages of change and ensure the best supports for people if they need to focus on other elements of their life.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The benefits of HUB model supports
  • Career development for youth
  • Youth advocacy

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Caryn Birch

Director of Education and Training, Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc.
Caryn Birch is the Director of Education and Training at Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc where she oversees the RaY Level Up! Education and Training Program and their two social enterprises.
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Kerby Reimer

Level Up! Team Lead, Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc
Kerby Reimer works as the Team Lead for RaY's Level Up! program building connections with employers and ensuring we are supporting all of the needs of our team and participants in the Employment and Training Program.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Opening the Path for Indigenous People with Disabilities – 45 minutes
We will first present a summary of interview data collected from over 20 First Nations communities across Quebec, regarding the intersection of barriers to inclusion faced by people with disabilities (FNPWD). Second, we will share the training tools created for supporting professionals in employment and education, to promote an Indigenized perspective on social and professional inclusion.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize the emerging understandings of Indigenous experiences of disability
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to finding employment for FNPWD
  • Develop strategies empowering FNPWD in accessing employment and inclusion

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Shannahn McInnis

Senior Researcher and Disability Specialist, CRISPESH: Research Center for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Shannahn McInnis is an applied researcher. Current projects include building accessible, dynamic tools to promote self determination, advocacy and disability knowledge, while increasing understanding of the realities and resilience of Indigenous people with disabilities.
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Rose-Anne Gosselin

Training Co-ordinator, First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec
Rose-Anne Gosselin has been involved in training and pre-employment initiatives for Indigenous persons encountering barriers to labour market integration, including an awareness strategy and training tools to promote employment for persons living with a disability.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Pathway to the Future: Career Exploration for Youth – 45 minutes
Youth today face an increasingly uncertain labour market due to fast-paced technological change, greater competition for jobs and the need for increasingly skilled employees. Learn how Career Trek helps students gain employability skills, confidence, and the ability to assess themselves and their environment, in order to develop the adaptability that is crucial to continuous employment in an ever-changing economy.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Convey the value of accessible, community-based career exploration
  • Design a framework for progressive, experiential career development programming
  • Evaluate the impact of career exploration on middle-years students

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Allison Kirkland

Director of Programs, Career Trek
As Director of Programs with Career Trek, a non-profit leader in community-based, youth-oriented, experiential career exploration, Allison and her team are developing and delivering dynamic, high-quality programs and resources, online and in-person.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Recognizing and Communicating Skills: Micro-credentials, Training & Technology – 45 minutes
A significant consensus has emerged amongst the hyper niche community of micro-certification and badging experts and the broader community of labour market information professionals about the true problem with skills gaps. While in a limited number of fields there is truly a mismatch between the supply and demand of labour, in most cases teachers, learners and employers do a poor job of communicating and recognizing skills. This presentation will help career developers train, match and place their clients more effectively by understanding badging and micro-credentialing and how to close skills gaps effectively.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand leading practices in online learning
  • Understand leading practices in online job matching
  • Understand leading practices in recognition

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jake Hirsch-Allen

Vice-President, International Council on Badges and Credentials
Jake Hirsh-Allen manages LinkedIn Learning's relationships with North America's governments in relation to workforce development and higher education systems. Jake is a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(On-demand session released) The Evidence That Tells Our Story – 45 minutes
Our economy will be hugely challenged in recovering from COVID. Demonstrating our impacts will be increasingly important. Panellists will share recent pan-Canadian research showcasing the success indicators being tracked and the innovative systems being used to demonstrate that career development not only matters – it is a wise investment in our road to recovery.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore recent pan-Canadian research on evidence-based practice
  • Uncover success indicators being tracked, and how
  • Increased understanding of easy data collecting/tracking systems

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lynne Bezanson (Moderator)

Talent Performance Consultant, Canadian Career Development Foundation
Lynne Bezanson is Executive Director Emeritus of CCDF. She has strongly advocated for the value, individually and economically, of career services and her research and practice have contributed to demonstrating its influence.
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Deirdre Pickerell

Dean of Student Success, Yorkville University/Toronto Film School
Dr. Deirdre Pickerell is an award-winning leader in career development and human resources. She co-authored the Career Engagement model and lead the research that explored military transition to civilian employment, using career engagement.
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Sareena Hopkins

Executive Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation
As Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), Sareena Hopkins works to move from ideas to action in areas of public policy, research and development, capacity building and advocacy.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:00 EST

(Séance sur demande diffusées) Renforcer l'engagement et la mobilisation des employeurs – 45 minutes
RDÉE Canada vise à renforcer les capacités des fournisseurs de services francophones qui sont impliqués dans la mobilisation et l'engagement des employeurs. Dans cet atelier nous allons mettre en avant des pistes de réflexion suivant l'impact du COVID-19 sur le marché du travail. Nous tenterons d'analyser la réponse des employeurs face au besoin de main dans un contexte d''immigration.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Développement d'une communauté de pratiques virtuelle
  • Renforcement des capacités pour l'engagement et la mobilisation des employeurs
  • Perfectionnement de vos outils grâce aux partages des bonnes pratiques

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Aissatou Sonko

Coordonatrice principale en immigration pour le projet Engagement et mobilisation des employeurs, RDÉE Canada
Aissatou Sonko travaille depuis huit ans au sein d'organismes oeuvrant pour le développement économique des immigrants. Son expérience professionnelle englobe la gestion d'équipe et de projets favorisant l'embauche des travailleurs qualifiés et bilingues à l'échelle nation... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:00 - 15:15 EST

15:15 EST

Creating Sustainable Career Development Services: Blending Online & F2F Delivery
COVID-19 required the careers sector to respond rapidly in how we reach and serve our clients. Now, months after this initial response, we have an opportunity to consider how our learnings from embracing remote and virtual services can combine with face-to-face (F2F) delivery to create a viable and more sustainable delivery model. This session will review evidence-based opportunities for creating and delivering blended services that incorporate multiple forms of communication and connection.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how to effectively facilitate online career practice relationships
  • Consider the ethical factors and implications for online services
  • Establish sustainability goals and strategies for virtual/blended services

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tannis Goddard

CEO, MixtMode Consulting
Tannis Goddard, CEO of MixtMode Consulting, has spent over 25 years launching f2f and online career development services. With keen interest in supporting the use of online delivery in our field, Tannis has been involved in research projects and presented on this topic all over the... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

15:15 EST

Inclusive Supported Employment Practices for LGBTQ2S+
This session will help build your confidence in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, + (LGBTQ2S+) people who experience intellectual disabilities. We will discuss the importance of inclusive services and employers. Followed by practical tips for supporting LGBTQ2S+ people through the employment process.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding LGBTQ2S+ identities and the importance of creating inclusive services
  • Better awareness of how intersecting identities affect employment
  • Practical tools for supporting LGBTQ2S+ individuals who experience intellectual diagnoses

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tara Buchanan

Employment Supports Supervisor, Community Living Brant
Tara Buchanan is cisgender-lesbian-settler who uses she/her pronouns. She supervises a Supported Employment Program within Developmental Services at Community Living Brant. Through an intersectional-feminist, anti-oppressive framework, Tara also works within the LGBTQ2S+ movement... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

15:15 EST

Psychologie du sens et conseil en orientation
La psychologie du sens (Proulx et al., 2013) et la psychologie existentielle (Bernaud, 2018 ; 2021) permettent des évolutions substantielles dans le conseil en orientation. En quoi consiste ces innovations et quelles problèmes ou défis posent-elles ? Cette présentation vise à examiner les processus et les effets des approches interventionnelles basées sur le sens de la vie et du travail.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Comprendre l’importance du sens du travail et de la vie pour accompagner les publics en orientation
  • Identifier quels exercices thématiques et thématiques proposer pour contribuer à développer le sens
  • Analyser les effets des interventions basées sur le se

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jean-Luc Bernaud

Professeur des Universités en psychologie du conseil et de l’orientation, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris
Jean-Luc BERNAUD est professeur des universités en psychologie au Cnam-Inetop (Paris, France). Il est membre du laboratoire CRTD (Centre de Recherche sur le Travail et le Développement) du Cnam et également président de l’Association Française de Psychologie Existentielle (AFPE... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

15:15 EST

Students’ Perspectives on Careers & Career Development: 2021
This presentation will feature insights from our annual survey of thousands of post-secondary students regarding their career development, career aspirations and selection of opportunities. This year's survey was conducted in the early months of COVID-19 (March-June, 2020) and therefore will provide clear insights into how students' attitudes and goals have been impacted and changed over time.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How students' career preferences been impacted by COVID-19
  • How to make a stronger case student career development
  • What today's students want from their careers

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Graham Donald

Founder & President, Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.
As Canada's leading expert on student recruitment and engagement, Graham Donald has been providing research, training and strategic advice to the country's leading employers and educational institutions for more than 25 years.


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

15:15 EST

Thriving with Mental & Emotional Well-being
Effectively managing mental and emotional wellness is key for thriving in both work and life. Learn how to empower yourself and the clients you work with by practicing the top tools for mastering mindset and amplifying potential! In this session, you'll gain insight and specific tools for developing strength and resiliency, building confidence, and finding new possibilities.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Mastering your mindset and helping your clients do the same
  • Navigating emotional management to build strength and resilience
  • Turning challenges into new opportunities and possibilities

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Shellie Deloyer

Founder, Bright Futures Solutions
Shellie Deloyer is an NLP (neurolinguistic programming) trainer and Master Coach, and the founder of Bright Futures Solutions. With her Amplifying Potential framework, Shellie guides individuals and organizations towards empowerment, engagement, excellence and expansion. She helps... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

15:15 EST

Social Justice Advocacy: Reactive and Proactive Action for Now and for the Future | Défense de la justice sociale : action réactive et proactive pour le présent et l’avenir
As the world of work undergoes unpredictable and rapid change, there are many uncertainties about what the future will hold. What is certain is that some individuals and groups will fare better than others will, in navigating volatile labour market conditions and finding sustainable employment. As the gaps widen between employment and unemployment/underemployment, what could happen if career practitioners’ strategically applied their knowledge about social justice and their skills for social advocacy? Along with being reactive to meeting the immediate needs of clients, career practitioners have important roles to play in responding to current challenges and influencing structural and systemic change for the future. In this presentation, I will overview approaches to social justice that are foundational for informing career development practices. Examples of social advocacy will highlight ways to be reactive for now, while influencing proactive change for the future.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Critically examine global trends on disparities in employment/unemployment/underemployment
  • Gain foundational knowledge about five approaches to social justice that offer lenses for framing people’s career-related issues and designing interventions
  • Select one goal for strategically enacting social justice advocacy

Alors que le monde du travail connaît des changements rapides et imprévisibles, il existe de nombreuses incertitudes quant à ce que l’avenir nous réserve. Une chose est sûre, c’est que certaines personnes et certains groupes s’en sortiront mieux que d’autres, en s’adaptant aux conditions volatiles du marché du travail et en trouvant un emploi durable. Alors que les écarts se creusent sur le plan de l’emploi, du chômage et du sous-emploi, que se passerait-il si les intervenants en développement de carrière appliquaient stratégiquement leurs connaissances en matière de justice sociale et leurs compétences en matière de défense sociale? En plus de devoir être réactifs pour répondre aux besoins immédiats des clients, les intervenants en développement de carrière ont un rôle important à jouer pour relever les défis actuels et influencer les changements structurels et systémiques pour l’avenir. Dans cette présentation, je passerai en revue les approches de la justice sociale qui sont fondamentales pour définir les pratiques de développement de carrière. Des exemples de défense sociale mettront en évidence les moyens d’être réactif au présent, tout en influençant un changement proactif pour l’avenir.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Examiner de manière critique les tendances mondiales en matière de disparités sur le plan de l’emploi, du chômage et du sous-emploi
  • Acquérir des connaissances fondamentales sur cinq approches de la justice sociale qui offrent des perspectives pour définir les problèmes personnels liés à la carrière et concevoir des interventions
  • Sélectionner un objectif pour défendre la justice sociale de manière stratégique

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Nancy Arthur

Dean Research | Doyenne de la recherche, University of South Australia | Université d’Australie-Méridionale
Dr. Nancy Arthur is Dean: Research and Innovation, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia. Her recent research focuses on the Culture-Infused Career Counselling model and international student transitions to employment.La Dre Nancy Arthur est... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 EST

17:00 EST

Using Chaos to Build Student Agency
It's never been more apparent that life and careers are indeed chaotic. Careers education in schools must transform to prepare young people with the skills not just to survive but to thrive through a lifetime of change and uncertainty. Australian schools are using BECOME to enable a whole school approach to careers education from the critical primary years up. Built on the tenets of Chaos Theory, this innovative solution makes it easy for schools to build student AWARENESS, ASPIRATION & AGENCY.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Using Chaos Theory to prepare young people for an uncertain world
  • Incorporating the principles of Chaos Theory into a K-12 program
  • Overcoming the challenges of a whole school approach to careers education

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jim Bright

Professor, Australian Catholic University
Dr. Jim Bright is Professor of Career Education and Development at Australian Catholic University. Based in Sydney, Australia, he is a practising psychologist, who works with clients in medico-legal matters such as motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries, as well as coaching... Read More →
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Liv Pennie

CEO & Co-founder, Become Education
Liv Pennie holds an MA in psychology, post-grad in career development and 15 years in advertising, digital product and experience design. She brings together these worlds of academia and innovation to close the gap between evidence and practice in contemporary careers education. She... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 17:00 - 17:45 EST
 
Wednesday, January 27
 

09:00 EST

Career Planning in India, Indonesia and South China
Arun Mittal will present on Career Education in India – Gaps & Opportunities, describing the status of career planning services in Indian Schools. Dr. William Gunawan will present on The Past and Future of Career Development in Indonesia, sharing his goals for the future in this country with limited resources and huge need for career planning services. Dr. Elisabeth Montgomery will present on Parent Influences on Career Exploration in Chinese Public Schools, describing her efforts to expand career planning in the Shenzhen, China by engaging the help of parents.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand career planning in Indian schools
  • Awareness of career development in Indonesia
  • Role of parents in career exploration in China

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Marilyn Maze (Moderator)

Financial Administrator, Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA)
Marilyn Maze, PhD, Financial Administrator, has organized the annual APCDA Conference since its inception, conducted numerous research projects on hot labour market and career counselling issues, and presented at international conferences. Dr. Maze received the President’s Award... Read More →
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Arun Mittal

National Program on Career Awareness, Founder
Arun Mittal is the founder of National Program on Career Awareness, a social initiative focused on integrating career education in the school curriculum in India. Started in June 2020, the program supports over 500 schools and 18,000+ learners spread across India, Middle East, Nigeria... Read More →
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William Gunawan

Senior Lecturer, Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA)
William Gunawan, PhD, CLC, APCDA’s Indonesia Representative, is a Senior Lecturer with more than 15 years of experience in counselling, coaching and training. He is a strong research professional with an S3 focused on career development from Griffith University, Australia and an... Read More →
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Elisabeth Montgomery

Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA)
Elisabeth Montgomery, PhD, APCDA’s South China Representative, is Nanshan Education Bureau’s first foreign Senior Advisor on Internationalization for public schools 1-12. For over 10 years she has innovated education groups in Shenzhen’s central Special Economic Zone. Specializing... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 09:00 - 09:45 EST

12:00 EST

Challenge Mindset: Who Works on a Pandemic?
Use a real-world example to help students discover a new approach to career exploration: the Challenge mindset. By looking beyond the job titles working on the pandemic, students can identify the challenges we need to solve. This more meaningful approach will unlock new possibilities and will change the way they see their future, for the rest of their lives.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover labour market information about pandemic work opportunities
  • Learn to "flip the model" of career development
  • Acquire innovative, practical strategies to use with your students

Speakers | Conférenciers
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JP Michel

Founder, SparkPath
JP Michel is the creator of Challenge Cards. He holds a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology and is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Career Professional award from the Career Professionals of Canada.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Engaging Workers in an Age of Uncertainty
In times of uncertainty, increased challenges in work and life can result in diminished capacity, creating the opportunity for disengagement to fester and careers to be neglected. Join Drs. Neault & Pickerell, co-authors of the Career Engagement model, as they share strategies employers, and workers, can turn to in order to help stabilize career engagement during chaotic times.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Consider all life roles within a career context
  • Uncover appropriate levels of challenge and identify/access supports and resources
  • Leave with tips for maximizing career engagement during uncertain times

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Deirdre Pickerell

Dean of Student Success, Yorkville University/Toronto Film School
Dr. Deirdre Pickerell is an award-winning leader in career development and human resources. She co-authored the Career Engagement model and lead the research that explored military transition to civilian employment, using career engagement.
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Roberta Borgen (Neault)

President, Life Strategies Ltd.
Dr. Roberta Borgen (Neault), UBC Adjunct Professor; President, Life Strategies Ltd.; and CCDF Project Director is a counsellor educator, author, past Journal of Employment Counselling editor, and 2019 recipient of CERIC's Etta St. John Wileman award.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Essential Skills: Supporting Learning for All Canadians | Compétences essentielles : soutenir l'apprentissage pour tous les Canadiens
Essential skills are the foundational and social-emotional skills needed to participate, adapt and thrive in learning, work and life. This panel discussion will delve into diverse perspectives and experiences of experts to increase awareness of ESDC’s skills framework and its relevance to all Canadians.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The essential skills framework and the importance of social-emotional skills.
  • How upskilling and reskilling supports Canada’s labour market.
  • Essential skills impacts on economic, social and health outcomes

Les compétences essentielles sont les compétences fondamentales et socio-émotionnelles nécessaires pour participer, s'adapter et s'épanouir dans l'apprentissage, le travail et la vie. Cette table ronde se penchera sur diverses perspectives et expériences d’experts afin de mieux connaitre le cadre des compétences d’EDSC et sa pertinence pour tous les Canadiens.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Le cadre des compétences essentielles et l’importance des compétences socioémotionnelles;
  • La façon dont le perfectionnement des compétences ou le recyclage soutient le marché du travail canadien;
  • Les incidences des compétences essentielles sur les résultats économiques, sociaux et sanitaires.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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David Gyarmati

President and Chief Executive Officer | Président et directeur général, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) | Société de recherche sociale appliquée (SRSA)
David Gyarmati brings over 25 years of experience in policy research and evaluation including nearly two decades of pioneering work with SRDC in the design, implementation and evaluation of projects involving innovative programming to support Canadians.David Gyarmati possède plus... Read More →
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Randy Lindsay

CEO | Chef de la direction, Futureworx
Randy Lindsay is the Chief Executive Officer of Futureworx, a community-based organization that dedicated to helping people overcome obstacles to employment. He has worked extensively in the field, both at the front line and in his current role and sees the importance of addressing... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre Giroux

President | Président, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) Canada
JP Giroux has held positions of increasing responsibility with economic development, management consulting and industrial organizations throughout Canada. JP has devoted the past 20+ years towards developing workplace performance-based solutions for manufacturing sector.Jean-Pierre... Read More →
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Annette Vermaeten (Moderator)

Director, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) | Directrice, Bureau de l’alphabétisation et des compétences essentielles (BACE), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) | Emploi et Développement social Canada (EDSC)
Annette Vermaeten has been the Director of the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills for the past two years. She is leading the renewal of the Essential Skills framework and has previously held several positions within ESDC including in service delivery, public pensions and on seniors... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Le counseling de carrière au service du travail décent
S’appuyant sur de récentes recherches qui visaient à saisir les caractéristiques, le déterminants et les effets d’un travail « décent », la contribution propose une compréhension de cette notion depuis la perspective de la psychologie de l’orientation et du développement de carrière. À partir du regard de travailleurs.ses de divers âges, situations professionnelles et origines, il sera alors question de dessiner les contours de ce qui rend un travail subjectivement décent. En point de mire, il s’agira d’en déduire des implications pour un accompagnement d’orientation qui promeuve l’accès à des emplois et à des carrières préservant la dignité de la personne.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Identifier les antécédents et conséquences d’un travail décent
  • Saisir ce qui caractérise un travail décent et digne du point de vue des travailleurs
  • Réfléchir à la manière dont l’orientation peut promouvoir la dignité au travail

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jonas Masdonati

Professeur, l’Institut de psychologie et membre du Centre de recherche en psychologie du conseil et de l’orientation (CePCO) et de l’Observatoire de l’éducation et de la formation (OBSEF) de l’Université de Lausanne (Suisse)
Jonas Masdonati, PhD, est professeur à l’Institut de psychologie et membre du Centre de recherche en psychologie du conseil et de l’orientation (CePCO) et de l’Observatoire de l’éducation et de la formation (OBSEF) de l’Université de Lausanne (Suisse). Il a auparavant... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Words & Actions: Building Blocks for Life/Work
Words and actions matter; they have power. They feed off each other on our life/career journeys and express our thoughts, emotions and choices. This session will explore how to take small steps to identify, choose and cultivate the words and actions that will enable us to do more than just survive or even succeed – but to thrive by living well.

Learning outcomes:
  • Understanding the power of our words and actions in life
  • Exploring how to cultivate small word/action habits that matter
  • Discussing what it means to thrive by living well

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Gray Poehnell

Career Life Coach, Ergon Communications
Gray Poehnell explores holistic career approaches that cultivate hope, practical spirituality, creativity and imagination. He has extensive experience in working with Aboriginal, immigrant and mainstream clients and currently trains career practitioners nationally and internation... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Transition Leadership for a Stronger and More Resilient Canada
Building back better means laying a resilient foundation: one which accounts for both current and future disruptions. Irrespective of industry, all professionals must now hold the skills, knowledge and capacities drive Canada?s transition to a socially inclusive, low-carbon economy. In short, we need transition leadership. Together, we must strengthen and support the next generation of professionals, creating learning opportunities which build long-term resilience and competitiveness with clean growth.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the key competencies and practices required of leaders and young professionals to leverage disruption and build back better
  • Understand how these competencies and leadership practices are being deployed across industry to accelerate the transition to a socially equitable, low-carbon economy
  • Explore new educational opportunities that transcend disciplinary and institutional barriers and provide transition leadership development and learning at key leverage points throughout the career trajectory

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Frances Edmonds

Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
CA

Chami Akmeemana

CEO, Convergence.tech
ND

Nicole Doray

Manager of Academic and Partner Relations, Academy for Sustainable Innovation
UK

Urshian Khalid

Leadership and Development Co-ordinator, York University


Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:45 - 13:00 EST

13:00 EST

Les compétences du futur à l'ère de l'Intelligence artificielle | Skills of the Future in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Cette présentation est le résultat de nombreuses recherches et études menées par notre grappe industrielle afin de mieux comprendre les impacts sur l'industrie financier de l'intelligence artificielle et son corollaire, l'impact sur compétences du futur pour les travailleurs.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Un aperçu des tendances technologiques de fond
  • Un portrait des compétences futures
  • Des pistes de solutions explorées par l'industrie

This presentation is the result of numerous research and studies conducted by our industry cluster to better understand the impacts of artificial intelligence on the financial industry and its corollary, the impact on future skills for workers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An overview of underlying technology trends
  • A snapshot of future skills
  • Solutions explored by the industry

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Benoit Desgroseillers

Directeur principal | Senior Director, Finance Montreal - la grappe de l’industrie financiere du Québec | Finance Montréal, Québec’s financial industry cluster
Détenteur du titre CRHA, coach professionnel certifié ICF, Benoit Desgroseillers est spécialiste des enjeux RH, des questions relatives aux compétences du futur et sur l’adéquation formation-emploi au sein de la grappe industrielle Finance Montréal.Benoit Desgroseillers, CHRP... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

13:00 EST

Pandemic, Anti-Globalization and Economic Collapse; Understanding the Labour Market Impact
The long-term implications of COVID-19 have yet to be fully understood and yet the implications for the labour market linger. A weakened economy will transform occupations, workplaces, education and training. Career professionals will need to understand the driving forces in this transformation and where these forces are leading Canada. This session will explore the impact of the pandemic and provide the latest research and resources to assist professionals in understanding the expected transformations across the nation.

Learning outcomes:
  • Details on the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market
  • Projections for the labour market in 2021 and beyond
  • Specific occupations impacted by our changed labour market and industries thriving in a post-COVID world

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Christian Saint Cyr

National Director, Labour Market Solutions
Over 20 years, Christian Saint Cyr has established himself as a leading labour market expert. As publisher of the Ontario and the BC Labour Market Report, Christian advises thousands of career professionals throughout both provinces and across the country and regularly works with... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

13:00 EST

Redeploying Talent: Industry-responsive Upskilling During COVID
Supporting innovative companies find the talent they need and helping people get meaningful employment can be two sides of the same strategy – one that engages, trains and redeploys talent across the economy into high growth jobs in a way that is nimble and responsive to industry demand. This has always been the case but is even more true as we look at ways to recover and rebuild our workforce in a post-COVID world.

Learning outcomes:
  • Insights into what it takes to help workers make cross-sector career transitions rapidly
  • Employer perspectives on engaging in upskilling programs
  • Ideas for mitigating the different hiring biases and barriers non-traditional workers confront during a career transition

Speakers | Conférenciers
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AJ Tibando

Co-founder, Executive Director, Palette Inc.
AJ Tibando is the Executive Director of Palette Inc. and a Fellow at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. Prior to launching Palette, she co-founded SoJo, a startup social enterprise dedicated to working with educators and non-profits to provide curriculum and... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

13:00 EST

When Training Works – In a Pandemic
ACESS Employment, Building Up, Elevate Plus Manufacturing and NPOWER Canada share key characteristics of innovative workforce program design, described in Metcalf Foundation’s recent report, When Training Works: Promising Workforce Development Practices. Join us as each organization shares how they have adapted their workforce strategies under COVID-19.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Innovative workforce program design characteristics
  • Pandemic adaptation of community-based workforce strategy
  • Four workforce organization profiles

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Sue Sadler

Senior Vice-President of Services and Program Innovation, ACCES Employment
Sue Sadler is Senior Vice-President of Services and Program Innovation at ACCES Employment, specializing in the design and impact measurement of workforce development programming. She also developed MyPlan, a career pathway process for jobseekers.
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Andrew Reddin

Chief Development Officer, NPower Canada
Andrew Reddin, CDO, oversees programming, employer engagement and partnership development. He has over10 years of experience in workforce development, previously working with ACCES Employment, the Centre for Education and Training and Social Capital Partners.
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Adriana Beemans

Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Metcalf Foundation
Adriana Beemans is the Inclusive Local Economies Program Director at the Metcalf Foundation. Since 2012 she has been responsible for the program’s grant-making, innovation fellowships and capacity-building initiative Toronto Sector Skills Academy.
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Marc Soberano

Founder and Executive Director, Building Up
Marc Soberano is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Up as well as the Executive Director of Raising the Roof, a national homelessness prevention charity.
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Mike Hewitt

Manufacturing Resource Centre Co-ordinator, Quinte Economic Development Commission
Mike Hewitt is the Manufacturing Resource Centre Co-ordinator for the Quinte Economic Development Commission. Mike works in regional economic development and administers the Elevate Plus Manufacturing SAO project.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

13:00 EST

Workforce Development 101
High unemployment rates, lack of decent work, low employability skills – all these challenges and others – have forced community-service organizations to identify how they can best support their community and help them navigate through the employment uncertainty. During this session, get a primer on how to start your workforce development programs, what role do partnerships play, and if labour market data is still needed. Come prepared to learn, discuss, network and leave with a sample program model to get your workforce program going.

Learning outcomes:
  • Understand the role of partnerships
  • Learn to analyse data to implement workforce training programs
  • Create program models specific to your community and needs

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Surabhi Jain

Executive Director, Toronto's Workforce Funder Collaborative
Surabhi Jain is the Executive Director of the Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative. She has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing innovative workforce development and adult education programs in the US.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

13:00 EST

Workforce Development and the Role of University Continuing Education
What is University Continuing Education? How can University Continuing Education support individuals, organizations and government with their workforce development needs? This session will provide insight into the scope and functions of University Continuing Education. Specific examples, from the University of Calgary, will elaborate on the role Continuing Education plays in individual career development, partner organization workforce development and regional workforce development initiatives.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe University Continuing Education
  • Identify individuals that can benefit from targeted University Continuing Education skills training courses
  • Explore workforce development partnership ideas between organizations and University Continuing Education

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Sheila LeBlanc

Director, Continuing Education, University of Calgary
Dr. Sheila LeBlanc is the Director, Continuing Education at the University of Calgary. She has over 25 years' experience in progressive leadership and management roles spanning academic leadership, corporate training, academic teaching, business operations, human resources and marketing... Read More →
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Danelle Greebe

Associate Director of Domestic Programs, University of Calgary Continuing Education
Danelle Greebe is the Associate Director of Domestic Programs for University of Calgary Continuing Education. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing, product management and learning and development. She and her team develop and deliver adult learning that meets the needs... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 EST

14:00 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) A Self-Care Planning Tool for Career Professionals – 45 minutes
This session is designed to guide individuals through the process of creating a customized plan to address priority health and wellness needs. It is designed for career professionals to offer as a resource to assist clients in taking consistent action to support their well-being during a career transition. Session participants will complete their own personalized self-care plan in the session.

Learning outcome:
  • Learn to create a self-care plan for clients and yourself
  • Understand relevant factors in the selection of appropriate self-care activities
  • Learn strategies to help you start and maintain wellness routines

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jennifer Gaudette

Certified Career and Health Coach, Upspring Wellness
Jenn Gaudette is a career coach, personal trainer and yoga teacher. Her mission is to optimize the overall wellness of organizations and individuals and find new ways to work-healthy with customized coaching and training programs.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Aboriginal Peoples Employment Program: A Pathway to Reconciliation – 45 minutes
Learn best practices from the Aboriginal Peoples Employment Program (APEP) of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Indigenous Services Canada. Regarded as a role model program in a growing number of federal circles, APEP is designed to increase Aboriginal workforce representation and increase Indigenous cultural competence within the federal department of Indigenous Services Canada, resulting in better outcomes to Aboriginal peoples across Canada.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about becoming an "employer of choice" for Indigenous candidates
  • Learn about programs and supports that can support Indigenous employees
  • Learn about the importance of career navigation for Indigenous employees

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Rodney Hester

Manager, Aboriginal Peoples Employment Program, Indigenous Services Canada
Rodney Hester is a member of the Cree Nation of Waskaganish and is the Manager of the Aboriginal Peoples Employment Program (APEP) at Indigenous Services Canada.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Actua’s Instructors: Post-secondary Work Integrated Learning – 45 minutes
Actua is a Canadian STEM outreach charity representing 40 post-secondary member institutions. Undergraduate and high-school students are hired as instructors to deliver science and technology programs to youth. Future Skills was a two-year project to develop the training and work experience of those 1,000 instructors. This session shares project learnings and progress on a new experiential learning program.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Actua has engaged youth in STEM for 20+ years
  • New research shows competency development by secondary and post-secondary students
  • New training and tools are developing consistency across the network

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tracy Ross

Director of Network Membership, Actua
Tracy Ross has overseen high-quality, targeted STEM outreach programs at a national level level since 2003. At Actua, Tracy’s portfolio includes the programs and projects that Actua offers its network, including training for instructors.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Are Students Foreseeing the Future or Enabling It? – 45 minutes
How do you commence a successful career? A question often asked by students. Simply put, with an action plan. This can be an engaging experience if students come with the right mindset. I encourage students to consider it a remarkable journey of intense reflection. What if students are not interested? How do we motivate them? Join me to find out!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Challenges and opportunities for empowering students with career literacy
  • Value of planned educational and leisure experiences
  • Tips to empower students to enable the future

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Hoda Kilani

Career Management Professional, Right Career Fit
Dr. Hoda Kilani is a Certified Professional Career Coach. As the founder of Right Career Fit, she brings up-to-date expertise to coach iGen to success. She empowers clients in private practice, workshop facilitation and research.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Assessing the Effectiveness of a Career Development Program – 45 minutes
We, as career practitioners and educators, hope that our programs and workshops are benefiting our clients. This session will share the learning from a research project evaluating a mandatory career development program for undergraduate business students. Join us to see how students’ career indecision profile, performance in the program, and industry professionals’ perspectives (i.e. recruiters, hiring managers) were incorporated.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the outcomes of a funded career research project
  • Gain knowledge on how to assess a career preparation program
  • Discuss the successes and challenges when conducting assessment

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lisa Higashi

Associate Director, Undergraduate Careers & Student Engagement, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
As the Associate Director, Undergraduate Careers and Student Engagement and a Sessional Instructor teaching organizational behaviour, Lisa Higashi’s career is dedicated to student development. She supports and encourages individuals to reach their full potential through educati... Read More →
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Natalia Soloshchenko

Manager, Undergraduate Careers, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
As a Manager for the Career Management Centre, Natalia Soloshchenko supports undergraduate students’ career development and exploration through workshops and advising practices. Prior to SFU, Natalia focused on campus recruitment in professional services firms.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Blurred Boundaries: Work-life Wellness Strategies for Remote Workers – 45 minutes
This session builds understanding of work-life wellness while working remotely. The audience will learn about their personal work-life integration style. There will also be practical, evidence-based tips for improving work-life wellness in our post-COVID society, where some degree of remote work will likely continue. A link to an assessment with real-time feedback on work-life wellness will be provided to attendees.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand challenges/opportunities around work-life wellness faced by remote workers
  • Learn practical tools for improving work-life wellness
  • Reflect on your and your clients’ work-life wellness

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Laura Hambley

President, Work EvOHlution
Dr. Laura Hambley is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who helped launch Work EvOHlution in 2014, due to her passion for enhancing distributed worker success. Laura also co-founded Canada Career Counselling.
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Rebecca Como

Student, University of Calgary
Rebecca Como has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (2020) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (2014). She collaborated with Dr. Laura Hambley to study entrepreneurs and their work-life wellness for her honour’s thesis research.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Creative Entrepreneurship for Newcomer Women – 45 minutes
This project emPOWERed newcomer women with opportunities to learn about creative entrepreneurship and work in collectives as a pathway to overcome barriers in a supportive setting while being inspired by women mentors. It also provided them with an integral place to find their way in a new language and culture, heal from trauma, build community and acquire a supplemental income.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Individual: provided customized business skills training for newcomer women
  • Organizational: increased capacity for leading work that advances gender equality
  • Community: presented networking opportunities between participants and community partners

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Reem Ali

Workplace Integration Liaison, New Canadians Centre
As the Workplace Integration Liaison, Reem Ali Reem leads projects that focus on the economic and social empowerment of newcomers, and co-ordinates working groups under the Peterborough Immigration Partnership that support refugee and immigrant integration.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Engaged Stakeholders Key to Creating Institutional Competency Framework – 45 minutes
Given challenges related to the conceptualization and implementation of generic skills, the University of Ottawa recently devised its bilingual institutional competency framework through the utilization of the Delphi method to garner participatory feedback from all key stakeholders. This interactive presentation will present the research, the methodology, the participants, and more importantly, how best you can reproduce this in your institutions!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the Delphi methodology and how it was applied
  • Ability to quickly identify the major stakeholders at any institution
  • Recognition of how institutional core competencies are intertwined with learning

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Nicole Miller

Assistant Director, University of Ottawa
Nicole Miller owns Mil-Roy Consultants, as well as being Assistant Director at University of Ottawa Co-op & Careers. Active in the careers field, she was the only Canadian contributor to a book prefaced by Dick Bolles.
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Geneviève Gauthier

Curriculum and Outcome Analyst, University of Ottawa
Geneviève Gauthier is a researcher and Curriculum Analyst at the University of Ottawa. Her 15 years of experience and expertise in university pedagogy allow her to support departments in program evaluation, revision and development.
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Olivia Faucher-Tatu

Manager- Academic Support Unit, University of Ottawa
With over 12 years managing academic services, Olivia Faucher-Tatu has solid experience in team leadership, university pedagogy and in evaluation of programs. Perfectly bilingual, she has ensured quality instruction delivery to varied student populations.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Guided Pathways: Integrating Essential Skills into Practice – 45 minutes
Working closely with stakeholders in the career development sector, AWES has developed a customized training framework. This session will provide an overview of the essential skills and their relevance to career development, take participants through a selection of the training available, and allow for discussion of the benefit of integrating essential skills for career development practitioners and their clients.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How do ES levels impact clients’ employment success
  • How can ES tools be used in career development
  • Preview tailored online learning tools for Guided Pathways project

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Maureen Souply

Project Manager, AWES
Maureen Souply is the Project Manager for Guided Pathways and a consultant with AWES. She has worked in adult education for over 15 years in a variety of areas including essential skills, language learning and international educational development.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Helping Students Thrive Beyond School – 45 minutes
Too many young people are struggling under the weight of debilitating stress and anxiety. We will explore innovative strategies and programs that help young adults thrive through experiential learning, self-reflection and intentional skill development. We will also share the Discover Year approach to helping students develop self-awareness, confidence and adaptability that they transfer to their lives and careers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identification of barriers to students thriving in the knowledge economy
  • Understanding of what organizations can do to improve thriving
  • How to create purposeful experiences away from formal education

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jay Gosselin

Founder and President, MentorU & Discover Year
Jay Gosselin is a character-based coach and educator whose mission is to help young people build meaningful and fulfilling lives and careers. He is the founder of MentorU Leadership Academy and the Discover Year program.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) How to Create a Completely Inclusive Workplace Culture – 45 minutes
This talk presents the value of inclusive workplace cultures and gives advice on how to best accommodate for all disabilities, visible and invisible, and how that positively changes the productivity and happiness of all employees.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Common accommodations for disabilities and their cost
  • Benefits of creating an inclusive workplace culture
  • What accessible and inclusive workplaces look like

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Kelly Bron Johnson

Founder/Consultant, Completely Inclusive
Kelly Bron Johnson is an autistic self-advocate and founder of Completely Inclusive, a social enterprise with the aim of teaching businesses how to be inclusive and accessible to all diverse people.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Publishing Your Work & Research in 2021 – 45 minutes
This panel will provide information to faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on how to go about publishing your research and work. The panel consists of journal editors and new and established faculty, graduate student, and practitioner authors. We will guide you through both writing and steps to publishing, provide advice, share our publishing experiences, and answer your specific questions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain information on how to write a strong article
  • Learn skills to craft an article to journal specifications
  • Be able to confidently engage with publishing journals

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Roberta Borgen (Neault)

President, Life Strategies Ltd.
Dr. Roberta Borgen (Neault), UBC Adjunct Professor; President, Life Strategies Ltd.; and CCDF Project Director is a counsellor educator, author, past Journal of Employment Counselling editor, and 2019 recipient of CERIC's Etta St. John Wileman award.
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Diana Boyd (Moderator)

Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Career Development
Diana Boyd is the Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Career Development, author and post-secondary researcher with interests in career, career development and psychology.
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Candy Ho

Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Candy Ho teaches in the Co-operative Education department and in Faculty of Arts’ Educational Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is keenly interested in educational leadership, and in particular the role of post-secondary professionals in student career... Read More →
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Michael Stebleton

Associate Professor; Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Higher Education, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Michael Stebleton's current studies focus on understanding the experiences of first-generation and immigrant college students, including the impact of career courses on career planning and career decision-making. He teaches in the first-year experience and at the graduate level. His... Read More →
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Habib Ullah

Manager, Employment Services, ACCES Employment
For over 15 years, Habib Ullah has been providing career development and employment services. His background includes program management, teaching, career development, training and research. Habib has been overseeing the Employment Ontario program for over 10 years and managing one... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Recognizing Purposeful Career Development with Gap Year Certifications – 45 minutes
With disruptions in education and an increasingly competitive and globalized labour market, gap years are becoming an important option for youth to gain cultural awareness, get experience and develop skills that are sought after by today's employers. Presenters will discuss how micro-credentialing through a new Gap Year Certification can benefit young Canadians to purposefully navigate their personal and career development.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how structured certification programs can aid in career development
  • Learn what options are available for gap years
  • Understand how international gap years support competency development

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Colin Lalonde

Analyst, International Experience Canada
Colin Lalonde is an Analyst with International Experience Canada. His work focuses on spreading awareness of the benefits of gap years and work abroad experiences and improving engagement with LGBTQ2 youth.
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Michelle Ditmer

President, Canadian Gap Year Association
Michelle Ditmer knows students are feeling stressed, rushed, directionless and unprepared for adult life. She founded the Canadian Gap Year Association to encourage gap years as part of career pathways.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Skills and Leadership Development: Opportunities for Indigenous Youth – 45 minutes
Now more than ever youth need to consider innovative ways to empower themselves and prepare for an evolving workforce. This session engages participants to learn about activities Indigenous youth have undertaken to plan for international experience, including financial literacy. This in turn contributes to leadership and career development for broader life success, at home or abroad.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about activities to use with youth, including financial literacy
  • Learn about global skills Indigenous youth developed from working abroad
  • Learn about work permits for youth to expand their opportunities

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tanya Tulus

Policy Analyst and Program Advisor, International Experience Canada (IEC)
Tanya Tulus is a Program Advisor and Policy Analyst with International Experience Canada (IEC). She has over 15 years of working on federal programs, policies and services to help empower Indigenous youth and women.
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Michele Young-Crook

President and CEO, National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA)
Michele Young-Crook is the President/CEO for NATOA and has been a part of the organization since its inception. Michele volunteered for six years at the beginning and plays an integral role in the growth of NATOA.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Strategies for Job Search for Underemployed Individuals – 45 minutes
This session develops an overview of varying factors in identifying skills and determining employment readiness, based on work history, and focused in on general challenges. It applies whether the jobseeker is part of an underemployed group such as mature worker, young worker, an immigrant, a person who faces health issues, etc.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Knowledge of skill identification
  • Knowledge of employment readiness
  • Knowledge of labour market demands

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Evelyn Klassen

Independent Career Development Professional
Evelyn Klassen is an Independent Career Development Professional collaboratively working with individuals, and sometimes groups, to identify skills and to develop strategies to consider job targets in light of the strongest matches to the labour market.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Thriving in Remote Work and Remote Job Search – 45 minutes
COVID-19 has changed the way people work and look for work. It has forced organizations to adapt to remote working conditions and hiring practices. Jobseekers are facing challenges related to global competition, digital literacy and synchronous and asynchronous marketing tools. What knowledge, skills and technological tools should career development professionals acquire to support job-seekers in this new reality?

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop awareness on privacy, vulnerability and digital footprint
  • Explore innovative remote job search and workplace strategies
  • Assess fit: web-design, video production & editing, career e-portfolio

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lara Marchionni Jones

Career Coach, Douglas College - Training Group
Lara Marchionni Jones is a Certified Career Development Practitioner with six years of experience. She is currently working in the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program and supports newcomers in finding employment in BC.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Virtual Jobcycles: Encouraging Millennial Leadership in Online Workspaces – 45 minutes
Countless Gen-Z grads are being onboarded virtually, having never experienced in-person office environments, etiquette or watercooler conversations. Countless Gen-X/Baby Boomer employees plunged into working virtually, having never experienced remote work or digital communities. The lifecycle of a job is now completely online. Millennials are uniquely equipped to help everyone adapt. Learn how to help them level up into leadership.

Learning Outcome:
  • Understand how to support engagement and accessibility in remote work
  • Learn best practices for building relationships in virtual work spaces
  • Gain new perspectives about online ethics and job-search strategies

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Ali Breen

Millennials Career Coach, Ali Breen Career Coaching & Digital Consulting
Ali Breen coaches millennials using narrative, innovative approaches. A constant kickstarter at the intersections of social media, digital marketing and career development, she brings her experiences in training, workforce development, private practice and technology to Cannexus... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(On-demand session released) Working in a Diverse World: How to Develop Cultural Diplomacy for Success – 45 minutes
In an era of pandemic uncertainty what will the future of work look like? What are the youth of today facing for the next few years? This session will explore the future of work and the need for cultural diplomacy. More than ever, COVID-19 has brought together nations to fight against this disease. Understanding cultural differences intra-cultural communications, beyond language, is critical for working in an increasingly culturally diverse world. Most jobs of the future will require employees to have some knowledge of different nations and cultures. Yet we all know that first impressions can go terribly wrong. This session will have some fun looking at cultural intelligence and diplomacy and how these skills will be desired by employers in the future.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Examining cultural diversity in the workforce
  • Knowledge of cultural diplomacy
  • Some fun examples and takeaways from different cultural interactions

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Rodney Nelson

Faculty, International Business, Carleton University, Sprott School of Business
Rodney Nelson is an advocate for sustainable economic development projects worldwide and is passionate about cultural diplomacy, inclusion and governance. He is a faculty member at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and the current CEO and Principal of Governance for... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:00 EST

(Séance sur demande diffusées) La pratique numérique : Adapter, adopter et partager – 45 minutes
Adapter votre pratique au monde numérique est maintenant plus qu’un atout, c’est une nécessité. Mais quels sont les éléments qui feront en sorte que cette transition se fera avec succès pour vous et votre clientèle? Venez découvrir les astuces du métier d’une équipe de professionnels d’expérience qui vous aidera à mieux adapter votre matériel existant, bien choisir des ressources numériques et en comprendre les limites.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Apprendre à adapter votre pratique au monde numérique
  • Améliorer votre esprit critique lors du choix des outils numériques
  • Mieux comprendre les limites de ce qui peut/ne peut pas être partagé

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Annik De Celles

Directrice générale, Septembre éditeur
Après plus de 15 ans en tant qu’enseignante au secondaire, Annik De Celles est devenue directrice générale de Septembre Éditeur en 2017. Elle est passionnée par l’éducation, l’entrepreneuriat, l’édition et cinq fois auteur de publications dans différents domaines... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST

14:30 EST

Working With – and Around – Emotions in Career Helping | Travailler – et vivre – avec les émotions dans le domaine des services de soutien professionnel
Career helping and career counselling are often thought to be largely cognitive processes, with emphases on self-assessment, occupational information and decision-making. This traditional narrative often dominates how funders think about career services provision. Service providers, on the other hand, recognize the powerful role of emotions in helping clients navigate career processes. Working with – and around – emotions in career helping begins with understanding the role that perceptual processes play in framing both the cognitive (ie, thinking/beliefs about engaging in career processes) and the affective (situational and enduring emotional) experiences of clients. In this engaging presentation, Kris will explore the dynamic interplay between feeling, thinking and doing, how those processes are expressed by clients, and how career practitioners can intentionally use these processes to improve results for clients.

On s’imagine souvent que les services d’orientation et de soutien professionnels sont principalement liés à des processus cognitifs qui mettent l’accent sur l’auto-évaluation, l’information sur les professions et la prise de décisions. Cette façon traditionnelle de voir les choses prédomine souvent dans l’idée que se font les bailleurs de fonds de la prestation des services d’orientation professionnelle. Quant à ceux qui fournissent de tels services, ils reconnaissent le puissant rôle des émotions pour aider les clients à s’y retrouver dans les processus d’orientation professionnelle. Pour bien travailler – et vivre – avec les émotions dans le domaine des services de soutien professionnel, il faut commencer par comprendre le rôle que jouent les processus de perception dans les expériences cognitives (p. ex. conception et croyances à l’égard des processus d’orientation professionnelle) et affectives (facteurs situationnels et émotifs persistants) des clients. Dans cette présentation fort intéressante, Kris explorera l’interaction dynamique entre les sentiments, la pensée et l’action, ainsi que la façon dont ces différents éléments sont exprimés par les clients. Il parlera également de la façon dont les intervenants en développement de carrière peuvent utiliser intentionnellement ces éléments pour aider les clients à obtenir de meilleurs résultats.

Keynotes | Conférenciers d’hon...
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Kris Magnusson

Simon Fraser University | Université Simon Fraser, Professor, Faculty of Education | Professeur, Faculté d'éducation
Dr. Kris Magnusson recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and has returned to faculty life as a Professor. He has worked in the career development field since 1980, receiving the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:30 - 15:15 EST

15:30 EST

Exhibitor Visits | Visites d’exposants
Wednesday January 27, 2021 15:30 - 16:30 EST

15:30 EST

(Not Your Typical) Cocktail Party
Is there something you want to talk about at Cannexus, or a kind of conversation you are hoping to have? Then join us for this incredible Zoom cocktail room where you can interact with other conference participants interested in those same topics.

This Cocktail Party will be like nothing you have been to online. You’ll be able to find people who you are interested in talking to, chat in small groups, and move fluidly between conversations – just like at a real cocktail party! Whether you’re the kind of person who loves cocktail parties or someone who finds them kind of awkward, this fun and easy event is intended to provide a meaningful experience for everyone.

It will be hosted by Misha Glouberman, a professional facilitator who helps people run better meetings and conferences, and have more effective and authentic conversations, both online and face to face. He has spent the last 9 months experimenting with ways to create online gatherings that capture a lot of the vitality of real-world get-togethers.

Here are some things to know about the event:  
  • It is an event with a beginning, middle and end. We ask that you be on time, ready to start at 3:30 pm ET. It runs for 1-hour and ends at 4:30 pm ET.
  • Parts of the event will be very structured, with facilitation by Misha. Parts will be more free-form.
  • You need to log in using a computer: Many of the most important features we’ll be using are unavailable on the Zoom tablet/phone software.
  • You’ll need to be running the latest version of Zoom (VERY IMPORTANT) so please be sure to update before the event. We’ll be relying heavily on some features that are *only* available in the latest release.
  • Show up with your camera on, and be ready to participate: This is a participatory, cameras-on event. You’ll spend most of your time in small Zoom video-chat groups. 
  •  Feel free to bring a time-zone-appropriate drink!
Note capacity will be limited and participation is first-come, first-served.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Misha Glouberman

Misha Glouberman teaches communication skills, runs meetings and conferences for organizations, hosts live events, and speaks at conferences. He has taught his course How to Talk to People About Things to hundreds of people and dozens of organizations, imparting memorable and effective... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 15:30 - 16:30 EST

15:30 EST

Learning Lab: Career Decision-making in High Schools: The Whos, Whens and Hows
Let’s do high school career education better! Join researchers and practitioners from across the country in a discussion on how young people make career decisions. We will draw on rich insights from a recent CERIC-funded study to share our learning about who to target, with what, and when. Help us build an agenda for future action in research and practice, including what works well, what needs to change, and what are the questions we still need to answer.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Greg Freethy

District Lead – SD70 Career Education Programs, Pacific Rim School District
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Tammy Strong

Diversity and Respect Co-ordinator, Department of Education, New Brunswick
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Jeff Landine

Associate Professor, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Jeff Landine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. He has worked, in the past, as a counsellor in the public school system, with UNB’s Counselling Services and in private practice for a combined 15 years. His research interests... Read More →
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Reuben Ford

Research Director, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)
Reuben Ford is a Research Director in SRDC’s Vancouver office with extensive experience in the design and analysis of innovations spanning education and employment transitions. Since 2003, he has worked with educators and thousands of students in four provinces on six large-scale... Read More →
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Audrey Appiah

Researcher, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)
Audrey Appiah is a SRDC researcher in its Ottawa office. Her strong research, analytical and data management skills support multiple projects. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ghana, a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University, and is currently... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 15:30 - 16:30 EST

15:30 EST

Looking into the Future: What Students Need to Know Before Working in the Career Development Field
The world of work is changing rapidly and new careers are emerging to meet the needs of the current labour market. If you are a student who is studying career development or thinking about transitioning into the field, it is essential to understand the role of career professionals. Join career leaders from community employment agencies, post-secondary career centres and private sector transition firms for a discussion on the current labour market, job searching skills required, how to get hired and what skillsets you need to move into the career development profession.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Patricia Salmon

Chief Executive Officer, JobStart
Patricia Salmon has over a decade of experience in executive roles in Canada and in the United States and has organizational, financial management and stakeholder relationship skills. Patricia's oversight of programming includes employment services for individuals experiencing significant... Read More →
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Cathy Keates

Director, Career Services and Experiential Learning, Queen’s University
Cathy Keates is the Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning at Queen’s University. Her portfolio includes leading and delivering services and resources for student career development and experiential learning, such as the Queen’s University Internship Program and... Read More →
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Barbara Wilson

Career Development Consultant, Thrive Career Consulting
Barbara Wilson is a career development and learning professional with a 20-year track record of improving individual capability, and helping teams and organizations achieve their objectives. Barbara served as the Director of Career Development at CIBC, where she led the development... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 15:30 - 16:30 EST

15:30 EST

Rencontre des acteurs de l’orientation et du développement de carrière francophone : découverte et partage
Le format virtuel de Cannexus cette année nous offre l’immense opportunité d’avoir des francophones du secteur venant des quatre coins du pays et d’au-delà. Pourquoi ne pas profitez de l’occasion pour mettre un visage sur vos confrères et sur les différents acteurs qui composent le monde de l’orientation et du développement de carrière du Canada francophone? Rejoignez cette séance de découverte et de partages, où vous aurez l’occasion de converser sur ce qui composent notre pratique en tant que spécialiste francophone de la carrière (défis, enjeux, similitudes, etc.). C’est le réseautage francophone de Cannexus à travers lequel vous serez guider dans le partage de votre réalité, afin d’apprendre et de grandir collectivement. 

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Maxime Dumais

c.o., coordonnateur de l'AQPDDC, Association québécoise des professionnel.le.s du développement de carrière (AQPDDC)
L'Association québécoise des professionnels du développement de carrière (AQPDDC) a pour mission de réunir et représenter tous les professionnels.les du développement de carrière de la province de Québec.Maxime Dumais est coordonnateur de l'AQPDDC depuis 2020. Il est aussi conseiller d'orientation en pratique privée et conseiller en emploi pour l'organisme La Croisée, intervenant psychosocial pour le Carrefour des proches... Read More →
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Cyrielle Filias

Spécialiste, Programmes, Apprentissage et développement (bilingue), CERIC
Cyrielle Filias est la spécialiste des programmes, de l’apprentissage et du développement bilingue du CERIC. Elle planifie et coordonne les webinaires, les tournées, les déjeuners de réseautage et les relations avec les intervenants francophones et anglophones. Cyrielle possède... Read More →
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Thierno Diouf

Coordonnateur, Réseautage avec les partenaires, Marketing et communications (bilingue), CERIC
Thierno Diouf est le coordinateur bilingue en charge du réseautage avec les partenaires, du marketing et de la communication du CERIC. Il a notamment pour fonction d’élaborer, de proposer et de mettre en œuvre la promotion des ressources, des sondages et des programmes clés... Read More →


Wednesday January 27, 2021 15:30 - 16:30 EST
 
Monday, February 1
 

10:00 EST

Construction de soi des jeunes adultes en contexte de crise sanitaire
La session portera sur l’analyse de la situation des jeunes adultes en France depuis le démarrage de la crise sanitaire en mars 2020. Il s’agira de cerner les possibles conséquences de cette crise, qui peut constituer une menace identitaire, sur la construction de soi et les stratégies d’orientation et d’insertion des jeunes adultes. Des pratiques d’accompagnement, dans une perspective Life Design, seront également évoquées pour les aider à se projeter dans le futur et affronter les incertitudes générées par cette crise.  

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Le fonctionnement des stratégies identitaires pour faire face aux menaces sociétales
  • Les pratiques d’accompagnement notamment les Dialogues de Conseil en Life Design
  • La situation des jeunes en France

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Valérie Cohen-Scali

Professeure des Universités, Institut National d’Étude du Travail et de l’Orientation Professionnelle (INETOP), Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam), Paris, France
Valérie Cohen-Scali est docteur en psychologie sociale et professeure en psychologie de l’orientation et de l’insertion à l'Inetop-Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam), Paris, France. Elle est responsable de l’équipe de psychologie de l’orientation au Centre... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 EST

12:00 EST

6 Steps to Building Resilient Organizations
It is vital to build resilient organizations in today’s changing world. This presentation breaks down practical steps to creating “responsible impact” and building an organization that is growth-minded, values-based and reflective of community need. It explores Mike's 6 steps to discovering impact thatwas used to build Unity Charity and demonstrates how you can apply this framework in your context.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Access practical tools and examples to help build resilient organizations
  • Learn innovative strategies to build culture and lead from values
  • Apply Mike's 6 steps to discovering impact in your context

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michael Prosserman

CEO, EPIC Leadership
Michael ‘Piecez’ Prosserman is a bestselling author, b-boy (“breakdancer”) and university instructor who specializes in team culture, fundraising and succession. In Michael’s book Building Unity, he shares tools to launching, leading and leaving resilient organizations... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Future of Public Education: Preparing Today’s Students for Success Tomorrow | L’avenir de l’éducation publique : préparer les élèves d’aujourd’hui à la réussite de demain
We need to think about the future of public education to ensure that Canada educates the next generations it needs to compete in the global economy, solve complex social problems, decrease social polarization, and ensure a fair, prosperous and sustainable society. This Mega session will start a dialogue with a panel of diverse leaders across related sectors on what's happening across Canada "beyond the 3R's" -- taking a deeper look at the skills revolution and counselling in K-12. The session will address the question: Where and how are Canada’s education systems providing students with the skills to be “future-ready?”

Learning Outcomes:
  • What are the skills students need to be “future-ready?”
  • How does counselling in K to 12 have to change?
  • What mechanisms exist to work across sectors on skills’ policy?

Nous devons réfléchir à l’avenir de l’éducation publique pour que le Canada forme les prochaines générations dont il a besoin pour être compétitif dans l’économie mondiale, résoudre des problèmes sociaux complexes, réduire la polarisation sociale et assurer une société équitable, prospère et durable. Cette mégaséance permettra d’entamer un dialogue avec un panel de divers leaders de secteurs connexes sur ce qui se passe au Canada « au-delà des 3R » (Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler), en examinant plus en profondeur la révolution des compétences et l’orientation de la maternelle à la 12e année. La séance abordera la question suivante : où et comment les systèmes éducatifs canadiens fournissent-ils aux étudiants les compétences nécessaires pour être « prêts pour l’avenir »?

Objectifs d’apprentissage:
  • Quelles sont les compétences dont les étudiants ont besoin pour être « prêts pour l’avenir »?
  • Comment l’orientation doit-elle évoluer de la maternelle à la 12e année?
  • Quels sont les mécanismes qui existent pour travailler de manière intersectorielle sur une politique des compétences?



Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Elyse K. Watkins

Elyse K. Watkins

Policy and Research Manager | Responsable des politiques et de la recherche, People for Education
Elyse K. Watkins is the Policy and Research Manager at People for Education. She has dedicated much of her professional life to working with both national and provincial governing bodies to enhance public education. Her research interests include policy advocacy, skill development... Read More →
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Annie Kidder (Moderator)

Executive Director | Directrice générale, People for Education
Annie Kidder is the Executive Director and a founder of People for Education. Kidder became involved in public education in Ontario in the late 1990s and since then has become an expert on education policy and funding. She regularly provides advice to policy-makers and government... Read More →
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Mark Beckles

Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation | Directeur général principal, Innovation et stratégie jeunesse, RBC
Mark Beckles is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500-million investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work.Mark Beckles est directeur général principal, Innovation... Read More →
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Bruce Lawson

President | Président, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Bruce Lawson is the President of The Counselling Foundation of Canada and has served in the role since 2013. He is also the Executive Officer of CERIC and an ex-officio member of the CERIC Board of Directors.Bruce Lawson est président de The Counselling Foundation of Canada et occupe... Read More →
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Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project | Directrice générale du Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo | Université de Waterloo
Ilona Dougherty is the co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. In 2004, she co-founded Apathy is Boring educating youth about democracy and encouraging them to vote.Ilona Dougherty est la co-créatrice et directrice générale... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Looking back: How COVID-19 affected career and employment services in 2020
In 2020, CERIC conducted three online surveys to better understand how career and employment professionals confronted the challenges presented by the pandemic. People like you responded to our surveys from across the country and gave us rich insights into some of the issues, challenges, and even opportunities, that arose in the sector this past year. Join us as we look at some highlights from the surveys as well as engage with our panellists to make sense of the year that was and look ahead to what might be on people’s radar in 2021.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Sue Watts

Executive Director, Employment + Education Centre (EEC)
Sue Watts is the Executive Director of the Employment + Education Centre (EEC). Sue has over 27 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and prides herself on building and growing community collaborations. She is an innovator and has brought the immersive power of virtual... Read More →
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Lisa Taylor

President, Challenge Factory
Lisa Taylor is an author, entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer and community leader focused on making sense of the changing world of work. She is the President of Challenge Factory and lives in Toronto.
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Ben Liadsky

Program Manager, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Ben Liadsky joined The Counselling Foundation of Canada in 2017. Ben comes to the Foundation with over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles from evaluation to program management to communications. In addition to his time at the Foundation, Ben also... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

L’intervention en groupe à distance : Défis et enjeux
En raison de la pandémie, de nombreux professionnels en développement de carrière ont été contraints de suspendre temporairement leurs activités de groupe en présentiel, adoptant parfois des pratiques d’intervention groupale à distance. Mais que nous révèle la recherche sur la télépratique en groupe? Cet atelier fera le point sur l’état de la recherche, en explorant quelques défis et pratiques prometteuses.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Présenter l’état de la recherche sur la télépratique en groupe
  • Discuter des défis et éléments importants à prendre en considération
  • Explorer quelques pratiques prometteuses en matière de télépratique en groupe"

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Patricia Dionne

Professeure agrégée, Université de Sherbrooke
Patricia Dionne, c.o., est professeure agrégée au Département d’orientation professionnelle de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Depuis plus de 10 ans, elle s’intéresse à l’intervention en groupe auprès des adultes en transition ou en situation de précarité.
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Gabrielle St-Cyr

Chargée de projet principale - Recherche et analyse, AXTRA - Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi
Gabrielle St-Cyr est chargée de projet principale en recherche et analyse au sein d’AXTRA. À ce titre, elle a mené, depuis 2011, plusieurs projets de recherche visant à faciliter l’insertion professionnelle de diverses clientèles.


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Taking the Career Development Ninja Challenge 2.0
At Cannexus20, participants who attended the session, Taking the Career Development Ninja Challenge, were challenged to use their ninja moves to infiltrate their organizations and work with new partners to collaboratively advance career development. The presenters also accepted this challenge and will showcase new allies in career development at various levels of their post-secondary organizations including faculty and senior administrators.

Learning outcomes:
  • Explore transfer of learning from one conference to another
  • Examine strategies for influencing career development across disciplines
  • Develop creative ways to foster interdisciplinary career development allies

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Candy Ho

Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Candy Ho teaches in the Co-operative Education department and in Faculty of Arts’ Educational Studies department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is keenly interested in educational leadership, and in particular the role of post-secondary professionals in student career... Read More →
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Jennifer Browne (Moderator)

Director, Student Life, Memorial University
Jennifer Browne is the Director of Student Life at Memorial University providing leadership to multiple areas including career development. She is an active CERIC volunteer and a past CERIC Board Chair.
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Atifa Karim

Lead Co-ordinator, Career Education, University of Toronto
Atifa Karim leads a team of Career Educators, who develop and facilitate a range of group and individual career education programming for thousands of students and recent graduates annually.
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Linda Pardy

Associate Dean of Students for the College of Arts, University of the Fraser Valley
Dr. Linda Pardy is Associate Dean of Students for the College of Arts, where she strategically encourages and supports faculty to embed career and student development theory into all Humanities and Social Science courses.


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Reconstructing Careers, Reconstructing Societies
COVID-19 has ravaged the world. While its primary effect has been on our health, it has also had a devastating impact on our working lives and our careers. Whole industries were shut down through the lockdown and many of them are struggling to re-emerge. For young people entering the labour market the impact has been particularly devastating. Inevitably career development practitioners are left to pick up the pieces and to help people to find their way in the new world. In this presentation, Professor Tristram Hooley will talk about how we can best help those most impacted by COVID to reconstruct their careers. We will also consider how career development can contribute towards the creation of a new normal that is fairer and more socially just.

Learning outcomes:
  • The social and inter-connected nature of our careers highlighted by COVID
  • In a period of recession what opportunities are available for young workers?
  • How we are going to rebuild our society as we rebuild our careers

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Tristram Hooley

Director of Research, The Careers & Enterprise Company
Tristram Hooley is a researcher and writer on career and career guidance. He holds professorial roles in the University of Derby, Canterbury Christchurch University and the Inland Norway University of Applied Science and is the Chief Research Officer for the Institute of Student Employers... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Monday February 1, 2021 12:45 - 13:00 EST

13:00 EST

Empowering Girls | Autonomisation des filles
I was a “smart girl,” struggling to accept who I was and what I wanted to become. Without female role models, my mental health suffered, and I lost my love for learning. Luckily, in high school I found teachers who believed in me and led me in the right direction. I therefore know that by encouraging teachers to teach more than what’s in the textbook we can empower girls, improve their mental health and help them solve world problems.

J’étais une « fille intelligente », mais j’avais du mal à accepter la personne que j’étais et ce que je voulais devenir. L’absence de modèles féminins dans ma vie avait un impact négatif sur ma santé mentale et j’avais perdu ma soif d’apprendre. Heureusement, j’ai eu des enseignants qui ont cru en moi à l’école secondaire et qui m’ont dirigée dans la bonne voie. Je sais donc qu’en encourageant les enseignants à voir au-delà de leurs manuels scolaires, nous pouvons contribuer à l’autonomisation des filles, améliorer leur santé mentale et les aider à résoudre les problèmes du monde.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Skye Ables

2nd Year Electrical Engineering Student | Étudiante en deuxième année du programme de génie électrique, University of New Brunswick Fredericton | Université du Nouveau-Brunswick à Fredericton
Skye Ables is in second year Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton preparing to go into the biomedical field to design prosthetics. She was lucky enough to discover her passion and drive early on and is excited to share her experiences and dreams with... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Spark! Session | Séance Spark!
Speakers | Conférenciers
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Gabriel Bran Lopez

Founding President | Président fondateur, Youth Fusion | Fusion Jeunesse
Gabriel Bran Lopez founded the award-winning Youth Fusion, which currently employs 250 people, has worked with over 75,000 students in 300 schools, and has created over 1,100 jobs for youth in Indigenous, rural and urban settings across Canada and France to lower dropout rates. Gabriel... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:00 EST

Status Quo to Social Impact | Du statu quo à une incidence sociale
So often young people put a limitation on their capability to make a change in society due to their age. They think that they are just one person, and their actions will not matter in the grand scheme of things. Dillon exemplifies the fact that this theory is absolutely false as he started a national movement when he was 17 years old!

A lot of students leave school unfulfilled and confused about want to do when they’re older. They put up "fronts" to impress their peers and end up leaving school having no idea who they truly are. Dillon breaks down these barriers, and relates to what they are going through.

Les jeunes sous-estiment souvent leur capacité à changer la société en raison de leur âge. Ils pensent que leurs actions prises isolément n’auront aucune importance dans le grand ordre des choses. L’histoire de Dillon démontre bien que cette théorie est absolument fausse puisqu’il a lancé un mouvement national à 17 ans!

Beaucoup d’étudiants quittent l’école insatisfaits et perplexes par rapport à leur avenir professionnel. Ils ont créé une « façade » pour impressionner leurs pairs et finissent par quitter l’école sans réellement se connaître. Dillon contribue à éliminer ces obstacles et comprend ce que ces jeunes vivent.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Dillon Mendes

Co-Founder | Cofondateur, PickWaste
When Dillon Mendes was in high school, he consistently followed the status quo. Once he was able to step outside of his box and just be himself, his life changed rapidly. At the young age of 17, he co-founded the social enterprise PickWaste. The venture had a huge impact on the environment... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Advancing Older Workers: Career Engagement and Adaptability – 45 minutes
Career planning for older clients has become a contemporary issue many career practitioners now encounter and highlights the importance of understanding the motivation of this cohort to engage (or re-engage) in the workforce and supporting them in adapting to a rapidly changing world of work. The aim of this presentation is to contribute research and recommendations that advocates this.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Promoting policy and professional practice conversations about older worker value
  • Career development interventions encouraging older workers to be active players
  • Supporting mature clients in preparing and adapting to workforce

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jennifer Luke

Careers Educator & Researcher, University of Southern Queensland - Australian Collaboratory for Career Employability & Learning for Living (ACCELL)
Jennifer Luke is a doctoral candidate with the Australian Collaboratory for Career, Employability and Learning for Living (ACCELL) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and also a careers educator. Current research focuses on career development for mature workers.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Career Development and the Public Sector – 45 minutes
In 2020, Lisa and Taryn researched and wrote the forthcoming CERIC publication Retain & Gain: Career Management for the Public Sector, gaining a deeper appreciation for how career development can be better understood, practiced and applied by those in public sector careers and in policy development. This session shares these key learnings and explores opportunities for broader collaboration.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Share experiences with career development practices within the public service
  • Understand how career development can be integrated into policy development
  • Gain a sneak-peak at a new CERIC publication

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lisa Taylor

President, Challenge Factory
Lisa Taylor is an author, entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer and community leader focused on making sense of the changing world of work. She is the President of Challenge Factory and lives in Toronto.
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Taryn Blanchard

Research Co-ordinator, Challenge Factory
Taryn Blanchard is Challenge Factory’s Research Co-ordinator. She thrives on human-based research projects that use applied ethnography and multi-disciplinary collaboration. She holds a PhD. in anthropology.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Digitalization of Service Delivery: Approaches, Strategies and Challenges – 45 minutes
This session explores the digitalization of service delivery in the context of employment services organizations. Presenters will introduce the use of new AI (artificial intelligence) and other online tools to bridge and enhance learning and service pathways. The session will be presented using a series of case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of blended and online learning and service models.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Tools and approaches for online and blended learning delivery
  • Strategies and capacity considerations when adopting technology across organizations
  • Developing leading-edge approaches to services in the sector

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Manjeet Dhiman

Senior Vice-President, Services & Strategic Initiatives, ACCES Employment
Manjeet Dhiman is Senior Vice-President, Services and Strategic Initiatives at ACCES Employment. With over 20 years of experience in the non-profit, charitable sector, Manjeet has been a key contributor to ACCES Employment’s growth and to the development of employment and training... Read More →
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Ada Wong

Vice-President, Marketing, Communications and Digital Strategies, ACCES Employment
Ada Wong has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector for nearly 20 years and brings strategy and experience leading communications and digital transformation across organizations. She currently leads several digital innovation projects at ACCES Employment.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Diversity and Inclusion Through Intersectonality and Universal Design – 45 minutes
Many programs that address employment barriers fail to see the nuanced realities that jobseekers might experience. Through understanding the intersections of different barriers, and how universal principles of anti-oppression and inclusion can create a new landscape, we can strengthen our relationship with clients and facilitate employers’ abilities to put inclusion practices into place in a meaningful way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Deepen understanding of intersectionality and its relationship to employment barriers
  • Develop strategies to build respectful, trusting relationships with multi-barriered people
  • Gain tools to advocate for meaningful diversity and inclusion programs

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Kayley Marsh

Program Facilitator, InSight Youth Mentorship Program, KEYS Job Centre
Kayley Marsh (they/them) is a diversity, inclusion and anti-oppression workshop facilitator and adult educator. They are currently the co-coordinator of the InSight Youth Mentorship project and the New Horizons Newcomer Youth Group.
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Amanda Dorter

Intercultural Inclusion Specialist, KEYS Job Centre
An intercultural inclusion specialist with a background in intersectional diversity and inclusion, education and neuro-rehabilitation, Amanda Dorter co-created Kingston’s Workplace Inclusion Charter. Their work encourages individual and organizational growth and resilience, and... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Feeding the Spirit: Indigenous Women, Career and Mental Health – 45 minutes
This session explores how an Indigenous women’s group feeds the physical, emotional, spiritual, academic and career spirits of attendees. It highlights how Indigenous women come together in a weekly luncheon group to offer connections, resources, emotional and cultural supports, as well as career-life planning strategies to help build a sense of belonging that adds to their academic and career success.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The power of culturally appropriate means of information sharing
  • Sense of belonging supports the success of Indigenous students
  • Significance of education as the bedrock of career-life planning

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Kathy Offet-Gartner

Counsellor/Associate Professor, Mount Royal University (MRU)
Kathy Offet-Gartner is a Counselling Psychologist and career practitioners who practices, teaches, and writes about her work with Indigenous Peoples, emphasizing resilience, commitment and academic achievement as foundational to career-life balance, mental health and wellness.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Fostering Innovation & Agility in Uncertain Times – 45 minutes
COVID-19 has impacted how we work and deliver our programs, yet NPower Canada was able to effectively pivot to online, supporting youth to successfully complete our programs, while simultaneously scaling our operations nationally. A culture of innovation has been vital to our growth and success and was key to our ability to pivot quickly and establish new ways of working.

Learning Outcomes:
  • An intentional approach to fostering organizational culture of innovation
  • Building the right team, developing leaders at every level
  • Preparedness and agility, what that looks like in practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Julia Blackburn

CEO, NPower Canada
Julia Blackburn, NPower Canada’s CEO, launched the organization in 2014 and is currently implementing a national scaling initiative. She has over 30 years of broad management experience working with small businesses and non-profit organizations.
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Andrew Reddin

Chief Development Officer, NPower Canada
Andrew Reddin, CDO, oversees programming, employer engagement and partnership development. He has over10 years of experience in workforce development, previously working with ACCES Employment, the Centre for Education and Training and Social Capital Partners.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Inside Career Development: Stress, Coping and Mental Health – 45 minutes
The transactional model of stress and coping explains how career development supports mental health and may provide multi-faceted intervention for mental illness. In this session, we discuss the mechanisms underlying these influences and outline practitioner approaches to enhancing intentionality and effectiveness in relation to client well-being. It is possible to facilitate career development and promote client well-being simultaneously!

Learning Outcomes:
  • The career development mechanisms the support positive mental health
  • Explanation of how career development may be mental illness intervention
  • Strategies for increasing intentionality and effectiveness in supporting client well-being

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michael Huston

Counsellor, Mount Royal University
Michael is a counsellor with Mount Royal University and focuses on career development with specific interest in counsellor training, career intervention strategies and outcomes, career development as mental health intervention, and work and wellbeing.
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Dave Redekopp

President, Life Role Development Group
Working for over 30 years in the wide-ranging career development field, Dave Redekopp is still curious about worker-workplace relationships, work-life connections, psychological health, the quirkiness of human behaviour, and more.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Language Is Powerful: Are We Choosing Ours Wisely? – 45 minutes
Our word choices with clients have the potential to foster a climate of safety and mattering, to empower, to plant seeds of possibility. They also the potential to trigger and disempower. This session invites us to reconsider typical word choices and labels we use with clients. Language matters as we strive to move towards being trauma-informed professionals that value inclusion.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the interplay of language, emotion and somatic responses
  • Explore typical word choices and their possible impacts
  • Identify strategies for tapping into the positive potential of language

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Catherine Hajnal

Grief Educator | Éducatrice sur des sujets en lien avec le chagrin, Life Fundamentals
As a Grief Educator, Dr. Catherine Hajnal facilitates an understanding of grief and loss and their transformative potential. She is committed to creating learning environments that foster a deeper understanding of the human condition.En tant qu’éducatrice sur des sujets en lien... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) LinkedIn: Economic Modelling and Opportunities for All – 45 minutes
LinkedIn is well known as a place to find jobs, but did you know we have a much bigger vision? Learn more about how the platform is used as arguably the most up-to-date source for labour market information and our most recent work to ensure LinkedIn is a global place for opportunities for all.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Summary of LinkedIn's network and economic data
  • Articulation of how LinkedIn currently partners with governments/non-profits/corporations
  • Learning outcome
  • Understand new work targeting disadvantaged populations

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jake Hirsch-Allen

Vice-President, International Council on Badges and Credentials
Jake Hirsh-Allen manages LinkedIn Learning's relationships with North America's governments in relation to workforce development and higher education systems. Jake is a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council... Read More →
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Kate Ovington (Moderator)

Government Lead, LinkedIn Learning, LinkedIn
Kate Ovington (Moderator) has worked for LinkedIn for the past eight years, focusing on helping organizations recruit and learn. Recently Kate has been working with Canadian governments on skills development and labour market information.
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Michael Page

Government Lead, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn
Mike Page has worked for LinkedIn for the past six years, focusing on helping organizations recruit and learn. Recently Mike has been working with Canadian governments on skills development and labour market information.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Low-wage Workers: Learnings in a Time of Pandemic – 45 minutes
Job losses as a result of COVID 19 impacted low-wage workers disproportionatly and in the early days of the pandemic it was aknowledged that recovery for these workers would likely take longer and be more precarious. This session will: share stories and learnings of how crisis impacted low-wage workers, review the impact of different interventions and suggest future policy directions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The experieces of low-wage earners in a crisis
  • The efficacy of "helping" interventions
  • A vision for a different workforce system

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Mandie Abrams

Executive Director, Hospitality Workers Training Centre
Mandie Abrams has enjoyed a 20+year career in the non-profit sector. Many of those years have been spent in the field of workforce development. Currently Mandie is the Executive Director of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre.
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Ghazal Niknazar

Project Manager, Hospitality Workers Training Centre
Ghazal Niknazar is a researcher and project manager with over 15 years of experience in the field of adult education and training – both at program level as well as on research and policy fronts.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) MentorAbility Canada: A National Community of Practice – 45 minutes
Communities of practice are integrated networks that address common challenges through the collective knowledge and expertise of their membership. The MentorAbility Canada initiative, offered through Canadian Association for Supported Employment, will demonstrate the power of mobilizing a national community of practice to develop promising practices around mentoring and inclusive employment strategies. Join our panel discussion as we share our findings.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the impact on employer outcomes, e.g. creating inclusive workforces
  • Share promising practices around mentoring, designed through collective input
  • Illustrate the facilitation and development of provincial inclusive employment approaches

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Marussia Paradis

Co-ordinator of MentorAbility Initiative, SPHERE
Marussia Paradis is the Co-ordinator of the MentorAbility Initiative in Quebec and a Project Officer with SPHERE. Marussia offers experience in national partnership development, funds management and responding to the labour needs of employers.
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Joanna Goode

Executive Director, Canadian Association for Supported Employment
Joanna Goode is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE). She offers extensive experience leading organizations that support economic and social inclusion, is a well-seasoned presenter and has worked with communities of practice.
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Belinda Deenik (Moderator)

National Trainer, Canadian Association for Supported Employment
Belinda Deenik (Moderator) is the National Trainer for the MentorAbility Canada Initiative with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment. Belinda has a robust history of developing and delivering training and working with communities of practice.
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Marcus Jamieson

Provincial Co-ordinator - MentorAbility Canada, Team Work Cooperative
Marcus Jamieson is currently the MentorAbility Provincial Co-ordinator in Nova Scotia (TEAM Work Cooperative) for CASE. Marcus has over 20 years of experience supporting adults with various disabilities in developing life and employment plans.
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Renate Burwash

Provincial Co-ordinator - MentorAbility Canada, Gateway Association
Renate Burwash is the Alberta Provincial Co-ordinator for MentorAbility Canada, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Gateway Association and was named one of Edmonton’s top 100 Women in Business by the University of Alberta.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Older Men and the Transition to Retirement – 45 minutes
The focus will be on a study of how men age 55 or older, who have been highly work-identified, are able to find a new sense of community, discover meaning beyond work, and engage in activities that give them a renewed sense of purpose in retirement. Also discussed will be the complexity of the transition and its psychological impact.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Increased understanding of career/life transitions of older men
  • Implications for programs to support successful transitions for this group
  • Better understanding of issues related to high work identification

Speakers | Conférenciers
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William Borgen

Professor, University of British Columbia
Bill Borgen has studied career and life transitions and has developed programs that have been implemented nationally and internationally. His work has been adapted for use in Bhutan, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
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Deepak Mathew

Assistant Professor, Trinity Western University
Deepak Mathew is an Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. His research interest is in the area of career development and life transitions.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Online Workshops Helping Post-Secondary Students with Isolation and Uncertainty – 45 minutes
Uncertainty in the world of work has long been a concern, as discussed in Blustein's (2019) recent book. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, post-secondary students' uncertainty is more front and centre than ever, coupled with the social isolation of remote learning. This presentation discusses the content and process of recent online workshops' development and facilitation, and best practices for future offerings.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the current context of students' isolation and uncertainty
  • Understand the role and process of online workshop offerings
  • Learn about best practices as an outcome of these offerings

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo

Counsellor, University of Calgary
Dr. Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo, RPsych, is a Counsellor at Student Wellness Services at the University of Calgary. She is keenly interested in the intersection of mental health concerns and career counselling.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Scaling Virtual Career Development on Three Campuses: Courses, Programming, Co-op – 45 minutes
Numerous studies and reports call for innovative delivery of college and university career development. Traditional services are questioned regarding reach, impact and outcomes. Transactional models emphasizing time, resource-intensive counselling and presentations face decline. Referral activity is being replaced by virtual approaches to build campus-wide efforts, use peer support, feedback, interactive technology and partnerships to facilitate career development outcomes at scale. Leaders from three campuses will review how “digital by default,” leveraging new technologies to augment human capabilities, and building trust, engagement and connection within remote offices and interventions have changed their practice and increased outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate recommendations from studies about virtual career development services
  • Provide roadmap to scale campus virtual programs
  • Experience quick techniques used on campus to evaluate next steps

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Rich Feller

Professor, Colorado State University
Rich Feller, Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University and former National Career Development Association President. Former school, vocational, and admissions counselor, consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, and organizations within all US states... Read More →
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Mark Franklin

Practice Leader, CareerCycles
Mark Franklin teaches career management at University of Toronto, is co-founder of OneLifeTools, CareerCycles Practice Leader and Stu Conger award-winner. He co-authored Who You Are Matters! and Online Storyteller, trained 1,000+ career professionals on using structured reflection... Read More →
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Jayne Greene-Black

Career Coach, York University
Jayne Greene-Black career counsels virtually using Onelifetool's Online Storyteller. She has taught career content virtually in a university credit course. She co-ordinates a career development mentorship program for students with disabilities, many components of which are virtua... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Using an Holistic Approach to Support Immigrants in Mentorship – 45 minutes
Considering multiple barriers immigrants and refugees with lower level of education and language skills are facing in their job search, a holistic approach is emerging to enhance the traditional mentorship support. In this presentation, I will share information on IRCC's newest immigration levels plan, navigate multiple barriers immigrants face to integration especially COVID-19's impact, explore the holistic approach of mentorship, and world-wide mentorship practices.

Learning outcome:
  • Optimize mentorship supports for immigrants and refugees with multiple barriers
  • Build innovative, collaborative and dynamic partnership with versatile stakeholders
  • Share best practices in mentorship support to immigrants

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jasmine Qi

Program/Project Manager, Toursim HR Canada
Holding a master's degree in HR management, Jasmine Qi has extensive experience in project management, stakeholder relationship management and employment support focus on mentoring immigrant population with an innovative approach to promote inclusion within workplaces.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Weaving Reflection into Transition & Pathway Planning (Grades 7-12) – 45 minutes
This session will add to your toolbox of reflection strategies to help students transfer learning beyond the classroom. Providing students the opportunity to reflect and debrief enables them to deepen their learning while promoting good metacognition. Through meaningful reflection activities, teachers can support students in developing the skills and knowledge they need to make informed education and career/life planning choices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn more about the experiential learning cycle
  • Add to your "toolkit" of reflection strategies
  • Ways to weave reflection into transition and pathway planning

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Nicole Dolabaille

Guidance and Student Success Facilitator, Durham District School Board
Nicole Dolabaille is the Guidance and Student Success Facilitator for the Durham District School Board. She has been teaching in the public secondary system for over 20 years.
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Jennette Walton

Community Connected Experiential Learning Facilitator, Durham District School Board
Jennette Walton is the Community Connected Experiential Learning Facilitator for the Durham District School Board. She has been teaching in the public secondary system for 16 years.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Work-life Wellness for Remote Entrepreneurs – 45 minutes
Investigating work-life wellness is key to improving the mental health and productivity of entrepreneurs. This session introduces concepts related to wellness and working remotely and describes results from research on work-life wellness. The most significant result we found was that 39-54-year-olds had higher work-life wellness scores than 30-38-year-olds. Potential implications for working remotely in a post-pandemic world will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Differentiate the term work-life wellness from work-life balance
  • Understand unique challenges/opportunities for remote entrepreneurial work and wellness
  • Reflect on your own work-life wellness and improve it

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Rebecca Como

Student, University of Calgary
Rebecca Como has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (2020) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (2014). She collaborated with Dr. Laura Hambley to study entrepreneurs and their work-life wellness for her honour’s thesis research.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(Séance sur demande diffusées) Guider les intervenants-es en développement de carrière sur la pratique de l'accompagnement en ligne – 45 minutes
La pratique à distance offre une opportunité d’accompagner nos clients selon différentes modalités, que ce soit par téléphone, échange de courriels, clavardage ou vidéoconférence. Les recherches menées depuis plus de 25 ans sur la télépratique nous montrent que le praticien en développement de carrière peut s’appuyer sur des données probantes pour amorcer la télépratique.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Quelques réflexions d’ordre déontologique – points de vigilance
  • Quelques données probantes- une pratique légitime
  • Quelques bonnes pratiques durant l’intervention

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michel Turcotte

Doctorant, Université Laval
Michel Turcotte est conseiller d’orientation et psychologue. Michel complète un doctorat sur l’accompagnement en orientation professionnelle à distance. Il a reçu le prix Etta St. John Wileman en 2017 décerné par le CERIC.


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Online Career Services: How-to and Why-to – 45 minutes
Our workshops have been moving online for a few years for students' convenience. When Ontario colleges and universities sent students and staff home, we moved our 3-day Get Hired career conference online in just six weeks, and doubled our reach from ~200 to 500+! Immediately after we launched a virtual Job Seekers Club, and began hosting networking events online. We did it all using well-known and low-cost technology!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Develop appreciation for using learning outcomes for decision-making
  • Understand interplay between technology and learning activities
  • Apply the lessons we learned to your own services

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jennifer Davies

Manager, Career Development, University of Toronto Scarborough
Dr. Jen Davies serves as Manager, Career Development at the UofT Scarborough. She has worked in post-secondary and community career services since 2007. She completes MOOCs and teaches online for Conestoga College.
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Adrian Berg

Employer Engagement Co-ordinator, University of Toronto Scarborough
Adrian Berg is an Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at the University of Toronto Scarborough where he connects students with employers, alumni and professionals for career exploration, experiential and recruitment programs. Adrian has over 20 years of experience in the post-secondary... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 13:45 - 14:30 EST

14:15 EST

You’re a Hurdler, You Just Don’t Know It | Vous êtes un coureur de haies, mais vous ne le savez pas
While we may not all go over literal obstacles, we all face life’s figurative hurdles. Learn how a world champion athlete has conquered barriers on and off the track and how you can use those same lessons to win in all areas of your life.

Même si, dans la vie, nous ne franchissons pas les obstacles en sautant littéralement par-dessus, comme des coureurs de haies, nous sommes tous confrontés à des défis pouvant se comparer à une course à obstacles. Découvrez comment une athlète championne du monde a surmonté les obstacles sur la piste et en dehors, et comment vous pouvez utiliser ces mêmes leçons pour gagner dans tous les domaines de votre vie.

Keynotes | Conférenciers d’hon...
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Perdita Felicien

Olympian, Author, Broadcaster | Olympienne, auteure, commentatrice
One of Canada’s most decorated athletes, Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, two-time World Champion and 10-time National Champion in the 100m hurdles. She is now an author, television host, public speaker and sports broadcaster. She hosts the new television series, All Round... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST
 
Wednesday, February 3
 

10:00 EST

Educational Guidance and Career Counselling in Africa: The Case of South Africa and French-speaking Sub-Sahara African Countries
Educational guidance and career counselling in South Africa
Unemployment is a major challenge for South Africans, with high rates of unemployment of between 27.7% and 36.8%. These unemployment rates are currently higher in COVID-19 because of the closure of businesses. The exclusion of the Black, Coloured and Indian populations from an effective educational system and a range of employment opportunities was one of the great injustices of apartheid, and residual disparities can still be witnessed. The practice of career counselling in South Africa is confronting the challenge of chronic unemployment over generations, which needs to be viewed within the historical context and migratory employment patterns within South Africa, and the notions of access, choice and careers need to be carefully unpacked.

Educational guidance and career counselling in French-speaking sub-Sahara African countries
The education systems of most French-speaking African countries underwent successive reforms soon after their independence. The main objectives were to guarantee education for all, the training of a teaching staff, and the greater professionalization of the education system. Career counselling and vocational guidance were supposed to help shape citizens capable of contributing to the economic development of their country. However, the economic crisis of the 80s did not allow career counselling services to develop as envisioned. The situation today is alarming and includes the lack of budget, staff (e.g., 1 career counsellor for 500 university students in Cameroon and 43,000 students in Togo), adequate intervention tools, and continuing training for counsellors.

Decent work and the psychology of working theory in West Africa
Decent work is crucial for an individual’s life development and well-being. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, decent work was made an explicit goal. In the field of vocational psychology, the psychology of working theory states that both contextual and individual factors have an impact on individual career paths and thus on people’s ability to access decent work. This theory also suggests that appropriate educational and vocational guidance can support access to decent work and sustain well-being. Several studies have investigated how decent work is perceived in West Africa and the validity of the psychology of working theory in this African context.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Gert van Brussel

Dr. Gert van Brussel is President of IAEVG, the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and a past President and Honourable Member of NOLOC, the Dutch association of career professionals. Gert has more than 40 years' experience in the domain of career development... Read More →
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Anouk Jasmine Albien

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Lausanne
Anouk Jasmine Albien, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher based at the Psychology Institute at the University of Lausanne. Anouk has received several awards including the MSC-IF European Commission Seal of Excellence, the ESVDC Early Career Researcher’s Award, South African National... Read More →
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Jérôme Rossier

Professor of Vocational and Counselling Psychology, University of Lausanne
Jérôme Rossier is full Professor of vocational and counselling psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lausanne. He is editor of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance and member of several editorial boards and has published almost... Read More →
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Kokou Amenyona Atitsogbe

PhD Student, University of Lausanne
Kokou Amenyona Atitsogbe holds an MSc in occupational psychology (University of Lomé, Togo), an MSc in career counselling psychology (INETOP-CNAM, France), and is currently a junior SNF researcher and a PhD student in career counselling at CePCO (University of Lausanne). His research... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 EST

12:00 EST

Building a Skills Playbook for the Recovery
With a potential vaccine for COVID-19 on the horizon, Canada’s focus can now shift to rebuilding our economy. Of chief concern is how to avoid a K-shaped recovery: one that favours the highly skilled but leaves everyone else behind. This is a discussion of what skills we’ll need for a balanced recovery and how best to deliver them.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Pedro Barata

Executive Director, Future Skills Centre
Known for his strategic leadership, an active voice on social policy, and a commitment to community building, Pedro Barata’s career and extensive volunteer work in the non-profit sector spans two decades. As the Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, Barata works with the... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Employer Innovation for Newcomer Employment
Employers are encouraged to hire newcomers, yet newcomers face challenges with lack of recognition of their foreign education & work credentials. Highlights of this session are: strategies for employers to play a greater role in socioeconomic integration of newcomers; employer perspectives in bridging gaps between demand and supply of skills to accelerate labour market absorption; and promising practices to meet future skills needs.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Breaking through the glass ceiling for newcomers' economic integration
  • Building capacity in employment services for newcomers
  • Targeted innovative employment and retention strategies for employers

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Victoria Agyepong

Supervisor, Labour Market Anaylsis and Employer Engagement, Skills for Change
Victoria Agyepong is an award-winning mixed-methods Economic Development Policy Lead with an MSc in economics and is an MSc rural planning and development candidate. She has over five years’ experience working and researching sustainable and inclusive economic development research... Read More →
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Sampada Kukade

Director of Employer Engagement and Program Marketing, Skills for Change
Sampada Kukade has over 15 years of marketing and partnerships experience. Prior to working at Skills for Change, Sampada led communications, events and a physician leadership program at the Ontario Medical Association.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

L'immigration stratégique : une part essentielle d'un vrai développement durable
Si le COVID-19 nous a montré une chose, c'est que tous nos systèmes (éducation, économie, santé) doivent êtres revus. Certains demandent un capitalisme 2.0, d'autres, une économie plus humaine, mais surtout un vrai développement durable. Nous proposons une approche stratégique, calculée et humaine pour guider le Canada vers l'avenir. CAUTION : Certains seront bousculés par la tension créative de cette discussion.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Les failles du système et obstacles à l'immigration
  • Pratiques gagnantes de la communauté d'accueil pour une intégration réussie
  • Des stratégies de collaboration pour le succès de l'immigration

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Christian Howald

Directeur régional - Région Nord, Société économique de l'Ontario
Directeur régional, code postal "P" (SÉO), champion des mangeurs de tartes aux bleuets (Sudbury), instructeur de Judo (YMCA), chanteur d’opéra, yodleur, président du Phénix (accessibilité-inclusion) et maîtrise en développement économique, social et communautaire régi... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Leading Virtual Team Career Conversations in the Work-from-Home Era
No water cooler? Work-from-home employees need alternatives to socialize, overcome isolation’s mental toll and grow careers. Much effort on virtual teams focused on productivity at the expense of people. Post-COVID, we need to re-ignite the Me in We, help individuals thrive, build team resilience. Using narrative techniques, learn to pivot your career development skills to engage virtual teams with impactful career conversations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain three insights into workplace employee career management needs
  • Create opportunities for employees to advance in their current role
  • Develop structured conversational skills to build organizational virtual team engagement

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Mark Franklin

Practice Leader, CareerCycles
Mark Franklin teaches career management at University of Toronto, is co-founder of OneLifeTools, CareerCycles Practice Leader and Stu Conger award-winner. He co-authored Who You Are Matters! and Online Storyteller, trained 1,000+ career professionals on using structured reflection... Read More →
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Shahrzad Arasteh

Founder, Career Counselor and Trainer, Career Consult MD
Shahrzad Arasteh, author of Nourish Your Career, is a career counsellor and trainer specializing in social good, people and organizations. She has an MA in clinical psychology and is a Who You Are Matters! Facilitator.
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Susan Mulholland

Managing Consultant, Career Drive
Susan Mulholland, an experienced career facilitator, has delivered face to face and virtual training to over 100 clients in the UK and Ireland. She holds a bachelor of business studies and MSc in organisational behaviour.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Radical Change in Career Education: Evidence-based Benchmarks | Changement radical dans l’éducation au choix de carrière : points de repère fondés sur des données probantes
Every Ministry of Education in Canada has endorsed evidence-based benchmarks intended to support career education in K-PSE. This session presents the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Reference Framework for Successful Student Transitions, delineates the benchmarks and its assessment tool. It features a panel of career experts who are using and advocating for their application across Canada. Come and explore how you can use them too.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To learn about benchmarks for good practice in career education
  • To learn about possible applications in schools and institution
  • To discuss ways to advocate for their use"

Tous les ministères de l’Éducation du Canada ont approuvé des points de repère fondés sur des données probantes et destinés à soutenir l’éducation au choix de carrière de la maternelle au niveau postsecondaire. Cette séance présente le cadre de référence du Conseil des ministres de l’Éducation (Canada) pour la réussite des transitions des élèves, en décrivant les points de repère et l’outil d’évaluation associés. Elle comprend un panel de spécialistes en gestion de carrière qui utilisent ces points de repère et plaident en faveur de leur application partout au Canada. Venez découvrir comment vous pouvez vous aussi en tirer avantage.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Pour en savoir plus sur les points de repère des bonnes pratiques en matière d’éducation au choix de carrière
  • Pour en savoir plus sur les applications possibles dans les écoles et les institutions
  • Pour discuter des moyens de plaider en faveur de l’utilisation de ces points de repère

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Donnalee Bell

Managing Director | Directrice générale, Canadian Career Development Foundation | Fondation canadienne pour le développement de la carrière
Donnalee Bell is the Managing Director with the Canadian Career Development Foundation. She has led many national, provincial and territorial initiatives focused on finding ways to increase youth access to career services and career education.Donnalee Bell est la directrice générale... Read More →
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Lorraine Godden

Adjunct Assistant Professor | Professeure adjointe auxiliaire, Carleton University | Université de Carleton
Dr. Lorraine Godden teaches Careers and Employability Skills at Carleton University. Her research includes career planning work-integrated-learning, and adult education. Lorraine serves on the Board of Directors of CERIC and the Asia-Pacific Career Development Association.La Dre Lorraine... Read More →
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Adriano Magnifico

Career & Entrepreneurship Consultant | Conseiller en carrière et emploi, Louis Riel School Division | Division scolaire Louis Riel
Adriano Magnifico has been recognized for innovative career development practices with youth and shared his LEAN Career Design Canvas with practitioners throughout Canada and in other countries.Adriano Magnifico est reconnu pour ses pratiques de développement de carrière novatrices... Read More →
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Tricia Berry

Universal Design for Career Education, Education Support Services | Conception universelle en matière d’éducation au choix de carrière et de services de soutien à l’éducation, Government of New Brunswick | Gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick
Tricia Berry is a Learning Specialist with the New Brunswick Government. Her work includes career guidance at the secondary level, teacher development within post-secondary education programs, and, currently, provincial implementation of career education across K-12.Tricia Berry est... Read More →
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Rhonda Taylor

CEO | Chef de la direction, Career Trek
Rhonda Taylor is the CEO for Career Trek – a not-for-profit that provides career development programming for children and youth. She’s spent her career supporting individuals to reach their full potential. Her motto: Talk. Plan. Act.Rhonda Taylor est la directrice générale de... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:00 EST

Self-care for Career Development Practitioners
This interactive sessionp focuses on a review of the challenges faced by career professionals by the nature of their work (including vicarious trauma, compassion
fatigue and burnout), and how to identify symptoms within themselves. Based on current research, the emphasis of this session is on practical self-care and personal wellness strategies as an ethical imperative to remain competent as practitioners.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the challenges of working in helping field
  • Identify trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout in self and others
  • Create strategies to build resilience against negative effects of work"

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michael Sorsdahl

Psychologist/Educator, Juvenation Wellness
Michael Sorsdahl is a practicing psychologist, educator and is the founder of the Juvenation Wellness Centre in BC. Holds leadership positions as Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Ethics Chair and President of the Counsellor Educator and Supervisors Chapte... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST

12:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Wednesday February 3, 2021 12:45 - 13:00 EST

13:00 EST

Pathways to Prosperity for BIPOC Youth
This special plenary session will focus on RBC’s July 6 commitment to taking Action Against Systemic Racism, particularly around creating meaningful and transformative pathways to prosperity for 25,000 BIPOC youth.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Mark Beckles

Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation | Directeur général principal, Innovation et stratégie jeunesse, RBC
Mark Beckles is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500-million investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work.Mark Beckles est directeur général principal, Innovation... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST

13:45 EST

Break | Pause
Activities & Networking | Activités et réseautage

Hallway Meetings are generously brought to you by Douglas College. These video-based peer-to-peer matchmaking sessions take place during all breaks at Cannexus. To participate, you will be required to build your “Want to Meet” list in the platform by January 9, 2021. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you complete your “Want to Meet” list by January 9, your meetings will be automatically scheduled in your personal agenda in the platform. After this date, we will not be able to accommodate the peer-to-peer matchmaking functionality within your profile. If you are unable to participate in Hallway Meetings, you will still be able to connect directly (by video or chat) with other attendees within the platform.

The need for Canada’s career development communities to be united and working towards the common goal of Career Development for Public Good has never been more critical. The Virtual Community Mosaic is a powerful collaborative process where participants actually produce a small work of art that creates ONE LARGE COMMUNITY MOSAIC, in real time. Our unique Virtual Community Mosaic will bring us together through creativity and the expression of a shared vision.

Participants will be delighted with the final image – to be unveiled post-Cannexus – and the power of their individual contribution to the collective masterpiece. This fun anchoring experience will reinforce what is possible as we collectively re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice. Each of us will leave the experience not only aligned, connected and accountable for our “piece” of the picture but also more ambitious for the future.

Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) 5 Ways to Boost Workplace Retention – 45 minutes
What does it take to assist individuals with multiple barriers to thrive at work? Learn five evidence-based strategies for building self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Based on the latest research into psychological and social well-being, motivation and emotional intelligence, this presentation touches on ways to support individuals to thrive at work, including finding meaning, overcoming setbacks and building personal resilience.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify five strategies that assist individuals with multiple barriers
  • Discuss strategies for supporting individuals to sustain and thrive
  • Examine how to support individuals to retain employment

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Kim Davies

Project Coordinator, Agilec
Kim has been in vocational rehabilitation for the past 25+ years. Her focus throughout her career is to help individuals, whether employers or employees, to find success, fulfillment, purpose, and ultimately JOY in the workplace.
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Crystal Dolliver

Training Co-ordinator, Agilec
Crystal Dolliver draws on her professional skills as a facilitator and over 10 years of experience as a job coach of individuals with disabilities. She is experienced at supporting clients to reach their potential.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) A Catalyst for Virtual Employment Training and Services – 45 minutes
Career Pathways for Visible Minority Newcomer Women, a three-year pilot, responded quickly and suddenly to innovate their face-to-face services to virtual delivery as a response to COVID-19. Learn about impacts of the pandemic on participants’ experience with the virtual format, along with insights from partners. CPVMNW is implementing 11 initiatives across Canada designed to support employment programming for newcomer women.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about opportunities and challenges with virtual delivery for newcomers
  • Practitioners’ insights on good practices for delivering online employment services
  • Evidence to inform the adaption of technology in employment programs

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Susanna Gurr

Research Director, SRDC
Susanna Gurr is a Research Director at SRDC. She has extensive experience in research and evaluation, including designing, implementing and reporting on local and national studies within the social policy areas. She is a Credentialed Evaluator.
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Magdalene Coomen-Maxwell

Director of Employment Engagement, World Skills Employment Centre
Magdalene Cooman, a Director at World Skills Employment Centre, leads the Empowering Visible Minority Newcomer Women initiative in Ottawa. She is a recipient of the Community Pillar Award by Femmes remarquables Ottawa Distinguished Women, 2020.
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Sue Sadler

Senior Vice-President of Services and Program Innovation, ACCES Employment
Sue Sadler is Senior Vice-President of Services and Program Innovation at ACCES Employment, specializing in the design and impact measurement of workforce development programming. She also developed MyPlan, a career pathway process for jobseekers.
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Mohja Alia

Manager of Employment and Bridging, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
Mohja Alia, Manager, Employment and Bridging Programs at ISANS, oversees programs to support immigrants in Nova Scotia and pre-arrival. Mohja believes in diversity, inclusion and innovation to support immigrants in becoming integrated into Canadian society.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Developing Career Development Curriculum at the College Level – 45 minutes
After developing curriculum to support a new post-grad certificate, Fanshawe College piloted a partnership with its business school and Career Services to deliver an interactive and career-enhancing course delivered by career professionals.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the relationships necessary for effective deployment
  • The importance of a career development-focused approach to learning
  • The affect on students and their futures

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Sarah Ruttan

Co-operative Education Consultant, Fanshawe College
Sarah Ruttan is a Career Development Practitioner with a master's in leadership. She has developed curriculum integrating career development and leadership at the college level for post-grad programs.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Engaging Our Teams Through Change, Transition and Upheaval – 45 minutes
Change, transition and upheaval have become features of our work and our lives as a whole. A combination of remote, online and more limited in-person service delivery, have brought new challenges for staff. We’ll explore how to keep team members engaged with their work, clients and colleagues while dealing with uncertainty and adjusting to different ways of working.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to effectively connect with each individual on the team
  • How to keep the team focused on the vision
  • How to foster a positive team spirit

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Cathy Ginsberg

President, Coach & Trainer, People Focus Training Inc.
Cathy Ginsberg is an engaging speaker, coach and trainer, specializing in developing leaders to inspire commitment and achieve results. She has extensive training and development experience in the business world, and in non-profit organizations.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Exploring Career Competencies in the Classroom – 45 minutes
Although university courses provide several opportunities to develop competencies, students often struggle with connecting academic experiences to career decisions. Laurier’s Career-Integrated Learning (CIL) program, offered in 139 courses/sections in multiple disciplines over the past three years, explores career competencies developed inside the classroom. Using Laurier’s competency framework, students learn how to identify, reflect and connect in-class experiences to career development.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Gain insights into the creation and delivery of CIL
  • Understand program successes and strategies to confront challenges
  • Identify practices for designing classroom activities that support competency development

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lydia Awuah-Mensah

Program Co-ordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University
Lydia Awuah-Mensah (MA) is a Program Co-ordinator at Laurier who enjoys supporting students in their skill development processes. She co-ordinates different programs promoting experiential learning and career development. Outside of work, she loves to volunteer.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Innovations in Newcomer Employment Through Workplace Intercultural Intelligence – 45 minutes
An interactive presentation that flips the way we address newcomer labour market challenges by coaching newcomers to deliver intercultural Intelligence training to local employers. This approach provides employers with tools for newcomer inclusion while highlighting the value and skills newcomers bring to our communities.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn innovative responses to newcomer labour market challenges
  • Apply strength-based solutions to common barriers facing newcomers and employers
  • Develop tools and strategies to connect newcomers and employers

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Amanda Dorter

Intercultural Inclusion Specialist, KEYS Job Centre
An intercultural inclusion specialist with a background in intersectional diversity and inclusion, education and neuro-rehabilitation, Amanda Dorter co-created Kingston’s Workplace Inclusion Charter. Their work encourages individual and organizational growth and resilience, and... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Meditation and Journalling for Career Exploration – 45 minutes
Meditation and journalling creates space for creativity and self-exploration while improving neuroplasticity and resilience. This interactive session explores techniques from a “teach-what-we-know” philosophy, enhancing career development practitioners' work with clients. Participants will better understand the science behind meditation, benefits of journalling and gain practical tips about leveraging these tools to support career development and the capacity to guide others.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The purpose and benefits of journalling our meditation thoughts and insights
  • Sample meditation practice to support career exploration/transition
  • Integration of meditation and journalling into your private practice/workplace

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Michelle Precourt

Career Coach, Mindful HR Services
Michelle Precourt is a career coach, yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator. She has blended her 15 years of HR experience with her yoga and meditation training that provides for a unique approach in her work.
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Wayne Pagani

Principal, W.P. Consulting & Associates
Wayne Pagani brings 23 years' experience in career development serving clientele through W.P. Consulting & Associates. Member and Senior Advisor of Career Professionals of Canada, Wayne has been a certified yoga instructor since 2015.
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Carol Brochu

Certified Human Resources Leader, W.P. Consulting & Associates
Carol Brochu combines a 30+ year career in HR with a personal and spiritual journey including studies in humanities, psychology, and energy work. She is a certified yoga teacher, mindfulness facilitator and martial arts instructor.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Merging Self-employment and Employment Services for Client Success – 45 minutes
Make A Change Canada’s anycareer.ca website offers online services and flexibility to clients with disabilities across Canada. Program participants have the opportunity to simultaneously explore employment options as well as self-employment prospects with an employment counsellor and a self-employment coach. This presentation explores the benefits of the co-coaching relationship in assisting clients to find meaningful careers with long-term sustainability.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Supporting ambivalent clients to make sound career decisions
  • Integrating seamless transitions between employment and self-employment coaching
  • Discovering how self-employment and employment services complement one another

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Anne-Marie Edgar

CEO, Make A Change Canada
Anne-Marie Edgar holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master in Business Administration degrees. Leading Make A Change Canada since 2010, Anne-Marie's specific areas of expertise include strategic management, service satisfaction and instructional systems design.
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Louise Doyle

Business Coach, Make A Change Canada
Louise Doyle has coached aspiring entrepreneurs and managed self-employment programs for 18 years. As a Business Advisor with Make A Change Canada, Louise brings a wealth of experience and a passion for inspiring the inner entrepreneur.
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Tara Thom Burnett

Employment Facilitator, Make A Change Canada
Tara Thom Burnett is a Certified Career Development Practitioner with a background in career counselling and communications. Tara brings 10 years of experience in employment services to her role as employment facilitator with Make A Change Canada.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) RPL: A Model for Certification, Catalyst for Change – 45 minutes
In Nova Scotia, the use of a recognition of prior learning (RPL) model for Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) certification was driven by the field – by practitioners whose significant knowledge and skills were acquired through experience. Today, certification is the cornerstone of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association and an integral component of practice. Hear our story and sample the RPL approach.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the "fit" between RPL and CCDP certification
  • Be familiar with the components of NSCDA’s CCDP certification process
  • Recognize the potential for using RPL practices with clients

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Teresa Francis

Director, Office of the Registrar, Nova Scotia Career Development Association
Teresa Francis is the Director, Office of the Registrar, Nova Scotia Career Development Association. Teresa has worked in the fields of career development and RPL for over 25 years.
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Phil Ward

Registrar, Nova Scotia Career Development Association
Phil Ward, NSCDA Registrar, has overseen the certification program since 2016. He brings many diverse experiences in career services and a wealth of knowledge in the NSCDA certification program.
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Victoria Colley

Certification Administrator, Nova Scotia Career Development Association
Victoria Colley, Certification Administrator, joined the NSCDA in September 2019. Her passion for education and unconventional learning supports the RPL model of the certification process.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Stigma and Essential Skills Training: The Essentials - 45 minutes
This presentation will be both theoretical and practical. Attendees will first learn about Activate Learning, a new literacy and essential skills program focused on supporting the population of Newfoundland and Labrador while reducing stigma around learning essential skills. Attendees will participate in an abbreviated version of an Activate Learning workshop as part of the session.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understanding of stigma around learning essential skills training
  • Hands-on approach to presenting essential and soft skills workshops
  • Importance of bringing empathy and mindfulness to essential skills training

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Erica Ruth Kelly

Project Co-ordinator, ABC Life Literacy Canada
Erica Ruth Kelly is a Montrealer who recently transplanted from Toronto to St. John's. She has been working with ABC Life Literacy Canada, a national literacy non-profit, since 2017.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) The Benefits of Mentoring for Career Development – 45 minutes
Mentoring programs create networks in and across organizations, professions and industries for the purposes of transferring knowledge and creating new connections. Research shows the benefits of mentoring for developing careers, enhancing recruiting efforts, on-boarding new team members and incentivizing professional development. Learn the specific tactics that will make a mentoring program produce multiple benefits for career development strategies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand how to run a mentoring program
  • Learn how to calculate return on investment from mentoring programs
  • Learn how to recruit and motivate mentors

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Christy Pettit

CEO, Pollinate Networks Inc.
For 25 years, Christy Pettit has provided innovative leadership, expert advice and successful implementation of effectiveness best practices in companies worldwide. She consistently creates strategies that make a lasting difference within businesses, often doubling the value of their... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) The Intersection of Post-Secondary Credits, Career Development and Prior-Learning – 45 minutes
What if there was a way for your mature students and clients to receive university credit for what they learned through work and life? How could receiving post-secondary credit for this learning impact their formal education? Their career development post-COVID (in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution)? This session answers these questions through exploring the PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) program at Thompson Rivers University.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how PLAR impacts completion rates, gpa, and career development.
  • Challenge the mindset "learning can ONLY be done in PSI".
  • Learn rigorous assessment methods for assessing informal and non-formal education.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Susan Forseille

Director, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, Thompson Rivers University
As the TRU Director of PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition), 22 years as a career-educato, and an enthusiastic researcher, Susan Forseille has been privileged to research multiple intersections of career development and education.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

13:45 EST

(On-demand session released) Theory to Practice: Creative Tools for Coaching Clients – 45 minutes
What do Nancy Schlossberg’s Transition Theory, Planned Happenstance and Chaos Theory of Careers have in common and how are they relevant today, to you, and the people you serve? This fun, informative and interactive session offers you a greater understanding of the usefulness of these theories plus creative activities and tools readily applicable to your work.

Learning Outcomes:
  • To be familiarized with Transition, Chaos and Happenstance theories
  • To understand how the tools presented link to these theories
  • To learn how to apply these tools in practice

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Karen Begemann

Career Consultant, Work Matters Consulting
Karen Begemann, Med, CCDP, has been guiding individuals in career transition for 20 years. Karen has a private practice, Work Matters Consulting, and is an instructor with Douglas College in the Career Development Practice Program.


Wednesday February 3, 2021 13:45 - 14:15 EST

14:15 EST

The Future is Bright: Indigenous-led Conservation, Stewardship and Shared Prosperity | L’avenir est prometteur : conservation, protection et prospérité partagée assurées par les Autochtones
The Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew is replacing Valérie Courtois as our Cannexus closing keynote.
L’honorable Ethel Blondin-Andrew remplace Valérie Courtois pour notre Allocution de clôture de Cannexus.


Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been stewards of our lands and waters. That ethic of stewardship is the foundation of our relationship with the land. We are also in a process of re-appropriation of our roles and responsibilities as the Nations that we are, poised to be true and meaningful partners with Canada in ensuring our shared prosperity and sustainability into the future. Anchored in the tradition of storytelling, this keynote will explore the narrative of responsibility within the Indigenous approach to caring for lands and waters.

Les peuples autochtones du Canada sont depuis longtemps les protecteurs de nos terres et de nos eaux. Cette éthique de protection est le fondement de notre relation avec la terre. Nous sommes également dans un processus de réappropriation de nos rôles et responsabilités en tant que nations à part entière, et nous sommes prêts à travailler de concert avec le Canada comme de véritables partenaires ayant une importance significative, afin d’assurer notre prospérité partagée et un avenir durable. Ancrée dans la tradition du conte, cette allocution explorera le thème de la responsabilité dans l’approche autochtone de la protection des terres et des eaux.

Keynotes | Conférenciers d’hon...
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The Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew | L’honorable Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Indigenous Leadership Initiative | Initiative de leadership autochtone
The Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew is replacing Valérie Courtois as our Cannexus closing keynote.L’honorable Ethel Blondin-Andrew remplace Valérie Courtois pour notre Allocution de clôture de Cannexus.The Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew, P.C. is a Shútao’tine (Mountain Dene) from... Read More →


Wednesday February 3, 2021 14:15 - 15:00 EST
 
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