Canada’s biggest conference for career professionals comes to Ottawa to examine job, workforce trends

Ottawa, Jan. 18, 2016 – More than 800 career development professionals will gather in Ottawa from Jan. 25-27, 2016 for the Cannexus National Career Development Conference. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event is Canada’s largest for career professionals to explore the latest research and hot topics in career counselling, employment and workforce development.

Highlights of the three-day conference include keynotes from Ratna Omidvar of Ryerson University and Lifeline Syria, as well as Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and author Wab Kinew. It will also feature the launch of the new Military to Civilian Employment: A Career Practitioner’s Guide developed in partnership with Canada Company, the leader in military employment transition.

This year’s Cannexus comes at a time when Canadians are navigating a rapidly changing work world, shaped by a plunging dollar, the “uber-ization” of the economy, and the prospect of robots replacing jobs. More than 130 sessions at the conference will explore such trends as:

  • Helping post-secondary students manage their career-planning anxiety
  • The redefinition of “retirement” as 50+ Canadians seek out second and third careers
  • Women’s career development and managing maternity leave career transitions
  • Career development for children (K-Grade 3) and the role of parents and teachers
  • Culturally responsive career development for refugees and newcomers