With a theme of “Extending our Reach, Expanding our Impact,” the 2016 CERIC Annual Report highlights our efforts as a charitable organization to engage new audiences with our proactive research and learning partnerships. Our overarching vision for this work continues to be increasing the economic and social well-being of Canadians through career development.
In their annual report message, Board Chair Jennifer Browne and Executive Director Riz Ibrahim discuss CERIC’s 12th year of operation bringing a new focus on internally driven initiatives that meet career development needs, each advancing knowledge in the field and building bigger community partnerships:
- Initiating the Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business Playbook, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Issuing an RFP for proactive research on Canadian Post-Secondary Career Service Models to establish their importance to universities and colleges and their students
- Hosting a record Cannexus16 National Career Development Conference with 907 delegates, 150 educational sessions and 40 supporting organizations
- Expanding its webinar partnerships with five provincial and sectoral career development associations to provide convenient, cost-effective learning
- Producing the Guiding Principles of Career Development with a goal of bringing greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development
Some major projects that CERIC funded in 2016 resulted in resources for career development professionals, educators and employers working with: women experiencing maternity leave career transition, mature Canadians redirecting to second or third careers instead of retiring, and military veterans moving into civilian employment. We also published a practitioner magazine, an academic journal and popular weekly content curation service, while offering a range of training opportunities and bringing greater awareness to the field through media outreach and events.
The annual report includes a review of key activities from the past year across CERIC’s three strategic priorities: Research & Learning, Community Hub & Collaboration and Advocacy & Profile, as well as an overview of financial performance in 2016. Special thanks is also given to CERIC’s funder The Counselling Foundation of Canada, volunteers, staff and partners.