Cannexus 2010 Keynote Speakers Announced!

  Opening Keynote Address

“Career as Story: Using Life Themes in Counselling”

Mark Savickas, Ph.D., professor and chair in the behavioural sciences department at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and adjunct professor of counselling education at Kent State University. Mark Savickas earned his Ph.D. in “Counseling and Personnel Services” from Kent State University in 1975.

His 80 articles, 40 book chapters, and 500 presentations to professional groups have dealt with vocational behaviour and career counselling. He is a member of the board of directors for the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance. He has served as Editor in Chief of the Editorial Board of Career Development Quarterly. He has been making a primary contribution for over two decades in the area of career development and career education.

His opening keynote address on Monday would be on a “Narrative Career Counselling”. He will also do two break-out sessions on Tuesday, first break-out session would be a more advanced session on using early recollections in narrative career counselling and the second break-out, a life demonstration with a volunteer.


“Beyond Barriers to Passion and Possibility”

Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual “genius” of each person. Denise has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to “shine” on the job. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer. Denise’s new “30 Ways to Shine as a New Employee” is a proactive response to emerging job retention issues.

LINDA DUXBURY, PH.D.: Closing Keynote Address

” Managing a Changing Workforce”

Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University & Director of Research at the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work, has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures and is an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of work-family conflict/balance, change management, supportive work environments, stress, “telework”, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce, supportive management, gender and communication and the communication process.

One of Canada’s leading workplace health researchers and workplace demographic experts, she has influenced government policy-making and significantly advanced the practices and attitudes toward work-life balance. She has written one of the largest research studies of its kind entitled “Voices of Canadians: Seeking Work-Life Balance” a compilation of comments by Canadian workers regarding how they feel about the stresses they face in their daily lives as they seek to balance work and family.

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