A Journey of Collaboration: CERIC’S 2017 Annual Report
Along its 13-year journey, CERIC has come to be known as an enabling organization, a convening body, a research hub and a knowledge mobilizer. CERIC’s 2017 Annual Report captures how that journey continued in 2017 with an emphasis on collaboration, whether it was project funding partnerships, co-development of learning opportunities, community building through supporting organizations for the Cannexus conference, or “Knowledge Champions” who contribute to the development and dissemination of our resources.
In the Annual Report, Board Chair Jennifer Browne and Executive Director Riz Ibrahim discuss the many ways that CERIC has been advancing career development in Canada in order to enhance the economic and social well-being of Canadians. Throughout the year, CERIC sought to expand and deepen the knowledge of Canada’s career development professionals as they prepare Canadians of all ages and backgrounds for the future of work and the challenges and opportunities of both today and tomorrow.
Just some of the many highlights for CERIC from the past year include:
- Concluded its first proactive research project to fill an identified gap: Insight into Canadian Post-Secondary Career Services Models with partner PSE Information Systems highlighted impressive models of career services at colleges and universities across the country
- Published the Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business Playbook, which had the support of several Knowledge Champions, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Launched new, research-based resources for K-12 educators and counsellors: The Early Years: Career Development for Young Children (with Memorial University) and Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors (with Mount Royal University)
- Hosted another record-breaking Cannexus National Career Development Conference featuring all-Canadian keynotes for the country’s 150th anniversary, the release of a new Environics survey on millennial values and special zones focusing on Social Enterprise, Workforce Development, Diversity Engagement and Reconciliation
- Developed its first collaborative issue of Careering magazine with the US-based National Career Development Association (NCDA), highlighting “The Changing Nature of Careers”
- Released a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Career Development that showcases the thought-provoking research of current and past graduate students in Canada and internationally
- Designed a refreshed brand identity to better reflect who CERIC is and what it does, adding a tag line “Advancing Career Development in Canada” and streamlining the visual presentation of our sub-brands to more clearly connect them to CERIC and our partners
The 2017 Annual Report takes you through the full range of key activities from the past year across CERIC’s three strategic priorities: Research & Learning, Community Hub & Collaboration and Advocacy & Profile, as well as provides an overview of financial performance in 2017 and a look ahead to other exciting projects that CERIC is working on. Special thanks is also given to CERIC’s funder The Counselling Foundation of Canada, volunteers, staff and partners.