CERIC welcomes its 2021/2022 Board of Directors

CERIC is pleased to welcome the members of its Board of Directors for the upcoming year. The volunteer Board guides CERIC in its mission as a national charitable organization to advance career development in Canada. André Raymond, Director, Career Services and Continuing Education at Laval University in Quebec City, returns as Chair of the Board. 

Reflecting a broad cross-section of leaders, the complete list of Board members for 2021/2022 includes: 

  • André Raymond, Laval University, Quebec City, QC (Chair) 
  • Candy Ho, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC (Vice-Chair) 
  • John Horn, BC Pension Corporation, Victoria, BC (Past Chair) 
  • Sue Watts, Employment + Education Centre (EEC), Brockville, ON (Secretary/Treasurer) 
  • Lorraine Godden, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 
  • Darlene Hnatchuk, McGill University, Montreal, QC 
  • Meghan Lavallee, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Winnipeg, MB 
  • Valérie Roy, AXTRA, Montreal, QC 
  • Rob Shea, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL 
  • Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory, Toronto, ON 
  • Barbara Wilson, Thrive Career Consulting, Toronto, ON 
  • Donald G. Lawson, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Toronto, ON (Honorary Director – Ex-officio) 
  • Bruce Lawson, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Toronto, ON (Executive Officer – Ex-officio) 

Members of CERIC’s three Advisory Committees – Practical & Academic Research; Content & Learning; and Advocacy & Community Engagement – have been appointed by the Board for the next year. Members of these committees play an important role in implementing CERIC’s two strategic mandates: promoting career development as a priority for the public good, and building career development knowledge, mindsets and competencies. 

The focus of CERIC’s work is education and research in career counselling and career development that increases the economic and social well-being of Canadians. This includes funding projects that produce innovative career development resources. CERIC also annually hosts Cannexus, Canada’s largest bilingual career development conference, publishes the country’s only peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Journal of Career Development, and runs the CareerWise / OrientAction news sites.  


Announcing fall webinars: Anti-racism, Succession, Ethics, Resiliency & Assessment

CERIC along with its partner associations will be offering a variety of webinar series in the next few months to support the career development community on a range of essential topics. Covering critical issues such as ethics in the wake of COVID, career centre succession planning and anti-racist counselling practices, these webinars will give you the latest knowledge you need to succeed. Plan to “head back to school” and refresh your learning this fall.  

The upcoming calendar includes: 

Webinar series cost $119 for members of the partnering association and $159 for non-members. For the webinar series, registered participants will receive a password-protected video recording of each session. The recordings will remain available for one month after the final webinar in the series to allow you to catch up if you miss any weeks. Individual certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered participants who attend the webinars live. 

CERIC partners with associations and organizations across Canada and beyond to present webinars that offer timely, convenient and affordable professional development. Previously, CERIC has also worked with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, New Brunswick Career Development Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy AssociationAssociation of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training BCOntario School Counsellors’ AssociationExperiential and Work-Integrated Learning OntarioCareer Professionals of Canada, Ontario Association of Career Management, Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec, Association québécoise des professionnels du développement de carrière, Labour Market Information Council and the US-based National Career Development Association. 


Free webinar Sept. 9 to share insights into career management in Canada’s public sector

Author Lisa Taylor will be offering a free webinar on Sept. 9 based on her popular new book that supports government managers in developing and engaging employees. Retain and Gain: Career Management for the Public Sector Playbook sold out on Amazon on its launch date and was downloaded more than 2,000 times in the first two months of release, demonstrating that career development, public sector careers and implications for public policy are critical topics in 2021.   

In this interactive webinar, future of work strategist Lisa Taylor will share how the Playbook has been received as she has worked with groups across the country to introduce this unique resource to executives, managers and employees. Having interacted with close to 1,800 public sector employees in a short period of time, Taylor will share some of the “behind-the-scenes” conversations, findings and uses that have been unearthed.  

Aimed at both public sector managers and career professionals counselling Canadians about opportunities in the public sector, the webinar will address: 

  • What career management looks like in the post-pandemic hybrid workplace  
  • How career management strategies can help to advance diversity, equity and inclusion   
  • Shifting demographics and the implications for career management today  
  • Concrete practical starting points for putting career management into action  
  • How public servants at all levels affect the career development of Canadians   

A sought-after expert on today’s fast-changing world of work, Taylor is President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation. She offers invaluable leadership and insights on how to gain strategic workforce and career advantage with a focus on talent equity, demographics and new market dynamics. 

The Playbook, which was released in May, identifies 40+ low-cost tips, activities and actions that public sector managers can take starting today (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain staff. Written in an innovative “travel guide” format, the Playbook integrates a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout and recognizes the unique context of public sector workplaces. It is available for purchase or can be downloaded for free at ceric.ca/publicsector. This Playbook follows two earlier Retain and Gain editions Career Management for Small Business and Career Management for Non-Profits and Charities. 



Registration open for first hybrid Cannexus conference, Jan 24-26, 2022

The 2022 Cannexus Career Development Conference – to be held as a hybrid event for the first time – is now open for registration. This dual format for the 16th annual conference will offer the best of both worlds, providing an accessible, content-rich and value-packed opportunity for Canada’s career development communities to convene, share and learn. Cannexus22 will take place Jan. 24-26, 2022 both virtually and in Ottawa, Canada with a bonus ​virtual-only conference day, Cannexus Reflections, on Feb. 4.  

Cannexus brings together professionals across the career and workforce development ecosystem to explore research, policy and practice. The conference will continue to reimagine the impact of career development on education, the economy and social justice as pandemic recovery unfolds. In the past, live Cannexus conferences have drawn more than 1,200 delegates and, last year, the virtual conference attracted more than 2,300 participants.  

Two keynote speakers have been announced so far for Cannexus22: Waneek Horn-Miller and Yvonne Rodney. Horn-Miller is a Mohawk Olympian whose keynotes are aimed at bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. A former Director of the Career Centre at the University of Toronto, Rodney describes herself as an unapologetic introvert who is also an author, career consultant, speaker and playwright. She will discuss how to move from languishing to finding joy in the now.  

The Cannexus schedule for both the in-person and virtual portions is available with the program to be posted by the end of September. Content will cover current and emerging hot topics in career development, including: the future of work and workplaces, building mental health and resilience, and post-COVID labour market trends. Whether part of the in-person version or the virtual conference, delegates will be able to access: 

  • 150+ sessions both live and on-demand 
  • Presenters from across Canada and around the globe 
  • Recordings that are available for six months 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Exhibitor Showcase 

This instalment of Cannexus will continue to offer special Gratitude rates plus deep discounts for groups, students and members of 30+ provincial, national and international supporting organizations. The Gratitude rate ends Sept. 9, 2021. There are also bursaries available to support individuals in attending the virtual portion of the conference. For 2022, the Marilyn Van Norman Bursary will be awarded to 13 applicants from charitable or non-profit community-based organizations. Additionally, the Young Professionals Bursary will support 12 emerging employment and career development practitioners to attend. Application deadlines areSeptember 30, 2021 

Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada and a broad network of supporting organizations. For more information on the conference and to register, visit cannexus.ceric.ca.