24 bursaries awarded to attend Cannexus22 virtual conference

A total of 24 career development professionals from across Canada will be attending the virtual Cannexus22 conference, courtesy of two bursaries administered by CERIC. The Marilyn Van Norman Bursary has been awarded to 13 practitioners from community-based employment agencies and the Young Professionals Bursary granted to 11 early career professionals.

Funded by The Counselling Foundation of Canada, the Marilyn Van Norman Bursary is given in the name of CERIC’s former Director of Research Initiatives and recognizes her more than 40 years of leadership in career development. Recipients of the Marilyn Van Norman Bursary this year represent the country from coast to coast to coast, including British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bursary winners are non-profit community-based career development and employment practitioners who work with a range of client populations, including Indigenous peoples, refugees, immigrants, international students, Black communities, francophones and unemployed adults.

The Young Professionals Bursary is a partnership between CERIC and the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) designed to support emerging employment and career development practitioners. Bursaries are awarded to ensure the diverse voices of the new generation of employment and career practitioners are represented and that young professionals can benefit from the professional development and networking at the virtual conference. Preference is given to applicants from equity-seeking groups. The young professionals – 30 years of age or younger – who are among the winners this year include those from PEI, Quebec and Alberta. They work for universities, school boards, government as well as community associations.

A bursary provides a full registration for the virtual Cannexus conference. The Cannexus22 conference takes place January 24-26, 2022.  Canada’s largest bilingual career and workforce development conference, Cannexus22 features 150+ sessions and will continue to reimagine how career development can be a powerful catalyst in pandemic recovery.


Cannexus22 shifting from hybrid to fully virtual conference 

CERIC has made the difficult decision to shift from a hybrid Cannexus22 conference to a fully virtual one. This decision was made with a heavy heart, knowing how much our career development community wants to be able to gather face-to-face again in Ottawa. The decision was based on a range of factors that have changed over the past few months, combined with ongoing uncertainty.  


CERIC to host Virtual Fireside Chat with Policy Leader Alastair MacFadden

Starting this Canada Career Month, leading current and former policy leaders from across the country will sit down with Lisa Taylor, future of work expert and author of CERIC’s recently released Retain and Gain: Career Management for the Public Sector playbook, for a series of conversations on “Careers & Canadians.” Lisa’s first guest will be former Saskatchewan Deputy Minister Alastair MacFadden, for a virtual fireside chat hosted by CERIC on Monday, November 22, 2021. MacFadden currently serves as the Interim Director and Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.


Graduate students win award to attend the Cannexus22 conference

CERIC has announced the recipients of this year’s Graduate Student Award, providing support for four graduate students to attend the Cannexus22 Canada’s Career Development Conference, January 24-26, 2022 virtually and in Ottawa. 

The recipients are: 

  • Caileigh Wilson, MA candidate, Education, Simon Fraser University 
  • Hélène Brisebois, MA candidate, Education, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Jordan Ho, PhD candidate, Psychology, University of Guelph 
  • Noah Arney, MA candidate, Education, University of Calgary

The award, presented annually to select full-time graduate students studying career counselling or career development, provides free registration to the virtual Cannexus and $1,000. The Cannexus conference promotes the exchange of information and explores innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development. Student posters will be available for viewing during the virtual conference.   

Eligibility for the award is based on participation in CERIC’s Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP), which includes the submission of a one-page article on a career development topicRead the award-winning articles and all the thought-provoking submissions on CERIC’s GSEP Corner. 

GSEP encourages engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students (Master or PhD level) whose academic research is in career development or a related field. The next deadine to apply to GSEP is March 31, 2022. 


Fall issue of Careering magazine reimagines career development in Canada

Eighteen months into a disruptive and often devastating pandemic, we are in a moment that feels ripe for reflection. This issue of CERIC’s Careering magazine both examines where we have been – the changes the field has made, by choice or by necessity – and where career development needs to go in Canada. The strategies, case studies and ideas this issue’s authors present reflect an inherent belief that we can do better than just going back to “normal.” 

There’s something for everyone in this issue – available exclusively online at ceric.ca/careering – with articles on career education in K-12 and post-secondary; re-envisioning approaches to workforce development; hybrid career services; Indigenous career counselling; inclusive workplaces; measuring and communicating the value of career development; and more. 

Articles include: 

Additionally, in this issue we asked career professionals across Canada what they wanted to see for the future of the field. Watch what they shared in this video:  

Careering magazine is Canada’s Magazine for Career Development Professionals and is the official publication of CERIC. It is published three times a year and includes select content in French. Subscribe to receive your free copy. You can also access past issues for free online. 

The Winter 2022 issue of Careering magazine will explore the theme of “Career Mindsets.” New contributors are welcome, and can submit in English, French or both languages. Please review our Submission Guidelines and send a 1-2 paragraph proposal outlining your topic idea to Editor Lindsay Purchase, lindsay@ceric.ca, by Thursday, Oct. 14. 

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CERIC seeking article proposals for Careering magazine issue on “Career Mindsets”

CERIC is requesting article proposals for the Winter 2022 issue of Careering magazine, on the theme of “Career Mindsets.” New contributors are welcome, and can submit in English, French or both languages. Please review our Submission Guidelines and send a 1-2 paragraph proposal outlining your topic idea to Editor Lindsay Purchase, lindsay@ceric.ca by Thursday, Oct. 14.

This issue will explore questions including:
  • What are career mindsets?
  • How does this intersect with career literacy?
  • What does this concept mean for different groups of people (e.g. newcomers, people who are disconnected from the labour market, etc.) and how can career mindset be applied in those contexts?
  • How would you like to see career mindsets shift (e.g. for clients, employers) and how do you see the concept of career changing?
  • What is the impact of unexpected events on career mindsets?
  • How can you integrate career mindsets into different spaces (e.g. workplace, various levels of education, etc.)?
  • How can we help those who aren’t career professionals bring this concept into their spaces?
  • How is a career mindset demonstrated?

Visit ceric.ca/careering to view all past issues of the magazine, and watch out for our Fall 2021 “Career Development Reimagined” issue, which will be released Oct. 6.


Explore the 150+ sessions: Program now available for Cannexus22 conference

The Cannexus22 hybrid program has now been released for both the virtual edition and Ottawa-based in-person version of Canada’s largest Career Development Conference, taking place Jan. 24-26, 2022. The program includes more than 150 sessions that will keep participants current with the latest knowledge, skills and tools as well as help to sustain resilience as we approach two years of the “new normal.”

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, in-person Cannexus conferences have drawn more than 1,200 delegates to convene, share and learn, and, last year, the virtual conference attracted more than 2,300 participants.

The conference offers special programming throughout including Around the World global perspectives on career development, a Workforce Development Spotlight on improving employment opportunities through systemic change and the return of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, exploring the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Featuring top researchers, practitioners and thought leaders from across Canada and around the world (Norm Amundson, Tristram Hooley, Sareena Hopkins, Kris Magnusson, Mark Franklin, Lisa Taylor, Spencer Niles, Rich Feller, Dave Redekopp, Roberta Borgen (Neault) and many more), here is just a sampling of the sessions that will inform and inspire:

Virtual conference 

  • Beyond Hybrid: Pathway to Your Blended Workforce
  • Green Careers, Fossil Careers: Career Decision-making on a Changing Planet
  • Engaging Employers to Enhance Equity and Access in the Workplace
  • What Good Workforce Development Looks Like in Indigenous Communities
  • Mature Workers and the New World of Work
  • Understanding Hope: Theory, Assessments & Interventions
  • Connecting Career, Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice
  • International Advocacy Panel: Influencing Real Change
  • Creating a Career Development Culture Across K-12

In-person conference 

  • Virtual Services: Competencies CDPs Need for the Future
  • Students Perspectives on Careers and Career Development 2022
  • Creating Trauma-informed Organizations
  • Connecting Career Development and Mental Health for Youth
  • Career Services: Impact, Proof & New Evidence
  • Anti-Black Racism in the Workplace
  • Staying Employable in an Age of Disruption
  • EQ Development: A Critical Career Development Strategy 
  • Career Mapping: The Missing Link in Education Planning 
  • Architecting our Sector’s Future of Work 

All in-person attendees receive access to the virtual platform and its sessions at the end of the conference. (All recordings remain available in the platform for six months.) As you go through the programs, you’ll also note the sessions – including all keynotes: Waneek Horn-Miller, Yvonne Rodney and Randell Adjei – that act as bridges between the in-person and virtual conference, creating a shared Cannexus experience. A new BONUS virtual day on Feb. 4, a week after the conference ends has been added to help you reflect on what you’ve learned and to take action. 

Delegates can save by registering by the Early Bird deadline of Friday, Nov. 5. The cost during Early Bird is $330 for the virtual and $500 for the in-person conference. Plus, members of groups of 5 or more save a further 25% off Early Bird rates as do members of 36 supporting organizations. 


Latest Canadian Journal of Career Development examines effects of meaning and purpose on young workers

The new issue of the Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD) features nine articles with a focus on schools, adolescence and young workers. Canada’s only peer-reviewed publication of multi-sectoral career-related academic research and best practices, the journal saw an increased submission rate in 2021 as research paused during the pandemic restarted.

The Fall 2021 issue of CJCD includes the following articles:

In-progress research called “Research in Motion” was also published:

Additionally, articles in the “Practitioners & Community Best Practices” category, which share new techniques, new programs and program results from the community level, were also contained in this issue:

The Canadian Journal of Career Development is a partnership between CERIC and Memorial University of Newfoundland with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada. CJCD is published twice a year. It is free to subscribe to the digital editions and all issues of the open-access journal dating back to 2002 are available online.


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.