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Cost: FREE
Dates: Tuesday May 10 & Thursday May 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (check your timezone)

Overview:

With only one in 10 employers stating that they have worked with a career development professional (CDP) in the past yet more than 80% of employers struggling to fill roles right now – a huge opportunity presents itself. 

This new webinar series will highlight the realities of Canadian employers captured by CERIC’s new National Business Survey and compare them with the challenges faced by career and employment professionals. First, participants will get the chance to learn from both the 500 employers surveyed and from a group of panellists who will help us understand employers’ current reality. We’ll discuss their approaches to retention and recruitment, training and development practices and awareness of career development professionals. Participants will then get a chance to hear insights from career development organizations working with a wide range of clients, including underrepresented groups. Panellists will share their realities and ideas on how CDPs and employers can work together to tackle labour market issues and skills gaps. 

Why You Should Attend:
Whether you are an employer, a career practitioner, or even a jobseeker or employee, this free webinar series will help you better understand current challenges and opportunities for both employers and career development professionals. You will benefit from hearing on-the-ground realities, sharing, solution-oriented conversation, best practices and success stories. You will leave the webinar series with the pillars and actionable next steps towards building a bridge between employers and CDPs. 

Recordings

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

What participants will learn:

  • What CERIC’s recent National Business Survey tells us
  • What are employers’ main challenges with recruitment, retention and skills gaps in the current market
  • How businesses perceive career development and how to improve awareness of CDP services
  • Emerging best practices and solutions used by employers and institutions to tackle business challenges

Panellists:

  • Leah Nord, Senior Director, Workforce Strategies & Inclusive Growth, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Stanford, Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work
  • Andrew Bieler, Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning, The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)
  • Brien Convery, Director, Talent Acquisition and Employee Experience, Aecon Group Inc.

Moderator: Candy Ho, CERIC’s Vice-Chair and Assistant Professor, Career and Capstone Learning, University of the Fraser Valley

Leah Nord is the Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, Leah leads the Chamber’s policy and projects related to industry 4.0 and the future of work and talent, employment standards and compliance and immigration. She also oversees the Canadian Chamber’s inclusive growth initiative, including the Council for Women’s Advocacy, the Indigenous Policy Committee and the Chamber’s work to support mental health wellness and accessibility. Leah will address the talent needs of Canada’s employers with a focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Jim Stanford is an Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He divides his time between Vancouver, B.C., and Sydney, Australia. Jim is one of Canada’s best-known economists. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union (formerly the Canadian Auto Workers). He is quoted frequently in the print and broadcast media. He has provided research and advice through numerous federal and provincial government panels and inquiries on economic policy, innovation, jobs, and social policy. Jim is recognized for his ability to communicate economic concepts in an accessible and humorous manner. Jim will address how the employment landscape has evolved in the wake of the pandemic and what decent works looks like today.

As Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Andrew Bieler manages all aspects of research project development and delivery. Andrew joins from the Conference Board of Canada, where he led national consultations on work-integrated learning and managed a research portfolio on experiential learning. He previously held senior research roles at Ryerson University and The Sustainability and Education Policy Network. Andrew will address the role of both post-secondary institutions and Corporate Canada in building technical and human skills.

Brien K. Convery (He/Him) is a purpose-driven, people-centric executive with over three decades of diversified and progressive global experience. As a talent leader, his work spans a wide range of industries and disciplines, in both public and private sectors. From his start in Consumer Products with The Dannon Company, Inc. and Colgate-Palmolive; to Technology, Consulting Services and Human Resources with Coopers and Lybrand, PwC and IBM; to Financial Services and Banking with the Royal Bank of Canada; and to Construction (Infrastructure, Industrial, and Concessions) with the Aecon Group, Inc., Brien has built a robust career portfolio. Brien will address innovations in recruitment and managing the employee experience. 

Dr. Candy Ho is proud to serve as Vice-Chair of CERIC. She is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. In this unique capacity, she teaches courses that help students consider their educational and life experiences, and how these experiences can help them achieve their short- and long-term goals, ultimately helping them design the life they want to live. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College’s Career Development Practitioner Program.

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

What participants will learn:

  • What do survey results mean to career development professionals?
  • How can we bridge the gap between employers and CDPs for theirs and the jobseeker/employees’ benefit?
  • Emerging trends for training and skill development
  • Actionable next steps to better connect employers and CDPs

Panellists:

  • Tim Lang, President of YES (Youth Employment Agency) and HRPA Board Member
  • Jake Hirsch-Allen, Director, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity and North America Workforce Development & Higher Ed System Lead at LinkedIn
  • Surranna Sandy, CEO, Skills for Change
  • Deirdre Pickerell, Program Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation

Moderator: Candy Ho, CERIC’s Vice-Chair and Assistant Professor, Career and Capstone Learning, University of the Fraser Valley

Timothy Lang is President & CEO of Youth Employment Services YES, Canada’s leading youth employment service provider, and is an accomplished leader in the private and not-for-profit sector with a record of inspiring organizations to achieve results and growth. At YES, Tim lead’s a strong team who annually empower and inspire thousands of youth through training and skills development to become contributing members of society through employment. Tim previously held senior management and executive positions with Xerox Corp., Bell Canada, Energy Savings Income Fund, and St. Francis Xavier University. Tim will address how to engage employers in hiring and supporting disadvantaged youth.

Jake Hirsch-Allen works with North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, to leverage LinkedIn’s Learning Solutions and Economic Graph data to close skills gaps. Jake is a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council, and the Canadian Club. Jake founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada’s foremost software development bootcamp, taught Global Health at McMaster University in addition to practising international criminal law. Jake will address labour market trends, reskilling/upskilling and credential recognition

Surranna Sandy is the Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Change (SfC), a registered charity and non-profit multi-service agency in Toronto, Ontario serving 14,000 immigrants and refugees annually. Prior to becoming the CEO of SfC, Surranna enjoyed a successful career as President and founder of Surcorp Group, a career management firm with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. Having the first-hand perspective of an immigrant in a new country, Surranna found her calling in advocating for and advancing the needs of immigrants and refugees. Surranna will address the continued untapped potential for employers to recruit skilled newcomers.

Dr. Deirdre Pickerell is a nationally recognized, award-winning, industry thought-leader with close to 30 years’ experience as a career development specialist, human resource professional, and adult educator. Deirdre led Team Canada at the 7th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy, is co-developer of the Career Engagement model, was instrumental in establishing the Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)-Canada credential and has designed many organizational career development initiatives. Deirdre will address the opportunity for CDPs to support not only individuals to thrive but also the organizations that employ them.

Dr. Candy Ho is proud to serve as Vice-Chair of CERIC. She is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. In this unique capacity, she teaches courses that help students consider their educational and life experiences, and how these experiences can help them achieve their short- and long-term goals, ultimately helping them design the life they want to live. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College’s Career Development Practitioner Program.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN THE CANADIAN WORKPLACE: NATIONAL BUSINESS SURVEY (2021)

Conducted by Environics for CERIC, this national survey was designed to update and expand understanding of the state of career development in the Canadian workplace, including the impact of the pandemic. Topics pertain to recruitment and retention in the wake of “The Great Reshuffle.”

For the Career Development in the Canadian Workplace: National Business Survey, CERIC surveyed 500 Canadian executives in more than 11 industries including service, retail, hospitality, construction and manufacturing. This is the second iteration of the survey, providing comparability to our 2013 survey.

Recordings

Webinar #1: Inclusive career guidance for a changing labour market: launching OECD’s findings on the state of career guidance in Canada

Date: Monday, February 28, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Moderator: Behnoush Amery, Senior Economist, Labour Market Information Council (LMIC)
Panellists:

  • Katharine Mullock, Labour Market Economist in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at OECD
  • Noel Baldwin, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Future Skills Centre (FSC)
  • Dr. Candy Ho, Vice Chair, CERIC and Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning at the University of the Fraser Valley
  • Surranna Sandy, CEO, Skills for Change