Practical & Academic Research Committee:
- Plays a central role in the development of CERIC’s internal and external research agenda by reviewing materials to determine what research needs to be done in Canada and supporting the development of internal and external stakeholder surveys.
- Determines and recommends to the Board the most effective way that CERIC can support the growth and development of practical and academic career-related research in Canada and its application.
- Recommends priorities and guidelines for all practical and academic research efforts.
- Chooses and recommends a relevant graduate thesis from works submitted through a contest to be considered for publication by CERIC.
- Finds ways to communicate the fact that CERIC is supportive of career-related research and will lend its support and resources to both practical and academic research for the benefit of all Canadians.
- Promotes and advocates the need for increased practical and academic research in this field across Canada.
- Identifies partners to participate in and contribute to research projects.
- Collaborates with researchers to advance career-related research in Canada.
Lorraine Godden, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON (Co-Chair)
Dr Lorraine Godden’s (PhD, Queen’s University) research examines how teachers and school leaders undertake complex and differentiated activity in the processes of interpretation and implementation of policy in educational organizations. Her research is rooted in understanding how policy actors interpret policy documents to make sense of education and career/life planning, co-operative education, experiential learning and other educational multidisciplinary policies, and enact them into programing. Dr Godden is particularly interested in how all stakeholders, including vulnerable populations can be supported, and policy implementation facilitated, through these complex interpretive processes.
Dr Godden’s research has been published in national and international journals, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Further, her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy and practice-based initiatives for at-risk youth populations. Dr Godden is a member of Team Canada for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. She teaches leadership and policy-related courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and has received the Queen’s University Golden Apple Award for university teaching.
Tony Botelho, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (Co-Chair)
Tony Botelho is the Director of Simon Fraser University’s nationally recognized Career & Volunteer Services. He is a past recipient of the Rob Shea Research Award by the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) for his research on the role of career education in the contemporary university environment (2014). Tony also co-led (and co-chaired) the development of CACEE’s first research committee. In 2019 he was awarded the Stu Conger Award for Leadership by the Canadian Career Development Foundation.
Paul Brinkhurst, FutureWorx, Okotoks, AB
Paul brings 20 years of military experience as a naval architect, and in youth/adult education to his work at Futureworx, where he is the Innovations Developer. In this capacity he is responsible for the development and support of Futureworx assessment and curriculum products, and strategic initiatives. His primary interest lies in the integrations of soft skills assessment and development with literacy, essential skills and career programing. Paul is a member of the OLES Working Group reviewing the Essential Skills Framework.
Cathy Campbell, Consultant, Halifax, NS
Cathy has over 25 years’ experience as a researcher, career counsellor, program developer and manager in high school, community college, university and government settings. She has extensive experience at both a client and program level in helping young adults make effective transitions into post-secondary education and the workplace. Cathy has presented and published on the topics of narrative career counseling, effective roles for parents in assisting young people with career planning, and chaos-oriented approaches to career counseling. She has completed a PhD and written the CERIC-funded publication Career Crafting the Decade After High School which is based on her doctoral research.
Janice Graham-Migel, Halifax Regional Centre for Education, Halifax, NS
Dr Janice Graham-Migel is a School Counsellor with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at Acadia University where she teaches graduate courses part time. In 2008, Janice completed a PhD in Educational Administration at the University of Toronto. Her research and practice concentrates on comprehensive school counselling programs and distributed leadership, as well as collaboration between education and health in the context of school reform. Janice served as President of the Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association, as well as President of the School Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is currently Chair of the Chapter’s National School Counselling Committee. Janice is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and Canadian Certified Counsellor – Supervisor (CCC-S) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) through the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.
Adriano Magnifico, Louis Riel School Division, Winnipeg, MB
Adriano is the Career and Entrepreneurship Consultant for the Louis Riel School Division since 2012. In a 35-year teaching career, he has developed innovative, multi-awarding career and entrepreneurship programming for high school students that integrates career design, entrepreneurship and community partnership into traditional courses. He enjoys connecting with disengaged learners, ever seeking content and strategy to keep them curious and interested in school. His most recent innovation, the LEAN Career Design Canvas, meshes entrepreneurship and career design allowing learners to see the big pictures of their lives and to craft compelling personal narratives. He has presented his ideas and tools to many educational and professional organizations throughout Canada.
Patricia Polischuk, Optimum Talent, Waterloo, ON
Patricia has spent the past 20 years helping individuals and organizations succeed by leveraging their often-ignored innate resources and talents. As an International Coach Federation accredited coach, she creates the “aha moments” which propel her clients forward, allowing them to overcome self-imposed obstacles and reach their personal and business goals. Her clients would describe her as a connector of ideas, people and solutions.
Patricia is recognized as a subject matter expert in the areas of career management, personal branding and networking. She is passionate about helping people connect with jobs that are a fit with their skills and values while inspiring them to achieve their true potential.
In addition to heading up Optimum Talent’s Waterloo region office, Patricia is actively involved in the community as President of the KW YWCA Board of Directors and as a member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors. She has also been asked to serve on two Program Advisory Committees at Conestoga College and on the Research Committee at CERIC, whose purpose is to advance the field of career development in Canada.
Patricia is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and Humber College and is an advocate of lifelong learning. She and her 16-year-old son live in Waterloo and she is proud to say she has attended numerous ComiCon and FanExpos in the last five years!
Geneviève Taylor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, QC
Geneviève Taylor, PhD, is a tenured professor in the department of Education and Pedagogy at Université du Québec à Montréal. She is part of the Groupe de recherche et d’intervention sur la présence attentive (GRIPA), an interdisciplinary research group on mindfulness, where she heads the education research stream. She is also a researcher in the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT). She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology at McGill University and holds a master’s degree in human resources from the London School of Economics and Political Science. After her master’s, she worked for two years as an executive search and selection consultant in London, where she led assignments in the health and social service sectors across the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on goal-setting, motivation and well-being in education and work settings. More specifically, she is interested in the ways in which mindfulness and compassion-based interventions can help people set career goals that reflect their true self, decrease their stress and increase their well-being. She currently teaches in the areas of vocational development and research methods. She is also a licensed psychologist in Quebec.
Simon Viviers, Laval University, Quebec City, QC
Simon Viviers is a Professor in Guidance and Counselling programs at Laval University and researcher at the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail – CRIEVAT (Centre for Research and Intervention on Education and Work-life). His research and teaching focuses on psychological and social issues of work in the contemporary world and also on research and support practices with groups and communities. He has published many articles about mental health and school staff’s power to act in relation to the organization of their work and the possibilities of developing their profession.
Sue Watts, Employment + Education Centre (EEC), Brockville, ON
Sue Watts is the Executive Director of the Employment + Education Centre (EEC), a charitable, not-for-profit, multi-service organization. Sue has over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and prides herself on building and growing community collaborations for the purpose of meeting the needs of and positively impacting her communities. Sue is the recipient of Provincial and National awards for her work in this sector. Sue is an innovator and has recently moved her CareerLabsVR, a career decision-making system using the immersive power of virtual reality, from concept to reality. Under the leadership of Sue, EEC hosted two international delegations (guests were from South Korea, Germany and Japan) which resulted in sharing of best practices regarding employment services for various populations. Sue sits on numerous boards locally, provincially and nationally, and is a member of the Service Deliverers Advisory Group for the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She is a proud community mentor, having mentored more than 70 youth as they start their own businesses.
Liton Furukawa, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC (GSEP)
Liton Furukawa speaks five languages and has taught courses across the curriculum and instruction, arts education and educational technology at universities in Asia and North America. Her doctoral interdisciplinary research transformed from theory to practice and involved the topics of school-to-work programs, cross-cultural adaptation, entrepreneurial education from an international perspective, and career exploration and development play in children.
Content & Learning Committee:
- Provides content currency support to staff and input on new content for the CERIC group of periodical publications (Careering magazine, formerly ContactPoint Bulletin and OrientAction Bulletin) and other CERIC assets by utilizing results from surveys, polls, user feedback as well as other qualitative inputs.
- Suggests possible leads for content submissions and learning opportunities that are in line with identified content streams or themes and suggest ways they can best be organized and presented in order to be useable and engaging (articles, links, blogs, webinars, social media and other channels) in both English and French.
- Upon request, provides editorial support by reviewing draft publication content to ensure that the overall tone and quality of material is of a high standard, in line with CERIC’s mission and mandate, engaging and appropriate.
- Promotes and educates career professionals on the need for, and sharing of information, ongoing learning and professional development across Canada.
- Provides support and advise to staff in the review of Partnership Proposals, as required.
- Actively champions and promotes CERIC periodical publications and learning initiatives to colleagues and networks.
Candy Ho, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC (Co-Chair)
Dr Candy Ho is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department, where she teaches her dream “bookend” courses that help students transition to and from university: “Introduction to Higher Education” and “Post-University Transition.” She also serves as an adjunct faculty at Douglas College’s Career Development Practitioner Program. Candy has worked extensively in university student affairs in areas such as first-year experience and student transition, campus and residence life, career and volunteer services, co-operative education and academic advising. In addition to her Doctorate in Education from Simon Fraser University, Candy is a certified trainer in Instructional Skills Workshop, Fierce Conversations and StrengthsFinder.
Darlene Hnatchuk, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Co-Chair)
Darlene Hnatchuk is the Director of McGill University’s Career Planning Service. Darlene oversees the development and delivery of programs, services and resources to support students in their career development. She also leads the Experiential Learning Network, bringing together campus stakeholders involved in the development and support of EL initiatives.
Andrea Christensen, Careers for Life Consulting, Calgary, AB
Andrea Christensen, MEd, BEd, CDP, is a career development practitioner and learning specialist with a background in teaching, training, coaching and business management. She currently contracts with the Government of Alberta to teach and design Career and Employment workshops. Additionally, she works with Bow Valley College as a liaison and program co-ordinator for dual credit opportunities for Alberta high school students
Madelaine Currelly, Community Training & Development Centre, Cobourg, ON
Madelaine Currelly has been the CEO of the Community Training and Development Centre (CTDC) for approximately 20 years. During those 20 years the CTDC has assisted over 35,000 people with career information, and developed supporting resources which assisted and focused community members on building their economic security. The CTDC works with all levels of government and partners with local agencies to provide community innovation and development. All community members from all walks of life and all age groups have benefitted from CTDC resources and unique programming.
Research projects the CTDC has undertaken with community partners include: the Rural Economic Development (RED) –Northumberland, Age Friendly Communities-Northumberland, and Status of Women: Economic Prosperity for Rural Women. All projects have aligned with career knowledge and development.
The CTDC has won two prestigious awards in the career development field. The Ontario Economic Development Award of Merit in 2010 and the Global Best Gold Award for North America, 2016, for its career development programming for youth and adults.
Madelaine is a Board member of Habitat for Humanity -Northumberland, a member of the Community Employment Resource Partnership, and a member of the Northumberland Learning Advisory.
Previously she served two terms as a School Board Trustee for the local public school board.
John DeGiacomo, Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, Thunder Bay, ON
John DeGiacomo’s 30 years of management experience in the education and training sector has served him well in his work with a variety of professionals in the private and public and not-for-profit sector. As Executive Director of Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS), John manages human resource development programs and services to on- and off-reserve members of nine participating First Nations Communities. In addition to his experience with AETS, John is a certified and experienced adult education teacher with a degree in marketing. Prior to working at AETS, John was responsible for leading successful career services as well as new partnership initiatives at Lakehead University. He is experienced managing in multi-faceted and multi-functional organizations and has volunteered as a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee, regional Education at Work Ontario and the national Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers. John is the Past President (2004-2008) with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Northwestern Ontario and in 2008 completed a provincial term on the Human Resources Professionals Association Chapter Governance Committee.
John achieved Job Search Strategy Employment Counsellor Certification early in his career from the Canada Employment Centre followed by a Human Resources Management Systems Certificate from the International Association for Human Resource Information Management and then a Canadian Campus Recruitment Certificate from the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers. In 2005, he earned a Certificate in Canadian Career Centre Management from the Canadian Institute for Career Centre Management. In 2006, he was the first Lakehead University Leadership Thunder Bay Program participant to complete the program and later that year also received a Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Stitt Feld Handy Group. John remains active as a volunteer on a number of boards and has recently completed a certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management as well as Mental Health First Aid and Personality Dimensions.
John has worked as a highly productive and collaborative service provider/facilitator with the Thunder Bay Canada Employment Centre and Confederation College. At Lakehead University, his leadership role in experiential learning programs such as internship and co-operative education programs coupled with his four years of sessional teaching has made him appreciate the integral role that faculty and the employer community play in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. John has authored articles that have been published in Canadian journals (such as “How Co-ops and Internships Can enhance Your Workplace” in HR Professional magazine) and remains active by teaching occasional classes in marketing, human resources management systems and human resources. John is a proud father of three boys and is originally from Thunder Bay.
Scott Fisher, Professions North/Nord – Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON
Scott Fisher, a Project Manager with the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University, currently oversees the only Ontario Bridge Training Program (OBTP) covering the vast expanse of northern Ontario. Prior to joining the university, he worked alongside business development officers and senior staff of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) in developing strategies and initiatives related to workforce attraction and retention. This included participating in the Talent Management Project (TMP) of the municipality, led by the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Development.
Academically, Mr. Fisher has recently completed a Master of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Colorado State University. Connected to his alma mater, Scott participated as an assessor for the Jefferson County Commission and the Personnel Board of Jefferson County in Birmingham, Alabama. He is, as well, a certified facilitator in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII) assessments.
Certified as a Career Development Professional (CCDP) for over 10 years, he has extensive experience assisting internationally educated professionals with integrating into the Canadian labour market. He is a Board member of the Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA) and the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD), as well as the Chair of the Global Connections Committee (GCC) for the American-based National Career Development Association (NCDA), the largest career development organization in the world.
Blessie Mathew, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Blessie Mathew is Acting Director at the University of Alberta Career Centre, Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI), and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WiSEST). Although each unit has its own set of programs, services and events, they connect broadly in their goals to support prospective and current students, post-doctoral fellows and alumni in engaging in career development and experiential learning activities that will help them build the skills, knowledge, experience and connections they need to move forward in their careers resourcefully, and with hope and confidence.
Felicity Morgan, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON
Felicity Morgan is the Director of the Career Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is an innovative career services leader, who constantly explores new methods of helping students achieve their goals. Felicity is committed to providing programming and services that help them develop lifelong career management skills and to facilitating their connections with employers, alumni, industry professionals and the community. The UTM Career Centre has received a Top 5 nomination, National Association of Colleges and Employer’s Members Choice award for innovation (2013), recognizing the out-of-the-box thinking the staff employs in their work. In addition, the centre received a shared (with a consortium of Canadian universities, colleges and some international institutions) Excellence in Innovation Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers award (2017). A graduate of the University of Toronto, she holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and a master’s of education in counselling psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.
Deirdre Pickerell, Yorkville University, Aldergrove, BC
Dr Deirdre Pickerell, CPHR, GCDF-i, is a nationally recognized, award-winning, industry thought-leader with over 25 years’ experience as a career development specialist, human resource professional and adult educator. She brings a strong history of strategic and collaborative leadership, ensuring individuals, and the organizations that employ them, have the tools, resources and skills that allow them to thrive in an ever-changing global economy. Deirdre “pushes the envelope” in all of her work and is known for seeing needs, championing change, measuring outcomes, evaluating progress, and tirelessly working to ensure that clients’ and colleagues’ expectations are constantly exceeded.
Roxane Stonely, Centre de recherche d’emploi Côte-des-Neiges /Job Search Centre, Montreal, QC
Roxane Stonely is the General Director of the Côte-des-Neiges Job Search Centre in Montreal. The centre offers employment services in French and English to a diverse clientele such as new immigrants and visible minorities. Roxane also serves on the board of AXTRA, the Alliance des centre-conseil en emploi. For the past 20 years, Roxane has worked in the employment field. She graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in career counselling, and started working as an employment counsellor at the Women’s Y. She then became co-ordinator and acting director until she became General Director at the Côte-des-Neiges Job Search Centre. Furthermore, the centre is Certified Remarkable Employer by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec. This certification is awarded to businesses that implement best practices in human resources management. The Centre received its initial certification in 2013.
Colleen Knechtel, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (GSEP)
With a diverse background in Employment Counselling; Case Management (disability management and employment programming); Adult Education; Community Development; and Communications; Colleen is currently in her third year of study as a PhD Student (Secondary Education) at the University of Alberta. Her interest is in the area of experiential education in schools to support secondary students in their explorations of aspirations and post-secondary options, and post-secondary education decision-making at the intersections of lifelong learning and thoughtful citizenship. Colleen co-founded the award-winning Dads Matter. Currently in its ninth year at a local school, Dads Matter is a program that welcomes fathers into the school community, who work together and contribute to the school culture by organizing both an annual Family Science Night (with over 400 attendees) and an annual year-end barbeque on Sports Day for students, staff and volunteers. Also a member of the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WiSEST) Advisory Board at the University of Alberta, Colleen is passionate about inspiring young people to do great things.
Marketing, Communications & Web Services Committee:
- Acts as a sounding board on the implementation of CERIC Strategic Marketing Plan and related strategies for utilizing online technologies, including social media tools, for engaging current CERIC user bases and the broader community, including sector development initiatives such as the CERIC road show, community engagement strategies, and sponsorship and partnership development.
- Helps to identify strategies to enhance the exposure and awareness of all CERIC assets throughout its suite of websites (ceric.ca, contactpoint.ca, orientaction.ca, Cannexus.ca, cjcdonline.ca).
- Provides feedback on usability and functionality for the various web-based asset audiences.
- Suggests general, affiliate and other online opportunities to enhance the awareness and usage of CERIC assets such as ContactPoint, OrientAction, CJCD, Cannexus as well CERIC projects and publications, avenues for the dissemination of CERIC’s identified Funding Priorities and Potential Project Partners.
- Actively champions and promotes CERIC assets to colleagues and networks.
Valérie Roy, AXTRA, Montreal, QC (Co-Chair)
Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of AXTRA, the Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi. Valérie works with AXTRA’s members and partners to develop best practices and to develop the body of knowledge in the employment and training sector. She also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec and Canada and on the international stage. Over the years, she has worked to promote the career development field and co-ordinated provincial and pan-Canadian projects aimed at improving the employability of underrepresented groups.
Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory, Toronto, ON (Co-Chair)
Lisa Taylor is the President of Challenge Factory, a North American think tank and “do” tank focused on the Future of Work. She founded Challenge Factory to provide thought leadership, tools and services to organizations and individuals interested in capitalizing on five key workforce trends: ageing and longevity, career ownership, the freelance economy, the rise of platforms and jobs of the future. Lisa is a speaker and the author of Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business – CERIC publication. Her second book, The Talent Revolution, will be published in 2019 by University of Toronto Press (Rotman Imprint).
Lisa holds an MBA in public management and strategic management from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She has held consulting and leadership roles at Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. She has been recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women in city building for her work in employment and careers as well as being the 2015 Career Professionals of Canada Outstanding Career Leader. She currently sits as a Board member for the Canadian Special Operations Regiment Association as well as the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University.
Darrell Cole, BrickStorming, Winnipeg, MB
Darrell Cole (BA, MSW) has always been passionate about marketing, sales and advocacy. Whether it was as a part-time sales clerk at a pet store, founder and CEO of an experiential learning/career development organization, at a pub with strangers, a program designer, or president of a housing co-operative, Darrell has endeavoured to actively use his mind and voice to promote causes that engage and drive him. Having worked in the career development field for over 20 years, he is eager to contribute to the important work that CERIC undertakes.
The vast majority of Darrell’s marketing and sales work has revolved around his commitment to the principles of social justice (other than being a hardcore member of Rider Nation). He has worked tirelessly, promoting causes that involve the under-represented and disempowered in our society. He especially loves to explore issues through innovative, hands-on processes such as Lego® Serious Play®. Darrell is a certified facilitator at Brickstorming, a Winnipeg-based business facilitation, educational consultancy and visual artistry company specializing in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method.
Darrell enjoys eating licorice, spending time with loved ones, playing board and role-playing games, family history research and growing succulents.
Keka DasGupta, Precision Marketing Group Inc, Toronto, ON
Keka DasGupta is a 20-year award-winning PR and communications strategist, a TEDx speaker, executive trainer and an entrepreneur.
Keka began her career at IKEA and served with the company for seven years, managing all national PR and communications programs. She also served as the company’s media and crisis spokesperson. She then moved onto the reputed PR firm, DDB Public Relations (DDB PR). After becoming a new mom (she now has two boys), Keka established her own boutique consulting firm, Precision Marketing Group Inc.
Keka continued to consult with DDB, as a freelance VP of their PR division. In 2016, Keka and her DDB team were awarded the Oscars of the PR industry with the Agency of the Year designation in the global Gold Quill competition, by the International Association of Business Communicators.
Keka has worked with such globally recognized brands as: IKEA, Nike, Disney, American Express, Schwarzkopf, Johnson & Johnson and many other Fortune 500s.
She has worked in recruitment marketing for over a decade, co-founded a corporate L&D company, Enkompass Consulting, and served as an instructor at the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), York University.
As her passion project, Keka also delivers keynote speeches and runs interactive Gratitude workshops for corporations across North America, focused on increasing employee productivity, happiness, loyalty and retention. Keka has also created a program for school students (Grades 7 to 12), focused on using gratitude to proactively tackle bullying environments.
Keka is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).
Frances Humphreys, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
Frances Humphreys is the Associate Director of Career Development & External Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University. Frances is responsible for career consulting and employer relations at the central Career Centre, oversees the Brantford Career Centre and the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics Graduate Programs satellite office. Frances facilitates faculty partnerships and the integration of comprehensive career development programs and services throughout the campus for students and alumni.
Since 2005, Frances has contributed to the career development field as an active member of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBACSEA) and the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). She has a solid reputation for leveraging networks and building strategic relationships and has supported the marketing, communications and research initiatives of these organizations. Prior to joining the career development team, her professional background included working at the Laurier Institute, the management and executive development arm of the School of Business & Economics.
Meghan Lavallee, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, Winnipeg, MB
Meghan Lavallee resides in Winnipeg, and is the Director of Pathway Programs for the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology. This includes ongoing support for the institution’s Adult Learning Centres and Language Programs, as well as the systems to create successful career and educational pathways to pursue trades and technical training, transition into employment, and/or on to other opportunities in post-secondary education.
Meghan’s passion for experiential learning and student success started as a student and staff member within residence and student life communities in the post-secondary sector, while completing her BSc and PBDE. From there, she turned her love of student development to a proactive educational attainment model with Career Trek, an experiential learning career development not-for-profit that creates opportunities to catapult young Manitobans to career and education success. She is currently completing her MEd (Post-Secondary Studies) at Memorial University.
Meghan loves volunteering in her community, yoga, gardening and time in nature with her family and canine companions.
Rob Straby, Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON
Rob Straby has followed his passion for the innovation and development of state-of-the-art professional development coaching, facilitation and training systems since 1986. He has delivered these services to individuals, teams and departments in corporations, human services organizations, educational institutions and government services. Rob is a Professor in the “Career Development Professional” Program at Conestoga College. This unique program trains career development professionals across Canada via the Internet with interactive webinars.
A nature lover, trail runner, pianist and Haiku poet, Rob lives on the Bruce Peninsula, ON with his wife Heather and daughters Erica, Elizabeth and Michelle.
Barbara Wilson, Thrive Career Consulting, Toronto, ON
Barbara Wilson is a career development and learning professional with a 20-year track record of improving individual capability, and helping teams and organizations achieve their objectives. She leverages her strengths as an educator, coach and trusted advisor to help others find clearer direction and goals, move forward with confidence, and achieve the success they define. She is a passionate, engaging presenter and facilitator with proven skill in designing and delivering education sessions. She has been a guest speaker and panellist on the topics of career development and talent management.
Barbara served as the Director of Career Development at CIBC, where she led the development and initial implementation of a multi-year strategy for integrated, enterprise career development, including a supporting curriculum to improve individual capability across the organization. She also consulted with internal business partner teams to create career development strategies and tactics to support their integrated talent management plans. Barbara now has her own practice – Thrive Career Consulting – as a career development consultant and personal career coach.
Trevor Lehmann, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Trevor Lehmann is a student services professional with six years of experience advising post-secondary students on academic and career decisions at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Education in education and is a certified school teacher within the province of Manitoba. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Education: Counselling Psychology and employed at the Career Services office at the University of Manitoba, where he focuses on helping students through the career decision-making process.