Cannexus 2009 – A Huge Success!

CANNEXUS 2009, hosted in Toronto on April 6 – 8 was an overwhelming success! Thank you to all the delegates, session presenters and exhibitors for making this, our 3rd national conference, a success. Thanks also to our Sponsors as well as the many Partnering and Supporting Organizations.


Content, Learning & Communications Intern

Unit: Learning and Development
Reporting to: Lead, Programs, Learning and Development
Duration: Full-time summer contract position from June 12, 2024 to September 4, 2024
Compensation: $20.00/hour for 35 hours/week
Location: Hybrid or Remote
For remote work, the hire can be situated anywhere in Canada. It requires that the individual have a reliable computer, good internet access and a dedicated (quiet) workspace. For hybrid work, workplace accommodations can be made. CERIC’s office is located in Toronto, the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Haundenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Mississauga Anishinaabe of New Credit.

About Us:

CERIC is a charitable organization dedicated to advancing education, research, and advocacy in career counselling and development. Our mission is to enhance the economic and social well-being of Canadians by promoting career development across the country. We fund innovative projects, host bilingual conferences, publish a peer-reviewed journal, curate online platforms like CareerWise/OrientAction, and offer comprehensive webinars and courses to empower career and employment professionals.

Position Overview:

You’ll join a small, passionate group working to advance the learning and professional development of Career Development Professionals. As Content, Learning & Communication Intern, you’ll collaborate with the Learning and Development team, working closely with the Lead, Programs, Learning and Development, and the Lead, Content, Learning and Development. Leveraging your skills in research, writing, communication, and organization, you will undertake tasks such as writing blog post listicles and webinar scripts, identifying subject matter experts for webinars, researching resources to enrich our learning materials, posting content on WordPress sites, and analyzing survey results.

By joining CERIC, you will have the opportunity to contribute to our mission of advancing career development in Canada, making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and communities.

CERIC’s values are Inclusivity, Accessibility, Collaboration, Diversity, Integrity and Aspiration. We prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion not only in our programs but also as an employer. Our team consists of individuals with diverse strengths, experiences, and backgrounds, all sharing a passion for advancing meaningful projects. All of our employees’ points of view are key to our success. We are committed to racial justice and reconciliation. For this role, we will be actively prioritizing individuals from underrepresented groups (including women, gender minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, Black individuals, racialized individuals, and individuals from 2SLGBTQIA+ communities) to apply for this position.

CERIC offers a positive work environment (in a unique co-location space at Foundation House) and a culture that supports healthy balance as well as professional development. We also offer flexible work arrangements to accommodate diverse needs.


Our Toronto office, located at Yonge and St Clair, is wheelchair accessible and is conveniently accessible by subway. We offer disability-related accommodations upon request for candidates participating in our hiring process.

Please contact Cyrielle Filias at to discuss your needs or if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

Core Responsibilities

  • Identify subject matter experts aligned with audience learning’s priorities.
  • Support webinar tasks, including scriptwriting, communication with presenters, and survey results analysis.
  • Contribute to CareerWise website initiatives, such as listicle creation, web posting and article dissemination.
  • Assist in developing content for our WordPress-integrated Learning Hub – our future online learning catalogue.
  • Facilitate the thematic reorganization of our diverse learning resources.
  • Other duties as assigne

What We Look For

  • Recent graduate or student enrolled in University or College
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent organization skills with attention to detail
  • Good internet research skills
  • Reliable self-starter capable of effective teamwork
  • Computer proficiency with experience using WordPress, Canva or similar technology is an asset
  • Prior experience using Zoom or similar webinar provider platforms is an asset
  • French language skills are an asset

Additionally, this position is being funded in part by the Canada Summer Jobs program. As such, the hire MUST be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [S.C. 2001, c. 27]*; and
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

How to Apply

Send an email to Cyrielle Filias, Lead, Programs, Learning and Development at by Monday, May 27, 2024 (or until filled). The email must include:

  1. Subject “(job title) Application”
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter

CERIC to Fund Third Revision of Popular Guide to Computing Careers

CERIC will once again fund a project for Mount Royal University to update its popular guide to computing careers, reflecting the significant changes to both the computing industry and computing careers since the pandemic. The third edition of Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors will reflect how new areas such as data science, AI and cybersecurity have burst onto the scene, feature more content on BIPOC professionals in the technology field, and include additional information on educational pathways available in the North. 

The main aim of the guide remains to support career counselling for students interested in technology. The updated version of the guide will be relevant to a broad demographic of Canadians exploring a career in the computing disciplines. It will help high school counsellors, parents and prospective students seeking to understand the many educational pathways into computing careers.   

Research for the original project – undertaken by an international research team led by Calgary’s Mount Royal University – found that most undergraduate students did not understand the differences between the five computing disciplines (computer engineering, information technology, information systems, software engineering and computer science). It also became clear that career counsellors and other career advisors needed more information to support their clients. 

This research informed the development of a graphically oriented 32-page guide from Mount Royal authors Randy Connolly, Janet Miller and Faith-Michael Uzoka. The first edition of Computing Disciplines launched 2018. Based on demand, a French adaptation of the guide was also released. In 2020, the 40-page second edition of the guide was launched and featured new areas of specialization within computing, providing more information about pathways into computing careers, as well as career advice from professionals working in these fields. Remarkably, more than 200,000 copies of the guide are now in circulation and they have met with very positive feedback. The Guide has been featured on several post-secondary websites including Dawson College and McGill University.   

The third edition of the guide will incorporate several key changes: 

  • Inclusion of the two newest official Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) computing disciplines – data science and cybersecurity 
  • Expanded equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) content, featuring college, university and institute programs from more remote regions 
  • Expanded information on technical institutes, certificate programs and coding camps 
  • Addition of results from a national survey of high school counsellors, presented as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
  • Expanded section featuring stories from BIPOC professionals working in these fields 
  • Addition of new information on computing career trends, such as AI, machine learning and data analytics, whose content overlaps many of the official computing disciplines 

The guide is being used at both the secondary and post-secondary levels to inform students in their decision-making around computing-related education and career paths, so they can make choices that are aligned with their values, interests and skills. Computing Disciplines provides an overview of each of the disciplines and related careers, core courses, key tasks and sample jobs. In particular, the guide helps provide students with adequate discipline information prior to application for program admission or prior to when they are required to choose their major.  

The new guide is expected to be released at the Cannexus conference in January 2025, and once again will be made available for free download. 

CERIC provides funding and other support to develop innovative career development resources. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit project proposals for career counselling-related research or learning projects. 


CERIC seeking participants for Idea Exchange on student career planning in high schools

CERIC is recruiting participants for a set of virtual Idea Exchanges to understand the current state of career exploration and planning in high schools across Canada, from the perspective of students as well as educators. These insights will help to inform the development of career education initiatives at the secondary school level. 

Idea Exchange
Open Call for High School Students
How Are You Thinking About Your Career? 

  • Grade 9-10, Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm ET (75 minutes) 
  • Grade 11-12, Wednesday May 29, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm ET (75 minutes) 

Note: A Participation Release Form must be signed by a parent/guardian. Each participating student will receive an honorarium. This is also an opportunity to gain community involvement volunteer hours where required. 

Idea Exchange
Open Call for High School Guidance Counsellors, Educators & Administrators
How Are You Supporting Student Career Planning? 

  • Monday, June 3, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm ET (75 minutes) 

If you are a high school education professional – or parent of a teenager – please share the opportunity to participate in the student Idea Exchange. We encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply. 

These dynamic discussions – to be conducted over Zoom – will centre around experiences, needs and aspirations related to student post-secondary career exploration and planning. We are seeking to gather insights into how educators, families and communities can better support students to begin charting their work-life journeys. As everyone navigates a fast-changing world, we want to identify what’s working and what’s not: 

  • What career guidance is being given now? 
  • What do you wish was available? 
  • What, if anything, is holding you back? 

If you’re interested in participating in this national conversation, apply by Monday, May 13: Spaces are limited, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in students’ futures. 


Empowering Youth for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow


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The three groups of panelists will be announced by RBC Future Launch soon.

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  • Mondays, September 23, October 28 & November 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (Check your time zone)


  • FREE Sponsored webinar series


  • This webinar series is presented in English with French subtitles available on the recordings


  • This webinar series offered AI-generated live captions available in multiple languages
This webinar series is generously sponsored by RBC Future Launch and offered free of charge for all participants. Learn more about RBC Future Launch and its current work.

French subtitles are available on the recordings of this webinar series.

Webinar overview

The future of work is changing. Youth are motivated and embrace lifelong learning as a key to their success – but they still need support. 

Join us for this FREE webinar series from RBC Future Launch to hear from three different valuable groups of panellists composed of researchers, youth-serving organizations and social enterprises discussing resources focused on supporting Canadian youth with skill development, practical work experiences, networking and mentorship supports. 

This 3-part webinar series will cover a range of engaging topics, from scholarships to post-secondary education, to practical tools for youth seeking job experiences and skill development opportunities. Participants will also get the chance to gain insights from research on the labour market and further understand the outcomes for youth participating in career development programming. 

Why career professionals should attend

Throughout the series, career practitioners and educators will get the chance to engage with subject matter experts and sector leaders and get actionable insights on programs and initiatives that have made a significant impact on youth. Participants will be exposed to a diversity of free programs and resources to add to their tooldkit. By the end of the series, career development practitioners – especially those working with youth aged 15-29  will leave with practical knowledge, tools and resources they can apply and share in their work with their young clients.  

Webinar N°1 : Insights into the Future of Work

Monday, September 23, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar researchers from the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo will share the results of the RBC Young People & Economic Inclusion Longitudinal Study. A panel of youth will respond to the findings of the study. 

  • Learn from research conducted by the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo about employment outcomes for youth across Canada participating in career development programming 
  • Engage with data-informed insights into young Canadians’ current reality and the future of work 
  • Learn from youth directly about their outlook on the future of work 

Webinar N°2 : Opening Doors to Opportunity Through Scholarships

Monday, October 28, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar, RBC will share the findings of its recently published thought leadership report Untapped Potential: Opening Doors to Opportunity Through Scholarships. You will also learn about the RBC Future Launch suite of scholarships that support access to postsecondary education for youth who remain underrepresented in colleges and universities. 

  • Understand the barriers youth face in accessing scholarships for post-secondary education  
  • Discover how career development professionals can play a role in supporting youth navigating the ecosystem of scholarships 
  • Explore collaboration opportunities across sectors to better support youth to access and benefit from scholarships 

Webinar N°3 : Tools for Youth to Get Future-ready

Monday, November 25, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

In this webinar, participants will learn about free online programs and resources offered through RBC Future Launch from RBC partner organizations in the career development ecosystem. 

  • Hear from career development professionals and other youth-serving team members at RBC partner organizations including charities and social enterprises about how their work supports youth with tools for the jobs of today and tomorrow 
  • Learn what tools are available through RBC Future Launch to support skills development, practical work experience, networking and mentorship, and youth mental well-being  
  • Explore how to incorporate online tools and resources into your career development/coaching practice 

CERIC webinars are hosted on Zoom. Learn about it in our FAQ.

Learning Advancement Partner

Youth deserve a better chance! RBC Future Launch is a catalyst for change bringing people together to co-create solutions so young people are better prepared for the future of work. With that in mind, RBC has made a commitment to youth and to Canada’s future. Going beyond financial investment, RBC is engaging the public and private sectors to further understand the issue and make a significant impact on the lives of young Canadians. 

Access hundreds of programs, tools and resources designed by RBC’s partners to help youth launch their career. 


Culturally Integrated Storytelling: Empowering Diverse Clients for Life Transitions


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Magdalena Mot, Senior Manager for Work-Integrated Learning, Capilano University

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  • PAID webinar series


  • This webinar series is presented in English


  • This webinar series offered AI-generated live captions available in multiple languages

Webinar overview

Storytelling is perhaps the most time-honoured form of communication. More often than not, our first professional encounter starts with an invitation: “So, tell me about yourself”. Yet many of us are not equipped to tell our story to someone unfamiliar with our culture. Indeed, the art of storytelling draws on self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and effective message delivery. So, how do we support a client and alleviate the stress resulting from cultural misunderstandings? How do we eliminate the risk of a client being “dismissed” before they even get assessed for the job? How can career practitioners, especially those working with diverse populations, equip their clients with the knowledge of storytelling and support them in navigating not only the process of their job search, but also their life transition?    

The series aims to empower practitioners by providing a comprehensive understanding of storytelling’s profound role, with a specific focus on pivotal aspects during significant transitions. It will prepare career practitioners with practical skills to guide clients through storytelling nuances, fostering self-confidence and preserving cultural distinctiveness. 

Why career professionals should attend

We’ll start the series by reviewing the differences between cultural assimilation and cultural integration. We’ll explore the essentials skills that career development practitioners need to build when helping clients to integrate their story with their culture and how they can empower clients to cultivate cultural competency by encouraging authentic storytelling. Our presenter will use intercultural learning models and point participants towards tools and resources to support their clients in finding common communication grounds when conversing with people from different cultures. 

At the end of the series, practitioners will be able to better coach their clients in telling their own stories and will have the tools to effectively support them in implementing practical steps that allow for a smooth cultural transition. Our end goal is to empower clients to preserve and appreciate their cultural uniqueness while learning how to nurture their own understanding and appreciation for cultural differences. 

Webinar N°1 : Intercultural Communication in a Business Setting

Wednesday, September 25, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Career practitioners will gain an understanding of the mechanisms that underpin cultural integration, which in turn will help them illustrate the steps clients would need to take so they can move forward. CDPs will look at these steps through the lens of those who are just entering a new workplace culture.

  • Learn about intercultural relations: describe, interpret, evaluate 
  • Take practical steps towards improving your understanding of other cultures 
  • Revisit common cultural assumptions 
  • Reevaluate the way you perceive yourself culturally 
  • Observe your cultural identity in your own intercultural communication  

Webinar N°2 : The Importance of Storytelling

Wednesday, October 2, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

The importance of storytelling in one’s life will be the highlight of this second webinar of the series. With a focus on the span of a major life transition, such as moving to a new country, we will be using Nancy Schlosberg’s transitions theory to look at factors describing the Self. To showcase the importance of storytelling, we will watch video interviews and review the implications that “dismissed or “muted” stories can have on one’s professional development, growth and mental health. 

  • Revisit the history of storytelling and what determines how we communicate 
  • Learn why our cultural identity is a powerful analytical tool 
  • Travel through life transitions, hear about “cultural aliens” and understand the social process of “othering” 
  • Locate situations, revisit the self, available supports, and learn to build new strategies 
  • Review implications of intercultural miscommunication 

Webinar N°3 : Storytelling, Job Interviews, and Networking Events

Wednesday, October 9, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Learn how to find common communication grounds and encourage diverse clients to use authentic storytelling in all their professional encounters. 

  • Support clients to communicate their sense of self and apply their awareness 
  • Clarify with your client how to integrate their story with their culture and their listener’s culture 
  • Use the transaction model of communication in various ways 
  • Inspire the storyteller to align their story to their industry standards 
  • Motivate storytellers to address cultural assumptions 
  • Evaluate tools for analysis and self-reflection: revisit experiences, cultural assumptions, self-perceptions and fixed mindsets 

Individual certificates of attendance will be provided for each webinar of the series. Please note that individual certificates of attendance will ONLY be provided to registered participants who attend the webinar LIVE.

COST for the full series
Individual Rate $159
Group Rate*  $119.25 per person
ASPECT Members COST for the full series
Individual Rate $119
Group Rate*  $89.25 per person

* If you register 5 or more participants from the same organization at the same time, you qualify for the group rate of 25% off registration fees. 

CERIC webinars are hosted on Zoom. Learn about it in our FAQ.

Magdalena Mot

Magdalena Mot is currently the Senior Manager for Work-Integrated Learning at Capilano University. With an academic background in cultural anthropology and several years of work experience in project management, Dr. Mot’s current research interests are focused on the ties between one’s cultural heritage and the ways this inheritance affects one’s career development decisions, especially when in a major transition. Dr. Mot’s work connects experiences scattered over 25 years of living, working and studying in four different countries and speaks directly to her core values of diversity, authenticity and her drive to build inclusive communities. 

Dr. Mot is an experienced educator and she has over 12 years of teaching experience. Her specializations include career development and intercultural communication in a global business ecosystem. Currently a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS), Dr. Mot is also the Chair of NCDA’s Global Connections Committee, and an active member of CERIC’s Practical and Academic Research Committee. 


Cannexus25 Call for Presenters now open; deadline is May 31

CERIC has issued its Call for Presenters to be part of the next hybrid Cannexus, the largest bilingual Career Development Conference in Canada. The call is open to anyone who wants to help the career development community to reflect, celebrate and dig into new trends. Speakers can present in-person in Ottawa, Canada, or virtually at the conference to be held Jan. 27-29, 2025. Cannexus welcomes presentations in either English or French. 

Presenting at Cannexus provides an unmatched opportunity to exchange information and explore unique and effective approaches in the areas of career counselling and career and workforce development. The last conference brought together 2,000 people across Canada and the world. Presenters inspire others thanks to their knowledge and gain experience as well as a new level of networking. 

Cannexus speakers are researchers and practitioners from universities, schools, community agencies, governments, private practices and corporations. We strongly encourage proposals from individuals from equity-deserving groups, including Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities. Speakers and attendees are professionals in career and workforce development and related fields who are forward-thinkers with fresh and impactful ideas and projects to convey. 

More than 29 areas of interest have been identified to help presenters develop their submissions. Themes range from Effective career counselling and coaching to Trauma-informed practice, and from AI & new technology/tools to the Future of work and workplaces. There is also interest in sessions on Talent management & leadership development geared to directors of career and employment centres. Additionally, international presenters are also welcome to present global perspectives on career development research and practice. 

The submission deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. Please review the terms and guidelines of presenting prior to submitting a proposal. Learn more about Cannexus in this recap of Cannexus24 along with reviews from past delegates. 

Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada and a broad network of supporting organizations and partners. 


Beyond the Hype: Your Complete Roadmap to Using AI Tools to Improve Career Services


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Marie Zimenoff, CEO of Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy

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  • PAID webinar series


  • This webinar series is presented in English


  • This webinar series offered AI-generated live captions available in multiple languages

Webinar overview

Artificial intelligence is now a power skill, and will soon be integrated into roles across the workforce. Generative AI is a requested skill in job descriptions across industries, and AI is one of the top skills employees want to learn. We read posts about how AI tools can be used in career services and the best prompts to use, but most are still unsure of the appropriate tools to use, how to incorporate them in a way that best serves their clients’ job search process, and what to watch out for to ensure ethical use and avoid missteps. We lack practical case studies shared from a career development lens and a reframe of “prompt engineering” that incorporates our expertise for the best outcomes from the tools. 

Why career professionals should attend

Generative AI and other AI tools are a powerful addition to the career service toolkit, speeding up research, improving jobseeker approach, and freeing up time for transformational coaching interaction. But they can also create content that raises red flags and provide incorrect or misleading answers.

In this series, career services providers will get a comprehensive toolkit for using AI tools and generative AI alongside career development best practices for the best client outcomes. Participants will engage in a hands-on learning series where they will be walked through several tools and scenarios to experiment with, along with opportunities to exchange and discuss with colleagues in smaller groups. Based on tests of dozens of tools, attendees will get recommendations for free or low-cost resources for working with clients, guidelines for using these tools ethically, and new ways to think about prompting in generative AI tools.

At the end of the series they will know how to use tools to improve career exploration and research, job search and interviewing, and writing career search documents like resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters. 

Webinar N°1: AI Tools in Career Exploration & Research

Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
  • Review new AI-enabled assessments to increase self-awareness related to career choice 
  • Use generative AI to improve brainstorming and considerations to reduce system bias in responses 
  • Evaluate appropriate tools for career research and labour market information and when AI might not be the best tool 
  • Get hands-on experience using the tools based on case studies 
  • Learn from peers to get new ideas on using the tools to improve career exploration, research and decision-making 
  • Have ways to evaluate the ethics in using systems to gain the benefits while minimizing the risks 

Webinar N°2: The Good & Bad of AI in Job Search & Interview Prep

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
  • Understand the many options available to jobseekers in terms of AI tools  
  • Evaluate the options, advantages, disadvantages and ethical issues related to job search and interview preparation tools 
  • Learn a unique prompt sequence to assist job seekers in understanding company and industry needs 
  • Get hands-on experience using generative AI tools based on case studies and an understanding of how to use the tools ethically 
  • Exchange ideas with peers and reframe how you approach prompts related to job search, company research and interview preparation 

Webinar N°3: Use AI to Craft Captivating Content, Not Generic Gibberish

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
  • Dive deep into understanding how generative AI tools craft content and what that means for creating resume content for clients 
  • Use prompts to transform career marketing content with uncanny insights into the current challenges of the target audience 
  • Get a list of dos and don’ts when using generative AI in writing resumes, profiles, and other documents and tips to evaluate tools that will be best for each task 
  • Wade through the popular suggestions on how to use AI tools to for writing to understand a career development professional writer’s best use case 

Individual certificates of attendance will be provided for each webinar of the series. Please note that individual certificates of attendance will ONLY be provided to registered participants who attend the webinar LIVE.

COST for the full series
Individual Rate $159
Group Rate*  $119.25 per person

* If you register 5 or more participants from the same organization at the same time, you qualify for the group rate of 25% off registration fees. 

CERIC webinars are hosted on Zoom. Learn about it in our FAQ.

Marie Zimenoff

Marie Zimenoff is known as a pioneer on the leading edge of career industry trends and technology. She began her professional career as an advisor and recruiter in higher education while completing her M.Ed. in human resource studies, career and counselling development. In 2008—the peak of the Great Recession—Marie left the university to start her business. Inspired by a passion to make a difference in the industry, as CEO of Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy, she releases an annual industry trends white paper and trains career professionals around the globe in resume writing, career coaching and business development. She has been speaking on technology topics in the careers industry at international events like the Asia Pacific Career Development Association, national industry conferences, and career and technical education events. 

Disabled People of Colour at work

CERIC and CASE partner to offer first online certificate program on intersectional career development

In a significant advance forward in the field of career development, CERIC and the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) proudly announce the launch of their first online course, “An Intersectional Approach to Supporting Career Development” moving towards greater equity and empowerment for clients. 

Canada’s workforce thrives on its diversity, with each individual bringing unique identities and experiences. Understanding his diversity is crucial for career and employment professionals, especially when addressing the needs of BIPOC-D communities. CASE’s Diversity Works report underlines how racialized Canadians with disabilities often face unstable work conditions, despite being qualified. Given that 14.3% of Canadians over 15 with disabilities belong to visible minority groups, an intersectional approach is vital for employment professionals to effectively support their job search. 

Crafted with a keen understanding of the nuanced challenges faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities who experience disability (BIPOC-D), this 6-weeks certificate program will enable career professionals with the awareness, tools and insights needed to navigate the complexities of intersectionality in career development, support and assist clients to advance in their chosen careers. 

Participants can expect to:  

  • Reflect on their own privilege and biases to explore how they impact the services they provide to Racialized, Indigenous and People of Colour people who experience disability.  
  • Deepen their awareness and understanding of different social identities and their interconnectedness as it relates to career development.    
  • Address systemic oppression by applying strategies in their daily work practice.  

Registration for “An Intersectional Approach to Supporting Career Development” is now open and the first cohort starts on March 4, 2024. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. 


Canada’s Career Development Landscape: Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent, and Next Steps Revealed


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Lisa Taylor, President of Challenge Factory

Taryn Blanchard, Head of Research, Challenge Factory

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  • FREE webinar


  • This webinar was presented in English with French subtitles available on the recording.


  • This webinar offered AI-generated live captions available in multiple languages

French subtitles are available on the recording of this webinar.

Webinar overview

Much of Canada’s career development field is not visible or known to Canadians and policymakers. Without a comprehensive evidence base that identifies who does the important work of career development across the country, several challenges will continue to hinder the advancement of the field. In light of this, CERIC funded Challenge Factory to undertake a research project to identify the size and membership of Canada’s career development sector. In a first-of-its-kind evidence base, the report Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent: Mapping Canada’s Career Development Sector reveals the full scope of the people and systems providing career services to Canadians. In this informative webinar, Challenge Factory will share key findings from the project and provide an update on the response the work has received since its launch.  

Why career professionals should attend

In this free webinar, we will explore what is now known about who delivers career services in Canada—and what we want to know next. Since its launch at Cannexus24 to an enthusiastic reception, we’ve held briefings with government officials, industry leaders and practitioner communities who are all interested in the evidence base and its implications for a stronger sector in the future. This session will also be an excellent opportunity to hear more about the perspectives of these key interestholders. At the end of the session, participants will feel better informed, empowered and connected, contributing to the advancement of the career development in Canada.  

Key learning takeaways

  • Learn about the Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent body of evidence and what we now know about career development in Canada 
  • Hear an update on how the work has been received, with tips for how to use the research in your own community-building and advocacy work 
  • Consider how different members of the sector engage with each other and gain insight into how to strengthen key ties across the sector

Overview of the research project

Challenge Factory and the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) have partnered with CERIC to scope and map who is providing career services across Canada. The goal of this project was to demonstrate the breadth and depth of support that Canadians receive from this hidden sector as we all navigate changing labour market and employment landscapes.

Learn about the project and download the report’s executive summary

Download the report Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent: Mapping Canada’s Career Development Sector

CERIC webinars are hosted on Zoom. Learn about it in our FAQ.

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is an author, entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer and community leader focused on making sense of the changing world of work. She is the President of Challenge Factory and lives in Toronto.

Taryn Blanchard

Taryn Blanchard has a PhD in anthropology and works on human-based research projects that use applied methods and multi-disciplinary collaboration. She is Challenge Factory’s Head of Research.


‘Soul-nourishing’ and “Thought-provoking’: Cannexus24 ignited Canada’s career development professionals

“An invaluable platform for networking, learning and professional growth,” and a “warm and inclusive community of professionals,” were just a few of the ways that the 1,900 attendees described the latest edition of Cannexus, Canada’s Career Development Conference. Cannexus saw career development professionals from throughout this country and across the globe come together from Jan. 29-31, 2024, both virtually and in Ottawa. Calling the conference “soul-nourishing” as well as “thought-provoking,” delegates explored innovations in career and workforce development while exchanging ideas with peers – all to empower people and communities to achieve economic and social well-being. 

Among the many highlights from CERIC’s Cannexus24 conference were four remarkable keynotes: Hamza Khan deciphering the future of work; Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc telling her story of resilience; Dr. Nancy Arthur delving into the trends and turbulence facing career development; and Dr. Sean Lessard sharing his work alongside First Nations’ youth. Across 100+ education sessions, delegates examined a range of current and emerging issues with strong interest in sessions focused on artificial intelligence, neurodiversity, Indigenous learners, funding of employment services, intergenerational workplaces and mental health. 

The conference also acted as a launch pad for several new CERIC resources, being released as the national charity behind Cannexus celebrates its 20th anniversary: 

  • For the first time ever, Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent: Mapping Canada’s Career Development Sector reveals the full scope of the people and systems providing career services and supports to Canadians. This groundbreaking study provides the evidence base needed to unlock the potential of Canadian career service professionals.  
  • The latest report from the Career Development in 2040 research project identifies how the career development sector, advocacy organizations and policymakers need to prepare for 2040 and beyond. Using a strategic foresight methodology, the project creates greater understanding of the range of possible futures we might expect.  
  • Practice Principles, a follow-up to Career Theories and Models at Work, provides theory-informed principles for everyday application by career practitioners. It serves as a “go-to” guide, offering core principles for effective career interventions. Delegates at the in-person conference, each received a copy, thanks to our Knowledge Champions. 
  • A new teaching toolkit helps elementary educators understand how their teaching practices develop foundational career-related skills. Exploring Possibilities! Journeying Through Career-Related Learning in Grades 4–6 recognizes that career development starts early, encouraging children to explore their interests, strengths and dreams. 
  • A research-driven publication recommends strategies to help refugees – especially those with lower levels of education – to integrate into society and the working world. Supporting the Integration of Refugees with Little Formal Education: An Intercultural Approach is currently available in French and an English version will be available this spring.  

Another notable moment of the conference was Trina Maher being honoured with the Wileman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career Development. An Indigenous career development leader, Maher is a member of Mattagami First Nation, and the President and Chief Creative Spirit of Bridging Concepts, an Indigenous human resources consultancy with the vision to see “Indigenous peoples enjoy meaningful careers in Canadian workplaces.” Maher was recognized for her commitment to building bridges with communities, fostering inclusive workplaces, and developing strategies for hiring and retaining talent, which have left an indelible mark on the landscape of career development in Canada.  

For a second Cannexus in a row, career development leaders from across Canada met in Ottawa in advance of the conference to further collaborate on a National Advocacy Campaign for Career Development. The impetus for the campaign is that while career development is critical to shaping employment, work, education and labour markets across Canada, policymakers, employers and Canadians continue to know very little about the sector. Sector leaders generated different campaign ideas that would enable us to Increase the knowledge that career development is essential to getting beyond decent work.  

Other aspects of the conference focused on making connections, with Cannexus24 offering an in-person first-timer’s session and exhibitor showcase as well as virtual roundtables and meetups. The powerful Blanket exercise also returned to Ottawa and offered the chance to explore the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

In the post-conference survey, 89.6% of delegates rated the experience as good to excellent and 94.7% indicated they plan to incorporate what they learned into their work. Overall, delegates referenced the knowledgeable presenters, feeling better equipped to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, and the energy that comes from interacting with passionate like-minded colleagues. On the virtual side, there was feedback around technical difficulties and the desire for a more user-friendly platform but an appreciation that a virtual option makes Cannexus accessible to a wider audience. 

Just a few of the stand-out comments included: 

“Whether you are new to the field or have decades of experience under your belt, Cannexus is the place to keep your knowledge up to date, feel the excitement of sharing new ideas, and make connections that will last a lifetime. You will always leave this conference with new energy and lots of plans to implement. “- Blessie Mathew, Director, Career Centre and Experiential Learning, University of Alberta, AB | In-person attendee

“A great learning experience, very informative and inspiring, that helped me analyze the past, visualize the future and gave me some tools to work in the present and be part of the change. What an exciting journey! “- Monica Garcia, Case Manager in the Gateway to Tourism & Hospitality for Newcomers program, ISSofBC, BC | Virtual attendee

“Cannexus24 was a life-giving experience for me! As someone who is the only person doing this work, it was great to connect with professionals across the country and share our passion – career development! No matter what role we found ourselves in, we had something in common – a desire to support individuals in experiencing success and moving towards a preferred future.” – Kirby Krause, Career Development and Life Exploration Program Coordinator, Hanover School Division, MB | In-person attendee

“Cannexus24 provided a holistic approach to career development, empowering attendees to navigate change with confidence and inclusivity. It was an enlightening experience that left me inspired and equipped to thrive in the ever-changing landscape of work.” – Jennifer Kollmar, Career Resource Specialist, triOS College, ON | Virtual attendee

Cannexus24 was presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada with a broad network of 40 supporting organizations and valued partners. Mark your calendars for the Cannexus25 conference to be held Jan. 27-29, 2025. The Call for Presenters will be released this spring. Meanwhile, all Cannexus24 delegates have access to the conference recordings for three months.