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Cannexus Update

January 27, 2023 12:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

I’m on a flight home from Ottawa and the Cannexus conference as I write this. There was so much going on at the conference that it will take me a few days to process everything properly. Here are a couple of activities that might interest you:

Career Development Advocacy

CERIC organized a group of 50 leaders in the world of career development and employment services to discuss seven themes as an area of advocacy. Although the theme chosen to develop excluded a significant portion of those in the room, we had valuable discussions about career development and its intersection with other sectors.

It was evident in the advocacy meetings and many of the roundtable discussions that Career Development is an economic driver and critical in this changing world of work. The new Career Development Professional Centre (CDPC) also has advocacy as a part of its mandate, with more information coming soon. It was an exhilarating day of discussions, and I look forward to the next steps.

CDPC Announcement

The Career Development Professional Centre announced its plans for free core career development training. Each course will have four modules: 1, 2, & 4 will be virtual, and module 3 will be two days in-person. ASPECT is contracted to host the in-person sessions in Prince George (April), Nanaimo (May), and Kelowna (June). The BCCDA will also host a two-day session with the dates to follow. The demand for these courses is expected to be high and will likely be available by application only. Details are coming.

Also, the new online community of practice is up and running. If you registered for the previous one, you’ll need to register again because the virtual community is on a different platform.

Finally, I would like to thank ASPECT president Val Meaney who joined me in presenting the findings of ASPECT’s Refocusing the Urban Lens for Rural and Remote Employment Services to a packed room. We heard stories of those in the room who felt validated by their practice challenges. Our call to action is to collect stories, photos, and short videos to help bring the research to life. Take a moment to share your experiences at and watch the video below from WorkBC Merritt, which is coming to an Instagram story soon.

Janet Morris-Reade, CEO

L-R: Laura Heagy & Lori Forgeron of Workforce Development Consulting Services of Northern BC, Shannon Baikie of NIEFS, and Val Meaney of Val Meaney & Associates

A packed room at our Rural & Remote session

L-R: Sueling Ching of the Ottawa Board of Trade & Chamber of Commerce, Kris Tierney of the Human Resources Professionals Association, and Janet Morris-Reade of ASPECT in the panel "The Red Hot Labour Market: What It Means for Employers and Jobseekers"

L-R: Kay Castelle, incoming CEO of CERIC, Candy Ho, CERIC President. Poorly-taken selfie by Janet Morris-Reade (apologies Kay & Candy) 


Thanks to Deborah Petrovitch and Afreen Barkat of Community Futures Thompson Country for your submission.

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