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Professional Development and ongoing community-based workforce development excellence is integral to ensuring that those who access our members’ services will be successful in finding meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities. We do this by offering various professional development opportunities for frontline workers and management.

Weekly Member Meetings

Web-based meetings address regional and/or local concerns, issues, and opportunities to share knowledge and successes. Registration required. Check below for dates and information.



Workshops & Webinars

Responding to the needs of our members, we offer in-person and online professional development opportunities throughout the year.

To see information about the Procurement Workshops in one place, please go to the Procurement Workshop page.







Annual ASPECT BC
Conference 2021

Mark your calendars for 2021 - Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 5th.  The conference is scheduled for the Sheraton Vancouver Airport, but we are unsure if that will be possible under COVID-19 safety protocols. Regardless if our conference is in person, virtual, or hybrid, the dates will stay the same.

Our call for presenters is coming this spring


Upcoming events

    • 21 April 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
    Register

    ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion

    Our ASPECT member virtual discussions continue as we use this next meeting to check-in to find out how service providers are doing.

    Come as you are. Welcome to all ASPECT Members. 

    • 29 April 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    Register

    Brief Action Planning 

    Brief Action Planning is a self-management support approach to help people make action plans to address the aspects of their health or situation that are most important to them.

    It is a practical and highly structured technique that is based on the literature and evolving understanding of what works and doesn’t to help people change.

    Brief Action Planning is designed to:

    • Incorporate the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (compassion, acceptance, partnership, and evocation)
    • Use a stepped care approach
    • Use a person- and family-centred health care approach
    • Build Self-Efficacy
    • Develop skills for independent self-management
    • Create concrete and realistic plans in under 10 minutes

    Attendees will learn some practical tools for action planning and giving information and advice to use in busy environments.  The tools are based on evolving literature about what works and what does not work to help people change.

    Who Should Attend:

    • CEOs, Executive Directors, Directors of Employment
    • Facilitators and Case Managers
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists
    • Job Developers
    • Job Coaches
    • Vocational Assessors
    • Team Leaders
    • Regional Managers
    • Case Managers
    • Job Search  & Employment Advisors
    • Customized Employment Advisors
    • Intake Workers
    • Wage Subsidy Advisors
    • Client Services Managers
    • Employability Skills Facilitators

    About the Presenter: 

    Sam Burnett is dedicated to building constructive and collaborative opportunities for growth and development within teams and across organizations. He works with organizations to design skill and capacity building programs that improve their services and functioning.


    Cost: $25 for ASPECT members, $40 for non-members

    • 06 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual
    • 1
    Register

    1. Procurement 101

    This workshop is intended for those who have little to no experience responding to government solicitations, or who feel that they need a refresher course on how procurement works within the BC Government. This course provides introductory information on how government procurement works. Topics covered will be:

    1. Types of Opportunities 
    2. Mandatory Requirements 
    3. Price-based Solicitations 
    4. Scored Solicitations 
    5. Asking Questions 
    6. Contract Award and Debriefs 

    About the Presenter

    Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

    We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


    • 11 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    2. Proposal Writing

    This workshop is intended for those who are responsible to write proposals on behalf of their organization for government scored solicitations.  It will be particularly useful to those who are new to this role or have not been as successful as they expected in the proposals written to date. Topics covered will be:

    1. Structure of the Proposal 
    2. What to Include 
    3. What to Avoid 
    4. Practice Writing a Proposal 
    5. Debrief the Proposals
    6. Information Available in a Debrief 

    About the Presenter

    Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

    We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


    • 18 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual
    • 27
    Register

    1. Procurement 101

    This workshop is intended for those who have little to no experience responding to government solicitations, or who feel that they need a refresher course on how procurement works within the BC Government. This course provides introductory information on how government procurement works. Topics covered will be:

    1. Types of Opportunities 
    2. Mandatory Requirements 
    3. Price-based Solicitations 
    4. Scored Solicitations 
    5. Asking Questions 
    6. Contract Award and Debriefs 

    About the Presenter

    Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

    We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


    • 20 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3. HOW GOVERNMENT EVALUATES PROPOSALS

    This workshop is intended for those who are experienced in writing proposals but are unclear what happens after closing. It gives a “behind the scenes” glimpse into what Government does with proposals to determine the successful vendor. Topics covered will be:

    1. Government’s Evaluation Process 
    2. Evaluation “Rules”
    3. Practice Evaluating Proposals
    4. Which Proposal is Successful? Why? 

      About the Presenter

      Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

      We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


      • 26 May 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Virtual
      • 13
      Register

      4. WHAT EXECUTIVES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROCUREMENT

      This workshop is intended for those in leadership roles who make the decisions on the opportunities that the organization responds to, and who sign-off on the submissions.  his course explains the procurement framework that applies to how Government selects its contractors. Topics covered will be:

      1. Overall Procurement Framework 
      2. Legal Environment 
      3. Trade Agreements 
      4. Policy & Legislative Environment 
      5. Identify Procurement Risks 
      6. Debrief Procurement Risks
      7. Remedies for Disagreement

      About the Presenter

      Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

      We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


      • 27 May 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Virtual
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      2. Proposal Writing

      This workshop is intended for those who are responsible to write proposals on behalf of their organization for government scored solicitations.  It will be particularly useful to those who are new to this role or have not been as successful as they expected in the proposals written to date. Topics covered will be:

      1. Structure of the Proposal 
      2. What to Include 
      3. What to Avoid 
      4. Practice Writing a Proposal 
      5. Debrief the Proposals
      6. Information Available in a Debrief 

      About the Presenter

      Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

      We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


      • 01 June 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
      • Virtual
      • 13
      Register

      3. HOW GOVERNMENT EVALUATES PROPOSALS

      This workshop is intended for those who are experienced in writing proposals but are unclear what happens after closing. It gives a “behind the scenes” glimpse into what Government does with proposals to determine the successful vendor. Topics covered will be:

      1. Government’s Evaluation Process 
      2. Evaluation “Rules”
      3. Practice Evaluating Proposals
      4. Which Proposal is Successful? Why? 

        About the Presenter

        Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

        We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


        • 08 June 2021
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
        • Virtual
        • 6
        Register

        2. Proposal Writing

        This workshop is intended for those who are responsible to write proposals on behalf of their organization for government scored solicitations.  It will be particularly useful to those who are new to this role or have not been as successful as they expected in the proposals written to date. Topics covered will be:

        1. Structure of the Proposal 
        2. What to Include 
        3. What to Avoid 
        4. Practice Writing a Proposal 
        5. Debrief the Proposals
        6. Information Available in a Debrief 

        About the Presenter

        Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

        We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


        • 10 June 2021
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
        • Virtual
        • 12
        Register

        4. WHAT EXECUTIVES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROCUREMENT

        This workshop is intended for those in leadership roles who make the decisions on the opportunities that the organization responds to, and who sign-off on the submissions.  his course explains the procurement framework that applies to how Government selects its contractors. Topics covered will be:

        1. Overall Procurement Framework 
        2. Legal Environment 
        3. Trade Agreements 
        4. Policy & Legislative Environment 
        5. Identify Procurement Risks 
        6. Debrief Procurement Risks
        7. Remedies for Disagreement

        About the Presenter

        Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

        We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


        • 15 June 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
        • Virtual
        • 15
        Register

        3. HOW GOVERNMENT EVALUATES PROPOSALS

        This workshop is intended for those who are experienced in writing proposals but are unclear what happens after closing. It gives a “behind the scenes” glimpse into what Government does with proposals to determine the successful vendor. Topics covered will be:

        1. Government’s Evaluation Process 
        2. Evaluation “Rules”
        3. Practice Evaluating Proposals
        4. Which Proposal is Successful? Why? 

        For additional information on procurement offerings, visit our web page

          About the Presenter

          Liz Busch is a public sector procurement professional with over 19 years' experience as a BC government employee managing competitive solicitation projects to purchase a wide variety of goods and services for many different public sector clients. She is a known problem-solver, who finds effective solutions to even the most complex procurement problems. She understand the risks involved, and gives her clients options for their projects, based on their needs and risk tolerance.

          We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training


          • 04 November 2021
          • 9:00 AM (PDT)
          • 05 November 2021
          • 4:30 PM (PDT)
          • Virtual
          Register


          Register now and choose your sessions later once the program is finalized.

        Past events

        14 April 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        07 April 2021 ASPECT 2020 Annual General Meeting
        24 March 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        17 March 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        11 March 2021 Part 5: The Recruiter’s Edge - Getting employers to come to you first
        10 March 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        04 March 2021 Part 4: The Recruiter’s Edge - Getting employers to come to you first
        03 March 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        24 February 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        17 February 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        11 February 2021 Mindfulness in the Workplace (Session 2): Finding Calm Amidst the Storm
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        09 February 2021 Mindfulness in the Workplace: Finding Calm Amidst the Storm
        04 February 2021 Part 3: The Recruiter’s Edge - Getting employers to come to you first
        03 February 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        27 January 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        21 January 2021 Part 2: The Recruiter’s Edge - Getting employers to come to you first
        20 January 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        13 January 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        06 January 2021 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        16 December 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        16 December 2020 LinkedIn Learning Demo
        15 December 2020 The Recruiter’s Edge - Getting employers to come to you first.
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        02 December 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        30 November 2020 VBL - PechaKucha Presentations & Capstone Project Submissions
        25 November 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
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        23 November 2020 VBL - Teams & Leadership (E6)
        16 November 2020 VBL - A Social Justice Approach to Leadership & Advocacy (E3)
        16 November 2020 VBL - HR Hacks for Leaders (E4)
        12 November 2020 Recordings of the ASPECT Virtual Conference 2020
        09 November 2020 VBL - Leadership Lessons for Transformational Times (E1)
        09 November 2020 VBL - Supervising Career Development Practitioners (E2)
        05 November 2020 ASPECT Virtual Conference 2020
        04 November 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        28 October 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion - WorkBC Prime Contractors
        26 October 2020 VBL - Leadership: Where Do We Go from Here? (C6)
        21 October 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        19 October 2020 VBL - Leading for Change (C5)
        14 October 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        07 October 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        05 October 2020 VBL - Leadership within the Organizational Context (C4)
        28 September 2020 VBL - Trust, Motivation & Recognition (C3)
        23 September 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        21 September 2020 VBL - Self-Awareness, Confidence, & Values (C2)
        17 September 2020 Tips and Tricks for Providing Tech Support
        16 September 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        14 September 2020 VBL - What is Leadership? (C1)
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        26 August 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        19 August 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
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        05 August 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
        29 July 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion
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        30 June 2020 This Becomes That: Taking Classroom Activities Online
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        23 June 2020 Training the Trainer
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        03 June 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion: Check-In
        26 May 2020 Developing Engaging Online Content
        25 May 2020 AEST Contractor Discussion
        20 May 2020 ASPECT Member Virtual Discussion: WorkSafeBC & Virus Transmission
        19 May 2020 Delivering Employment Services to a Cohort and 1:1 Online
        14 May 2020 AEST Contractor Discussion
        13 May 2020 ASPECT MEMBER VIRTUAL DISCUSSION: INFORMING GOVERNMENT TRANSITION TEMPLATE
        12 May 2020 How to Move Your Career Practice Online
        11 May 2020 A Tour of Virtual Employment Services & Supports
        07 May 2020 Career Engagement in the COVID-19 Context
        06 May 2020 Resource Centres - ASPECT Member Discussion May 6, 2020
        29 April 2020 Job Developers - ASPECT Member Discussion April 29, 2020
        22 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 22, 2020
        15 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 15, 2020
        08 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 8, 2020
        01 April 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - April 1, 2020
        25 March 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - COVID-19 Strategies
        17 March 2020 ASPECT 2019 Annual General Meeting
        17 March 2020 ASPECT Member Discussion - COVID-19 Strategies
        13 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Northeast
        12 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Vancouver Island/Coast
        11 February 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Thompson-Okanagan
        23 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Vancouver Island/Coast
        22 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Thompson-Okanagan
        22 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Northeast
        21 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - North Coast & Nechako
        21 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Lower Mainland/Southwest
        16 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Kootenay
        16 January 2020 ASPECT Member Regional Meeting - Cariboo
        05 November 2019 Project Integrate Systems Navigation and Innovation - Employment and Training Ecosystem Engagement
        04 November 2019 ASPECT Conference 2019
        05 June 2019 Employer-Employment Expert Summit
        04 June 2019 Pre-Summit + Employer-Employment Expert Summit
        30 April 2019 ASPECT Summit Discussion Group
        13 March 2019 ASPECT 2018 Annual General Meeting
        26 February 2019 Cancelled: Thriving Through Transitions
        22 February 2019 POSTPONED: Member Discussion: WorkBC Rural & Remote Challenges and Solutions
        07 February 2019 ASPECT RFP Workshop
        07 November 2018 ASPECT Conference
        30 August 2018 Discussion: Rural Transportation Solutions for Employment Success
        28 August 2018 Discussion: Innovative Ideas for Performance Outcomes Management
        13 April 2018 ASPECT RFP Workshop

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