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ASPECT BC Conference Program 2019   

The conference program is still in development as we confirm speakers and topics. Please know that we will update details as they become available. All educational hours are approved for use towards your CCDP designation. 

Monday, November 4, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Registration

9:00 am—10:30 am 

Plenary: Welcome & Opening Keynote Eric Termuende 

Eric is a globally-recognized thought leader, author, and international speaker on the future of work and building teams that thrive.

As co-founder of NoW Innovations, he advises industry-leading organizations, institutions, and associations on future-proofing their teams, talent management, and rehumanizing the workplace. Eric has a deep understanding of the next generation of work and how to attract and retain the right talent. His best-selling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders and is available on amazon.ca.

10:30 AM—11:00 AM Refreshment Break

11:00 AM —12:30 PM Workshops:

Values Based Leadership Overview

Find out about ASPECT's Values Based Leadership Curriculum and the intensive training...more information coming soon.
Dr. Roberta Neault
Getting IN with Outcome-based contracts – A client-focused approach to job sustainment

Megan's presentation will help attendees learn how to maximize resources within regular and outcome-based contracts, and create greater wrap-around support for the client for long-term sustainment. You will learn, how to engage your teams to build stronger relationships with their clients, the best policies and procedures to ensure sustainment success, how to create buy-in for existing staff in the new model, and how to use technology for resource management.

Megan Hamlet
Ethos Career Management
Immigrant Integration in the Workplace

This presentation will examine the positive trends in the Canadian labour market that indicate significant strides for newcomers but also reflect on current norms that show that immigrants continue to struggle to reach their career goals and what steps, programs and initiatives still need to take place to change that.

Employment in BC has increased at a faster pace than at the national level in 2016 and 2017. This growth spurt enabled BC’s labour force to expand by 68,400 persons in 2017, to reach a labour force of 2.6 million people. Looking ahead, the 2018 BC Labour Market Outlook forecasts 903,000 job openings between 2018 and 2028. It is estimated that 27% of these vacancies will need to be filled by 24,300 immigrants each year. The need for a highly qualified workforce requires a commitment from BC to provide job-readiness training and industry specific language training for newcomers.

AMSSA, the association for newcomer serving agencies in the province, released a report September 2018 calling for action from the Government of BC to increase support for the integration of newcomers. The report provides a series of significant recommendations for investments into BC’s immigration integration system.

Kate Rosenberger
Growth Strategies for Non-Profits

There are lots of small business growth strategies that you can apply to the nonprofit sector: from new products and services, to territory expansion and the elusive social enterprise development. Carla Langhorst of Small Business Solver will explain how you can apply growth principles in financial and marketing planning to your nonprofit. Carla will show the you the business strategies and tools you can use so that your nonprofit can assess risk and scale up sustainably.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • About the emerging revenue generation trends that nonprofits are doing,
  • How to strategically grow from your core operations while mitigating risk,
  • Over 20 different ways to scale your non-profit and how to choose between them,
  • The types of online resources you can access and use to continue evolving your strategic plans.
Carla Langhorst
Small Business Solver Incorporated

12:30 PM—1:30 PM Lunch 

1:30 PM—3:00 PM Workshops:

Leading with Confidence

Leading with Confidence is an interactive workshop where participants will learn and practice some tips and tools on how to be an effective leader. The session will touch on the following topics: Leading Responsibly, Utilizing Feedback, Overcoming Obstacles, and Keeping Agreements; and will also include real life stories, exercises and handouts.

Terry Deakin
INEO Employment Counselling Inc.

Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work National Career Development Consultation

Join us in creating a Career Development Professional (CDP) Competency Framework that represents you and your practice. We know that the needs of CDPs are as diverse as the topography of our nation. During this consultation session, we’ll discuss how we define the field and how it’s changing to meet the needs of the future.

Dr. Roberta Neault
 Rockets, car rentals, and successful tenancies: RentSmart at work in your employment program

Housing and employment go hand in hand for ensuring a person’s quality of life and stability. What does renting a car and rockets have to do with successful tenancies? Come and be part of this fun and interactive session to see the RentSmart curriculum in action and learn how tenancy education can easily fit into your program.

The RentSmart program is a highly engaging and easy-to-follow tenant education program that incorporates key transferable life skills such as: communication skills, financial literacy, caring for a home, navigating conflict, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and identifying personal goals and priorities. The program is learner centred and asset based, using adult learning principles to create positive and meaningful learning experiences. The RentSmart program is delivered in a variety of setting including employment programs, alternative schools, life skills programs, housing programs and anywhere else were transformational learner focused education is welcome.

Interested in facilitation? RentSmart takes a community development approach and builds organizational capacity by offering an educator training course which certifies Community Educators to deliver the RentSmart curriculum.

Susana Guardado 
Ready to Rent
Lessons Learned from the British Employment model (WorkBC 2.0 model)

There are a lot of similarities between the new WorkBC model and the British Employment model, specifically the focus on sustained employment outcomes. There were a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt when the British model was being put in place, including the need to ask clients for pay stubs. This session will compare and contrast the two models and highlight the lessons learned (best practices and pitfalls) from the British model which WorkBC contract holders should consider as they undertake their new journey into WorkBC 2.0.
Manny Judge

3:00 PM—3:30 PM Refreshment Break

3:30 PM—5:00 PM Workshops:

Intercultural fluency as a strategic skill for leaders of the future      

Intercultural fluency paired with intersectionality is a key skill for the Canada of the future. With the constant intake of newcomers, employers have to put more effort and budget into the integration and retention of people with diverse and complex backgrounds in their workforce in order to be competitive. This session will dig into how leadership has to change and what the key skills are to be a prepared inclusive leader who is able to communicate and act as needed to lead diverse teams.

Mathias Klenk

International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy, Norway 2019: A Summary

The 9th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy was held in June 2019 in Tromsø, Norway. With more than 160 delegates from over 33 countries, career development leaders, researchers and policy makers were invited by the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) to discuss labour market trends and promising practices. The symposium focused on four key themes: context and challenges for career development policy; aims for, and access to, career development programs and services; integration of career development policies, programs and services into wider society; and leadership, innovation and change for the future.

As career developers, we can help societies, individuals, and organizations to respond to and shape such changes in the labour market. Understanding the public policies that define our sector and other countries’ successes can guide us in our daily actions, in order to meet the different challenges facing our organizations and to respond more optimally to the needs of job seekers and employers. Members of the Canadian team at the 9th International Symposium will share global perspectives, the official Communique and Canada's Action Plan.

Roberta Neault, Life Strategies Ltd.

Valerie Roy, AXTRA 

What do Employers Want from Employment Service Organizations?

The Presidents Group is a leadership table for CEOs and business owners committed to creating accessible employment for people with disabilities in BC. This group of 25 companies employs over 250,000 people in the province, and aims to encourage more employers to adopt inclusive hiring practices. From province-wide crown corporations to your favourite neighbourhood bakery, many Presidents Group members rely on strong relationships with employment service organizations to meet their hiring goals.

Join employers from PG organizations in this lively session about what drives businesses, what businesses find most helpful in their partnerships, and how we can work together to increase

employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The session will also include a briefing on the strategic goals of the Presidents Group and a tour of the online resources available on their website accessibleemployers.ca​. 

Trish Kelly
The President's Group

What we heard: Sharing the preliminary findings from a Labour Market Research Study on BC’s community social services sector.

The Federation of Community Social Services of BC, The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC), and CSSEA have been conducting a labour market research to gain a better understanding of the issues related to organizational capacity in BC’s community social services sector—recruitment and retention, workforce and labour market needs, volunteerism, training, and HR capacities.

This initiative was developed as a result of work sector members and allies accomplished at The Federation’s 2018 Social Policy Forum. Recruitment and retention challenges were a central theme at the forum. Participants recognized that these challenges, while not new, had become harder to address due to a lack of data.

With funding from the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement’s Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program (administered by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training) data collection has been underway with a plan to release the final report in Spring 2020.

In this session we will share our preliminary findings and seek validation and verification from sector leaders on the themes we have identified. This session will include a presentation on the project to date and a guided discussion about the findings and implications for the community social service sector.

Pamela Alcorn, The Federation of Community Social Services of BC and Iris Lee, SPARC BC

5:30 PM—7:00 PM Networking Reception

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

9:00 AM—10:30 AM Workshops:

 Automation in the Labour Market; Assisting People to Map Their Career on Shifting Sands

We all know that automation has, is and will transform the labour market. We need only to go into a Starbucks or Tim Hortons, see people pick up an App order and realize technology is revolutionizing thousands of food service jobs. Few of us doubt that driverless vehicles are on the verge of replacing hundreds of thousands transportation workers and yet when will any of this happen? In this presentation, Christian will discuss the transformative technology, occupations secure from wild change and the skills workers must acquire to be masters of change in a changing world.

Christian St. Cyr
BC Labour Market Report
Presentation by the BC Centre for Women in the Trades

Come learn about the BC Centre for Women in the Trades and their exciting new employment program.

The Heart Of It

In this interactive experience, we'll be delving into what's at the heart of this healing relationship to Indigenous People. Together we'll unpack how we got to be where we are as a people, what your role is in all this & where we can go from here. Going in the common direction of shifting this healing relationship, it's not possible to do so without the presence of some level discomfort. We will be acknowledging the brilliance, the struggle, the strength & the truth of the First Peoples.

Brief Action Planning

Brief Action Planning is a self-management support approach to help people make action plans to address the aspects of their situation that are most important to them. It is practical and highly structured, and involves using an algorithm to guide someone step-by-step through deciding whether they want to make a plan, developing a SMART plan, assessing their confidence, problem-solving if necessary, and planning their follow-up. Each step of the process is carefully considered and is based on based on the literature and evolving understanding of what works and doesn’t work to help people change. This approach works well for supporting people who are already thinking about change and need some help to get started, and it can be used by anyone who is interested in helping people make behavioural changes to impact their health or well-being.

Brief Action Planning is designed to:

  • Incorporate the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (compassion, acceptance, partnership, and evocation)
  • Use a person-centred stepped care approach
  • Build self-efficacy
  • Develop skills for independent self-management
  • Create concrete and realistic plans in under 10 minutes
Sam Burnett
The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation

10:30 AM—11:00 AM Refreshment Break

11:00 AM—12:30 PM Workshops:

Ministry Update

Join us to hear the latest developments from the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training as well as the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

Chris Brown, Ministry of Skills Development and Poverty Reduction

Catherine Poole, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training

Guiding Principles in Changing Times : A Focus on the Dynamic Nature of Career Development

Join Riz and John for an immersive and interactive session that will take you away from the day to day and put you back in touch with first principles as we explore the Guiding Principles of Career Development developed by CERIC. This session will touch on each of the eight guiding principles, exploring how each applies to your practice now and what each means within the context of an increasingly dynamic labour market and the fluid nature of “career.” Through facilitated discussion with a room of your peers, learn how you can activate these principles in your work using six newly released Principles Action Plans (on how to apply Principles with different client groups), appreciating the difference between the ideal and the actual.
Riz Ibrahim / John Horn

12:30 PM—2:00 PM Closing Luncheon & Leadership Awards. 
Closing Presentation - Let’s Get Honest About Mental Health… It’s Starts with Awareness, Compassion and, Talking. Tara Sudbury, CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch

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