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Sneak Peak at the Conference Session Descriptions*

Plan your time -- take a look at the conference schedule. Please note that there may be slight adjustments within the overall schedule. 

*Please note that this program is subject to change and will be updated between now and the Conference. 

Keynote: Victoria Maxwell

Funny You Don’t Look Crazy captures Victoria’s experience of employment before, during and after bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It helps people better understand mental health issues in the workplace and best practices for returning to work. Audience members walk away enlightened and entertained, holding an expanded vision not of what’s improbable, but instead of what is possible.

Replenish Your Toolkit: Latest CERIC Resources to Support You

No matter where you work in career development, if you're looking to refuel with new ideas, this session is for you! We'll share our recent work, including 1) a national survey of 500 employers on career management in the workplace, 2) a "Wayfinder" tool that unlocks the career development value of experiential learning 3) research that will help shape career education in Grade 4-6 classrooms 4) research on how to sustainably integrate immigrants into decent jobs 5) career mindsets that needed during times of change…and more!

Presented by Riz Ibrahim of CERIC


Walking the Talk: Leaders for a Multicultural Future

As Canada continues to welcome newcomers, organizational shifts are required to move away from traditional leadership perspectives toward an inclusive leadership model that is well-aligned with a multicultural workforce. In this session, we will discuss leadership across cultures, identify ways to prepare immigrant clients for leadership roles and provide ways for organizations to consider the cultural context in their leadership models.

Presented by Laurie Koch of MOSAIC & Sandhya Ghai of MOSAIC


Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship – Not a Last Resort

Self-Employment (SE)/Entrepreneurship is important yet often misunderstood piece of the career development world. Through this interactive and engaging presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to understand modern SE/Entrepreneurship and learn key techniques for understanding client suitability. The presentation will end with a chance to test this new knowledge in case studies and exercises.

Presented by Zakary (Zak) Edmonds of ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd, Cassie Taylor of Life Strategies Ltd, and more.


Strategic Career Planning - Retention, Engagement, the Bottom Line

Demonstrate how providing career planning within organizations has increased retention, engagement and the bottom line. Two case studies will be presented along with tips, based on experience, on how to approach this topic with the CEOs of organizations. What purpose means in career planning and why it works to help both individuals and organizations achieve their goals.   

Presented by Steve Miller of Implicit Career Services


Employment Support for Youth with Disabilities: Best Practice Checklist

In this session, we will introduce a tool in development: Employment Support for Youth with Disabilities: Best Practice Checklist. This tool is part of the BC Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities tool/resource database. We will review the tool's development, explain how you can use it to ensure your programs meet the unique needs of youth clientele and invite input on the criteria.

Presented by Sarah Molder of CanAssist & Rebecca Ipe of CanAssist


DUMB Goals

In goal-setting, we utilize SMART Goals as a way of helping clients to build action plans and achieve their objectives.This presentation will examine how SMART Goals are failing clients and offer a new perspective on supporting them in building a future.

Presented by Peter Bailey of Free Rein Associates


Mental Health Strategies for CDPs

This session will cover the following objectives:

     How to hold the CDP role when mental health issues come up
     Strategies for working with clients within the CDP role
     Strategies for CDPs who are struggling with mental health issues
     Strategies for organizations to support CDP with mental health challenges.

Presented by Seanna Quressette, Creating Intentional Change & Dr. Catherine Hajnal, Life Fundamentals

Panel: Employer Engagement – Help Us Help You

In this discussion, you will hear about the application of CERIC’s employer research, work undertaken at the government level to support employers, and learn about employer responses to current labour market challenges.

Panelist TBC

Panel: Social Procurement and the Bigger Picture

In this panel we will discuss the current challenges with social service procurement and consideration for the future to support clients and the infrastructure that supports them.

Panelist TBC

Provincial Government Update

Find out the latest from the government about employment programs in BC, the outcomes, and plans for the future. This informative session will provide you with insight into the data that is being collected through your contracts and how it is used to inform policy and program decisions. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Panel: Employment Services Recruitment & Retention – Changing Our Approach

We will hear from various panelist how they are shifting the way they recruit and retain staff to fill positions in employment services.

Panelists TBC

Panel: Social Services Sector Roundtable Update

In this session, we will hear from members of the Social Services Sector Roundtable about how they informed the government through the pandemic crisis and how they continue to work to set the agenda on government priorities.

Panelist TBC

    • 03 November 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 04 November 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

    We are back in person this year for what you've come to expect: great speakers, government updates, professional development, and many networking opportunities.

    More details about the conference content are coming soon, but rest assured, there will be lots of opportunities to network. 

    Don't forget to reserve your room at the Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort for 170 CAD - 220 CAD per night. Use the link to access this fabulous rate. 

    Early bird rate is on until Sept 30 at 6pm.

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