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Speaker Bios 2019

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Pamela Alcorn

As Research and Analysis Coordinator with The Federation of Community Social Services of BC, Pam Alcorn brings more than thirty years’ experience in community development, government and public relations, policy development and community social service provision.

Having come from near northern Ontario in the early 1990’s, Pam’s career began in a transition house and quickly expanded into policy and program analysis, training, advocacy and public education on social, health, environmental and cultural issues including gender based violence, housing, transportation, community safety, disabilities, aging, gender and intercultural issues.

Curiosity about how to integrate the personal, political, and professional into policy development and practices inspired Pam to complete a Master of Arts Degree, Studies in Policy and Practice, through the University of Victoria.


Chris Brown

Chris Brown is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Employment & Labour Market Services Division.

Sam Burnett
Sam Burnett is a Brief Action Planning (BAP) trainer and trained qualitative researcher. He is dedicated to helping people to learn skills for communicating effectively in team environments, especially where behaviour changes are the goal. Sam’s background includes studying and facilitating communication between clients and their support teams. primarily in healthcare. His experience in healthcare is broadly applicable to career and training professionals because of the person centred approaches they value.

Terry Deakin

Ms Terry Deakin holds a Master of Arts in Community Development, a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship, and a Diploma in Human Services along with lived experience in substance abuse and homelessness, which have all shaped her ability to lead with confidence. Terry owns and manages INEO Employment Counselling Inc. in Port Alberni for the past 20 years and delivering Provincially funded employment programs since 2000. INEO was recently severely impacted by the change in WorkBC Services and Terry is now re-inventing INEO. Terry is a Rotarian, non-profit Board member, and sits on several community committees. April 2019 Terry was presented the Women Leadership award through the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and is ready to go for another 20 years.


Susana Guardado

Susana is the Director of Education and Training for Ready to Rent BC . She has worked in community development for 20 years, internationally and locally with marginalized and vulnerable populations, developing programs that foster community voice. As the Director of Education at Ready to Rent, Susana travels across Canada training facilitators to deliver the RentSmart program. She has a keen interest in transformational learning, mobilizing the power of education for creating social change.

Megan Hamlet

Megan has been called the “Fix it Queen” by organizations where she has worked, throughout her career. She brings a background of Business Administration, Marketing and Business Development to her latest role with ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd. She has worked for firms such as Goodlife Fitness, Amazon, Freedom 55 Financial, and Hired Guns Creative. She has worked in project management roles, business development, strategic partnerships, change management, and personnel management. She has been an invaluable asset with program management, client retention, intake revival and achieving milestones in the new outcome-based models.

Nina Hansen

Nina Hansen is the Executive Director of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT), a government funded pilot project seeking to shift the culture in the trades to increase the attraction and retention of women. She previously worked as the Operations Manager for the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED), and prior to that as the Director of Occupational Health and Safety. This role that involved contributing to policy development, providing training and education across the province, and working with varied stakeholders to promote and advocacte for safe and healthy workplaces. Prior to working at the BCFED, Nina worked for more than 16 years as an occupational health and safety representative and workers’ advocate for the film technicians union, IATSE Local 891.

John Horn

John Horn is the Chair of CERIC’s Board of Directors. He leads organizational learning & development at Vancity Credit Union and has been involved with CERIC for over a decade as a committee and board member. At Vancity, John leads initiatives that align co-operative learning, coaching, career development and Vancity’s business model of member-led innovation with the credit union’s vision of redefining wealth. As co-founder of The Potentiality, he writes and speaks about how career development enhances community well-being. John has chaired CERIC’s Marketing, Communications & Web Services and Research Committees and is a veteran presenter at the Cannexus conference. He volunteers for Vancouver’s Writers’ Exchange and loves exploring neighbourhoods via bicycle. John holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and is passionate about helping people. 


Riz Ibrahim

Riz Ibrahim is the Executive Director of CERIC. Riz works with CERIC’s cross-sectoral Board and Advisory Committees to develop strategic and functional partnerships that enhance the body of knowledge for Canada’s career professional communities. Additionally, Riz oversees all areas within CERIC’s mandate including the Cannexus National Career Development Conference, the CareerWise and OrientAction content websites, the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD), and a host of internal and external projects including national surveys of Canadians’ perceptions about career planning and about career development and the workplace.

Manny Judge

Manny is an experienced Senior Manager with over 8 year’s management experience within Employment Programs across the United Kingdom and Canada. During this time, he managed various different government funded Employment Programs of a value up to a value of $50m. He has managed teams from 12- 200 staff and up to 67 service provider/ partners. He was responsible for setting up a process, training staff and managing a team to confirm and claim sustainment’s back in 2012. Consistently achieving a 96% sustainment rate. This process was implemented at 3 different organizations and similar models used across the industry. Manny is proud to have supported up to 12,000 clients and ensuring over 8000 found work.


Matthias Klenk

Matthias Klenk has a PhD in sociology and is a certified Intercultural Practitioner. His passion for diversity & inclusion brought him to lead the Intercultural Training at MOSAIC.


Iris Lee

Iris Lee is a Senior Researcher at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC). She has been involved in multiple research and evaluation projects and has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on a diverse range of social policy issues including immigration, housing, food security, environment, mental health, labour market, employment, and child- and youth-related issues. Iris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and Master of Public Policy degree from University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, where she specialized in social policy development.


Carla Langhorst

Carla is the lead for Innovation at the United Church of Canada and the co-founder of Small Business Solver. Carla has a background in for-profit having worked at Coca-Cola Canada, McCain Foods, and Canadian Pacific Railway. She has an undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier Business School and an MBA at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in organizational behaviour and supply chain management. 10 years ago, she started her own small business consulting business and quickly pivoted it into Small Business Solver, a leading pay-what-you-can small business resource used worldwide including hundreds of communities in Canada.


Dr. Roberta Neault

An award-winning career development thought leader in Canada and internationally, Dr. Roberta Neault, CCC, CCDP, GCDFi, is President of Life Strategies Ltd., a BC-based career consulting firm with international reach, and a Project Director with the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF).  In her 4 decades within the career development sector, Roberta has supported countless job-seeking clients, career development practitioners (CDPs), counsellors, counsellors-in-training, employment service providers, and policy makers through her extensive speaking, writing, instruction, and consultation on career-related topics.



Catherine Poole

Catherine Poole is the Executive Director of the Program Design and Delivery Branch in the Workforce Development and Skills Training Division of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Catherine has worked in the BC government for 25 years in several ministries and various areas, including policy, legislation, programs, planning, evaluation and intergovernmental relations. She has been in her current role for the past four years. As the Executive Director, she is responsible for the Workforce Development Agreement programs, including the BC Employer Training Grant program, the Community Workforce Response Grant program, the Skills Training for Employment programs, and BladeRunners program. She is also responsible for Indigenous skills training programs including the Indigenous Skills Training Development Fund and the Aboriginal Community-Based Partnerships Training program. Catherine is passionate about the public service and honoured to be part of a team working to design and deliver skills training programs that support British Columbians to gain the skills and supports they need for employment. She is thankful for the incredible organizations across the province that deliver these programs and always open to hear from the service provider community about what is working or not working and how her Branch can better support service delivery. Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Social/Cultural Anthropology, with a specialization in Indigenous Studies, from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She’s the proud mom of two grown daughters, 21 and 22. One is studying nursing and the other is in her third year as an electrical apprentice. Catherine is grateful to live and play in the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations, and has a deep respect for the land and its first peoples, when walking, hiking, swimming in the ocean, and otherwise enjoying life on the peninsula.


Pulxaneeks (Pul-ha-neeks) is from the Eagle Clan of the Haisla First Nation with Nuchanulth and Lummi Ancestry. Her path of being a group facilitator, program designer & event producer was sparked 19 years ago in her home community & has been applied in a wide diversity of ways throughout her career. With this deep & diverse range of experience & skill, Pulxaneeks strives to create more understanding between cultures. She is a living, loving result of the coastal Indigenous village that raised her & all that survived in the lineage she was born to.

Katie Rosenberger

Katie Rosenberger is the Executive Director of AMSSA, a British Columbia provincial association that strengthens over 70 member agencies as well as hundreds of community stakeholder agencies who serve immigrants and newcomers. Along with her background in the settlement and integration sector and not-for-profit management, Katie brings many years of expertise in children, family, and women's issues.

Katie represents the BC Settlement Sector on the National Settlement Council and is the Board Secretary for the Canadian Immigration Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI), the national body for settlement associations. She is an experienced speaker, presenting to groups such as the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration: Strengthening the Protection of Women in our Immigration System.

Valérie Roy
Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of AXTRA, the Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi. Valérie works with AXTRA’s members and partners to develop best practices and to develop the body of knowledge in the employment and training sector. She also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec and Canada and on the international stage. Over the years, she has worked to promote the career development field and co-ordinated provincial and pan-Canadian projects aimed at improving the employability of underrepresented groups.


    Christian Saint Cyr  

Over the past twenty years, Christian Saint Cyr has established himself as a leading British Columbia expert on job search and the province’s labour market. As publisher of the British Columbia and Ontario Labour Market Reports, Christian advises thousands of career professionals nation-wide and regularly works with representatives of business, education and government on developing proactive solutions to labour market challenges. As director of Labour Market Online and author of the BC Job Search Guide, Christian has developed a dynamic understanding of effective job search and the varied needs of local employers. This unique experience has established Christian as a well respected public speaker and media commentator on employment and labour market related topics.


Tara Sudbury

Tara Sudbury is the Manager of Community and Workplace Education at the Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver -Fraser. Understanding and talking about mental health challenges is a place Tara Sudbury believes we all need to land. Tara’s leadership in projects and not for profit transformative events led to her development of thepowerserve™ a customer service education program which she has delivered from the Frontline to the Executive Suite. She joined CMHA in 2013, facilitating Mental Health Education to hundreds of employees in different industries. Her passion for giving people the tools and knowledge to thrive melds ideally with her role as Manager Community and Workplace Education. Tara completed the VCC Provincial Instructor Diploma, is a certified Living Life to the Full and Responding with Respect facilitator. Her goal is to help corporate Canada transform its culture; when talking about and managing one's mental health is as ordinary in the workplace as it is for one’s physical health


Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende is a renowned entrepreneur and thought leader on the future of work and building teams that thrive.As co-founder of NoW Innovations, a best-selling author, and a seasoned keynote speaker, Eric empowers leaders to maximize the potential of their teams and drive their organizations forward. He is here today to share a few small, one-degree shifts we can make to build teams that not only win, but thrive.


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