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Monday, January 28


201: A Community of Practice for Employment Counsellors
The Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canadian Association for Supported Employment have launched a national community of practice for employment counsellors who support people living with mental illness. Join us to learn how you can become part of a larger movement to raise awareness and break down barriers to employment for people living with a mental illness.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How supported employment assists people living with a mental illness 
  • How supported employment assists people living with a mental illness 
  • How champions are advancing supported employment in their communities

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Krista Benes

Krista Benes

Program Manager, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Krista Benes is a Program Manager in Workplace Mental Health at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has experience working in front-line mental health and conducting research in career development, unemployment and underemployment.
avatar for Annette Borrows

Annette Borrows

President, Canadian Association For Supported Employment (CASE)
Annette Borrows has been serving people with disabilities towards employment for 20 years. All of her efforts are focused towards employment equity. She has also written and facilitates over 250 hours of workshops and courses.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 201


202: MyHomeWorks: Bringing Local Labour Market Information to Students
MyHomeWorks is an interactive online platform providing students with the opportunity to engage with the world of work. Through MyHomeWorks, students connect their interests to local labour market opportunities and explore the environmental factors that can impact their future job search. Equipped with quizzes, challenges and performance-based achievements, MyHomeWorks presents an innovative resource supporting students in their career-planning decisions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students are introduced to local and non-local jobs 
  • Students will learn about careers that relate to their interests
  • Students will learn about careers that relate to their interests

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Madelaine Currelly

Madelaine Currelly

CEO, Community Training and Development Centre
Madelaine Currelly is the CEO of Community Training and Development Centre, a not-for-profit organization. She has developed and implemented many new initiatives in employment readiness and was engaged by WDB/LEPC to develop myhomeworks.net.
avatar for Jennifer Lamantia

Jennifer Lamantia

CEO, Workforce Development Board
Jennifer Lamantia joined the Workforce Development Board in 2017 and has supported the research and development of projects completed under the LEPC pilot. She has over 15 years of management experience including driving business development initiatives for education.
avatar for Kristen Larocque

Kristen Larocque

Project and Marketing Officer, Workforce Development Board
Kristen Larocque began working for the Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council in June 2017. She has been directly involved with the development and marketing of MyHomeWorks.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 202


203: Open Badges: Digital Credentials for 21C Careers
Open Badge is a standard for digital credentials invented by Mozilla in 2011 as a better way to recognize skills and carry them forward. Innovative organizations like IBM and Doctors Without Borders are starting to use Open Badges in an "Internet of Skills" approach to workforce development. Learn how they are becoming flexible digital credentials for the 21st century careers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • List the benefits of competency-based approaches to workforce development
  • Evaluate the importance of employability skills for 21st century careers
  • Explain how Open Badges make skills more portable and learner-centred

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Don Presant

Don Presant

President, Learning Agents / CanCred.ca
Don Presant is Canada’s leading expert on Open Badges. He is President of Learning Agents, host of CanCred.ca, the premier Canadian service for Open Badges, serving educators, trainers and other organizations across the country.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 203


204: Expertise and Excellence: Reclaiming the Career Development Sector
Funding and regulatory bodies are mandating the gathering of outcome data as the new “standard of care” across all helping sectors. This drastically changes what is required of career services and career practitioners. The risk is that our purpose can become unhinged from our practice as we strive to hit targets. This session will explore a sector-driven approach to supporting employment organizations and governments in reclaiming their performance story, building the evidence required within a more “holistic” measurement framework.

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Sarah Delicate

Sarah Delicate

Founding Partner, BBMD Consulting Inc.
Sarah Delicate is a founding partner of Bell Brown Molnar and Delicate Inc. (BBMD), a consulting firm based in Ottawa. As a consultant, coach, trainer and speaker, Sarah has worked with 1000’s of people across 100’s of organizations. Her high-energy style will convince you that... Read More →

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 204


205: On-Campus Employment: Route to Top Skills Acquisition
A long-standing on-campus employment program at Memorial University was transformed in 2005 into an experiential learning program. Analysis of data collected since that time identified the top skills and competencies students have developed. Come hear how the program was transformed and learn how the skills students are learning overlap with the top skills employers are seeking.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn to transform any program into an experiential learning program
  • Learn the top skills acquired by students in on-campus employment
  • Learn how skills acquired by students align with employer needs

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Jennifer Browne

Jennifer Browne

Associate Director, Student Life, Memorial University
Jennifer Browne is the Associate Director of Student Life at Memorial University. She has a long history with career development in post-secondary and in the community. She is currently Past Chair, CERIC Board of Directors.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 205


206: Facilitation, Diversity and the Future of Work | L’animation, la diversité et l’avenir du travail
Workplaces are more diverse than ever before. With this comes different points of view, problem-solving strategies and leadership styles. Great facilitation techniques can mitigate conflict, guide agendas and hold individuals accountable in an equitable way. This interactive session will provide you the opportunity to expand your facilitation skills and acquire the tools to work with and engage diverse audiences.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to be equitable in facilitation methods
  • How to create inclusive and engaging learning environments
  • How to adapt and enhance your facilitation skills

Les lieux de travail n’ont jamais été aussi diversifiés. Avec cette diversité viennent des points de vue, des stratégies de résolution de problèmes et des styles de leadership différents. Des techniques d’animation éprouvées peuvent atténuer les conflits, faciliter la préparation des réunions et responsabiliser les employés de façon équitable. Cette formation interactive vous permettra d’améliorer vos compétences en animation et de découvrir des outils pour obtenir la collaboration et l’engagement d’auditoires diversifiés.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Miser sur l’équité dans un contexte d’animation
  • Créer des milieux d’apprentissage inclusifs et stimulants
  • Ajuster et améliorer vos compétences en animation

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Letecia Rose

Letecia Rose

Founder & Lead Facilitator | Fondatrice et animatrice principale, Skill Market
Letecia Rose is an award-winning facilitator and community engagement specialist passionate about creating equitable spaces. Working in social justice for over 10 years, Letecia has trained thousands of individuals in diversity and equitable program design.Letecia Rose est une animatrice... Read More →

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 206


207: FAST Track to Apprenticeship Success
Foundational Assessment for Skilled Trades (or FAST) is a digital update of the Evaluating Academic Readiness for Apprenticeship Training (EARAT) developed around 2000. The platform assists students planning to apprentice in skilled trades to identify areas in math, science or communications that may need additional study to ensure success. Instructors can monitor student results and offer resources for further study.

Learning Outcomes:
  • History and purpose of EARAT and FAST
  • How the comprehensive skill assessments help students prepare for apprenticeship
  • How instructors can monitor assessment results

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Rob Shepard

Rob Shepard

Project Facilitator, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board
Rob Shepard’s background in media, communications and project management spans over 40 years. His responsibilities at SMWDB cover a number of projects including employment-related online platform development and targeted sector development initiatives.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 207


209: Coaching Clients to Create a Positive Digital Footprint | Conseiller ses clients sur la création d’une empreinte numérique positive
Job candidates' social media platforms are routinely being critiqued by potential employers. Having a negative or non-existent online image can limit both career and educational opportunities. We as practitioners need to be well-versed in how to teach clients about online etiquette, discretion, and methods for strategically utilizing the Internet as an effective marketing and networking tool.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn tips for maintaining online privacy
  • Understand strategies for cleaning up an undesirable online image
  • Learn how to utilize social media to reach career goals

Les employeurs consultent les pages des médias sociaux des candidats à un emploi. Une image en ligne négative ou non existante peut limiter les occasions d’emploi et de formation. À titre d’intervenants en développement de carrière, nous devons être bien informés pour enseigner les règles de l’étiquette et de la discrétion en ligne, ainsi que les façons d’utiliser l’Internet comme un outil de marketing et de réseautage efficace.

Objectifs d’apprentissage :
  • Obtenir des conseils sur la protection de la vie privée en ligne
  • Comprendre les stratégies d’élimination des images indésirables en ligne
  • Utiliser les médias sociaux pour atteindre ses objectifs professionnels

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Anthony Berardi

Anthony Berardi

Web Developer / Marketing Co-ordinator | Concepteur Web et coordonnateur du marketing, EPC Peterborough
Anthony Berardi, Web and Marketing Co-ordinator for EPC Peterborough and Principal at AB Solutions, has been developing websites, branding and managing social media for over a decade.Concepteur Web et coordonnateur du marketing chez EPC Peterborough, ainsi que directeur d’AB Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Jean Giroux

Jean Giroux

Employment Counsellor | Conseiller en emploi, EPC Peterborough
With a career in assessment, facilitation, and program design; along with education in social media, psychology, and cyber counselling, Jean Giroux helps clients develop networking, job search, personal branding and social media strategies.Détenteur d’une formation en médias sociaux... Read More →

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 209


210: Career Chats: A New Group Career Advising Format
Learn about how Career Exploration and Education at U of T developed and implemented a group career advising model and program – Career Chats. We will explore how we combined advising and career development theories to design and assess this new model, as well as the success and lessons learned from our implementation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Articulate the strength and impact of this advising model
  • Describe theories used to design and assess the model
  • Examine challenges and opportunities related to group advising

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Atifa Karim

Atifa Karim

Co-ordinator, Student Peer Programs, University of Toronto
Atifa Karim is the Co-ordinator, Student Peer Programs for Career Exploration and Education at the University of Toronto. She has an MEd in higher education, and has worked in careers, orientation and transition, and academic advising.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 210


211: Modernisation de la Stratégie emploi jeunesse
Le gouvernement du Canada est déterminé à transmettre aux jeunes les compétences, les capacités et l’expérience de travail dont ils ont besoin pour démarrer leur carrière du bon pied. Cette présentation portera sur les investissements accrus du gouvernement dans la Stratégie emploi jeunesse, afin de prolonger ses engagements et baliser l’accès des jeunes à des emplois de qualité.

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Jocelyne Voisin

Jocelyne Voisin

Directrice générale, Jeunesse et innovation en matière de compétences | Director General of Youth and Skills Innovation, Emploi et Développement social Canada | Employment and Social Development Canada
À titre de directrice générale, Jeunesse et innovation en matière de compétences, Jocelyne Voisin gère des dossiers horizontaux complexes, notamment la transmission des compétences dont les jeunes ont besoin pour réussir dans un milieu de travail en évolution rapide.Jocelyne... Read More →

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 211


213: Bridging the Skills Gap for Traditionally Marginalized Groups
This session will discuss the difficulties experienced by traditionally marginalized groups in the labour market, such as discrimination and skill mismatches. In turn, through case studies of several programs, it will explore how emergent forms of social and technological innovation – focused on skills training and job matching – can be used as tools to overcome these labour market challenges.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Better understand skill mismatches in Canada
  • Learn about new technologies for advancing employment of underrepresented groups
  • Learn how to support underrepresented groups to connect to employment

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier

Academic Director and Professor, Diversity, Ryerson University
Dr Wendy Cukier is founder of the Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and recently completed her term as Vice-President of Research and Innovation where she helped build the university's innovation ecosystem.
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Mark Patterson

Executive Director, Magnet
Mark Patterson is a changemaker in the career development space, creating opportunities for professionals from diverse educational and career backgrounds and addressing barriers to employment for youth, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and new immigrants.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 213


214: Students, Careers & the Impact of Post-Secondary Education
How does post-secondary education influence students' career confidence? How does career intention influence students' academic success? And what role do career aspirations play in students' education decisions? Based on new research conducted with more than 11,000 post-secondary students in 2018, this presentation will dig deep into the relationship between career development and post-secondary studies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How students career readiness changes over their course of studies
  • How career development impacts academic success
  • How to build a case for investment in career development

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Graham Donald

Graham Donald

President, Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.
As Canada’s leading expert on student recruitment and engagement, Graham Donald has been providing research, training, and strategic advice to the country’s leading employers and educational institutions for more than 25 years.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 214


215: Understanding Interview Anxiety: Causes, Coping and Consequences
We will showcase current and ongoing research to address the following questions about interview anxiety: What happens to job candidates when they feel anxious? How does anxiety influence their interview performance? How can job applicants learn to overcome their anxiety? Is anxiety predictive of job performance? Participants will share their own questions and observations about interview anxiety.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how, when, and why anxiety shapes interview experience
  • Learn how, when and why anxiety predicts job performance
  • Participate in shaping future research on interview anxiety

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Silvia Bonaccio

Silvia Bonaccio

Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr Silvia Bonaccio is the Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Psychology at the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa). Her work focuses on how anxiety and emotions influence personnel assessment.
avatar for Deborah Powell

Deborah Powell

Associate Professor, University of Guelph
Dr Deborah Powell is an Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in personnel selection, and has published numerous articles on employment interviews and interview anxiety.

Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 215