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Workforce Development Spotlight | Développement de la main-d’œuvre en vedette [clear filter]
Monday, January 28
 

09:40

208: Breaking Down Barriers: Community-Led Stories of Impact
This interactive session explores exemplary community-based approaches for supporting individuals from populations underrepresented in the workforce to secure meaningful and sustainable employment. Hear stories of impact directly from a panel of pioneering community organizations, discuss successes and challenges arising across your communities, and explore the importance of collaboration, research and capacity-building in generating innovative strategies that can strengthen community development.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore new approaches that support underrepresented individuals in the workforce
  • Identify diverse techniques for bringing innovation into your practice
  • Discuss strategies for supporting more inclusive, diverse and productive workforces

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Mohja Alia

Manager, Employment and Bridging, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Mohja Alia has more than 20 years’ experience in employment counselling and career coaching. She is leading a team of professional staff who are supporting thousands of immigrant newcomers every year. The Employment and Bridging team offer a range of services and programs to support... Read More →
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Carolyn Ferguson

Program Evaluation Analyst, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Carolyn Ferguson is a social sciences researcher specializing in immigration, public policy,and gender. Her current focus is employment and the settlement and integration of newcomers. She currently co-ordinates the NOW and the Career Pathway Loan Fund programs for Immigrant Services... Read More →
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Marcus Jamieson

Client Service C-oordinator, TEAM Work Cooperative
Marcus Jamieson has over 20 years of experience supporting adults with various disabilities in developing life and employment plans. He has worked closely with various healthcare systems as a family advocate providing intervention and supports to individuals with complex needs.
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Jessica Popp

Co-ordinator of Stakeholder Engagement, Centre for Employment Innovation, St Francis Xavier University
Jess Popp is the Co-ordinator, Stakeholder Engagement for the NS Centre for Employment Innovation. She has collaborated with a variety of sectors, working to empower communities and individuals to become critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.


Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 208

09:40

212: Leveraging Employer Partnerships for an Inclusive Labour Market
Taking a deliberate approach to employer engagement is critical in creating sustainable solutions for an inclusive local economy. This session will provide practical strategies on how organizations can create and maintain relationships with businesses that support employment opportunities for multi-barrier jobseekers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the need for a dynamic approach to employer engagement
  • Knowing your job seekers
  • Coming to the employer table with confidence

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Kayla Brien

Employer Relations, Quint Development Corporation
Kayla Brien is intensely committed to building her community. Through working in employer relations with Quint Development Corporation, she advocates for marginalized jobseekers in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods and their inclusivity in the workforce.
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Kristen Thoms

Progam Manager, Quint Development Corporation
Kristen Thoms is a community-minded professional responsible for managing the Core Neighbourhoods at Work program which assists 1,500+ jobseekers annually. She believes effective communication with community stakeholders is the foundation for inclusive economies.


Monday January 28, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 212

11:00

208-1: (Carousels) Crossing the Confidence Barrier: Empowering Women for Employment
Lack of confidence, particularly for newcomer women, can be a key barrier in presenting one’s credentials, skills and experience to a prospective employer. This presentation highlights how a clothing bank is being used as a learning platform to build skills in retail and customer service through an innovative training program that weaves confidence-building into all aspects of the curriculum.

Learning outcomes:
  • How hands-on experience can be maximized to build confidence
  • Importance of group settings in fostering confidence
  • Incorporating the Employability Skills Assessment Tool (ESAT)

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Joanna Jaskielewicz

Manager, Employment Programs, New Circles Community Services
Before joining New Circles in 2017, Joanna Jaskielewicsz worked with the YWCA for 15 years, designing and delivering innovative training programs, focused on newcomer women. She has also taught part-time at Centennial College since 2004.


Monday January 28, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-2: (Carousels) Bridging the Skills Gap
We are often told about a skills mismatch between what employers are looking for, and what the labour market is actually able to provide. Learn more about OCWI’s research projects that tackle skills programming. We have a diverse portfolio, from empowered youth mentors, extensive wraparound supports, to competencies for the “future of work.”  We’ll share our research findings and invite you to participate in a facilitated discussion and Q&A.

Learning outcomes:
  • Better understanding of skills that Ontario's employers demand from the community
  • Identifying what gaps exist between employers' and jobseekers' skills expectations
  • Learning about potential programs and the data on its impact on bridging the skills gap

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Denise Rollin

Eastern Regional Co-ordinator, Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation
Denise Rollin is the Eastern Regional Co-ordinator for OCWI. Denise spent two years with the federal government working in Communications for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), supporting the federal Ministry of Science and research at post-secondary institutions... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-3: (Carousels) Constructive Insights: Developing Trends in Construction Employment
The Industrial-Commercial-Institutional construction sector offers a wealth of dynamic job opportunities, yet it is often hard to attract new entrants. Join Trent Soholt, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council, to learn about emerging job opportunities, why construction occupations should never be thought of as “second tier,” and the Council’s innovative approaches to youth engagement.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Knowledge of in demand construction careers and emerging opportunities
  • Ability to identify the skills/attributes/qualities needed for success in construction
  • Learn about innovations in engaging youth in career awareness activities

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Trent Soholt

Executive Director, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Trent Soholt is the Executive Director of the NSCSC. He is an internationally certified PMP with over 20 years of project management experience ranging from construction and urban planning to HR, business development, and more.


Monday January 28, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

212: PANEL: Demographic Shifts, Big Data and Predictive Models
Talk of big data surrounds us, yet many of us find it difficult to wrap our thinking around it. Data informs decisions ranging from simple every day choices to transformative strategies that influence our communities, our careers, our future! Let’s bring big data down a peg and truly understand how WE can use it, what we need to be conscious of when using it, and how might it help us make informed decisions that support workforce development!


Speakers | Conférenciers
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Didier Dubois

HRM Groupe
Didier Dubois is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Didier has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. After being in charge of Adecco Canada’s Organizational Development Practice for many years and being a Practice Lead, Organizational Development... Read More →
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Jake Hirsch-Allen

Economic Graph and Learning Solutions for Higher Education Lead, LinkedIn
Jake Hirsch-Allen is currently the Economic Graph and Higher Ed Learning Solutions Lead at LinkedIn Canada. He is a Director on the Board of the Canadian Club, teaches Global Health at McMaster University and is on the Advisory Boards of the Hot Docs Cinema and Code for Canada. Jake... Read More →
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Strac Ivanov

President & CEO, Vicinity Jobs
Strac Ivanov is President, CEO and founder of Vicinity Jobs. He is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, innovator, and veteran of Canada’s Big Data analytics industry. At Vicinity Jobs, Strac led the development of some of North America’s earliest job aggregators, one of Canada’s... Read More →
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Trudy Parsons

Executive Vice-President, MDB Insight
Trudy Parsons (Moderator) is the Executive Vice-President of MDB Insight. She joined the organization in 2011 to lead the establishment of a National Workforce Development Division, and continues to work across Canada to create strategic labour market plans and inform on local labour... Read More →
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Steven Tobin

Executive Director, Labour Market Information Council
Steven Tobin is the Executive Director of the Labour Market Information Council whose mandate is to help, through better labour market information and insights, Canadians, stakeholders and policymakers navigate successfully the changing nature of work. Before joining LMIC, Steven... Read More →

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Hamoon Ekhtiari

Founder & CEO | Fondateur et directeur général, Audacious Futures
Hamoon Ekhtiari is the Founder & CEO of Audacious Futures, a global innovation engine for re-imagining the future at the intersection of technology, humanity and philosophy. Previously, he was the Director of Strategy and Innovation at TELUS, and the Founding Director of Studio [Y... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 212

13:30

208: Labour Market Trends and Employer Expectations
This session will address why it is important to research the labour market, and what jobs and skills employers are looking for. Specifically, we'll explore: which industries are hiring and where they are located; where to find employers who are hiring; when to enter the labour market; what are employers' expectations; and how to impress and engage an employer.

Learning Outcomes:
  • What jobs and skills employers are looking for
  • When to enter the labour market
  • How to impress and engage an employer

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Muhammad Saeed

Program Manager (YIT)/ Employment Marketing Consultant, Progress Career Planning Institute
Muhammad Saeed is a responsible and focused professional with over 10 years' experience in project management, program development, co-ordination and capacity building. Quality details, thoroughness and precision are consistently evident in his planning, team building, staff supervision... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 13:30 - 14:20
Room | Salle 208

13:30

212: Becoming an Ally for Inclusion in the Workplace
Almost 14% of working-age Canadians identify having a disability, representing a large marginalized group in the workplace and the most diverse group by far. With an aging workforce, many of us will acquire a disability that will impact work teams and organizations. Taking a more inclusive approach to leadership, mentoring and career development results in win-win solutions at work.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Differentiate inclusion, acceptance and tolerance within diverse groups
  • Assess disability bias (both visible and invisible disabilities)
  • Create an effective disability (or other) disclosure plan for work

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Lisa Moon

Chief Impact Officer, Dynamic Diversity
Lisa Moon is the CIO of Dynamic Diversity. Working closely with teams to create diverse and inclusive workplaces, Lisa believes we can enhance our approach. She is passionate about developing more Inclusion Allies at work.


Monday January 28, 2019 13:30 - 14:20
Room | Salle 212

14:30

208: Indigenous Engagement in IT & Advanced Manufacturing Sectors
The IT & Advanced Manufacturing sectors in Canada are growing at exponential rates. However, Indigenous talent has been a largely untapped talent source to meet this demand. The Ontario Linkages Project rose to this challenge and created opportunities for employers, post-secondary, and Indigenous employment/higher education organizations to connect and collaborate to share best practices, and innovate new career development strategies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the barriers for Indigenous engagement in these sectors
  • Glean insights about what innovative Indigenous and industry partnerships need
  • Be introduced to an inventory of resources from the project

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Trina Maher

Chief Creative Spirit, Bridging Concepts
Trina Maher is the Project Co-ordinator for the Ontario Linkages Project, hosted by Indigenous Works. Trina is an Indigenous career development strategic advisor and corporate Indigenous talent inclusion specialist with over 15 years of experience.


Monday January 28, 2019 14:30 - 15:45
Room | Salle 208

14:30

212: PANEL: Micro-Training in an Age of Macro-Disruption
Human beings have never been expected to learn so much so quickly. And we’ve never had so little time for learning. More than ever, learners are expecting just-in-time, self-directed, and one-size-fits-one ways to build new skills and stay relevant amid spectacular disruptive forces. Join this panel discussion to understand the changing learning environment, how sectors and organizations are adapting, and what this means for your practice and your clients/constituents.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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JD Dillon

Chief Learning Architect, Axonify
JD Dillon is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning today. For 20 years, he has executed strategies for global organizations, including The Walt Disney Company, Kaplan, Brambles and AMC Theatres. JD is now Chief Learning Architect with Axonify, where he... Read More →
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Denis Gravelle

deVant Professional Group
Denis Gravelle is an experienced educator and trendsetter focused on technology in teaching and learning, workforce development initiatives and skills training in the age of AI. Denis is an advocate for new immigrants and international students seeking permanent employment in Canada... Read More →
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John Horn

Manager, Learning & Development, Vancity
John Horn (Moderator) is the Manager, Learning & Leadership at Vancity Credit Union. He's also Co-Founder of The Potentiality, a CERIC Board Member, a volunteer for Vancouver’s Writers’ Exchange, and loves exploring neighbourhoods on his bicycle.
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Sandra Larwill

Academic Manager, Centre for Continuing and Online Learning, Algonquin College
Sandra Larwill has over 20 years of experience in both private and public sectors, including 13+ years working in the higher education industry in continuing and online education. Sandra brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in innovative educational models for non-traditional... Read More →
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Jackie Pichette

Senior Researcher and Manager, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
Jackie Pichette is a Senior Researcher and Manager of Special Projects at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, responsible for research projects that explore methods of improving post-secondary access and outcomes. Her current focus is a province-wide evaluation of Lynda.com... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 14:30 - 15:45
Room | Salle 212

16:10

208: #NLWIC Innovation Jam
NL Workforce Innovation Centre provides a co-ordinated, central point of access to engage government, career and employment providers, skills development organizations and stakeholders in business and community sectors. The Centre’s goal is to promote the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact individual employability, entrepreneurship and attachment to the workforce.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Share our ideas of workforce development and innovation
  • Explore models of innovation in workforce development
  • Explain how we impact employability, entrepreneurship and attachment to workforce

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Susanne Dawe

Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NL WIC)
Susanne Dawe joined NL WIC in 2018 and has 30 years with College of the North Atlantic & Newfoundland Advanced Education Skills & Labour. She has demonstrated skills in community engagement, public speaking, economic development and workshop facilitation.
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Joanne Kendrick

Research Associate, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NL WIC)
Joanne Kendrick joined the NL Workforce Innovation Centre in 2018, and has 20 years of experience working with government departments and agencies, with proven skills in career development, facilitation, human resource development and research.
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Sharon Mclennon

Director, NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NL WIC)
Sharon Mclennon joined NL WIC in 2018 and has 35 years’ experience in start-up and leadership roles working with industry, community, government and education-focused on applied research/innovation, business and economic development in NL and Qatar.


Monday January 28, 2019 16:10 - 17:00
Room | Salle 208

16:10

212: Service Co-ordination and Community Partnership
The Durham Workforce Authority and Literacy Network of Durham Region has expanded service co-ordination activities for Employment Service, Literacy & Basic Skills and Job Development agencies. This session will provide a history of how support was extended beyond Literacy Service Planning to include employment and job development, and an overview of how strategic planning and design thinking have been utilized.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Overview of what service co-ordination is and how it’s useful
  • How strategic planning/design thinking is utilized in service co-ordination
  • Examples of how service co-ordination benefits delivery agencies

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jennine Agnew-Kata

Executive Director, Literacy Network of Durham Region
Jennine Agnew-Kata is the Executive Director of the Literacy Network of Durham Region. She is experienced in program service planning, program evaluation and local partnership development. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
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Paige Marlow

Director of Research, Durham Workforce Authority
Paige Marlow is Director of Research with Durham Workforce Authority. Her focus is on local labour market information, employment and training and community development. Paige is a graduate of Bishop’s University.


Monday January 28, 2019 16:10 - 17:00
Room | Salle 212
 
Tuesday, January 29
 

09:40

208: Popular Vote Goes to ESC’s Common Assessment Process!
Service providers, communities and funders are increasingly seeking common, effective approaches to consistently assess clients and ensure appropriate and responsive employment planning. For 25 years, the 40+ organizations of the Employment Sector Council in Southwestern Ontario have voluntarily adhered to their own collaborative Common Assessment Process model which delivers respectful, thorough client-centred assessment, and builds supportive relationships across organization networks.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Concepts, principles and skills that support ESC’s Common Assessment Process
  • Community benefits resulting from a collaborative, consistent assessment model
  • Resources for building a common community approach to assessing clients

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Wendy Richards

Wendy Richards

Employment Counsellor, WIL Employment Connections
Wendy Rochards is an Employment Counsellor and Common Assessment Process trainer in London, ON, and works at WIL Employment Connections, an immigrant-serving organization. She is committed to sharing good practice in client assessment across our sector.
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Carol Stewart

Project Manager, Employment Sector Council
Carol Stewart has managed Employment Sector Council (ESC) since 2007, providing co-ordination support and resources for this network of Southwestern Ontario community organizations to enhance capacity to deliver excellent, co-ordinated and collaborative employment service deliver... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 208

09:40

212: New & Critical Skills Competencies for Employment Practitioners
As career counsellors and job developers, we are no longer able to adequately prepare youth for the
workforce by delivering employment preparation training and matching them with open vacancies.
The growing skills gap demands more of us and requires new ways of engaging with employers in
designing solutions that directly train young workers and address the real labour market needs.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Identify critical and emerging skills needed for employment practitioners
  • Learn how to create valuable relationships with industry leaders
  • Explore workforce development strategies to scale up solutions across sectors

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Evelyn Akselrod

Evelyn Akselrod

Director, Partnerships, First Work
With extensive management expertise, Evelyn Akselrod supports not-profits, businesses, boards and associations to develop their organizations. With particular interest in serving women and youth, Evelyn promotes opportunities for their advancement through entrepreneurship and workforce... Read More →
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Gladys Okine

Executive Director, First Work
Gladys Okine is the Executive Director of First Work. Gladys has led workforce development programs in the community, municipal and academic environments. She provides advisory support to local, provincial and national career development bodies.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 09:40 - 10:30
Room | Salle 212

11:00

208-1: (Carousels) ALiGN: A Sector-Based Model for Addressing Talent Shortages
In 2017-18, OTEC and its partner, Magnet, developed an online talent assessment and job-matching system and delivery network that could respond to labour shortages. This session will introduce the core components of the ALiGN model, review key research findings and case studies from the field, and explore how community and sector-based partners can leverage the system as it expands nationally.

Learning Outcomes:
  • A new methodology for assessing and matching clients without skills/experience
  • How to build local sector-based industry-community employment training consortia
  • How to engage a growing national network of sector-based practitioners

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Adam Morrison

Vice-President, OTEC
As OTEC’s Vice-President, Projects and Partnerships, Adam leads the organization’s workforce development initiatives by working with industry, government, educators and the not-for-profit sector to design and implement innovative client-focused labour market solutions.
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Gladys Okine

Executive Director, First Work
Gladys Okine is the Executive Director of First Work. Gladys has led workforce development programs in the community, municipal and academic environments. She provides advisory support to local, provincial and national career development bodies.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-2: (Carousels) Digital Disruption and the Supply Chain Labour Force
The Canadian supply chain industry employs nearly a million people, and is currently undergoing massive disruption from technology such as blockchain, big data analytics and AI/machine learning. This session will examine the skills gap these changes are creating and discuss concrete ways supply chain professionals can develop their skills to remain competitive and in-demand.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Appreciate how technology is reshaping the supply chain profession
  • Understand current and future skills gaps in supply chain
  • Learn the best professional development strategies for SC professionals

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Pina Melchionna

President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation
Pina Melchionna is President & CEO of CITT, Canada’s leading source of supply chain professional development. Prior, she was a senior executive at a number of financial institutions. She began her career as a lawyer.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-3: (Carousels) Northern Ontario: The Sleeping Giant Awakening
Northern Ontario is the land of career opportunity; a region the size of France where the number of jobs is greater than the number of qualified candidates. Whether you’re looking for a professional career or have a skilled trade, Northern Ontario needs you. Offering well-paid employment and a high quality of life, Northern Ontario is the final career frontier.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about the diverse socio-economic conditions in Northern Ontario
  • Understand current and projected workforce needs in diverse sectors
  • Learn how to participate in career, business opportunities in Northern Ontario

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Stephanie Ash

CEO & Founder, Firedog Communication
Stephanie Ash emigrated to Canada in 2001. She has won national marketing and business awards. She manages the "Move to Northwestern Ontario" project and is formerly Head of Organizational Capability for Bombardier.
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Yaye Peukassa

Employability and Entrepreneurship Counsellor, Société économique de l'Ontario
Yaye Peukassa moved to Northwestern Ontario as Employability and Entrepreneurship Counsellor for La société économique de l’Ontario (SEO) and is currently piloting the "International Matchmaker Project," an applied research initiative co-ordinated by the Northern Policy Institute... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-4: (Carousels) Outcomes-Based Contract Management: Empowering Saskatchewan Suppliers
The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training implemented an Outcomes-Based Contract Management process focused on the achievement of client outcomes. Ministry contracts: Identify specific client outcomes that are being purchased, incorporate rating criteria and acceptability standards to ensure that quantifiable improvements are made for clients, and provide flexibility for suppliers to adopt innovative practices to achieve client outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of the Outcomes-Based Contract Management model
  • Greater clarity around contract expectations and supplier responsibilities
  • Awareness of how to incorporate the Employability Dimensions into contracts

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Yessica Ascencio

Manager, Workforce Development, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan
Yessica Ascencio is a Workforce Development Manager with the Labour Market Services Branch for the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training in Saskatchewan. Yessica has supported the implementation of the Outcomes-Based Contract Management model.
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Shannon Macoretta

Regional Manager, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training, Government of Saskatchewan
Shannon Marcoretta is a Regional Manager with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training in the Labour Market Services Branch. Currently, she manages a team responsible for Outcomes-Based Contract Management within the Ministry.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

208-5: (Carousels) The Superpower of Success Stories
In the job market of tomorrow, career development professionals need to see beyond the ways the younger generation of jobseekers explore career opportunities. How can we inspire our clients to navigate confidently in the new reality of career search and be prepared for any unexpected turn?

Learning Outcomes:
  • Rethink the way we provide resume assistance
  • Master using success stories as a powerful coaching tool
  • Boost client engagement while building a strong personal brand

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Ana Lokotkova

Job Search Advisor, Resume Writer, Career Workshop Developer, CV LABS
Ana Lokotkova is a Calgary-based career search advisor, resume writer and interview coach. Having lived, studied and worked in three different countries, Ana uses her international experience to help jobseekers step up their job search strategies.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 208

11:00

212: PANEL: Community Collaboration for a Thriving Workforce
With today’s labour market and changing demographics, system-focused responses are needed to have a sustainable workforce and thriving communities. How might communities intervene and collaborate to ensure economic inclusion and community prosperity? Join our panellists as they share their expertise in advancing decent work, a living wage, workforce development, attraction and retention strategies, and the community intervention and collaboration that is required.

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Adriana Beamans

Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Metcalf Foundation
Adriana Beemans (Moderator) is the Inclusive Local Economies Program Director at the Metcalf Foundation. She is responsible for program strategy, grantmaking and community partnerships, policy and research. She leads planning and delivery of the Toronto Sector Skills Academy. Adriana... Read More →
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Ryan Deska

Project Lead, Community Development Specialist, Rural Ontario Institute
Ryan Deska is an experienced community development professional, focusing specifically on the issues and trends affecting rural Ontario. As we have seen demographics shifting and changing in a variety of ways throughout rural Ontario, one particular issue that continues to rise to... Read More →
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Peter Honeywell

Executive Director, Ottawa Arts Council
Peter Honeywell's visual artist career specialized in textile design from 1973 to 1988, often working through collaborative and cooperative models. He has held leadership positions at the Ottawa Arts Council since 1990 and has acted as an advisor to the Ottawa Community Foundation... Read More →
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Catherine Ludgate

Manager, Microfinance, Vancity
Catherine Ludgate is a manager of community investment at Vancity. She has accountability for the delivery of the credit union’s microfinance programs as tools for poverty reduction and financial inclusion. She supports partnerships related to facing poverty in our communities... Read More →
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Rosemarie Powell

Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Rosemarie Powell is a passionate advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. She has led for over 20 years from the grassroots up,  to support under-represented group’s access to the labour market. Her community engagement work in Jane Finch earned several awards... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:00 - 12:15
Room | Salle 212

13:30

208: It's Time to Get Decent: Advocacy in Action
Canada has an immense talent pool ready for action. We have one of the most educated and skilled populations in the world. Yet, underemployment, temporary, precarious, contract and gigged work is on the rise. This session looks at why this is happening and invites participants to explore the field’s role in advocating for a decent work agenda.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explore emergent trends in the labour market
  • Consider the core elements of fair and quality work
  • Discuss our field’s role is in advocating for decent work

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Donnalee Bell

Managing Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation
Donnalee Bell is Managing Director with CCDF. Passionate about the career development field, she works to bring its potential to the workforce development goals of governments, employers and communities. As co-moderator, she brings 3CD board experience.
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Sareena Hopkins

Executive Director | Directrice générale, Canadian Career Development Foundation | Fondation canadienne pour le développement de carrière
As Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation and founding Executive Officer of 3CD, Sareena Hopkins works to move from ideas to action in areas of public policy, research and development, training and advocacy.À titre de directrice générale de la Fondation... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 13:30 - 14:20
Room | Salle 208

13:30

212: Creating a Canadian Soft Skills Consensus: Project Results
Futureworx will present results of their OLES project on creating a pan-Canadian soft skills consensus. The presentation will share results of a national survey on "soft" skills, a literature review, and recommendations made regarding the integration of soft skills with the essential skills, language suggestions etc. The project will form the basis for the next step in building the consensus.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the reasons for seeking a pan-Canadian soft skills consensus
  • Appreciate different Canadian perspectives on soft skills
  • Understand the next steps in making a consensus a reality

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Paul Brinkhurst

Innovations Developer, Futureworx
Paul Brinkhurst brings experience in teaching and naval engineering to his role in creating tools and curriculum for the development of employability skills.
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Randy Lindsay

CEO | Directeur général, Futureworx
Randy Lindsay is the Executive Director of Futureworx, a community-based organization dedicated to helping people overcome obstacles to employment. Randy has worked extensively in the field, both at the front line and in his current role.Randy Lindsay est directeur général de Futureworx... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 13:30 - 14:20
Room | Salle 212

16:10

208: Demystifying the Demand Side
Career development professionals are uniquely positioned to help employers build workplaces that support career development, as workers adapt and reinvent their careers in an ever-changing market. Yet, many CDPs struggle to understand the realities of business and make a compelling case for career services. Let’s explore how business views careers and “talent," helping solve the mystery of the "demand side."

Learning Outcomes:
  • Promote an increased understanding of corporate career management services
  • Explore the “language of business” (eg, ROI, engagement, talent pipelines)
  • Inspire CDPs to offer career services to employees and organizations

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Deirdre Pickerell

Vice-President | Vice-présidente, Life Strategies Ltd.
Dr Deirdre Pickerell is an award-winning career development and human resource professional. She speaks, writes and consults on a wide-range of career-related topics and is known for a practical, to-the-point and engaging facilitation style.Deirdre Pickerell, Ph. D., est une professionnelle... Read More →
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Barbara Wilson

Principal, Thrive Career Consulting
Barbara Wilson is a career development and learning professional with a 20-year track record of improving individual capability, and helping organizations achieve their objectives. Barbara serves as Board Chair of the Ontario Association of Career Management.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 16:10 - 17:00
Room | Salle 208

16:10

212: Internationally Trained Professionals: They’re Here, Now What?
Immigration is vital to Canada’s future economic growth. As a nation, we recruit the “best of the best.” Professionals arrive ready to put their education and expertise to work, only to find there may be many barriers to overcome. Take a peek into how this award-winning program supports them through their pursuit of licensure and into the workforce.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Strategies for assisting internationally trained professionals into the workforce
  • How to build professional support structures for newcomers to Canada
  • Gain insights into a successful, results-driven program

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jeff Brownrigg

Manager of Immigrant Services, Bredin Centre for Learning
As Bredin Centre for Learning’s Manager of Immigrant Services, Jeff Brownrigg strives to create diversity in the workforce by preparing internationally trained professionals and promoting their education and expertise to potential employers.
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Colin Jakubec

Program Co-ordinator, Bredin Centre for Learning
As Program Coordinator for the Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals program, Colin Jakubec seeks to support staff in a manner that creates a positive and open environment to best serve foreign trained professional clients.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 16:10 - 17:00
Room | Salle 212