Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) hosts
its 6th annual Cannexus conference, January 23-25, 2012 in Ottawa with over 100
sessions and an impressive lineup of keynote speakers.
TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The constantly shifting economy has made
career choice and the role of career counsellors more important than
ever. With Statistics Canada's most recent Labour Force Survey showing
the unemployment rate increasing, 700 career professionals will be
coming together to discuss the biggest ideas in the field at
Cannexus12, Canada's National Career Development Conference.
The largest annual event of its kind, Cannexus is designed to promote
the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in career
counselling and career development. It takes place in Ottawa, from
January 23-25, 2012 at the Westin Hotel and Ottawa Convention Centre.
"Career development remains crucial, especially in the midst of an
uncertain economy and the transforming world of work," says Nancy Dube,
chair of the CERIC board of directors and general manager of the YMCA
Sudbury. "We are seeing massive changes in the way people find jobs and
manage their careers. Organizations are leaner, individuals are more
flexible and society's values are changing. Cannexus is about the new
rules of career development and how career counsellors can best guide
The conference offers more than 100 education sessions on topics
Navigating mid-life career changes-whether by choice or consequence
The growing trend of self-employment in Canada and strategies for self-employment survival
Parental involvement in children's career exploration
How social media is being used to find jobs
Attitudes and skill sets that Gen Y needs to develop their careers
Helping people with mental health challenges to find, keep or return to work
What are the jobs for youth in the "green economy", in conservation and alternative energy
Preparing international students for employment in Canada
Coming to terms with "career regret" and never achieving your career goals
Impact of homophobia on career choice and job search
Cannexus presents a strong lineup of keynote speakers. Internationally
renowned career development expert Dr. Mark Savickas (U.S., South
Africa) will discuss "The Career Counsellor's Career." As well, Michael Adams, founder of Environics, will address how Canada's
shifting demographics will reshape the country's labour market. And,
Trey Anthony, award-winning actor, playwright ('da Kink in My Hair), comedian-and life/career coach-will explain that we all need to
understand ourselves before we can reach our full career potential.
Successful programs in career development will be highlighted at
Cannexus, such as: the "M Project" designed to meet the career
development needs of young mothers aged 14-21 in the City of Winnipeg;
a partnership between Toronto's Ryerson University's Tri-Mentoring
Program and Regent Park's Pathways to Education Program on mentoring
from high school to post-secondary and then on to a career; and an
initiative involving BHP Billiton diamond mine and the Government of
the Northwest Territories aimed at helping First Nations and Inuit
students in their career decisions.
"Cannexus12 marks the conference's sixth anniversary and we are confident
that it will keep growing in scope and impact," says Riz Ibrahim,
vice-president and general manager of CERIC. "By taking part in
Cannexus, delegates can share best practices and learn concrete ways to
enhance their professional development, organizational productivity and
client service effectiveness."
The conference also features three pre-conference workshops, a plenary
panel of leading academics in career counselling and an exhibitor
showcase of products and services.
Cannexus is supported by its founding sponsor, The Counselling
Foundation of Canada, and a broad network of organizations in the
career development sector.
More information on the Cannexus conference can be found at www.cannexus.ca.
CERIC - Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling is a charitable organization that advances education and research in
career counselling and career development. We support the creation of
career counselling-related research and professional development for a
cross-sectoral community through funding project partnerships and our
strategic programs. Our strategic programs are Cannexus, ContactPoint /
OrientAction and The Canadian Journal of Career Development. www.ceric.ca
SOURCE Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling
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