With the New Year upon us, make a resolution to invest in your own career development for 2020. Learn about key trends and update the skills you need to serve your students or clients by registering today for Cannexus, Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference!
You’ll join 1,200 of your colleagues – educators, community service providers, employers, private practitioners and policy-makers – to exchange information and explore innovative approaches in career counselling and career and workforce development.
Final conference programme now available online!
Check out the full program, including these Top 10 highlights:
- 150+ concurrent education sessions on current and emerging issues
- A unique conversation accessing the wisdom of all conference attendees in World Cafe
- 3 amazing keynotes in Zita Cobb, Tristram Hooley and Natan Obed who will inform and invigorate you
- Spark! Luncheon speakers featuring 4 TED-style Talks that will inspire you to think differently about your work and life
- 4 optional skill-building pre-conference workshops
- 6 Mega Sessions with some of our most popular presenters and highly pertinent subjects
- The transformational KAIROS Blanket Exercise
- An exciting Workforce Development Spotlight with 4 panels of leading experts
- 40+ exhibitors showcasing their programs and services plus 3 Zones
- 3 sets of Carousels in Block 1, Block 4 and Block 7 where you rotate around interactive presentations
Thinking of attending Cannexus for the first time?
If you’re new to Cannexus, we’ll have you feeling at home in no time. A great introduction is to attend the First-Timers’ Session on Sunday, January 26, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. You’ll have the chance to get an overview of Cannexus, participate in an ice-breaker networking activity and meet other delegates.
If you are taking part in Delegate Duos – and a remarkable 140 of you have signed up for our mentorship pilot – we encourage you to meet up with your partner at this session.
Need help making the final case to attend Cannexus? Use our “Convince Your Manager” letter.
Hear from the authors of 3 new CERIC publications
CERIC will be launching three new publications at Cannexus20 with the authors delivering sessions throughout the conference:
- Dave Redekopp and Michael Huston of Life-Role Development Group Ltd. will present Monday at 10:10 am (Block 1) on Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide
- Randy Connolly, Janet Miller and Faith-Michael Uzoka of Mount Royal University will present Monday at 11:40 am (Block 2) on Computing Careers & Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors –Updated for 2020!
- Karen Schaffer and Juliana Wiens of St Mary’s University will present Tuesday at 3:45 pm (Block 7) on Career Work in Action based on CERIC’s Guiding Principles of Career Development
These resources will be available at Cannexus or for free download on the CERIC website once they launch (ceric.ca).
Also take note of the session with the co-editors of the book Career Theories and Models at Work – Roberta Neault, Nancy Arthur (via video) and Mary McMahon (via video) – which launched last year at Cannexus. It’s taking place on Tuesday at 11:15 am (Block 5). This publication will also be for sale at the CERIC booth.
NEW! Sector Meetups
Sector Meetups are gatherings run independently by associations and groups at Cannexus. Each may have a unique format but will generally be informal and discussion-oriented. Anyone with an interest in the subject area is welcome to attend. Note: Any refreshments served are at the discretion of organizers.
- A Conversation About Career Development in the North by the North hosted by Memorial University
- Enabling Public Policy for the Non-Profit & Charitable Sector hosted by Hilary Pearson, Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector and Bruce Lawson, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
- Une rencontre informelle entre délégués francophones et francophiles, Organisateur : CERIC
- Facilitating Employment Inclusion in Canada – Supported by Employment Essentials hosted by Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE)
- Rural Communities Share: Building Jobs Using Disruptors hosted by The Community Training and Development Centre, Northumberland and Peterborough Counties
- Big Data: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks hosted by CERIC
What does it mean to be a bilingual conference?
Cannexus is the largest bilingual career development conference in Canada – what does that mean?
- All plenary sessions are offered with simultaneous interpretation (excluding Carousels) from English to French
- All concurrent education sessions taking place in rooms 206 and 208 on Monday and Tuesday are offered with simultaneous interpretation
- Yvonne Rodney’s Mega session on Wednesday, “Overcoming ‘Stuckness’ – Helpful Strategies for Self and Clients” is offered with simultaneous interpretation
- You can pick up your headset outside the Plenary room on Level 3 of the Shaw Centre to use throughout the conference
- If you’re interested in learning about all the French programming at Cannexus, read our “Cannexus en français” sheet
What’s on in Ottawa January 2020
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
While you come to Cannexus for the professional development, you’ll want to take advantage of all that our nation’s capital has to offer when it transforms into a winter wonderland!
Just a few of the many options:
- Outdoor winter activities, including skating on the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest rink
- NHL’s New Jersey Devils visit the Ottawa Senators on Monday, January 27 and the Washington Capitals are in town on Saturday, January 31
- The annual Winterlude Festival kicks off on January 31, right after Cannexus ends
Don’t forget to download the Cannexus20 app!
We have a mobile app for Cannexus, powered by Attendify! The app will help you organize your schedule, interact with other participants, stay up-to-date on conference news, and much more. You will be able to network before, during and after the event!
“ A great chance to plug into an engaged professional community, get cutting-edge ideas and get inspired! “
Miguel Hahn, Head Career Counsellor, Queen’s University, ON
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