‘Eye-opening, intellectually stimulating and great fun!’ – Cannexus20 explored career development in Canada through many different lenses
A record near 1,300 delegates from across the country and around the world gathered in Ottawa from Jan. 27-29, 2020 for the Cannexus National Career Development Conference to learn about and discuss the issues shaping work and well-being in Canada, including community social enterprise, youth empowerment, mental health, future skills and reconciliation.
From three phenomenal keynotes to 150 information-rich education sessions and the sold-out exhibitor showcase, read about all the highlights of this year’s Cannexus.
Cannexus presentations and handouts available
All presentations and handouts received from speakers at the Cannexus20 conference have been posted on the Cannexus.ca website. We will continue to add materials as we receive them. If you are a Cannexus presenter, you can send a pdf of your presentation or handouts to email@example.com.
New publications launched at Cannexus
Delegates at Cannexus received a complimentary copy of Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide – written by Dave Redekopp and Michael Huston of Life-Role Development Group Ltd. The book focuses on how career development interventions support positive mental health. It is available for purchase in hard copy or can be downloaded for free at ceric.ca/cdmh.
- Career Work in Action based on the Guiding Principles of Career Development– Discussions and Activities for Professionals, by Karen Schaffer and Juliana Wiens
- Computing Careers & Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors, a project with Mount Royal University
- Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice, from co-editors Nancy Arthur, Roberta Neault and Mary McMahon, which launched at last year’s Cannexus conference
Top takeaways from Cannexus
CERIC Board Chair John Horn shared his 3 top takeaways from the Cannexus20 conference. First-time presenter and attendee Oly Backstrom from Winnipeg also wrote about his experience in My Cannexus conference: An amazing series of firsts. Multiple presenters also contributed blogs in advance of the conference. You can read them on the CareerWise website and its French-language sister site OrientAction.
Stay connected on the Cannexus app
The popular Cannexus app – downloaded more than 1,000 times – will remain available in the coming months. Keep connected with Cannexus delegates, presenters and exhibitors, and continue to access all of the valuable content shared in the activity stream.
CERIC Survey of Career Service Professionals
Cannexus delegates got a look at the first results of the 2019 CERIC Survey of Career Service Professionals – a national survey that was completed by more than 1,350 career professionals across Canada last year. It includes a demographic snapshot, learning priorities and public perceptions of the career development field. A new section of the survey focusing on the regrets, anxieties and myths that career professionals are hearing about from students and clients generated considerable media interest.
- Tips to Avoid Career Dissatisfaction – Daytime Ottawa
- More than 70% of Canadians regret the careers they got into: Survey – BNN Bloomberg
- New national survey reveals surprising results about Canadian’s career choices – Global News
- 7 in 10 workers wish they chose a different career path – Canadian HR Reporter
- Changing Careers – 680 News Toronto
“ Cannexus20 was very interesting, motivating and inspirational. The presenters are amazing and knowledgeable. All of the aspects of this conference are beneficial and educational. I strongly recommend it to everyone who is either in career development or career counselling.“
Michèle Elliott, Indigenous Navigator, Indigenous Services Canada
“ Cannexus offers a national conversation on what’s current – and what’s coming – for career development. It’s a dialogue you won’t find anywhere else. Thank you for building a conference that is an important part of professional growth for our team.“
Kim Kiloh, Director, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, University of British Columbia
“ Cannexus20 was a great event packed with informative presentations and it allowed for meaningful connections with colleagues in the career development field. It was an energetic and engaging event. Looking forward to Cannexus21.“
Karen Mulrooney, Program Co-ordinator, Job Connect NL
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