9:00 am – 10:30 am
Level 2, Shaw Centre
Mega Sessions featuring well-known presenters and highly pertinent subjects take place on the Wednesday morning of the conference.
This Mega session will focus on two inspirational stories of youth-led grassroots organizations who saw gaps in service and decided to make a difference – so that every young person can confidently pursue their aspirations for the future.
Tamer will focus on the journey of UforChange, a youth-led arts organization in the Toronto neighbourhoods of St James Town and Regent Park. UforChange mentors young people in pursuit of their artistic passions through programs that are unique in providing them not only with foundational skills, but also access to professional mentors, employment opportunities, a sense of community, education support and more.
A group of Indigenous youth that came together from Idle No More, A7G started from a gap in services and grew into a movement. Giving a national voice and platform to young people across Turtle Island not only contributes to their own success and healing today but also to that of the next seven generations. Gabrielle will speak to the need for grassroots programming and how Indigenous youth still carry the burden of reconciliation.
Gabrielle Fayant originates from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta and identifies as a proud Michif woman. She currently resides in Ottawa on the traditional territory of the Algonquin peoples. Gabrielle is the cofounder and Co-CEO of a youth-led, youth driven non-profit organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G). Gabrielle has won several awards for her commitment to Indigenous youth such as the 2015 Indspire Award for Youth – Métis and the 2019 CBC Trailblazer Award. In 2016, the Honourable Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, appointed Gabrielle Fayant to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Call to Action #66: “that the federal government establish multi-year funding for youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network.”
Tamer Ibrahim oversees the Youth Collective Impact program at the Laidlaw Foundation: an initiative in partnership with Innoweave that helps organizations in local communities across Ontario develop, launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at For Youth Initiative: a non-profit organization that has served, inspired and advocated for thousands of teens and young adults in York South-Weston since 1995.
Clients often come to us with a cacophony of voices in their heads and we are challenged to speak with a voice that can be heard above all that noise. This session will unpack reasons why some clients tune out. We will explore the possibility of engaging clients in such a way that we get the attention of people and that all the noise won’t drown out our voice.
Gray Poehnell explores holistic career approaches that cultivate hope, practical spirituality, creativity and imagination. He has extensive experience in working with Aboriginal, immigrant and mainstream clients and currently trains career practitioners nationally and internationally.
It happens time and again. You, a client, friend, colleague or relative declare that it is time to leave the job that’s making you/them crazy, end that bad relationship, return to school, write that book, tackle that bucket list… For a hot minute there is a frenzy of talk, research, data collection, and sometimes even a plan. And then nothing. No action, no progress. What happened? This session will address the factors that keep us “stuck” and strategies for overcoming them.
Yvonne Rodney, currently a career and personal development consultant at Inner Change Consulting (innerchangeconsulting.com), is also a proud introvert, an author, public speaker, playwright, theatrical director and many other life roles. She is the former Director of the University of Toronto Career Centre.
Most people do not truly understand what their core values might be and how to live them out. Confusion, lack of congruence in operational values, and inability to make timely decisions hinders success. Dr Keis will share breakthrough research on why values clarification is foundational to anyone’s success. This session is consistently rated the top session in any conference!
Ken Keis, PhD, is a foremost global authority on behavioural assessment strategies and an expert in leadership, purpose and wellness. He has authored over four million words, including 500 articles, four books and 12 assessments.
Young people in every organization are uniquely positioned to innovate and effectively engaging them can help organizations tackle the challenges they face. An inspiring call-to-action and practical guide; through stories, data and original research Ilona will explain what neuroscience and developmental psychology can tell us about young people’s unique abilities, what is holding us back from tapping into their potential and why intergenerational collaboration is essential in an era of rapid change.
Ilona Dougherty is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She co-founded Apathy is Boring, a non-partisan social enterprise that encourages youth to vote. Ilona was named an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
At Cannexus19, keynote panellist Sareena Hopkins from CCDF challenged us to “go ninja” and influence career development throughout our institutions. This panel did just that! From coast-to-coast the various panel members have been career development ninjas all year. Come learn what tactics, strategies and projects they have put into action. You’ll gain creative ways to promote career education.
Dr Linda Pardy is an Associate Professor, Communications at University of the Fraser Valley where she strategically embeds career and student development theory into all her courses. Over her career she has supported hundreds of students in becoming workplace ready.
Jennifer Browne is the Director of Student Life at Memorial University providing leadership to a number of areas in the portfolio including career development. She currently holds the position of Past Chair on the CERIC Board.
Candy Ho teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department in the Faculty of Arts. She is keen to explore the convergence between career education and development, teaching and learning, and student success.
Atifa Karim is Lead Co-ordinator, Career Education at University of Toronto. She is passionate about using a system-thinking and collaborative approach to curriculum design, with a focus on integrating career education, student and academic affairs.
CERIC is dedicated to the advancement of education and research in the field of career counseling and career development. Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada
and a broad network of supporting organizations.
Cannexus20 – January 27 - 29 janvier 2020
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