2022 Career Development Web Conference

Get ready to sharpen your pencils! Join us for one, two or as many sessions as you would like. Update your knowledge and get inspired in your work of helping others find fulfillment, economic opportunity and help us build a strong & resilient society- One happily employed person at a time...!

You can register for the complete collection of our sessions, or simply pick and choose those that interest you the most.


Regular Price Non Members - $ 285 plus taxes

Regular Price Member - $ 235 plus taxes


Thursday - April 7th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Key Note Presentation - Implementing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

by Moussa Magassa

About the Presentation

Organizations and institutions in Canada are realizing how vital it is for them to develop and implement effective equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism plans and strategies. In my experience, one effective way to successfully achieve this goal is when organizations courageously approach this

EDI and anti-racism work strategically and thoroughly implement all its stages and ensuing recommendations. It is also when their EDI strategy honestly recognizes the existence and ongoing impacts of systemic racism, unconscious bias, their intersections and associated interlocking inequities.

Adopting and implementing an EDI and anti-racism strategy demands bold courage, leadership, risk- taking mindset, and genuine commitment to stakeholders’ engagement and the implementation of an organizational change process. In today’s context, no organizational strategy is also complete without the integration of a sound policy framework that emphasizes equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and cultural acceptance and belonging as its cornerstone.

This EDI and anti-racism process start with education, one that late Nelson Mandela described as “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education also has to inspire organizations and individuals to become first and foremost that change they wish to see in the world, as Mahatma Gandhi once said. This presentation therefore, is about taking participants through this journey and challenge them to critically assess their organizations’ readiness for developing and implementing EDI and a-racism. Participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of racism and how it manifests in beliefs systems, attitudes, and behaviors; reflect on the impacts of systemic racism on employees, clients and partners of diverse background; walk away with a clear understanding of how to design and implement an EDI and anti-racism.


Dr. Moussa Magassa is the UVic Principal Strategist, Community Engagement, EDI and Anti-Racism Education. His focus is to: (1) enhance understanding of and commitment to the university's human rights and equity goals by raising the awareness of all UVic communities on a range of human rights issues with the end goal of increasing diversity and creating fair and inclusive work and study environment; (2) research, develop, implement a strategic Anti-Racism Education Program for the whole university constituents (professors, students, and staff); and (3) act as a conduit for anticipating and identifying potential campus human rights and social justice issues in order to promote a university culture that values diversity and embraces the accompanying change.

Dr. Magassa is also an Associate Faculty in the UVic Social Justice Diploma program and in the M.A in Global Leadership program at Royal Roads University. He also works as an instructor in the UVic diploma program in intercultural studies & practice; and the UBC Centre for intercultural communication.

He holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (UVic) where his research focuses on critical race theory, Anti-racism education, Islamophobia, human rights education, diversity, equity & inclusion, and immigrants and refugees’ integration and adaptation in host communities. Moussa also holds an MA is in human security & peacebuilding (Royal Roads University, Canada); BA (Hons) in conflict resolution and peace studies (Kwazulu Natal University, South Africa); diploma in forced migration and refugee studies; and various advanced certifications in human rights and humanitarian law, conflict mediation, and intercultural communication and development.

Currently, Moussa seats as an advisor to the academic and practitioner advisory committee for the Simon Fraser University’s Migrant Systems Change Leadership Certificate program; advisor on the Resilience BC (anti-racism advisory and strategic planning committee); co-chair of the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee; and board director on the Victoria Multifaith Society. Formerly, Moussa was an advisor to the National Immigration Table of Community Cooperation in Francophone immigration; former president of the francophone society of Victoria; and the Vancouver Island board director for the BC Francophone Federation.

Previously, Moussa worked as an integration program coordinator for immigrants and refugees in Vancouver; and as a specialist in non-violence peace education in many parts of Africa. Moussa has extensive experience researching, designing and facilitating training curriculums, courses and workshops in Anti-racism awareness and intervention training; intercultural competency development; intercultural conflict resolution; human rights discrimination and harassment; social justice and anti-oppression education; and training in immigrants and refugee integration.

Moussa is also the CEO/owner of the consulting company: The Intercultural Capacity Building Inc., specialized in EDI, Intercultural capacity development and anti-racism education.

Dr. Moussa Magassa was born in Senegal and speaks many languages ​​in addition to English and French.

Pricing: Early Bird Non Member: $40Early Bird Member: $35
Early bird pricing expires Feb 28, 2022! ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Tuesday - April 12th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Inclusivity as a Career Competency

by Robin Rosenberg

About the Presentation

Cultivating a habit of inclusive behaviors is important in today's work world. In this presentation, In essence, the skills of being inclusive are part of what's needed to advance professionally. This presentation explains the costs of not being inclusive, as well as concrete actions people can take to develop habits of inclusion.


Robin S. Rosenberg is the CEO and Founder of Live in Their World. Robin is a clinical psychologist and textbook author. She has had both psychotherapy and coaching practices in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. She is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She has taught psychology classes at Lesley University and Harvard University.

Robin has been interested in virtual reality (VR) for years, and was the lead author of a study to investigate using “VR for good.” She has combined her interest in immersive technologies with her coaching and clinical experiences to foster in employees a deeper understanding of how and why other people may feel slighted or marginalized, and how to approach such interactions differently.

Pricing: _____________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Thursday - April 14th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP PANEL Navigating COVID Influenced Landscape

About the Panel

The world of work was already fast changing before COVID. The pandemic became a catalyst that created further changes and exposed structural gaps in our system. What challenges and opportunities has the pandemic created? Will these changes last? How can practitioners adjust their strategies and tactics to support themselves and clients to be successful in the future world of work? As we are living through this difficult yet exciting time, this Industry Leadership Panel will discuss how we can navigate the COVID-influenced landscape from the diverse perspectives of employer/business, career practitioner, and researcher/scholar.


This panel will be moderated by BCCDA Director, Michael Yue. He has been working in postsecondary education and career development for over 20 years. Michael is the Interim Director, Partnership Development Office of Vancouver Community College (VCC), being responsible for institutional initiatives and innovative projects.


  • Dave Redekopp is the President of the Life-Role Development Group Ltd., an Alberta-based firm that works across Canada and, increasingly frequently, internationally. He has been an avid champion of career development since 1988. Dave recently co-authored the book “Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide” with Michael Huston. Dave holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.

  • Megan Hamlet is a change-maker, disruptor and engagement specialist who thrives on innovation. As the face of Training Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, and Business Development for ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd, Megan brings passion, energy, and on-the-ground experience to everything she does. With a background in Business Administration and Marketing, Megan brings an impressive resume.

  • Donna Grant is the President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), representing and advocating for more than 750 member organizations from Pemberton to Hope. For more than 30 years Donna has passionately supported the needs of business, students, and community. She champions career development, literacy, and mental health in construction, is an engaging keynote speaker for students, industry associations, and construction companies throughout BC, and creates initiatives that make a real difference to individuals who need support.

Pricing: Flat Fee $20

Tuesday - April 19th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Perfect Pairings in Micro-Credentials, Best Practices for the Future of Rapid Upskilling

by Megan Hamlet & Dr. Zoe McLeod

About the Presentation

Micro-credentials took centre stage as the new alternative credential in 2020. Royal Roads University and ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd. seized an opportunity and partnered on the delivery of several new Micro-credentialing programs in 2021. We asked ourselves: how might we come together to bridge the gap between academia and employment services and produce standalone offerings that are relevant, transferable and accessible to the candidate and actionable by the employer? Our partnership has become a marker for innovation as we explore the alternative credential landscape.

About the Presenters:

Megan Hamlet is the Manager of Training and Development with ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd. in Nanaimo BC. She is the 2021 winner of the BCCDA Emerging Career Practitioner of the Year and has built relationships and programs with learning institutions, employment service groups, and private sector clients. With a background in EDI, graphic facilitation and adult learning and instructional design, she brings a fresh perspective to her webinars.

Dr. Zoë MacLeod is a certified executive coach, change agent and educational advisor working in the fields of leadership, executive coaching, and professional and organizational development. She is passionate about helping people and organizations to cultivate creative intelligence, focus on strengths and awaken to the possibility of happier, healthier and more productive work environments. She currently serves as Associate Vice-President, Professional and Continuing Studies at Royal Roads University .

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Thursday - April 21st | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Evidence-based practice: Developing a career accelerator program for post-secondary graduates

by Candy Ho & John Grant

About the Presentation

While the COVID-19 pandemic has its challenges, it presents opportunities to reimagine career services. In this session, presenters discuss a Fall 2020 research study they conducted on the ‘Class of 2020’, and how they leveraged study results to advocate for and implement a comprehensive career program for new graduates. The session details the process from research to program development, implementation, and evaluation – emphasizing the importance of evidence-based practice to both inform and enrich our practice.

About the Presenters

Candy is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program. Candy currently serves as Vice Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development. She resides on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

John is an instructor, business owner, husband, father, and settler on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. While currently an instructor with Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Entrepreneurial Leadership program, John previously served as the Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association with Simon Fraser University. His career spans experiences with small to medium non- profit organizations, government, and the private sector.

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Tuesday - April 26th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Utilizing Liberating Structures to Boost Group Facilitation Experiences

by Helena Prins & Alejandra Huerta Guerra

About the Presentation

In this virtual workshop you will experience at least 3 Liberating Structures activities as a participant, and move toward learning how to choose, structure, and sequence Liberating Structures for group facilitation challenges and contexts, virtually and f2f. Liberating Structures can be used to combat “Zoom fatigue” and spruce up any of your meetings, workshops, classes, presentations, and groups sessions.

About the Presenters

Helena Prins is currently an Advisor, Learning & Teaching at BC campus. Helena is a Certified Career Strategist with Career Professionals Canada, and a member of the Professional Development Committee of ACE-WIL. Helena is associate faculty at Royal Roads University facilitating Career Development in the School of Tourism and Hospitality.

Alejandra is a dedicated advisor and educator helping learners identify their talents and passions to develop their career strategies in today’s non-linear careers and support the launch or redirection of their professional journeys. With over 15 years as a tourism professional and 9 years in career guidance, Alejandra brings her passion for the power of networking and personal connections that nurtures transformational academic and career journeys.

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Thursday - April 28th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Level-Up Your Leadership: Innovative Career Counselling & Coaching Techniques

by Janice Otremba

About the Presentation

Great leaders know we do not have the ability to motivate others; what we do have, is the ability to create an environment where people can motivate themselves. Through relevant examples and an energetic delivery, I show audiences how to inspire, encourage, and support their client’s success using innovated strategies built from a foundation of Relationship Intelligence. Get ready to level-up your leadership!

About the Presenter

Janice Otremba is a Certified Executive Coach and an International Keynote Speaker with over 20 years’ experience. As a ‘People & Performance Catalyst’, Janice supports leaders in mastering relationship intelligence to better their life, organization, and community by providing tools and strategies to confidently manifest strategic and desired outcomes.

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Tuesday - May 3rd | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Innovative & Effective Strategies for Coaching Clients on Salary Negotiation

by Wanda Kusumajuda Pichette

About the Presentation

This webinar will go beyond regular salary and benefit negotiation strategies of having clients research industry standards. We will explore the full experience related to negotiation; learn about real-life strategies that were effective in gaining higher salaries than initially offered; gain insight from a HR professional on how negotiation is viewed from the employer’s side; and understand innovative strategies in highlight of the current economic and employment climate. A handout will be provided.

About the Presenter

Wanda Kusumajuda Pichette loves to see people GROW in their careers! That’s the reason she founded GROW Career Development, a learning portal for career development education that has free mini courses and peer-reviewed professional development courses, which can be used as continuing education credits. She has 11 years of experience as a Career Strategist in government-funded employment programs and obtained the CCDP designation in 2015. Check out for current course offerings.

Pricing: _____________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Thursday - May 5th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

PANEL DISCUSSION - Neurodiversity and Career Development

About the Panel

We are all aware of the need for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and many industries are fortunately starting to implement the cultures and solutions that aim to provide a fruitful platform for diversity and inclusion to thrive.

This particular discussion is going to focus on an often overlooked and often unseen piece of diversity mosaic; neurologically based diversity. We are going to investigate how this type of diversity influences the careers of people with conditions such as autism, ADHD or dyslexia.

These conditions are often discussed in a school setting, but then somehow disappear from a horizon in an adult environment. So, how are these people getting by in their adulthood? How are they being supported so they can thrive and so we can benefit from their often unique gifts of having an ability to use their brains in a different way?

Moderated by Megan Hamlet


Panel Participants

Lucas Gates - Pacific Autism Family

Sarah Hardiman - Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador

Sean Enns - Nanaimo Foodshare Society

Ross MacMillan - Canucks Autism

Nicole Allen - Open Door Group

Pricing: Flat Fee $19

Tuesday - May 10th | 10.30 am - 11.30am - CELEBRATION SESSION




Tuesday - May 10th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

Update on National Competency Framework and Professional Certification Program

by Sareena Hopkins

About the Presentation

Over the past few years, Career Development Professionals (CDPs) from all thirteen provinces and territories have collaborated in the development of the new Pan-Canadian Competency Framework, National Industry Standard, Code of Ethics, and national approach to certification. BCCDA and CDPs from across the province were active partners from the beginning. So, what’s next? Come and hear a full update, consider how these new tools can be applied in practice, and explore possibilities for the implementation of the new model for national certification.

Presented by Sareena Hopkins, Executive Director at Canadian Career Development Foundation

About the Presenter:

As Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), Sareena Hopkins works in Canada and internationally to strengthen the reach and impact of career development through research & development, policy consultation, capacity building. Sareena is an active member of the FLMM Labour Market Information Council’s National Advisory Panel, and led Team Canada at the most recent International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy. Sareena was awarded the International Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development in 2014.

Thursday - May 12th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

In Motion & Momentum+: An evidence-based experiential and strength-focused approach to work-readiness

by Donnalee Bell, Canadian Career Development Foundation, Managing Director , Emily Worthen, Louise Gadry & Helen Kim

About the Presentation

IM&M+ is a 10-13-week, program explicitly created for those at a pre-employability stage of their careers. It was created to fill a foundational skill development gap across the Canadian career/employment service ecosystem that has created a costly spin cycle. IM&M+ provides a bridge for individuals who feel stuck and are unable to move forward with their life in a meaningful way. Learn about IM&M+’s experiential and community-building approach and how it has been transformative for participants, organizations, communities and governments.

About the Presenters

Donnalee is with the Canadian Career Development Foundation and has led many pan-Canadian initiatives to support the growth of the career development ecosystem. She advocates for the power of career development in promoting social justice.

Emily is dedicated to supporting and championing the field of career development as a Project Associate at CCDF. Having experience in non-profit, post-secondary and private environments she advocates for experiential, client-centered approaches to career development.

Louise Gaudry has been equipping people with disabilities with the skills, information, and resources they need to achieve their self-identified life goals for over 25 years. She is the SIL Coordinator at the Richmond Centre for Disability. SIL stands for Supports for Independent Living, and it encapsulates the employment and pre-employment services of the Centre. She is excited to see the long-term impact of IM&M+ upon the participants’ lives as an IM&M+ Facilitator.

Helen Kim started with the YWCA in 2011 and has worked in a variety of different roles as a case manager, facilitator and manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University and the Career Development Practitioner Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Helen lives in Richmond, BC with her husband and son. During the pandemic, Helen started jamming and is looking forward to berry season.

Pricing: _____________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Tuesday - May 17th | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm PDT

"What will you do when you graduate?"

by Stephanie Koonar & Louann McCurdy

About the Presentation

This question can stop students in their tracks. We know many students feel lost and confused and suffer from career-confusion. Come hear from Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches Louann McCurdy and Stephanie Koonar of PeerSpectives Consulting as they share proven steps to help students gain clarity and direction. Content is based on Stephanie’s newly released book, Backpack to Briefcase, A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career Journey.

About the Presenters

Stephanie Koonar is a marketing professional, academic, career coach and team-building facilitator. She has experience working with international teams from Dublin, Milan, Guadalajara, New York, London. An award-winning instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience she has taught over 4,000 students. Author of Amazon Best Seller, “Backpack to Briefcase, A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career Journey”. A Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Mentor of the Year. Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Louann McCurdy helps people bring forth the best in themselves, their relationships, and their career. She is an ICF-Certified Coach, specializing in CliftonStrengths. Louann has lived in 5 countries (Canada, USA, Singapore, France, India), and has worked in STEM as an Engineer, I/T Professional, and is now a Career Coach and Team-building workshop facilitator. Chair, Status of Women and Human Rights, University Women's Club of Vancouver. Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40

Thursday - May 19th | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm PDT

How to Stand out on Video and Boost LinkedIn Presence

by Lorraine K. Lee

About the Presentation

In a world that’s increasingly relying on video, knowing how to present yourself and your message over video is going to be critical to your success. The problem is, presenting on video can often be scary and overwhelming. Fortunately, with a few simple tips, you can ensure that you stand out, whether you’re leading a team meeting, hosting a webinar, presenting on the big (virtual) stage, or building your brand on social media sites like LinkedIn. In this virtual presentation, you’ll learn: *How to be more confident on video and keep your audience engaged *Best practices for video meetings, webinars, and virtual conferences *Tips and tricks for sharing video content on LinkedIn to reach a larger audience

About the Presenter

Lorraine is a top-rated virtual keynote speaker and leader at the intersection of editorial and tech with more than 300,000 followers on LinkedIn who regularly turn to her for her insights and advice. Lorraine draws from her extensive experience to help professionals become more productive and successful on topics ranging from creating engaging virtual presentations and building a personal brand on LinkedIn to leading virtual teams and designing impactful hybrid meeting policies. She has spoken at Fortune 500 companies, tech firms, top-ranked universities, government-funded organizations, and more. In 2021, Lorraine was named a top virtual speaker by ReadWrite alongside other influential names in business. Lorraine is currently the Editorial Director at Prezi, and was previously an editor at LinkedIn.

Pricing: ______________Regular Non Member: $45Regular Member: $40


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