2023 Career Development Conference

APRIL 20, 2023


To provide the best and most diverse experience, accommodating those who are ready to go back to in-person networking, while respecting those in remote locations, this year's conference is going to have the following format; Career Development Symposium + Collection of Online Webinars

  • Career Development Symposium - April 20, 2023 - SFU Harbor Centre ( 9:00 am- 3: 30 pm PT)

The conference will start with a one-day-long Career Development Symposium on April 20, 2023. You can join this event either in person or you can choose to watch the sessions online, as we are going to be streaming the event.

  • Career Development Webinar Collection

The symposium is going to be followed by a series of webinars that will run for several weeks every Tuesday and Thursday, from April 25 to June 1st, all starting at 11 am PT. The sessions will be 60-90 minutes long.

You can build your participation experience in any way that fits your schedule, budget, and your interests.



Growing the Future: Lessons in Indigenous Career Development

In this exclusive talk, best-selling and award-winning Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and arts leader Jesse Wente explore the pathways toward career development for Indigenous people. Using his own experience from his expansive career, Jesse will look at some of the barriers, as well as the opportunities First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have in their careers, and suggest a framework for employers to better ensure their success.


About Jesse Wente

Well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada, Jesse was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q.

Jesse is Ojibwe, and his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. Jesse is Chair of the board of directors for the Canada Council for the Arts.

His first book is published Sept 2021, titled Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance, and he’s co-produced the award-winning screen adaptation of Thomas King’s best-selling book, The Inconvenient Indian.

His experience also includes that of being named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He draws attention to the imagery used by Hollywood in portrayals of indigenous peoples and stresses the need for a culture to have influence on their own depiction. His pieces on The Revenant, Beyonce and sports mascots were among the most shared on

In his previous role as the Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Jesse oversaw New Releases, series and TIFF Cinematheque programming and scheduling. Some of his contributions to TIFF Bell Lightbox in programming included retrospectives on Roman Polanski, Paul Verhoeven, Ousmane Sembène, Oscar Micheaux, Studio Ghibli and Robert Altman. His first major curatorial project at TIFF Bell Lightbox was the landmark film programme First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land. In the summer of 2013 he curated TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, which brought cast and crew members of Animal House together for an onstage reunion.

In 2014, Jesse co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular travelling exhibition Stanley Kubrick. Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Jesse served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. Jesse has been featured in documentaries such Reel Injun, Nightmare Factory and Why Horror? Jesse served as president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company for a decade.

An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, the Cultural Summit of the Americas, and numerous Universities and Colleges.

In 2017, Jesse was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award, and in 2018 he received the Association of Ontario Health Centres’ Media Award.


The Big "E":Enabler or Empowerer?

We all want the best for our clients, don’t we? And I imagine most of us would say that we work hard to empower them. What if I told you that most of us enable our clients, and do not empower them? How would that impact your practice? Your life? How would you determine if you are an enabler or an empowerer? What are the ramifications for your clients? Well, come and find out!

Learning Objectives; 1) To understand the difference between “enable” and “empower” 2) To identify practitioner bias when it comes to the two terms 3) Learning strategies to empower clients and others in life

About Herky Cutler

Herky’s purpose is; To create possibilities for individuals and organizations to become extraordinary Herky wants people to break through barriers that exist in their lives and move forward to improve their individual and collective performance. He wakes up every day thinking about ways he can do that through his work as a consultant, speaker, trainer, coach, musician, and author. Herky will push your buttons and challenge you to take risks. His sessions are not for the faint of heart!


Sustaining Career Development: Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Inspired by the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a university career transition course introduced the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its curriculum. A natural fit between career education and the UN SDGs was discovered as students pondered three big questions:

What is the world that I want to live in? What do I see are the global problems or opportunities that need our attention? What are my talents and experiences that may help address these problems and, in turn, improve the condition of our world?

Similarly, these questions can be – and ought to be – considered when developing and honing helping practices. Incorporating the SDGs, our work can inspire students to assess their professional aspirations and how these aspirations can be grounded on a broader goal(s) that promotes a sustainable future for our local and global communities. This, in turn, further amplifies the impact of our work by ultimately helping clients realize their mission and purpose.

About Dr. Candy Ho, CCDP

Dr. Candy Ho is an international award-winning career development educator and scholar whose expertise is recognized globally through keynotes and engagements. She is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning at the University of the Fraser Valley in the territory of the Stó:lō Nation. In this unique capacity, she teaches courses that help students consider their educational and life experiences, and how these experiences can help them achieve their short- and long-term goals, ultimately helping them design the life they want to live. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program.

Prior to becoming a faculty member, Candy has also worked extensively in university student affairs in areas such as first year experience and student transition, campus and residence life, career and volunteer services, co-operative education, academic advising, and university advancement. Her collective professional experiences to date have culminated in her doctoral dissertation investigating the conceptions of post-secondary career influencers in student career success, and she readily shares her expertise locally and globally. Finally, she currently serves as Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counseling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.


Expanding Imagination through Active Engagement

In this presentation, Dr. Norm Amundson and Andrea Fruhling from Doubleknot. works will be presenting some of the basic tenets of active engagement and exploring ways in which these principles and activities can be utilized to address current needs. Social, economic, and political challenges have increased the level of uncertainty in the world and thus the need for hope and a broader, more positive perspective.

The particular focus of this session will be on imagination and how it can be expanded using various metaphoric strategies. Visual imagery and physical movement are key components of imagination and provide a creative way to externalize problems and shift perspective.

The ideas suggested here will have application in many different settings, they also can be applied in face-to-face and online sessions. There will be an experiential component in this session so come prepared to listen, discuss, and participate.

About Dr. Norm Amundson

Dr. Amundson is a professor emeritus from the University of British Columbia who has over 40 years of experience working in the career development field. He has published many books and articles, including Guiding Circles, Physics of Living and Hope-Filled Engagement. Most recently, an anniversary edition of his nationally award winning book “Active Engagement” was released. In his work he emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, storytelling, dynamic action, metaphors, and hope. Dr. Amundson has presented his work at national and international conferences in more than 30 countries. His workshops and presentations are practical, engaging, and interactive.

About Andrea Fruhling

Andrea Fruhling (PCC) is a Certified Organizational Coach, the Founding Director of Doubleknot Works, a Mentor Coach & Instructor for the University of British Columbia’s Organizational Coaching certification program, the developer and lead instructor for the Career Coaching Masterclass (UBC), and the Global Ambassador for the International Coaching Federation’s Career Coaching Community of Practice.

Andrea develops and delivers training and group coaching programs for coaches, industry leaders, countries, and organizations, helping them find engaging and impactful ways to work with people, support career growth, and increase individual and collective hopefulness. She has delivered numerous keynote presentations and workshops for national and international conferences, career development associations, organizations, and a broad range of client groups. Her work is practical and engaging with a focus on creativity, active, strengths-based learning, team engagement, and hope.