Cannexus National Career Development Conference

The Cannexus National Career Development Conference will bring 1,000 career development professionals together in Ottawa from Jan. 22-24, 2018 to explore the skills and strategies required by the workforce of tomorrow. The biggest annual event in the country for professionals working in career counselling, employment and workforce development comes as Canada takes on the 2018 G7 Presidency and focuses on “Preparing for jobs of the future.”


Recently, Statistics Canada released 2016 Census findings that highlight the changing nature of the labour market that will be addressed at the Cannexus conference including: the rising unemployment rate for youth aged 15-24; immigrants now accounting for nearly 25% of Canada’s labour force; the doubling of the number of Canadians aged 65 and older who are working – and an overall shift in the economy away from full-time employment.


There will be more than 150 education sessions that will probe:


  • Ethical practices in the “gig economy”
  • How AI, robotics and automation will impact work
  • Using gamification to engage millennials in career development
  • Supporting youth with mental health issues during job search
  • Moving from hope to work for Syrian refugees
  • New research on military veteran career transition
  • The rise of “seniorpreneurs” in Canada 
  • Role of parents and teachers in career development of children ages 3-8
  • Beyond generation jobless – navigating the school-to-work transition
  • Not every computer-related job is IT – how computing careers are evolving
  • Overcoming barriers to employment for immigrant professionals

The conference will also feature the launch of three new publications from CERIC, Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth by University of Winnipeg’s Dr. Jan Stewart and Dr. Lorna Martin; Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors by Dr. Janet Miller and Randy Connolly of Mount Royal University in Calgary; and The Early Years: Career Development for Young Children by Dr. Mildred Cahill of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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