Cannexus13 will bring career counsellors together for Canada’s largest conference

By Sharon Ferriss

Exciting things are happening north of the border! Beyond hockey, maple syrup and Celine Dion, Canada is known for its innovative approaches in career development, education, research and counselling. Cannexus is Canada’s National Career Development Conference and will take place January 28-30, 2013, in Ottawa. Back for its seventh year, Cannexus continues to promote the exchange of groundbreaking ideas in the field. We invite you to join us.


The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is once again a supporting organization for Cannexus and is able to offer a special rate to NCDA members. Cannexus fits with the mandate of NCDA to inspire and empower career practitioners by providing professional development, resources and research.


In 2013, Cannexus is expected to bring together 750 professionals from across the career services spectrum, including from the post-secondary sector, non-profits and independents. It’s Canada’s largest national conference in the field, featuring world-class keynotes, more than 140 education sessions, pre-conference workshops, a trade show and plentiful networking opportunities.


Among our outstanding keynote speakers is Roxanne Sawatzky. Roxanne is known globally for her pioneering work. She is the president and founder of Empowering Change, a leading organization empowering innovative service providers to enhance interactions with multi-barriered individuals. Empowering Change is changing employment and social service provider practices through Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.


Chaos, Mind Mapping, Advocacy – and more

NCDA members can choose among a record number of education sessions, which discuss hot topics in career development, explore key career theories and challenge current thinking. Just a few examples include:

  1. Applications of Existential Meaning-Making in Career Counselling
  2. Entrepreneurship in a Career Counselling Context
  3. New Techniques in Positive Psychology
  4. Supporting Employment for Clients with Mental Health Issues
  5. Opening New Frontiers: Exploring Chaos in Life/Work
  6. It’s Your Retirement: Career Development for Boomers
  7. Finding Spaciousness in the Career Exploration Process
  8. A Developmental View on Youth Career Aspirations
  9. Ethics of Advocacy: Channeling Outrage to Champion Change
  10. Vocational Skills for Hard-to-Employ Individuals
  11. Internationally Trained Professionals’ Employment Needs
  12. A New Counselling Tool: Mind Mapping
  13. The Trouble with LMI: What Do We Need and How Can We Use It?
  14. Exploring Career Education Through an Experiential Spectrum
  15. Taking Career Counselling Online
  16. Transforming the Evidence Base of Career Services
  17. Understanding Former Military in the Workplace
  18. Social Media: Jobs, Workforce and the Economy
  19. From Test Results to Realistic Career Trajectories


One particular education session of note is Hope-Centered Career Development with College Students. An international career hope study has been conducted between Canada (University of British Columbia – UBC) and the United States (Pennsylvania State University – PSU). The study tested the effects of hope on school engagement, academic performance and vocational identity. Through a series of in-depth interviews with students with relatively high hope and high perceived barriers, researchers identified the key contributors in shaping one’s hope. The research will be presented by UBC’s Dr. Norman Amundson, PSU Distinguished Professor, and NCDA Past-President Dr. Spencer Niles and their colleagues.


The Longest Ice Skating Rink in the World


The Cannexus conference is held in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, which is transformed into a winter wonderland each January. While in the city, you can explore the capital’s most popular attractions, including Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum. An experience not to be missed is skating along the Rideau Canal. It freezes over in winter to become the world's longest naturally frozen rink.


Getting to Ottawa is easy. With an international airport, Ottawa is only a 40-minute flight from New York City or a 3-hour drive from Syracuse. It is also a short driving distance from French-speaking Montreal in Canada’s province of Quebec as well as Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.


For those of you who can’t be there in person, you are still able to benefit from the Cannexus experience. A selection of top sessions from the 2012 conference were filmed and can be accessed online through Virtual Cannexus, offering cost-effective professional development from the convenience of your desk. We plan to once again offer 20 sessions virtually in 2013.


Cannexus is presented by CERIC, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling. CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development.


We hope that you will be part of Cannexus and take advantage of the opportunity to gain some fresh Canadian perspectives on career development that you can take back and incorporate into your work. For more information or to register for Cannexus13, visit www.cannexus.ca.



Sharon Ferriss is the Director, Marketing, Web & New Media with the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) where she provides leadership in the development of all communications strategies for CERIC’s network of projects and programs, including the Cannexus conference, the ContactPoint web site and The Canadian Journal of Career Development. To learn more about CERIC or any of its initiatives, go to www.ceric.ca. Sharon can be contacted at sharon@ceric.ca.