Career Development Stakeholder Committee
Career Development Stakeholder Committee
Adriano Magnifico has been an English, Career, and Business facilitator for the past 35 years. He is currently the Career and Entrepreneurship Consultant for the Louis Riel School Division. He has developed multi-awarding career and entrepreneurship programming and tools that integrate career design, entrepreneurship, and community partnership into traditional courses. He enjoys connecting with disengaged or ‘stuck’ learners in high school, post-secondary schools, and workplaces, ever seeking insight and strategy to keep them curious and engaged in their futures. His most recent innovation, the LEAN Career Design Canvas, meshes entrepreneurship and career planning into a design process that allows learners to see the big pictures of their lives and to craft compelling personal narratives. He has presented his ideas and tools to different educational and professional organizations at provincial and national conferences. Adriano is the President of the Manitoba Association of Teachers of English (MATE) and a member of the CERIC Practical Research Committee; he has completed a Master of Education from the University of Manitoba, a Professional Logistics designation (P.Log.™) and Change Leadership designation (PCE™) from the Logistics Institute in Toronto, and a University of Winnipeg Career Employment Coach Certificate.
Alastair MacFadden is an Executive in Residence with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He served previously as Deputy Minister of Immigration and Career Training (2018-2020) and Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour Market Development (2013-18) for the Government of Saskatchewan, and in other roles in government and the non-profit sector. As a senior official in government, Alastair reconciled labour market agendas for Canadians and newcomers, he negotiated investments in workers and businesses, and he worked to improve the results of labour market activities through collaborative planning with business, labour and others. His time as a senior official saw Saskatchewan rank among the top performing labour markets in Canada, based on areas like the employment rate of under-represented groups, job tenures, and the average period of unemployment.
In a nutshell – Brett Hotas is motivated by opportunities that create social value. Having managed, developed, and researched several social enterprise ventures which created meaningful employment opportunities for differently-abled folks, he’s passionate about ensuring everybody gets a fair shot. Brett’s current responsibilities as a Senior Manager with TECHNATION’s Future Workforce Development team is to effectively lead his team to manage $120M in government funding to deliver a series of projects and programming to address gaps in the tech sector’s talent pipeline. This includes the Career Ready wage subsidy program which has supported over 10,000 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities for post-secondary students across Canada, as well as the deployment of a series of tools under the LMI platform, CareerFinder. These tools are a first of their kind in Canada, offering real-time informatics to individuals interested in participating in our digital workforce.
Dr. Candy Ho is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. She also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College's Career Development Practitioner Program.
Candy has previously 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 Vice Chair of CERIC, a Canadian charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.
Deanne is a Certified Career Development Practitioner who offers students and clients the space to identify possibilities, recognize opportunities and grow through transitions, at all career and life stages. She is in career education and communications at Simon Fraser University, an instructor in the Certificate program for Career Practitioners at SFU and maintains a career coaching practice. Deanne has worked in the career field since 2000, in post-secondary since 2006, and at several major cultural institutions in between. She is passionate about access to career development, strong futures, and the ability to make healthy decisions. She is currently involved in building an outdoor classroom, and loves to spend time in nature and with her family.
Emree Siaroff is a strategic, results, and change oriented leader with twenty-five plus years of domestic and global human resources experience in the retail, commodities, manufacturing, and professional services industries. He offers the knowledge and passion to see the organization as a whole and how the human resources function can engage its people and therefore deliver sustainable value by enabling the business. He believes that companies, and the people within them, are an integral player in the ongoing development of our global and local communities.
Emree holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, a CHRM, Human Resources from Seneca College, and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resources from Queen’s University. He is actively involved in his community as a volunteer at the local foodbank and has served as a member of the advisory committee for the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, as a board member for the Canadian Employee Relocation Council, and he has been involved in opportunities for homeless youth.
Eric Beaudoin is a known and active leader in HR & Talent market leading practices, with a genuine interest in innovation and outcomes. Eric Beaudoin is a Senior Director in HR & Talent advisory consulting at SiaPartners, where he leads the practice with a focus on strategies, experience, digital, talent and the Future of Work to meet the goals of the organization through a people lens. Prior to joining Sia, Eric worked at the University Health Network in People Strategy and Innovation as well as in management consulting at Deloitte and KPMG where he led HR modernization efforts.
Eric is a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) with the Human Resources Professionals Association, and holds a Masters in Health Administration from the Universite de Montreal. Eric is also a Loran Award Scholar, UWC Scholar and received numerous HR awards for his innovative work, most recently for the most innovative use of an HR Technology while at UHN.
Flora Jackman is from “around the bay” Newfoundland and Labrador, and a proud mom to son Chace. Her path to career development includes work in the field of public relations and communications, fundraising, education, and advocacy. Flora uses employment to support diverse populations to foster a culture of choice and empowerment. Currently her work specializes in supporting those involved with the criminal justice system. No matter what the role, or the title, it’s always about the impact of the work and finding the story within that fuels us to move forward.
Flora is a certified career development practitioner and has involved herself with the CCDF to champion the use of PRIME and promote the work of CDPs across the country. Flora’s next steps is to invest in the development of labour market information for Newfoundland and Ladrador to promote career decision making for NL’s next chapter.
James Mckay is Ojibway from Batchewana First Nation a Northern Ontario community near Sault Ste. Marie close to the US and Canadian boarder. I started my career working in the Environmental Engineering field then moved into Information Technology and I am now working in Canada’s Financial Sector. For the past decade I have helped craft and lead Indigenous Talent Acquisition strategies as well as Pan Diversity Strategies for some of the largest enterprises in Canada. Today I have a dual reporting role into both the Offices of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition for BMO Bank of Montreal. I am a proud husband and father as well as coach of my daughters T-Ball Tuesday baseball team.
James's career in the field of human services spans over 29 years. He has worked for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council Treatment Center, Government of Saskatchewan in both the Ministries of Social Services and Corrections & Policing. After spending fourteen years with the Government of Saskatchewan James worked in the private industry selling Peterbilt Trucks before returning to the field of human services. He enjoyed short employment stints as an Aboriginal Court Worker & Employment Counsellor before moving on to Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies as Project Manager, Meadow Lake Career Centre. Prior to his current role as Director of Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) Director of Career Centre's & JobConnections program he held the positions of Director of Justice, Interim Director of White Buffalo Youth Lodge, Acting General Manager and Director of Employment & Training Services for the Saskatoon Tribal Council.
Jessica Isenor, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), works at the Nova Scotia Community College championing career development opportunities for post-secondary students and College staff. In the past, she has worked with NS Works, Dalhousie University, Carleton University, and Western University as a Counsellor, and she has conducted research activities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Ottawa University, the Canadian Career Development Foundation, and Western University. Jessica is a President Emerita of the Career Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and current Board Member of the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD). She is excited to now be a part of the Career Guidance Stakeholder Committee (CGSC).
Kristin Vandegriend is a career development practitioner based in Coquitlam, BC. She is currently the program manager for the Talent Forward program at the BC Chamber of Commerce which seeks to promote student talent to BC businesses and non-profits. Currently, she also works part-time at Simon Fraser University in work-integrated learning (WIL) department as a co-op coordinator as well as an instructor for the Employment and Job Search Skills course through SFU's Career Development Practitioner certificate program. Previous to these roles, Kristin focused on running her career management and resume writing business, Career Story, and worked as a case manager and facilitator within government-funded career programs. In her free time, Kristin is often outdoors, enjoying her e-bike, hiking, or trying to convince her kids that family trips in nature are fun.
Lisa Taylor is a sought-after expert, speaker, and columnist on today’s changing world of work. As President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, Lisa offers invaluable leadership and insights about the Future of Work—with a focus on how talent equity, demographics, the freelance economy, and new market dynamics present opportunities to gain strategic workforce and career advantage. She is the author of The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work and the Retain and Gain series of career management playbooks for small businesses, non-profits and charities and, new in 2021, the public sector.
After receiving her MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Lisa held progressive roles at Deloitte and Hewlett-Packard. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women for her work in leadership, employment, and city building. She was also recognized by the Career Professionals of Canada as their 2015 Outstanding Career Leader.
Lisa sits on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association and CERIC. She is a member of the Canadian Council for Career Development’s Standards and Guidelines stakeholder committee, and a representative for Team Canada with the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy.
Originally from Ontario, now based in Calgary, I have worked in the field for almost 17 years. While most of my career has been in “traditional, standard employment”, I am now self employed with a portfolio career. Careers That Work for You is my career advising business. I juggle contracts and gigs, including teaching in Continuing Education at University, facilitating workshops for the Government of Alberta, 1:1 client career advising, and contracts to design career curriculum for post-secondary institutions. I chose to work this way to have flexibility while my 2 kids are young. My formal education includes a BA in English from the University of Guelph and a Career Development Practitioner Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College. My career philosophy: Work should be meaningful. What creates meaning is different for everyone. Meaningful work can be found through knowing values, skills, interests, wants and needs, AND understanding the labour market. For fun, I ride my bike, stress bake, camp, support local microbreweries, xc ski and read Canadian fiction.
Lorraine Godden is an instructor in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University where she teaches career development, employability, work-integrated learning, and career management skills courses. Lorraine has a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Educational Policy, is a qualified teacher, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Lorraine’s research is rooted in understanding how stakeholders interpret policy and curriculum to make sense of career development and employability, work-integrated learning, adult education, school-to-work transition, and other multidisciplinary public policies. Lorraine’s research has been published in national and international journals and conferences, and she has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical, and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy, and practice-based initiatives. Lorraine currently serves on the Board of Directors of CERIC, and the Asia Pacific Career Development Association and was a Member of Team Canada for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (2017-2019).
Maureen has been the President & CEO of CCRW since 2012. CCRW is the only national organization with the sole vision of equitable and meaningful employment for people with disabilities, in operation for over 40 years. Under Maureen’s leadership, CCRW has seen an increase in direct program service throughout Canada, as well as a more transparent, streamlining of understanding the business case of hiring a person with a disability. Maureen provides insight to employer engagement through CCRW best practices and proven results.
Maureen has been very active in the cross-disability sector, currently focusing on employment issues. She has been involved with numerous committees and groups that increase awareness of and access for the disability sector and the Deaf community, including involvement with Civil Society on the UN Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as the lead for employment for persons with disabilities – specifically Article 27; leadership with the Conference on Work and Disability in Canada; co-development and leadership of the pan-Canadian Strategy on Disability and Work; and as a Board member on the Accessibility Standards Canada. Maureen was appointed to the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains on the Minister Disability Advisory Group (MDAG).
Maureen started her career in the Deaf community and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Maureen lives in Thornhill with her two sons and her partner, Mike.
I’m Maureen McCann, a fierce advocate of career development committed to preparing Canadians for the future of work.
Founder of Promotion Career Solutions I am one of Canada's top executive resume writers with 15+ years' experience supporting executives, business leaders, government officials and political influencers to find and secure meaningful work. Most known as an executive resume writer creating compelling, engaging marketing collateral for industry-leading professionals, I collaborate best with those who want to change the world.
I am a teacher, mentor and facilitator to career development professionals within the Career Development Certificate (CDP) program at Career Professionals of Canada (CPC).
In addition to my work as a facilitator, I am an Evaluator and Assessor for all of CPC’s certification programs.
Since 2012, I have been an Awards of Excellence judge after earning 14X Awards of Excellence including Outstanding Canadian Career Leader.
Phil created CHOICES, a computerized career exploration system adopted by most Canadian secondary and postsecondary schools and employment centers. He has led projects, including Canada Prospects, The Real Game Series, Canada WorkinfoNET, and the Blueprint for Lifework Designs, that have benefited millions globally. As a board member of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance, the National Career Development Association, the Association of Career and Technical Education, the Canadian Career Information Partnership, the Canadian Council for Career Development, and more he has influenced the evolution of career development. He has delivered innumerable presentations and written over 100 articles, book chapters, and how-to guides for career professionals. He has been on 80+ World Bank and CIDA missions to assist countries in creating career infrastructure. Phil believes helping youth find their WHY (purpose) and, through personalized, collaborative, real-world, experiential learning, acquire the skills they need for lifelong success is job 1 for education!
Rachel Jacobson is an entrepreneurial People & Culture leader possessing comprehensive senior management experience with: technology startups, recruitment of high performance teams, acquisition and integration management strategies, management of global HR teams, and the development and execution of enterprise-wide human resources strategies.
Sarah Watts-Rynard assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Polytechnics Canada in July 2018. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, supporting Canada’s apprenticeship community with research, promotion and by connecting stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada.
Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. The organization is involved in federal advocacy related to skills and innovation policy, reflecting the strengths of its member institutions.
Polytechnics collaborate with industry to develop the highly skilled people essential to the Canadian economy. Programs are career-focused and community-responsive across credentials that include bachelor degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships, post-graduate certificates, continuing education and corporate training. Experiential learning is an integral part of the polytechnic education model. Industry also turns to its polytechnic partners for applied research support, using their facilities, equipment and talent to propel business success.
Sarah is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and serves as a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Club of Ottawa and the CWB Welding Foundation.
Shannon Baikie is currently the Regional Manager, Community and Labour Market Services and in-coming Executive Director (October 2021) for North Island Employment Foundations Society on Vancouver Island British Columbia and is based in Campbell River. Prior to joining North Island Employment in 2009, Shannon spent over 10 years working in the tech start-up space as a VP, Human Resources. She holds an MA in Community Economic Development from the University of Victoria and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner through the BC Career Development Association.
With a background in the private and non-profit sectors, Shannon brings a unique skill set in her ability to manage highly complex contracts while understanding policy and governance. The businesses and organizations in which Shannon has held senior leadership positions in over the past 20 years have been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in career development; business; human resources; diversity leadership; and community achievement.
Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of AXTRA, l’Alliance des centres-conseils en emploi, which brings together 95 employability service providers across the province whose mission is the job market integration of all Quebecers. She works with AXTRA’s members and partners to develop best practices, and a body of knowledge in the employment and training sector in order to create an inclusive labour market for all. Valérie Roy also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec, Canada and internationally.
Simon Chan is currently the Vice President, Talent, Academy and Future of Work at Communitech which is a private-public innovation hub in Kitchener Waterloo that supports a community of 1,500 companies from startups, to scale-ups to large global players. He is responsible for the leadership of the Talent and Communitech Academy teams who support talent attraction and learning and development programs & events for their member companies.
Surranna Sandy is an award-winning nonprofit executive who spent 14 years in human resources management and career development prior to transition to the Nonprofit sector. Surranna is currently the CEO of Skills for Change, a multiservice charitable agency that helps 16,000+ Immigrants and Refugees annually access employment, settlement and training/skills building programs and services across Central and Southwestern Ontario, with national virtual programming delivery.
Surranna’s passion for community development prompted her to pursue a Master of Liberals in Global Development Practice at Harvard University (currently), focused on understanding how policy instruments, social complexities, human health risks, ecological system dynamics, technological innovations, and financial models can advance sustainable development. Surranna is interested in understanding and developing practical solutions to critically evaluate and address the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development: climate change, extreme poverty, gender inequality, building sustainable cities in the Global North and South.
Along with 8+ certifications in career management coaching, Surranna has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management, an MBA in Human Resources Management, an Hons Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management, a Diploma in HR Management and a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management; and a Certificate In Human REsources Management.
She sits on the Board of the International Women’s Forum-Canada (IWFC) where she chairs the Partnership Committee; She Chairs the Communications Committee for IWFC Toronto Chapter. She also serves as Board Chair for the Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada. She recently completed a 2.5-year term on the City of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Partnership and Accountability Circle. She is the former Board Chair of the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (one of Ontario’s 26 Workforce Planning Boards), former Board Member of First Work, Ontario’s Youth Employment Assistant Centers; former Advisory Committee of the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Decent Work for Women project; and former steering Committee Member for the Consortium of Agencies Serving Immigrants.
Terralynn is a CoFounder and the Head of Product at FutureFit AI, a data-driven platform with a mission to make career transitions better through AI-powered career guidance. She currently leads user experience, product strategy, and product development work, as well as contributing to FutureFit AI’s research and data practices that feed growth opportunities and product innovation. Terralynn brings a data-obsessed mind to building products with AI and social science to solve important challenges in the employment and workforce development space. Terralynn is an avid researcher and has contributed to research at the frontier of the future of work, working with organizations like the World Economic Forum, Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, and the OECD. Terralynn has previously worked in applied predictive analytics and research design for federal employment and social policy in Canada where she received an ADM award for innovative policy design.