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ASPECT BC Virtual CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2020  


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The At-A-Glance Schedule was last updated October 23, 2020.






Thursday, November 5 

Plenary Session  9:00 am


KEYNOTE: TERRY SMALL "THE BRAIN GUY"

Presenter: Terry Small

Listen to our Keynote explain the role of your brain in a healthy workplace. People with good brains are focused and productive at work, at home, in life. 90% of what we know about the brain has been learned in the last 2 years and yet most people never think much about their brains. You simply trust your brain to do its job. 

Brain dysfunction is the #1 reason people fail work, school, and relationships. Your brain is the supercomputer that runs your life. This session has 2 bottom lines: when your brain works right, you work right and everyone needs a little help.


Breakout Sessions  10:30 am

WHAT CAREER MENTORSHIP HAS TO OFFER JOB SEEKERS

Presenters:  Malou Sibbaluca, Jenny Lopez & Rosita Bernardo

This presentation will focus on best practices through timely referrals and collaboration between WorkBC Employment Counsellors and the Newcomer Career Mentorship Program at Options Community Services Society. Our Mentorship Program provides thorough needs assessments before matching mentee job-seekers with mentors. An amazing pool of mentors have, time and time again, supported mentees to build confidence, job search readiness and a better understanding of Canadian work culture. By volunteering to make a real difference in the lives of newcomer job seekers, our mentors also gain cross-cultural leadership and intercultural competencies.

Participants will benefit from a good understanding of how mentees and mentors are matched; how both mentees and mentors are supported to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships; the importance of timely referrals and collaboration between WorkBC Employment Counsellors and Mentorship Program Coordinator; outcomes of networking opportunities ; the confidence, knowledge and skills job seekers gain from participating as a career mentee.


TERRY SMALL’S BREAKOUT SESSION 

Presenter: Terry Small

Enjoy a more intimate conversation with our Keynote Terry Small where he will talk about health, wellness, and resilience is perfectly fitting. How the stresses of the sector and how to take care of one’s brain health.  We likely have 2-3 years of working in these conditions. Brain health and resiliency is critical.


CCCBET: EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERCROSS-CANADA UPDATE

Presenter: Akosua Alagaratnam, Carrie Axten, Monika Feist, Valérie Roy

The Canadian Coalition of Community-Based Employability Training (CCCBET) panel presentation will present perspectives from employment service provider organizations. Panelist are still to be confirmed, but will be made up of CCBET board members.


“HOMEGROWN” – LEADING IN A PROGRESSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WHILE NURTURING GROWTH FROM WITHIN

Presenters: Deborah Bromley & Martin Beach

The goals of a Learning Organization are to advance staff and organizational growth. One of the values we encourage at ETHOS is the value of learning, with a goal of creating a strong learning culture.    We are sharing our version of a Learning Organization because we know the positive impact it is having on our staff and we believe having strong teams will make our industry less susceptible to changes that come our way.


Plenary Session  12:00 pm

Keynote : CANADIAN CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION - 3CD PROJECT UPDATE

Presenter: Kathy McDonald, 

The Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work Project is preparing to launch the new pan-Canadian Competency Framework for CDPs, following review and validation by more than one hundred CDPs across Canada.  Created using a rigorous social research model centered around listening to and learning from CDPs, the Framework is a coherent definition of the skills and knowledge required by CDPs in today’s increasingly complex contexts.  This presentation will explore the Framework’s structure and its many applications to individuals and groups, including a new competency-based national certification program.


Breakout Sessions  1:30 pm

BC CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION'S FREE NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONALS, TRADESPEOPLE AND NEWCOMERS TO CANADA

Presenters: Linda Ryan & Faith Dempster

The BC Construction Association's award-winning and free workforce development programs are built to address the growing needs of the construction industry in Canada. Evolving from in-person and virtual delivery modes; spanning provincial and Canada-wide programs; and collaborating with employers, service partners, construction associations and credential recognition authorities; our initiatives help new apprentices, tradespeople, and professionals build career success faster.

Clients served include Canadian pre-apprentices, apprentices, and tradespeople, as well as internationally educated engineers, architects, technicians, project managers, estimators, and construction-focused business, HR, IT, marketing and finance executives. Join us to learn how BCCA's provincial Skilled Trades Employment Program and national Integrating Newcomers program can collaborate with you.


STRATEGIES FOR TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICE FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS

Presenter: Catherine Hajnal

This workshop will provide participants with some foundational principles and tools for working with clients with trauma in their nervous system who are also looking for work.  Using a trauma-informed approach fosters a climate of safety, mattering, and belonging – elements important for ANY client.  Working with trauma also invites self-compassion and self-care for clients and service providers alike.  In this vein, participants will also explore self-care planning to support themselves while working with clients.

BEYOND CASE MANAGEMENT: THE CASE FOR CASE CONFERENCING

Presenter: Malorie Moore

Anyone who works in career development services knows that employment counselling is not just about helping someone find work. Increasingly, employment counselling involves supporting clients with fundamental issues such as mental health, housing and financial insecurity. Particularly in rural and remote settings, this may present challenges for individual career development professionals that are not equipped with the time or resources to respond to such pressing client needs.    

Case conferencing is a practice that has historically been used in multidisciplinary fields such as mental health and youth protection. More recently, it has been successfully implemented in multiple locations across Canada to support homeless populations with accessing resources and securing housing. This workshop will present on the ways in which case conferencing can be successfully implemented in the employment counselling setting to provide robust wrap-around support for both clients and career development professionals.  


CONVERSATIONS MATTER: CONNECT, REFLECT AND ENGAGE IN INTERACTIVE & GUIDED PROGRAM BLENDING VIRTUAL GROUP CONVERSATIONS & INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION

Presenters: Mark Franklin & Rich Feller

Description: Employees and students at home need alternatives to socialize, overcome isolation’s mental toll, grow careers and understand one another. Much effort on virtual programs focus on information at the expense of engaging people and building trust. Post-COVID we need to re-ignite conversations, help individuals thrive, build team resilience and bridge polarities. Using narrative techniques, learn to pivot your career development skills to engage virtual groups with impactful conversations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain 3 insights into workplace and campus career management needs  
  • Create opportunities for employees and students to advance in their careers  
  • Develop structured conversational skills to build virtual team engagement and mutual understanding  


Breakout Sessions  3:00 pm

LONG-TERM LABOUR MARKET IMPLICATIONS OF THE PANDEMIC

Presenter: Christian Saint-Cyr

While the pandemic was unexpected, we’re now seeing the emergence of long-term labour market ramifications. Trends revolving around globalization; automation; an aging population; education and training; health care and the environment; and the evolving role of government in our lives have been accelerated in some cases while in others they’ve embarked on a 180 degree reversal. Christian Saint Cyr’s presentation will delve into the changes we’ve already seen, what job seekers can expect in the months to come and the differences in a revitalized labour market geared to prosper in a post-pandemic world.


BC PRIOR LEARNING ACTION NETWORK: PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT OPTIONS FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Presenter: Susan Forseille

Increasingly post-secondary institutions (PSI) are recognizing that experience is an amazing teacher. This informal and non-formal learning can come from work, volunteer experiences, self-study, travel, parenting, and many more life experiences. Some PSIs have developed prior learning assessment (PLA) programs that support students in identifying, documenting and assessing this learning for advanced entry and/or credits in their programs of study. This session will guide career practitioners on helping their clients learn about and navigate prior learning options, offering guidance on how identifying and documenting prior learning can lead to career advancement.


THE NEW WORLD OF WORK OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Presenter: Annette Borrows

People with disabilities have traditionally been left out of the competitive labour market with unemployment rates reaching as high as 76% in BC. Covid-19 has exacerbated that number as many individuals have either been laid off or have seen their positions disappear. The reality is, that many employers that previously assumed they would never be able to provide accommodations in their work place have seen the benefits of being creative and have problem solved their work environments into perfect fits for people with disabilities. But is there a surge in the new world of work for people with disabilities? Are employment specialists capitalizing on the opportunities to negotiate and diversify work options? In this session we will discuss the issues, realities and opportunities for people with disabilities to be participating in this new world of work.


INTERVENTIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON EMPLOYABILITY - A REVIEW OF BC DATA FROM THE ERS

Presenters: Mukhtar Rahemtulla, Heather Rolin & Al-Karim Chatur

We will be presenting analysis from 20 years worth of data of clients in BC who have taken the ERS. The presentation will give insight  into our findings of the soft skills and challenges faced by clients, and the program interventions that have been effective in making clients job ready.  The quantified changes in clients' assessments are measured through having clients retake the ERS after an intervention. The presentation will show comparisons of analysis by minority groups and youth within BC and in the rest of Canada.  

How different minority groups and youth - who interact with Government employment agencies and other non-profit agencies - assess themselves in soft skills and employability factors.  What program interventions are effective in improving job readiness.  Data results showing improvements in job readiness after intervention programs to support grant funding. applications.


Friday, November 6 

Plenary Session  9:00 am

KEYNOTE: WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION: COVID-19, CAREERS AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

Presenter: Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory

Even before COVID-19 hit it was clear that we were in the midst of a talent revolution. In the last 20 years how we work, when we work, where we work and who we work with had all been shifting. Some are working well into what used to be “retirement.” Some have never been an employee at all, crafting a patchwork of gigs and projects to navigate a freelance economy. Through it all, there had been a focus on defining the “skills of the future” which often prioritized technical skills, while downplaying the importance of career agency, ownership and navigation. 

Listen to our Keynote talk about ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ – and her thoughts how COVID-19 is impacting the evolution of employment.


Breakout Sessions  10:30 am

HONOUR THE PAST, PARTICIPATE IN THE PRESENT, IMAGINE THE FUTURE: THE DIGITIZATION OF CAREER SERVICES

Presenters: Megan Hamlet & Sherri Hayter 

Honour the Past 20 mins  We will begin by honouring the dedication and work that has created the career practitioner workforce we know today. Using ‘Before and After’ pictures from different service providers, Megan will engage the crowd by having them guess the headshot of the person from when they were young! Those headshots will also accompany a testimonial about ‘the way things were’.

Join Megan Hamlet and Sherri Hayter in this workshop as they take a journey through the history of career services. Our purpose-driven workshop will identify behaviours and workflows from the past that are still current and necessary for us to bring with us into the future. The intent of this workshop is to honour and celebrate the wins of the past decades which will help ease the resistance to imagining a very different present and future reality. If you are a career practitioner who is working on the front-line or a manager/director that is working to bring their team and business forward, this engaging workshop is for you.


LISA TAYLOR: CHALLENGE FACTORY – BREAKOUT SESSION  

Presenter: Lisa Taylor 

Follow up her Keynote address with an interactive breakout session where delegates will be encourage to discuss amongst themselves. 


A STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH TO BALANCING WELLNESS 

Presenters: Ola Abugharbiyeh, Sandra Almeida & Lois Venables

Through a strength-based approach, OCS continues to demonstrate agility as it pivots its services and, especially, its support to vulnerable populations whose challenges and needs have been exacerbated by COVID-19.  Likewise, OCS pays special attention to the well-being of staff and volunteers, and offers opportunities for counselling, stress management practices and mental health first aid.Presenters will focus on the benefits of counselling and how staff, volunteers and clients can better manage taboos/misconceptions of mental health as well as build resilience through the practice of self-care and stress management. 

Searching for a job while balancing the multiple dimensions of wellness can be more challenging than ever, especially for multi-barriered job seekers. This presentation will explore the connections between wellness practices, job searching and interviews, and how outcomes may be impacted if these three elements are off-balance. This presentation will also shed light on the importance of not ignoring struggles and seeking timely professional support.
 

AN ENGAGED TEAM: GROWING LEADERSHIP FROM WITHIN

Presenters: Londa Morris & Beth Hurst

Employee engagement is multifaceted and needs to incorporate a variety of factors including physical health, emotional health, work-life balance, sense of belonging, and sense of accomplishment. This presentation describes some very practical steps that we took within our organization that have vastly increased our employee engagement.

The onset of COVID-19 has brought increased focus to employee engagement as many staff are now working from home; employees can easily feel disconnected and isolated. Incorporating small efforts into your day-to-day practice is a worthwhile investment in your team. We offer suggestions to anonymously measure employee engagement, tips to increase health and wellness (both physical and emotional), as well as some innovative strategies to promote gratitude in the workplace.     

As professionals working in the employment profession, we often support clients to find meaningful employment. While doing this, we have to make sure that within our own organizations our employees find meaning and purpose. With COVID-19, many of our staff can easily feel isolated and disconnected from the satisfaction of working within a team environment. This presentation can offer valuable opportunities for other organizations to integrate these strategies into daily practice, improving engagement and employee wellness.  


Plenary Session  12:00 pm

Keynote Speaker : Keynote Speaker – Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Information about this session coming soon.


Breakout Sessions  1:30 pm

CUSTOMIZED EMPLOYMENT: USING MODIFIED APPROACHES FOR NEWCOMER SUCCESS

Presenters: Laurie Koch & Etab Saad

Description: This session will focus on a successful program model that adapts elements from Customized Employment to support New Canadians in finding and sustaining employment. Key takeaways will include the importance of employer partnerships from diverse industries, the establishment of onsite mentoring for ongoing problem solving, and proven strategies for job maintenance, which includes ongoing access to wraparound services.

Participants will benefit from attending this session by learning the following:

  • The positive impact of modified customized employment approaches on newcomers  
  • The Importance of employer relations in a modified customized employment model  
  • Job coaching and maintenance tips resulting in increased job sustainment     

THE NEW NORMAL: IMPLEMENTING ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR MULTI-BARRIER CLIENTS

Presenter: Matthew Levan

With the switch to online learning due to the COVID pandemic multi-barrier clients who often struggle with technology are in danger of being left behind.  This presentation will cover the strategies and procedures that organizations can follow in order to ensure that these clients receive the specialized assistance they need.  Going over the design of the design of program material, administrative processes and one on one supports this presentation will give an overview of how to work with multi-barrier clients in the new normal world we live in today. 

Participants would gain knowledge about best practices in working with multi-barrier clients in the new world of online training.  They can use this knowledge to design and implement their own online training programs.


EXPERT PANEL : INTERNATIONAL VIEW OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Panelists: Roberta Borgen (Neault), Jennifer Luke, Liane Hambly


The panel will offer an international perspective on career development in a COVID-19 world. It will provide an update on the impact of COVID-19 in Australia, England and Canada, what were the challenges faced for each country, if there were any positive outcome and what is the hope for the future?


HOW TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS ONLINE & AVOID COMMON PITFALLS THAT BREAK TRUST

Presenter: Leah Coss

Can you build connection & trust with another person, or group of individuals, now that communication has shifted online? It seems like it should be simple. Just do what you normally do in person but do it in front of a webcam. But with technology tools, bad internet connections, and eye contact seeming to be a thing of the past, how do you effectively build trust and clearly communicate with those who you are meeting for the first time? How do you create connection among teams, in a socially distanced world?  Join this talk to learn tangible steps you can take to build trust faster and increase your communication effectiveness online.   

Participants will benefit from useful tips and tricks they can immediately implement in their every day online communication with teams, candidates, and partners. 


Breakout Sessions  3:00 pm 

NETWORKING: FACILITATED DISCUSSION FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS, COUNSELLORS, FACILITATORS

Facilitator: TBD

This session will provide a great way to network and discuss present topics about career development practitioners.


NETWORKING: FACILITATED DISCUSSION FOR THOSE WORKING IN EMPLOYER RELATIONS & ENGAGEMENT 

Facilitator: TBD

This session will provide a great way to network and discuss present topics about employer relations & engagement.


NETWORKING: FACILITATED DISCUSSION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS

Facilitator: Tanis Sawkins 

This session will provide a great way to network and discuss present topics about Organizational Leaders.


NETWORKING: FACILITATED DISCUSSION FOR THOSE SERVING UNDER-REPRESENTED POPULATIONS

Facilitator: Nate Toevs

This session will provide a great way to network and discuss present topics about under-represented populations.

 


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