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Last updated 8:40pm Oct 30.




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Opening Comments from Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training, Andrew Mercier, MLA

We are delighted to welcome P.S. Andrew Mercier (MLA) who will talk about his position and the work he is doing in the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training. Because the Legislature is sitting, he will not have time for a Q&A after his presentation.


Keynote: Victoria Maxwell - Funny You Don’t Look Crazy – A Story about Mental Illness & Returning to Work

Funny You Don’t Look Crazy captures Victoria’s experience of employment before, during and after bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It helps people better understand mental health issues in the workplace and best practices for returning to work. Audience members walk away enlightened and entertained, holding an expanded vision not of what’s improbable, but instead of what is possible.


Panel: Employer Engagement – Help Us Help You

In this discussion, you will hear about the application of CERIC’s employer research and learn about employer responses to current labour market challenges.

Panelists Riz Ibrahim of CERIC, Jeff Bray of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, and Bruce Williams, Victoria Chamber of Commerce


DUMB Goals

In goal-setting, we utilize SMART Goals as a way of helping clients to build action plans and achieve their objectives.This presentation will examine how SMART Goals are failing clients and offer a new perspective on supporting them in building a future.

Presented by Peter Bailey of Free Rein Associates


Employment Support for Youth with Disabilities: Best Practice Checklist

In this session, we will introduce a tool in development: Employment Support for Youth with Disabilities: Best Practice Checklist. This tool is part of the BC Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities tool/resource database. We will review the tool's development, explain how you can use it to ensure your programs meet the unique needs of youth clientele and invite input on the criteria.

Presented by Sarah Molder, Emily Flegel & Rebecca Ipe of CanAssist, University of Victoria


Panel: Employment Services Recruitment & Retention: What are Others Doing?

We will hear from various panelist how they are shifting the way they recruit and retain staff to fill positions in employment services.

Panelists Diana Dufour-Zand of Mission Community Services, Terry Knight of Creative Employment Access Society and Tricia Gueulette of Beacon Community Services


Keynote: Lessons Learned from LinkedIn’s Province & State-Wide Workforce Development Partnerships

LinkedIn has partnered with state and provincial governments to purchase LinkedIn Talent Solutions for career development professionals to more effectively source, train and place clients. Through these relationships they've learned leading practices on the use of LMI and job matching software and online learning by frontline career and business developers and their clients. At this session, there will be a running a competition for LinkedIn swag and answer your questions based on his experience with dozens of governments and hundreds of workforce organizations.

Presented by Jake Hirsch-Allen, North America Workforce Development lead, and the innovator of LinkedIn's employment service partnerships.


Replenish Your Toolkit: Latest CERIC Resources to Support You

No matter where you work in career development, if you're looking to refuel with new ideas, this session is for you! We'll share our recent work, including 1) a national survey of 500 employers on career management in the workplace, 2) a "Wayfinder" tool that unlocks the career development value of experiential learning 3) research that will help shape career education in Grade 4-6 classrooms 4) research on how to sustainably integrate immigrants into decent jobs 5) career mindsets that needed during times of change…and more!

Presented by Riz Ibrahim of CERIC


Walking the Talk: Leadership for a Multicultural Future

As Canada continues to welcome newcomers, organizational shifts are required to move away from traditional leadership perspectives toward an inclusive leadership model that is well-aligned with a multicultural workforce. In this session, we will discuss leadership across cultures, identify ways to prepare immigrant clients for leadership roles and provide ways for organizations to consider the cultural context in their leadership models.

Presented by Laurie Koch of MOSAIC & Sandhya Ghai of MOSAIC

 

Why Put Accessibility at the Forefront of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion? 

This presentation and panel discussion will explore the growing reasons that service providers need to be addressing accessibility in how we deliver services, how we employ our people and how we influence our stakeholders, including employers. Join Alona Puehse, CEO of Open Door Group, and Stephen O’Keefe of Untapped Accessibility for this practical look at how leaders in accessibility are doing it, and what tools are available to you.  

Presented by Alona Puehse of Open Door Group; Moderated by Trish Kelly of Untapped Accessibility; and with Jamie Millar-Dixon of BC Partners in Workforce Innovation; Melissa Lyon of Accessibility and Inclusion Matter Consulting; and Nicole Allen of Open Door Group as panelists.


Rural & Remote Project

Rural and remote service providers will no longer need to scream into the void. ASPECT BC conducted 6-months of research with their member organizations to determine the unique challenges employment service providers face to help the most vulnerable find meaningful work within rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. This session will reveal a list of recommendations to take to funders everywhere.

Presented by Val Meaney of Val Meaney and Associates & Janet Morris-Reade of ASPECT BC


WorkBC Contractors Meeting

This session is for leaders of WorkBC Prime and Sub-Contractors only. We will review the work of the WorkBC Advisory Committee and discuss what's working in the current contract and solutions for making it better. We will be also breaking out into discussion groups to get to know each other better and expand on previous virtual conversations. 

Facilitated by Janet Morris-Reade


Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship – Not a Last Resort

Self-Employment (SE)/Entrepreneurship is important yet often misunderstood piece of the career development world. Through this interactive and engaging presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to understand modern SE/Entrepreneurship and learn key techniques for understanding client suitability. The presentation will end with a chance to test this new knowledge in case studies and exercises.

Presented by Zak Edmonds of ETHOS Career Management Group Ltd, Cassie Taylor of Life Strategies Ltd, and more.


Hearing Voices

Limited to 25 participants

This workshop is a truly unique learning experience. It will allow service providers to function and perform tasks while being "symptomatic." Hearing Voices That Are Distressing is a simulated training in which participants use a listening device specifically designed with voice hearing replications. While experiencing the simulation of hearing voices, workshop participants are asked to participate in a series of tasks typical to those in a mental health setting, (day program, comprehension testing, interacting with the public, psychological testing). There is also a time for debriefing and a discussion around coping skills. 

Presented by Annette Borrows of DCLS/ILS


Connecting Canada’s New Skills Framework with Employment Services

This 90-minute informative session gives participants an opportunity to explore Canada’s new Skills for Success framework and better understand the implications this new model has on today’s career development and employment services practitioners. Using a wholistic approach, participants will dive into the evolution of the new model, walk away with a list of tools and resources to build their own skills, as well as take part in an interactive demonstration of the practical application of client training and assessment for current clients. 

Presented by John Harrison & Danica Isherwood of Douglas College


Networking Reception

Take some time to unwind with your colleagues and friends at a no-host reception with yummy bites to start your evening right.  


Team Health Leadership: Avoiding the Pathway to Burnout

In this session you will create a link between chronic stress and burnout, examine the different types of stress and what that would look like for, look at the stress cycle and what it means to complete it. You will also explore evidence-based methods of coping with stress and reflect on which ones resonate with them, consider values as a road map to incorporating stress reducing methods so that it becomes more meaningful, and more

Presented by Suncha Baptiste of Community Social Services of BC


Smudge Medicine Lessons

In this workshop participants will learn about Cedar, Sage, Sweetgrass and Tobacco. The four sacred medicines. They will be introduced to a talking circle and a smudge ceremony. During the circle there will be time for participants to ask questions in a safe nonjudgmental space. During the smudge ceremony they have an opportunity to experience this cultural form of self care. 

Presented by Lorelei Lyons of 2 Métis Women


Strategic Career Planning - Retention, Engagement, the Bottom Line

Demonstrate how providing career planning within organizations has increased retention, engagement and the bottom line. Two case studies will be presented along with tips, based on experience, on how to approach this topic with the CEOs of organizations. What purpose means in career planning and why it works to help both individuals and organizations achieve their goals.   

Presented by Steve Miller of Implicit Career Services; and Natasha Richardson of Brentwood Bay Resort


Career Development Professional Centre: What's Next?

Recent research identified a need for stronger supports for the career and employment services sector. As a result, a Spring 2022 study explored the feasibility of establishing a national Career Development Professional Centre to build excellence, innovation, and collaboration across the career development ecosystem. With funding secured, the real work begins. Join this session to learn more and get involved. 

Presented by Deirdre Pickerell of the Canadian Career Development Foundation


Team Health Leadership: Avoiding the Pathway to Burnout

In this session you will create a link between chronic stress and burnout, examine the different types of stress and what that would look like for, look at the stress cycle and what it means to complete it. You will also explore evidence-based methods of coping with stress and reflect on which ones resonate with them, consider values as a road map to incorporating stress reducing methods so that it becomes more meaningful, and more

Presented by Suncha Baptiste of Community Social Services of BC


Provincial Government Update

Find out the latest from the government about employment programs in BC, the outcomes, and plans for the future. This informative session will provide you with insight into the data that is being collected through your contracts and how it is used to inform policy and program decisions. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Presented by Karen Blackman, Asst. Deputy Minister, Employment & Labour Market Services Division - SDPR, and Matt Ayres, Chief Labour Market Economist & Executive Director Labour Market Information Office - AEST


Lunch & Closing Presentation: What's Next for ASPECT

This interactive session will give you an opportunity to evaluate ASPECT's new three-year strategy. Bring your smart phones or your laptops to participate in this presentation and feedback session. Prizes will be given at the end of the session but you must be in the room to win.

Presented by Janet Morris-Reade & ASPECT Board Members


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