The 2018 Canadian Career Development Summit

  • Overview

    In November 2018, leaders of post-secondary career development, career services, co-operative education, and other experiential learning offices will gather at the second annual Canadian Career Development Summit.

    Participants will learn new management skills, discuss changes that are affecting student career development, share experiences, debate the issues, and plan for the changes to come.

    The Summit is a unique opportunity for directors and their management teams to meet with like-minded individuals from across the country.

    Building on the tremendous success of the 2017 Summit, we anticipate a large turnout of career development leaders. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the conversation and help lead student career development on your campus.

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  • Venue & Format

    The Summit will be a concise and intense 2-day and 2-night residential program.

    Participants will be rewarded with comfortable guest rooms and delicious meals that will also facilitate networking and sharing among participants. This ensures that everyone involved will leave with a new network of thought leaders and supporters with diverse experiences to share.

    The program begins with an opportunity to meet the other participants over a casual dinner on November 6th followed by an evening of informal networking. The 7th and 8th will consist of a series of workshops, panels, and other interactive sessions as well as opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas over meals and refreshment breaks.

    The Hockley Valley Resort, 45 minutes north of Toronto’s Pearson airport, provides a casual and very comfortable venue well away from the office for all participants. Everyone will have their own private accommodations and all rooms, meals, and refreshment breaks are included in the registration fee.

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  • Pre-Conference Program
    Strategic Planning for Career Development Professionals

    Driving change starts with effective planning that engages your team, your stakeholders, departments, faculties, and also your broader communities. This full-day pre-conference workshop will provide training in strategic planning that has been developed specifically for leaders of career development on post-secondary campuses.

    The program will be lead by Brainstorm Strategy Group’s Graham Donald who has experience facilitating strategic planning with career offices at McGill University, Simon Fraser University, Rutgers University, Wilfrid Laurier University, UBC, George Brown College, University of Regina, and numerous others.

    The pre-conference program registration includes accommodations and 3 meals starting with dinner on November 5th.

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2017 Program Schedule (2018 Program will be announced in February)

  • 2017 Program
    Day One
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    The Evolution of Campus Career Development: Past Models, Future Goals
    Campus Career Development at a Tipping Point: Where to Go From Here
    The winds of change are blowing through the Higher Education community. Understandably, our community members and constituent groups view these changes, their root causes, and their implications each through their own lens. While differing perspectives and debate concerning the implications of change and the need for adaptation is vital, it is most helpful if we can build upon some common and objective evidence. At this particular juncture in the evolution of PSE, several macro-level trends are converging to define, and even compel, a needed paradigm shift in how PSE furthers the aims of Education/Career Goal Development.

    In the first part of this session, I will briefly describe the convergence of these trends, the data underlying them, and the specific student development goals through the career development lens. In the second half, I focus on the potential for Career Development professionals to seize and develop this paradigm shift and pose for discussion several possible approaches.
    Hunting for Good WIL: What we know about work integrated learning and how we can ensure success in the future
    In the first half of this workshop Alex MacFarlane will share findings from 5 years of HEQCO research on WIL including student, faculty and employer surveys; work on the legal and accessibly implications of WIL and the beginnings stages of our work on how institutions assess the skills and competencies of WIL.

    In the second half of the workshop, participants will be asked to engage in a conversation on the fundamental question of why we are promoting these experiences in the first place. What are we trying to offer to students in these experiences and how will we know we have achieved our goal? What skills and competencies are we hoping that students develop in a WIL experience, and how will we know when they have actually developed those skills?

    Participants will be asked to think about the following issues:

    1. How do we articulate the skills and competencies that the WIL experience is intended to develop?
    2. How do we identify the instrument or procedure that will be used to measure these skills or competencies?
    3. How do we use this instrument to evaluate whether the WIL experience has led to improvement in the desired skills and competencies?
    4. How do we publicly disclose the results of these evaluations to ensure dissemination of best practice?
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Trends in Career Services: A NEW Study of 100 Canadian Campus Career Centres
    In 2016, Christine Sjolander, an experienced career services director and EdD candidate at Simon Fraser University, initiated an in-depth study of more than 100 Canadian university and college career centres. This is likely the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted in Canada. It represents a unique opportunity for career development leaders to benchmark their operations against a deep national sample.

    The data collected includes:

    • Current services offered to students, alumni, employers and other constituent groups and which ones have recently been added or dropped
    • Resources: including budget, staffing, technology and space
    • Entrepreneurial activities occurring within career centres to supplement budgets
    • Philosophical orientations of career centres and current challenges facing staff
    • Metrics collected and reported by career centres both internally and externally
    • Reporting lines of career centres and organizational structure changes

    Join the study’s author for an interactive discussion of the results and the implications for your office. Is your office ahead of the trends or falling behind? What are your thoughts on how these areas will change over the next five years? What will be your next steps?

    How to Lead Cross-Institution Career Development Initiatives
    For the broadest impact many innovative projects that support students’ career development must be imagined and implemented on a scale beyond the four walls of the career centre. Explore strategies for designing and implementing cross-institutional career initiatives, including approaches for collaboration, sustainability, and reach. After reviewing case studies of successful initiatives, workshop your own idea, receiving feedback from others, and exploring strategies and potential barriers.
    KPIs & Assessment: Developing Measures to Achieve Goals and Support Accountability
    Regardless of work environment, we are all accountable to our stakeholders. While developing and delivering programs and services are primary goals, assessing what we do has become increasingly more important, but finding the time and resources to do it can be challenging. In this session, learn how the Laurier Career Centre has implemented an effective strategy to respond to this challenge. Learn how a strategic plan creates the framework for measuring results and gain knowledge of a variety of assessment tools and processes that provide valuable information and cost-effective methods for assessment.
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 2017 Program
    Day Two
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    CERIC Report: The Current State of Career Services in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions
    In fall 2016 on behalf of CERIC, PSE Information Systems surveyed Canadian post-secondary institutions to better understand the landscape of, and level of institutional commitment to, the provision of career services. A summary of results will highlight: current state of practice and institutional investment in career development; identification of an 'impressive' delivery model; and strategies to develop an 'impressive' model.
    Where There’s a WIL, There’s a Way...
    All the recent attention on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as a means to support classroom learning as well as student career development, has many post-secondary institutions looking to create new WIL programs. But where do you start? And what will it take?

    In 2014, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) incorporated “Experiential Learning” as part of their strategic plan. This workshop will start with a look at how the UTSC Academic Advising and Career Centre (AA&CC) successfully implemented this concept into their programming and share ideas for what others could develop for their students.

    Next, participants will have an opportunity to bring forward their own ideas for introducing new WIL programs and then “workshop” their proposals for feedback and suggestions in groups with colleagues from other institutions.
    How to Leverage Partnerships that Will Extend Your Reach and Influence Campus Leaders
    Career Centres share many common goals such as maximizing student engagement in the career development process, strengthening relationships with the employer community, ensuring financial support, and establishing a positive reputation. In this session, learn how developing and leveraging partnerships, both internally and externally, can be a key strategy to achieving these and other goals.
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Getting It Done: Creating Internal Systems & Processes to Achieve Objectives
    Developing clear and consistent internal systems and structures is essential to running an efficient organization. Not only will this provide greater transparency and organization for staff and better accountability mechanisms for you as a leader, a solid internal infrastructure also frees time and thought from the day-to-day to allow you and your team to think about long term vision and innovation. Learn strategies and tools that are easy and rewarding to use.
    The Next Model: Creating a Career Development Culture on Campus
    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Program Closing

Call for Proposals

You are invited to share your expertise, insights, and best practices!

Presenting at the Canadian Career Development Summit is a great opportunity to share and learn while also gaining exposure for your work and enhancing your professional profile.

The Summit agenda is flexible to allow for presentations of almost any length. The emphasis is on sharing and discussion, so any presentation should allow plenty of opportunity for the exchange of ideas.

Presentation topics should be focused on the interests of directors and managers more than career development practitioners. Most will fit into one of these categories:

  • the changing career development landscape on campus;
  • strategic approaches for leading change;
  • innovative new service models;
  • initiatives for building campus partnerships;
  • the integration of career development into curriculum;
  • the future of experiential learning; and,
  • management techniques, tools, and processes that will facilitate progress in the years ahead.

To submit a proposal, please complete the Proposal Submission Form by the extended deadline: April 6, 2018.

Any questions regarding proposals should be directed to