NSCDA Conference 2019

June 5 - June 7, 2019 • DoubleTree in Dartmouth, NS
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Heather Baglole

Education Coordinator
Youth Project
Heather is the Education Coordinator at the Youth Project, a local support and service organization for LGBTQ2+ youth. She has completed her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University and is on the board of directors for Halifax Pride. Heather’s advocacy work is primarily involved in sexuality and gender education and support as well as a commitment to building a safer, more inclusive Pride festival for all members of our queer communities.


06 June

Marion Brown

Trainer, Administrator, Leader, Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University
Marion is a seasoned trainer, administrator and leader. In addition to training with ACHIEVE, she is currently a professor of social work at Dalhousie University. With a background in social work, Marion draws on adult learning principles, power analysis and participatory leadership approaches to facilitate workshops. She believes that critical introspection regarding our beliefs and values, as well as a focus on how we work, is meaningful and relevant regardless of the context of work. Marion understands that organizational pressures come to bear on individual employees and leaders, and seeks a balanced approach of working to improve one's insights and skills as well as invoking change in the workplace setting. As a trainer, she has an engaging and inviting facilitation style, sharing stories and drawing on the experiences of participants to anchor workshop material with relevant examples in work and in life.

06 June

Steve Brown

President & CEO
Nelson
Since joining Nelson in 2016, Steve Brown has transformed the vision for this 104-year-old company by reimagining the role and purpose of a publisher in 2017 and beyond.

Introducing a matrix-driven view to the management culture, and unifying a K20 student-centric business division is at the core of this shift to a cohesive customer focused structure. He has reframed the organization’s digital competency by instituting a technology department comprised of some the world’s best and brightest talent based in Silicon Beach California. Over the past 12 months, the company has acquired one of its largest competitors, as well as signing numerous agency and partnership deals to ensure Nelson offers a world class portfolio of learning solutions and for all its markets.

Steve’s passion and commitment to transforming education and the student learning experience continues to fuel the innovation pipeline at Nelson.

07 June

Clarence Deschiffart

Career Development Consultant & Adjunct Professor at Acadia University
Clarence (M.Ed. Counselling) has over 33 years in career counselling and development, RPL, and teaching. He now enjoys being part of Canaada’s GiG economy as a recent retiree from Nova Scotia Community college (NSCC). Laurie Edwards and Clarence recently the highest national recognition for their work by receiving the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development and Counselling (2017) and the Life Time Achievement Award (2017) from the Nova Scotia Career Development Association. Clarence is passionate in helping people affirm their true self.

06 June

06 June

Laurie Edwards

Nationally Recognized Career Development specialist
NSCC
Laurie Edwards is a nationally recognized career development specialist who builds services, programs, and web sites to help youth and adults find their purpose and connect with the lives they want to lead. Laurie believes in work/life blend and you can find her bringing her unique style of career development to conversations in restaurants, elevators, schools and offices. At Nova Scotia Community College, her work is all about leading Student Services Career and Educational Advising. In the community, Laurie is passionate about helping the homeless find shelter and encouraging the career development community to be innovators.

06 June

Teresa Francis

RPL Consultant
Teresa is a career counsellor and consultant in career development and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). She has a BEd from Mount Saint Vincent University and a MEd (counselling) from Acadia University.

Teresa has extensive experience in the professional training and coaching industry, and with with nonprofit organizations, career development, program evaluation, academic advising, and instructional design.

05 June

Gerald Gloade

Artist, Carver, Educator, Program Development Officer
Mi’kmawey Debert Project
Gerald Gloade is an artist, carver and educator from the Mi’kmaq First Nation, Millbrook, Truro, Nova Scotia. Gerald started his career working as a Graphic Designer for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch. The focus of his work with the Province moved from forestry education to wildlife, wildlife to nature and then from nature to Native. After 25 years with the Department of Natural Resources, Gerald is currently assigned to the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq to work on the Mi’kmawey Debert Project through the Office of Aboriginal Affairs.

Located near a 13,000 year old Paleo Indian site, the Mi’kmawey Debert Project’s primary goal is to build a Mi’kmaw Cultural Centre to protect the sites and share their stories. As an artist, educator and Mi’kmaw storyteller, Gerald has become both an advocate and spokesperson for the project. In his capacity as the Program Development Officer for Mi’kmawey Debert he guides the development of visitor and educational programs for the future cultural centre. His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends have captured many audiences.

06 June

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Jonathan Hall

06 June

Paula Hutchinson

Trainer and Consultant
Paula is an enthusiastic educator, trainer and consultant. She has a rich and varied work background including in schools, community based non-profits, and clinical settings. Paul specializes in emotional intelligence, mental health, and working with challenging behaviours in individuals and teams. Paula believes that everyone should be able to find meaning in their work and relationships. And that only by working together to create sustainable solutions, can individuals, professionals, workplaces and communities ensure that supports, systems and policies are responsive and effective for all. As a facilitator, she draws on her deep experience with adult education and learning principles to provide an engaging, practical and interactive workshop experience.

06 June

James Ingram

Counsellor, Teacher, Trainer
James has extensive experience training people to handle situations of conflict and escalated emotion. He has a degree in Sociology and has worked for over a decade in the field of mental health and addictions, specifically working in a variety of shelters, as well as addiction rehabilitation and treatment facilities for youth. In his various roles, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing policies for managing conflict. James believes some of the most critical skills anyone can develop are listening skills. In addition to training with ACHIEVE, he also teaches at the college level. As a facilitator, James provides high level training for groups that is both engaging and well organized.

05 June

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Stacie Johnston

Employment Supports and Education Specialist
Autism Nova Scotia
Stacie has worked with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) for three years. She joined ANS as a student and continues to be dedicated to the inclusion of autistic adults in the workplace. In her role as Employment Supports and Education Specialist, she coordinates and is the primary facilitator of the Autism Works pre-employment program, LaunchPad, as well as the Autism Works NOW program. Stacie is devoted to the success of autistic adults in employment and coordinates the Employment Coach supports for autistic employees and provides training and supports to inclusive employers.

06 June

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Anita Kirkbridge

06 June

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Tanya Lush

06 June

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Kathy MacDonald

06 June

Maggie MacDonnell

Educator, Program Developer
Renowned Award-Winning Teacher
Maggie MacDonnell, aka “The Million Dollar Teacher” is the winner of the Global Teacher Prize, a $1 Million US award considered to be the Nobel Peace Prize of Education. Maggie was chosen from more than 20,000 nominated teachers in 179 countries. Her work has spanned diverse communities and populations – including working with Congolese and Burundian refugees, young Tanzanians living with HIV/AIDS, and Indigenous Inuit living in the Canadian Arctic. She brings a community development approach to her teaching style, cares deeply about removing gendered barriers in learning environments, and believes education can be used to “de-colonize”. She loves movement, and uses physical activity as a tool to engage with youth.

In 2010, Maggie began teaching in a fly-in Inuit community called Salluit, where she helped establish an all-girls project based learning program. Maggie has been recognized for her work by the Governor General, the Albert Einstein Foundation, and was recently named one of BBC’s Top 100 Women. Maggie is passionate about developing education programs that create opportunities for social mobility, empower youth, and cultivate healthy communities. She is the co-founder of Qajaq/Kayak – an organization that aims to revitalize the culture of kayaking with Inuit youth and adults. She is also co-founder of the Nunavik Run Club which trains Inuit youth to both be runners and philanthropists.

Maggie completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University, studied community development at Coady International Institute, and pursued her Masters on gender, sport and community development at the University of Toronto. She studied directly under Dr. Bruce Kidd and her work on sport as a tool in peace building was shared at the Beijing Olympics. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Jeanne Sauve Fellowship at McGill University.

07 June

Neasa Martin

Consultant, Researcher
Neasa Martin & Associates
Neasa is an occupational therapist with over 35 years of experience in mental health, addictions and community development. Since 2001 Neasa Martin & Associates (NM&A) has provided health care consulting services to diverse NGO, government, professional associations and corporate clients. Her mission is to track trends and connect research, polices, people and practices to create accessible user friendly, responsive health services, programs, and educational resources. She provides expert advice and resource development, building on decades of clinical, case management, program consultation and senior management experience and from working across diverse health care and social settings.

06 June

JP Michel

Founder
SparkPath
JP Michel is SparkPath's founder and is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Career Professional award from the Career Professionals of Canada. JP has an MSc in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Manchester.

To prepare people for the future of work, we need to move them away from considering only the jobs and careers available to them and shift their attention to the problems and opportunities that exist in the world. This simple shift will unlock new opportunities, a different way to see the world and a powerful approach to preparing for success.


06 June

Allison Parsons

Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and Adult Literacy Practitioner.
Allison is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and Adult Literacy Practitioner. She is a dedicated mental health advocate who uses her lived experience of mental illness as an educational tool. As an entrepreneur, she is able to meet her career goals and manage her recovery pathway.

06 June

Jill Payne

Motivational Trainer and Speaker
As seen in Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and SELF Magazine, her highly sought-after programs go beyond physical fitness by initiating a total wellness revamp to enhance individuals’ overall potential. Jill has brought her expertise to companies and organizations worldwide, including PepsiCo, Republic Services, Core Logic, NBC, Panasonic, Boeing, JPL, Western Union and Sony, to reinvigorate productivity and enhance corporate culture.

Jill trains our bodies and minds to unleash energy for optimal performance in all areas: creating impact at work, maintaining healthy relationships, eliminating anxiety and manifesting opportunities.

06 June

07 June

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Sheila Pearson

Employment and Education Coordinator
Autism Nova Scotia
Sheila has been working with Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) for the past three years. She oversees all pre-employment programs for ANS including Launch Pad and Career Quest, with a keen focus on the Employment Coach program for adults. Sheila has a fierce belief in real work for real pay, and works tirelessly to ensure autistic adults are equipped and supported within the workforce. Over the years, Sheila has developed a strong working relationship with NS Works agencies to ensure a smooth transition from pre employment programs to agency. She also provides training to many employers on the benefits of inclusive hiring and support within the workplace.

06 June

Paul Pickering

Coordinator of the Workplace Culture Program
ISANS
Paul  is the coordinator of the workplace culture program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Paul provides webinars, on-site workshops, assessments, consultations and presentations about workplace culture for organizations across Nova Scotia. Paul has 20 years experience helping employers and individuals to build their cultural competence, develop diversity and inclusion policies, and improve organizational culture. Paul has lived and worked in the USA, United Kingdom, South Korea, Czech Republic, and Estonia. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 2011. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology, a master’s degree in communication studies, and a teaching diploma in lifelong learning.

06 June

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Brad Rowe

06 June

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Belinda Seagram

06 June

LS

Lauren Sears

06 June

Kyle A. Turner

Employer Engagement Coordinator
ISANS
Kyle is an Employer Engagement Coordinator at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) for the Halifax region, working with employers to help them strengthen and diversify their workforces. He is a public relations professional with extensive experience in sales promotion, project management and event planning in private and public sectors.

Kyle works in partnership with employers and ISANS staff to plan, develop and deliver supports to companies of all sizes on issues related to recruiting, retaining and integrating immigrants in the workplace. He can help you save time with your recruitment process by connecting you to potential employees in a number of ways.  Kyle’s delivery of the Employer Support Services will increase your knowledge on how to strengthen and diversify your workforce while tapping into the international talent of immigrants in Nova Scotia.

06 June

DU

David Upton

06 June

Pre-Conference
Registration

Pre-Conference Registration

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Pre-Conference

Having Difficult Conversations

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Hawthorne

Difficult Conversations – Strategies for Challenging Discussions
This workshop will review the key elements of preparing for, conducting, and concluding difficult conversations. Participants will leave with a set of tools to help ensure that difficult conversations are productive, professional, and respectful for all involved.

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Pre-Conference

PART 1: Exploring Our Collective Impact within the Career Development Ecosystem

09:00 AM 12:00 PM

Presented by the Centre for Employment Innovation. This in an all day event.
Breaks & Mealtimes
Pre-Conference

Lunch

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Provided.
Pre-Conference

The Importance of Building A Working Alliance in the Assessment Process

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Hawthorne

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PART 2: Exploring Our Collective Impact within the Career Development Ecosystem

01:00 PM 04:00 PM

Presented by the Centre for Employment Innovation. This in an all day event.

Registration

Evening Registration for Conference

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Gatherings and Networking
Pre-Conference

PRE-CONFERENCE SHINDIG!!

04:00 PM 06:00 PM

Join us for beverages, beer and wings!
Registration

Registration

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Breaks & Mealtimes
Gatherings and Networking

Breakfast and Exhibitors

07:00 AM 08:00 AM City and Harbourside Terrace

Join us for a networking breakfast buffet and visit our exhibitors' booths. 

Official Opening and Elder Welcome

08:00 AM 08:30 AM

Keynote

Keynote Address by Jill Payne

08:30 AM 09:30 AM

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Breaks & Mealtimes
Gatherings and Networking

Networking and Exhibitors

10:30 AM 11:00 AM City and Harbourside Terrace

Sessions

Look Beyond Job titles: A New Approach

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Hawthorne

To prepare people for the future of work, we need to move them away from considering only the jobs and careers available to them and shift their attention to the problems and opportunities that exist in the world. This simple shift will unlock new opportunities, a different way to see the world and a powerful approach to preparing for success.

Learning outcome #1: Describe important work problems, challenges and opportunities.

Learning outcome #2: Learn why we should 'flip the model' of career development.

Learning outcome #3: Integrate the Challenge Method in their career development work.

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Glooscap Legends: An Oral History

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Gerald's stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends have captured many audiences.

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Happiness: The Soul of Career Development and Mental Well Being

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

In reviewing literature on effective mental wellbeing and career development, one deepens their understanding that principles of both are closely linked. Career development and mental health is about helping others to a better and happier life! Together, we’ll examine the benefits of addressing both career development and mental wellbeing in our services rather than identifying them as separate causes.

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Team Development: Strengthening Your Team

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

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An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Minorities

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity have never been more prevalent, and the Youth Project is here to help! During this introductory, one-hour presentation, we will run through a quick LGBTQ2+ 101 as well as share current vocabulary and best practice for working with gender and sexual minorities. Heather, the Education Coordinator at the Youth Project, will be available at the Youth Project booth, during the break for questions and comments relating to the presentation.

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Breaks & Mealtimes
Gatherings and Networking

Lunch and Exhibitors

12:00 PM 12:45 PM City and Harbourside Terrace

Lunch will be provided, and you will have a chance to visit our awesome exhibitors' booths.
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Capitalizing on Generational Differences

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Hawthorne

This session reviews practical strategies for inter-generational communication, with a focus on building and maintaining respect in workplace interactions.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Military

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

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Peer Support Within Career Services: A Research Project

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Presented by TEAM Work Cooperative.

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ISANS: Workplace Culture

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

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Youth Initiatives in Career Development: Learnings and Insights

12:45 PM 01:45 PM

Presented by CEI.
Breaks & Mealtimes

Break

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

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Importance of Belonging: Leadership in Inclusive Practice

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Hawthorne

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Cross Cultural Career Counseling and Coaching

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

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Introduction of The Competency Framework for Career Development Professionals Project

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

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Understanding Autism 101

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Autism 101 will offer an overview of autism and its characteristics such as sensory, executive functioning, change and social communication. It will also dive into the common misconceptions of autism with a focus on individualized support, ASD accommodations and interventions. The presentation will highlight some common tactics and strategies for supporting people with ASD from agency intake to interview prep, to support in and out of the workplace. It will also briefly outline the role of an employment coach in a working environment.

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Succession Planning

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

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Breaks & Mealtimes

Break & Exhibitors

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Drop by the Exhibitors' Lounge to get your passports stamped.
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A.I. and 21st Century Approaches to Career Development

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Hawthorne

The intent of career development is expanding in this age of A.I. Services need to be broader in terms of helping Nova Scotians navigate life and work transitions. Life and work, though sometimes distinct, are not separate and are best “designed” in harmony. A specific model of career development will be presented which incorporates an appreciative framework of Discovery, Dream, Design, Destiny, known as the 4Ds.

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Understanding Your Social Media Presence

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

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A Venture of Hope and Recovery: Exploring Entrepreneurship as a Career Option for Clients with Mental Health Issues

03:15 PM 04:15 PM

As Career Practitioners we know that clients who experience mental health issues face unique challenges in the workplace. Unfortunately the possibility of being discriminated against due to their conditions is a legitimate concern and the effects can be devastating for their careers. A loss of self confidence and the fear of psychological reinjury can prevent people living with mental health issues from reentering the workplace.

In this session participants will explore how entrepreneurship is a viable career avenue that can support recovery and instill hope in people living with mental health issues. The benefits and challenges of self-employment will be discussed and participants will take away resources to offer their clients.

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Gatherings and Networking

WINE AND CHEESE NETWORKING EVENT

04:15 PM 06:00 PM

The perfect way to relax and end your day. Drop by and chat with colleagues and friends while enjoying wine and cheese.

Motivational Walk

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

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Breaks & Mealtimes
Gatherings and Networking

Breakfast Buffet and Exhibitors' Lounge

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Don't forget to get your passport stamped when visiting our exhibitors' booths, for the chance to win some great prizes.
Keynote

Morning Keynote

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

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Breaks & Mealtimes

Break & Exhibitors' Lounge Open

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

Last change to get your passport stamped!!
Gatherings and Networking

AWARDS, CELEBRATION & PRIZE DRAWS

10:15 AM 11:00 AM

Keynote

Closing Keynote

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

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CLOSING with Elder and Drummers

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Grab a snack as you leave, and have a safe journey home.