NSCDA Conference 2019

June 5 - June 7, 2019 • DoubleTree in Dartmouth, NS
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Doug Allen, CD, MSW, SWC

Social Worker (Social Work Candidate)
Seagram & Associates
Doug Allen received his Bachelor of Social Work degree through the University of Manitoba and his Master’s degree in Social Work through the University of Waterloo. He is registered with the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers. Prior to becoming a Social Worker, Doug was a career soldier with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He has conducted peace support and combat operations in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Since 2008 Doug has been working with ill and injured Canadian Force members in the areas of resiliency development, advocacy, case management, and clinical treatment. Doug is a Clinician for the Veterans Transition Network, and a core member of the Landing Strong Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting veterans and first responders recover from operational stress injuries.

06 June

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

Angela Bear

Navigator of New Initiatives
CEI
Angela Bear is a Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP), who has worked in career development since 2008 as a case manager, facilitator and job developer. Taking a “boots on the ground” community approach, Angela’s passion is working with people and in particular with youth. Her years of experience working with the Dartmouth Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Halifax’s Northend Parent Resource Centre has given Angela a strong foundation for her framework of practice as a career practitioner. Along with this comes the skill and compassion she brings in assisting unemployed individuals through her various roles in leadership with the YMCA of Greater Halifax Dartmouth / Nova Scotia Works centre. Angela’s dedication and strong desire to see people succeed is what benefits the community she serves.

In 2017, Angela began her current role as Navigator of New Initiatives with the St. Francis Xavier University Centre for Employment Innovation. In this role, Angela brings her experience in career and community development to support a $10 million labour attachment and integration program for groups currently underrepresented in the Nova Scotia workforce. To date this program has supported more than 160 Nova Scotians into employment, exceeding the program goal of 150.

05 June

05 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.

Education is evolving. Today’s students require different skills than previous generations in order to prepare for a workplace that is rapidly changing due to technology. While advancements in technology can disrupt existing jobs, technology is also creating new jobs that never existed before. A new approach to education is necessary to prepare these students as they join our changing economy and contribute to a growing GDP.

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


07 June

Philip Cantrill

Executive Director
Job Junction, Nova Scotia Works
Phil is the Executive Director of Job Junction, Nova Scotia Works in Halifax, where he leads a dynamic and professional team of career practitioners. Over the past two years, he has led the organization through sweeping changes to encourage and improve diversity and inclusion through effective hiring practices.

Born in South Africa, Phil lived in Germany, France and England before immigrating to Canada in 1989. He graduated in 2000 from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Informatics and later worked in the publishing, insurance and automotive industries before moving into professional recruitment. Phil joined PeoplePlus Consulting, which operates Job Junction, in 2010 as a Facilitator and Workshop Coordinator and is now its Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer.

Personal and professional development are vital to success, and Phil encourages his team and clients to be confident in their abilities, to know and embrace who they are, and to do everything with a positive attitude and passion.

06 June

Joshua Counsil

Co-founder
Good Robot Brewing Co.
Josh is a Co-founder of Good Robot Brewing Co., which includes a  brewery, two bars, store, restaurant and beer garden in the North End of Halifax, NS.

Josh’s role as Marketing Director and Co-founder is to curate quirky beer experiences for Good Robot’s communities. He manages a team of 15 marketing staff. Most of his team joined Good Robot without
any marketing experience.

In 2018, Good Robot executed 100+ events, partnered with over 75 NPOs, and launched two new businesses within its space. Aided by the Marketing Team, Good Robot’s revenue grew by 45%+ to last
fiscal reporting for a total of ~$1.9m and ~15% profit margins. Good Robot has won multiple awards including the Silver Award: Best New Business (Halifax Chamber of Commerce, 2016) and 17 best-of awards
including Best Brewery and Best Bar in various Halifax publications.
Josh’s goals are to make Good Robot a positive and necessary community hub, retain his friendship with his two long-term friends and co-founders, transition to a 100% employee-owned company, and open a beer-saturated theme park.

06 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 Canada’s GiG economy as a recent retiree from Nova Scotia Community college (NSCC). Laurie Edwards and Clarence recently received 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

Ann Divine

Founder and CEO
Ashanti Leadership and Development Services
Ann Divine is founder and CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Development Services, which provides professional guidance in organizational behaviour and design. Ann’s work is underpinned by her knowledge and expertise in human resource management, human rights and diversity and inclusion.

Her unique style, and knowledge as an advisor to government, businesses, and various organizations in her capacity as senior manager which she held in government and non-profit organizations combined with her academic knowledge from her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management, Bachelors in Sociology (Hons), Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, Certificate in Human Rights Education, Coaching Certificate,and Adult Education, to name a few, have all contributed to her success in her work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Ann has lived on three continents and worked in diverse organizations and communities in London, UK, and Canada. She is a popular public speaker on social justice, leadership, business, and inclusivity.
In 2015, Ann introduced Unconscious Bias training into her portfolio, a topic which was unheard of in Nova Scotia and in 2018, she was asked to provide her informed commentary on the issue of racial profiling at Starbucks in Philadelphia, US, by Thompson Reuters media. Ann has received several accolades for her work but most notably, in November 2017, she was recognized by My Halifax Experience as one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes and in 2018, she was named one of the top five Immigrant Women Influencers in Nova Scotia. In addition, in 2018, Ann was nominated as one of RBC’s Top 25 Immigrants. Most recently, Ann was nominated as an RBC Women Entrepreneur for 2019.

Ann’s work continues to be recognized and valued by organizations nationally and internationally. She is a member of several local boards, President of Rotary Club North West Halifax, and a Director of the Board of the United Way Centraide Canada, a national organization.In 2018, Ann was invited to join Royer Thompson as an Associate Director.

Most recently, Ann and her business associates from Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services, were asked to undertake a major review in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a major not-for-profit organization in our province.

Ann has a high media profile and is regularly invited to lend her expertise on diverse topics to the conversation of the day.
Ann’s passion is mentoring women, in particular women of colour to succeed and create their own destiny.She is inspired by her family, in particular, her six grandchildren who have stolen her heart.
May 2018, marks Ann's 5th Anniversary since leaving government to become her own CEO.

06 June

Mo Drescher

Visual Artist, Founder
Brave Space
Mo Drescher is a visual artist and graphic recorder/facilitator, trained in cultivating vivid expressions for learning. Mo is dedicated to living art and exploring the possibilities for social change through creative process. Imagining and visualizing a world that is possible can allow us to create it through our collective conversation and action. Mo is committed to a radically inclusive approach that leads to sustainable strategies and actions.

Mo studied fine art at NSCAD University and Naropa University and continued their studies of graphic recording at The Grove in San Francisco. Mo studied leadership development, systems change, and facilitation through the ALIA Institute and their ongoing practice in the Art of Hosting global network.

Mo is the founder of Brave Space and aspires to shift the way we do business by integrating a participatory and inclusive approach to decision-making, collaboration and creativity. Mo lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

05 June

05 June

Laurie Edwards

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 Francis has worked extensively in the areas of career and student development and RPL. Her journey has taken her into the university and college systems, government, the not-for-profit world and self-employment. A facilitator, counsellor and manager, her favourite roles involve teaching and learning.

05 June

Trina Fraser

Executive Director
East Preston Daycare and Family Resource Centre
Trina Fraser is from the community of East Preston. She is the Executive Director (for the past 9 years)  of East Preston Daycare and Family Resource Centre and has been part of the centre for 18 years.
It’s important to note that she started out as a participant in the pre and post natal program then went in to becoming a volunteer at the centre and enjoyed it so much that she gained interest in wanting to work there. The support she received from her family and community has made the journey of going back to school and getting her diploma in Early Childhood Education that much more rewarding.

06 June

Brenda Gatera

Student Intern, CEI
CEI
Brenda uses her skills to research and write case studies for the many projects supported by the CEI’s New Opportunities for Work (NOW) program and NS Works Centres. Earlier this year, Brenda received the Dr. Sean Riley Award which is “presented annually to a student who has shown leadership in involvement with the Coady International Institute and has a passion for “thinking globally, acting locally”.”

06 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

Amber Grosse

Program Coordinator
YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN)
Amber Grosse hails from the community of East Preston and is Program Coordinator for the YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN). Amber is considered a leader in her community, and has dedicated most of her life to working with young people, always striving to put youth first.

Her background includes several years of experience in the business sector, specifically in marketing and management, as well as entrepreneurship and public relations.

YCAN is one of Canada’s national youth service initiatives, and part of the Canada Service Corps. Targeting young adults aged 15 to 30, the program is led completely by the participants. With YCAN, youth gain valuable volunteer experience, are given an opportunity to travel, and become leaders in their communities.

06 June

Jonathan Hall

Case Manager
TEAM Work Cooperative
Jonathan is passionate about a holistic perspective to health, wellness, and career development. Jonathan’s social science background provides a frame to understanding and helping those who are facing barriers to personal and professional development. Jonathan has specific interests in gender, health and wellness, positive youth development, and employability or soft skills.

Currently, Jonathan works as a case manager with TEAM Work Cooperative Ltd. / Nova Scotia Works.

Jonathan is an advocate who has experience across multiple sectors including career development with TEAM Work Cooperative Ltd., adult education with the Nova Scotia Community College, administration with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and human services in various roles.

Jonathan completed a Master’s of Arts in Health Studies from Queen’s University, which included a master’s thesis that examined positive youth development through sport. Jonathan also has an Honours Bachelor of Science psychology degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, for which a first thesis was completed that explored body image, youth athletes, and gender.

06 June

Paula Hutchinson

Trainer and Consultant
Paula is an enthusiastic educator, trainer and consultant. She has a rich and varied work background in schools, community based non-profits, and clinical settings. Paula 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

Marcus Jamieson

Client Service Coordinator
TEAM Work Cooperative
Coming from a small Nova Scotia town, Marcus has always had a connection with people. His family were very involved in their small community and this has translated into his work at TEAM Work. You will often see Marcus running around the office helping both staff and clients.

06 June

Matt Jamieson

Employment Maintanace Worker
TEAM Work Cooperative and The WorkBridge
Matt hails from Nova Scotia but he loves to travel and experience new cultures. Although he holds space in the office, you will rarely find him there as he’s well known in the community for supporting people on the job. His career spans twenty years supporting people with disabilities across the country, but today Matt calls TEAM Work his home. You’ll find him spending time with his family and gaming with his 3 nephews during his off time.

06 June

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

Paul Keinick

Store Manager
Sobey Inc.
Paul Keinick is a Store Manager with Sobeys Inc. which employs over 125,000 Canadians and is the second largest grocery retailer in the country. Paul has been with the company for over 25 years and has experience in Operations, Finance and with extensive experience in Human Resources as a Generalist, Engagement specialist
and Recruitment Manager.

Paul has a vision to increase the hiring of people with disabilities to one-third of his total employee numbers as well as influence from the top down for all Sobeys hiring managers. Paul is also the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award Provincial award winner and The 2018 Canadian Association Supported Employment Mark Wafer Award for Business Excellence award winner as well.

06 June

Anita Kirkbride

Founder
Twirp Communications
Anita Kirkbride hatched Twirp Communications when most people were still trying to figure out Twitter. In addition to helping small businesses grow their social presence, she shares her social media expertise at workshops, training sessions, and conferences like Atlantic Internet Marketing Conference, PodCamp, and Blog Jam.

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.

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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

Brittany Mastroianni

Diversity & Outreach Specialist
Municipality of the County of Kings
Upon returning to Nova Scotia after completing an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Brittany began her career in the non-profit sector as a Project Manager in 2008.

In 2011 Brittany moved to the co-op sector eventually holding the position of co-Managing Director at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative headquartered in Grand Pre, NS.

More recently, Brittany has joined the team at the Municipality of the County of Kings as the Diversity & Outreach Specialist where she supports the organization and community in its mission of becoming a place where all people choose to be.

Because of a firm commitment to community and deep belief in the importance of giving back to a province which has given her so much, Brittany sits on a variety of boards where she shares her passion for good governance, inclusion and capacity building in both the private and public sector.

Both privately and professionally Brittany places great value on building healthy, sustainable, organizations and communities welcoming of all people.

A proud Nova Scotian by choice Brittany makes her home in beautiful Kings County, Nova Scotia where she lives with her husband Stephen, daughter Eleanor and golden retriever Mosby.

06 June

Kathy McDonald

Project Director
Canadian Career Development Foundation
Kathy McDonald is a life-long educator and learner who works as Project Director with the Canadian Career Development Foundation. A relocated East-coaster, Kathy has a record of accomplishments in the research, design, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative population-level, equity-based programs and policies. Before beginning her current role with the CCDF, Kathy worked in key educational leadership roles at the provincial, regional, and pan-Canadian levels.Kathy is driven by the moral imperative to raise the bar, close the gap, and inspire hope.

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
JJill Payne is a teacher and trainer by trade and an empowering motivator at heart. She has used her unique philosophy to inspire individuals and teams across North America to embrace energy management in the pursuit of life as a 10.

Originally from Windsor, N.S., and now living out her dreams in NYC, Jill has harnessed her own energy to create a life that makes her want to hop out of bed with excitement each morning.

Jill Payne’s energy management training provides tools to guide productive and joyful individuals, which promotes motivated and effective teamwork. With the principles of Jill’s innovative instruction, participants are trained in the core strategies of energy management that have been proven to increase positivity and wellness, encourage collaboration through enhanced dialogue and create motivation around setting and pursuing action-oriented goals. Learning to manage your individual energy impacts both your performance and your team! And training leadership to manage their own is the single most effective way to impact a company!

A highly trained motivational speaker and trainer, Jill’s core concepts are born from the principle of living life at a 10 out of 10. With a Master’s Degree specializing in workplace wellness, she has continued to enrich and customize programs for companies internationally that want to motivate all levels of employees and management to be their best selves and subsequently improve productivity and morale.
As seen in Vogue, Glamour, Elle and SELF Magazine, her highly sought after programs initiate a total wellness revamp to enhance individuals’overall potential. Jill has brought her expertise to companies and organizations worldwide, including PepsiCo,Google, High Liner Foods, Equinix, Core Logic, NBC, Panasonic, Boeing, JPL, Western Union and Sony, to reinvigorate individual productivity and enhance corporate culture.

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07 June

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

Dr. Paula Romanow

Manager, Applied Research
CEI
Paula Romanow joined the Extension Department in April 2017 as Manager, Applied Research for the Centre for Employment Innovation. Paula has worked in a variety of communication roles: television news and documentary producer/director, freelance writer and journalist, military public affairs officer, and owner of Bramblefield Research & Consulting. Active in community-based education and rural community development, she began teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College in 1994 and in the Communications Studies and Faculty of Education (Lifelong Learning) at MSVU in 1999. Paula’s academic research interests centre on rural community development in all its facets – economic, health and wellness, sustainability, education, and policy development, and the role that communication plays in resiliency. Paula has also conducted research for a variety of academic and community-based research projects ranging from communication in all its forms and the cultural effects thereof to the use of recognition of prior learning in developing competency-based standards and certifications for career development practitioners. Prior to coming to Extension, she was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association.

Paula holds a BA in communication studies from the University of Windsor, a Diploma in Adult Education from StFX, a MAEd in Adult Education from MSVU, and a PhD in communication from Carleton University.

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06 June

Brad Rowe

Navigator
Healthy Minds Cooperative
Brad is Navigator at Healthy Minds Cooperative, a unique peer based mental health organization, where he provides support to people trying to find resources and access services in the community.

With a focus on self- determination, personal empowerment and self-care, Brad works with people to determine options and develop strategies for exploring these options.

An advocate and a person having lived experience with a mental illness, Brad sits on the NSHA Central Zone Mental Health and Addictions Patient Safety Committee, Crisis Quality Team ,Central Zone Quality Committee and is vice chair of Halifax Police Diversity Working Group.

06 June

Belinda Seagram

Registered Psychologist
Seagram & Associates
Dr. Belinda Seagram holds a Ph.D. from York University and more than 30 years of experience in clinical practice, research, teaching and supervision. She has extensive experience working with high-risk teenagers and adults in residential, hospital and community-based settings. She served as the Executive Director of a shelter and resource centre for abused women and children. Between 2000 and 2006, Belinda was employed by the Correctional Service of Canada where she served as Acting Chief Psychologist in a medium-security penitentiary for federal offenders. She then spent four years with the Pine River Institute, a residential treatment program for adolescents struggling with serious substance abuse, in the capacity of Wilderness Therapist, Clinical Director and consultant. Belinda has delivered training programs for the Crisis Negotiation Team of the Ontario Provincial Police and was involved in forensic investigations in Ontario and Nunavut. Belinda has particular interest working with Military Members, Veterans and First Responders suffering the effects of operational stress injuries (often in the form of PTSD).She is a member of the Veterans Transition Network, a nationally based not- for profit organization delivering treatment programs through intensive retreats for injured military members, veterans and first responders. She founded Landing Strong, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting resiliency and assisting veterans and first responders suffering from operational stress injuries.

06 June

Lauren Sears

Managing Director
Common Good Solutions
Lauren Sears is a committed entrepreneur and emerging leader in the social innovation and enterprise sector in Canada. She's the Managing Director of Common Good Solutions, a growing consulting and training firm currently doing business in over a dozen countries, as well as co-founder of P4G, a CIC focused on attracting and retaining youth in Atlantic Canada. As an accomplished public speaker, Lauren is regularly asked to present on her areas of expertise at events across the Canada.

Lauren is keenly interested in developing and supporting young people through entrepreneurship and sport. She's a Director at 100 Seed$ Atlantic, an alternate board member of S4ES Canada, a member of the implementation committee for the NS Social Enterprise Strategy, a Director at Volleyball Nova Scotia and assistant coach of Saint Mary's University women's volleyball team.

06 June

Rebekah Skeete

Codirector
YMCA NSW Centres, Mainland
Rebekah is a director for the eight YMCA Nova Scotia Works' locations in the Halifax Regional Municipality and surrounding areas. She has worked with the YMCA for 20 years and was initially hired as a Youth Employment Counsellor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and is a Private Practice Social Worker as well as a Certified Career Development Practitioner in Nova Scotia.
She is a member of the YMCA Youth Engagement Sector Council that helps develop policies, procedures, and guidelines for across the YMCA federation.The council is often called up by government officials regarding youth programming and services.

The YMCA is the largest youth-serving organization in the world and youth engagement is at the forefront of their programming.

06 June

Jaime Smith

Director, Social Innovation
Extension Department & Coady International Institute St. Francis Xavier University
Jaime is empowered by her love of community, people, and learning. Jaime has a rich volunteer and professional experience rooted in planning, community engagement, adult education, community development, and executive administration. She is passionate about creating opportunities for shared learning, inclusive leadership, and community building through a lens of social innovation.

A founding member of Pictou County 2020, a citizen-led participatory leadership process, and inaugural Executive Lead of the Centre for Employment Innovation at the St. Francis Xavier University, Jaime practices meaningful community engagement for positive social and economic change.Jaime is an active volunteer and currently sits as a Board Director for Engage NS, as well as the Nova Scotia Health Authority, where she Chairs the Committee for Public Engagement. Jaime is the Director, Social Innovation at the St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department and the Coady International Institute. In this role she also provides leadership for the Centre for Employment Innovation.

Jaime is currently enrolled in the MAdEd (Community Development) program at St. Francis Xavier University, she holds a BDes (Honours in Planning) from the Nova Scotia College and Art and Design, and a BA (Environmental Studies) from Mount Allison University.

05 June

05 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

David Upton

CEO
Common Good Solutions
David is the CEO at Common Good Solutions. He works with community partners and stakeholders to build capacity in the social enterprise ecosystem provincially, nationally and internationally.
He believes social enterprise has the power to change the social fabric of communities for the better.

In his more than 25 years working with community-based organizations, David co-founded Common Good Solutions, became a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, and was appointed as a member of the national Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-creation Steering Group. He is a past member of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Social Innovation Committee, and teaches social finance as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Fredericton MBA Program.

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Arthur J. Gallaghar Insurance

Group Benefits, Retirement, Insurance and HR. We help your organization tailor a program to fit your needs, and your budget.

We help you develop a strategy to ensue that your workforce is healthy, competitive, and protected.

Johnson Insurance

NSCDA members get preferred rates plus exclusive offers on home and car insurance through Johnson. PLUS, call to get a quote and you’ll be entered for a chance to WIN 25,000. For details and your quote: 1-877-742-7490 l Johnson.ca/savings

CEI

The Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) at St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University provides leadership, conducts research, fosters exemplary practices, and encourages collaboration in the development and delivery of employment services across Nova Scotia.

Through engagement and participatory research activities with its partners, the CEI works to build capacity, strengthen governance, enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and increase the quality and effectiveness of employment services across the province, in order to foster a more skilled, resilient and productive workforce.

CERIC

CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development. We fund projects, host Cannexus, run CareerWise and recently published the Career Theories and Models at Work book!

Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education

Come join us at the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education to help build your career.

Connector+

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

THRSC Atlantic works with the trucking industry and key stakeholders to address human resource needs of the trucking industry. Ask about a complimentary ticket to attend our conferences and network with our employers!

Community Business Development Corporations

CBDCs are non-profit organizations which help rural Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs succeed by providing flexible financing, business counseling and training programs.

CERIC

CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development. We fund projects, host Cannexus, run CareerWise and recently published the Career Theories and Models at Work book!


SPARKPATH

SparkPath's Challenge Cards flip the career development model and help prepare people for the future of work.

Jane Norman College

Jane Norman College, "It's what's on the inside that counts!"
College programs in Early Childhood Education, Youth Worker, Teacher Assistant and Inclusion & Intervention.

Arthur J. Gallaghar Insurance

Group Benefits, Retirement, Insurance and HR. We help your organization tailor a program to fit your needs, and your budget.

We help you develop a strategy to ensue that your workforce is healthy, competitive, and protected.

Health Care Human Resource Sector Council

The Council continues to develop as a hub for exploring career opportunities and pathways to practice. Ensuring the right match between job seekers and human resource needs in the sector is critical.

Our Career Toolkit for Continuing and Community Care gives career counselors, employment specialists and advisors the kind of timely information they’re looking for, to help clients make informed decisions.

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

THRSC Atlantic works with the trucking industry and key stakeholders to address human resource needs of the trucking industry. Ask about a complimentary ticket to attend our conferences and network with our employers!

Labour & Avanced Education

LAE’s vision is to foster Nova Scotians’ belief in a bigger future — knowing where the jobs are and will be, building the skills to access those jobs, and working to their highest potential in fair, equitable, safe, productive, and inclusive workplaces.

National Connector Program

Western Regional Enterprise Network

The Valley Regional Enterprise Network


Helping newcomers connect with business and community leaders.

Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council

The Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council offers a range of programs from customer service to occupation specific training. Check out our newest workshop - Nova Scotia Best Service Excellence Program

Self-Help Connection

Self Help Connection is a 32-year-old provincially registered charity, SHAPING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES by working with a collective impact model. We collaborate with community groups and agencies in Nova Scotia to enhance efforts to build capacity and have a greater impact.

Youth Project

Our mission is to make Nova Scotia a safer, healthier, and happier place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth through support, education, resource expansion and community development.

CEI

The Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) at St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University provides leadership, conducts research, fosters exemplary practices, and encourages collaboration in the development and delivery of employment services across Nova Scotia.

Through engagement and participatory research activities with its partners, the CEI works to build capacity, strengthen governance, enhance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and increase the quality and effectiveness of employment services across the province, in order to foster a more skilled, resilient and productive workforce.

Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education

Come join us at the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education to help build your career.

Operating Engineers Training Institute of Nova Scotia

Offering courses with a 1:1 ratio (machine : student), the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Nova Scotia aims to give you your best start in the field of heavy equipment operation.

Our 550 acre facility and multi-million dollar fleet of training equipment (mobile and crawling cranes, heavy duty earth movers) provides the perfect learning environment for those looking to start a new and rewarding career.

We emphasize safety, professionalism and performance so that you can have an immediate and positive impact in your chosen field.

Commercial Safety College

Established in 1959, Commercial Safety College is Atlantic Canada’s choice for quality, professional training in truck driving, bus driving, and operating heavy equipment.

Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy

With over 70 years of excellence in Massage Therapy education, our small class sizes and comprehensive curriculum help our students become successful, competent healthcare professionals in the rapidly growing field of Massage Therapy.

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

A Career College Providing Certified Training for Today's Industries … Coast to Coast. We are proud to work with more than 500 businesses and 700 facilitators globally.

TEAM Work Cooperative MentorAbility

MentorAbility is a national supported employment initiative that provides an opportunity for education and awareness to be shared between employers and people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories.
Pre-Conference
Registration

Pre-Conference Registration

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Pre-Conference

Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Challenging Discussions

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Hawthorne

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

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.

How do we grow on what is working well to ensure all Nova Scotians can participate in the workforce to their fullest potential? Join us for a day of learning, conversation, and activity as we take an asset, or strengths-based, approach to tackling big issues in employment and career development. Starting with an individual focus, and spreading our experiences into organizations and communities, we will explore tools and methods used to create positive change, and to strengthen our culture of innovation.


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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

An effective needs assessment depends on having a strong working alliance or partnership with our client. Without a trusting, respectful, collaborative relationship, a client is unlikely to fully share their story and express their needs. In this hands-on session, we will review and practice core components of building a working alliance – and have a laugh or two as we do so.

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Pre-Conference

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.

How do we grow on what is working well to ensure all Nova Scotians can participate in the workforce to their fullest potential? Join us for a morning of learning, conversation, and activity as we take an asset, or strengths-based, approach to tackling big issues in employment and career development. Starting with an individual focus, and spreading our experiences into organizations and communities, we will explore tools and methods used to create positive change, and to strengthen our culture of innovation.

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Registration

Evening Registration for Conference

03:00 PM 07:00 PM

Pre-Conference
Sessions

Employment Services in Nova Scotia: The Digital Project

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

The Nova Scotia Works Digital Project

Presentation Team:
Jennifer Wagg, Mimi Sheriff, Meg Sulpher, Nicole Broeckling, Michelle MacAulay, Angela Burton, Terry Bramwell

Beginning in 2016, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) started researching, engaging and consulting to determine what form digital employment services in Nova Scotia might take and how digital technology could be leveraged in the practice of employment service delivery.

The Digital Channel will operate as a service access point for Nova Scotian’s seeking career and employment support services, as well as a mechanism for the NSWESC to integrate digital services into the experience of new and existing users.

After much anticipation we are proud to announce our partnership with Bluedrop Learning Networks and our project management firm Davis Pier. We are in the beginning stages of work which will include the design, development, and integration of the Nova Scotia Works Digital Channel into our service offering.

Presentation Description
The Digital Team, comprised of members from LAE, Bluedrop, and Davis Pier will present on the objectives of the project, how we plan to work with our Nova Scotia Works partners to help design what digital integration looks like and how we will build it into the network to help support the delivery of employment support services. We will provide a high-level project overview, our approach to using human centred design to support service delivery along with associated milestone dates. The Nova Scotia Works Digital team is excited to have the opportunity to speak to many career practitioners and Nova Scotia Works' organizations.

Gatherings and Networking
Pre-Conference

PRE-CONFERENCE SHINDIG!!

05:00 PM 07:00 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: The Tools to Leverage Energy Management

08:30 AM 09:30 AM Lake City Ballroom

Positive corporate culture isn’t created in an afternoon-long meeting or a weekend retreat. Business excellence and team productivity are a way of life and, in some cases, require a foundational shift. Jill Payne is back this year to help you shake up your routine and find joy in each day!

With a new, concise message and action plan, Jill’s energy management program includes all of the tools required to start with improving yourself and to become a focused member of a highly motivated team.

At a 10, you are productive, energetic and innovative. You stand with pride, do business with confidence, speak with conviction and it shows in your performance. This is the peak. Operating at a 10 out of 10 will allow us to be on top of our game in all areas, be inspired to do better and influence positive change, to be adaptable and creative. The principles of Jill’s diming program have the power to enhance both your daily life and your workplace culture to help you get the most out of your clients, team and professional relationships.

Good sailors are not made in calm waters. Storms will always come. But the diming philosophy will help you develop your sailing skills. When you are confident in your ability to handle the storms, you don't worry so much about the weather.

You can turn detailed negative into detailed positive, nurture development and meaningful goal setting, enable your team to reduce stress, resolve conflict and create a vision for the future. Most importantly, you will learn how to manage your energy so after the long days at work you still have energy for your loved ones, your health and your own well-being!

Get ready — change starts today!

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Employer Panel

Employer Panel: Recognizing the Importance of Diverse and Inclusive Hiring Practices

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Moderated by Philip Cantrill.

During this panel, local employers will speak about their Diversity and Inclusion hiring practices, why this is important and how it has made a difference to their workplaces.

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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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Happiness: The Soul of Career Development and Mental Well-Being

11:00 AM 12:00 PM McNab B

In reviewing literature on effective mental well-being 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 well-being 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 McNab A

This session will help teams consider where they need to improve in order to move forward to achieve their goals. The process will benefit and strengthen either existing, forming, or changing teams.

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An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Minorities

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Sullivan

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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Human Rights and Diversity

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Alderney

Diversity is constantly evolving, and its spectrum is a process of continuous learning, and reframing, re-imagining and engaging in meaningful conversations about breaking down barriers of difference in order for us to live harmoniously.

Each person who enters the workplace brings a unique set of values, beliefs, characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and culture. These are all enshrined in Human Rights legislation to protect individuals.The responsibility is on each individual to treat each other with respect and dignity.
It is also important to recognize that under the United Declaration for Human Rights, “we are all born free and equal.” This means that the work environment must be free from harassment and discrimination.

By adopting Diversity and Human Rights principles and integrating them into the work environment and raising awareness as to the importance of Diversity and Human Rights, employees will thrive, and businesses succeed.

These are often difficult conversations to have in the workplaces.
Some leaders may find it challenging to bring these issues to the table because they fear this might compound other complex issues in the workplace.

  • The workshop is designed to encourage leaders to take responsibility and make bold decisions by encouraging conversations about Diversity and Human Rights.

  • The workshop is open to all who want to increase their awareness of these issues in a hopefully safe, sharing, and learning environment.

  • Together we will explore, examine, learn, and draw strengths from individuals, groups or institutions at the table.

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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.
Sessions

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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Sessions

Peer Support Within Career Services: A Research Project

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Sullivan

Presented by TEAM Work Cooperative. A case study of a peer support worker embedded in the career services of a Nova Scotia Works Centre will be presented by Jonathan Hall and Brad Rowe. Findings will be discussed that focus on the role of peer support in the context of a Nova Scotia Works Centre and clients facing mental health barriers to professional and personal development. Brad will also provide a first-person perspective on the peer support worker role in the context of career services.


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ISANS: Workplace Culture

12:45 PM 01:45 PM McNab A

The ISANS Workplace Culture Program is a service to Nova Scotia employers. It helps to increase skills and awareness of how intercultural competence increases the success of immigrants in the workplace.

Employer Support Services:

We can help you meet your human resource needs by connecting you to potential employees in a number of ways. Skills Match Online Recruitment Tool provides you with access to qualified, pre-screened ISANS clients. If you have multiple job openings we provide On-site Recruitment and Information Sessions (ORIS) opportunities on-site at ISANS. The Professional Practice, Trades Practical Assessment and Engineers Work-based Competency Assessment programs allow you to assess the skills and qualifications of a potential employee in an on-the-job situation. English in the Workplace supports immigrant employees and helps you build a stronger and more diverse workforce.



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Youth Initiatives in Career Development: Learnings and Insights

12:45 PM 01:45 PM McNab B

For the past two years the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) has been working with partners across the province to better understand the potential impacts of youth engagement in career development and employment innovation. Learn about exemplary practices and emerging models in youth mentorship, find out about the Career Practitioners in Schools pilot, get insight on youth employability skills programming and hear first-hand from our student interns the importance of thinking differently about careers, development and life-long, life-wide learning.

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Assisting Workplace Transition from Military to Civilian Life

12:45 PM 01:45 PM Alderney

The transition of a military recruit from civilian to military life involves the stripping of identity and immersion into a culture that values honor, duty, loyalty and commitment. Although men and women come to the military from diverse cultural backgrounds, the one thing they ultimately share is assimilation into military culture (Demers, 2011). When they return to their home communities, these same veterans may find themselves ill-equipped to deal with the transition to civilian life. Many soldiers returning home from service in Afghanistan and Iraq report high levels of distress, feeling caught between military and civilian cultures, alienated from family and friends, and experiencing a crisis of identity (Ibid, 2011).

Employment services geared towards assisting veterans must take into account the needs and challenges facing this specialized population. In this talk, Social Worker Sgt. (Ret’d) Doug Allen and Psychologist Dr. Belinda Seagram will discuss specific challenges faced by veterans as they transition to civilian life. We will also be providing a description of Landing Strong, a treatment program designed to serve this population.

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Breaks & Mealtimes

Break

01:45 PM 02:00 PM

Sessions

Imagine if "Belonging" Was the Key to Prosperity

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Hawthorne

This session will explore the power of opening the circle of inclusion, workplace respect, and how civility will drive creativity, innovation and assure Nova Scotia's economic success.

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Introduction of The Competency Framework for Career Development Professionals Project

02:00 PM 03:00 PM McNab A

What do Bartending and Professional Standards Have in Common?

The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners underpin our practice, training and certification.They are now over 20 years old, and, despite “being stirred” several times, they are now getting “shaken up” through extensive consultation with CDPs across Canada!Come and hear about the project underway to set professional standards that reflect our current practice, and how you can contribute in creating our signature drink.

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Understanding Autism 101

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Sullivan

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 McNab B

If you own or manage a business or non-profit, have you thought about who will be running the organization in the future? In this session on succession planning, we explore the opportunities and challenges involved in transferring control of organizations from one generation to the next and doing it so all parties' needs are met. This will touch on millennial retention and leveraging the expertise of the founder/owner or leader to strengthen the business. Sears and Upton bring first hand experience, and have a lot of humour and stories to bring to the conversation!

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Outside the Box: The Growing Importance of Post-Employment Support for Clients and Employers

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Alderney

Post-employment support is a critical component of job success for people with employment barriers. Effective support for both clients and employers ensures work goals are being met long after the job begins. This involves more than just consulting on performance management, support can be for the employer, the employee, or both, and is always based on individual need. Once employees are successful and independent on the job, support can be needed when there is a management change, a change in duties or a need to revisit job accommodations if a person’s situation evolves or changes.

This workshop will highlight and demonstrate innovative approaches that recognizes the importance of post-employment support and their contributions to employment inclusion and also how service providers and the business community can work together.The awareness and practical strategies will provide concrete actions that employers and agencies can take and implement right away.By sharing our insights on how inclusive workplaces can improve a business bottom line, we can inspire others to become more inclusive and work collaboratively.

The goals and objectives of this workshop are:

1. Develop and gain a better understanding and awareness of the benefits of post-employment support to develop inclusive work places for people with barriers
2. Demonstrate concrete and practical strategies for service providers on how to provide employment maintenance support for both client and employer
3. Share best practices on how to collaborate with service providers to meet business needs and hear success stories and how they improved their bottom line with post-employment services

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Breaks & Mealtimes

Break & Exhibitors

03:00 PM 03:15 PM

Drop by the Exhibitors' Lounge to get your passports stamped.
Sessions

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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Be Flawsome: Overcoming Perfectionism in Social Media

03:15 PM 04:15 PM McNab B

Study after study tells us customers want us to be authentic, yet we constantly struggle with putting ourselves out there online. You know, deep down in the logical side of your brain, perfection isn't attainable...and who's to say what even is perfect? So why are you putting off sharing your brilliance with the people who most need to hear your message? Stop with the "it's not perfect" excuses, embrace imperfections and give your followers what they really want from you.

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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 McNab A

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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Glooscap Legends: An Oral History

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Alderney

Glooscap Legends: Oral Histories and Our Cultural Memory Timeline
Looking at the oral history of our Mi’kmaw ancestors we know that these legends are not just stories of fantasy and fancy. They are recollections of actual events that took place here—in what has become known as Nova Scotia. We are using these legends and the knowledge they bring to confirm findings from many scientific disciplines.


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YOUth Inspire

03:15 PM 04:15 PM Sullivan

This workshop will explore ways to work with and engage youth in programs and initiatives related to employment. We will look at ways to support youth to move from ideas to action.Do you currently have policies and principles in place that are youth-led or youth inspired? This session will be interactive and provide attendees with resources and youth-specific tools.

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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

Plenary Speaker

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

This inspirational keynote gives you an in-depth look into the classroom of Maggie MacDonnell, the winner of the $1,000,000 (US) Global Teacher Prize. Through engaging visuals and stories you are brought to an Arctic school in the village of Salluit, where students face staggeringly high dropout rates, a youth suicide crisis and disturbing social injustices. These Inuit students carry the burden of colonization and inter-generational trauma on their shoulders every day and Maggie explains how she grounds her teaching practice in feminist, post-colonial and community development theory to allow her students to become masters of their own destiny. She shares examples of how her students have developed resiliency through innovative educational programs. This resiliency has led to suicide prevention, school perseverance and girls’ empowerment. This emotional keynote will underline the message of how much teachers matter - reigniting the teaching passion for an audience of educators. To policy makers and the general public, this keynote also underscores the incredible importance of teacher autonomy within their profession.

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Thank you for refraining from taking photos, video or recordings during the presentation.

Please be aware this keynote will discuss topics of suicide and inter-generational trauma which may be triggering.


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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.