Conference highlights were shared on social media and captured in these CareerWise blogs:
Taking your 15th annual Cannexus Conference virtual allows us to address ongoing uncertainty during pandemic recovery but continue to provide an accessible, content-rich and value-packed opportunity for Canada’s career development communities to convene, share and learn.
All Cannexus21 sessions are recorded and will be available to registered attendees through the virtual conference platform for a full year.
Executive Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte
Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor Future of Work at Deloitte, advises on issues key to the transformation agendas of business and government. She focuses on leadership and talent, workforce, workplace and culture transformation, lifelong learning and upskilling, equity, diversity and inclusion and purpose-driven organizations. She is also Executive-in-Residence at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Zabeen is the former Chief Human Resources Officer for RBC. She is a frequent speaker on career growth and inclusion.
Keynote Session: Building a Future of Work that Works for All
Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Kris Magnusson recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and has returned to faculty life as a Professor. He has worked in the career development field since 1980, receiving the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of Excellence and the 2006 Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development, and was a co-founder of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-based Practice. Prior to joining SFU, Kris was a junior high school teacher, a college counsellor and a faculty member in counselling psychology at the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge.
Keynote Session: Working With – and Around – Emotions in Career Helping
Olympian, Author, Broadcaster
One of Canada’s most decorated athletes, Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, two-time World Champion and 10-time National Champion in the 100m hurdles. She is now an author, television host, public speaker and sports broadcaster. She hosts the new television series, All Round Champion. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal, Perdita is a supporter of many charitable initiatives including those that work to end violence against women. Her first book, My Mother’s Daughter, will be published in March 2021, by DoubleDay Canada. Perdita’s memoir chronicles her experience as a child witness to domestic abuse, homelessness and the highs and lows of her illustrious racing career.
Keynote Session: You’re a Hurdler, You Just Don’t Know It
Indigenous Leadership Initiative
The Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew is replacing Valérie Courtois as our Cannexus closing keynote.
The Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew, P.C. is a Shútao’tine (Mountain Dene) from Tulit’a, Northwest Territories (NWT). She is a senior leader with the Indigenous Leadership Initiative. Early in her formidable career, Ms. Blondin-Andrew taught in three NWT communities; in Tuktoyaktuk, Deline and Fort Providence, eventually specializing in Indigenous language curriculum development in Yellowknife. In 1988, Ms. Blondin-Andrew was the first Indigenous woman elected to Parliament, serving for 17 years as an MP, 13 of them in cabinet. In 2019, she received the Maclean’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” (for former Members of Parliament). Ms. Blondin-Andrew chaired the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated, a land claims organization, for nine years. These days she spends much of her time out on the land working with Indigenous Guardians and in these COVID times helping them to address issues of food security for her people.
Director, Partnership Development Office
Vancouver Community College, BC