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.
Now more than ever, those providing career and employment services are essential. This is the moment to reimagine career development and its impact on education, the economy and social justice.
We are offering this virtual conference on a more relaxed schedule – up to five hours of sessions each day over four days starting at 12 pm ET to accommodate Canadian time zones plus the ability to access recordings for a full year.
Recognizing current financial constraints, this instalment of Cannexus will offer special pricing plus deep discounts for Groups, Students and members of Supporting Organizations.
Access to the Cannexus virtual conference platform will open the week of January 4, 2021. Registered delegates who have paid their registration fees will receive an email with their login credentials that week. Read our FAQ for more details.
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
Director, Indigenous Leadership Initiative
Valérie Courtois is a registered professional forester who specializes in Indigenous issues, forest ecology and ecosystem-based management and planning. She is a member of the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, located on the shore of Peikuakami, or Lac-St-Jean. Courtois holds a degree in forestry sciences from the Université de Moncton. She has served as a forestry advisor for the Assembly of First Nations of Québec and Labrador, forestry planner for the Innu Nation, and as a consultant in Aboriginal forestry. Courtois has been the Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative since 2013. In addition to her work in conservation and planning, Courtois is an avid photographer. She lives in Happy Valley—Goose Bay, Labrador.
Director, Partnership Development Office
Vancouver Community College, BC