Cannexus Glossary Your Guide to Conference Lingo

Concurrent sessions

are the presentations that happen during 7 Blocks over the course of Monday and Tuesday. These sessions are 30, 60 or 75 minutes in length. Some have single presenters while other have multiple panellists. Delegates choose from sessions to attend on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no pre-registration.

The 30-minute sessions are called Carousels.

Exhibitor showcase

brings together organizations who offer programs, products and services of interest to career development professionals. Plan to visit the exhibitors on Monday and Tuesday to see how they can support your work! CERIC also has a booth, so a great chance to learn about our many research and education resources for you!

Delegate Duos

is the Cannexus Mentorship Program. The program supports first-timers and pairs them with a past Cannexus attendee in a comfortable, no-pressure way. First-timers learn what to expect at Cannexus and past attendees get to share their knowledge.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is an interactive learning experience that builds awareness and understanding of our shared history. It takes place during Block 7 on Tuesday at 3:45 pm and last two hours. There are only 60 spots and it is first-come, first-served.

Pre-conference workshops

are optional and take place on the Sunday prior to Cannexus. They offer in-depth skill-building with leaders in the field. These are often a half-day and two can be bundled together to maximize your learning. Additional fees apply.

Workforce Development Spotlight

takes the form of three special panels that continue to explore a key emergent theme at Cannexus: how workforce development and sector strategies can be applied to increase community capacity and improve employment opportunities through systemic change.

Supporting organizations

in the career development field partner with Cannexus to promote the conference to their members and networks. Members of supporting organizations receive a discount on Cannexus registration.


consist of two 30-minute presentations and are a great way to learn in a less formal setting. Delegates choose an interactive session at one roundtable then rotate to another table of their choice. Carousels accommodate 15 attendees per table.

Cannexus app

is released in November and allows delegates to: view the profiles of other attendees and network; build a personalized schedule of sessions to attend; contribute to the conversation at Cannexus; and stay up-to-date on conference news. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the app for free.

Mega sessions

feature some of our most popular presenters and highly pertinent subjects. These larger “Mega” sessions are held the Wednesday morning of the conference.

Main Stage

takes place in the Plenary on Tuesday. These sessions feature popular presentations and will be streamed. More information on Main Stage will be released in the coming months.

Sector Meetups

are gatherings run independently by associations and groups at Cannexus. Each may have a unique format but will generally be informal and discussion-oriented. Anyone with an interest in the subject area is welcome to attend.


is the Cannexus-version of TED talks. You have the opportunity to hear unique speakers each give a 10-minute talk on a diverse topic that will “spark” you to think differently about your work.

Student posters

are set up around the Exhibit Hall by master’s and PhD students in career development during Monday’s lunch. View the posters, learn about new research and ask questions of the students.


are tabletop displays intended to raise delegate awareness around a particular theme.

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