Watch these various video testimonials and clips from Cannexus throughout the years.
"I was blown away by the virtual experience that Cannexus21 provided! The speakers, the sessions, the passion, the knowledge, the expertise and the insight that was shared was outstanding! I’ve learned, I’ve reflected, and I’ve pondered all that I heard looking for moments when I can put into practice all the takeaways!"
"Whether it be a in-person or virtual event; the Cannexus Conference continues to be a highly regarded event within the career development field. With the caliber of speakers and plethora of sessions to choose from, it is my favourite event to attend each year."
"I have been desperate to attend Cannexus for many years..a silver lining of the pandemic was the ability to attend this year for the first time - virtually! I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about my ability to sit in front of a screen and learn. But learn I did. It was an amazing experience to join thousands of career development professionals, to connect for incredible learning and conversations, and inhale my favourite topic, career development...for the public good. I'm still digesting. Thank you!"
"Brilliant, engaging world-leading conference. Powerful keynotes, targeted and outstanding seminars that allowed me and my staff to engage in rich topical discussions even in lockdown. Thank you for offering this fantastic conference so the world could experience the advancements that Canada has made in career development for all its citizens. Thanks to all our Canadian colleagues for sharing your expertise in a time when we needed to feel connected so that we and can continue to hope and believe that we can work through the trials of a pandemic together."
"Being considered as a newcomer myself, I am still building my professional network here in Canada. And to attend Cannexus paved its way for me to meet other professionals and it develop my self-confidence even more. I am in this profession to always serve and help my fellow newcomers and thanks to Cannexus for being a big way to elevate my knowledge."
"The virtual platform exceeded my expectations, The range of knowledgeable speakers and interesting, applicable and current topics allowed me to learn so much!"
"Cannexus21 exceeded my expectations. The presenters were relevant and engaging and I am able to apply the material right away. The virtual format and schedule also made it easy to attend from the comfort of home and return to work in the afternoon."
"Virtual Cannexus21 was an enjoyable, informative event. The entire process was well thought out. The delivery was exemplary. Organizing such an event is no small feat and it was apparent that the expectations of attendees was first and foremost in the minds of the event planners. I specifically liked the international aspect of the conference, bringing in a variety aspects, process and best practices to share with Canadian career developers. Overall an uplifting event, validating what I do everyday and that I have many good people and resources to my disposal. For a first virtual effort; the four days couldn't have worked out any smoother. Bravo! Well done and much appreciated."
"Cannexus is a great professional development opportunity for everyone working in career development across the country. I have learned and gained new insights that I can take back with me to improve the support services offered to my students."
"Thank you to all the charismatic presenters and all the knowledgeable information and ideas shared. For me this has been a wonderful experience learning, retaining and putting into practise the art of respecting, and thriving using everything I have seen and heard. KITCHI MEEGWETCH!!"
"I enjoyed my first Cannexus experience. Lots of great ideas and introduction to career development superstars. Well worth the time!"
"I always get a lot out of Cannexus and this virtual edition was no exception. The content was inspiring and informative and the timing of the presentations allowed me to attend from The Netherlands where I live."
"I appreciated the opportunity to attend virtually. I felt connected to other professionals and communities. It gave a sense of hope in these challenging times that there are caring, committed professionals in our field to carry on developing our workforce and supporting individuals in reaching their potential."
"Cannexus21 was a great opportunity to engage with and learn from career development professionals from across Canada and the globe. Tackling relevant issues in today's society including those around social justice, COVID-19 and economic recovery. The sessions offered through Cannexus presented a number of best practices and models that individuals and organizations at all levels of the career development field can use to make a significant impact in our communities."
" For the past few years (pre-COVID), our department funded one to two people to attend the Cannexus conference, and when they returned they gave the whole team a brief 'recap' of their learning. This year, we decided to prioritize funding our whole team to attend Cannexus virtually and do a group registration. We are a seven-person team and this is a great professional development opportunity for all of us."
"This conference brings together many professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and caring about career development. They inspire us and teach us so we can go back and work with our clients and students to inspire them."
“I took advantage of the cost-effective price because as a student, it is important to take advantage of all possible learning opportunities to establish new connections with seasoned professionals. In these conferences we learn about the trends and developments in the field of career counselling and what better way than to take advantage of the reduced pricing available to me as a student. I urge all students to take advantage of these special promotions and attend these conferences.”
“I am very impressed with how accessible it was! It was one of the most accessible conferences I have ever attended and as someone with an invisible disability, it was incredibly refreshing to see an organization strive so hard for inclusivity.”
"Cannexus continues to be a premier professional development opportunity for anyone in the career sector. Top-notch speakers and topics that offer a range of perspectives and new ideas."
“Cannexus is a way to recharge, reassess, reengage and reignite our love for career development in Canada. Feeling the gathering of like minds, coming together as a community around a central theme is something I had no idea I needed until coming to Cannexus20. Looking forward to taking the pilgrimage to Ottawa again next year to connect!”
“I like most about Cannexus is being surrounded by other individual that are passionate about helping others in figuring out their career paths while approaching it & pairing it with other strengths & perspectives. It was empowering & motivating experience for me to be a part of such a wonderful movement.”
“Cannexus20 was a great event packed with informative presentations and it allowed for meaningful connections with colleagues in the career development field. It was an energetic and engaging event. Looking forward to Cannexus21.”
“This is one of the best conferences I’ve been to! So very well organized and welcoming! It was such a rewarding experience, being a presenter and an attendee. The connections that were made were all very valuable and helpful not only for my work but also personally. Thank you!”
“It is a rare opportunity to be with so many others with the same passion for career development. I am excited to try some of the ideas presented and believe they will provide a solution to some of the challenges we face in our centre.”
“Cannexus is the one place where I can get out of my day-to-day box of service delivery and focus on the issues and ideas which brought me into the profession more than 20 years ago.”
“Cannexus20 was very interesting, motivating and inspirational. The presenters are amazing and knowledgeable. The group sessions are just as moving. As a whole, all of the aspects of this conference are beneficial and educational. I strongly recommend it to everyone who is either in career development or career counselling.”
“I am so thankful to CERIC and the Cannexus team for putting together a superb National Career Development Conference where career pros from across Canada can get together, mingle, learn, grow and make truly meaningful long-lasting friendships.”
“Cannexus offers a national conversation on what’s current – and what’s coming – for career development. It’s a dialogue you won’t find anywhere else. I attend Cannexus to connect with colleagues and fellow practitioners, build linkages across a range of sectors, and to further strategic partnerships. Cannexus20 was practical, informative, thought-provoking and inspiring. Thank you for building a conference that is an important part of professional growth for our team.”
"Outstanding… very professionally executed. As a first timer, I was welcomed by all warmly. The enthusiasm of the delegates was contagious and all the staff were professional and helpful. I am originally from a different sector and this was my first conference in career development. I will certainly recommend it to others."
"Cannexus is always a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by professionals who are leading change in our profession and from other speakers who bring powerful perspectives to relevant topics such as personal and professional growth, mental health, diversity and inclusion, among many others. Cannexus 21 didn't disappoint with the virtual format and we, yet again, were treated to world-class presentations by renowned Canadian and international speakers."
"Cannexus21 was the best conference I have been to in the past year. The virtual platform worked very well, was easy to use and facilitated connections with other attendees!"
"This was such an amazing experience and so many takeaways from the presenters. This conference super exceeded expectations and I learned a lot. The presenters were all so inspiring, engaging, and empowered and provided us with so much information to take back to our offices. I have so much gratitude and I am truly blessed for being able to participate in such an awesome and amazing conference."
"I appreciated the range of speakers focusing on taking an anti-oppressive approach to career development. Making career education more equitable is our responsibility as career development professionals, and it's so encouraging to be part of an organization that centres that in professional development for the field."
"Cannexus21 provided invaluable information in a very short time. As I work with university students, there are so many new aspects to consider when it comes to the mixed messages they are getting about career development, so Cannexus21 provided a great framework for learning about what's new."
"Excellent experience to network with colleagues in a variety of roles, learn, engage and motivational presenters. There was several moments that I stopped to reevaluate and will apply several key approaches. I am thrilled I had this opportunity to attend especially during this COVID time."
“Cannexus21 is going to be a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from industry leaders. As a full-time student of the Career Development Practitioner program, I am grateful for the discounted rate which allows me to attend and take advantage of growing my knowledge in the field. An added bonus is that the conference is virtual, making it more flexible and easier to join. I am especially looking forward to connecting with like-minded individuals and love the idea of peer-to-peer matchmaking.”
“As a first timer I found the conference to be a great way to connect with my colleagues from around Canada and to see and hear what challenges they face as well as commonalities in our work. Sessions were engaging and informative and I came back to work with a sense of renewal.”
"I have been to Ottawa to attend the Cannexus Conference in the past but I must say I loved the virtual experience. It was easy to navigate the platform and join sessions. I attended a number of sessions, but I also listened to many of the recordings. Great mix of topics, excellent speakers, and a lot of takeaways. I would definitely recommend Cannexus to my colleagues and friends."
"Technology today is brilliant! Bringing people together in a learning environment to enhance their outlook, skillset, balance, network with others and have fun from your office chair or your dining room table."
"Virtual conferences take considerable planning and preparation by the organizers and presenters, yet the offering available to us as participants was numerous and varied. The opportunity to view additional sessions after the fact is greatly appreciated as too many interesting sessions were being offered at the same time! Thank you for everything you did to make this a learning opportunity for all of us near and far."
“The warm welcome by all Canadians at the conference and the diversity of conference participants made this a memorable conference.”
"Excellent opportunity to learn from the experts in the field of career development in a supportive and encouraging virtual environment. The organizers ensured that the attendees and speakers felt as comfortable as possible interacting remotely. The quality of information and presentation materials was extremely impressive. Thank you."
"This is my second year attending Cannexus. As a person who at times wears many hats at work, this conference helps bring me back to the passions I have for the work that I do. This conference has given me incredible contacts, opportunities for my team and ways to support my programs growth!"
“As a first timer at Cannexus, I was worried about making meaningful connections. What I learned from the smaller group sessions and the larger keynote speakers is absolutely invaluable, and I was able to utilize key concepts in my practice the day after the conference. This is a must-attend conference for any professionals in the career development field!”
“The atmosphere was fantastic. There were a lot of people who were there to learn. They were willing to listen, learn, but also to teach and share their knowledge.”
"This conference was invaluable to my professional development in career development and life exploration. It allowed me to build on my foundational knowledge of career education and provided a plethora of tools, resources and supports that will be beneficial in my practice. I look forward to the conferences to come."
"Cannexus offers amazing opportunities to connect with Canadian and international colleagues, stay current and share recent research or discuss emerging concerns."
“Best conference I have attended in the past few years! Beautiful city, amazing venue and super high-quality sessions that were relevant and forward-looking.”
“This was my first Cannexus conference and I was deeply impressed by the quality of the keynotes, the sessions and the venue itself. I have gained a broader perspective on the key topics our field is preoccupied with across the country. It was eye-opening, intellectually stimulating and great fun! Thank you!”
“As a first-timer, Cannexus20 exceeded my expectations. The face-to-face contact with presenters, participants, exhibitors and speakers provided for a professional development and networking opportunity that went beyond the typical format. There was appropriate balance of content for both new and seasoned professionals as well as a spectrum of topics bringing together various levels of stakeholders in the field.”
“Cannexus provides a platform for career development practitioners, policy-makers and employment innovators to engage, to learn and to share. Consider attending to build new relationships and explore what is happening in strengthening the career development field across Canada.”
“Such a great selection of sessions and workshops! Wish I could have been in two places at once.”
“Cannexus is a platform to connect with other career practitioners on a national level… to expand your knowledge and find solutions to challenges your organization might be facing on a local level.”
“This has been the 5th time I have attended the conference, including having 4-5 of my staffing team attend as well. The information has been invaluable for both professional & personal development of myself and team members. The variety of workshops/topics is refreshing, practical and useful. The venue is also superb and easy to access. Thank you once again for putting on such an amazing conference.”
“The name says it: Connect Us! Best place in North America to learn, share and connect with career development.”
"I liked feeling part of a large, thoughtful, compassionate community that is making a difference in the world."
“Top-notch learning and networking experience………unparalleled. By far the best use of our staff development dollars! Highly recommend the Cannexus experience to my colleagues in the field of training, employment, skills development and career services professionals! Allows organizations and their staff team to see how their work fits in a national and international context….which is crucial!”
“Thank you for the opportunity to present at the Cannexus conference. I think you really put on a great event and I heard nothing but positive remarks from delegates.”
“Cannexus offers the best place and time to connect and network with the movers and shakers of the career development sector.”
"Cannexus allowed me to enhance the resources in my own personal ‘tool kit’ to improve our community footprint and impact the lives of our program participants."