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December 13, 2023 at 12 pm

Navigating the Future: Harnessing AI for Dynamic Resume Building in a Competitive Market 

In this cutting-edge webinar, we delve into the transformative power of artificial intelligence in the realm of career advancement, focusing on crafting compelling resumes tailored to market needs. Discover how to analyze specific job markets and positions effectively, utilizing the innovative capabilities of AI and the ChatGPT extension for Google Sheets.

Participants will learn how to harness AI tools to distill key market trends and job requirements, enabling the creation of targeted and impactful resumes. This session provides a hands-on guide to leveraging AI for customizing resumes that stand out in today's competitive job landscape.

By integrating AI insights with strategic resume development, you'll gain the skills to show your clients how to highlight their unique professional strengths in alignment with market demands. The webinar explores practical techniques to use AI for enhancing content relevance, optimizing keyword usage, and presenting their experience compellingly.

 Moreover, we will demonstrate the practical application of ChatGPT in Google Sheets, showing how this powerful tool can streamline and personalize the resume creation process. This approach not only saves time but also ensures the resume resonates with the evolving requirements of the desired industry or role.  

About the Presenters: 

Wendy Lawson

As the Associate Director, Executive and Technology MBA Careers, Wendy provides career programming and support to graduate students in the Executive MBA and the Management of Technology MBA programs, leading interactive workshops, and offering career advising and coaching. With over 20 years’ experience in the career management field, including managing and facilitating a career exploration program assisting more than 1,600 adults in career confusion, Wendy has been an instructor at BCIT and The Art Institute of Vancouver where she taught a variety of topics such as job search, confidence building, becoming more assertive, and goal setting. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing Management Diploma from BCIT and is a Certified Career Development Professional.

When not working with students, Wendy can be found walking trails on the side of Burnaby Mountain and playing with her Bichon Frisé, Diamond. She often enjoys gourmet meals with friends (they do the cooking and she brings the wine!)

Giuseppe Sarmiento 

As the Assoc. Director, MSc Finance Careers, Giuseppe provides career programming and support to graduate students in the Master of Science in Finance program. His job is to help students gain better self-understanding, make informed career decisions, and have appealing self-marketing tools and skills ready to pursue a better career as well as be a connector to industry professionals and alumni.

Giuseppe has a Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and worked for Scotiabank Peru in their Corporate Finances division, then in 2016, he moved to Canada to study for a Master’s degree in Human Resources. He joined a recruiting start-up in Vancouver to later transition to Randstad as an engineering recruiter. Following his passion for helping people, he helped create and scale up Next Badge, a company dedicated to helping professionals land their dream careers.

When not working, Giuseppe enjoys singing (at a very beginner level), working out, and dedicating his time to helping others.

Dr. Candy Ho

January 10, 2024 at 12 pm

Advancing practice, research, and learning in career development: Resources and opportunities from CERIC 

This webinar will explore CERIC’s pivotal role in shaping the landscape of career development and counseling, through partnership and collaboration. Participants will have opportunities to consider how they can make use of CERIC’s resources to enhance their professional practice, and as well, as provide perspectives on how CERIC can support their roles and organizations. 

About the Presenter: Candy Ho is the inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning in the University of the Fraser Valley, teaching courses that help students consider their educational and life experiences, and how these experiences can help them achieve their short- and long-term goals, ultimately helping them design the life they want to live. In addition, she also holds teaching positions in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department and in Douglas College’s Career Development Practitioner Program. With a doctorate in Education, Candy is keenly interested in the convergence between career education and development, teaching and learning and student success. 

Taamisah Mitha 

March 13, 2024 at 12 pm

Empowering Growth: Embracing a Yogic, Trauma-Informed Approach to Career Development 

This presentation explores the practical integration of yogic tools for stress management within a trauma-informed approach to foster resilience, and empowerment in career development. By cultivating empathy, identifying triggers, and building trust, career practitioners create a safe environment for individuals and practitioners to navigate their career development plans with confidence.

Specific yogic techniques like mindfulness, breathwork (pranayama), and gentle movement (asana) help individuals manage stress and anxiety effectively. These practices promote self-awareness, emotional regulation, and self-compassion, releasing emotional blockages and enhancing overall well-being.

 Yogic tools contribute to a healthier work-life balance, developing resilience and coping mechanisms essential for workplace challenges. By recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, the integration of yoga fosters a holistic approach to career development.

 Empowering individuals to make mindful career decisions, yogic tools build inner strength and improve focus. This presentation equips career development professionals to implement these practices in their own lives, and in supporting individuals on their career journeys, overcoming stress-related obstacles, and achieving personal and professional growth. Harnessing the transformative potential of yoga fosters healing and empowerment, shaping a brighter future for trauma-informed career development. 

About the Presenter:

Taamisah is a passionate advocate for holistic well-being, personal growth, and career development. With a background in psychology and education, and a Career Development Practitioner Certificate from SFU. Taamisah holds a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between mental health, career development, and learning.

As a career development practitioner and trauma-informed yoga facilitator, Taamisah combines expertise in career counseling with a keen awareness of educational principles and yoga to empower individuals on their journey toward balance and self-discovery. Through a trauma-informed approach, she creates a safe and supportive environment for growth and exploration.

Understanding the profound impact of stress on career development and learning, Taamisah empowers individuals to cultivate inner resilience, enhance focus, and embrace self-compassion through the transformative power of yoga. She makes a positive impact on the lives of others, providing them with the tools to navigate career challenges and promote overall well-being in educational and counseling settings.

With a warm and empathetic approach, Taamisah seeks to inspire attendees to harness the transformative potential of a trauma-informed, yogic approach to career development. 

Naz Gurbuz

Karen Begemann, M.Ed., CCDP

April 10, 2024 at 12 pm

Connecting age and stage of human development to career transitions  

Join us for an interactive session to explore why the connection between human development and career transition is essential knowledge for CDPs. We'll draw upon Virginia Satir and Eric Ericson's theories to explain the developmental stages and how they relate to career transition. This is crucial because it emphasizes considering where a person is in their age and stage of life, along with understanding what kind of systems they need around them to support their transition.

Participants will work in small groups on a case study. They will apply their learning of the theories and  reflect on their own experiences to identify the impact that individual's developmental stage has on their transition. In addition, we will link the content to the Competency Framework and explore together practical strategies that practitioners can use in their work.  

About the Presenters: 

Naz Gurbuz is an expert in helping people navigate career and life transitions. With extensive experience working with job seekers, career explorers, and working professionals, she has helped hundreds of individuals facing diverse challenges. Her areas of specialization include career coaching, job development, curriculum design, mentoring, and workshop facilitation.

As a certified career and cross-cultural counselor, she is well-equipped to assist foreign-trained professionals facing challenges related to immigration. Her expertise in goal setting, purposeful action, and strategic networking has helped many individuals overcome low self-confidence and professional relationship conflicts.

Committed to providing exceptional service, she is a member of various professional associations and stays up to date on the latest industry trends and best practices. Whether you're looking to explore your career options, develop new skills, or overcome obstacles in your professional life, she can help you achieve your goals at the Responsive Career Pathways project.

Karen Begeman has worked in the career development field for over 20 years. Past roles have included vocational counsellor, facilitator, program manager and seniormanager primarily in the non-profit sector. In these roles and currently in her private practice, Work Matters Consulting, Karen has worked with return-to- work moms, university graduates, mature workers and immigrants to mention a few. One of the things Karen loves most about career development is the possibility of an intersection between personal and career development. In addition to providing income, she views career as a way to deepen self-awareness and the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution through one’s work. With a passion for curriculum development, collaborative and experiential learning, Karen continuously seeks new ways to make learning fun and engaging, be it in the classroom or in the online space. Recently she has been working and consulting at the national level on a variety of projects to enhance career development practice in Canada. 

Judi Huta has an extensive career in service and helping others for over 40 years starting in child protection, education with At-Risk Youth and moving into Adult Education. She is an instructor in the CDP Program at Douglas College.

Since 1998, she has worked in Employment Services within the non-profit, private and public sectors  delivering services to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. In her roles as Regional Executive Director, Program Leader, Manager, Job Developer, Group facilitator/trainer, Case Manager, Community and Employer Co-ordinator as well as  designing programs /curriculum, she has gained invaluable experience which she integrates in her  practice. 

To keep her knowledge and practice current, Judi works directly with job seekers returning to the workforce after an injury.

Sara Collins

Matt Vissers 

June 12, 2024 at 12 pm

Empowering and Engaging Mature Workers in Today's Labour Market 

In today's ever-evolving job market, mature workers encounter distinct challenges and valuable opportunities. To effectively support the career journeys of older jobseekers, career developers need an up-to-date understanding of this reality to help them navigate these challenges and seize available opportunities. Join us in this interactive presentation as we explore the issues affecting mature job seekers.

Through an interactive and engaging presentation, discover how the shifting employment landscape specifically affects mature jobseekers and unpack outdated myths about members of this growing and diverse demographic. The second half of the session will discuss proven models and strategies you can use to empower older clients. This will include information on overcoming fear and habit to encourage this client group to embrace technology. Informed by up-to-date research and real-world application, our approach reduces barriers while promoting the unique benefits older workers bring to the workforce.

Don't miss this session if you're a career developer looking to better support and understand mature workers' unique experiences. Our research-driven, real-world tested solutions will help encourage resilience and adaptability in your mature clients. 

About the Presenters: 

Sara Collins (BBA) serves as the Business Development & Training Manager at ETHOS. In her role, Sara is responsible for generating and leading webinars, overseeing marketing and outreach activities, and contributing to internal program development. She also collaborates with external clients to assess their needs.

Sara's journey at ETHOS began as a Job Developer within a program dedicated to supporting 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. In this capacity, she aided participants in boosting their self-confidence and securing employment opportunities. She worked closely with employers to understand their requirements and connect them with qualified candidates. Furthermore, Sara manages career support for indigenous learners participating in Royal Roads University's Micro-credential programs and has led the Inclusive Employer's Hiring HUB program.

Sara's primary mission revolves around nurturing a community of employers committed to inclusive hiring practices, thereby creating meaningful and sustainable job opportunities for those seeking employment. 


With a background in business operations and entrepreneurship, Matt Vissers began his journey in the employment services industry as a Business Coach. Here, he was able to combine his experience in business with his passion for creating inclusive opportunities in exclusive spaces. Honing his skills through Self-Employment programming, Matt has helped countless individuals identify and achieve their own version of success.

Today, as Director of Programming and Lead Proposal Writer at ETHOS Career Management Group, Matt oversees, builds, and supports numerous initiatives in BC and Alberta aimed at reducing barriers and empowering individuals in their employment journeys. Through his role at ETHOS, he works to break down barriers and create opportunities for those typically marginalized in the fields of entrepreneurship and leadership. 

Ann Nakaska BA, M. Ed., CDF

July 10, 2024 at 12 pm

Hope in a Robot Workplace: Career Opportunities for the Future 

This session explores how practitioners can educate their clients about new and exciting innovations happening in a wide variety of industries. While labor market information is always important, this session supplements basic LMI and takes an in-depth look at technologies of the fourth industrial revolution and their impact on a finance, mining, government, and tourism as well as other industries. It covers innovations in AI, virtual reality, biotechnology, robotics, 3D-printing/additive manufacturing and by understanding how these technologies will impact various industries create greater opportunities for career success. 

This session also educates practitioners on how the wide variety of career opportunities created by innovation extend beyond the popular STEM careers, providing clients a wide variety of career options. The fear of low skill/low pay versus high skill/high pay jobs associated with the fourth industrial revolution will also be addressed. By studying the innovations of today, we can help our clients find employment and career success in the future. 

About the Presenter: 

Ann Nakaska BA, M. Ed., CDF is a career consultant specializing in career decision making and career planning with a focus on industry trends. She loves reading, writing and presenting on business, innovation, the 4IR, and future trends.