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This Spring edition of our Foundation Happenings highlights some of the Foundation’s recent activities and related news including: grants awarded at the December and February Board Meetings; CERIC news; Cannexus17 conference details; staff news and volunteer roles; recently released resources; and upcoming events.

Recent Grants

The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the following grant requests at its December and February Board Meetings:

  • Youth living in the Canadian north face disproportionately high barriers to accessing post-secondary education and training opportunities. Northern Youth Abroad (NYA) has been awarded three years of funding to launch the NYA Next program. This new program available to NYA alumni aims to ensure that youth living in the North have equal career exploration opportunities provided through volunteer work placements.
  • Partners for Youth, an agency based in New Brunswick, recently developed a career exploration program for youth in care and/or in custody. During the pilot, it became clear that female participants required a program tailored to their unique needs and goals. The agency received two years of funding to develop a program specifically focused on career exploration for young women in care and/or in custody.
  • The Foundation is providing funding to the Rideau Hall Foundation, which is working in partnership with the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, on the “Imagine a Canada” program which invites Indigenous and non-indigenous youth to express their vision for reconciliation in Canada, will culminate in a day-long celebration & dialogue at Rideau Hall on June 20th. The Vice Regal community from coast to coast to coast will be taking part in this initiative, both in their own home provinces & territories, and in Ottawa.
  • Visions of Science Network for Learning, servicing the Greater Toronto Hamilton area, was awarded three years of funding to extend their Community STEM Clubs, currently for Grades 3-8, to include students in Grades 9-12. This program will support positive youth leadership development in a community setting while providing experiential learning experiences in STEM fields and research.
  • Quebec-based organization Youth Fusion received three years of funding to design and implement an Alumni Program that is expected to track program impact on youth participants and project coordinators (university students or recent graduates).


Now firmly in its second decade, CERIC is supporting and advancing education and research in career counselling and career development in Canada. Here are some recent CERIC project highlights:

  • In partnership with the BC Career Development Association, CERIC is offering a webinar series on millennial underemployment. Career Launch Reboot: New Approaches & Tech-Savvy Tools to Help Millennials Avoid the Underemployment Trap that begins April 11, 2017. This three-part series will provide strategies, techniques and tools to work with Millennials as they transition from school, at all different levels, into the workforce.
  • CERIC recently launched a new publication to help small and medium-sized enterprises engage and develop the talent to grow their businesses. Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business is an action-oriented Playbook that enables small business owners and entrepreneurs to use career management as a strategic lever for stronger company performance. Join Lisa Taylor, Playbook author, for a free webinar Small Businesses: Who They Hire and How to Engage Them on April 13, 2017 at 12-1pm ET to learn more about the workforce needs of small business today.
  • Redirection: Movers, Shakers and Shifters, a new CERIC-funded documentary, examines career shift, transition and occupational change in later life. The film shares the stories of five people who have shifted into second or third careers at age 50 or older. It is part of a national Redirection research project on Work and Later Life Career Development led by Dr. Suzanne Cook of York University. The Redirection Project: Career Development and Job Shifts for the 50+ webinar explored these research findings in depth.
  • The Careering Magazine Winter 2017 Issue “Cultural Perspectives on Career and Work: Understanding International Students and New Canadians” is available online. This issue explores topics such as overcoming the “lack of Canadian experience”, working with refugees, understanding the needs of and supporting international students and more.
  • CERIC has developed a set of “Guiding Principles of Career Development” which underpin its vision to increase the economic and social wealth of Canadians through career counselling and career education. These principles are intended to bring greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development.


Cannexus, Canada’s National Career Development Conference, had a record-breaking 1,000+ participants this year!
The conference featured all-Canadian keynotes for the country’s 150th anniversary: Roberta Jamieson of Indspire advocated for Indigenous peoples in shaping Canada’s future; UQAM Professor Louis Cournoyer shared his research on good career decisions; and Marc Kielburger had everyone on their feet with the story of how the We Movement is empowering youth. Cannexus17 also featured Spark! TED-style speakers and more than 130 education sessions that examined topics ranging from new research on the impact of career services in Canadian post-secondary institutions to practical approaches to take refugees from fear to employment. For more information on Cannexus17, you can access speaker presentations and handouts and see photos of this year’s conference.
We look forward to seeing you at Cannexus18, January 22-24, 2018 in Ottawa. The Call for Presenters is now open and the submission deadline is June 9, 2017.


Knowledge Transfer & Resources


New Staff Title & Volunteer Roles

Mario Gravelle has a new title, Director, Granting & Strategic Initiatives, which recognizes the leadership role that he has played in working closely with our grant recipients and reconfiguring and modernizing our granting processes, and his ever-increasing role in representing the Foundation on a number of initiatives that align with our strategic plan, both internally and externally. He has also been publicly appointed to Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team—Toronto as of January 2017. Ontario Trillium Foundation is a public foundation that grants over $136 million each year to community-based initiatives and sector organizations. In addition, Mario has joined Imagine Canada’s new working group on Youth Employment in the Charitable Sector. The working group will study the issue of youth employment in the charitable and nonprofit sector including providing policy recommendations to government.

Upcoming Sector Events

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