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Awards that recognize excellence in the career development field
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Awards that recognize excellence in the career development field

There are countless people in the career development field in Canada – from guidance counsellors, to career counsellors, to career centre leaders – who do incredible work and show immense dedication every day. While the following awards (domestic only) may only recognize a fraction of that work, they aim to highlight excellence in the field.

Multiple awards – BC Career Development Association (BCCDA)

The BCCDA recognizes people in several categories at its annual Career Development Conference, including Emerging Career Practitioner of the Year, Career Practitioner of the Year and Mentor of the Year.

Multiple awards – Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)

Awards are presented every year at CACEE’S National Conference. These include: the Excellence in Innovation Award, the Award of Merit (Moe Ktytor Award) and the Rob Shea Research Award, for significant research in the areas of career practice and school-to-work transition.

Stu Conger Award for Leadership – Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)

CCDF awards the Stu Conger Award for Leadership to individuals nominated by peers for leadership contributions to the field. In addition to the award, a scholarship is granted to a student, chosen by the recipient, who demonstrates leadership potential.

Multiple awards – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

CCPA and its chapters recognize the professional contributions of Canadians in the field of counselling/psychotherapy by offering a number of different awards, including the Counsellor Practitioner Award and the CCPA Counsellor Leadership Award. The application deadline for most awards is Dec. 1 of every year.

Multiple awards – Career Professionals of Canada (CPC)

Active members of CPC are eligible to strive for its Awards of Excellence in many categories, including Outstanding Career Leader, Outstanding Employment Interview Strategist and Outstanding Resume – Career Change.

Etta St John Wileman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Career Development – CERIC

This award is designed to recognize and celebrate individuals who have devoted their lives to enhancing the field of career development. It is presented at the Cannexus National Career Development Conference in Ottawa on a less-than-annual basis.

Dr. Graham Branton Research Award – Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL)

The Research Award recognizes significant contributions by CEWIL Canada members to scholarly research in co-operative education and aims to encourage such research.

Multiple awards – Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association (MSCA)

Awards include the R.J. Cochrane Award, which is awarded periodically in recognition of exceptional commitment, leadership and initiative in counselling, as well as the Margaret Woods Award For Outstanding Achievement.

Career Development Practitioner Achievement Award – New Brunswick Career Development Association (NBCDA)

This annual award is designed to recognize an individual who has demonstrated commitment to one or more of the following elements: The advancement of career development through research, theory, practice or leadership; innovation and creativity in program development or service delivery; role-modelling leadership and vision within the organization and/or career development community; ongoing professional development and learning; or representing the optimal model of a caring person and professional whose knowledge, skills and talents are valued by clients and colleagues.

Multiple awards – Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA)

Each year, at its annual November conference, OSCA recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to guidance and career education in Ontario. Awards include: the Elmer Huff Award for Guidance and Career Education Resources, the Howard R. Beattie Award for Contribution to Counsellor Professional Development and the Marion Axford Award for Elementary Guidance.


Did we miss something? Leave a comment below or send us a note at careerwise@ceric.ca if you have information that can help make our article even better.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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