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9 associations BC and Yukon career professionals should have on their radar

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Are you interested in connecting with people in your field? Accessing new professional development opportunities? This diverse set of associations covers such areas as co-operative education, career training and post-secondary counselling. While the majority of these associations are BC-based, a couple also serve Yukon professionals. If you know of any Yukon associations for career professionals that should be added to this list, comment below or email careerwise@ceric.ca.

Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning BC/Yukon (ACE)

ACE is a provincial non-profit composed of all post-secondary, publicly funded institutions in the BC/Yukon region that offer co-operative education programs. ACE has an experts-on-call list, which allows members to contact experienced colleagues on issues such as new program development, employer relations and coaching students.

Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT)

ASPECT has been the voice of community-based training and workplace development service providers in BC for nearly 30 years. ASPECT offers in-person training and professional development workshops, industry-specific curriculum and webinars.

BC Career Development Association (BCCDA)

The BCCDA aims to advance the practice and professionalism of career practitioners in BC and to promote the highest quality of career development service to the public. Members receive sector updates and have access to networking opportunities and resources.

British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

BCACC represents registered clinical counsellors (RCCs) in British Columbia. The association’s blog and its Insights Magazine feature writing by RCCs and allied professionals.

British Columbia Post-Secondary Counsellors’ Association (PSCA)

PSCA is committed to learning, sharing and practicing the most current and effective counselling strategies. Qualified counsellors and psychotherapists working at post-secondary institutions in BC are invited to become members.

Career Education Society (CES)

The CES is a BC based, non-profit organization of people in education, business, industry, labour, government and private organizations who work together to champion career and learning management as an essential life skill.

BC School Counsellors Association

The School Counsellors Chapter is a growing professional group of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). It aims to provide elementary and secondary school counsellors in Canadian private and public schools with access to professional development, open discussion and networking, advocacy and research opportunities.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of British Columbia & Yukon

CPHR BC & Yukon propels the HR profession forward by supporting its members with education and advocacy. It has more than 5,700 members.

International Coach Federation (ICF) (Vancouver and Vancouver Island chapters)

The Vancouver Island Coaches Association offers online and in-person meetings and professional development opportunities for members and the community at large. The Vancouver chapter is the third-largest in Canada, representing all of Greater Vancouver and much of the Mainland.


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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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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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