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Virtual conferences for career professionals in fall 2020

This year’s fall conferences are going virtual, helping to keep professional development and networking accessible during COVID-19. Check out these learning opportunities that you can attend without getting on a plane.

Start Out Conference (Start Proud)

Sept. 10-12

Start Out is a first-of-its-kind digital conference where LGBTQ+ talent comes to meet some of Canada’s largest and most inclusive employers. Attendees will have a chance to attend workshops, build their networks, and learn about LGBTQ+ support in the workplace from employers who lead the charge.

Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference

Oct. 5-7

Exploring the theme of “Rebound, Rebuild, Recover,” delegates from coast to coast to coast can share experiences, challenges and strengths as they engage in professional development sessions virtually.

NACADA Conference

Oct. 5-8

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. The conference will feature live, semi-live and on-demand sessions.

DMH Associates Conference

Oct. 20-22

For leaders, educators, career development, HR and employment specialists a fundamental question is: How best can individuals be better prepared to adapt and prosper through lifelong learning and work? The theme of this year’s conference, which will feature international keynotes, networking and a digital delegate toolkit, is “Evolving Careers.”

Better Workplace Conference (Conference Board of Canada)

Oct. 26-30

The COVID-19 global pandemic has ignited change, uncertainty and opportunities in unprecedented ways. The Better Workplace Conference 2020 will bring together thought leadership, case studies and engaging discussions to address unique challenges and opportunities that are emerging for Canadian organizations.

Futures Conference (FirstWork)

Oct. 27-29

As leaders of youth workforce development, how can we create a workforce revolution and thrive in a brave new world of youth employment services? Join 500 other industry colleagues at Futures 2020, on the theme of “Building Unity in Transformation,” to learn about best practices, share ideas and build on your knowledge to advance a well-designed workforce development ecosystem for youth.

CAEL Conference

Nov. 4-6

CAEL Conference is widely known as the leading place to support adult learners through PLA and Credit for Prior Learning advancement. But it’s also a place where leaders across the work-learn-earn spectrum make necessary connections between education and career success to generate the powerful ideas that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth.

ASPECT BC Conference

Nov. 5-6

This year’s conference aims to support all front-line workers, executives and other employment professionals passionate about helping British Columbians find and maintain meaningful employment. Sessions will be recorded for registrants to view later.

Let’s Get to Work (Manitoba Association for Career Development)

Nov. 6

The Let’s Get to Work Conference is Manitoba’s onlyCareer Development focused event dedicated to demographics, research and current labour market trends. The goal is to provide a solutions-focused space where the intersections between career development, employment and education can be explored and a greater sense of shared responsibility can be found.

NCDA Career Practitioner Institute

Nov. 10.

This event will gather practitioners virtually around the theme of “Integrating Health and Wellness into Career Interventions.” Presentation topics include portfolios for skills development, working with veterans and assessing clients’ tech readiness.

Nonprofit Driven (Ontario Nonprofit Network)

Nov. 10-11

Join non-profit and community leaders and policy-makers for two days of virtual collaboration and connections to explore solutions to public policy opportunities alongside non-profit leaders from across the sector, including keynote speaker Vu Le from Nonprofit AF.

CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) Conference

Nov. 16-20

This year’s virtual CACEE Conference, “Engaging Post-Secondary Talent; Strategies for Today and Tomorrow,” will explore the themes of campus engagement, diversity and inclusion, experiential learning, our virtual reality and investing in your talent equity.

Career Education Society (CES) Annual Conference

Nov. 23-24

The CES Annual Conference brings together educators from across BC come together to share, network and learn from each other. This two-day virtual event will offer over 30 concurrent sessions, plus keynote speakers.

Making Connections Conference (NBCDA)

Nov. 24-26

The NBCDA 2020 Virtual “Making Connections” Conference is designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the area of career development.


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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 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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