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Friday, March 5, 2021
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Cannexus Week 1 wrap-up: ‘Turn this moment into a movement’

The contagious energy of Cannexus21 was palpable as the conference got under way this week, bubbling up in platform chats, networking sessions, Q&As and on social media. Although some shared memories of Cannexus past in snowy Ottawa, many were excited to welcome peers from all corners of Canada – and around the world – for CERIC’s first-ever virtual Cannexus National Development Conference.

The first week brought many engaging presentations with strategies, research and food for thought for attendees to apply to their work. While there were a few technical bumps in the road, the Cannexus community’s adaptability and goodwill were on full display as we navigated the experience together.

CareerWise took to social media this week to see what attendees were saying about the conference – and we were blown away! While we couldn’t include all of the dozens of posts you’ve shared about your Cannexus experience so far, we’ve compiled a few below to offer a snapshot into Week 1 of the conference.


Want to share your Cannexus takeaways with your peers? Comment below or use #Cannexus21 when you post on any social media platform. You might be included in our Week 2 roundup!


Day 1 of Cannexus kicked off with an incredible Keynote presentation from Zabeen Hirji, Executive Advisor, Future of Work at Deloitte. The session chat was flying, with many posting about Hirji’s reframing of “soft skills” as “power skills.” Social media also lit up with takeaways.

The inspiration continued as the sessions went on.


Many attendees were engaged by discussions of how to improve youth career education, reflecting on Jim Bright and Liv Pennie’s “Using Chaos to Build Student Agency”; JP Michel’s “Challenge Mindset: Who Works on a Pandemic?”; and the Learning Lab: Career Decision-making in High Schools: The Whos, Whens and Hows, among other sessions. Participants were excited to hear from the Rideau Hall Foundation about Catapult Canada: a national platform and community of youth-serving organizations that will share knowledge and resources. They also took time to think about the impact of virtual learning on students’ mental health.


While many sessions left attendees feeling filled up with enthusiasm, Cannexus presenters also shared many practical strategies to bring to career development work that resonated with attendees.

 


Sessions on working with Indigenous communities, social justice, and diversity, equity and inclusion also struck a chord with participants in a conference centred around the theme of “Career Development for Public Good.”

 

 


Cannexus Day 2 brought a powerful keynote from Simon Fraser University Professor Kris Magnusson, who shared his insights about working with emotions in career helping. A testament to attendees’ enthusiasm, as the session closed, one participant remarked in the chat, “Thank you! Thank you! Can’t wait to watch the presentation again.”

 


You also let us know what it was like for you to attend Cannexus virtually, from your kitchens, living rooms and offices. We definitely weren’t jealous of those joining from places warm and sunny while we weathered #ONStorm. 😉

 

And of course, we’d be remiss if we neglected to include the #PetsOfCannexus.

 

Thanks for following along with Week 1 of CERIC’s virtual Cannexus National Career Development Conference! We’re so excited for Week 2 and we can’t wait to see what your takeaways are.

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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