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Snapshots from Cannexus22: ‘Honest, present and intentional’

There’s a little bit of magic in the air this time of year – and no, it’s not the snow. Even when attendees are tuning in on their laptops from all around the country (and the world!), there’s a special energy from CERIC’s Cannexus conference. You can’t beat the feeling of bringing together hundreds of amazing people who are excited about career development!

Last week, more than 1,700 people joined in for three days of learning and connecting at Cannexus22. CareerWise took to social media to see what attendees were saying about the conference – and we were blown away! While we couldn’t include everything, we’ve compiled a snapshot of your conference takeaways from the week. You can also check out #Cannexus22 on Twitter and LinkedIn for more!


Curious about some of the sessions mentioned below? Attendees have access to session recordings for six months, so you can catch up on what you missed and rewatch your faves.


Ready to learn

From Day 1 of the conference, delegates and presenters were excited to dive in!

Getting connected

The virtual space had no shortage of opportunities for career professionals to connect with their peers.

Feeling inspired

Attendees were moved and invigorated by last week’s amazing Cannexus22 keynote speakers.

Waneek Horn-Miller, Mohawk Olympian, Mother & Motivator, kicked off Day 1 of the conference with an inspiring presentation on “Athletics to Activism; Resilience to Reconciliation.” Horn-Miller shared how her resilience allowed her to fight her way back from a near-death experience during the Oka Crisis to propel her to be an Olympian, an entrepreneur, an activist and a bridge-builder.

On Day 2, Yvonne Rodney, President of Inner Change Consulting, delivered an uplifting keynote address on “Joy in the Now!” In this personal and pivotal presentation, Rodney helped attendees explore their relationship with joy and learn how to choose it, even during challenging times.

Randell Adjei, Executive Director of R.I.S.E Edutainment, delivered the closing keynote on Day 3, on “Transforming Adversity into Career Purpose Using the Growth Mindset.” In this powerful presentation, Adjei shared some of his journey and explained how we can use our adversities to find purpose and make the world a better place.

Going global

One of the neat things about a virtual Cannexus is that we get to welcome more delegates and presenters from outside of Canada. (We see you, Australian early risers!)

Spotlight on employers

On Monday, CERIC released the results of its new National Employer Survey. A panel of industry experts weighed in on the results at Cannexus.

Recognizing greatness

This year’s Cannexus featured the presentation of the Etta St. John Wileman Award to Lynne Bezanson. Congratulations on this well-deserved honour, Lynne!

An array of learning

With more than 150 sessions, attendees had the chance to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from student career education, to shifting work environments, to supporting immigrant employees – and much, much more.


The first week of Cannexus22 was incredible, but the best part may be that it’s not over yet! We hope to see you on Friday, Feb. 4 for the first-ever Cannexus Reflections day!

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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