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Conference Program

2018 Schedule

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Opening Remarks

9:45 am -10:30 am: Conference Keynote Speaker

10:30 am-10:45 am: Sponsored Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Group Plenary

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Sponsor Session

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (included with conference ticket)

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm: Break

2:40 pm – 3:25 pm: Employer Panel Discussion

3:25 pm – 4:00 pm: Closing


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Employer Panel Discussion

Getting promoted is not an easy task, but our employer panelists will share their expertise and advise on:


  • What bosses look for when considering promotions
  • What types of skills are most commonly shared by people who advance in their careers
  • When to ask for a promotion
  • Mistakes employees make when trying to get a promotion
  • Shari Wallace
    Chief Information Officer, City of Burnaby
  • Wael Hussein
    Human Resources Manager, MOSAIC
  • Harbinder Mann
    Employment Specialist, City of Surrey
  • Cristina Mejia
    Assistant Branch Manager, RBC
Group Plenary

How do you stay curious, persistent, flexible, and optimistic all while taking chances in your job search? Keeping an open mind can be easier some days and harder on other days. This session will explore the impact different mindsets have on our career directions and will discuss how to approach key career moments for a better job search.


Kimberley Rawes is a Career Educator at the University of British Columbia with over ten years of experience in career development. She takes a strengths-based approach to staying curious about the world of work, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC. In her free time, she likes to run on the trails in Pacific Spirit park and laugh with stand-up comedians.



Breakout Session #1
In this thought-provoking workshop you will learn the foundations of Emotional Intelligence (EI), discover the personal attributes of an Emotionally Intelligent Leader, find out how EI can help you become a well-rounded and respected leader (no matter your job title).

Note: Make sure to bring a notebook and a pen to capture insights and work through personal exploration exercises.Consta
Constance Lynn Hummel, MA, RCC, CCC, APC
Values-Based Leadership Coach | Psychotherapist | Business Strategist


Constance is a Values-Based Leadership Coach and Psychotherapist who helps existing and emerging leaders become the empathetic and influential leaders that people want to work with and for. Her clients are entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, community leaders and inspired action-takers (or those that want to be). Through Emotional Intelligence (EI) she helps individuals and teams identify and manage their emotions, thoughts, and actions, while also understanding and influencing those around them with compassion and integrity. Whether you run your own business or work for someone else, Emotional Intelligence is a necessary skill for success. And luckily, it’s a skill can be learned!
Breakout Session #2
This hands-on workshop will allow you to roll up your sleeves to discover elements and personal stories that make up your brand, create your personal “business model” that drives your personal branding strategy, learn the secrets and myths about other branding tools and ways to market your brand such as networking.

Note: Since there will be quite a bit of writing in this workshop, please bring a pen and a notebook/clipboard to make your writing easy.


Iris Cai
Professional Coach | Career Strategist | Business Model You®
Certified Practitioner


Iris Cai is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and career strategist in Vancouver with 10+ years of cross-enterprise experience from multiple industries. She works with business professionals like you who want a life and career that matter. With one-on-one coaching, she will help you find your direction, create a roadmap, and find the confidence, motivation and creativity deep down within you. A former marketing and branding professional, she is also passionate about helping her clients refine, strengthen and market their personal brands.
Participants are expected to leave the workshop with a much clearer understanding of their personal brands and a career management strategy authentic to themselves and designed to support their long-term career success.
Whether you are looking for employment, career enhancement or self-employment, as long as you are looking for a long-term strategy to help you build a career or business where you thrive rather than survive, this workshop on personal branding may be suitable for you.
Breakout Session #3
This hands-on introductory Design Thinking workshop will provide participants with the introduction to the Design Thinking mindset and supporting design process framework. Delegates will learn how using Design Thinking can create opportunities for improvement in their job search and career advancement. They will also be provided with handouts and will participate in hands-on activities to become more engaged, inspired, and empowered to conquer work and life.

Design Thinking is an empathy-based approach compared to traditional problem-solving, where we use a human-focused, prototype-driven process for solving problems and create impactful innovations.
Kaishin Chu
Design Thinking Coach | Empowerment Coach | Design Strategist


With hands-on Design Thinking workshops and coaching sessions, Kai has empowered hundreds of clients with the transformational experience of “Learning by Doing”. Clients gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between people and the business/work cultures. They also learn to develop their leadership & soft skills by practicing Design Thinking. Clients gain a high-level perspective on the importance of using empathy to gain deeper insight on unmet needs. They also learn to reflect on insights to create impactful solutions. Design Thinking can be applied to all aspects in life, from job searches to business opportunities, and even to designing one’s life.



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