Learn from the best. Learn from the best.
Make valuable connections. Make valuable connections.
Take your career to the next level. Take your career to the next level.
Learn what it takes to be an outstanding career leader.
Conduct effective evaluations. Conduct effective evaluations.
Develop a successful DEI strategy. Develop a successful DEI strategy.
Learn the best approaches to building powerful relationships on and off campus. Learn the best approaches to building powerful relationships on and off campus.
Find out how process improvements can positively impact productivity. Find out how process improvements can positively impact productivity.
Discover how to empower your team to succeed. Discover how to empower your team to succeed.
Make strategic decisions about future offerings. Make strategic decisions about future offerings.

Build Essential Leadership Skills

Whether you’re a new or aspiring leader of co-op, career, or experiential learning, your institution needs you to reach your full potential.

In this program, you’ll learn how to conduct effective evaluations, make strategic decisions about what programs and services are most valuable, inspire and manage through change, maximize productivity (and career satisfaction), build lasting partnerships, and develop a successful DEI strategy.

Fast track your leadership skills and reach your career goals sooner at the Career Leadership Academy.

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6 live workshops 6 live workshops
15 hours of interactive learning 15 hours of interactive learning
Collaborative group work and discussions Collaborative group work and discussions
Supportive network of peers Supportive network of peers
Dedicated program web portal Dedicated program web portal
Interactive discussion board Interactive discussion board
Online educational materials (video recordings, slides, articles, worksheets) Online educational materials (video recordings, slides, articles, worksheets)
Experienced and knowledgeable presenters Experienced and knowledgeable presenters

Past Speakers, Panelists & Facilitators

(2023 presenters will be confirmed soon.)

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Jan Basso

Assistant Vice-President, Experiential Learning & Career Development,
Wilfrid Laurier University

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Tony Botelho

Director, Career and Volunteer Services,
Simon Fraser University

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Jen Davies

Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Learning,
Georgian College

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Graham Donald

President,
Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

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Mai-Gee Hum

Director, Career Management Services and Corporate Partnerships,
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

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Mai-Gee Hum is Director of Career Management Services and Corporate Partnerships at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. What sparks joy for Mai-Gee is the creation of relationship building opportunities between recruiters and students. She is most passionate about meeting employer hiring needs and supporting students with their career aspirations. Mai-Gee has over a decade of university-related experience and previously held the positions of Communications Officer and Associate Director of Recruitment (Graduate Programs). Prior to her arrival at John Molson, she was an Education Consultant and Franchise Recruiter at Kumon Math and Reading Canada. Mai-Gee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction (Major: Psychology; Minor: East Asian Studies) from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Management Science (option: management) from HEC Montreal.

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Cathy Keates

Director, Strategic Initiatives, Student Affairs,
Queen’s University

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Cathy Keates recently finished over a decade as the Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning at Queen’s University. Three of her projects – the Major Maps, the Queen’s Skills Cards, and It All Adds Up, a career health campaign with 43 career centres across Canada participating – were recognized with CACEE Innovation Awards. A 2017 research study ranked Queen’s Career Services as the second most impressive model of postsecondary career services in Canada and labelled the office’s approach the “Efficiency Model.” Cathy is passionate about making the most of resources, including staff time and talent, to have the broadest reach and impact for students.

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Cara Krezek

Director, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education,
Brock University

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Cara Krezek is currently Director, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education at Brock University where she leads a team of experiential and career professionals. Cara is also on the Board of Directors of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada serving as Past-President. Her team at Brock experienced unprecedented disruption due to the pandemic, and her leadership and ability to manage through chaos has proven effective to keep her team engaged and empowered. Her work is informed by her leadership experience within industry and higher education and she is currently doing her Master of Leadership at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. She is passionate about leadership and other people’s passions, which is what drives her work every day.

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Tracey Lloyd

Director, Career Services and Co-operative Education,
Centennial College

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Blessie Mathew

Director, Career and Experiential Learning,
University of Alberta Career Centre

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As Director of the University of Alberta Career Centre and Experiential Learning Blessie Mathew's portfolio also includes the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI), and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST). Each unit connects broadly in their goal to support students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni in engaging in career development and experiential learning activities that help them build the skills, knowledge, experience, and connections they need to progress in their careers resourcefully, and with hope and resilience.

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Kimberley Rawes

Career Educator, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers,
The University of British Columbia

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Kimberley (she/her) is a Career Educator with UBC’s Centre for Student Involvement and Careers and works with students across all faculties and backgrounds. She has been a career practitioner for almost 15 years, and brings her background in Curriculum and Pedagogy, research interests in professional identity development, and love of stand-up comedy to her practice. Kimberley is Canada’s first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

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Ben Yang

Director, Global Engagement, Laurier International,
Wilfrid Laurier University

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Ben Yang has been serving as the Director, Global Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2014. In his current role, he supports and implements Laurier's internationalization strategy including international student support, international partnerships and mobility and internationalization at home initiatives. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Executive Director of the International Recruitment and Partnerships at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Prior to his leadership role in international education, Ben worked as a career counsellor at the University of Toronto for six years and served one year as the Acting Associate Director at the U of T Career Centre. His experiences in both career and international education allow him to incorporate an intercultural perspective to assess career development issues and view international education from an experiential learning and career development lens. He is a frequent presenter on cross-cultural communication and career development issues. Ben received the 2010 Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) Internationalization Leadership Award.

Dedicated Support

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Julie Rahmer

Learning Success Manager,
Career Leadership Academy
Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc.

As the Career Leadership Academy’s dedicated program support person, I’m committed to ensuring that participants and presenters get the most out of their experiences. I am happy to answer questions and provide information and updates to ensure that you are well equipped for this unique learning opportunity.

Your Action Plan

Register now for the Career Leadership Academy. 1. Register now for the Career Leadership Academy.
Learn, connect, and discover new ideas. 2. Learn, connect, and discover new ideas.
Exceed your career goals with new tactics and strategies. 3. Exceed your career goals with new tactics and strategies.

Program & Schedule

(All times based on Eastern time zone)

The Career Leadership Academy features six, 2 ½ hour sessions that include workshops, presentations and panel discussions that will be presented live online over a span of 6 weeks. Weekly sessions will include opportunities for participants to reflect on their learning, take part in small and large group discussions, meet with their peers, and complete self-guided learning and research assignments.

In addition to the 2 ½ hour sessions, it is expected that participants will complete 1-2 hours of homework each week. Homework will consist of literature reviews, posting and commenting on discussion board topics, connecting with co-participants, watching video recordings, and/or completing quizzes.

Participants will be supported via a dedicated web portal to access educational materials, connect with peers, post and comment on coursework, discuss hot topics, and share best practices and information over the course of the program.

All 2 ½ hour sessions will be recorded and made available for review for 6 months after the completion of the program.

Week One

May 23, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Where Do You Start? Evaluating Where Your Office Is Today Expand Session Description

Your work is multifaceted and involves many interests competing for time, funding, and people resources. In this workshop you’ll conduct a brief “audit” of your office and its functions on a wide variety of measures. This evaluation process will help...

Your work is multifaceted and involves many interests competing for time, funding, and people resources. In this workshop you’ll conduct a brief “audit” of your office and its functions on a wide variety of measures. This evaluation process will help you identify priorities for both your energy and your learning as you consider questions such as:

  • How clear is the focus of your work?
  • How are student priorities balanced with employer priorities?
  • How effective is communication within your office?
  • Do you have clearly documented and easily repeated processes?
  • Do you have the tools and resources to work effectively?
  • How do you balance reaching the most students with having greater impacts on individuals?
  • Are you able to “create space” for new initiatives?
  • Are you using internal partnerships to increase your reach and get more done?

This “audit” will provide you both a context to work during the program and a helpful perspective as you join in discussions with peers and seek the input of others.

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Graham Donald
Career Leaders Pro Panel: Challenges in Changing Times Expand Session Description

Hear from a panel of experts about the challenges they face as university and college career leaders, and find out:

  • What are the main challenges that take up time (and probably shouldn’t)?
  • How do they manage change during these...

Hear from a panel of experts about the challenges they face as university and college career leaders, and find out:

  • What are the main challenges that take up time (and probably shouldn’t)?
  • How do they manage change during these constantly evolving times?
  • What are the biggest challenges they foresee in the future?
Week Two

May 30, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Inside and Out Expand Session Description

For diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to be successful, they require organizational commitment, cultural change and time. Ideally DEI should be more than lip service or a last thought. DEI is a process, not a destination and evidence...

For diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to be successful, they require organizational commitment, cultural change and time. Ideally DEI should be more than lip service or a last thought. DEI is a process, not a destination and evidence shows that workplaces that genuinely embrace DEI foster increased productivity and innovation as well as higher levels of meaningful engagement by employees and clients. In this workshop, you will learn how to integrate DEI into your daily work as a leader by exploring:

  • How to build a diverse team that contributes to an inclusive work culture
  • How you can support an equitable and inclusive work culture
  • How to create and review programs and services using a DEI lens
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Blessie Mathew
Week Three

June 6, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Leadership in a Time of Disruption: How to Keep your Team Empowered, Engaged and Performing Expand Session Description

Leading teams is complex. It is even more complex within complex organizations, such as higher education and during these times of constant change. Your ability to effectively lead, manage, motivate and engage your team will be critical to your success as...

Leading teams is complex. It is even more complex within complex organizations, such as higher education and during these times of constant change. Your ability to effectively lead, manage, motivate and engage your team will be critical to your success as a leader. There are many strategies to how one can lead a team – but it is important for you to find your leadership style and how you will deal with various situations and stages of team development. Come learn alongside other high potential colleagues about key strategies on leadership and how you can unlock your potential as a leader as you navigate the next steps of your career.

You will:
  1. Learn how discovering your strengths empowers you as a leader.
  2. Discover why having a mission, vision, values statement and purpose is key to your success as a leader.
  3. Find out how to empower and engage your team during times of change.
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Cara Krezek
Week Four

June 13, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Creating Processes to Maximize Productivity Expand Session Description

Whether large or small, growing or not, a career office (and really any office) will always have finite resources. Understanding how to make the most of whatever resources you have will give you greater control over productivity, will free time for...

Whether large or small, growing or not, a career office (and really any office) will always have finite resources. Understanding how to make the most of whatever resources you have will give you greater control over productivity, will free time for strategic projects, and can increase your, and your staff’s, satisfaction and engagement. Learn how to review and improve your processes in order to maximize your productivity and impact.

You will:
  • Leave with a better understanding of how processes impact productivity.
  • Assess challenges and opportunities in your own setting.
  • Leave with two actions for process improvements.
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Cathy Keates
Week Five

June 20, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Building Partnerships to Support Students and Achieve Your Strategic Objectives Expand Session Description

You can’t meet all of your goals on your own. Across your campus, there are potential partners with greater access to students, more influence with administration, bigger budgets, or more people resources than you have. Fortunately, you also have some...

You can’t meet all of your goals on your own. Across your campus, there are potential partners with greater access to students, more influence with administration, bigger budgets, or more people resources than you have. Fortunately, you also have some assets and expertise that are needed by others. This can create great opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss what sorts of challenges can be met through partnerships; how to evaluate potential partnerships against your priorities; and, what sorts of outcomes you can look forward to.

Through case studies presented by campus leaders at three different institutions, you’ll learn about some effective partnerships, how they were created, and what benefits they deliver.

Through small group discussion, you’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your own partnerships – current or anticipated – with peers to gain some objective perspective and ideas.

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Jan Basso
Week Six

June 27, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Is It Time to Stop? Evaluating Programs and Services to Implement Change and Create Capacity Expand Session Description

Writing a “to do” list is easy, but finding the time and resources to meet your strategic objectives is impossible without a “stop doing” list. One of every leader’s greatest challenges is knowing when to say “no”. Even more difficult than...

Writing a “to do” list is easy, but finding the time and resources to meet your strategic objectives is impossible without a “stop doing” list. One of every leader’s greatest challenges is knowing when to say “no”. Even more difficult than that is the decision to stop doing something that works well to make room for an even higher priority. How do you put an end to a team member’s favourite program? How do you explain to project partners that you’re pulling out?

In this workshop, the focus will be on developing objective ways to measure your programs and services and evaluate them against your strategic priorities. You’ll discuss ways to engage your team in the process to support change management. Participants will also benefit from discussions with peers who face similar challenges or have managed similar changes.

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Graham Donald
All details are subject to change.

Testimonials

The opportunity to participate in the Career Leadership Academy came at the perfect time for me. I have been exploring my own leadership and management style and who I want to be in this space during a time of transition at my institution. The Career Leadership program offered a framework to my learning and development and offered a program with excellent material, resources and talented leaders that was easy to access, engage and network with others. I've been able to grow my toolbox and my network and be reflective of what direction I want to take my career. Much appreciation to all facilitators and fellow participants!

Joanne Foxton

International Experience Consultant, Co-op & Career Success, Georgian College

The CLA was a great learning experience and provided me with practical tools to think about how we can move our department forward. There is opportunity to learn from industry experts, share with colleagues, and reflect on your own leadership practice and program. The most helpful aspect was the ability to set goals and to carve out dedicated time to think critically through learning different perspectives. It helped build confidence to step into my new role.

Danielle Johnsrude

Director, Centre for Experiential Learning & Student Engagement, Vancouver Island University

This is an excellent program that provides many opportunities to go beyond acquiring knowledge. It is delivered by leaders and professionals in the trenches, doing the work - in other words, it is applied learning. It was also a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers in the field. I feel this experience has elevated my potential as a leader and I now have a robust roadmap to implement the many valuable things I learned.

Linda Folster

Interim Director, Career Services, Yorkville Education Company

The Career Leadership Academy provided an inclusive and collaborative forum for like-minded career leaders to share best practices, learn from industry leaders, connect with others and set tangible action plans. The diverse discussion topics and speakers were fantastic and I looked forward to learning from them each week.

Kara Renaud

Supervisor, Career Education, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education, Brock University

The Career Leadership Academy was a fantastic learning experience. The sessions were practical, theory-based, and full of immediately useful learning. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and highly recommend it to other emerging or experienced professionals in the field.

Dawn White

Director, Experiential Learning and International Affairs, Algoma University

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Have Questions?

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Is this local, national, global or what?

Professionals in the field from all countries are welcome and will benefit from this program.

The skills learned at the Career Leadership Academy are universal. While the Faculty are all Canada-based, they are also all engaged in partnerships, associations, and activities internationally and particularly with institutions in the USA.

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What is the schedule and time commitment?

The core of the program is six, 2 ½ hour sessions held over 6 weeks. In addition to the 2 ½ hour sessions, it is expected that participants will complete 1-2 hours of homework each week consisting of literature reviews, posting and commenting on discussion board topics, connecting with co-participants, watching video recordings, and/or completing quizzes.

All sessions will be recorded so that participants can access any sessions that conflict with their personal schedules.

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Will there be recordings available?

Yes, all sessions will be recorded and available exclusively to program participants on the dedicated web portal for 6 months after the completion of the program.

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What happens if I miss a session?

There’s a good chance that a session or two may conflict with your other commitments. Recordings of sessions will be posted on the web portal along with educational materials within 24 hours of each workshop, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to catch up.

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Who should participate?

If you are a new or aspiring leader in career services, co-op, and/or experiential learning on campus, then the Career Leadership Academy is designed for you.

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Can you help me convince my boss to invest in this?

Absolutely. Please send an email to Julie Rahmer at julie@brainstorm.ca and I will send you an email template.

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