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Summer Skills Academy 2015


Tuesday, 7 July 2015 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 9 July 2015 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Summer Skills Academy

The CERIC Summer Skills Academy is back for 2015 with a new format, a new location but the same intensive high-quality learning you have come to expect!

Taking place July 7, 8 & 9 in Toronto, CERIC’s Summer Skills Academy meets your need for training that is face-to-face, in-depth, and, importantly, fits your budget.

Designed for career practitioners, executive directors and other professionals with an interest in career development, these seminars cover a range of carefully selected topics.

Join leading experts to update your knowledge, sharpen your skills and re-energize yourself!

Download our 1 page overview of the 2015 Summer Skills Academy


We are offering you 3 full days with three seminar leaders, one per day. You can choose one, two or all three seminars. One day is offered for the Early Bird rate of $195, if you attend 2 days you get 10% off each and pay $176 for both, and should you register for all three days you register for each day at the low rate of $166, which is 15% off the price. The regular rate is $225 per seminar.

Register by May 29, 2015 (5:00 pm ET) for Early Bird rates!

Save by registering for more than one seminar, or make it a team event by sending staff to each seminar to maximize your organization’s learning.

Seminar details

You can register for one, two or three of the following seminars. Each seminar will last for one full day.

July 7, 2015:  Mark Franklin and Rich Feller

Help Clients Gain Clarity from Their Stories: The Narrative Approach

Career professionals can be influential helping lifelong learners navigate transitions and re-imagine possibilities. Tools that promote readiness, clarification and life design principles are in demand to move beyond traditional efforts. Join this seminar to build skills in narrative career counselling, learn how online storytelling tools can be integrated into practice, and sample and appreciate the face-to-face Who You Are Matters! game, all of which has been successfully used in education, organizations and practice.

Mark Franklin, MEd, CMF, CCC is Practice Leader and Founder of CareerCycles, and President of One Life Tools. Mark and an amazing team of associates have enriched the career well-being of 4,000+ clients. Mark was the recipient of the Stu Conger Leadership Award for Career Development in 2015.

Rich Feller PhD is one of Colorado State University’s 12 University Distinguished Teaching Scholars, and Past President of the National Career Development Association. A Thought Leader for AARP’s, Chief Scientist for, and co-owner of and

July 8, 2015:  Lisa Taylor

Trailblazer Toolkit: Understanding New Labour Market Trends to Drive Your Career Services

The Conference Board of Canada has dubbed 2010-2020 the “Talent Decade,” elevating the work of career professionals as leaders. Shifting demographics and other dynamics are challenging traditional approaches to career planning, engagement and program delivery. In this Talent Revolution, career services are more critical than ever. This seminar will identify what’s different about your work today, and the new competencies that are required. It will sharpen your skills as leaders of career/employment centres, career development/talent management programs – and as people managers. It will provide the tools you need to stay ahead of the trends and ensure your clients and organizations thrive.

Lisa Taylor is a trailblazer intent on challenging outdated career thinking. She understands how demographics are driving strategic changes to today’s workforces and her company - Challenge Factory - tackles every aspect of the issue with real-world solutions. Lisa is a sought-after expert, speaker and columnist, regularly cited by The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Sun Media and CBC.

July 9, 2015:  Dan Walmsely

Job Search Zombies: Motivating the Unmotivated Jobseeker

A seminar for front-line practitioners and managers, focused on how to cure the unmotivated jobseeker i.e. Job Search Zombie. An unmotivated job seeker is doomed to wander the job market like a Job Search Zombie. You will answer these questions using experiential and play based learning activities: 1. What is motivation? 2. Why is motivation essential? 3. Where does motivation come from? 4. What leads to Job-Search Zombie infection? 5. How do I cure a Job-Search Zombie? 6. How do I prevent future Job-Search Zombie outbreaks? Participants will leave prepared to motivate themselves and to cure their next Job-Search Zombie.

Dan Walmsely (KEYS Job Centre) is a facilitator, performer and coach. A gifted and engaging speaker, his Job Search Zombies workshop has received rave reviews from service providers at many conferences across Ontario. Participants leave his workshops with practical tools they can use immediately. One can’t help but leave his sessions feeling motivated and informed.

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SCHEDULE & meals

The seminars will start at 9:00 am and will run until 5:00 pm each day. The schedule for each of the three days is as follows:

Breakfast and lunch are included as are mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments.

When you register you will be given an option to notify us of any dietary issues. We work closely with the caterer to ensure that all reasonable requests are met but this is not always possible. We thank you in advance for your understanding.


Seminars will be taking place at the CERIC office in midtown Toronto. The office is located at 18 Spadina Road. This is just north (2-minute walk) of the Spadina Subway Station.


CERIC has not negotiated any rooms but does recommend the following hotels which are close to the CERIC office:

Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor-Yorkville

Intercontinental Hotel - Yorkville

Note that the Pan Am games are taking place in Toronto and start on July 10th so book your rooms early!

Support Persons Policy

The registration fee for any person who is considered to be a support person accompanying an attendee with a disability will be waived.

Scent free Policy

In response to health concerns, CERIC wishes to limit the use of scented products at its events. Scented products such as hair sprays, perfume and scented deodorants may trigger reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches. In consideration of others, people attending the event are asked to limit or refrain from using scented products. Your co-operation is appreciated.


Requests for cancellation(s) must be made by emailing your request to Cancellation requests must be received before June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET. NO REFUNDS are granted after this date.

An administrative fee on a sliding scale will be deducted from any refund for a Summer Skills registration as follows:

  • 20% fee for cancellations requested by May 29, 2015, 5:00 pm ET
  • 30% fee for cancellations requested by June 30, 2015, 5:00 pm ET

Refunds will be issued within two weeks after receipt of the written notice.

It is regrettable that you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Although we sympathize please note that we have a cancellation policy that helps us cover fixed costs due to non-attendance, regardless of circumstance (food and beverage orders and transaction costs associated with your registration – none of these can be altered so there are real costs involved).

Delegate substitutions are permissible. Please notify us at if you intend to transfer your registration to another person. Supply us with that person’s name and contact information, including their email address.


If you have any questions, please contact Susan Phillips, CERIC Conference & Events Manager, at or 416 929 2510 x 126 prior to the event.

Have questions about Summer Skills Academy 2015? Contact CERIC

When & Where

CERIC Offices
18 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2S7

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, 9 July 2015 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development. We support the creation of career counselling-related research and professional development for a cross-sectoral community through funding project partnerships and our strategic programs. Our strategic programs are Cannexus, CareerWise/OrientAction and Canadian Journal of Career Development.

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