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February 1, 2019

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Ok, this is just silly how many job postings we have!

Many more job postings this week. Check them out!

CEO Report

Ottawa Update

Meeting in the office of the Minister of Jobs, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu. Minister Haidu was in St. John's so we met with her (at left) Western Canada Regional Adviser, Joshua Lindner, and Policy Advisor, Douglas Wong. Also in the photo are (centre) Gladys Okine of First Work Ontario and Valerie Roy of AXTRA Quebec. We represented BC's interests through CCCBET ( Canadian Coalition of Community-Based EmployabilityTraining). 
This past week I attended the CANNEXUS Conference in Ottawa. My trip on the behalf of ASPECT members always has several parts to it: to meet face-to-face with ASPECT members who are also attending, learn about emerging trends in the sector, to attend the Canadian Council of Career Development annual meeting, meet with my counterpart board members of CCCBET, meet with Federal Government contacts, and of course to networking, networking, networking.  As I write this I'm still unpacking everything that I heard and experienced.  

Meeting at the Minister's Office

We were successful in our request on behalf of CCCBET (see photo above) to meet with staff from Minister Patty Hajdu's office. The topics we covered on your behalf were:
  • Request for political intervention in shortening the time lag between the close of an RFP to the contract award. We see this as a major impediment in the government's goals to respond to workforce needs quickly as well as a significant hardship for community-based organizations.
  • We reiterated the networks we represent across Canada and in communities throughout the provinces. We also offered our ability to conduct valuable research to inform policy development and implementation.
  • We talked about the opportunity to inform government and government staff about the complex history of Public Employment Services as outlined in Dr. Donna Wood's book Federalism In Action: The Devolution of Canada's Public Employment Service 1995-2015. 
  • We talked about best practices for community consultation before new funding and policy are created and how CCCBET members and the community organizations they represent can assist with that consultation.
It was an almost hour-long meeting and much more was discussed, but the above are our main points. For more information on what I heard and saw at CANNEXUS, please see a section below for more information with links to resources.

Janet Morris-Reade


Some Highlights and Links to Resources from Janet Morris-Reade, CEO

It was great to see so many ASPECT members attending CANNEXUS this year. The program was huge and it was difficult to attend every session I wanted to, but here are some highlights:

Met Anitra Winje of Kootenay Career Development Society.  At right, she is taking an "illegal" selfie with Former Governor General, The Right Honourable David Johnston. This shot is in advance of his speech where they mentioned several times to NOT take a photo with Hon. Johnston.

Attended a panel discussion called "Demographic Shifts, Big Data, and Predictive Models." It was fascinating to learn how LinkedIn and others are using data to overcome the challenges of inclusivity and to anticipate what is expected for the biggest employment shift in generations. Sharing of Open Data at a federal level is in the works.

The federal Future Skills rollout is coming in the next few weeks. CCCBET has a representative position on the 15-person council but I can't disclose who it is until the official announcement after the Federal Budget. This council will come up with a strategic plan to identify Canadian priorities and the Future Skills Centre activities will focus on using evidence-based research to inform new initiatives.

At the "It's Time to Get Decent: Advocacy in Action" session presented by the Canadian Career Development Foundation, we learned that job precariousness has increased 50% in the last 20 years.  More can be found in their paper presented to the federal government.

RBC launched the results of their study "Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption" with links to online resources.  The website is designed to identify skills-based clusters then suggest career pathways.  

In the session called "Putting Values at the Centre of Your Leadership, Kofi Hope of the Wellsley Institute talked about knowing your own story and sharing it with others. He referenced the Simon Sinek TedTalk about finding your "why?". 

Congratulations to CERIC CEO, Riz Ibrahim, and his staff for putting on a timely and dynamic program! 

Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work

As you may know, ASPECT is a part of the advisory committee for the Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work project. 

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) is partnering with the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD) to implement the project, Supporting Canadians to Navigate Learning and Work.  We will work closely with career development stakeholders across Canada to update and expand the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs) so that they reflect current and emergent practice in the career development field. 
To include the full range of professionals doing career development work across diverse settings in Canada, we need your help!  Please complete the survey to indicate how you may wish to become involved in the project and to have your voice heard!  

Sector & Member News


Employment Insurance: Next Steps on the Road to Renewal
Atkinson Foundation, by Dr. Donna Wood, January 2019

Government of Canada provides skills training and job opportunities for 450 young Canadians in St. John’s
ESDC Canada, January 29, 2019

A Call for Innovation in Resettlement
Future of Good, Jan 28th, 2019

BC’s Community Service Providers Fear Major Job Losses Imminent
The Tyee, Jan 31st, 2019

Why Proven Solutions Struggle to Scale Up
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Aug 2018

Jobs in jeopardy as PG company loses contract with province
MY PG NOW, Jan 29th, 2019

RESEARCH PAPER: The automation potential of the B.C. labour market
BC Business Council of British Columbia, posted Nov 2018

Rural northern B.C. communities hope to attract more immigrants to fill labour gaps
Globe & Mail, Jan 18th, 2019

Program supporting employment-ready training for disabled youth receives $75,000 donation
Douglas College, Jan 24th, 2019

Sector News from around the World
Earn While You Learn: Switzerland's Vocational Education and Training System (video)
Skills for Employment

Do you have an ASPECT member news story you'd like us to highlight? Please email

2-Day RFP Workshop

We have a few spots left for this must-have workshop!

Do you need money? Learning how to respond to opportunities on BC Bid is a skill that several people in your organization should have.

This two-day workshop will provide an understanding of BC Bid calls, how to evaluate a proposal, and provide learners with a chance to practice their writing skills. 


All sessions take place at the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch in the Alma Vandusen Room at 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.

Day One: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Framework
  • Procurement Lifecycle
  • RFPs

Day Two: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 8:30am-4:30pm

  • Evaluation Case Study
  • Relationships

About the Presenter

Liz Busch has been working for the B.C. provincial government for more than 20 years. 

Starting as a Non-liquor Buyer for the Liquor Distribution Branch Liz advanced to a managerial role with Procurement Advisory Services for the Purchasing Services Branch, Ministry of Citizens' Services.  She is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Instructor with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). 

Liz has facilitated many workshops on RFPs, for both government staff and vendors. She has a special talent for taking sometime dry content and making it both interesting and engaging!

Register Now!
Professional Development Opportunities

Two-Day RFP Workshop
February 7 & 8, 2019
Vancouver Public Library, 350 W Georgia Street 
Click here for details

FCSSBC 2019 Social Policy Forum + Members General Meeting
February 14-15, 2019
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
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BCCDA Conference 2019
May 23-24, 2019
SFU Downtown Campus, Vancouver
Click here for details

Canadian Association for Supported Employment Conference
June 11-13, 2019

Delta Hotels by Marriott Montreal
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ASPECT Employer-Service Provider Summit
Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport - Richmond, BC
June 4 & 5, 2019
More details coming soon!

ASPECT Conference 2019
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel - Richmond BC
November 4 & 5, 2019

Member Job Postings

If you are an ASPECT member, you may submit your job posting. Fill out the form here to submit your job posting. Not a member? Join us.

Executive Director
Obair Economic Society
Closes: February 15, 2019 (date corrected)


Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Community Resources Society
Closes: February 8, 2019 (date extended)


Multiple Positions for WorkBC Employment Services
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society), Vancouver
Closes: February 14, 2019


Various Positions
Horton Ventures, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd 
Closes: February 15, 2019


Career Services Advisor, Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program
MOSAIC, Vancouver
No closing date provided


Finance Manager
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
Closes: Open until filled


WorkBC Contract Manager
Beacon Community Services, Sidney
Closes: February 15, 2019


Director of Client Services
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, Nanaimo
No closing date provided


Center Manager - WorkBC
Douglas College, Langley
Closes: February 28, 2019


Lead Career Coach
Douglas College, Maple Ridge
Closes: February 28, 2019


Employment Placement Specialist
Douglas College, Maple Ridge
Closes: February 28, 2019


Youth Worker Tutor
Pacific Community Resources Society, Vancouver
Closes: February 15, 2019


Client Services Representative (2 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled 


Case Management Team Lead (2 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Program Manager (2 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Assistant Manager (2 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Administrative Assistant (4 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Marketing Specialist
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Employer Liaison/ Job Coach (7 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Client Services Navigator (7 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Employment Counselor (14 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Facilitator (4 Positions)
Options Community Services, North Surrey & Newton Location
Closes: Open until filled


Youth Employment Specialist
The Career Centre, Parksville
Closes: February 6, 2019


Client Services Assistant
The Career Centre, Parksville
Closes: February 6, 2019


Employment Counsellor
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast, Delta
Closes: February 26, 2019


Program Assistant
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast, Delta
Closes: February 26, 2019


Facilitator – Ready, Set, Work/Skills Link
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Delta
Closes: February 28, 2019


Job Coach – Ready, Set, Work
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Delta
Closes: February 28, 2019


Employment Counsellor, WorkBC Programs (Vietnamese Speaking)
MOSAIC, Vancouver
Closes: February 28, 2019


Multiple Positions
WorkLink Employment Society, Colwood
Closes: February 15, 2019



Case Manager/Job Developer
Vernon & District Immigrant and Community Services Society
Closes: February 15, 2019

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