OTTAWA – Shaw Centre is pleased to announce it will be once again hosting Cannexus National Career Development Conference on January 22-24, 2018. The bilingual conference will attract 1,000 national and international professionals to the heart of Canada’s capital who are working in career counselling, employment and workforce development.

This year marks the fifth Cannexus conference that the Shaw Centre will be hosting; and is the biggest annual event in the country for career counsellors and career development professionals consists of three days.

The national conference has outlined an impressive program which includes three keynote speakers that will be taking the stage. Speakers include: Toronto Star national affairs writer, Chantal Hebert; professor and department head of educational psychology, counseling and special education at Pennsylvania State University, Spencer Niles; and Canadian freelance writer, and creator of The Little Mosque on The Prairie Zarqa Nawaz.

Conference delegates will be able to attend pre-conference workshops as wellas choose from over 150 education sessions; including but not limited to:

  • How AI, robotics and automation will impact work
  • The rise of “seniorpreneurs” in Canada
  • Role of parents and teachers in career development of children ages 3-8
  • Beyond generation jobless? navigating the school-to-work transition
  • Not every computer-related job is IT? how computing careers are evolving Overcoming barriers to employment for immigrant professionals

Cannexus will be hosted by CERIC and supported by its founding sponsor, The Counselling Foundation of Canada along with 32 organizations in the career development sector and multiple sponsors.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming back the Cannexus18 conference to the Shaw Centre for the 5th straight year. It’s an event that is growing, with an engaged and enthusiastic group; a great way to kick-off a New Year of conventions!” – Karen Wiersma, Account Manager at Shaw Centre.

The gold-level facility will be brimming with networking, skill- building and counselling on both a national and international level during the three days of the conference. The Shaw Centre is happy to continue on with this partnership with CERIC.

About Shaw Centre

Shaw Centre, previously known as the Ottawa Congress Centre was founded in 1983. The centre was redeveloped into a new, larger facility with project funding from the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada which opened its doors in April 2011 as the Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC). In October 2014, the OCC entered into a 10 year partnership with Shaw Communications, rebranding the facility as the Shaw Centre. The state-of-the-art convention centre is a spectacular venue that induces economic impact by hosting conventions, conferences, meetings, and other events of all sort. Recently named runner-up as the world’s best convention centre by the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC). Shaw Centre has hosted over 2000 events and has added approximately $300M to the Ottawa-Gatineau are and Province of Ontario.

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