Historically, the BC Career Development Conference has been a highly successful event generously filled with quality content as presented by top careerists from Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world. This is BC’s largest annual event devoted to the career development and management field and it will give participants the space to exchange ideas, discover new opportunities, reacquaint with colleagues, meet new friends, and broaden their knowledge.

Join us at the CDC 2018 at the Pinnacle Hotel, 1133 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3 on March 5th & 6th, 2018. This spectacular gala will gather and connect over 350 career practitioners across Canada to celebrate our 21st anniversary. CDC 2018 conference will be an excellent chance for you to network with other professionals in the field, and bring many exciting opportunities for your career. With 30 presentations and workshops, our conference will broaden your knowledge, equip you with the latest news and innovative tools.

CDC 2018 opening keynote speaker Dr. Jim Bright is coming all the way from Australia to present his topic. And Dr. Hongxia Shan from the Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia will give us the closing keynote.

WHEN: March 5th & 6th, 2018
WHERE: Pinnacle Hotel, 1133 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3
WHO: Expecting over 350 career practitioners, settlement professionals, education providers, community service agencies, and business and industry leaders from across Canada.

Members and CCDP designates enjoy special discounts. Please log in to your member portal to register at the discounted rates.

Registration now open!. Remember to register early to secure a spot at the largest Career Development Conference in BC and take advantage of the Early Bird rate!

Early Bird registration deadline is on February 5th, 2018.

BC Career Development Conference - CDC 2018

  • March 5 - 6, 2018
  • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront 1133 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6E 2P4

Event Workshops

March 5 At 10:30AM - Making It Up As You Go Along: Chaos, Improvisation And Careers

March 5, 2018  10:30 - 12:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:73

Presenter: Professor Jim Bright


Presentation Abstract:

This workshop will explore how the Chaos Theory of Careers can be used to inform and enhance Career Development, Counseling and Coaching services.  It will critically review traditional thinking about career development and highlight the limitations of notions such as  career plans, goal setting, person-job fit, psychometric assessment and narrative-based approaches. It will introduce an alternative framework based upon the Chaos Theory of Careers (e.g. Pryor & Bright, 2011) based on complexity, change, chance and construction.  The aim is not to dismiss any of these of approaches, rather to change the aims of career development from a philosophy of simplification-insight-predict-control to one of complexity-patterning-probing-learning-persisting.  From this perspective traditional and new techniques can be re-purposed to assist clients attempting to come to terms with a world that is complex, changing and uncertain.

March 6 At 10:30AM - Active Engagement: A 20 Year Celebration

March 6, 2018  10:30 - 12:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:6


Norman Amundson


Presentation Abstract:

In this presentation I will be highlighting some of the key components of the Active Engagement career counselling approach. Included here will be contemporary theoretical perspectives, current research, and practical intervention strategies. It has been twenty years since the first publication of "Active Engagement" and this is an opportunity to focus on what are the essentials, as well as what new developments have emerged in this time span.