The schedule for the 2022 Contact Conference is in the works. Check back in 2022 for a details on our great speakers!
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2021
WELCOME ADDRESS (Contact Conference)
Business-As-Unusual: Unpacking the Future of Work in the Age of COVID-19
Walking In Two Worlds:
Stories Indigenous Students Tell About School
Grief & Bereavement 101
Accessing Financial Literacy Resources: Credit Counselling Society & SaskMoney
Bolstering Mental Health:
What Career Development Practitioners Can Do
Success off the Beaten Path, The Adventure Continues!
Changing Work for Good After COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented economic catastrophe: entire sections of the
economy were deliberately shut down to protect our health, and unemployment soared to Depression-like levels
within a matter of weeks. Recovering from this catastrophe will require years of economic and social rebuilding.
As we rebuild the quantity of work, however, economic stakeholders must also seek ways to improve the quality
of work: its safety, its fairness, and its sustainability. Longstanding fault lines in Canada’s labour market were
brutally exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented economic contraction it caused. Repairing
those structural failings will be an essential precondition for reconstructing the national economy on a sustained
basis. By changing work for good after this pandemic, we will build a better, safer society.
Allyship: Shattering My Superhero Complex
What Does a “Good” or “Positive” Transition Into The Post-Secondary Context Look Like?
Changing the Landscape of Learning and Work
Understanding the Saskatchewan Labour Market of Today and Tomorrow
This session will focus on Labour Market Information (LMI) – what it is, what it isn’t, where you get it (sources), how you can use it, and what it tells us about Saskatchewan’s labour market:
– by demographics (who makes up our workforce), including trends for youth;
– by industries (which ones will have strong growth and which will not);
– by key occupations (which ones will be in demand in the future).
And some trends that are changing the nature of jobs: COVID-19 impact on the labour market, the impact of automation, etc.
Social Media and Your Career: Creating a Digital Footprint
Guided Pathways: Integrating Essential Skills Into Practice
Technology and the Future of Healthcare Delivery
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021
MORNING ADDRESS & RECAP
The Challenge Mindset:
How to Prepare for Jobs that Don’t Exist Yet
One approach that moves us away from focusing on jobs is the Challenge mindset. This approach helps youth see the bigger picture: the challenges, problems, and opportunities in society and the world of work. While jobs and careers are likely to change, the challenges we are trying to solve will remain. In fact, as our perspective on certain issues evolves, new challenges to tackle will emerge as well. Examples of the most significant challenges we will continue to face in the future include: redesigning the healthcare system, collecting and using big data, and managing the planet’s waste.
Through interactive activities as well as case studies, attendees will discover practical applications of the Challenge mindset. They will also have the opportunity to reflect on how they will implement these ideas with the people they help.
You’re a Changemaker—Power Within
Innovation and Tools for the Future of Work
Optimizing Engagement in an Age of Uncertainty
Optimal engagement results from aligning challenge and capacity, both individual and contextual. In an age of uncertainty, increased challenges in work and life, along with capacity stretched to its limits and beyond, can create opportunities for disengagement to fester and careers and other key roles to be neglected. Join Drs. Neault & Pickerell, co-authors of the Career Engagement model, as they share strategies employers, career development professionals, and individual workers and students can use to help optimize engagement across all life’s roles.”
- Explore career engagement across all life roles
- Uncover appropriate levels of challenge and identify and access the supports and resources needed
- Leave with concrete tips for optimizing engagement
Strength to Work—How Personal Strengths Positively Inform Employment
Trauma-Informed Career Development
Being a trauma-informed career professional is served by two domains. First, to understand what trauma is and how it may impact our clients’ physical and mental health, behaviours and choices. Second, to appreciate our clients’ capacity for resilience and post-traumatic growth. We’ll share practices to combine these domains while expanding resilience, fostering safety, belonging and possibility for any client.
– Define what constitutes trauma and its potential impacts on individuals.
– Identify approaches that are trauma-informed and that foster resilience.
– Explore and apply these approaches through case studies.