2019 CACEE National Conference - Program Highlights

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Influencers and Disruptors: Innovating the Post-Secondary to Career Transition

With a rapidly evolving labour market requiring increasingly diverse employability skills, this conference will help educators and employers find ways to innovate best practices while leveraging student competencies into strategic employment outcomes.

We invite you to join us for an exciting learning and networking experience at the CACEE National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 26 to 29, 2019. The Conference will bring employers together with career educators from Canada's post-secondary colleges and universities in our collaborative efforts to prepare students and launch their careers. With a line-up of accomplished keynote speakers and a variety of breakout and roundtable sessions, you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect and engage with the 200+ anticipated delegates and partners. Keynote speaker details will be confirmed by February.

There are also lots of networking and optional social events planned…from an opening President's Dinner to Networking Suites, to Tuesday evening's social event to be held at the iconic harbor front Murphy’s on the Water restaurant. Halifax Regional Municipality is the capital of Nova Scotia and has a vibrant and diverse population of over 400,000 people. Halifax provides a wonderful backdrop for professional conferences with a mix of urban culture surrounded by natural beauty in the province known as Canada’s Ocean Playground.

Program Schedule

Please view the 2019 CACEE National Conference Program.

Keynote Speakers


The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, C.M., O.N.S.

Senator - Nova Scotia (East Preston)

Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard was appointed to the Senate in November 2016 as an Independent Senator, based on her community work, her frontline social work in Nova Scotia, and her work at Dalhousie University School of Social Work. She is currently the chair of the Standing Senate committee on Human Rights, which is currently studying the rights of federally sentenced prisoners. In May 2018, Senator Bernard introduced an inquiry into Anti-Black racism to the Senate. Stemming from this work, she is now sponsoring Bill S-255, the Emancipation Day bill, which would nationally recognize August 1st as this historically significant day. Senator Bernard speaks at many community events across the country, focusing on connecting with youth, social workers, and African Canadian communities. You can find Senator Bernard on Twitter and Facebook, @SenatorWanda, so feel free to check out her social media.


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Valerie Chort

As the VP Corporate Citizenship for RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation, Valerie is responsible for the development and execution of RBC’s global corporate citizenship strategy which includes strategic philanthropy; employee ‘citizenship’ engagement; citizenship impact measurement, evaluation and reporting; corporate environmental affairs; and social innovation and finance.

For over 23 years Valerie has helped national and international businesses, governments and non-government organizations create opportunity by proactively managing environmental and social risks, and implementing programs that deliver both shareholder and stakeholder value. She has conducted a broad range of engagements including sustainability visioning and stance definition; stakeholder mapping and materiality assessment; stakeholder engagement; benchmarking and sustainability assessment; management system design and audit; indicators, goals and metrics identification, design, measurement and reporting; cost-benefit and scenario analysis; governance and leadership structure design; and change management planning and implementation.


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Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, BA. MA.

With a career spanning five geographic regions, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia is a multilingual, awardwinning innovator, entrepreneur and TEDx speaker, with over 20 years of combined experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. Originally from Germany, she has held senior executive roles at the headquarters of prominent multinational high-tech corporations, SMEs, and startups, and is currently the President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia.

In recognition of her unprecedented leadership with Digital Nova Scotia and lifelong advocacy for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), Ulrike has received numerous awards and features, highlighting her as an inspiring role model for youth, women, immigrants, and under-represented groups in STEAM.

Ulrike self-identifies as a life-long learner with a passion for humanity and an advocate for economic growth, and prosperity for all.

In addition to having been recognized for four consecutive years with the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, and being inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, Ulrike was also honoured with the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, the WCT “Wavemaker” Leadership Excellence Award, the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award, and the Progress Women of Excellence Award. Ulrike was named a Top 40 Change-Maker in Canada by Canadian Living, was highlighted in April 2017 by hEr VOLUTION as 1 of 150 Canadian female leaders in STEAM, and featured in the Canada 150 Women: Conversations With Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries book. Ulrike was invited to speak in front of a sold-out crowd at TEDxKelowna in June 2017, was featured in the “Executive Voice Publishing – Best of Canada 150th Anniversary Report” in October 2017, and was highlighted as part of of My Halifax Experience Magazine’s “Top 5 Women Immigrant Leaders/Influencers in Halifax” for their 10th edition in May 2018.

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Karen Furneaux

Karen Furneaux is a 3-Time Olympian and 2-Time World Champion and winner of over 50 World Cup Medals! Karen is a 2-time Finalist for Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year and 4-time Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year. She has been honoured with Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal as well as the Charles Yatzman Award for Sports Person of the Americas.

Karen has also completed her Masters of Science Degree from Dalhousie University in Kinesiology, with specialization in Sport Psychology. She holds certifications in Ashtanga Yoga, Personal Training, Performance Nutrition, BodyTalk Access, and is a licensed 1:1 provider of HeartMath® programs, which includes stress management. Karen has also undergone extensive Team and Leadership training through Cornell University. She has been communicating the importance of goal setting and stress management to Halifax’s youth, athletes, executives and community for more than 10 years. Karen is teaching Nova Scotia's and fellow Canadians the skills necessary to perform at their chosen professions while also achieving balance in life. Karen facilitates the shift of energy in individuals required for consistent personal best performance!














Dr. Michael Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, as well as a family therapist, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 135 scientific papers. Dr. Ungar’s immense influence comes from his ability to adapt ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.

Dr. Ungar is also the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre where he coordinates over five million dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Ungar regularly provides consultation and training to organizations like the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. He is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who works with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. In 2012 Dr. Ungar was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities.