CACEE Career Educator Certificate Program

CACEE is pleased to provide this professional development program which awards a Career Educator Certificate to participants upon completion.  The goal of the program is to provide participants with an introduction to the Career Educator role within the Canadian post-secondary context as a means to enhancing their professional development and opportunities within the field.

Upon the completion of this certificate, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the diverse roles of career educators and how each contributes to the career development  of students
  • An awareness of the role of career development programs and services within the institutional context
  • An appreciation of  what constitutes  comprehensive and effective service delivery
  • Exposure to the tools and resources that contribute to one’s professional expertise

The Career Educator Certificate Program consists of seven Modules. 

  1. The Foundations of Career Education 
  2. Career Resources
  3. Employer Relations
  4. Career Counselling and Coaching
  5. Programs and Delivery 
  6. Work Integrated Learning and Experiential Education
  7. Mental Wellness and Careers *new*

Module Rates:

CACEE Member: $79/module

Non-Member: $109/module

Timing and Format:

The Career Educator Certificate Modules are offered in webinar format and are all 1 hour in duration. The Webinar will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST and conclude at 1:30 p.m. EST.

2020 Fall Schedule and Registration to be Announced:  

Module 1: The Foundations of Career Education
Module 2: Career Resources 
Module 3: Employer Relations 
Module 4: Career Counselling and Coaching 
Module 5: Programs and Delivery 
Module 6: Work Integrated Learning and Experiential Education
Module 7: Mental Wellness and Careers 



Lauren Shanahan | Director of Talent Attraction | SSENSE

Lauren  is the Director of Talent Attraction at the luxury brand retailer SSENSE in Montreal. She is also the incoming President of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). She has spent almost two decades in talent management, strategy and attraction across several continents.


Lily Abediny | Assistant Director, Employer Recruitment and Engagement | University of Toronto

Lily is the Assistant Director, Employer Recruitment and Engagement, at Career Explorations & Education, University of Toronto. She is an educator, student affairs practitioner, and leader with 15 years of experience in career and student development environments. Lily is dedicated to fostering young professionals’ talent development and supporting their contributions to society.



Christine Barnett | Associate Director, Employer Engagement Team, Career Management Centre | SFU Beedie School of Business

Christine has been in Post-Secondary Education industry for almost 2 decades and has been with SFU since 2005. She currently oversees strategies for a team who in addition to bringing campus recruiters to SFU Beedie, also engages with hundreds of industry professionals to help facilitate activities such as Mentors in Business, Executive and Classroom Speakers, Company Office Tours and Career Fairs. Previously she worked as the Campus Recruitment Manager for SFU's central Career and Volunteer Services Centre. Christine brings experience from industries such as Student Advising (Career, Academic and Co-op), ESL Education, Cooperative Education, Corporate Recruitment, Telecommunications and Banking. She is focused on bridging connections between companies and students.


Elaine Fenner, B.P.H.E., M.Ed. | Director of Experiential Learning | University of Guelph

Elaine Fenner, Manager of Work-Integrated Learning at Seneca College, has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education and 20 years in career and work-integrated learning. The Work-Integrated Learning Department provides WIL in 70+ academic programs at Seneca. Currently, Elaine is also on the Board of Directors of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) serving as the Director-at-Large, Co-op for Colleges, overseeing the association’s Directors and Managers Advisory Committee and is a member of the Government Relations Committee for both CEWIL Canada and Education at Work Ontario (EWO). In her role with the Government Relations Committee with EWO, Elaine spoke in the Ontario Legislative Assembly in regards to Standing Bill 64; Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2016. Elaine has an Honours Degree in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto, a Post-Grad Certificate in Sports Administration from Durham College and her Masters in Education from Nipissing University.


Jeff Ollinger | Senior Manager of Early Talent Acquisition | RBC

Jeff is a human resources and campus recruitment professional with RBC as the Senior Manager of Early Talent Acquisition.  Joining RBC in June 2016, Jeff leads a national team of Campus Recruiters from Halifax to Vancouver recruiting “the face of the bank” into retail branch, commercial banking, and National Office roles.  Previously, Jeff was at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON where he first held the position of Manager, Corporate Development for the DeGroote School of Business in support of commerce and MBA students.  In 2013, Jeff moved to the position of Manager, Engineering Co-op and Career Services for the Faculty of Engineering where he managed two co-op programs and supported over 4000 students in engineering and technology. During his time at McMaster University Jeff was an active CACEE member attending regional and national conferences.

Jenny   Jenny Cruickshank | Associate Director, Student Services | Schulich School of Engineering | University of Calgary
Jenny leads a successful team supporting student academic, career and experience successfully for the Schulich School of Engineering.  Jenny’s background includes roles in human resources in a variety of sectors including international, agricultural, service/retail and public sector.  As a continuing education instructor for Mount Royal University for 6 years, Jenny has a passion for teaching and sharing knowledge.  She is currently working towards her Masters of Education from the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Jenny can be found with her family and small zoo camping in the Alberta outdoors year-round.

Sischa Maharaj | Assistant Director External Relations and Communications | University of Toronto Scarborough

Sischa connects employers with top talent. She is passionate about empowering students to reach their full potential and to find a meaningful career with top global firms. She is a global collaborator and key partner who is driven by innovation, loves learning from outstanding minds and businesses who make a social impact. Her mission is to find and create global employment opportunities that make our world a better place. She has worked in career services, student life and the international student centre at the University of Toronto for over 11 years supporting over 3000 Graduate and Undergraduate students. She has been recognized internally and externally for delivering outstanding results in campus recruitment, employing new immigrants, removing barriers for diverse populations and increasing paths to post-secondary education for youth who face barriers. Currently, at UofT Scarborough campus, Sischa leads external relations and communications for the Management and Management Co-op Program. Previously, Sischa was the Associate Director of BD & Client Relations at Rotman School of Management and had a 12-year career in financial services at BMO and CIBC.


Anne Gaiger, MBA, B.Ed. | Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Career Centre | University of Toronto Mississauga

At the University of Toronto Mississauga, Anne leads a team that offers students career exploration programming, employer networking events and recruitment opportunities.  After 15 years of working in leadership and career development in the telecommunications and consulting industries, Anne transitioned her career to post-secondary work, and has a passion for helping students learn about, and move into the world of work.  Areas of expertise include career- management, coaching to individuals and groups at all phases of careers, staff management, facilitation of strategic planning, delivery of professional training, and building strong partnerships.


Kelly Zatorski, M.Ed. | Manager, Careers & Experiential Learning | Trent University

Kelly has been a dedicated member of the Trent University Community since 2013, working in a range of positions that focus on the success of both the students and the institution as a whole. She currently holds the position of Manager, Careers & Experiential Learning in which she is supporting an innovative team that is committed to developing a new model of service, focusing on the centralization and delivery of new co-operative education programs, expanding a variety of experiential learning opportunities and integrating career education into undergraduate programming.


Larry Iles | Senior Faculty-Career Education Department | Thompson Rivers University

Larry has an extensive education portfolio that he has applied throughout his 22 years at Thompson Rivers University all within Career and Experiential Learning. Prior to working in post-secondary (Co-op Education and Career Counselling), he began his career working as an elementary school teacher then working in adult education with youth at risk.

Larry is currently Chairperson of CACEE West, and is a Past-President of the Association for Co-operative Education/Work Integrated Learning (ACE-WIL BC). Larry teaches credit courses on career development and works one-on-one with students helping them to develop future career plans and provides valuable knowledge about career development. In his spare time, Larry enjoys downhill skiing and international travel.

“My favourite moment working with students is when they have an experience and really connect it to their personal career development-and as a result, have this fantastic clarity about themselves and next steps.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with the CACEE National Office