mark franklin speaker

Experience an innovative career clarification game

Who You Are MATTERS!, and learn new narrative tools for managing your career for the future
"From  Insecurity and Doubt to Hope and Confidence"

Leading up to his keynote talk, Mark Franklin will facilitate two learning experiences within one pre-conference session, to help you understand the dynamics of a narrative framework that’s creating a new language for career management.
A highly interactive discovery experience, Who You Are MATTERS! sidesteps traditional assessments and workshops, freeing participants to think, feel and say who they are, what they want and what’s important to them. Used successfully with post-secondary students and in organizational teambuilding, the game gets people talking, taking a serious topic and putting a fun spin on it. You’ll experience how the game turns micro-narratives into a marvelous one page career & life mosaic, and results in a substantive Career Statement. You’ll interact with peers to identify unique strengths and desires, generate new career ideas, and increase trust and collaboration.  
Both the game and the CareerCycles evidence-based, method of practice draw on the same holistic, narrative framework used by more than 200 career professionals across Canada, US and Europe. After the game experience, you’ll see a short demonstration of the innovative processes and tools and then experience it yourself. You’ll hear first-hand experience about creating and using this method to gather and organize elements from client stories, and to empower your clients to be profoundly receptive to clues, to take inspired action, and to recognize meaningful moments, pivot, embrace and fully explore them.
Join us and learn how this narrative framework's tools and interventions, including the game, balance structure with flexibility and professional judgment, and empower you to listen in new ways to clients' stories. Leave the session feeling more confident and excited about your practice.

Facilitated by Tim Merry, Change Leader at
Graphic Recording by Marguerite Drescher at

An interactive plenary session has been built into the conference this year and will be a refreshing and exploratory experience not to be missed. The format will engage the entire group in mini and full room conversations about what’s going on in our field, what we can do to make the most of our learning when we are together and what we can do to implement positive changes upon our return to the workplace.  
Please come prepared to challenge your assumptions, take responsibility for what you care about and be open for honest dialogue with professionals in various roles in the field of Career Development.
Tim Merry will help guide the session while setting a tone for positive and real conversation in a dynamic atmosphere. His colleague Marguerite Drescher, visual artist and graphic recorder will help capture the important themes in our conversations.

About the Facilitator

Tim Merry – Change Leader

Tim Merry BWTim Merry has been supporting diverse stakeholders to come together to launch, sustain and grow innovative initiatives for over 14 years. He has extensive
experience, ranging from major international businesses and government agencies to local communities and regional collaboratives. All of his work is rooted in the belief that if we create the right conditions people will organize together and solve their own problems. Tim designs, delivers and trains tailor made processes where stakeholder voice is key to creating the systems, structures and services that meet the needs of all involved.
Tim is one of the co-founders of the Art of Hosting, has been a supporter and board member of the Berkana Institute and is a co-founder of the Hub South Shore. He founded the Split Rock Learning Centre, a youth drop in centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and was one of the founders of Engage! InterAct in the Netherlands. He is currently part of an entrepreneurial collaborative, working with large-scale citizen engagement and systems change initiatives.

"…The complexity of the challenges we face, the speed of change and the uncertainty of our times demand we see a bigger picture that none of us could see alone. We must work together to intelligently plan and effectively execute actions that have far reaching impact. "   – Tim Merry

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This practical workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to share best practices in job development through brainstorming solutions to common scenarios that job developers encounter in their workplaces. Workshop facilitators will also share their findings from decades of accumulated experience and interviews with seasoned job developers in HRM.

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Mohja Alia is the manager of the Employment and Bridging Team at ISIS in Nova Scotia. She has worked with immigrants for over 15 years, initiating and coordinating a variety of innovative employment and pre-employment programs, including using online and web-based technologies and offering services to immigrants both pre and post arrival. Mohja sits on a number of provincial and National Committees related to workforce integration and has presented at conferences, symposiums and workshops on labour market attachment for immigrants.

This presentation will look at how to close the job gap for African Canadians and First nation males as they navigate the minefield of finding work and careers in Canada and, in particular, Nova Scotia. This process begins with how we approach and connect with these men in the organizations in which we work within. With the many messages that we receive today in the dominant media culture often where we are working from cripples us from providing the very best service possible when we connect with youth in search of employment in an economy that is struggling to understand where we go from here.

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Based on findings from a qualitative study of 100 adults aged 23-30 from across Canada, this session focuses on how chaos and complexity theory can help us understand the often circuitous and unpredictable pathways followed by many high school graduates. Six career design principles will be discussed that can assist counsellors to engage young people in the process of career planning that is proactive, while acknowledging that career pathways may change in response to many different internal and external factors.

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LloydThomasLloyd Thomas has been a member of the Employment Maintenance Services team since 2011. He brings with him valuable experience as a Frontline Support Worker for various community services, particularly those involving youth in crisis throughout HRM.






MatthewJamiesonMatthew Jamieson has been working with persons with disabilities since 2004. He worked in community inclusive focused agencies from 2004-2008, supporting clients to pursue and achieve their social and employment goals. He has also worked in small options homes for persons with disabilities.

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Put your hand up if you’ve ever used labour market information. Now, keep your

hand up if you think you’ve got more to learn — you’re probably not alone. Come find out how to

maximize your use of labour market information. In this session, you’ll learn about recent changes to

Careers Nova Scotia and other LMI resources, tips and tricks in using LMI, and what has been happening

in the provincial job market.

Facilitated by Jeremy Neily

Jeremy Neily is a Senior Economist and Manager with the Department of Labour and

Advanced Education, where he oversees labour market information resources (Careers Nova Scotia),

and research and analysis on the labour market.

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  • understanding of challenges faced by new immigrants
  • ability to welcome and support new immigrants
  • cultural competence in working alongside new immigrants

Please join us as we take a journey and look at life in Canada from a different perspective, put ourselves in another's shoes and explore ways in which we can be more welcoming in our communities.

laura atkinsonLaura Atkinson is a Rural Settlement Counsellor based in Bridgewater. She supports and connects immigrants in the area to settle, find employment, get language training and integrate in the community.











gina moynanGina Moynan is an immigrant from London, England who arrived in Nova Scotia in August 2011. She has worked for ISIS setting up both the Temporary Foreign Worker Support Program and the Rural Settlement Program.

Put your hand up if you’ve ever used labour market information. Now, keep your hand up if you think you’ve got more to learn — you’re probably not alone. Come find out how to maximize your use of labour market information. In this session, you’ll learn about recent changes to
Careers Nova Scotia and other LMI resources, tips and tricks in using LMI, and what has been happening in the provincial job market.

Jeremy Neily is a Senior Economist and Manager with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, where he oversees labour market information resources (Careers Nova Scotia), and research and analysis on the labour market.

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