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Alberta Career Development Conference (ACDC) 2018

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Date(s) - 01/05/2018 - 02/05/2018
All Day

Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre


The Career Development Association of Alberta’s (CDAA’s) Alberta Career Development Conference (ACDC) has been touted by delegates as one of the best career development conferences they have attended and by all reports, year after year, it just keeps getting better! This two day professional development and networking extravaganza will bring together approximately 300 delegates from across Alberta, and points beyond, to discover “perspectives and possibilities” in career development. With a stimulating program including keynote speakers, expert panel presentations, concurrent sessions, an exhibitor fair, and a lively networking reception, ACDC 2018 is really going to rock!

ACDC 2018, the CDAA’s fifth annual conference, will be held on May 1 & 2, 2018 at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary, AB. This year’s opening keynote presenter, Lisa Taylor, President of Challenge Factory, will be delivering 5 Future of Work Trends: Changing perspectives and realizing potential. On the second day of the conference delegates will be treated to a series of Perspectives and Possibilities Mini Presentations. Concurrent session presentations will address the conference theme, “perspectives and possibilities”, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Career Counselling / Coaching Techniques
  • Trends, Tools, and Technology
  • Career Development Research and Theories
  • Workforce Planning and Development
  • Personal Development and Wellness
  • Leadership, Supervision, and Mentorship
  • Best Practices for Diverse Client Groups



May 1 & 2, 2018

Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary, AB



“5 Future of Work Trends: Changing perspectives and realizing potential”

It is easy to believe that the world of work today is chaotic, precarious and unpredictable. It would be understandable if we were to hunker down, stick to proven practices and wait for the dust to settle. And, in doing so, we will have missed our sector’s greatest opportunity to impact society.  We are currently living through talent-focused revolutionary times shaped by five trends. Using a variety of tools, analogies and examples, this talk will challenge outdated career thinking and explore how career professionals are the revolutionaries, myth-busters and sense makers the workforce and employers are searching for. From demographics to new models of career ownership, the freelance economy and new business models, we will explore how to make sense of what the workforce of 2020 and beyond will look like – and what will be needed from our sector as clients transition into jobs of the future.

Lisa is president of Challenge Factory, a Canadian company recognized across North America for its expertise in translating trends into practical programs that challenge organizations and individuals to capitalize on the shifting nature of work.

Lisa holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Public Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and was a senior consultant with Deloitte and then a Practice Lead, National Managing Principal and Global Team member with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. Her early career focused on how Internet technologies were disrupting business models. She believes that we are living through a similar period of disruption today only this time the major factors are not technical. They are human. In 2014, Lisa was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women for work in the areas of leadership, employment and city building. She sits on several Boards, including the Canadian Special Operations Forces Regiment Association and the Dean’s Advisory Council, at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.



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