June 1, 2017

Registration / Networking                                             8:00am-9:00am

Day 1 Conference Introduction, Overview of the Impact of Public Service
Christian Saint Cyr, Conference Moderator                                    9:00am—9:30am                   
BC Labour Market Report, Labour Market Solutions

Over the past twenty years, Christian Saint Cyr has established himself as a leading British Columbia expert on job search and the province’s labour market. As publisher of the British Columbia and Ontario Labour Market Reports, Christian advises thousands of career professionals nationally and regularly works with representatives of business, education and government on developing proactive solutions to labour market challenges. As director of the BC Employment Network and author of the BC Job Search Guide, Christian has developed a dynamic understanding of effective job search and the varied needs of local employers.

Labour Market Solutions is dedicated to labour market research, reporting and professional development within the career development field. Publisher of the BC Labour Market Report and the Ontario Labour Market Report, Labour Market Solutions works with more than 80% of local career practitioners to provide insights and understanding regarding the local labour market. Through the new BC Employment Network, Labour Market Solutions is seeking new opportunities to promote networking and the storage and distribution of new and effective labour market information.

Careers with the Province of British Columbia
Carrie Daniels—Manager, Marketing & Outreach 9:30am-10:40am
BC Public Service

Carrie Daniels is the Manager of Recruitment Marketing and Outreach for the BC Public Service Agency.  She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) and has worked in many areas of the  provincial government including: Manager of Policy and Legislation for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Recruitment Marketing Strategist for the BC Public Service Agency as well as Manager, Stakeholder Relations for the Ministry of Health.

The BC Public Service is comprised of over 26,000 employees in more than 200 different job types working across 280 communities within the province to deliver services to more than four million British Columbians every day. The BC Public Service offers a range of careers and the opportunity to engage in rewarding, innovative work driven by purpose and responsibility to the citizens of British Columbia. 

Morning Break Sponsored by BC Corrections 10:40-11:00am

Conference Break-Out Groups (Thursday and Friday) 11:00am-12:00pm

1. Policing Break-Out Group Crystal Ballroom 2

Cst. John Wilcox — Recruiter Abbotsford Police Department

Cst. Wilcox is a 13-year member of the Abbotsford Police Department.  He has been the APD Recruiter since January 2015.  Cst Wilcox is fully- or partially-involved in several hiring streams at APD, including recruits, experienced officers, Operational Support Officers, and APD Reserves.  He also assists with the on-boarding processes for APD jail guards, as well as civilian volunteers for the Community Police Office, Victim’s Services and Restorative Justice. 

Abbotsford Police Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality of police service to the citizens of Abbotsford. In partnership with our community, we are committed to ensuring safety and security by enforcing the law, preventing crime, and responding to community needs.  Our 216+ sworn police officers, 100+ civilian staff, and 80+ volunteers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of police service to the citizens of Abbotsford.

We place great value on respect, diversity, accountability, ethics, integrity, innovation and leadership.  We continuously strive for improvement and we are committed to our mission to make Abbotsford the safest city in BC.

Cst. Erika Dirsus — Proactive Recruiter Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Cst. Dirsus is a 21 year member with the RCMP. She has conducted all of her service in the Lower Mainland and surrounding areas. Cst. Dirsus's experience has been with general duty policing, Community policing, Traffic services and Proactive Recruiting. Cst. Dirsus was involved in the RCMP Tactical troop for 11 years.

The Royal Canadian is Canada's National Police force. Currently, the RCMP is looking to hire 1100 - 1200 new police officers across Canada.

Vancouver Police

The Vancouver Police Department is a diverse police force, reflecting the rich tapestry of the many communities and lifestyles that make up our city. We are one of the largest municipal police forces in Canada and we are recognized as an innovator in Canadian law enforcement.

2. Armed Forces Break-Out Group Tiffany Room A (on Level 2, one-floor down)

Lt. (Navy) Simon Chow - Attractions & Diversity Officer, Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre - Pacific (Vancouver)

Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant (Navy) Simon Chow enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 2006 as a Maritime Surface Sub-Surface Officer. After completing a 4-year Management Degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2010, he was posted to the Naval Officer Training Center in Esquimalt, BC in order to complete his Naval training. Following 4 tours of duty on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Athabaskan, Charlottetown, Ville de Québec, and Toronto, he was posted into his current position in 2015.

Canadian Armed Forces members are proud to serve Canada by defending its values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad. They support freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights around the world. With over 100 full and part time careers available, come and see what the Canadian Forces has to offer you!
3. Fire and Rescue Services Break-Out Group Waterford 1&2

Carol Messenger — Captain, Recruitment and Outreach
Christopher Wan — Acting Lieutenant of Recruitment and Outreach

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, Recruitment & Outreach

Captain Carol Messenger has been with VFRS for 17 years.  12 years working as a Firefighter, Specializing as a Fire Boat Operator, First Responder Instructor, Critical Incident Stress Management Team member, Lt. of Fire & Life Safety Education and currently as Captain of the Recruitment & Outreach Division.  Her background is also in Real Estate, Tourism and worked as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor for the Ministry.  Carol has 4 beautiful adult children and lives happily in North Vancouver with her husband, who is also a Captain with VFRS.

Christopher Won has been a professional Fire Fighter for 14 years, and is currently assigned to VFRS Technical Rescue Team. He is also a member of Canada Task Force-1; Canada's internationally deployable Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team. Prior to joining the fire service he attended University of British Columbia and earned Bachelor Degrees in Human Kinetics and Education. He recently received the role of Acting Training Officer with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services' Training Division where he will facilitate the instruction of fellow Fire Fighters as they progress through their career. 

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) are the first responders in the event of many emergency and non-emergency incidents, not just fires. We respond to medical emergencies, teach fire prevention and fire safety courses, operate an urban search and rescue deployment, and host public health clinics in your communities. We operate through twenty Vancouver fire halls, one training academy, and two fire prevention offices

4. Paramedic & Emergency Health Services Break-Out Group Crystal Ballroom 3

Michelle Greene — Recruitment Advisor, BCEHS and PHSA

Joe Acker — Director, Patient Care Delivery, Metro Operations

Hiba Al-Qishawi — Lead, Business and Talent Development, Patient Care Communication and Planning BC

BC Emergency Health Services

Michelle Greene has been working in Human Resources with BCEHS for over 8 years.  She is currently the senior advisor for external paramedic recruitment with BCEHS.

Joe Acker is the Director of Patient Care Delivery for BC Emergency Health Services responsible for paramedic services in Metro Vancouver and the West Coast Districts. Joe has more than 25 years’ experience as a paramedic, academic, researcher, manager, and emergency service leader. He has gained international experience working, consulting, and studying prehospital care systems in Australia, Canada, the United States, China, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Brunei, and the United Kingdom.

Hiba Al-Qishawi has recently come to health care from a background in corporate recruitment in Nova Scotia and Alberta.  Hiba has recently joined the Patient Care Communications Planning team as a business analyst and recruitment and retention specialist.

BC Emergency Health Services provides pre-hospital emergency care and inter-facility patient transfers throughout the province and oversees the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Patient Transfer Network. Our paramedics in both ground and air ambulances, dispatchers, and staff who arrange inter-facility patient transfers provide valuable services across BC every day. 

Working as a Primary Care Paramedic, (PCP) is a career focused position ideal for people interested in becoming part of the fast-paced world of emergency medical response and are looking for a career that can take them anywhere in the province.  Careers in BCEHS dispatch centers offer challenging work in a fast-paced environment. BCAS has centers located in Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

5. BC Corrections Break-Out Group Crystal Ballroom 1

Maureen Draaisma — Assistant Deputy Warden, Provincial Recruitment Program, Adult Custody Division

Dana Tadla — Deputy Provincial Director, Adult Custody Division

Rod Johnson — Correctional Supervisor, Provincial Recruitment Team, Adult Custody Division

BC Corrections

Maureen Draaism has worked in the Adult Custody Division of BC Corrections at various correctional facilities with male and female offenders for 13 years – since 2006 at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women

Dana Tadla has 24 years of service with BC Government and current portfolio includes:  Human Resources, Facilities, and Budget forecasting for the Adult Custody Division of BC Corrections.

Rod Johnson has worked in the Adult Custody Division of BC Corrections for over 28 years at starting at Oakalla and for the past 26 years at Surrey Pretrial Service Centre – a maximum security remand centre – working with male and female offenders.

The Adult Custody Division of BC Corrections protects B.C. communities and works to reduce re-offending. The Division is responsible for providing safe and secure custody of inmates who have been sentenced to prison terms of less than two years, or who are awaiting trial, as well as immigration detainees. Our business is public safety and the people who work for us are dedicated corrections professionals who believe in fairness, dignity and respect. The Division’s integrated programs and services are built on a foundation of effective communication and rooted in due process. The focus of these programs and services is on supporting positive change.

Lunch Break 12:00noon-1:00pm

Public Sector Union Panel Discussion 1:00pm-2:10pm

Doug Dykens — Director British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union

Doug Dykens is the Director of Field Services and Negotiations for the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union. Since October 2016, Doug has managed the work of the union’s twelve area offices across B.C. and overseen the bargaining of members’ collective agreements. Prior to joining the staff of the BCGEU, Doug was a proud member and union steward, working in the community social services sector in Smithers, B.C. When not passionately advocating for advancing workers’ rights, he can be found out on the trails long distance running, or at the rink playing hockey.

The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is one of B.C.’s largest and most diverse unions, representing over 73,000 members in 550 bargaining units in the private sector and public services.

About a third of the BCGEU’s membership works in the direct government service. Their jobs include protecting children, providing financial assistance to the poor, protecting the environment and managing our natural resources, caring for the mentally ill in institutions, staffing provincial correctional facilities, fighting forest fires and providing the government’s technical and clerical services.

The BCGEU is proud to represent thousands of additional members in health care, community social services, education, highways maintenance, casinos, credit unions, municipalities, regional districts and other employers.

Glen Hansman — President BC Teachers' Federation

Glen Hansman is the President of the BC Teachers’ Federation. He has recently been re-elected for a second year. He previously served six years as a Vice-President of the BCTF, and is the former President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association. He is on leave from a special education teaching position in Vancouver, and was the Vancouver School Board’s antihomopbobia consultant.

The BC Teachers’ Federation was established in 1917, and is the professional voice and union for BC’s 42,000 public school teachers. The BCTF is a member of the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

Mike Palecek — National President Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Mike Palecek is a letter carrier from Vancouver and the National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Many CUPW members work for Canada Post as letter carriers, rural and suburban mail carriers, postal clerks, mail handlers and dispatchers, technicians, mechanics and electricians. But CUPW doesn’t just represent postal workers. We also represent cleaners, couriers, drivers, vehicle mechanics, warehouse workers, printers, emergency medical dispatchers and other workers in the private sector. CUPW is a democratic union. Our members elect all representatives, set the priorities for bargaining, and have the final say on contract demands and settlements. We are proud of our history and the achievements of our members. 

Afternoon Break Sponsored by  Neil Squire Society 2:10pm-2:30pm

Careers in Elementary and Secondary School Education 2:30pm-3:15pm
Andrew Jang — Business Development Consultant
BC Public School Employers' Association (Make a Future)

As the brand ambassador for careers in BC Education, Andrew Jang's role is to promote careers in BC schools and to assist schools with recruiting for difficult-to-roles. Previously, Andrew worked in a variety of roles for a non-profit employment program for youth.

Make a Future is a recruitment initiative created by the BC Public School Employers’ Association as a joint venture among BC’s 60 public boards of education, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, and the Ministry of Education.  The website launched on April 28, 2008 as the official job board for BC public schools and BC First Nations schools.

Education and Training for Leadership Roles in Public Service 3:15-4:00pm
Moura Quayle — Director, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
University of British Columbia

Moura Quayle is the current Director of the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues and of the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program, and will become the Director pro tem of UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs later this year. Her interests lie in rethinking, refining, and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business, and civil society. Moura’s previous experience includes Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research, and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions, including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC Commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; and transforming a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at the University of British Columbia, first as Dean to update UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems and then as Associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA , a Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.

UBC’s Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) is a professional degree in global public policy—an innovative program designed to transcend academic disciplines and sectors. Drawing on UBC’s unique location as an Asia Pacific gateway and the interdisciplinary expertise of its founding partners, the MPPGA program equips the next generation of global leaders with the multidisciplinary policy skills that 21st century challenges demand.

Careers in Public Transportation 4:00-4:45pm
Rachel Vanek — Senior Human Resources Advisors


Rachel Vanek is a Senior Human Resources Advisor with TransLink.  She supervises the Recruiting team at TransLink, having started with the organization in 2006. In this time she has held roles in recruitment at Transit Police, as well as Compensation and Human Resources Advisory Services.   

The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) is one of Canada’s most innovative transportation authorities, founded in 1999 to plan and manage transportation within Metro Vancouver. We’ve achieved success not only in improving the transportation network of the region, but helping maintain the enviable lifestyle of residents and the viability of local businesses. TransLink and our family of companies (Coast Mountain Bus Company, B.C. Rapid Transit Company and Transit Police) are proud to be one of BC’s Top Employers.

Conference Adjourned for Day 1

June 2, 2017

Registration / Networking 8:00am-9:00am

Day 2 Conference Introduction, Overview of the Impact of Public Service

Careers in with the Government of Canada 9:15am-10:00am
Soleil Dempsey — Manager
Marie-Eve Savard — Team Leader
Public Service Commission - Government of Canada

Soleil Dempsey is the Manager of the Public Service Commission Regional Vancouver Office and has been with the PSC since January 2016. She has held various positions at different departments and has worked in staffing, labour relations and corporate staffing. She started as a co-op summer student and was later hired as a former student into a permanent position. She was later hired into an HR developmental program through the Post-Secondary Recruitment PSC annual recruitment program. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. 

Marie-Eve Savard is the Team Leader at the Public Service Commission Regional Vancouver Office and has been with the PSC since January 2017. She has worked in Ottawa as an Operational Manager and Assistant Director at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, as well as in the regions. She has worked in government for over 10 years and holds an MBA from Ottawa University.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) is responsible for promoting and safeguarding a merit-based, representative and non-partisan public service that serves all Canadians, in collaboration with its stakeholders. It also manages the tools for public service recruitment, providing applicants and managers with a single portal to access all public service job opportunities. The PSC has various recruitment programs that you may be interested, including FSWEP, PSR and RPL. In addition, the PSC runs various collective wide processes across Canada that departments can hire from. We will speak about the various programs and explain how you can work with the government too!

Careers with WorkSafeBC — Vocational Rehabilitation 10:00am-10:40am
Donna Marsh — Vocational Rehabilitation
WorkSafe BC

Morning Break Sponsored by Nanaimo Youth Services 10:40-11:00am

Municipalities and Local Government Panel Discussion 1:00pm-2:10pm
(Sponsored by Open Door Group)

Jennifer C. Howatt, BBA, CPHR  — Senior Human Resources and Abilities Advisor
City of Kamloops

Jennifer has worked in Human Resources for the City of Kamloops for 14 years.  She has her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).  She provides HR generalist support to City of Kamloops departments in addition to managing the return to work portfolio and abilities management portfolio for those off work due to non-occupational reasons.

At the City of Kamloops, we are focused on creating the highest levels of service excellence, based on an organization-wide community culture that celebrates the employees who make it all happen. We offer many advantages including ongoing training and professional development opportunities, coupled with exceptional benefits, all in the beautiful natural setting of the BC Interior.

Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital, a family and business-friendly community committed to providing great customer service, enhancing community partnerships, and supporting economic growth. Our 700 employees provide customer services and programs to a local and regional population of 125,000 people. Kamloops provides abundant recreational possibilities for residents and visitors alike, as well as education and culture opportunities and activities.

Leesa Grisdale - CHRP — Human Resources Advisor
The Corporation of Delta
I started my career in Human Resources with the City of Burnaby.  After 14 wonderful years there I took a leap of faith and stepped outside my comfort zone when an progressive HR Manager opportunity presented itself in Delta.  Although I am a generalist touching on all aspects of Human Resources, my current portfolios include Benefit Administration, Recruitment and Labour Relations.

The Corporation of Delta is a Local Municipal Government which services a population of over 100,000 residents and is made up of 3 very diverse areas.  We pride ourselves on our past and our sustainable future.    Our Mission Statement is to provide a healthy workplace and foster a safe, vibrant, sustainable community through excellence in municipal services honouring culture, heritage and the environment.   We are excited to soon be “The City of Delta”.

Heather Vegh — Manager of Human Resources
City of Chilliwack

Quality of life, maintaining service levels and keeping our community vibrant and healthy, is a priority for City Hall. Good fiscal management includes long term planning for community projects and infrastructure without going into debt.  It is vitally important that we continue to find new ways to conduct the business of government for less and persist in improving the quality of life for all residents in Chilliwack.

Afternoon Break Sponsored by WCG Services 10:40-11:00am

Careers in Health Care — Live Interview 2:30pm-3:15pm

Michelle Greene — Recruitment Advisor, BCEHS and PHSA
Brendan Cindric — Recruitment Advisor, BCEHS, PHSA Corporate and IT
Provincial Health Services Authority

Working at PHSA is about making a difference. It's about providing the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of our patients first. At PHSA, you'll discover a culture of teamwork, professionalism and mutual respect, and most importantly, a life-changing career.  Walking through the hall of any of our clinical sites is enough for most of our employees to know that what they are doing, what they are a part of, is more than just a job. We provide the opportunity to have an impact and touch someone's life, every day Quality of life, maintaining service levels and keeping our community vibrant and healthy, is a priority for City Hall. Good fiscal management includes long term planning for community projects and infrastructure without going into debt.  It is vitally important that we continue to find new ways to conduct the business of government for less and persist in improving the quality of life for all residents in Chilliwack.

The Value of Trades and Apprenticeship in Public Service 3:15pm-4:00pm
Jason Leber — Manager, Youth Programs
Donna Henderson — Apprenticeship Advisor
Industry Training Authority

Jason oversees the youth trades programs in BC which offer school aged students an opportunity to explore trades while in school. He is a Red Seal Automotive Technician and has a BC Instructor’s Diploma. He’s worked as a technician, educator and manager in union, non-union, public and private sectors.

Donna serves the region of Burnaby, New Westminster and North Delta Including Annacis Island. She’s a Career Development Practitioner with a passion for mentoring people towards employment success. Donna has experience in case management, labour market research, and career planning and training.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, supports apprenticeships, fund programs, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system. ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, supports apprenticeships, fund programs, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.

Careers in Higher Education 4:00pm-4:45pm
Marie Gonzales, CPHR, CCDP — HR Manager, Operations and Recruitment
Douglas College

Marie Gonzales is the HR Manager for Operations and Recruitment at Douglas College.  In her role, she oversees overall recruitment and selection, staffing, operations/employee services, employer branding, employment offers, orientation and onboarding at the College.

Marie is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)  and a CCDP (Certified Career Development Practitioner) with over 23 years of HR experience in both the private and public sectors in Canada and in the United States, a Bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines and a Human Resources Management Certificate from BCIT. 

Marie has served at CPHR BC &YK (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC and Yukon) with the Greater Vancouver Advisory Council for 4 years and also continue to be involved with mentorship for new immigrants and refugees to Canada with IECBC (Immigrant Employment Council of BC).  Marie’s focus is on the essential levers of individual and organizational productivity and success.

With a dozen public post-secondary institutions, dozens of private institutions, and a host of online post-secondary options operating in the Metro Vancouver region, Douglas College’s difference begins with its core purpose. 

Douglas College’s core purpose, its reason for being, is – “inspiring students to do what they love and be good at it, providing educational experiences that challenge, enlighten, and open doors to lives of passion and purpose.” 

This core purpose goes to the heart of Douglas College, is infused in all of the College’s activities, highlighting the focus on students and the role that all employees play in creating a transformative educational experience.

Douglas College employees draw inspiration and strength from this sense of place.   With two main campuses in the heart of Metro Vancouver, Douglas College is positioned as one of the educational hubs for the Lower Mainland.

Conference concludes. Thank you for your participation! 4:45pm


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New and Emerging Careers

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Held: Thurs. June 1st and

Fri. June 2nd, 2017

Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and participants at this year's labour market conference!

BC Corrections

​Nanaimo Youth Services Association

Neil Squire Society

​Open Door Group

​WCG Services

Below, we've included a summary of our speakers with BLUE LINKS to the PowerPoint Presentation each one of our speakers delivered.