Summer Labour Market Conference

Great thanks to our 2019 conference sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia


  • Auto Training Centre

  • BC Career Development Association

  • Douglas College

  • Langara College

  • Orbital Learning

  • WorkBC



2019 Summer Labour Market Conference

August 1st and 2nd, 2019

Vancouver, BC




Chris Atchison, President  |   BC Construction Association


Chris brings to BCCA a wealth of experience, including nine years as Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT and more than 15 years as a workforce development strategist for organizations and communities throughout BC. Chris oversees a BCCA team that operationalizes a sector-wide strategic plan spanning pillars of: skilled workforce, construction projects, technology and community partnership. In addition to his work credentials, Chris holds an International Relations Degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT, is Past President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Past Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. Plus in his “spare time”, he's the Head Coach of the Midget Female AAA Vancouver Island Seals.


Terry Beech, Liberal MP  |   Burnaby North-Seymour


Terry Beech is the Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour, and is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport. Terry has also served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science, as well as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Terry is committed to finding innovative ways to ensure that all constituents have their voice heard. His efforts were recognized when MPs from all parties voted him Parliamentarian of the Year for Civic Outreach in 2018.


Prior to entering federal politics, Terry studied business at Capilano University and Simon Fraser University, before earning his MBA from Oxford University. He also started and operated several small businesses and non-profit organizations, and taught entrepreneurship courses at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.


Rod Bianchini, Interim Chief Operating Officer

Industry Training Authority


Rod Bianchini is the Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Industry Training Authority. Rod joined ITA in 2013 as the Manger of Apprenticeship Advisors where he played a key role in the introduction of Apprenticeship Advisors to the BC trades training system. As Director of Industry Relations, Rod leads the Industry Relations and Apprenticeship Advisor teams fulfilling ITA’s strategic goal of engaging and supporting Industry, Employer Sponsors and Apprentices.


Rod is a certified Roofer with an extensive trades background. He began his career with Martel Bros. Sheet Metal Ltd. working his way from an apprentice to a fully certified Roofer. Before joining ITA, Rod worked as an Industrial Relations Officer, Regional Manager with the Ministry of Labour. His proven success led to a successful career as leader and manager.  Rod has a proven history of leading and developing new teams.


Joanne Chung, Instructor

Langara Career Development Practitioner Program 


Joanne is a client-centered, innovative, versatile Certified Career Development Practitioner with 20 years of experience in employment counselling, case management, facilitation, personal coaching, and adult education. As a strong believer in self-efficacy by empowering people to maximize their potentials, she has been providing evidence-based, target-oriented career services to a wide range of people from various cultural and social backgrounds, and assisted them to overcome their barriers by obtaining employment or community attachment.


With a keen interest in the development of strategies to enhance personal, academic and social performance as well as a strong curiosity in new learning, she earned the nickname “Career Development Practitioner Whisperer”. Joanne is Lead Instructor for the Career Development Professional Certificate Program at Langara College.


Lorie Dolphin, Leader for Talent Acquisition & On-Boarding

Fraser Health


Leader for Talent Acquisition at Fraser Health,  Laurie Dolphin has 14 years’ experience in healthcare recruitment. She leads a team of recruiters working to recruit for Health Science Professional and Facility Support as well as Management and non-contract support positions.


Jill Eddy, Instructor

SFU Career Development Practitioner Program


Jill Eddy (BA, CIMBS) is a career advisor at Simon Fraser University, where she provides guidance to hundreds of students and alumni each year. As a Certified Internet Marketing and Business Strategist with over a decade of experience in communications, she enjoys helping individuals leverage technology to make the most of their careers. Jill’s extensive labour market knowledge is a result of her diverse background—from working across many areas of business, science and technology to building an international career in London’s creative industry.


Previously, Jill worked for SFU’s Science, Environment and Health Sciences Co-op Program and Back in Motion’s Skills Connect for Immigrants Program. Graduating top of her class in the SFU Career Development Practitioner program, Jill has gone on to earn accreditation as a Holistic Narrative Career Professional and now speaks at various industry events.


Jennifer Gough, Director, Procurement & Special Projects

Employment & Labour Market Services Division

Ministry of Social Development  & Poverty Reduction


Jennifer Gough is the A/Executive Director of Program Renewal in the Employment and Labour Market Services Division with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. She has over eighteen years experience in employment programming policy and program development, the last ten years with the ministry having previously worked in employment programs with the federal government.  Her current role is responsible for leading a large and diverse project team to evaluate, design and procure $1.5B worth of province wide employment programming contracts for WorkBC Employment Services. She has been a public servant since 2001 and has a strong passion for the work of the public service. She has experience in large scale procurement, facilitation, team building, program planning sessions, and project management. Her strengths include a strong communication skill set and ability to create collaborative working relationships. She believes the work each of us does each day affects the lives of British Columbians and it's our privilege to be able to try to do so in the best way possible.


Angela Foraaunet, M.A., CPHR, Human Resources Advisor

BC, NWT, Nunavut and Yukon Region,

Services and Business Development Sector

Public Service Commission of Canada, Government of Canada


Angela’s HR philosophy centers on building effective relationships through working in partnership by establishing trust and open communication. A progressive HR professional with 10+ years’ generalist experience, clients have ranged from highly operational groups to world renowned research scientists and biologists to dedicated corporate support. By getting out in the field or experiencing different work dynamics, Angela brings a clearer understanding of her client’s current and future business needs. Actively maintains a network with other HR professionals both in the public and private sector.


In her present role, focusing on recruitment and partnership building for the Government of Canada, Angela’s passion is connecting great people to great careers! Strengths include facilitating, coaching and learning especially in the areas of clear communication, creating dialogue to resolve conflict and effective leadership.


Yvonne Hanson, NDP Candidate  |  Vancouver Granville


Driven to enter politics at a young age by the growing climate crisis, Yvonne is a committed advocate on the environment and inequality. She’s worked with groups like Our Time, Force of Nature, and Extinction Rebellion to push Canada forward on the biggest issue of our time – and she knows we have to fight climate change like we want to win. Living and working in Vancouver, Yvonne has seen the impact of the housing squeeze on everyday Canadians who have nowhere to go. She knows the difference it would make for the government to build affordable housing that meets the needs of Canadian families.


Yvonne says she is ready to build a Canada that works for everyone – not just the super-rich. She’s standing with Jagmeet Singh and the NDP to fight for affordable housing, green public transit, universal pharmacare, and bold action on the climate emergency.


Andrea Hinck, Manager, Industry Training

go2HR, The resource for people in Tourism


Andrea joined the go2HR team in 2015 and brings more than 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, with a background in Human Resources and training. She manages go2HR’s industry training program SuperHost. She also liaises with go2HR committees, industry associations, employers, training providers, and other stakeholders. Andrea is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and holds a diploma as a provincial instructor in adult education. Outside of work, she loves to do anything outdoorsy…. hiking, kayaking, skiing. Fun fact: She is a drummer in a marching band


Andrew Jang, Senior Manager, Business Development

Make a Future – Careers in BC


Andrew Jang coordinates and manages various marketing and recruitment initiatives on behalf of 60 public school districts, independent First Nations schools, FISA schools, and BC-certified offshore operators. Responsible for promoting the Make a Future brand and careers in BC Education, Andrew travels the country promoting careers in BC schools and helping school districts attract the best and brightest educators.


Rounding out Andrew's portfolio are responsibilities related to managing and developing Make a Future's recruitment portal content, social media voice, and participating in provincial discussions with community organizations, post-secondary institutions, and government ministries to highlight the workforce needs of British Columbia's schools.


Mike Jones, Membership Director

Career Education Society


Mike has been engaged in the Education sector for over thirty-five years, at the Middle, Secondary, and Post-secondary levels. He holds a Bachelor of Education with a major in Counselling, and pursued graduate studies in Career and Vocational Counselling. His career has ranged from civil engineering to graphic arts, and from commercial diving to firefighting. Mike has worked extensively in Occupational Health and Safety in both industrial and academic settings. His experience in Career Education in northwestern BC includes administering vocational training, essential skills, and work experience programs; career and vocational testing; and trades and technologies careers awareness.


A Certified Career Development Practitioner, he now lives in Terrace, BC and practices as an independent careers consultant. He is a longstanding member of BCCDA, a Member of the Board of the BC Career Educators Society, and a member of the National Career Development Association. He leads many professional activities for career educators in northwestern BC and regularly attends provincial conferences and workshops.


Bruce Lacroix, President and CEO

The Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc


Bruce Lacroix is President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship. Inc.. Born in Halifax of mixed Mi’kmaq and French heritage, Bruce now lives in the picturesque heritage town of Nelson, BC, where he mixes a bit of work with lots of play. A life-long entrepreneur and self-professed “terrible employee working for others”, Bruce works best in collaboration with others to help achieve success for all involved. But only if it will be fun! He created the popular Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) program, which has been presented in over 130 communities in Canada and the Caribbean, to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people."


Katherine Lazaruk, AICI CIP, ACC  |  Lazaruk Consulting Inc.


Katherine Lazaruk is a professional presence expert who helps leaders and their teams walk the walk, talk the talk and look the part. She is passionate about achieving gender parity in her lifetime and through her coaching, consulting and speaking; she works with women and champions of women who are interested in getting more women into senior leadership faster. Recognizing that we are currently in a shifting paradigm, she works within the system to change the system for teams and individuals alike to create a kinder, gentler and more effective world. 


Katherine holds degrees in Voice Performance and Education, holds her second level international designation of Certified Image Professional (CIP) with the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also chairs the Recognition Subcommittee of the Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Committee with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and recently completed her third term as the Secretary of the AICI Canada Chapter Board. 


Patrick MacKenzie, CEO

Immigrant Employment Council of BC


Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with partners on matters affecting aboriginal and immigrant populations, including immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility.


Melanie Mark  |  Minister

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training


Melanie Mark became B.C.’s first female First Nations MLA when she was elected to represent Vancouver-Mount Pleasant in 2016. In 2017, she became the province’s first female First Nations cabinet minister, appointed to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


As the first in her family to graduate high school and complete post-secondary education, Melanie knows the transformative power of education. She is committed to breaking down barriers to education at all access points.


Before entering politics, Melanie advocated for youth, the homeless, sexually exploited children and Indigenous peoples in the justice system. She co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, led a national project with Save the Children Canada, and served as an advocate with British Columbia’s Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.


She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Simon Fraser University, a criminology diploma from Native Education College/Douglas College and an advanced executive certificate in general management from Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ont.  Melanie believes, “It is our collective responsibility to disrupt the status quo and inspire this generation to be the innovators, change makers and leaders of tomorrow.”


Melanie is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree, Ojibway, French and Scottish. She has deep roots in northern B.C. and grew up in the projects of East Vancouver. She says, her most important role is as a proud mother to Makayla and Maya with her husband, Cassidy.



Janet Morris-Reade, Chief Executive Officer

ASPECT - Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training


Janet uses her extensive professional background and knowledge and has been leading nonprofit associations since 2004. Working with members, private and public stakeholders including the provincial and federal governments, as CEO of ASPECT, Janet acts as a key advocate for the employability and career training sector.


Seanna Quressette, M.Ed., CCDP, Coordinator of Continuing Education  |  Douglas College,


Seanna Quressette, M.Ed., CCDP (Counselling, University of Victoria), has developed and delivered training programs since 1985 and has provided Career Practitioner Certificate training in BC since 1999. Seanna was the Instructional Coordinator for the Career Practitioner Institute, in Duncan, BC. She also assisted with the original design of and instructed practitioners in the Employment Counsellor Diploma program at Cornerstone International Education. She has delivered workshops at conferences in BC, Alberta, Australia and the US and has taught both through Diploma and Certificate programs and in-house for organizations. Currently Seanna is the Coordinator of Continuing Education with the Faculty of Child, Family and Community Studies at Douglas College and continues to teach in the Career Development programs.


Wes Regan, Member

Federal Council of the Green Party of Canada


As a past candidate and member of Shadow Cabinet with the Green Party of Canada, since 2015, Wes brings experience from multiple perspectives that I believes are valuable on their Federal Council. He also has extensive board governance experience in the non-profit sector serving as Chair, Treasurer, Advisor and Executive Director of mission and membership based organizations. In these various roles, he has led and contributed to strategic planning processes, campaigns, and always exercised a stern commitment to good governance and good communication with members and stakeholders.


He holds a Masters in Urban Studies, two undergraduate degrees in Geography, and a professional certificate in Community Economic Development. Currently he is the Community Economic Development (CED) Planner for the City of Vancouver leading work on CED, poverty reduction, and  social policy development. In addition to this he served as Director of Simon Fraser University's Community Economic Development Programs from 2017-2018.


Christian Saint Cyr, Publisher  |  BC Labour Market Report


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 nation-wide and regularly works with representatives of business, education and government on developing proactive solutions to labour market challenges. As director of Labour Market Online 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. This unique experience has established Christian as a well respected public speaker and media commentator on employment and labour market related topics.


Michael Yue, Past President  |  BC Career Development Association


Michael Yue works at the Vancouver Community College as Manager of the Partnership Development Office. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, and then obtained his M.Ed. from the University of British Columbia in Higher Education Studies. His passion has always been in education and career development, as he sees the two as closely connected. He believes that educators and career development practitioners have a lot to share and learn from one another, and educational institutions and career service organizations should collaborate more to provide the best benefits to our common clients. Currently, one of his projects is the CareerLAB, an initiative to develop a more cohesive approach to career guidance at VCC.



Our 6th Annual Sumer Labour Market Conference was brought to you by the BC Labour Market Report.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Summer Labour Market Conference. I believe this was one of our most successful conferences ever and I owe so much of this success to our great speakers, generous sponsors and our informed exhibitors. Below, I've listed all of the PowerPoint Presentations used in the conference and to the left is the complete list of speakers as well as their bios. I sincerely hope you'll continue to look to the BC Labour Market Report as a tremendous source of valuable labour market information. 

All my best!



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