Apr 25 - 26 2023


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact Conference 2023

Contact Conference is now in its 18th year, and we are excited to be back in person. We continue to see a complete transformation in how we work, collaborate, learn, communicate, and help others.

Contact Conference is the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and practitioners, share ideas and best practices, expand knowledge, and participate in the latest discussions involving our practice. After a challenging year, we will continue to gain a renewed spirit and perspective on the important career development practice we are passionate about.

The conference is a professional development opportunity between career development, employment,  and education,  bringing speakers, presentations, and relevant insightful discussions to solutions-focused participants.



Saskatoon Travelodge
106 Circle Drive West Saskatoon, SK S7L 4L6


Saskatoon Travelodge
106 Circle Drive West Saskatoon, SK S7L 4L6


Saskatoon Industry Education Council
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  • Olivia McIvor
    Olivia McIvor
    Author | Speaker | Culture Enricher

    “There isn’t anything I haven’t seen that you could surprise me with.” says, Ms. McIvor, emphasizing that she doesn’t wear this as a badge of honour, rather, as a statement that brings her sadness and a driving motivation to be a social change advocate in organizations. Throughout her 34 years in Human Resources, she has witnessed the grief and joy that comes to work every day in the wake of suicides, divorces, bullying, addictions, mental, emotional and physical illness, and workaholism, all culminating in a lack of human civility. The fallout is a lack of individual and organizational resilience and unrest.

    And, she will quickly add, she has also seen the power of healing that comes from workplaces that intentionally and tenderly take care of their emotional culture. As a social researcher, educator, author and speaker, Ms. McIvor uses the power of intentional understanding and implores a kinder, more optimistic approach to support organizations to get to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.

    Olivia is the best-selling author of three books: The Business of Kindness, Four Generations-One Workplace and I See You and the Spring 2023 trade book, Disruptive Kindness: A Bold Approach to Doing Things Differently. As a subject matter expert on five generations gracing our workplaces, she believes that it is not our differences that divide us, rather, it’s our judgments. She ascertains if we can begin to release these divergent views and see the gifts each cohort brings to the workplace that building collaborative relationships and personal engagement will be the natural outcome achieved.

    Her work has been embraced by industries including Healthcare, Technology, Government, Law, Education, Retail, Wholesale, Tourism, Hospitality, Financial, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication and Manufacturing.

    She is a post-secondary educator and teaches in the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    Her Philanthropic work has her serving as the Global Director for The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and as an Advisor for the Kindness Foundation of Canada.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 25 - 26 2023
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Our Purpose  

Thank you for being a part of the online CDPC social learning community. To ensure that all members have the best possible experience, we have a few ground rules that we ask everyone to adhere to. This code of conduct applies equally to every person in the community and is intended to foster an online space that is inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all. 

Community Rules 

Be welcoming 

We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. We aim to create and facilitate a community that promotes excellence and innovation in career and workforce development. Please extend respect to all members; we all come from different backgrounds and levels of knowledge and there is no such thing as a stupid question. 

Be respectful 

We won’t all agree all the time, but when we disagree don’t let those disagreements turn into personal attacks. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened will not be a productive one. Instead, when having discussions in the online community, create productive conversations around the content being presented, not the person behind the content. Any post that is determined to be “hate speech” towards any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation.  

Hate Speech could include and is not limited to:  

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person 
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  • Profane or illegal materials 
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A good rule of thumb is to never post anything that you wouldn’t be comfortable with the world seeing or that you wouldn’t want anyone knowing came from you. We ask that you keep in mind the focus of this community, which is building excellence and innovation in career and workforce development for all individuals.  

Be considerate of the purpose of the community 

This community will be focused on building excellence and discussing innovation in the career and workforce development field. The goal of this community is to communicate goals, challenges, constructive feedback, and questions in relation to career and workforce development. The community should be a place for continued learning and development as well as a place to discuss the future of our field (solicitation without written consent by the Project or Advisory team, is strictly prohibited). Any post that is determined to be soliciting any individual or group will be deleted, and the user account may be locked until an investigation regarding the post has been concluded. The user may be given a written warning or removed from the CPDC community platform depending on the findings of the investigation. 

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CDPC-CEDC will not release your information to any third-party agencies.  

Group Admins 

There are four group admins who are available to you. Below are their names and their spoken language. 

Heather Powell | Anglophone 

Gabrielle St-Cyr | Francophone/Anglophone 

Florence Desrochers | Francophone/Anglophone

Muriel Andoblé-Yao | Francophone

Thank you and welcome to the CDPC Community!