Making Connections 2018:
Navigating post-secondary pathways
Even before they go to high school, students are expected to have some idea of what they want to do in terms of post-secondary education. In this session, the panelists talked about the reality of post-secondary and career choices in today’s world, and how to address the challenges students face.
Sean is the Vice-president and Regional Director (Ontario) of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. He has worked for over 20 years with senior business and government leaders in the research, development and communication of public policy and strategy. Prior to joining PCA, Sean served as Senior Researcher at Cardus, a leading Canadian public policy firm in the area of construction, labour and industrial relations. In his career, Sean has also served as principal speechwriter and communications advisor to a senior Federal cabinet minister and as a communications consultant for several Canadian cabinet ministers and legislators.
Fiona Deller guides HEQCO’s research and policy agendas. Prior to joining HEQCO, she was the postsecondary education coordinator at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Fiona has worked for the provincial and the federal governments in postsecondary-related positions, including student assistance and quality assurance. She held advocacy positions with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. She has her PhD from OISE/University of Toronto in theory and policy of higher education and teaches at Ryerson in the Department of Politics and Public Administration.
Cathy Campbell has over 20 years experience as a researcher, career counselor, program developer and manager in high school, community college, university, and government settings. She has extensive experience at both a client and program level in helping young adults make effective transition into post-secondary education and the workplace. Cathy has presented and published on the topics of narrative career counseling, effective roles for parents role in in assisting young people with career planning, and chaos-oriented approaches to career counseling. She has completed a PhD and released the CERIC-funded publication Career Crafting the Decade After High School which is based on her doctoral research.