Internationally-renowned Career Activist to ‘Connect the Dots’ at upcoming CNA speaking forum


CORNER BROOK, NL (June 7, 2018) – The world of learning and work is changing dramatically and stakeholders at every level are struggling to keep up.

Many organizations, both nationally and internationally, are facing labour market challenges and the critical link between career development and workforce development is often underestimated. On June 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) is hosting a public speaking engagement by internationally renowned career activist, Sareena Hopkins, titled “Career Development. Workforce Development. Connecting the Dots.”

The event, which is taking place at College of the North Atlantic’s Corner Brook campus in the Lecture Theatre, will be of particular interest to employers, job seekers, educators, training and employment service providers, government, and career development practitioners.

“Our labour supply does not match our workforce demands so we need to examine emerging trends in career development, implications, promising practices, and what all this means for workforce development and innovation”, says Hopkins, Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF).

According to Sharon McLennon, Director of NLWIC, “Career development essentially creates the pipeline of talent – our current and future workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador – which our province’s individuals, industry sectors, and communities need to be prosperous and to propel us all forward. Sareena will help connect those dots.” 


About Sareena Hopkins

As Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF), Sareena Hopkins has been instrumental in a wide range of strategic leadership initiatives in Canada and internationally. She facilitated the most recent International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy in Seoul, Korea (June 2017), and was lead author of the policy communiqué, “Building the Talent Pipeline and Providing Youth with Hope for the Future” (2015). Sareena worked with the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training, and the Council of Ministers of Education Canada, on their policy frameworks for career education and successful student transitions. She is an active member of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) Labour Market Information Council’s National Advisory Panel and RBC’s Future of Skills Advisory Council. In her work, Sareena focuses particularly on issues of policy, research, development and capacity building. In addition to her role with CCDF, Sareena is founding Executive Officer of the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD), and was awarded the International Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development in 2014.

Advanced registration is recommended by emailing or calling (709) 637-8597. There is no cost to attend this event.


Media Contact:

Celena Alcock
Social Media & Information Officer
NL Workforce Innovation Centre
Tel: 709.637.8646


The Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre, established in 2017 by the Provincial Government, provides a co-ordinated, central point of access to engage government, career and employment services providers, skills development organizations and stakeholders in the business and community sectors throughout the province. The centre’s goal is to promote the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact individual employability, entrepreneurship, and attachment to the workforce. The centre is administered by College of the North Atlantic. Funding is provided by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.