Community Spotlight

Partners, friends, and leaders shaping the Future of Work.

7 steps toward better CPP/QPP claiming decisions

A huge thank you to the NIA for sponsoring Challenge Factory’s 4-part InterGen Lab webinar series!

The National Institute on Ageing has launched an 8-part series to increase informed decision-making about one of the most important retirement financial decisions Canadians will make. Read here.

MentorU launches the Discover Year Good Life Project

MentorU is bringing their exciting Discover Year program learning to a broader audience.

Check out Discover Year‘s new Good Life Project, including the Good Life Conversations podcast and inaugural Good Life Summit.

Thorpe Benefits to host Benefits and Wellness Superhero Symposium

Challenge Factory’s President, Lisa Taylor, will sit down for a fireside chat to discuss the evolving landscape of work.

Thorpe Benefits’ annual symposium brings together insightful panels, sessions, and interviews with industry experts. Join us on May 7, 2024.

SparkPath’s Challenge Cards offer career advisors a unique tool for supporting students

More than 30,000 decks are in use around the world.

SparkPath’s innovative Challenge Cards are helping students create extraordinary careers by exploring the real-world challenges that inspire them—not job titles.

What young leaders want—and don’t want—from older allies

What does the future of cogeneration look like?

Insightful new research from CoGenerate dives into whether older and younger people want to work together to help others and improve the world around them. (Spoiler alert: They do.)

The Women’s Age Lab is the first and only of its kind

The Women’s Age Lab at Women’s College Hospital leads science-driven change that improves the lives of older women.

This research centre is essential to building fair, intergenerational communities for a Future of Work where no one is left behind. Learn more.

The state of remote and hybrid work in Canada’s nonprofit sector

Changing workstyles are making decision-making on workplace configuration more complex.

Cresa’s 2023 benchmark report is full of learning about office space trends and their impact on work culture, talent attraction, productivity, and more in Canada’s nonprofit sector.

A new intergenerational learning program comes to the University of Waterloo

Co-operative Education and Experiential Education pilots a new career program.

This unique program is engaging a new “midlife evolver” audience in work-integrated learning. An evolver is someone who’s curious to explore what comes next as they consider or navigate a career transition. Read here.

March is B Corp month!

Let’s show the world how we move forward, together.

Every year, B Lab and the global B Corp community join together to celebrate everything it means to be a B Corp. For Challenge Factory, it means aligning our purpose, values, and business decisions—and always moving forward to a sustainable Future of Work where no one is left behind. Learn more.

Making the career development sector visible

Hidden Sector, Hidden Talent: Mapping Canada's Career Development Sector

Challenge Factory’s new report excited and motivated the Cannexus24 community. Read all about the reactions.

“I’m going to embed this in the career development courses I’m teaching.”

“It is a dream come true to see this information being shared with us all.”

“This is going to make a difference.”

12 reasons why life gets better with age

What if we could treat the natural transition of midlife not as a crisis, but as a chrysalis?

Chip Conley’s new book, Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better With Age, releases this month. Conley is an NYT-bestselling author and friend of Challenge Factory.

Challenge Factory's new sector report to launch at Cannexus24

This will be a conference to remember!

At Cannexus24, we’re releasing an evidence base about the size and membership of Canada’s career development sector. Learn more. We’re grateful to so many sector participants, including project partners CERIC and CCDF.

CharityVillage’s top 2023 reads includes a Challenge Factory gem

Where have all the workers gone?

CharityVillage graciously reprinted Challenge Factory’s article that answers where all the workers have gone amidst today’s labour shortages. It took third place on their Top 10 reads of 2023!

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2023

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Canada Career Month is here

How does career development change everything?

Every November, Canadians from coast to coast to coast celebrate the importance of accessing meaningful work and all those who help us in build our preferred futures. Learn more.

Let's get to work...at MACD's annual conference

Lisa Taylor gives keynote: Careers work is revolutionary.

Challenge Factory is delighted to be at the Manitoba Association for Career Development’s annual conference, Let’s Get to Work. Listen to Career Conversations, MACD’s podcast, that Lisa recorded beforehand.

Celebrating Canada's military and Veteran community

Are you in Vancouver, Ottawa, or Toronto?

True Patriot Love’s National Tribute Dinner brings together business and community leaders, military representatives, and dignitaries for two nights of celebration. Learn more.

Canadian journalism needs more reporting on healthy ageing

The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) and Toronto Star are leading the way!

They’ve launched two opportunities for new journalism on ageing: The Journalism in Ageing Prize and Journalism in Ageing Fellowship.

Resources for Indigenizing career development

Learn what Indigenizing career development is all about.

In a special issue of CareerWise Weekly, CERIC gathers a fantastic collection of resources about Indigenizing career development. Explore the resources.

Nominate someone for their outstanding achievement in career development

Do you know someone who’s made a significant impact in enhancing the field of career development?

Submit a nomination for CERIC’s Etta St. John Wileman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career Development. The deadline is September 15. Learn more.

TakingITGlobal empowers young social innovators

Sprout Ideas Fellows receive career growth and skills development.

Through its Sprout Ideas Fellowship, TakingITGlobal is working with over 100 young Canadians to foster social innovation through community impact projects. Learn more about the Fellows and youth-led movement, and how you can amplify their impact in your community or organization.

The benefits of career guidance

Investing in career guidance: The case for workers

Seven international organizations (OECD, WB, EC, CEDEFOP, ETF, ILO, UNESCO) have published a compelling leaflet about the benefits of providing career guidance to workers through national and lifelong approaches. Check it out for jam-packed value.

10 ways to celebrate National Indigenous History Month

How to advance truth and reconciliation year-round

Every month, the “Land acknowledgment and action” section of Challenge Factory’s newsletter, the Flip, offers a different way to learn about and celebrate Indigenous culture and community. We gathered 10 of the best in a short blog to mark National Indigenous History Month. Read here.

Bringing the Sustainable Development Goals to campus

Universities Canada leads the pan-Canadian initiative.

Through leadership, research, learning, and campus operations, universities across the country are driving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals forward. Explore all the innovation being led by Universities Canada.

A great podcast for Pride Month

Pride at Work Canada presents the Uncovering Belonging podcast.

Hosted by Erin Davis and Jade Pichette, leaders in the DEI and accessibility space, Uncovering Belonging explores stories from unique voices about what it means to belong and the journey to finding our authentic selves. Listen here.

Join us at the 2023 RIA Conference!

Demographic disruptions: Implications for our financial markets

Lisa Taylor will be at the RIA Conference on June 6 to talk about what our ageing population means for business, the economy, and society. The future of responsible investment is being written—let’s get it right. Register.

McMaster University retirees give back

The right way to engage retirees.

The McMaster University Retirees Association (MURA) is a fantastic example of how strong relationships with retired employees can contribute to an organization’s mission and community. Check out all the ways MURA members participate in research, ageing initiatives, and planning.

Women-owned businesses are gaining ground

A new report finds significant and optimistic changes.

The most recent State of Women’s Entrepreneurship (SOWE) report from the WEKH and Diversity Institute shows gaps in representation, innovation, and export by women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs are slowly but steadily narrowing. Read the report.

Documentary asks what the future could be like in a work-free society

If you had money without having to work, what would you do?

Directed by Erik Gandini, After Work, a film that explores the human drive to be productive, is screening at Hot Docs—online and in theatres—this May. Get tickets.

Webinar series on antisemitism and allyship strategies

Challenge Factory helps CERIC develop webinar series.

Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory’s president, helped CERIC develop this free, three-part webinar series for career development practitioners about antisemitism and allyship strategies, a topic that is often left out of DEI training. You can attend one or all three sessions. Register.

8 resources about happiness and career development

March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.

Explore this multimedia collection of resources from CareerWise by CERIC about recognizing the importance of happiness and well-being as universal career goals.

CoGenerate talks multi-generational workforces on PBS

“The key is proximity and purpose.”

Marc Freedman, founder and co-CEO of CoGenerate, shares his expertise about age diversity and long-life learning on PBS NewsHour’s Brief But Spectacular segment. Watch here.

Leveraging the SDGs in career development

Our future is global.

In this timely Careering article, Candy Ho explores why career development professionals should use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help individuals find purpose and direction in their careers. Read here.

Congratulations, Humber College! SPARK wins a COPA

SPARK is Humber College's research and innovation magazine.

This is a fantastic recognition of research for a better world. SPARK won the Silver award at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) in the category of Best Digital Edition Publication – Academic. Learn more.

NIA reenvisions community role of postal workers

Making problems bigger sometimes makes them easier to solve.

The National Institute on Ageing released a report on how Canada can help more of our ageing population live in their own homes for longer: train postal workers to provide home and community care services. This type of creative job evolution shows how at-risk jobs might be transformed to solve bigger problems, for the betterment of workers and communities. Read the report.

CCDF to launch new Career Development Professional Centre

The Canadian Career Development Foundation consulted stakeholders across the career development sector.

The results are in! This year, the Career Development Professional Centre will launch as a virtual space that builds excellence and innovation in career and workforce development across Canada. Learn more.

A new documentary rethinks ageing

On February 6, Challenge Factory's Lisa Taylor will take part in a panel discussion following the Canadian premiere of "Your Hundred Year Life."

The internationally-acclaimed documentary makes a strong case for rethinking the work, health, finance, and habitation implications of ageing. Purchase an in-person ticket or use promo code KPA-STREAM at checkout to attend virtually for free. Watch the trailer.

2022

Talk careers with us over coffee

Coffee & Careers is our monthly online drop-in with Challenge Factory’s career development leaders.

Let’s tackle the messiness of today’s workforce and career challenges together. Every month, we spend a virtual hour in guided, casual conversation about a trending work theme. Coffee & Careers is open to all Workforce Architecture subscribers. To join us, learn more and subscribe.

A year of LMI leadership

The Labour Market Information Council has forged partnerships and fostered an innovative, accessible, and high-quality LMI ecosystem in Canada.

We’re thrilled to be a part of it. Catch up on all of LMIC’s accomplishments and impact in 2022. Read their sleek, reader-friendly annual report.

November is Canada Careers Month

This month, we're celebrating Canada Careers Month—and, for the first time ever, Global Careers Month.

This year’s theme for both movements is Amplify. Take part in Canada Careers Month and Global Careers Month by sharing why you believe career development changes everything using the hashtag #Amplifier2022. Visit both websites for events and ideas, and watch the video to learn more.

Encore.org is now CoGenerate

“There’s never been a more critical—or more promising—time to reach across the generational divide and work together for change.”

Big congratulations to the newly renamed CoGenerate! Another fantastic organization is advancing their leadership in intergenerational collaboration to create connection across differences, combat ageism and polarization, and build an equitable, inclusive, joyful world. Learn more.

Soldiers in Tech is open for applicants

The Roland Gossage Foundation, True Patriot Love, and Lighthouse Labs are teaming up on this powerhouse program.

Veterans and their spouses looking to upskill or reskill can have 100% of their training covered by the new Soldiers in Tech program. Choose from a number of career-driven bootcamps and workshops, including coding, cyber security, data science, and web development. Learn more or apply.

McMaster invests in a new generation of leaders

Challenge Factory has been working with McMaster University since 2017.

We couldn’t be happier to hear they’re launching Canada’s most comprehensive leadership college with a $50 million gift. The new program will help prepare young leaders to tackle a range of challenges in civic engagement and leadership through coursework and experiential learning with public and private sector leaders.

Calling all Veteran entrepreneurs

Be part of IWSCC's Project VENT.

Are you a military Veteran and business owner? Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada wants to hear about your entrepreneurial experiences. Your business successes and failures. The resources that helped you. The resources that you wished you had. Take the survey.

 

Checking in with jobseekers and employers across Canada

How is it out there?

Challenge Factory’s own Ali Breen shared what we’re seeing in the labour market, for jobseekers and employers alike, on CBC’s Cross Country Checkup, Canada’s only phone-in show broadcasting live from coast to coast to coast. She interacted with Canadians in communities across the country who are questioning current job search and hiring challenges. Listen or watch here.

IRPP launches The Functionary newsletter

Stay up-to-date about what's ticking inside the federal government.

The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and Accenture Fellow Kathryn May have launched The Functionary, a newsletter all about the federal public service. Challenge Factory often works with public sector organizations, and this is a fantastic resource on the Canadian government’s changing workplace. Sign up here.

NIA and Challenge Factory connect on workplace ageism

The National Institute on Ageing welcomes Lisa Taylor.

We’re so happy for Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory’s President, to be joining the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) as an Associate Fellow! She is the only fellow focused on work, employment, and lifelong community engagement. Keep an eye out for Lisa representing the NIA at major symposia, responding to work-related queries from media, and using this fellowship to advance her own research and advocacy. Read more on Global News.

Congratulations, True Patriot Love!

The Invictus Games are coming back to Canada.

What a win for Canada and True Patriot Love! Alongside Canadians across the country, we’re celebrating the return of the Invictus Games to Canada in 2025. They will be the most accessible to date and, for the first time, incorporate winter adaptive sports. Here’s to the hard work and dedication of True Patriot Love, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the First Nations in Vancouver and Whistler.

Talking the Great Resignation with CharityVillage

Is the Great Resignation real? Is it impacting the Canadian nonprofit sector?

In this episode of the CharityVillage Connects podcast, Lisa joins a group of experts to talk workforce trends and solutions, including whether inequitable workplaces and burnout have led to high turnover and if nonprofits are seen as a desirable career path. Listen here.

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