CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.
It funds projects to develop innovative resources that build the knowledge and skills of diverse career professionals. CERIC also annually hosts Cannexus, Canada’s largest bilingual career development conference, publishes the country’s only peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Journal of Career Development, and runs the free ContactPoint / OrientAction online communities, which provide learning and networking in the career field.
CERIC’s activities are funded in large part by The Counselling Foundation of Canada, a family foundation that has actively supported career projects for more than 50 years.
The origin of the CERIC name is as an acronym for Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling. However, recognizing that the scope of career development encompasses counselling and more, the organization has adopted CERIC as its name and added the descriptor “Advancing Career Development in Canada” to communicate its purpose and impact.
To encourage and provide education and research programs related to the development, analysis and assessment of the current counselling and career development theories and practices in Canada.
To increase the economic and social wealth and productivity of Canadians through improved quality, effectiveness and accessibility of counselling programs, especially in the areas of career counselling and career education.
CERIC is an inclusive organization for anyone working in career services or who has interest in career development, including practitioners, program managers, educators, researchers and product developers. We work across all sectors: K-12, post-secondary, community, government and corporate as well as independent professionals.
Respecting the diversity of career development practitioners in Canada, CERIC is committed to the field of career development and enhancing knowledge attainment and application among its practitioners. In recognition of the many sectors/paths in this sphere, the advancement of knowledge, practice and research in all its forms is firmly supported.
1. Research & Learning
Invest in an ambitious research and learning agenda that, through encouraging thought leadership, advances the career development field and builds its knowledge and skill base.
2. Community Hub & Collaboration
Champion and enable inclusive, multi-sectoral communication and collaboration with career development stakeholders.
3. Advocacy & Profile
Facilitate conversations between career practitioners and their constituents and communities to raise the profile and value of the career development field.
CERIC is directed by a pan-Canadian volunteer Board of Directors reflecting a broad sectoral representation in the field of career counselling. Read more on our Board.
We also have a number of Advisory Committees that are as diverse and representative as our national Board of Directors. Committees play an important role providing input on research, learning, marketing, communications, web services, editorial support and conference programming.
Practical & Academic Research
Determines and recommends to the Board the most effective way by which CERIC can support the growth and development of practical and academic career-related research in Canada and its application. Read more on our Practical & Academic Research Committee.
Content & Learning
Provides input on current content for the CERIC group of periodical publications (Careering magazine, formerly ContactPoint Bulletin and OrientAction Bulletin), other CERIC assets and activates content into learning. Read more on our Content & Learning Committee.
Marketing, Communications & Web Services
Helps to identify strategies to enhance the exposure and awareness of all CERIC programs and projects throughout its suite of websites (ceric.ca, contactpoint.ca, orientaction.ca, Cannexus.ca, cjcdonline.ca) and, actively champions and promotes CERIC to colleagues and networks. Read more on our Marketing, Communications & Web Services Committee.