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Workshop Registration

April to June 2024

Our Connection and Community Online Workshop Series, Spring 2024, is now open for registration. Engage with thought leaders in a series of custom-designed workshops, catering to students, job seekers, and employers alike. This series is focused on the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the new digital economy and in your daily work. To register for any or all of the sessions, please refer to the list below. If you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to contact us anytime at

(Note: In accordance with current privacy policies and standards, recordings of workshops are mot shared except in special circumstances. Therefore, all registrants are encouraged to sign up and attend these workshops on the day held.)

SPECIAL INDUSTRY EVENT: Data Breach: Live! Hacking Techniques and How Personal Cyber Insurance Can Provide the Last Line of Defense

Presented by Derek May, Vice President, Technology and Cyber, Hub International Insurance Brokers
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Make A Change Canada is thrilled to welcome Derek May from Hub International Insurance Brokers in Vancouver, B.C. to this special industry event. Derek is the Vice President, Technology and Cyber with the Complex Risk Division at Hub International in Vancouver, B.C. During this exciting and revealing webinar, Derek will guide you through the world of hacking and shed light on some common hacking techniques. You’ll see real-world examples of credential harvesting and ransomware attack, and Derek will empower you with best practices for bolstering your data security. To top this session off, Derek will provide information about affordable insurance offerings that provide expert technical support and dark web/social media monitoring. Join us for this electrifying session and the opportunity to elevate your cybersecurity game!

Derek May is Vice President, Technology and Cyber with the Complex Risk Division of HUB International Insurance Brokers, located in Vancouver, B.C. As Vice President of Technology and Cyber, Derek is responsible for providing insurance and risk management solutions to public and private companies. He specializes in Technology and Cyber products that protect companies from these evolving risks and is one of Canada’s leading brokers in this space. Derek is also the first person in Western Canada to receive the Cyber COPE® Insurance Certification (CCIC) designation offered through Chubb Insurance and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Derek also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Entrepreneurship and a minor in Economics from Northern Michigan University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  The College of Business rewarded Derek's efforts with the Entrepreneurship Scholar Award, which is given annually to the top graduating student in the field. Derek is a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB), as well as a Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and was named a 2016 Elite Broker by Insurance Business Canada.

DISCOVER! Embracing the Future: Digital Skills and the Landscape for Career Success
With Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO, and Mary Alton, Program Manager - Make A Change Canada

Friday, April 19, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Recent insights from FutureSkills have unveiled a staggering reality: one in every five Canadian employees, spanning 92 diverse occupations, teeters on the brink of automation, impacting a significant 3.5 million individuals. Meanwhile, a poll by KPMG, indicates that a resounding 80% of businesses are eagerly seeking more workers with digital skills, and two-thirds say they have difficulty finding and hiring the right talent. What does this mean for you? It means, if ever there was a time to time to create a future for yourself in the evolving digital landscape, that time is now! At Make A Change Canada, we work daily to equip you with the web and digital skills needed for getting your start in the new digital economy. In this information session we will explore current labour market trends, the importance of remaining open to new opportunities, and the training programs and career supports available through Make A Change Canada. Seize the chance to future-proof your career. Let's navigate the digital landscape together and empower you for success in the new digital economy!

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GUEST! Embarking on the Journey of a Career in Marketing
Presented by Peter Vigilante, President, Vigilante Marketing

Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Dive into the thrilling world of marketing with our expert guide, Peter Vigilante, the President of Vigilante Marketing. Join us as we uncover the essential steps to prepare for a successful marketing career and gain practical insights that will set you up for success. Peter will share actionable strategies from his extensive experience to help you navigate the dynamic marketing landscape with confidence. Engage in a live Q&A to have your questions answered by an industry leader. Sign up now for a clear roadmap towards launching your marketing career!

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WORKPLACE TRAINING EVENT: Identifying the Four Patterns of Behaviour to Improve Your Conflict Resolution Skills
Presented by Brenda Kelleher-Flight, Ph.D., Business Consultant at GDP Consulting Inc.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Are there people you like to avoid, who drive you crazy, who disrespect you, or shun you? Do you spend your time bending over backwards for others? Do you aim to please everyone and ignore your own truth? Most of us demonstrate one dominant pattern that is not serving us well. In this workshop Brenda will identify the four patterns that can negatively influence how you feel after an interaction and one important way to ensure you will feel good every time. Sometimes we use one pattern to deal with colleagues and a different pattern when we are dealing with family and friends. This session will examine beliefs and patterns that cause conflict, how to determine our own part in the conflict, and how to handle or deescalate situations to find harmony. Sign up to reserve your seat today!

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EMPLOYER LUNCH AND LEARN: Being the Boss–Payroll Considerations and Your Employees
Presented by Anne-Marie Edgar, CEO, Make A Change Canada

Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Does the idea of engaging others in growing your business and getting them set up on payroll leave you feeling overwhelmed? As a business owner, it's natural to have questions about managing your finances, especially when it comes to paying your team. You may feel apprehensive, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In this session you will learn pros and cons of having employees versus contractors. You will also learn the essentials of payroll recordkeeping and the Canada Revenue Agency and Workers’ Compensation remittance requirements. As a business owner, you will want to pay yourself, too! We will cap things off by reviewing the options for giving yourself a “paycheque.” Join Anne-Marie in this session as we delve into the financial aspects of growing your workforce. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Sign up today!

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WOW - Workshops On Work: Crafting a Robust Digital Portfolio—A Guide to Building an Impactful Impression
Presented by George Papazian, Instructional Lead - Make A Change Canada, and Creative and IT Lead for OptoMedia

Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

In today’s digital age, building an impressive portfolio is more important than ever. When it comes to the creative fields of work, portfolios have always been crucial, and in this tech-driven world, they are as relevant as ever. However, when it comes to showcasing your own work, do you even know where to start? Join George in this session as he unravels the secrets of creating a stunning digital portfolio. We’ll walk you through the ABCs of portfolio creation. We will explore topics such as the platforms you can use for building and showcasing your portfolio, the technical skill level required, and how to curate your content effectively. George will also discuss current trends and today’s industry expectations for portfolios. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Sign up now and get started with building a portfolio that will truly set you apart!

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ASK THE GRADUATE! Journey to Achievement: A Conversation with Cindy-Anne Naylor
Welcoming Cindy-Anne Naylor, Technology Program Graduate, 2022

Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Join us for an empowering "Ask the Graduate" session with Cindy-Anne Naylor, an alumna of our Certificate in Foundational Web and Digital Technologies Program. Navigating the complexities of life with a disability, Cindy-Anne's story is one of triumph over adversity. Despite facing her sixth traumatic brain injury in 2015 and a lengthy recovery period over the next seven years, Cindy-Anne’s steadfast determination led her to Make A Change Canada to pursue post-secondary studies in technology design and development. Now living in the Yukon Territory and working with the Government of Yukon, Department of Justice, Cindy-Anne enjoys a new and highly rewarding career. Cindy-Anne reflects daily on her Indigenous values as a source of inspiration and pride. She is also a passionate advocate for Indigenous Peoples, particularly Indigenous youth in her community. Other causes that Cindy-Anne champions are addressing violence against women and LGBTQIA2S+ rights. Don't miss this opportunity to hear more about Cindy-Anne’s inspiring journey and discover how higher education and accessible and supportive programs like ours have the power to transform lives. Reserve your spot now for an unforgettable conversation!

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GUEST! Home Office Essentials: Creating a Space That Works for You
Presented by Laurel Colins, The Beautiful Living Coach, Consulting and Design

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. Eastern)

Discover the power of a well-designed workspace! Tap into the energies of success to craft an environment that supports your vision and goals. Gain insights into Feng Shui and learn how every element in your surroundings impacts your results. What does your home office reveal about you? Are there items cluttering your space, holding you back from achieving your dreams? Appearances also matter. Are you showing up organized, ready, and looking professional in your surroundings? If you have an action plan for your future, it’s time to align your home office or creative space to bolster your ambitions. It’s simple, and you'll see immediate results once you bring awareness to your space and start organizing. Let's make your workspace work for you!

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