Fall Workshop Series 2016: Career Literacy: Navigating and building success in your Public Sector career

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:30pm

Your career is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. By investing in your career in the Federal Government, you strengthen your ability to serve other Canadians. What’s more, improving your career literacy can help you achieve greater balance and wellness in your professional and personal life.
This workshop will explore tactics to achieve more personal impact, satisfaction and greater career success. It will provide you with insights and inspiration while examining strategies that align with the day-to-day business of advancing government priorities.
09:00 – 09:15     Welcome Remarks
09:15 –10:30      Workshop Session I
10:30 – 11:00     Health Break and Networking
11:00 – 11:45     Workshop Session II
11:45 – 12:00     Group Activity
12:00 – 12:15     Closing Remarks
12:15 – 12:30     Networking

  • Knowing your own competencies, talents and passions aligning your Public Service career choices to who you are, not a title you’re seeking
  • Understanding the key pillars of Career Management – Are you managing your career or is your career managing you?
  • Reflections on personal career journeys through the Federal Government
  • The role of mentorship
  • How to develop your own individualized plan of action


  • Improved self-management skills
  • Develop a positive mental attitude and use ambition as the motivator rather than fear
  • Recognize one’s personal leadership approach and understand how assumptions, beliefs, and emotions/behaviours can enable/ hinder leadership success
  • Become a better listener by adopting a collaborative, supportive mindset
  • Increased self-awareness and recognition of one’s unique blend of strengths and qualities

Facilitators’ Bios
Alan Kearns
Mr. Alan Kearns is founder and Head Coach of CareerJoy, a national professional training, leadership development and career coaching organization.
Mr. Kearns is grateful to have had the opportunity to successfully coach a wide array of diverse professionals toward achieving their life and career goals. This includes CEOs, senior banking, software and communications executives, professional athletes, senior Federal Government officials, Provincial Government officials, legal practitioners and more.
Dubbed by media as “Canada’s Career Coach” and previously voted one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Mr. Kearns is a regular contributor to Canadian media on the latest trends in the Canadian workforce. He has contributed to numerous Television programs including, Till Debt Do U$ Part, Princess, Breakfast Television, The National & The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He is the career expert on the Oprah Winfrey Network reality show – Million Dollar Neighbourhood. He provides regular commentary on career issues to a number of different news organizations including, CBC radio, CTV Canada AM, The Toronto Star, The National Post and The Globe and Mail. Under Mr. Kearns’ leadership, CareerJoy™ became the official career coaching company for Workopolis, Queen’s University Alumni, Carleton University Alumni, University of Toronto Alumni, Athabasca University Alumni and numerous other respected Canadian organizations. Mr. Kearns is certified in the Highlands Career Assessment Methodology and was a founding member of the International Association of Coaches (IAC).
Sandra Bobkin
Ms. Sandra Bobkin, CareerJoy™ Senior Certified Career Coach, is a senior Leadership Development and coaching innovator. She is recognized across Ontario for her expertise in psychology, emotional intelligence, neuroscience and leadership training that has propelled numerous executives and senior professionals to a greater understanding of their behavioural impact as it applies to relationships and performance both at work and in life.
Through her service as a Senior Learning and Development Leader, Ms. Bobkin spearheaded the School of Leadership and Managerial Excellence and created Change Management programs at one of Canada’s largest and most successful financial institutions. Her depth of past experience includes helping individuals achieve greater career success through her roles counselling and coaching in the healthcare system and retail sector.
Richard Rochefort
Richard Rochefort is a senior Canadian expert on service delivery excellence in the public sector. He was formerly Vice-President (Assistant Deputy Minister) of the Canada School of Public Service. His depth of Federal Government experience includes serving as a Director General at the Privy Council Office, Service Canada College and the Canadian Centre for Management Development.
Richard is a certified executive coach, excellent facilitator and outstanding public speaker and is certified in the application of various psychometric assessment tools. He has extensive experience designing and facilitating innovative conferences, strategic planning sessions, executive retreats, management forums and staff general assemblies.
Greg Zador
Mr. Greg Zador, CareerJoy™ Senior Career & Leadership Coach, brings over 14 years of international affairs experience in addition to more than 20 years of public sector background. Building on his roots in political, international and community development, Mr. Zador has led and managed a variety of teams domestically and abroad. His depth of Management experience includes, but is not limited to:

  • Senior Manager, Governance and Performance Management, Green Municipal Fund (GMF), Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Manager, Client Liaison and Partnerships, Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
  • Senior Associate & Business Advisor, Governance Research Innovation Development (GRID) Corp.

Sylvie Labelle
Since 1992, Ms. Labelle has gained experience as a coach, facilitator, trainer, and a consultant. She successfully managed and implemented important mandates pertaining to strategic planning, culture change, multicultural integration, innovation and leadership. In consulting, Ms. Labelle had completed several interventions in training, change management, leadership, process management, public communication, organizational development and strategic planning.
Ms. Labelle has conducted executive coaching, mentoring and career transition coaching for the Development Bank of Canada, Parks Canada, Pharmaprix, Kronos and Accenture. In addition, she was a Management Coach at Bombardier Aerospace and a Mentor Coach for Concordia University PPCC. She also has experience training in change management, leadership, innovation, coaching, teambuilding, time management, client service, impact messages, project management and ethics with National Defense, Canadian Center for Management Development, Development Bank of Canada, CSST, Royal Trust, LGS and Bell.
Jill Kirson
For two consecutive decades, Ms. Jill Kirson, CareerJoy™ Senior Certified Career Coach, has served as a career coach/counsellor and senior Human Resources Manager at several distinguished Academic Institutions, Federal Agencies and private sector firms in the United States and Canada.
A master of empowering senior executives and legal professionals to achieve their full potential, Ms. Kirson’s extensive depth of counselling experience includes coaching graduate level students at American University, The George Washington University and the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Ms. Kirson served as a Career Coach and internal recruiter for Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, LLP Business Law Firm, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). What’s more, as a former Manager of Recruitment and Retention, her expertise includes recruiting senior executives and litigation professionals, talent management, executive training and leadership development and succession planning. Currently, Ms. Kirson sits as the Vice Chair for the Ontario Association of Career Management (formerly the Association of Career Professionals, Toronto) further enhancing her comprehensive engagement with the latest, most cutting edge international coaching and professional development trends.