About Career Professionals of Canada
Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) is a national not-for-profit association supporting members from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We are a member-run, volunteer-driven social enterprise.
CPC is the leading national association for career practitioners supporting the Canadian labour market. We create opportunities for our members to gain contacts, credentials, and credibility within the field. Members are supported in advancing their careers and expanding their businesses.
We are living, learning, and working together for career success!
Sharon Graham (Chair) founded Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) in 2004, setting the cornerstones for quality service, ethical standards, and excellence in the profession. She served as the organization’s executive director until 2023, where she ensured that the mandate of this national not-for-profit association is upheld with integrity.
A key influencer and subject matter expert, Sharon has authored several critically acclaimed publications in the areas of résumé, interview, employment, work-life, and career strategy. Sharon pioneered and established several national professional development programs for practitioners. She architected, developed, and facilitated nationally recognized certificate courses, certification programs, and awards programs.
Felisha Ali is a Learning & Development Specialist and professor at Seneca College. A lifelong learner and MEd candidate, she is a member and active volunteer of Career Professionals of Canada. As a Career Development Practitioner (CDP), she has attained the following CPC certifications: CCS, CWS, CIS, and CRS.
Dorothy Keenan has been helping individuals in a broad cross-section of the labour force for the last 25 years. She has managed career development programs in non-profit and academic settings and currently operates FutureWorks a résumé writing and outplacement business. Dorothy has written $1M to $9M proposals and negotiated, and secured multiple, multi-year funding from the federal and provincial governments. She managed all aspects of the contracts and project teams and exceeded placement targets. Customized contracts serviced diverse groups including youth, immigrants, women, individuals on social assistance, and those entering the trades, technology and science.
With a degree in psychology from Trent University, master's level courses in Counselling from UBC, and HR courses from BCIT, Dorothy is committed to helping to shape and develop the future of the career industry in Canada. Through her work, she has assisted over 10,000 individuals seeking employment in diverse industries, including technology, science, gaming, trades, finance, marketing, manufacturing, warehouse, and administration. In doing so, she has gained a solid understanding of the needs of Canada’s dynamic labour force.
Gabrielle LeClair is a master-certified career strategist with more than 15 years of industry experience. Owner and principal consultant of GDL Consulting, Gabrielle built a successful boutique firm, specializing in the intersection where adult education and career development meet. Bringing a background in Learning and Development, Human Resources, and Business Management she has developed programs that empower learners to excel.
As CPC's past certification chair and standards manager, Gabrielle’s stewarded CPC’s popular professional development programming, as well as strong member and learner standards. She has been key contributor to programs developed by CPC. An active member of CPC since 2011, she continues to volunteer with numerous teams and committees, contributing to projects and initiatives that facilitate connection, collaboration, and comradery among CPC members, nation-wide.
Erika Mendonca-DeSilva is a multi-certified Award-Winning Career Strategist and lifelong learner with 15+ years assisting individuals find their ideal career path and maximizing their potential. Passionate about helping people, Erika has earned a reputation for her kindness, compassion, integrity and professionalism. She is fueled by an unwavering commitment to make a difference in the lives of the people she works with, the clients she serves and the professional community she supports. She is an active member of CPC
Erika is an Executive Career Strategist at The Talent Company, leading the Career Solutions Pillar and works with individuals at all levels from entry to C-suite across a wide variety of industries. She has partnered with organizations in a variety of sectors (including human capital, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, transportation, insurance, CPG, financial, retail and healthcare) providing support around corporate restructuring. She has managed on-site Career Centres for major organizations working with senior management to develop strategies on how best to assist individuals facing job loss. Complimenting her experience, Erika has also run her own independent consulting practice.
Cathy Milton became a member of CPC in 2010 after leaving a long career in the Canadian telecommunications industry. As someone who has always enjoyed writing, her goal was to learn leading-edge résumé writing strategies and start a home-based business. As Cathy pursued that goal, she did volunteer work for the association, which led to a role as CPC’s Communications Manager.
She also completed online courses through CPC, eventually becoming a Career Development Practitioner (CDP) and Master Certified Résumé, Interview, Career, Employment, and Work-Life Strategist. Today, she supports the national association as a board director, management team executive, and occasional course instructor.
Barb Penney is an award-winning résumé writer, career consultant, and facilitator. Following more than 25 years as a Human Resources professional and leader in healthcare, private, and charitable sectors, she started her career consultancy business Winning Résumés Career Solutions. Barb's career includes supporting executives, managers, staff, and the board of a leading not-for-profit organization located in Edmonton.
Barb is a CPC Course Instructor and an active member. She leads CPC's amazing group of Social Media Team volunteers. Barb has supported CPC as an advisor, ambassador, course contributor, and certification assessor. She has also volunteered for countless community organizations, clubs, and professional associations throughout her career.
CPC Executive Director
CPC Management Team
- Cathy Milton, Compliance Director (Certifications & Courses)
- Debbie Lapointe, Operations Director (Administration & Technology)
- Leanna Steeves, Development Director (Membership & Volunteerism)
CPC Course Instructors
- Jayne Barron
- Gabrielle LeClair
- Maureen McCann
- Cathy Milton
- Wayne Pagani
- Barb Penney
- Michelle Precourt
CPC’s members are a diverse group of individuals including employment consultants, career coaches, résumé writers, job developers, guidance counsellors, vocational consultants, outplacement consultants, and a wide variety of other career professionals. Working together, we provide quality services, comply with strict ethical standards, and offer career development expertise to assist Canadians in successfully navigating through the world of work.
Our members come from all sectors, and live and work in all regions of Canada:
- Universities and colleges
- Government organizations
- Non-profit services
- Private sector businesses
- Outplacement firms
- Corporate HR/OD organizations
Career Professionals of Canada’s membership is rich and robust. Small and large employers support their staff by providing them with a Professional Membership to CPC.
Universities and Colleges, Non-Profit Employment Services, Government Organizations, Outplacement Firms, Corporate HR/OD Departments, and Professional Associations take advantage of CPC Membership.
Here are some organizations that have joined CPC's membership.
CPC participates alongside provincial and national associations, foundations, and charities to develop and deploy national initiatives and keep our members informed about what’s happening in the careers industry. We are a Supporting Organization for CANNEXUS, the largest national conference in Canada for career development practitioners. Members of CPC benefit from a reduced registration rate.
CPC works with the following organizations to extend our reach and provide value-add services to our community:
- British Columbia Career Development Association
- Career Development Association of Alberta
- Career Development Association of Prince Edward Island
- Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario
- L’Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec
- Manitoba Association for Career Development
- New Brunswick Career Development Action Group
- Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Career Practitioners
- Nova Scotia Career Development Association
- Plan International Canada
- Saskatchewan Career Development Association
- The Canadian Career Development Foundation
- The Counselling Foundation of Canada | CERIC | Cannexus
Our Vision & Goals
The Career Professional's Creed
A Declaration of our Code of Professional Conduct in Real-World Language
"I am proud to be part of a helping profession. In all interactions with clients and colleagues, I demonstrate unwavering ethics, integrity, and purposeful kindness. I consistently act with professionalism, practicing only within the boundaries of my qualifications. I seek out opportunities to learn and grow because my clients deserve leading-edge support. I embrace the values of diversity and inclusion, showing respect to all clients as I ensure their unique needs are met and their dignity is maintained. The members of my community of practice are my strongest allies and collaborators. Collectively, we nurture trusting and effective relationships with the individuals we are privileged to serve."
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Career Professionals of Canada’s mission is to inspire practitioners across Canada by providing the support and tools they need to advance their career, business, and professional development goals.
Working together, we:
- Promote quality, ethics, and expertise within the field.
- Raise the capabilities, profile, and visibility of our members.
- Help members develop meaningful professional relationships.
- Encourage members to advance their career service goals.
- Give back to the Canadian career community and labour market.
We are living, learning, and working together for career success!
Our culture is one of purposeful kindness, inclusivity, and engagement.
CPC is a caring and sharing community of career professionals. We are inclusive, supportive, and collaborative. We maintain communication with, and respect the perspectives of, all members. Members are encouraged to actively participate in all of our initiatives and programs and take full advantage of the benefits of being part of CPC.
Relationship building is important to us. CPC helps members share and grow through a variety of interactions. We strive to provide forums for members to build long-lasting friendships, so casual conversation is welcomed and encouraged.
Every one of us is on a unique career development journey. All of our members, mentors, and ambassadors are here for you.
Our call to action is to collectively work together and make a positive impact within the career development profession.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE – Cement our culture of diversity and inclusion.
- SOCIAL MEDIA – Expand our reach, awareness, and engagement.
- SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – Grow our membership, courses, and certifications.
CPC’s Code of Professional Conduct outlines our rules, standards, and ethical guidelines. Members of Career Professionals of Canada must know, honour, and adhere to this code of conduct. This framework helps us to make thoughtful decisions, uphold the quality and integrity of the services we provide, and guide our behaviour.
Career Professionals of Canada's Annual Report provides you with a snapshot of our mission, vision and impact. The annual report highlights our activities during the previous year and gives you insight to what what lies ahead for our organization, our members, and our profession.
Career Professionals of Canada was founded in 2004. On Canada Day, 2022, we incorporated the organization in Ontario. We are now a national not-for-profit association supporting career professionals from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Career Professionals of Canada fundamentally believes in “giving back” to our community. We do this by sharing our time, talent, and treasures with Canadians and others in need.
Since the inception of the organization, CPC has donated to the following non-profit charitable organizations on behalf of our members:
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel
- Canadian Red Cross
- The Canadian Women’s Foundation
- The Canadian Council for Career Development
- The Career Challenge Quiz
- Christian Children’s Fund
- Credit Valley Hospital
- The Humane Society
- Our Place (Peel)
- Road to Employment
- S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation
- Syrian Refugee Crisis and Refugee Arrival in Canada
- The United Way
Career Professionals of Canada
Working Together for Career Success!