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April to June 2024

Our weekly workshops for Spring 2024 are now open for registration! These sessions are are designed for our valued clients, program applicants, employers, and champions of Make A Change Canada to attend, fostering a diverse community of learners.

Engage with experts and enthusiasts in a series of thoughtfully designed workshops, catering to job seekers, entrepreneurs, and employers alike. This series focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in the new digital economy.  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

(Please note, to benefit from the material presented, all registrants are encouraged to attend these events on the day they are held. In accordance with current privacy policies and standards, we do not distribute webinar recordings other than in exceptional circumstances.)

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 that, 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 knowing how to set up payroll leave you feeling overwhelmed? As a new 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 financial options on giving yourself a “pay cheque.” 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 - Webinars 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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