Beyond Traditional Job Development
Strategies and Tools to Empower Those Charged
with Helping Others to Find Work

October 17th & 18th, 2012
Canad Inns, 1824 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Presented by: Denise Bissonnette


"Today, the challenges and opportunities of the job developer are greater than ever, and the need for our services is felt more acutely by those we serve. Never has there been a greater need for job developers to take an intelligent, business-minded, proactive and revolutionary approach to creating employment opportunities in our local communities"
~ Denise Bissonnette

Job Developers are entrusted with the awesome responsibility of bridging the gap between unemployed job seekers and the work available in their communities - yet they are frequently provided with few tools and little guidance for achieving their goals. Please check out Denise's "Tribute" to job Developers.

Recognizing that effective job development is perhaps more an art than a science, this dynamic seminar is a gold mine of proven tips, tools and strategies.

Thousands of job developers, throughout North America, attribute their success to the concepts and tools that they have acquired from Denise's inspirational seminar.

Beyond Traditional Job Development offers a practical, innovative and proactive approach to job development that challenges the job developer to look beyond traditional methods for achieving placement results. This highly-acclaimed program is delivered with numerous real-life examples.

Beyond Traditional Job Development is as inspiring and mind-opening as it is relevant and timely to the needs of today's employment professional.

From seasoned professionals to newly-hired employment professionals, participants will leave fully-prepared to practice the Nicaraguan saying, "Do not go where the road leads. Rather, follow your own path and leave a trail."

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Continuing Education Credits

We have received approval for twelve Continuing Education Credits from the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada for VRA Members attending this event.

When you register, make sure you indicate that you are a VRA Member and would like the Attendance Verification Form and we will ensure you get the form at the end of the seminar.

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Registration type per person
Early bird (by September 28, 2012)
(after September 28, 2012)
Discount - (will bring a copy of the required text)
Early bird (by September 28, 2012)
Discount - (will bring a copy of the required text)
(after September 28, 2012)

Registration is now closed.

Regular registration includes a copy of the required text - Beyond Traditional Job Development. If you already have a copy and will bring it with you to the event, you can register at the Discounted rate.

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Comments from Former Participants:

"I attended a training you gave last year and it was the best training I ever had. That training and your book changed my professional life. I'm experiencing a tremendous amount of success – I'm being asked to train other job developers now. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I appreciate everything and I will make sure I pay it forward."

"I am so glad that I was able to attend your seminar and I have since been carrying your book around like a BIBLE! It has made all the difference in my life professionally and personally."

"Denise has opened my eyes to the beauty of the profession."

"I can do my job with more dignity. I'll no longer be looking for employers to do me a favor; but I'll be looking for ways to add value to their companies where there is an unmet need."

"This is the 1st seminar in my 25 year professional career that I did not fall asleep in... I was sitting on the edge of my chair the entire two days!"

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Preview Video

For anyone unfamiliar with her work, this short video, entitled “Job Development vs. Job Placement”, will give you a small taste for Denise’s unique approach to the profession of Job Development.


Beyond Traditional Job Development Text

All attendees must have a copy of Beyond Traditional Job Development. A copy of this text (retail value $29.95) is included in the Regular Registration rate. Attendees who already have the text and will bring it to the training may register at the Discounted Registration rate.

Additional handouts will be distributed.

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This seminar is an exceptional professional development opportunity for anyone engaged in designing and/or delivering employment services to individuals who are considered disadvantaged in their efforts to participate in the workforce.

The seminar, however, is of critical importance for people who are directly charged with the responsibility of helping others (particularly those with employment barriers) to find work. Variously employed as "Job Developers", "Employment Specialists", or "Employment Counsellors", "Work Experience Coordinators", "Career Counsellors", "Job Search Trainers", etc., such individuals are sure to be enlightened and empowered by the tools and concepts imbedded in this inspiring training program.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
8:30 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Seminar

Thursday, October 18, 2012
8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Seminar

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Each day, a continental breakfast including Chilled Juices, Breakfast Pastries, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Preserves & Butter, as well as Coffee and Tea will be provided.

Coffee and tea will be also available during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

Attendees are welcome to choose from a wide variety of nearby restaurants in and around the venue during the lunch breaks.

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Canad Inns - Fort Garry
1824 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2G2
Phone: 204-261-7450
Fax: 204-261-5433
Toll Free: 1-888-332-2623

Events will take place in Ambassador A on the main level.

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There is lots of free parking around the hotel.


We have arranged a block of standard rooms for this event at $110.00 (plus taxes & fees) per night. Please contact the Canad Inns - Fort Garry directly and quote group #189430 to get this reduced rate. This special room rate is available until Friday, October 5, 2012, so don't delay.

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Attendees with any special needs are urged to contact us as soon as possible to give us time to respond to requests.

Canad Inns - Fort Garry is smoke-free and wheelchair accessible.


For further information, please contact Deb Clark by phone, 204-487-0307 or by email

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Photo of Denise Bissonnette

Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For over two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.

Read more about Denise Bissonnette