Project Team

The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) managed this project.  CCDF is an internationally renowned leader in the field of career development and worker engagement. CCDF has demonstrated expertise in the field of Essential Skills (ES) and has developed award-winning tools to help territorial and federal governments integrate ES assessment and development in the workplace. Examples of CCDF’s leadership and experience in ES include:

  • The Nunavut Community Skills Information System (NCSIS) – a comprehensive ES assessment system awarded the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Award for Innovative Management;
  • ES Tools for Employment and Social Development Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, including a Self-Assessment, Organizational Needs Assessment and Intermediary Toolkit;
  • A Department of Education, Government of Nunavut project to align their secondary school curriculum to the ES;
  • A Department of Finance, Government of Nunavut project to develop ES occupational profiles for all of the department's jobs so that they can assess their staff and develop ES training plans with them.

CCDF worked with Dr. Bryan Hiebert of the Canadian Research Working Group on Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development (CRWG) on the evaluation activities of the project. Dr. Heibert was the Lead Researcher on the project and is an expert in evidence-based research in the area of career and employment development. Dr. Hiebert ensured that the project was guided by a robust research/evaluation methodology. Sareena Hopkins, Co-Executive Director and Donnalee Bell, Senior Consultant of CCDF co-managed the project. They were supported by researchers Suzanne Klinga and Krista Benes, Consultants of CCDF. Jessica Issenor, University of Ottawa, PhD. candidate supported the development of the inventory and Trina Bučko, Principal of Trina Bučko Consulting & Training, conducted some of the field research and assisted with writing a number of the case studies.