Laurent MattePresident OCCOQ

Laurent Matte has been the President of l’Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec since 2007. For 30 years, he worked as a career counsellor, helping the workers and the unemployed gain social and professional autonomy. He also served as a consultant for the Quebec Government in the following areas: service development, partnerships, training and coaching. As a recognized leader in his field, his expertise contributes to raising awareness for the profession among the public, within the province and beyond. With the aim to refocus the work of the order around the themes of relevance, competence and the development of guidance and counselling services, he is developing the organization’s ability to use a systems approach when intervening at the political, administrative, legal and interprofessional levels. In 2011, IAEVG entrusted l’Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec with the organization of the 2014 conference in Quebec City.

Jenny BimroseProfessor, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Professor Jenny Bimrose is Deputy Director of the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. Previously, she was Head of Centre for Training in Careers Guidance at the University of East London. With over thirty years of experience teaching, researching and managing in higher education, on-going research interests include: supporting careers guidance practitioners in their use of labour market information in career guidance; the integration of ICT into careers practice; the decision-making styles and career trajectories of individuals across Europe; the implications for career guidance of older women’s career development; the role of career adaptability for mid-career changers.

William Borgen, Ph.DProfessor, University of British Columbia, Canada

William A. Borgen, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia. Dr. Borgen has conducted research and has developed programs regarding life transitions and career development for several years. His work has been translated and adapted for use in Bhutan, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, and Sweden. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea in Sweden for his leadership in the development of counsellor education in Sweden. Dr. Borgen was the President of the International Association for Counselling from 1998 – 2006. In 2011 he received the Stu Conger Award for leadership in career development in Canada.

Francis DanversProfessor, University of Lille, France

Francis Danvers is a university professor. Educational psychologist and research professor at the Laboratoire CIREL (EA PROFEOR 4354), a research centre in educational science, Université Lille Nord de France [2000- ]. Director of the professional master’s programme, Master 2 Pro, “Métiers de l’éducation pour la Santé, de la prévention et de la promotion de la Santé”, a master’s level programme for professionals of public health education, prevention and health promotion [2009- ]. Associate Director of “L’orientation scolaire et professionnelle”, a specialized journal in vocational and educational guidance, INETOP-CNAM Paris. Member of the Collège régional de prospective Nord Pas-de-Calais and of the Science Council of Po Lille and the Presses universitaires du Septentrion. Vice-President of l’Université Populaire de Lille and of “l’Association apprendre et s’orienter” in Montpellier, an association promoting a guidance-oriented approach to learning.  Member of the national scientific steering committee for PEC, a portfolio of experience and competencies for university students and a member of the Administrative Council of the CUIP, a university educational information committee. Honorary member of the Conférence des directeurs et responsables de l’orientation et de l’insertation professionnelle dans les universities, a Conference of directors and managers of career counselling and employment services in universities [Director of the SCUIO-IP L3, a university career and job placement centre, 2000-2009].

Edwidge DesjardinsProfessor, University of Quebec at Montreal, Québec, Canada

After a master’s degree in counseling at McGill University and a PhD from Université Laval, Edwidge Desjardins is dedicated to teaching. She is a Career development professor for 20 years at UQAM. In the last few years, she has combined administrative functions: Program Director of Undergraduate Career Development and Director of the Master in Career development. She founded the Clinique Carrière that offers, through internship, consulting services in employability and career management at UQAM / downtown, UQAM / Laval and UQAM / Longueuil. His research focuses on creativity in helping relationship.>

Geneviève FournierProfessor, Laval University, Québec, Canada

Geneviève Fournier is a full professor in the Département des fondements et pratiques en éducation at l’Université Laval and the Director of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), an intervention and research centre in the area of education and work life. Her research interests include life transitions, social and professional insertion and integration processes, as well as common counselling practices of those who work with people encountering professional, personal or social difficulties. Her current research focuses on nonstandard career trajectories, identity development, processes leading to career precariousness and personal and social insecurities, and the support of psychosocial workers.

Julio GonzalezProfessor, University of Valencia, Venezuela

Professor at the University of Carabobo- Venezuela- Faculty of Sciences of Education (from 1975 to date). Responsible Research line: Guidance, Society and Work University: Degree in Education, Major: Vocational Guidance. University of Carabobo. 1970. Master of Science. Major: Guidance in Elementary School. Oklahoma State University. USA. 1982. Doctor in Education, University of Carabobo. 1995. Vice-President of International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). 2007-2011. Board of Directors of the IAEVG (2004-2007; 2011-2015).
Secretary of Academic Affairs of the Latin-American Network of Guidance and Counseling. (2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2012-2014)

Liette GoyerProfessor, Laval University, Québec, Canada

Liette Goyer, Ph.D., is full professor and director of graduate studies in Counselling and Guidance at Université Laval. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the French section of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (RCCP) and a regular member of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT). She has directed and participated in collaborative and evaluative studies and is currently associated with the work of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development (CRWG). Her research interests are focused on innovative practices in counselling and guidance. She runs a research laboratory for the analysis of support mechanisms in counselling and guidance.

Vincent GuillonProfessor, INETOP, France

Vincent Guillon teaches counselling psychology at l’Inetop-Cnam, the National Institute for the Study of Work and Vocational Counselling of the National Conservatory of Applied Technologies in Paris (France). He also teaches at l’université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. He was a guidance counsellor for 15 years and director of a guidance and information centre for 10 years. PhD in psychology, member of the research team Psychologie de l’orientation du Centre de recherche sur le travail et le développement, a research centre in the area of work and vocational counselling, and research associate for the Laboratoire parisien de psychologie sociale (Laboratory on Social Psychology in the Paris region), his current research focuses on working alliances and the links between cognitive dissonance and social comparison. Institut national d’étude du travail et d’orientation professionnelle (Inetop-Cnam), 41 rue Gay-Lussac – 75005, Paris.

Martine LacharitéExecutive Director, OCOOQ

Martine Lacharité, L.P.C., has 15 years of service with the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec (OCCOQ), of which she has been the Executive Director and Secretary since 2010. She has been an inspector, trainer and assistant director, and has performed various supervisory tasks over the years. She also oversaw a major restructuring of the organization and mechanisms allowing for the bringing into force of a professional act with implications for guidance counsellor profession. She is responsible for all of the operational organization for the 2014 international conference. As a co-founder and partner of a consulting firm specialized in guidance and the development of human potential for eight years, she has provided expertise to individuals, groups and organizations as a guidance counsellor, trainer and project manager.

Marie McMahonProfessor, University of Queensland, Australia

Dr. Mary McMahon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia. She teaches career theory, career guidance and counselling, narrative career counselling and supervision. Her research and publications focus on the career development of children and adolescents, narrative career counselling and qualitative career assessment. Mary is known for her application of systems theory to career development. She has published extensively internationally.

Jérome RossierProfessor, University of Lausanne, Suisse

Jérôme Rossier is currently full professor of vocational and counseling psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Lausanne. He is editor of the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance and member of several editorial boards. His teaching areas and research interests include counseling, personality, psychological assessment, and cross-cultural psychology.

Spencer NilesProfessor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Dr. Spencer Niles is Professor and Dean of the School of Education at The College of William _ Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has also served as Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Pennsylvania State University and Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Eminent Career Award, a NCDA Fellow, an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow, ACA’s David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, the ACA Extended Research Award, President’s Award, and the University of British Columbia Noted Scholar Award. He served as President for the National Career Development Association and Editor for The Career Development Quarterly and Editor of the Journal of Counseling _ Development. He has authored or co-authored approximately 120 publications and delivered over 130 presentations on career development theory, practice, and public policy. He is an Honorary Member of the Japanese Career Development Association, Honorary Member of the Italian Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Ohio Career Development Association.

Réginald SavardProfessor, University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

Réginald Savard, Ph.D., is a professor of Career Counselling in the vocational guidance department of the faculty of education at Université de Sherbrooke and Director of the Collectif de recherche en counseling et développement de carrière (CRCDC). His research is focused on career counselling with a diverse clientele, the development of career counselling skills, and clinical supervision. He is co-author of the book Test à l’appui as well as articles on counselling and supervision.

Ada SinacoreProfessor, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

Ada Sinacore, Ph.D., L.P.C.,  is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications in social justice, career development, migration and immigration, gender equity, pedagogy, and feminist psychology. She is actively involved in research, scholarship and program development addressing career transitioning of diverse populations in Canada and abroad.  Additionally, Dr; Sinacore co-edited a comprehensive book about Canadian counselling and counsellling psychology, and is highly sought out for her consultation and program evaluation skills.  In 2010, she received the Oliva Espin Award for Social Justice Concerns in Feminist Psychology: Immigration and Gender, from the Association for Women in Psychology.  Most recently, she was elected to be a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Michel TurcotteProject Manager, Treasurer IAEVG

For over 30 years, Michel Turcotte is contributing to the growth of career development, not only in Canada but around the world. His leadership has led him to play key roles in pan-Canadian and international career development and public policy symposium, in the Standards and Guidelines for career development professionals and in the creation of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development (CRWG). He has served on various boards in the field of guidance in Quebec, in Canada and at international levels, including the head of the guidance section of the Quebec Corporation of guidance counselors and psychoeducators. He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) since 2006.

Comité d’évaluation des propositions/Evaluation of proposals Committee

Members of the Scientific Committee contributed to the evaluation of proposals. Four more persons contributed to the evaluation: 

Alain Dubois, Laval University

Daniel Vermeersch, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de la Vallée du Richelieu

Martin Peck, of Stratégie Carrière

Josée Beaulieu, c.o., P.S  Jeunesse