Book George to speak at your next business
conference or meeting

George is available to speak for corporate meetings, keynote events, breakout sessions. association meetings and particularly for groups of small business owners or entrepreneurial teams.

He is a compelling speaker who fills each presentation with valuable content, based on the powerful talent management stories of his clients. He can speak directly to managers and/or employees on how they can link their personal stories to improved career performance.

Speaking Topics that can be adapted to your organization’s needs and priorities

How to Assess & Map Employee Strengths & Motivations to Improve Profits

Career Management Tips and Techniques to Help You Excel in Your Career

The Case for Employee Job fit – Benefits to the Employer’s Bottom Line!

Personal & Professional Success from the Inside Out

How To Make Your Job More Fun

The following list is a sample, not a complete list, of speaking engagements over the years to give you an idea of the range of topics and venues covered by George.

Business Conferences & Meetings

“Thank you very much for a very informative and enlightening presentation on career management tips and techniques, which generated many positive comments from the U.S, British, and Australian staff and family members.”

Janet Hart, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Mar 2006

Keynote Speaker. International Association of Administrative Professionals, Jobfit = JobJoy, Ottawa, 2014

Keynote Speaker.  “Highly Effective Resumes & Job Search Tools for Busy People,”  Canadian Society for Industrial Security Inc., National Capital Region, Ottawa, Dec 2005

Keynote Presentation.  “The Case for JobFit – Benefits to the Bottom Line!” HR Solutions Show, Ottawa Congress Centre, Nov 2002

Keynote Presentation. “Mining Gold from the other domains of life,” NCR Managers’ Forum, Canadian Centre for Management Development, Ottawa Congress Centre, Mar 2001

Guest speaker. “Career Development for Finance Professionals,” National Finance Branch Conference, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Oct 1996.

Guest Speaker.  “Achieving Personal & Professional Success: Inside-Out,” Annual
General Meeting, Financial Management Institute of Canada-Ottawa Chapter, May 1996

If you’re looking for a motivational speaker for your next business event, CONTACT GEORGE DIRECTLY FOR MORE INFORMATION

In-house Career Development

Workshop Leader.  Job Readiness Training for interns preparing for postings with the United Nations Association of Canada, Ottawa, 2005-2008.  The focus in these seminars is to help interns better understand how employers hire, based on a number of key concepts:

Human nature and self-interest in the hiring process
Job Vacancies vs Job Opportunities.
The Importance of Building Relationships
The Role of Hiring Managers
Becoming a Solution to a Problem
Communicating with Employers

Workshop Leader. Health Canada Career Planning Sessions, Ottawa, Feb-Mar 2007:

How to Build a Career Plan
Building Relationships
Communicating Your Career Plan (with Your Supervisor)
Putting Career Plans into Action
How to Advance Your Career

Workshop Leader. “How to make your job more fun,” Career Week, HRDC, Ottawa, June 1997

Professional Development for Career Practitioners

George has recently been featured at these National Conferences:

Presenter, Cannexus 2017,Un-careering: challenging the cultural consensus around work, January 2017, Ottawa
Presenter, Research Beyond Borders, Career Change and Cultural Hegemony: An Integrated Approach Involving Transformation Through Writing, Athabasca University, Edmonton, Sept 2016
Presenter, Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association conference,Narrative-based approaches to counselling that help individuals navigate our ‘risk’ society,May 2016, Montreal
Presenter, Cannexus 2016, Repurposing Employees through Narrative Writing, January 2016, Ottawa
Presenter, Cannexus, 2014, Are Life Story Methods Effective Career Change Tools?, January 2104, Ottawa
Presenter, Cannexus 2012, Leveraging Your Client’s Personal Stories into Career Transition, Ottawa
Cannexus Annual Conference in Ottawa for Career Professionals across North America  2011
The Career Management Alliance Annual Conference in Las Vegas 2011
The National Consultation on Career Development in Ottawa for Canadian career practitioners – 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011


“I so enjoyed your presentation.  I have long been perplexed by the emphasis career professionals place on assessments.  Although I have a masters in career development, and took a semester course on assessments, I have found them to be of very limited value in the work I do with clients.  Like you, I prefer the story approach as a more effective vehicle to discover the critical subtleties and nuances of their true essence.  Your presentation was a very refreshing change and was much appreciated!”

N. Collamer, M.S. Career Coach, Author and Speaker

1 Mapping Your Client’s Story : Using Pattern Recognition in Story Analysis

Leveraging Your Client’s Story into Career Transition

1 Story Creation Maps: Tracking the Influence of Limiting Beliefs
1 The JobJoy Difference: Not Job Search Assistance but Creating Jobs for Clients. 

Personal Mission Statement as job search tool

1 Helping People Who Hate Their Jobs

Parent Groups

Keynote Speaker. Sir Guy Carleton High School Career Fair, Exploring the World of Work, Ottawa, 2014

Guest Speaker. “Helping Your Teen Plan a Career, Parents Group, Nepean High School, Nov 2003”

Guest Speaker. “JobJoy for Young Adults: Avoiding Pain in Career Selection, Office of the Supervisor of Financial Institutions, Ottawa, Nov 2003”

Guest Speaker. “JobJoy for Your Young Adults, Employee Assistance Program, PWGSC, Ottawa, May 2003”

Community Groups

George speaks regularly to community, volunteer, and church groups on a variety of career and job related topics, matching his expertise with their needs and priorities.

Guest Speaker.  “Career change for individuals with addictions,” for staff at Newgate 180, a residential centre offering treatment and education for alcohol, drug and gambling addiction. Sept’2009

Guest Speaker. “Breaking Out of ‘Job Box’ Stress Successfully,” Mood Disorders Ottawa, May 2009

“Just a quick note to express my appreciation for the masterful job you did last night, communicating sound, and encouraging and practical counsel/insight to the folk we had present last evening, whose worlds have been turned upside down. This was my first time to hear you speak George … and I was very impressed with both your depth of knowledge and your passion.  You were organized in your format and ensured the attendees got the most from their time, you looked for input and answered each individuals question with a response that reflected your knowledge and experience in your field of expertiseYour contribution to the event was one of the very best parts, and I wanted you to know how grateful I am for the investment you made with your time.”

Steve Elliott, Pastor, Kanata Wesleyan Church, Career Workshop, Jan 2001

Guest Speaker. “How to discover, develop and deploy your spiritual gifts as a volunteer, “

Ottawa Innercity Ministries, Ottawa, Dec 2000

Guest Speaker. “Total Quality Performance Through Jobfit” for the Council of Christian Chief Executive Officers, Brantford, Jan 1999

Guest Speaker. “How to Advance Your Career” at the Capital Job Fair, Landsdowne Park, Mar 1998

Workshop Leader. “How to get hired,” Canadian African Women’s Organization, Ottawa, Jan-Dec’1998

Workshop Leader. “Get a job!” Conference sponsored by the Christian Labour Association of Canada, Toronto, Oct’1997

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