Canadian Research Working Group

Research at Work...

Presentations have been made at provincial, national, and international conferences, describing our evaluation framework and some of the initial field-testing that has been done. These have been received enthusiastically and it seems to us that people in the field are eager to embrace the ideas and try to implement them in their work settings.


The CRWG is a unique coalition of Francophone and Anglophone researchers from six Canadian universities (University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary, Université Laval and Université de Sherbrooke) committed to proving of the impact of career development programs and services. Members of the CRWG are independent researchers who collaborate on common projects and engage in distinct and related research projects separate from the CRWG. Members of the CRWG also form collaborative partnerships with international researchers.

The current members are:

Lynne Bezanson, M. Ed., CCC

Lynne Bezanson is Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF). Lynne is a career development leader, author, researcher and adult educator. She has directed numerous Canadian career development initiatives, managed for Canada two International Symposia on Career Development and Public Policy and the inaugural pan-Canadian Symposium on Career Development, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Council of Career Development Associations (CCCDA) and a founding member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy and the CRWG. She is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Stu Conger Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development.

William A Borgen, Ph.D

William Borgen is a professor of Counselling Psychology and Head of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Borgen has conducted research and has developed programs in the area of 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. He was the President of the International Association for Counselling from 1998 – 2006. IAC is an international Non-Governmental Organization that has consultative status with several United Nations agencies, and is involved with UNESCO in ongoing projects related to guidance and counselling. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary life membership in the Canadian Counselling Association in recognition of his leadership in the development of counselling and counsellor education in Canada.

Liette Goyer, Ph.D.

Liette Goyer, Ph.D., is a professor of guidance with the Faculty of Education, Université Laval. A researcher at the Centre de recherche et d’intervention pour l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), she is interested primarily in career counselling and the instruments (programs, tools) used in guidance and in measurement/evaluation. In addition, she conducts research with international graduate students at Québec universities.

Bryan Hiebert, Ph.D

Bryan Hiebert is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor in Counselling Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. He is Vice-President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Dr. Hiebert was president of the Canadian Career Development Foundation from 1985 to 1999. In 1994, he co-chaired the first Canadian National Symposium on Evaluation in Career and Employment Counselling. In 1999, he co-facilitated the first International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy. He was co-chair of the National Steering Committee for Career Development Guidelines and Standards from 1996 to 2004 and also contributed to the development of the International Competencies for Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioners. In 2005, he was granted Honorary Life Membership in the Alberta Teachers’ Association Guidance Council in recognition of his contribution to guidance and counselling in Alberta. In 2007, he was awarded the Stu Conger Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development.

Vivian Lalande, Ph.D

Vivian Lalande, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary in the Division of Applied Psychology and currently has a consulting business. In 2009 she received the Canadian Psychological Association Counselling Psychology Section Distinguished Member Award and in 2008 received the Canadian Counselling Association Professional Contribution Award. She has written and presented papers internationally in the areas of career program development and evaluation, post-secondary career counselling, and women’s career development. Dr.Lalande is a registered psychologist who provides training and supervision in these areas.

Guylaine Michaud, Ph.D.

Guylaine Michaud is a professor with the Vocational Guidance Department, Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke. Dr. Michaud is a member of the Équipe de recherche sur les transitions et l’apprentissage (ÉRTA). Her research focuses mainly on skills assessment and skills development and transfer. She teaches career counselling.

Céline Renald, M. Ed.

Céline Renald is a senior consultant for the Canadian Career Development Foundation. She has been involved in several initiatives with the Foundation such as the National Symposium on Career Development, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development, the International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy, and the delivery of training for trainer sessions for the Future to Discover research project in partnership with the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. An adult educator by training, she managed the Government of Canada’s competency-based training program for employment counsellors (HRDC). She also participated in consulting projects for employment service development in Russia, Malaysia and Jordan.

Réginald Savard, Ph.D.

Réginald Savard is a full professor with the Vocational Guidance Department, Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke, and Director of the Collectif de recherche en counseling et développement de carrière (CRCDC). Dr. Savard teaches individual career counselling and the processes inherent in clinical supervision. He is also a guidance counsellor and psychotherapist. Over the past few years, he has taken an interest in career counselling with a focus on vocational guidance and transition, labour force entry and re-entry, vocational adjustment and readjustment, and evaluation. His research pertains mainly to intervention effectiveness, clinical supervision, and career counselling training. He has developed interventions and training programs for clients who are disconnected from the labour market in order to promote their labour force re-entry as well as facilitate the rehabilitation and return to the workforce of injured workers.