Career Development Practitioners Advisory Committee Members

Heather Bennett

Heather Bennett

Heather is an independent career and talent management practitioner based in Toronto who works with clients in mid to late career. She also works as an Organizational Solutions Consultant with CareerCycles.  Heather is a member of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI) and is Chair of ICCI’s Application Review Division.

diane moore

Diane Moore M.Ed., CCDP

Diane Moore, M.Ed., CCDP, is a member of the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario and is proud to have been awarded the first Certified Career Development Practitioners designation in 2015.  Currently a professor in the Career Development Practitioner Program at George Brown College and the Career Development Professional Program at Conestoga College, Diane was previously vice-chair of the Stewardship Group for Certification in Ontario and a professor/coordinator with the Career & Work Counsellor Program at George Brown College. She has worked in the field of career counselling, adult education, consulting and outplacement for the past thirty years.


Zana Dragovich

Zana Dragovich championed projects of substantial scope and complexity related to economic and LM integration of individuals and businesses, by conceptualizing and growing essential, career-related services into high quality, full swing, highly responsive and sustainable operations. Zana plays a recognized role in the industry of talent engagement and employability enhancement, and continuously advances processes, tools, and strategies. She specializes in accreditation and qualification information, professional recognition and sector-specific alternative solutions. Zana is a Certified PLAR/RPL Practitioner and Portfolio Advisor, Certified in Adult Learning, Expert in Enterprise Case Management, and in Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Spectrum of Different Learning Abilities. At present, she is the Chair of the Board of Association of Career Professionals International – Toronto Chapter (

Maureen Burbank

Maureen Burbank BA/BPE, BEd

Maureen has been in the field of career and employment counselling for 25 years.  She is currently Supervisor of counselling services at the London Employment Help Centre.  She was Chair of the Ontario Alliance of Career Development Practitioners prior to the formation of the Stewardship Group for Certification for which she was elected Chair.  Her group’s mandate was to create a model for certification. Her passion for serving clients with dignity and professionalism has culminated in being asked to serve on the OCDCBO committee where certification of career development practitioners is becoming a reality!

Lorraine Katanik

Lorraine Katanik

Lorraine Katanik holds a diploma in Career Counselling from George Brown College and has over 30 years of managerial experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Lorraine has worked in the sector from frontline through to program management. During the last fifteen years developing resources, tools and professional development opportunities that support the skill enhancement of staff and managers in the sector. She is a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Council for Career Development (3CD), the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario (CDPCBO) and has served as the Provincial Co-Chair of the Ontario Alliance of Career Development Practitioners (OACDP). In 2008 Lorraine was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the sector as the first recipient of the George Brown College Crystal Leadership Award.

Trish McNamara, CCS, CCDP

Trish McNamara has been in the education and employment sector for over 25 years.  For the last 11 years, Trish works for KEYS Job Centre a not-for-profit, charitable organization as the Program Manager for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area.   Trish is the Eastern Ontario Ambassador for Career Professionals of Canada. Trish was honoured to be awarded the Career Professionals of Canada Award of Excellence 2017 Winner for Outstanding Volunteer Contributor and most recently the 2018 Award of Excellence Honourable Mention for Outstanding Volunteer Team for the CPC Ambassador Team.

Some of Trish’s Board experience includes President of the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce and Director on the 1000 Island Community Development Corporation.

Trish is very passionate about assisting our sector in moving forward to standardized professional certification and is honoured to join the CDPCBO Advisory Committee.

Brad Whitehorn, BA, CCDP

Brad Whitehorn, BA, CCDP is the Sales & Marketing coordinator at CLSR Inc. He was thrown into the career development field headfirst after completing a Communications degree in 2005 at York University, and hasn’t looked back! Since then, Brad has acquired certificates in Social Media (Algonquin College), and Employment Services (Dalhousie University). As well, he has worked on the development, implementation, and certification for various career and personality assessments including Personality Dimensions®, making sure that Career Development Practitioners get the right tools to best serve their clients.

Tammy McDowell, CCDP

Tammy’s professional experience and background reflect two of her key passions – career counselling and student success.

For the past twelve years, Tammy has worked at Georgian College. She has an Honors BA, a Career Development Practitioner certification through Conestoga College and is certified to administer and interpret many A and B level career assessment tools. With 15 years’ experience as a Career Development Practitioner, she has worked in various contexts including Employment Ontario, Vocational Rehabilitation, Post-Secondary Education and private practice.

Tammy has provided career counselling and resiliency coaching to clients across Canada and has been a member of the CDPCBO since 2017. She currently sits on the Georgian College Employee Engagement Committee and the Education at Work Ontario Awards Committee, recognizing student contributions through their work integrated learning experiences.

Ledianis Rivero-Sosa

Ledianis Rivero-Sosa is a career development professional with 10 years of experience working in the field. She’s currently the Manager of Client Service at World Skills Employment Centre, an immigrant-serving agency that has been supporting newcomer integration in the local labour market for over 20 years. Ledianis is originally from Cuba where she obtained a B.A. majoring in English Translation and Interpretation. The common denominator of her over 20-year career has been client and stakeholder relations, combined with strong administrative and communications skills in her various roles in Cuba and in Canada, where she landed in 2009.

A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Ledianis went on to complete three post-graduate diplomas in Foreign Trade, Hospitality Management, and Communications and Public Relations from 1999 to 2006. In Canada, she continued pursuing her passion for learning and graduated with a Management Certificate for Women from Carleton University in 2017. She has also completed multiple courses on Cross-Cultural Competency and Career Development. She became a Certified Career Development practitioner in 2018. Ledianis is a strong believer in the power of communication to connect with others and make the world a better place.

Sahri Woods Baum,  M.Ed.

Sahri began her career as a counsellor at McGill University.  For the past 43 years she worked as a personal and career counsellor at Ryerson University, before retiring in 2019.  Sahri is a past co-chair of the Ontario Alliance of Career Development Practitioners (OACDP) as well as past co-chair of the Canadian Career Information Association (CCIA).

Honours received by Sahri include the 1998 Ontario College Counsellors Career Development Award bestowed by the Ontario College Counsellors Association; in 2011 the Ryerson University Counsellor Award and  the Ryerson Faculty Association Career Achievement Award in 2016.  Sahri has a long-standing interest in the area of ethics and ethical conduct as it pertains to the career development field.