Career Development Practitioners Board Directors

Gillian Johnston

Gillian Johnston

CCDP, Director, CDPCBO

Gillian has worked in the field of career development since 1977 as a counsellor, counselling coordinator, Ontario regional counselling consultant and counsellor educator. She is the past Coordinator of the Career and Work Counsellor Programme and Career Development Practitioners graduate certificate at George Brown College and currently is a part time professor. As a Director of CDPCBO, Gillian is engaged in assessing applications for certification for Ontario CDPs, delivering Ethics and Career Development Theory training and representing CDPCBO and its members across the province.

Gillian has been actively involved in the creation of the new National Competency Framework for Career Development Practitioners as a member of the National Stakeholder Committee and the National Certification Steering Committee. In addition, she was one of the four-member team creating the new National Code of Ethics for CDPs.  She was the Ontario representative on the creation of the National Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners from 1998-2002 and from 2010-2011 worked on the addition of Diversity standards and guidelines. She was co-founder and co-chair of the Ontario Alliance Career Development Practitioners from its inception to 2002.

Gillian has been a well-respected leader in the field regionally and internationally and has been awarded numerous honours including the National Career Development Association (USA) International Award for her work in introducing the profession in the United Arab Emirates.

Gayle Takahashi

Gayle Takahashi

Gayle has been involved in the Career Practitioner field for over 3 decades. She worked for over 30 years in the Federal government department (HRSDC) dealing with employment counselling and programming. Roles included counsellor, supervisor, manager and counsellor educator.

Since 1992 she has been involved with the Career and Work Counsellor Program at George Brown College where roles have included teaching and assessing students in the Diploma Program as well as staff of external agency partners. She is the former Coordinator of the Program, retiring in September 2014. In addition, she is serving on the Board of Directors, ACCES Employment and chairs their People Committee.

Dianne 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.

Tammy McDowell

Tammy McDowell, CCDP

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

Tammy is a career consultant 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 17 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 contributed to the Assessment Development Working Group for the national CDP certification exam, has worked on various provincial work integrated learning (WIL) awards committees, and is a champion of strengths based counselling.