After founding The Career Foundation and serving as its Executive Director since 1988, Colin Morrison announces his retirement as of August 31st, 2020.
Morrison founded The Career Foundation in response to the soaring rates of youth unemployment at the time. Together with business, education, and government partners, Morrison designed workforce development strategies that equipped job seekers with occupational competencies and life skills that prepared them for success in the workplace.
Today, under Morrison’s leadership, The Career Foundation has grown to seven locations serving youth, newcomers, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, income support recipients, as well as all individuals who are unemployed or underemployed.
Morrison is a visionary of social change. As an educator and consultant with the York Region School Board, University of Toronto, and York University, as well as years as a corporate trainer, Morrison was uniquely qualified to see the gaps between education and employment. His concept of The Career Foundation was given the largest Innovations Canada grant of its time, and was backed by significant corporate, education and labour sponsorships that together launched the organization.
With business, education, and government partners, Morrison designed workforce strategies, including Completing the Circle, which provided youth and adults with the career direction, work experiences, and retention support to achieve success in the workplace. His career counselling methodology was considered leading edge and was used by the organization, public and private schools, and corporations for many years.
Morrison’s corporate experience as a human resource consultant with senior management teams brought a different perspective to The Career Foundation, applying private sector practices to the non-profit organization. He also consulted internationally in various countries. In St. Lucia, this resulted in the creation of a national career and employment centre, utilizing The Career Foundation’s best practices and proven success. This background gave Morrison the ability to see employment and career development through a broader lens. His positive focus and belief in the potential of every single individual regardless of circumstance has been an inspiration.
Morrison has also made significant contributions to the advancement of the employment service sector as a whole by providing trusteeship and leadership support to other community organizations, networks, and collaboratives. His strong commitment and support for the community is reflected in how he consistently contributed to the discourse and practice of local workforce and economic development in order to create positive and sustainable impact on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. As recognition for his distinctions of service, Morrison was awarded Canada’s 125 Year Commemorative Medal for Outstanding Canadians, as well as the Howard R. Beattie Professional Contribution Award and the Russ Seltzer Counsellor Education Award.
The Career Foundation’s Board has consulted with experts and carefully planned a smooth executive transition for the agency. The new President & CEO will be announced shortly and will lead the organization beginning September 1st, 2020.