Riz Ibrahim is the President and CEO of The Counselling Foundation of Canada. He is also the Executive Officer of CERIC and an ex-officio member of the CERIC Board of Directors. He previously led the creation of CERIC as it emerged in the early 2000s and served as the Executive Director of CERIC till 2023.
As CERIC Executive Director, Riz expanded the reach and scope of CERIC’s work by actively engaging stakeholders from a broad range of sectors within the career development ecosystem. Partnership, collaboration and inclusion have been at the core of CERIC’s growth and development.
Notably, Riz created research and learning vehicles that would make CERIC a credible and non-partisan voice in career development in Canada, advocating for Career Development for Public Good and building the competencies of career development professionals. This included the Canadian Journal of Career Development, Careering Magazine, CareerWise/OrientAction and the Graduate Student Engagement Program. Most significantly during his tenure, Riz was instrumental in initiating and expanding Cannexus, Canada’s Career Development Conference as the premiere learning and networking event for career development professionals in Canada.