The non-profit Transitions Canada Coalition is a platform for collaboration among education ecosystem stakeholders to identify, enhance, test, and scale transformative innovations to better prepare students to  transition from school to success in life and 21st-century careers

We are based in the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), the Mi'kmaq and the Passamaquoddy First Nations.

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The TCC premise is that we need our best minds across the country focused together on a handful of truly transformative initiatives that:

  • benefit and fully engage students everywhere in deep, lasting learning

  • make the work of educators less stressful, more effective, and more fulfilling

  • can be ‘branded’ as jurisdictions see fit and scaled to schools on a pan-Canadian basis

  • do not require additional financial or human resources from provincial and territorial governments.

  • Provide inspiring models for students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community partners of how we can further shift from disseminating and testing age-based, prescribed knowledge to more personalized, project-based learning approaches that guide students to discover for themselves what they need to learn.    

What are people saying about us?

"When stakeholders from across Canada collaborate, magic happens.  There has perhaps never been a time when it was more important for us to collectively roll up our sleeves to prepare Canadians to live, learn and work successfully in the emergent labour market and build better career futures."



Sareena Hopkins

Executive Director

Canadian Career Development Foundation


The TCC Team will be located at the Memramcook Institute in New Brunswick. This time-honored educational landmark has produced many government and industry leaders, including former Canadian Governor General Romeo LeBlanc. It also housed the National Life/Work Centre from 1994 to 2012. The TCC Team will organize meetings and travel, provide meeting and accommodation facilities, warehousing, inventory control, shipping and distribution, order processing, financial accounting, customer support, training of trainers, and more.


Phil Jarvis is the founding President of the Transitions Canada Coalition. Prior to this role, he was Director of Global Partnerships for Career Cruising and earlier Vice President for Global Partnerships with the National Life/Work Centre. Phil has led numerous national and international projects, including CHOICES, Canada Prospects, Canada WorkinfoNET (CanWIN), The Real Game Series, the Blueprint for LifeWork Designs, Smart Options. Phil advocates for whole community mobilization with employers and community agencies collaborating with educators and parents to prepare students to transition from school to success.


Mark Jaillet is a founding member of the Transitions Canada Coalition team. With over 30 years in client service, Mark spent 12 years with the National Life/Work Centre and 6 years with Xello (formerly Career Cruising) handling logistics, communications, training, and support with educators at all levels and career development professionals.  He was the first point of contact for, and trained thousands of educators and career practitioners across North America, both individually and in groups. His professionalism, combined with his calm, friendly, humorous nature and positive outlook unfailingly puts users and clients at ease, even those in front of classrooms of expectant students needing solutions “now!”.


Following the success of the first two proof-of-concept projects, TCC plans to establish a National Advisory Council with representation from the following potential coalition partners, and others:


  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

  • Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Education

  • Provincial/Territorial Ministries of Advanced Education, Training & Labour

  • The Assembly of First Nations

  • The Business Council of Canada

  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

  • The Prime Minister’s Youth Council

  • The Canadian Career Development Foundation

  • The Canadian Council for Career Development

  • The FutureSkills Centre

  • The Advisory Council on Economic Growth

The National Advisory Council will identify and guide future TCC projects. Its mission of inter-organizational and pan-Canadian collaboration is enforced by the Prime Minister’s mandate letters to his Ministers in which he says, “We made a commitment to Canadians to pursue our goals with a renewed sense of collaboration. Improved partnerships with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments are essential. I expect you to bring Canadians together.