Helps People
Face Barriers To

A job is a key part of a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, too many people face barriers to employment.

Prospect works with everyone from recent immigrants to ill-and-injured military veterans to people with disabilities. We're a not-for-profit organization, but our main motivation isn't charity. We believe everyone who is ready, willing and able to work
and wants a fulfilling job should have one. We're driven to help people who face barriers to employment because society reaps the benefits for years to come.

Before We Open Doors, We Open Minds.

Educating employers is a key part of what we do. We help employers discover new pools of skilled workers in demographics they may not have considered. By raising awareness, providing training, and engaging organizations through consulting services, we help employers create their optimal workforces.

Prospect helps dispel myths about underutilized labour pools. Our customized strategies enable employers to find skilled people and retain them by offering the most relevant supports. We help employers adapt their physical workplaces, their cultures and their HR policies/practices so that a wider range of employees can succeed in their workplaces.

Most employers quickly discover that by removing barriers in recruitment they gain access to a deeper pool of talented, dedicated and loyal employees. Employers also learn that hiring from a more diverse range of talent bolsters their image as progressive, inclusive workplaces. The business case is compelling and well documented: it is a win-win.

Prospect works with dozens of industry associations and a network of more than 700 Alberta employers, from small businesses to national corporations. We understand the unique needs of both. We have developed and implemented workforce inclusion plans and engagement strategies for a wide range of major industry associations and employers.

Many of our employer partners, including Bank of Montreal, ATCO, Home Depot and others have won recognition for their efforts in diversifying their workplaces.

How Prospect Helps Build A Skilled Workforce

Prospect has decades of experience in broadening the workforce, helping job seekers and employers alike. We work with industry to understand the jobs and skill sets they are going to need, and with individuals to prepare them for these areas of demand. We always look at workforce development from demand and supply perspectives. What we've found is that employers are often missing out on skilled employees from non-traditional pools. This happens for a couple of reasons:

  1. They aren't aware that these demographics possess skill sets they need
  2. They have a preconceived attitude or stigma toward a certain group, such as people with disabilities

Prospect helps ensure employers are aware of all skilled labour pools. Our teams match employers with individuals who have the skill sets that employers need. At the same time we tackle attitudinal barriers head on, educating employers and using experiential learning opportunities to help break down barriers.

We serve a number of groups:

  • Individuals who are ready, willing and able to work, and who require support to find careers that maximize their economic contribution.
  • Individuals who require limited pre-employment support to achieve their career aspirations.
  • Service providers and support networks that provide complementary support to our clients.
  • Employers who are open to new ways of thinking and who understand their duty to accommodate and support an inclusive workforce.
  • Industry groups committed to a leadership role in building towards inclusive workplaces.
  • Funders and governments whose mandates support workforce development and employment.

Are You Hiring?

Talk to our Employment Placement Specialists. They'll help you find qualified candidates who fit your company's culture. Contact us at 403.273.2822.

Message From Our CEO

Kevin McNichol

I believe in the power of people.

That a group of like-minded individuals, united in a vision and empowered to act, can achieve whatever they strive for.

Here at Prospect, it happens almost daily. The energy, passion and enthusiasm of our staff, partners and funders are helping transform the employment landscape in Alberta, making a compelling business case for diversity.

Workplaces used to be filled with barriers of all kinds – physical, emotional, mental and perceptual. Slowly and inevitably, these barriers are coming down. But there is still a lot to be done.

My promise is to never stop learning about the people we serve, the barriers they face, and the ambitions they have. Prospect will remain a tireless breaker of barriers and proponent of change in the workforce.

I am excited to lead an organization where staff exemplify our Brand Pillars of innovation, collaboration, professionalism, enthusiasm and drive. Over the coming years I hope to see these become even more vibrant within our organization. I can’t think of better traits to have in colleagues, and I am looking forward to the possibilities that lay ahead.

- Kevin McNichol


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What We offer

Prospect offers a variety of programs and services for job seekers and employers. All our programs are developed through consultation with the people they will serve. All are designed to connect skilled people with employers who will work with them to succeed. Our programs and services are characterised by the following criteria:

  • Rapid employment placement coupled with access to stabilization supports
  • Service design and delivery that is informed by participants
  • Experiential learning and practical experience
  • Continuous refinement based on feedback from our clients, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Smart use of assistive technology and equipment
  • Rigorous evaluation frameworks and outcomes reporting
For Job-Seekers For Employers Learning & Team Building


We help people find fulfilling jobs. We also offer fulfilling jobs.

Prospect hires talented, creative people. Joining our team means you get to make a difference in people's lives. Our people are innovative, collaborative, professional, enthusiastic, and driven. If you are too, we'd love to see your resume for one of the positions posted. If you don't see a position that fits your skill set, send us your resume anyway. We're always looking for people who have the qualities mentioned above, and something might come up.


Prospect traces its roots back to the 1950s, when computers were the size of rooms, tattoos were just for sailors, and attitudes were less enlightened.

The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary was established to help individuals such as veterans of World War II and the Korean War and those affected by the polio epidemic. Over the years, its mandate expanded to include vocational supports.

Eventually it was decided that a new organization should be formed with a vocational mandate. Calgary Vocational Services Society (CVS) was established in 1987 as a charitable, not-for-profit organization.

CVS provided facility-based work adjustment, assessment, counseling, and employment placement services. Gradually the clientele changed and CVS served unemployed/underemployed Albertans, immigrants, welfare recipients, refugees, mature workers and at-risk youth. Further evolution enabled us to serve individuals with mental health issues, mild developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and learning disabilities.

Through the 1990s CVS went through significant growth. It expanded its funding base, clientele and scope of service. In 2003, CVS merged with Calgary Transitions to Independence, an organization supporting the employment and community living needs of adults with developmental disabilities. In February of 2006, to help foster one culture, the organization was renamed Prospect.

Today, Prospect provides a range of employment services to a variety of client groups, including unemployed/underemployed Albertans, employers, immigrants, welfare recipients, military personnel, refugees, and people with disabilities.

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Board Of Directors

Prospect's Board of Directors brings many diverse perspectives to the governance and strategic direction of the organization. Have a look at the eclectic mix of volunteers who provide us with their invaluable guidance.

Robert Pearce, BASc, MBA, ICD.D, Chair
Board Member since 2009
Fae Jackson, M.Ed., BA, RN
Board Member since 2011
Company: Alberta Health Services South Health Campus (Casual)
Position: RN Psychiatric Emergency/Outreach
Company: Athabasca University Instructor Centre of Nursing & Health Studies
Position: PT Instructor (Distance Education)
Robert Booth, Q.C., PEng, LLB, ICD.D, rmc
Appointed to the Board 2015
Company: Bennett Jones LLP
Position: Partner
Heidi Conrad, BComm, CA
Appointed to the Board 2017
Company: Matco Financial Inc
Position: Chief Financial Officer
Carey Mogdan, MBA, PMI, P. Mgr
Appointed to the Board 2019
Company: INOVA Systems Corporation
Position: Chief Operating Officer
Tam A. Pozzobon, M.O.M. EdD, Vice-chair
Appointed to the board: 2015
Superintendent Calgary Police Service (retired)
Position: Principal – Pozzobon & Associates Inc.
Karen Saunders, B.A.
Appointed to the Board 2015
Company: Jostens
Position: Territory Manager
Gary Agnew, CMC, FCPHR
Appointed to the Board 2019
Company: Key Resources Consulting Ltd.
Position: Business Enhancement Advisor & Coach
Jerry Demchuk
Appointed to the Board 2019
Company: JLD Strategies
Position: Principal
Pramod Jindal, BEng, MBA, CFA
Appointed to the Board 2019
Company: BluEarth Renewables
Position: Manager, Corporate Development

Prospect’s Board of Directors is always looking for fresh ideas and expertise. We welcome volunteers with experience in the following areas:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Strategic Planning/Organizational Development
  • Administration
  • General Management/Organizational Effectiveness
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Board/Governance/Policy Development
  • Fundraising/Fund Development
  • NFP Program Development and Delivery
  • NFP Program Evaluation
  • Social Services/Health Services
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Government

Stakeholder Appreciation

Every year or so we host a Stakeholder Appreciation Event to thank the many groups who make our work possible.

The occasion brings together our staff, clients, collaborators, peers and funders to hear a thought-provoking speaker on a topic that is relevant to social change. Here is a chronology of the speakers we have hosted…

2010: LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd), commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. His book on his experiences in Rwanda was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004. He founded the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers worldwide.

2011: Stephen Lewis is one of Canada's most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and co-founder/co-director of AIDS-Free World. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001-2006.

2012: Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian as well as a leading scholar in global health. After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Dr. Orbinski was elected MSF's international president from 1998 to 2001, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF in 1999 for its medical humanitarianism.

2013: In this special year, we invited Roméo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis and Dr. James Orbinski to share a stage for the first time, as Prospect presented a thought-provoking panel discussion on the theme: Intervening: a mindset instead of a moment.

2015: Professor Robert Reich is the former Secretary of Labor from the Clinton administration, an internationally-renowned speaker and the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations." His film, "Inequality for All," is available on Netflix, iTunes, DVD, and On Demand.

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Random Cool Stuff

Everyone needs a place to put their random cool stuff. For some, it's an organizer from IKEA. For us, it's this section of our web site.

Check out the largest collaborative art canvas in Calgary, at our event for Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 2015.

A collaboration between Prospect's Studio C and Scion/Charlesglen Toyota. The video was shot over the course of a day at the Calgary Lilac Festival.

Our Outdoor Pursuits team teaches employment skills in spectacular settings.

Art requires creativity, but it also develops other skills that translate well to the workplace. These pieces were all done by people in our programs.

Every year we have a Community Stampede BBQ in our parking lot. About 1000 people turn up for great food, live music, games and western hospitality, Prospect style.

We give out staff awards every year, because awesomeness should never go unrecognized.

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Contact Us

All our programs and services can be accessed through Prospect's main number, 403.273.2822
Our fax is 403.273.0090

Contact our Edmonton office by phone at 1.877.483.2562
Our fax is 780.758.9674