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Parents As Career Coaches – Paul Lafrance “How to Succeed When You Don’t Fit the Mould”

When?6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 27, 2021


Student(s) in grades 7-12, and their supporters, are invited to a free, interactive, virtual workshop presenting HGTV’s Paul LaFrance discussing “How to succeed when you don’t fit the mould” and Cambrian’s own Colleen Heidman who will present “Pathways to careers in Trades".

Paul Lafrancemost commonly known as the “Deck Guy” both in the Reality TV megacosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician, the CEO and founder of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design, and the father of four daughters. He plans to one day complete his self-help book for men, which is a life-long project: a study into the intricacies of the female mind. So far, he’s got the title page done.

Paul is the host of HGTV’s Home to Win, Custom Built, Decked OutDisaster Decksand Deck Warsas well as one of the judges on Canada’s Handyman ChallengeHe also moonlights as the head designer at Paul Lafrance Design. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from groundbreaking backyard retreats, unique interior transformations, and commercial outdoor spaces, to custom-built homes. He is known for his infectious energy, quick wit, and unapologetic rock star style.

Although it would be an understatement to say his plate is full, Paul remains passionate about sharing his zeal for designing unique residential and corporate havens for people all over the world. His constant mission is to provide a place of rest for people caught up in the stressful breakneck speed of today’s culture. When commonly asked how he comes up with his designs, Paul’s typical reply is, “I do my very best not to think like an adult!”

Joining Paul Lafrance will be Colleen Heidman. Colleen is a Digital Recruiter with Cambrian College. She is a Cambrian graduate, with an advanced diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Colleen joined the college in 2003 and has served in numerous capacities, including Coordinator in the School of Community and Workforce Development, Coordinator of Cooperative Placements, and an Instructor in Exploring Careers in Trades – Dual Credit. Colleen has been a member of the Recruitment team since 2013 and has a passion for inspiring students to explore careers and find the path that best suits them. Colleen’s two daughters are recent Cambrian graduates, so she also has firsthand experience as a parent guiding them through their career choices and education pathways.

  • Both lectures are free.
  • Register before May 24 for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Learn More 
  • All attendees will be eligible for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship towards Cambrian College tuition. Learn More
  • Learn more about Paul Lafrance at

The Parents As Career Coaches Lecture Series is a presentation of Cambrian Collegethe Rainbow District School Board, The School College Work Initiative, and the Ontario Post-secondary Access & Inclusion Program (OPAIP).


Cambrian College (Zoom Session)

May 27, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Each Attendee Must Register Individually.