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Higher Landing is leading the evolution of the outplacement and transition industry by offering our transformation clients a leading edge program with a multi-faceted team of professionals who will provide complete career transformation. 

We take the traditional transition process to a new level with a proprietary approach that aims to connect head with heart, and identify strengths, values, passions, and purpose.



100,000 jobless energy workers struggle for a place in the new economy
Claudia Cattaneo | September 7, 2017

During previous downturns hiring resumed when oil prices bounced back, but this time the jobs seem to have gone for good. Here are the stories of the workers left behind


Jackie Rafter, President of Higher Landing, interviewed by AM 770 on the Future of Work in Alberta.

Higher Landing Inc. Announces Appointment of Director

Higher Landing Inc., an outplacement and career transformation company based in Calgary, AB is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Easton Wren as Director and Shareholder.



The New Future Of Work In Alberta For Geoscientists

LET’S FACE IT – traditional approaches for job search are outdated and not helping the thousands of professionals – including geoscientists - who are STILL unemployed or underemployed in what is becoming one of Alberta’s worst ever recessions.


Higher Landing Inc. announces appointment of Chief Operating Officer and Director

Higher Landing Inc., an outplacement and career transformation company based in Calgary, AB is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Christensen as Chief Operating Officer, Director, and Shareholder.



Thousands of new businesses born out of recessionary fire
Chris Varcoe|  January 19, 2017

Going out of business is a sign of the times for Calgary’s economy as the number of firms that closed for good in 2016 jumped by eight per cent. Yet, what’s believed to be a record number of companies also started up in the city during the same period.


Unemployed Oil and Gas Professionals Need To Think Transformation Not Transition
by R.P. Stastny | December 9, 2016

“Transitioning” to a new job is so old school. A new job market is taking shape and it will require something of a personal transformation of oil and gas professionals if they expect to find work.

“Knowing your brand is going to be absolutely everything in 2017,” Jackie Rafter, president of Higher Landing, told an audience at a Calgary event called the GoldMind Project this week. 


GoldMind Project Aims to Get Unemployed People Back to Work
by Amanda Stephenson | December 7, 2016

The supply chain management professional had 11 years of experience in the oil and gas industry when she was laid off a year and a half ago. But even though she never expected to be out of work for so long, Baryla said she remains confident that an opportunity is just around the corner. 


Calgary GoldMind Project
The Homestretch | December 6, 2016

Thousands of Albertans are still out of work after being laid off in the oil patch. But a grassroots group called the Calgary GoldMind Project wants to change that. It's holding its first event tomorrow to help those who are unemployed or underemployed. 

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Golden Road Closure/Officer Shot, Career Transitions, RCMP, Medical Tourism, SciBabe
Danielle Smith  |  October 2016

Listen to Jackie Rafter on Danielle Smith's radio show, helping Alberta professionals get back to work.

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Bears’ Lair for Alberta’s jobless: ‘Grizzlies’ eye job applicants in province’s crumbling economy, Dragons’ Den style
by Claudia Cattaneo  |  August 31, 2016

Once a month on the top floor of a Calgary oil tower, a panel of business leaders convenes in a boardroom to hear pitches from job seekers. It’s called the Grizzly Den, and it’s such a big hit that the organizer, career transition firm Higher Landing Inc., is considering turning it into a TV show, much like its inspiration, CBC’s Dragons’ Den.


Jobless in Alberta: Tens of Thousands of Energy Professionals are Out of Work and Out of Hope
by Claudia Cattaneo | August 23, 2016

Geologist Ryan Lemiski, engineer Stephen Scott and geophysicists Brian Sondergaard and Marian Hanna did all the right things to achieve successful careers in the oilpatch. They studied hard and earned science degrees. They created huge value for their employers and volunteered in their spare time. They protected the environment through actions, not just words. 


Alberta’s ‘lost generation’: Longest post-war recession leads to brain drain among geoscientists
by Claudia Cattaneo and Geoffrey Morgan  |  July 18, 2016

Alberta’s longest post-war recession has sliced 6.5 per cent from its GDP over the past two years and kicked off an exodus of people, but it has been especially painful for the province’s geoscience community, the backbone of the oil and gas industry.


From Engineer to Sommelier: Calgary's Laid-Off Oil Workers Try Plan B
by Nia Williams  |  June 22, 2016

Alejandro Rodriguez wants to be a sommelier. His previous experience: 20 years as an oil reservoir engineer.

The 42-year-old needed to consider a career plan B after ARC Resources Ltd laid him off in January, adding to a growing number of people in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta who no longer have a place in its once-vibrant oil and gas industry.


Career Transformation Experts Discuss Tips and Share Advice
Spring/Summer 2016

Leading the evolution of outplacement, Higher Landing is an innovative career transformation company that provides collaborative "go-to-market" assistance for individuals serious about reinventing their career. Jackie Rafter, BEd '86, MBA '97, Founder, President, and CEO, sheds some light on how to transform your career in Alberta's volatile job market.


From Bad To Worse... Oil Price Plunge Dominates 2015
Stephen Ewert  |  December 26, 2015

The biggest shock waves that reverberated through Canada’s oil and gas sector in 2015 were not from fracking — although stay tuned on that front — but the tens of thousands of people who suddenly found themselves out of work this year as the industry retrenched in response to a historic collapse in oil prices.


Laid-off oil and gas workers confront evolving job hunt where competition is steep
Ian Bickis for The Canadian Press  |  December 10, 2015

Tens of thousands of people who have lost their jobs in Alberta’s oil-and-gas sector are confronting a rapidly changing job market.

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Recovering The Recession Sparks The Rise Of Entrepreneurs
Global News Hour at 6  |  December 7, 2015

With the 11-year low for the loonie and the ever increasing drops in the price of oil, it’s easy to lean towards doom and gloom. But there are a growing number aggressively navigating their way out of a recession. As Jill Croteau reports, a workshop is causing a dramatic shift in the workforce.

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Maybe this downturn is an opportunity for Calgary to diversify its economy (or maybe it's going to get worse)
Ian Bickis for The Canadian Press  |  December 7, 2015

Home prices are down, unemployment is up, food bank usage is climbing, and no one knows when things might turn around with oil below US$40 a barrel on Monday from highs of well over US$100 less than two years ago.


Calgary Faces Both Uncertainty and Opportunity In 2016 After Oil Prices In 2016 Plunge
Ian Bickis for The Canadian Press  |  December 7, 2015

A year into the global oil price plummet, and Calgary’s boom-and-bust economy is decidedly leaning towards bust.

Home prices are down, unemployment is up, food bank usage is climbing, and no one knows when things might turn around with oil below US$40 a barrel on Monday from highs of well over US$100 less than two years ago.