Launch 2022 – November 2 & 3, 2022

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and the Halton District School Board in collaboration with the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) hosted Launch 2022, the third annual post-secondary pathway exploration virtual conference for Grade 11 & 12 students. This two-day virtual event, held on November 2nd & 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., provided a great opportunity for students to explore post-secondary pathways.    

Graduation is an important milestone however, it is not a destination, rather a launching point for students' life journey. We want students to know that each of these is a first choice option; that their decision and their choice is important and valued.

This event is increasing in popularity over the years with more than 27,000 registered participants including 16,000 logins to the Launch 2022 platform

Students had the opportunity to visit 92 great exhibitor booths and explore 88 workshops on topics such as Personal Finance, Scholarships, Gap Year Programs. Pathways to Careers in the Trades, Health and Wellness and many others. 

The event also included panels of former students sharing their experiences as they pursued their pathways goals.

Similar to last year, the keynote speaker, youth entrepreneur Sam Demma, was again one of the highlights of Launch 2022. His motivational message of ‘small consistent actions over time making a big difference’ struck a positive nerve among the students.

Event Details
This event was organized using an online platform called vFAIRS that allows participants to visit a plenary hall, exhibitors’ hall and seminar rooms, as they would if this were in-person. Students were able to choose sessions in advance, and log in to find the information and hear the stories that they are looking for. The structure allowed them to personalize their experience. They could choose to participate in all, or only parts of the day. 

Visit the Launch 2022 website.

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