Launch 2023

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and the Peel District School Board will be proudly hosting Launch 2023, the fourth annual post-secondary pathway exploration virtual conference for Grade 10-12 students. This virtual event, being held on November 1, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., is a great opportunity for students to explore post-secondary pathways. This year, we will be hosting students from school boards across Ontario and expect to have no fewer than 30,000 participants.

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.

Launch 2023 allows students to explore their chosen post-secondary pathway goal, recognizing that all pathways are first choice options. This virtual conference allows students a space to gather information about what is available as next steps, as well as hear about different learning experiences and opportunities from current students, apprentices and employers.

The conference will feature workshops and exhibitors from colleges, universities, training delivery agents, employers, gap-year programs, and service providers to help introduce students to the world of possibilities beyond high school.

The event will also include panels of former students who represent the diversity of the students in all pathways, sharing their experiences as they pursued their pathways goals.

Students can register for the event by clicking on the Register Now button on the Launch 2023 landing page. This event is considered a board-wide field trip. For students registered in a SHSM program, Launch 2023 meets the ‘Reach Ahead’ component requirement. Please contact your school for permission forms.

Event Details
This event is being 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. They can choose sessions in advance, and log in to find the information and hear the stories that they are looking for. The structure allows them to personalize their experience. They can choose to participate in all, or only parts of the day.

For session details and more information, visit the Launch 2023 website.

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