Launch 2023

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and the Peel District School Board proudly hosted Launch 2023, the fourth annual post-secondary pathway exploration virtual conference for Grade 10-12 students. This virtual event, held on November 1, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., was a great opportunity for students to explore post-secondary pathways. This year, we hosted students from school boards across Ontario and had around 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 allowed students to explore their chosen post-secondary pathway goal, recognizing that all pathways are first choice options. This virtual conference allowed 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 featured 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 also included panels of former students who represent the diversity of the students in all pathways, sharing their experiences as they pursued their pathways goals.

For students registered in a SHSM program, Launch 2023 met the ‘Reach Ahead’ component requirement.  

For more information, visit the Launch 2023 website.

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