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Chair’s Message


OCEA Chair’s Message 2023-2024

I am honoured to serve as the Chair of the Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) for the 2023-2024 school year.

Currently, I invite you to renew your OCEA membership and to invite each member of your Cooperative Education and all other forms of Experiential Learning departments to do so as well. Membership in this subject-based association is important for your professional development. Membership allows you to register for the fall symposium and spring conference at a reduced rate, to use our website’s Members Resources Only section which grants access to collaborative sharing curriculum documents, past symposium and conference presentations and voting privileges at our Annual Business Meeting.

OCEA, an organization which strives to provide leadership and vision for the optimal professional development of its members, has been at the forefront of Cooperative Education and all other forms of Experiential Learning since 1976. Our voices have become stronger and clearer when united and represented by this provincial association. 

OCEA continues to be committed to professional development. We have two events planned for the 2023-2024 school year. The first being the 2023 Virtual OCEA Fall Symposium, with a theme of “Mentoring | Refreshing | Learning”, that was held virtually via ZOOM on October 5th, 2023. The workshop recordings are currently posted on our website in the OCEA Members Resources Only section.

The 2024 OCEA Spring Conference will take place on April 14th-15th-16th, 2024 at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario. The planning team is already hard at work to provide members and colleagues with an event that will engage everyone. OCEA provides these learning opportunities to its members and colleagues as we unite to provide a variety of Cooperative Education experiences for all students. 

We invite you to stay informed with OCEA via our social media accounts. In addition to our on-going social media, we just recently added a NEW LinkedIn account to our list!

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the OCEA Board of Directors or Provincial Representatives ( with any comments or input that will aid us in continuing to best serve our members.

Have a great 2023-2024 school year!

Sincerely yours in Cooperative Education,

Pasquale (Pat) Piro
OCEA Chair 2023-2024
Cooperative Education Teacher 
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic DSB