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Spring Conference 2023

Highlights from our 2023 OCEA Spring Conference

2023 OCEA Spring Conference: 
Cooperative Education: Full Speed Ahead! workshop presentations are available in the RESOURCES section.



PAST CONFERENCE(S): NOTE: You must have a current membership and must be signed into your account in order to access the presentations.
2022 VIRTUAL OCEA SPRING CONFERENCE: PATHWAYS FORWARD ⇛ ⇛ ⇛  workshop presentations are available in the RESOURCES section.
 PATHWAYS TO RESILIENCY: CHALLENGES AND CHANGE workshop presentations are available in the RESOURCES section.

Thank you to our Conference 2023 Exhibitors:

Action First Aid Inc.

Action First Aid Inc.

Action First Aid offers best in class student training. Our programs are developed by a former teacher who understands the need for courses to be interactive and engaging. With over 60 instructors, we make it easy for you to schedule SHSM & Co-op required courses in First Aid with CPR & AED, Mental Health, WHMIS and many other electives such as lockout/tagout, electrical, fire and ladder safety.

Action Total Health

Action Total Health delivers both Mental Health First Aid certification in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada as well as many other customized, modular programs of various lengths including supporting youth.  Our commitment to understanding client needs provides teachers looking to either support or include mental health programming in their curriculum with options that are all designed to equip and empower people with strategies to optimize mental well-being. is a free online job search and matching platform with an exclusive focus on apprenticeship trade positions in Canada. While visiting the booth, you can also learn about Gateway to the Trades, a part-time, facilitated skilled trades exploration and employment readiness program.

Canadian Forces / Army Reserve Co-op / 32 CBG

Successful applicants to the Army Reserve Co-op program will become serving members of the Canadian Forces. This is a serious commitment and should not be taken lightly. Students will receive military training and pay during the program. Students will be accredited with their Basic Military Qualifications. There is an expectation that students who participate in the Co-op program will continue to serve on a part-time basis with the Reserves after the program ends.

Conestoga College

Conestoga now serves approximately 26,000 registered students through campuses and training centres in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford, Ingersoll and Brantford and is a provincial leader in apprenticeship training. As the region’s only provider of polytechnic education, Conestoga plays an integral role in the success of our community: 65 per cent of our graduates remain in the area after completing their education, contributing more than $2.3 billion each year to the local economy. More than 50 per cent of the local adult population has accessed our services.Conestoga delivers more than 300 career-focused programs, and has more degree offerings than any other college outside of the GTA, including Ontario’s only college-based, accredited engineering degrees.

Edge Factor Inc.

Edge Factor delivers thousands of multimedia tools and gamified experiences that inspire people to explore, prepare and connect on their Career Journey. SHSM, OYAP, Co-op and STEAM educators share these high-quality videos, activities, and lesson plans with students in classrooms, homes and events. Showcase industries and career pathways, take virtual field trips, teach Soft Skills, tools and equipment, STEAM on-the-job, and much more! We have free and premium options - connect with us: .

EduTravel Inc.

EduTravel is a Canadian owned and operated tour provider founded on the concept of experiential learning. EduTravel has experience working with various industry partners to create tailored SHSM programming for different sectors. We help plan your custom SHSM experience from half-day workshops to full-day experiences, ensuring a seamless experience throughout the entire process. Our mission is to provide engaging, educational and fun learning opportunities for students.

MTEL: Le Centre Franco

A Unique Platform with Infinite Possibilities!

Would you like to save time and become more efficient in managing your experiential learning programs? The application Management Tool for Experiential Learning (MTEL) has recently been refined and entirely reprogrammed as a powerful application and adheres to Ministry guidelines. This all-in-one solution application and its great features have become school board’s first choice and creates a worry-free management. This tool is easy to use for the board-coordinator, the teaching staff, the students, the employers, and the administrators. You will quickly understand why we remain a provincial leader in this area and why we are renowned for our stellar customer service.  

Request a virtual tour of MTEL at Our qualified personnel will answer your questions with pleasure!

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

OYAP is a specialized program in high school that allows you to explore apprenticeship and consider careers in the skilled trades, generally starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the cooperative education program.

Skilled Trades Ontario

Opportunity in every skill. Skilled Trades Ontario is the one-stop shop for opportunities in the skilled trades and the promotion of rewarding careers which support Ontario’s economy.
Skilled Trades Ontario is responsible for skilled trades certification in Ontario, including:

  • establishing apprenticeship programs, including training standards, curriculum standards and certification exams.
  • assessing experience and qualifications of individuals who have not completed an apprenticeship program in Ontario.
  • issuing Certificates of Qualification in all trades with certifying exams.
  • renewing Certificates of Qualification in compulsory trades.
  • maintaining a Public Register of people authorized to work in compulsory trades.
  • conducting research in relation to apprenticeship and the trades.