Apply to attend OPSEU's 2018 Young Workers Conference!

Publication Date

Monday, April 16, 2018 (All day)

Conference Details

The Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) invites OPSEU young workers, 35 and under, to submit their application for the 2018 Young Workers Conference which will take place from August 10-12 in downtown Toronto.  In addition to welcoming previous conference participants, the PYC would like to extend a special invitation to those who have not attended in the past.  We look forward to meeting you! 

This year’s event, “Back to Basics: Your Young Worker Survival Guide” will provide participants with an understanding of their basic rights and entitlements under the law and in their collective agreements. The conference will continue to reinforce the need for young workers to take an active role in shaping their future. Planned activities and workshops will be interactive. Participants will be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to build on the leadership potential of OPSEU. We hope participants leave the event with solid ideas that they can take back to their communities to make a difference.

Event participants will be selected by the PYC with assistance from the Equity Unit. The selection process will try to achieve a diverse group of attendees, representative of the young workers within our membership. All applicants to the conference will be contacted in June and will be advised of the status of their application.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun. Please submit your application no later than midnight, May 31, 2018. You can apply directly by logging onto OPSEU’s member portal at: Only online applications will be accepted for this event. We will be using an anonymous selection process and will be applying the criteria as set out in questions 1-8 of the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For any additional requirements, please contact the Equity Unit directly at [email protected]

Tentative Conference Agenda

Friday August 10, 2018

5:00 to 7:00 PM Registration (dinner on your own)
5:30 PM Smudging Ceremony
7:00 to 7:20 PM Welcome, Conference Logistics, Meet the PYC
7:20 to 7:40 PM Icebreaker/Networking Activity
7:40 to 8:55 PM Panel Discussion – Organizing and Winning
8:55 to 9:00 PM Wrap-up and adjourn

Saturday August 11, 2018

7:30 AM Smudging Ceremony
8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast (not provided), Registration Re-opens
9:00 to 9:10 AM Conference Opening, Morning Announcements
9:10 to 9:30 AM OPSEU President, Smokey Thomas Conference Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:30 to 10:15 AM Keynote Address & Q&A – Leadership Development with Kwesi Johnson, Community Activist
10:15 to 10:30 AM Break
10:30 to 12:00 PM Workshop – Steward Basics
12:00 to 1:30 PM Lunch (not provided)
1:30 to 3:15 PM Workshop - continued 
3:15 to 3:30 PM Break
3:30 to 4:30 PM Workshop - Continue  
4:30 PM Wrap-up and adjourn, Dinner (not provided)

Sunday August 12, 2018

7:30 AM Smudging Ceremony
8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast (not provided)
9:00 to 10:30 AM Workshop – Health and Safety
10:30 to 10:45 AM Break
10:45 to 11:30 AM Mike Stroh and Michelle Gibson, Starts With Me Inc. – Mental Health and Youth Today
11:30 to 11:50 AM Closing Comments
11:50 AM to 12:00 PM  Conference Wrap-Up, Evaluation and Adjournment

Download the call package: PDF iconConference Call Bilingual.pdf

How to set up an OPSEU member portal account: 
PDF iconmemberportal-quickintro-member-final_-_03092017_1.pdf
PDF iconevent_registration_tutorial_2.pdf

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